Small School Star
Will Oklahoma State commit James Washington be able to lead Stamford to a State Championship? We will not have to wait long as he will take the field in the weekend's first match-up. He will continue a trend of small school talent that has starred in AT&T Stadium recently. Dee Paul and Reginald Davis have both had huge games on the 1A stage. Washington has had a strong senior season that has seen his interest pick up even more. TCU and Texas have recently stepped in to the picture. The scout.com three-star's speed is a difference maker.
3A Sleeper Watch
Two of the state's most interesting playmakers will take to the field in the two 3A games. Carthage wide receiver and North Texas commit Terian Goree has had a huge season on both sides of the ball. He is one of the top UNT commits in recent memory. Argyle's Ian Sadler is a do-it-all type of player who plays with a high level of passion. He simply goes out there and makes plays and they will find a number of ways to get him touches throughout the course of the game. He will be a valuable addition to the Red Raiders and I bet it does not take him long to start to make an impact on the offense in college.
Horn vs. Horn
The talk of 4A will be the tilt between Denton Guyer and San Antonio Brennan, most specifically the match-up between Guyer quarterback Jerrod Heard and Brennan defensive end Derick Roberson. Roberson is having a huge senior season and his passionate play has helped spur a strong defense in to the title game. He will need to play well again and keep the pressure on and help create big plays and turnovers. Heard is going for his second consecutive state title and knows how to play on the big stage. He is a true dual-threat and has been taking over games with his legs when his team needs a big play, but he can also pick teams apart.
While the top-rated team in the state will be playing, the game of the weekend could end up being a re-match of 2012 title tilt between Katy and Cedar Hill. Katy proved to be too much down the stretch behind the running of Adam Taylor and it will bring an even more prolific offense in to this year's game behind the running of Texas A&M commit Rodney Anderson. It also features a swarming defense that has held its opponents to around nine points per game in the playoffs. But Cedar Hill is peaking at the right point in the season, and just overpowered a very physical Lake Travis team. Head coach Joey McGuire has done the job of the year after having to replace many key cogs from his 2012 team. DaMarkus Lodge is the featured weapon on the offense, but people are sleeping on the prowess of quarterback Justin McMillan.
1A-D1: Shiner (11-3) vs. Stamford (13-1), 10:00 A.M.
1A-D2: Falls City (14-0) vs. Wellington (13-0), 1:00 P.M.
2A-D1: Cameron Yoe (14-1) vs. Wall (15-0), 5:00 P.M.
2A-D2: Refugio (14-1) vs. Cisco (15-0), 8:00 P.M.
3A-D1: Carthage (14-1) vs. Kilgore (14-0), 12:00 P.M.
3A-D2: Fairfield (15-0) vs. Argyle (15-0), 4:00 P.M.
4A-D1: Northside Brennan (15-0) vs. Denton Guyer (13-2), 8:00 P.M.
4A-D2: Brenham (14-1) vs. Aledo (15-0), 12:00 P.M.
5A-D1: Pearland (14-1) vs. Allen (15-0), 4:00 P.M.
5A-D2: Katy (15-0) vs. Cedar Hill (13-2), 8:00 P.M.