Scout On the Town Weekend Preview
Josh Rosen
Josh Rosen
National Recruiting Analyst
Posted Dec 19, 2013


The final weekend of the prep football season sees state championships in Texas and California...

Follow the Scouts of Scout.com on Twitter as they bring you live coverage of the weekend's high school football across the nation, with several members of the Class of 2014 Scout 300 in action as well as a number of top 2015 and 2016 prospects and a host of games involving FoxSports/Scout.com Top 50 teams.

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MIDLANDS

Greg Powers - National Recruiting Analyst
Thursday:
1A-D1: Shiner (11-3) vs. Stamford (13-1), 10:00 A.M.
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.

Friday:
3A-D1: Carthage (14-1) vs. Kilgore (14-0), 12:00 P.M.
Playmaker Terian Goree will star on both sides of the football, but that is not the only weapon that Carthage brings to the table. It will also feature All-District selection Blake Bogenshutz, a UTSA commit, and Adrian Goodacre. Okereen Rutherford is also a great down the field vertical threat. Kilgore will try to find a way to mix Aaron Foy in to its gameplan.

3A-D2: Fairfield (15-0) vs. Argyle (15-0), 4:00 P.M.
There is plenty of talent in this one. Fairfield has 3A player of the year Larry Rose as well as Colorado State commit Bryson Gates. Argyle is a true 3A powerhouse featuring a number of bowl championship caliber players. Leading the group are Ian Sadler, a versatile offensive weapon committed to Texas Tech. Kansas State commit Connor Wilson leads the defense at safety. Kicker Cole Hedlund is the real deal and Class of 2015 running back Nick Ralston is a player on the rise. Sam Sizelove, another Kansas State commit, will miss with injury. 

4A-D1: Northside Brennan (15-0) vs. Denton Guyer (13-2), 8:00 P.M.
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.

Saturday
4A-D2: Brenham (14-1) vs. Aledo (15-0), 12:00 P.M.
Brenham is led by athlete Courtland Sutton, who will knock heads on defense and make big plays on offense. TCU commit Austin Schlottmann is an anchor on the offensive line. Aledo is led by speedy playmaker Ryan Newsome, who is also an elite return man and running back Jess Anders.

5A-D1: Pearland (14-1) vs. Allen (15-0), 4:00 P.M.
Pearland has been a great team in the playoffs in recent years. This year it is another defensively inspired team, led by Oklahoma State linebacker commit Justin Phillips. Jaclobie Butler and Willie Williams will do their thing on the offensive side, they are both Class of 2015s. Allen has a number of college level players, but Class of 216 five-star Greg Little is always fun to watch. Kyler Murray is was recently named as the Midlands Junior of the Year by Scout.com and offensive tackle Bobby Evans is committed to Oklahoma. Chad Adams, Tay Evans, Christian Sam are just some of the others worth watching. They are all committed to BCS schools.

5A-D2: Katy (15-0) vs. Cedar Hill (13-2), 8:00 P.M.
Katy 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
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WEST

Greg Biggins - National Recruiting Analyst
Friday: Bakersfield (Calif.) vs. Loomis (Calif.) Del Oro at 8:00 p.m.
Bakersfield is on a ten-game win streak, and rallied to stun Mission Hills last week on the road in the SoCal D-I Regional Game.  The Drillers' offense is led by 2014 quarterback Asauni Rufus. Rufus is a verbal commit to Nevada but will switch to defensive back in college. Alongside Rufus is 2014 wide receiver/defensive back Kevin Hayes who will play DB for Oregon State next fall. Del Oro lost star Brandon Monroe to graduation and early playing time at San Jose State but has kept chugging along.  Quarterback Michael Moore has been the steadying force for Del Oro during their postseason run and look to become the second straight Sac-Joaquin school to win the D-I title.  Kyle Wells is a versatile two-way prospect at both tight end and linebacker for Del Oro.

Saturday: West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade vs. Redding (Calif.) Enterprise at 4 p.m.
Chaminade has a balanced offense with star power all over. Quarterback Brad Kaaya is a Miami commit and one of the top five signal callers in the region. Donovan Lee, a Colorado commit, is a dynamic play maker at running back, receiver and corner and his sophomore brother Dymond Lee already has an offer from Miami. Junior left tackle Bar Milo is a 2015 Scout 300 member with offers from California, Miami, Nebraska and Washington and safety Jojo McIntosh is a recent Washington commit and one of the top defensive backs in the state. A sleeper to watch for the Eagles is 6-foot-6 wide out Brayden Lenius. Not only does he have great size, Lenius can run and catches the ball well for someone new to the game.  Enterprise is only the second Northern Section team to play in a CIF State Game and they're led by offensive lineman Brandon Evers, who committed to Washington State earlier this month. 

Saturday: Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco vs. Concord (Calif.) De La Salle at 8 p.m.
De La Salle is the state's top team and once again is loaded on both sides of the ball. Defensive end Sumner Houston is an Oregon State commit and one of the most physical lineman in the region. Sophomore Boss Tagaloa plays on both sides of the line and will be in the running for top overall recruit out West in the class of 2016. The line was also bolstered by the transfer of junior Kahlil McKenzie, son of Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie. McKenzie, who can play on both sides of the ball, played in Wisconsin a year ago and is a sure fire top 100 player in the class of 2015. After being banged up earlier in the year, Arizona State safety commit Das Tautalatasi is back and had a strong year. He's only playing safety, after playing running back his junior season but he'll be one of the biggest hitters on the field. Talented junior Simba Short is another BCS player for the Spartans and will be one of the region's top linebackers next year and defensive back Kevin Griffin is a talented cover corner who has committed to Washington State. Larry Allen Jr., son of former Dallas Cowboy Hall of Fame guard Larry Allen Sr., is one of the top lineman in the west region and anchors the Spartan offensive line. Bosco has an embarrassment of riches with 13 players holding Div I offers. Jaleel Wadood is the No. 3 safety in the west and the UCLA commit will play a variety of offensive roles for the Braves and is one of the most dynamic players in the region. Naijiel Hale, the No. 5 corner in the region, has committed to Arizona and rush end Malik Dorton, among the state's top pass rushers, has committed to USC. The Braves best defensive lineman this year has been Jacob Tuioti-Mariner, who's currently leaning to UCLA and Washington. Wide out Shay Fields is a USC commit and one of the most explosive pass catchers in the region and cornerback Chandler Hawkins has committed to Air Force. The top recruit on the team is massive offensive lineman Damien Mama. Mama is the nation's top guard prospect and has his choice of any school in the country. Talented junior quarterback Josh Rosen is the No. 2 signal caller in the 2015 class and is well over the double digit offer mark. Sophomore running back Sean McGrew has been strong all season and blew up last week rushing for over 350 yards and seven touchdowns.
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