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Southwest Region Football Report
SOUTHWEST RANKINGS (Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas) 1. Union (Tulsa, Okla.) 7-0 (1) 2. Rockhurst (Kansas City, Mo.) 7-0 (2) 3. Madison (San Antonio, Texas.) 8-0 (3) 4. North Shore (Galena Park, Texas) 7-0 (4) 5. Millard North (Omaha, Neb.) 7-0 (5) 6. Olathe North (Olathe, Kan.) 7-0 (6) 7. Waco (Waco, Texas) 7-0 (7) 8. Blue Springs (Blue Springs, Mo.) 6-1 (8) 9. Brenham (Brenham, Texas) 7-0 (11) 10. Abilene (Abilene, Texas) 7-0 (12) 11. Mayfield (Las Cruces, N.M.) 7-0 (10) 12. Westlake (Austin, Texas) 6-1 (13) 13. Lufkin (Lufkin, Texas) 6-1 (nr) 14. North Platte (Neb.) 7-0 (14) 15. Conway (Conway, Ark.) 7-0 (15) DROPPED OUT: Owasso (Owasso, Okla.) 5-2 (9) INSTANT UPDATES It was all Justin Hardman's world in Southwest No. 9 Brenham's (Texas) 35-3 win over Waller. Hardman opened the scoring with a 32-yard TD reception from Clayton Van Hook, then added 72- and 10-yard scores on the ground. Van Hook added a 1-yard TD dive and a 72-yard pass to Jermaine Smith. The Brenham defense held Waller to 88 yards rushing and 13 passing. Marcus Johnson threw for 228 yards and two TDs in the No. 10 Abilene's (Texas) 28-14 win over Midland. The Eagles, ranked No. 10 in the Southwest region, are 7-0. Its defense allowed just 79 yards and three first downs in Southwest No. 11 Mayfield's (Las Cruces, N.M.) 42-0 shellacking of Gadsden in a District 3AAAAA opener. The Trojan offense was balanced as RB Alex Bernard rushed for 108 yards, QB Paul Muñoz passed for 141 yards and three TDs and ran for 42 yards and a score, and Evan Copeland added two touchdowns. Who deserves to be Texas' fifth-ranked team? Southwest No. 12 Austin (Texas) Westlake, which beat Austin Crockett, 36-12, and Lufkin, which won a huge one, 23-12 over state-ranked Longview, are both deserving. Southwest No. 13 Lufkin dropped Longview to 5-2 with an impressive win on the road, ending the Lobos' 10-game home winning streak. Terrance Parks was the catalyst, completing 14-of-22 passes for 196 yards and a TD. Southwest No. 14 North Platte (Neb.) cruised past Lincoln East, 24-14, despite 11 penalties. With the game tied at 7, Bulldog Derek Nielsen returned a pickoff 74 yards for a touchdown. Danny Woodhead finished with 174 yards on 29 carries. Southwest No. 15 Conway (Conway, Ark.) squeaked past Little Rock McClellan, 27-25, as junior FB Peyton Hillis ran 22 times for 77 yards and three touchdowns. SOUTHWEST NOTES Long left for dead, Jenks (Okla.) proved that it might be ready for a long postseason run with a 28-0 win over former FAB 50 No. 9 Owasso, 28-0. Zach Edwards returned an interception 87 yards for a touchdown and caught three passes for 109 yards to improve the Trojans to 4-3. What mixed emotions G.A. Moore Jr. must have had last week when his current team, Pilot Point, faced off with the team he coached last year, Celina (Texas). Celina extend the nation's second-longest winning streak to a state-record 64 games with a 10-0 win. The loss keeps Moore from inching closer to setting the state record for career wins, dropping his overall record to 394-74-9. Gordon Wood is the man he's chasing with a 396-91-15 mark. Moore, last week's Student Sports coach of the week feature, coached Celina to four straight 3A state titles from 1998-2001. Carl Albert (Okla.) squandered its chance for a return to the Student Sports Southwest Regional rankings with a 13-9 loss to Douglass. But that might be OK for coach Gary Rose. Class 5A fourth-ranked Douglass has a history of beating Class 5A No. 1 Carl Albert in the regular season, with Albert avenging the loss in the playoffs the last three years. Is this another rerun? Douglass scored all of its 13 points in the last three minutes, thanks to untimely Carl Albert collapse that included a fumble and an errant snap on a punt. In the meantime, Tulsa Washington (7-0) moves into the No. 2 overall ranking in Oklahoma with a 40-10 win over Bixby. In a wild eight-man game in Kansas, Word of Life beat Chase, 91-82, as both teams had players rack up more than 350 yards rushing. Jesse Denman rushed for 350 yards for Word of Life, while Chase's top back, Jon Oberle, had 366. If a game goes four overtimes, you probably expect some wild score like 42-41, right? Well, not between Francis Howell (Saint Charles, Mo.) and Francis Howell North (Saint Charles). Each teams failed to score in the wet, muddy conditions until Eric Ksiazkiewicz ran 25 yards for a score in the fourth OT in Howell's 7-0 win. The Knights never even had a first down. STAT STARS Touchdowns Receiving 4 – Jordan Shipley, Burnet (Texas) vs. Bandera – Shipley caught four TDs from Stephen McGee in a 49-14 win on Oct. 18. Yards Rushing 427 -- Anquion Williams, Marked Tree (Marked Tree, Ark.) vs. Walnut Ridge – Williams rushed 23 times for 427 yards and four scores in a 45-21 victory on Oct. 18. 330 -- Jim Bouknight, Olathe (Kansas) North vs. Olathe East – The senior rushed 33 times for 330 yards and four long TDs (25, 12, 76 and 51 yards) in a 35-14 win on Oct. 18. Touchdowns Passing6 -- Adam Thrash, Pulaski Academy (Little Rock, Ark.) vs. DeWitt – Thrash completed 20-of-35 completions for 361 yards in a 45-8 victory on Oct. 18. Longest Field Goals A&M Consolidated's (College Station, Texas) Zach Myatt kicked field goals of 38, 51 and 53 yards in a 40-37 triple overtime loss to Waco on Oct. 18.
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