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September 16, 2013

The Old Coach Roundup: Week One


Dallas Skyline 52 (2-1) Arlington Bowie (2-1) 28

In a highly anticipated game, Arlington Bowie came in undefeated against a Skyline team that had lost by three to Arlington Martin (2-1) a week before. Those who had not yet heard of Devante Kincaid 's replacement, certainly knew his name leaving the game. Skyline senior quarterback Sederian Copeland scored the first five touchdowns of the game on four touchdown passes and a one-yard run. His longest touchdown was a 29-yard pass to junior receiver Carlos Strickland . Junior quarterback Tony James attempted to stop the bleeding with two 20-yard touchdown passes just before halftime. Though James led Bowie on a scoring drive to start the second half, the deficit was just too great. Two more touchdown runs by Copeland and senior running back Anthony Baker capped off a 52-point night for the Raiders, but its perfection was tampered by a fumble with 11 seconds remaining that senior defensive back Edwin Freeman would return 62-yards to set the final score 52-28. Copeland finished with 235 yards and four touchdowns through the air, and rushed for 39 yards and two scores. His main targets were Strickland and junior Savon Rollinson, who both combined for 217 yards and four touchdowns. James played well for Bowie, completing 12 of 15 passes for 111 yards and three touchdowns. Bowie will return home for what they hope to be a bounce-back game against Weatherford (0-3). Skyline, having seemingly righted the ship, will take on Dallas Jesuit (1-2) at home.

DeSoto (3-0) 61 Euless Trinity (0-2) 35

DeSoto returned the champion of an interstate match-up against Tulsa Union (Okla.) a week prior and travelled to Trinity, who had lost their interstate game to Jenks (Okla.) by four points while being held scoreless in the fourth quarter. Trinity scored in every quarter against DeSoto, but struggled defensively. DeSoto scored 21-straight points to start the game on two touchdown passes from senior quarterback Desmon White and a 23-yards run by Jatory Sparks-Brown . Trinity responded with a touchdown to close out the first quarter on a one-yard run from senior quarterback Deion Guignard to pull within 14. That would be as close as they would come. The second quarter was peppered with three touchdown passes and a 16-yard running score from Desmon White, as DeSoto added 33 points before halftime with an additional 3-yard rushing touchdown from senior running back William Jackson. The Trinity offense was not kept off the board in the second quarter, as senior quarterback Christian Hammock completed a 34-yard touchdown pass to senior receiver Edrick Gonzalez. With a 54-14 halftime lead, Sparks-Brown scored DeSoto's only second-half touchdown on a seven-yard rush for his second score of the game. The Eagle's lead was just too steep for a Trinity comeback, but the Trojans scored three times on a 69-yard run from sophomore running back Ja'Ron Wilson and two short runs from sophomore running back Tyler Natee. Natee's second touchdown was the only score of the fourth quarter, setting the final score at 61-35. White made a strong case for MVP of the DFW Area with 344 yards passing and five touchdown passes, and 98 yards on the ground and a score. Junior Kevin Thomas was his main receiver with eight catches for 135 yards and two scores. Ja'Ron Wilson provided most of the spark for Trinity, with 95 yards rushing and a touchdown. DeSoto will look to continue their case for best football team in Texas against Cedar Hill (2-1) next week. Euless Trinity, now having started 0-2 for the first time in nine years, will try and bounce back against their second interstate game against Bentonville (Ark.).

Katy (3-0) 37 The Woodlands (1-2) 14

Katy made their case for best team in Texas almost in response to the DeSoto game, playing a day later on Saturday. The Woodlands rebounded from an opening season loss to Dallas Skyline (2-1) in a shutout win against Fort Bend Hightower (1-2) a week prior. But the Highlander offense would struggle against a defense that had not given up a touchdown all season. Both teams kept things tight to start as Katy senior kicked Manny Mendoza scored the only points of the first quarter on a 28-yard field goal. But the powerful run game of Katy erupted six minutes before halftime. Junior running back Rodney Anderson scored three straight touchdowns, opening the onslaught with a 97-yard dash for the first touchdown of the game. After halftime, The Woodlands scored the first touchdown against the Tiger defense on a 55-yard run by junior running back Patrick Carr . Shortly after, Katy responded with two, two-yard touchdown runs from Anderson and sophomore running back Kyle Porter. Highlander senior Dylan Larsen scored the final touchdown of the game on a 10-yard run, setting the final score 37-14. Anderson rushed for his third-career 200-yard rushing game with 226 yards and four touchdowns. Carr finished with 127 yards and a score for The Woodlands. The Highlanders will look to get back to .500 in a international bout with Monterrey Tech (Mexico). Katy will look to push their win streak to 20 as they face Katy Mayde Creek (1-2), a team they have outscored 266-27 in the past five seasons.

Galena Park North Shore (3-0) 27 Katy Cinco Ranch (2-1) 16

After starting 2-0 for the second straight season, North Shore looked to take down a Cinco Ranch team revitalized with the return of senior quarterback Luke Klinger from a season-ending injury a year ago. Cinco Ranch opened up the scoring on a 30-yard field goal by senior kicker Jared Barrera for the only points of the first quarter. But North Shore's offense came alive on a five-yard touchdown run by sophomore quarterback Micah Long. Both defenses held for the most of the half, but Barrera kicked another field goal, this time from 53 yards, as time expired to set the score at 7-6. Not to be outdone, North Shore junior kicker Saul Ruiz booted a 36-yarder for the first points of the third quarter. The Mustangs scored again on their ensuing drive on a 44-yard wide receiver pass from senior Kevian DeLeon to fellow senior receiver Howard Scott to go up 11. Shortly after, the battle of the kickers resumed, as Barrera and Ruiz traded kicks from 21 and 30 yards, respectively. The duel was interrupted by a 31-yard touchdown run from North Shore junior running back Tristan Houston, to put the Mustangs up three scores with just under seven minutes to go. Time would run out on the Cougars, despite scoring their first touchdown of the game on a 15-yard pas from senior quarterback David Coffman to senior receiver Sam Straughan. The touchdown set the final score 27-16. Tristan Houston led a struggling North Shore rushing offense that fumbled six times, with 110 yards and a touchdown. Cinco Ranch was able to recover just one of those fumbles, while turning the ball over four times on their own. The Mustang defense held Klingler to just 57 yards through the air, and forced two interceptions. Cinco Ranch will look to get back on track against Houston Memorial (1-2) next week. North Shore will try for their fourth straight win against a Houston Madison (1-2) team that avoided going 0-3 by knocking off Houston Yates (2-1) in the final seconds of the game.

League City Clear Springs (2-1) 55 La Porte (1-2) 38

After a rough start to the season in a 51-14 loss to North Shore (3-0), Clear Springs earned their first win against Pasadena Dobie (0-3) after trailing at halftime. The Chargers seemed to be struggling under new head coach Frank Maldonado, but that thought would soon be dismissed. La Porte let off some steam during the previous week, beating South Houston (0-3) 56-13 after an opening loss to Clear Brook (2-1). Springs opened up the scoring on a 34-yard field goal by senior kicker Eric Piccione. The Chargers defense came up big in the ensuing drive, forcing a fumble that junior linebacker Robert Woodard scooped up for a 24-yard touchdown return. Springs fired off two more scores on a 20-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Zach Cripps to junior receiver Jared Singleton and another field goal from Piccione from 33-yards out. With eight minutes to go in the first half, Springs held a 20-0 lead. Senior Jordan Jackson ended the drought for La Porte on a 73-yard touchdown pass to junior receiver David Terrebonne. The Bulldogs pulled within 10 just before halftime on a 24-yard field goal by junior kicker Ceasar Silva. Cripps extended the lead to 17 on a 12-yard pass to junior receiver Devin Milburn to start the second half. But La Porte pulled within three before the end of the third quarter on a 20-yard touchdown pass from Jackson to junior receiver Britt Grant and a 40-yard rushing score by senior running back Johnathan Lewis . For some reason, Chargers junior running back Matt Guidry must have taken this personally. After the fourth quarter, Guidry would leave the field the better running back of the night. He would score four touchdowns in the final quarter from 72, 64, 44, and five yards out, thrashing a rushing defense that had only given up one score on the ground all season. Jackson kept the Bulldog offense going with two touchdown passes to Terrebonne and senior Victor Holmes . But there was no stopping Guidry, as Clear Springs went on to win 55-38. Guidry finished with a career-high 274 yards rushing and four touchdowns. Jackson finished 19 of 35 for 259 yards passing for La Porte, with four touchdowns and an interception. La Porte will try and get back to .500 against Brazoswood (2-1) this week. Clear Springs will look to go 3-1 against Houston Eisenhower (0-3), who is coming off a shutout loss to Fort Bend Bush (3-0).

Austin Westlake 38 (2-1) A&M Consolidated 32 (2-1)

A week ago, Westlake found themselves down 35-17 against Temple (1-2) before coming back to win 45-41 with two late touchdowns. The Chaparrals must have a tendency towards the theatric, finding themselves in another come-from-behind situation against A&M Consolidated, who had knocked off Waco Midway (2-1) a week prior. A&M senior quarterback Kobe Miller scored the first two touchdowns of the game on a six-yard run and a 19-yard pass to junior running back Derrick Dick. Senior kicker Dallen Nelson put Westlake on the board with a 21-yard field goal to pull within 11 in the second quarter. But another Miller touchdown pass, to senior receiver Kerry Thomas for two yards, increased A&M's lead to 21-3 at the half. But the second-half man, senior Jordan Severt , would lead Westlake all the way back. Coming out of the half, Severt scored on a 13-yard run and completed a 21-yard touchdown pass to junior receiver Sean Rollings. Senior running back Ben Slaughter scored on a two-point conversion to make the score 21-18. A&M junior kicker Daniel Zivney increased the lead to six on a 32-yard field goal. But Severt was not finished, scoring twice more on a one-yard run and a seven-yard pass to senior receiver Zach Dansby to take the lead. Senior running back Alex Chavez added to Chaparral offensive output with an 11-yard touchdown run. Kobe Miller scored again on another short run to pull within six. But time ran out on the Tigers, as Westlake won their second straight come-from-behind game. Severt finished with 226 yards through the air and two touchdown passes, and added 59 yards and two scores on the ground. Westlake senior running back Ben Slaughter led the game in rushing with 129 yards on 21 carries. Kobe Miller finished with 206 yards passing, two touchdowns and an interception, while rushing for 29 yards and two scores. A&M Consolidated will cap off their Central Texas play at home against Lake Travis (2-1), who beat Round Rock Westwood (1-2) 53-16. It will not get any easier for Westlake either, who will head to San Antonio to take on Cibolo Steele (2-1). Perhaps there will still be some more magic to come.

SA Reagan 47 (3-0) Pflugerville 37 (1-2)

After defeating SA O'Connor (2-1) in the final seconds of the game, Reagan had plenty of confidence heading into the grudge match against Pflugerville, who had beaten them 34-7 at home a year before. Pflugerville regained composure after a 42-14 opening loss to Austin Bowie (3-0), in a big win against Stephen F. Austin High (0-3) 37-18. Pflugerville started off fast, scoring twice on a 27-yard field goal by junior kicker Chris Gutierrez and a 42-yard touchdown run by junior running back Johnathan Wallace. A missed PAT made the score 9-0. Senior quarterback Ty Summers brought the Rattlers within two on a 12-yard touchdown run to start the second quarter, but the lead was increased again on two long Pflugerville touchdowns. Senior running back Caleb Horton scored on a 53-yard run, and senior wide receiver Clarence Guidry , scored on a 46-yard catch from junior quarterback Zach Milner. Summers responded with a 33-yard pass to senior receiver Kash (Money) Knutson. But just before halftime, Horton broke off for another long touchdown run, this time covering 74 yards on his way to the goal line, giving Pflugerville a 30-14 halftime lead. A week before, Ty Summers had scored two second-half touchdowns in a comeback win against O'Connor. This time, he scored five. Right out of halftime, Summers rushed for two touchdown runs of 19 and 45 yards. Both PAT's would fail, making the score 30-26. After the Reagan defense came up with another stop, Summers hit "Hello, I'm Johnny" Kash Knutson for another touchdown pass from 34-yards out to take the lead. Milner regained the lead for Pflugerville with a long touchdown pass of his own, completing a 47-yarder to Horton. But Summers was not through, as he scored twice more on the ground on 19-yard and 38-yard runs, to give Reagan its third straight win in a 47-37 final. Summers finished with 427 total yards and seven touchdowns. His main target was "I'm all out of" Kash Knutson, with eight catches for 175 yards and two scores. The Pflugerville running game was unstoppable as Wallace rushed for 153 yards and a score, and Horton finished with 123 yards on six carries and two touchdowns. Pflugerville will look to get back on track as they head to Leander (1-2), who came off a tough 32-27 loss to Manor (3-0). Reagan will host Laredo United (2-1) in an effort to go 4-0 for the first time since 2007.

Apologies to Kash Knutson, the writer was just having too much pun.

Austin Bowie 32 (3-0) Round Rock 29 (1-2)

Bowie capped off their second 40-point offensive output of the season last week in their win against Westwood (1-2), something they were not able to do all last season. Round Rock rebounded from an opening-season loss to Temple (1-2) in a come-from-behind win against Harker Heights (0-3). Bowie scored first on a 54-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Austin Eschenburg to senior wide receiver Mac McGarah. Round Rock responded with two scores on a one-yard run by senior running back Deandre Story and a 47-yard pass from senior quarterback Collin Hinson to sophomore receiver Zecharius Nash-Kelly. Hinson rushed for a two-point conversion to make the score 15-7 at the half. To start the third quarter, Eschenburg found McGarah again for a 21-yard touchdown pass. But Story scored on an eight-yard run in the fourth quarter to put the lead back at eight. Eschenburg led Bowie down the field for their third scoring drive, capping it off with his third touchdown pass and a two-point conversion completion to senior receiver Jake Walton to tie the game at 22. Round Rock took their second lead of the game later in the fourth quarter on another Deandre Story touchdown run from two-yards out. Down seven, with five-minutes left, Bowie drove down the field again, tying the game on a 25-yard run by junior running back Cole Myers. The Bowie defense came up with a crucial stop in Round Rock's ensuing possession, giving the ball back to the offense with three minutes to go. With 38 seconds remaining, junior kicker Connor Flanigan kicked the game winning field goal from 40-yards out, just after an off-sides penalty erased a 45-yard miss. Eschenburg finished with 233 yards passing, three touchdowns and an interception. Myers rushed for 89 yards and a score. Deandre Story wrote his own chapter, leading the game in rushing for Round Rock with 130 yards and three scores. Round Rock will look to bounce back against a winless Belton (0-2), and Bowie will try and go 4-0 for the first time in over nine seasons against SA Roosevelt (2-1).

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