After visiting the University of Texas two weekends in a row, Harold Perkins was a player that I wanted to see in action. So, on Thursday, I travelled to Cypress, TX to see what the 2022 five-star linebacker could do against Cypress Lakes.
Additionally, on Friday, I covered Stony Point's district matchup against Cedar Ridge to watch 2023 running back Cameron Cook, who has recently received an offer from Southern California.
Despite being projected as a star linebacker at the collegiate level, Perkins is Cypress Park's main weapon on offense. In fact, Perkins, who plays on both sides of the ball, currently leads the team in rushing with 627 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns.
Entering Thursday's game, Cy Park had a 4-0 record and was off to a hot start to their season. In contrast, the Cy Lakes Spartans have stumbled out of the gate - with an uninspiring 0-4 record. However, after watching the Spartans line up against Cy Park, it is apparent that their roster has some aptitude for football.
Unfortunately for Cy Lakes, Perkins was a man on a mission for the Tigers, rushing for 162 yards and 3 touchdowns on just 7 carries. Also, funny enough, it seemed like Cy Park's coaching staff tried their best to keep Perkins on the sidelines to get him some rest. However, after the Tigers offense would find itself in a third-and-long, or even fourth-and-long situation, Perkins was subbed back in on mop-up duty.
For example, at one point in the first quarter, Cy Park found themselves in a fourth-and-seven situation in opponent's territory. Out of both field goal & punt range, Cy Park opted to instead dial up a run play for Perkins who took it to the house - giving the Tigers a 14-0 lead.
It is not difficult to see why Perkins is so highly touted, thanks to his jaw-dropping athleticism that he makes look easy. And, while he had a relatively quiet night on defense, thanks to Cy Lakes avoiding his side of the field, Perkins was still able to tally a sack.
When the final whistle blew, Cy Park advanced to 5-0 with a 56-0 win over Cy Lakes.
Like Thursday's game, I was excited to watch two teams that I had never covered before in Stony Point and Cedar Ridge. So far this season, Cedar Ridge has been a team to beat in the 25-6A district, along with Vandegrift. Meanwhile, Stony Point has gotten off to a shaky start to their season and would face a big challenge against the Raiders.
For Stony Point, the passing game quickly became obsolete against a dynamic Raiders defense. Cedar Ridge's pass rush was simply too dominant, forcing a countless number of sacks and quarterback pressures. Additionally, Raiders senior Jackson Donohoe was able to make a nice diving interception grab in the second quarter.
As a result, the offense had to rely on senior Jaden Leonard and junior Cameron Cook to run the ball against a stacked box. Both Leonard and Cook showed flashes of success running the football, however in the end the Raiders defense did not allow many big plays.
When presented with a decent running lanes, Cook was able to piece together sizable runs. However, Cook did have a second half fumble, which he was able to bounce back from as he had his longest rush of the game afterwards.
For Cedar Ridge, junior quarterback Aidan Liston had an impressive outing, throwing for three touchdown passes. Liston was delivering an accurate ball all night and had no problem hitting receivers in stride.
Senior receivers Matthew Brooks and Taye Jackson both look like solid receiving threats. Brooks showcased his big 6'3" frame on a couple of catches while Jackson showcased his speed on a deep-pass by Liston that resulted in a touchdown.
Lastly, on offense, junior running back Karlos Jackson II was bouncing off of defenders and was taking advantage of sound offensive line play by Cedar Ridge. Furthermore, Jackson was involved in the scoring action as he rushed for a first quarter touchdown.
Ultimately, the Raiders were able to win in style, 34-0.
I imagine that there are several players on Texas's recruiting big board that would be viewed as home run additions, one of them having to be Harold Perkins. While Texas is very much in the race for Perkins, evident by his back-to-back trips to the Forty Acres, they have some work to do to land him. In fact, Perkins currently has two 247Sports crystal ball predictions in favor of Texas A&M. But, I believe that it is still too early to guess where he will end up. Moreover, Perkins will not be making his commitment until January at the Under Armour All-American game.
Switching topics, I enjoyed watching the Stony Point versus Cedar Ridge game. The Raiders have a lot of talent and have the ability to upset a team or two in the playoffs. For Stony Point, I liked what I saw from Cameron Cook but I will have to see him again in the future. It is clear that the junior running back has some talent but it is difficult to be showcased when going against a dominant Raiders squad. But, whenever USC is one of the first schools to offer a Texas kid, your ears should perk up.