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DFW vs the Golden Triangle this week Ranked Kennedale meets ranked West Orange Stark in Nacogdoches Friday (courtesy TexasHSFootball) Two of the best in Class 4A duke it out Friday as the West Orange-Stark Mustangs take on the Kennedale Wildcats. The two teams meet up at 7:30 p.m. on Friday night in Nacogdoches. West Orange-Stark enters Friday’s showdown with a 30-game winning streak thanks in part to a strong defense that gave up just 58 points en route to a state title last season. The two-time defending Class 4A Division II state champions have picked up where they left off from last year, despite the start of their season being delayed due to Hurricane Harvey. Mustang great and aptly-named signal caller Jack Dallas is gone, but Chaka Watson and running back Kavyn Cooper are there to lead the Mustangs attack. On the other side, Kennedale is coming off an appearance in the state semifinals last season and are off to another strong 4-0 start in 2017. The Wildcats pride themselves on running the football and have two strong backs to go with in junior De’Shaun Kirven and senior Jaden Knowles. In just four games, the pair have rushed for nearly 1,200 yards and 25 touchdowns in just four games. The Wildcats are also coming off a win over Whitehouse, a 5A program, and are looking to keep that momentum going. Last year, Kennedale fell to West Orange-Stark 45-21, but it was the most points that anyone would score on the Mustangs all season long. With a lot of new starters on defense for the Mustangs and a strong rushing attack from Kennedale, can they snap the winning streak? Or will West Orange-Stark make their streak 31 in a row? We’ll find out Friday night in East Texas. NOTABLE GAMES Angleton vs Victoria East #1 Carthage vs Henderson Alief Taylor vs Pearland Dekaney vs Spring Westfield Longview at Rockwall Duncanville vs Cedar Hill Waco Midway vs Harker Heights Euless Trinity vs Southlake Carroll Wall vs Iowa Park West Orange Stark vs Kennedale The Woodlands vs Lufkin Cameron Rising and his Newbury Park team mates have a big game against ranked Oaks Christian this week. 2018 CLASS 1. BJ FOSTER, S, Angleton defeated Rosenberg Terry 49-7. No stats available. This week – vs. Victoria East, Friday, 7:30 pm Wildcat Stadium 2. BRENNAN EAGLES, WR, Alief Taylor defeated Brazoswood 47-25. Eagles caught three TD passes of 9, 15 and 29 yards. This week – vs Pearland, Friday, Oct. 6 at 6 pm 3. CADEN STERNS, S, Cibolo Steele lost to #2 Converse Judson 35-28. No stats available. This week – vs Idle Next game – Friday, Oct 13, 7:30 p.m. Lehnhoff Stadium 4. JALEN GREEN, CB, Houston Heights (2-0) defeated Sam Houston 68-7. Green scored three times, one rushing, another passing, and another on a kick return. This week – vs Bellaire, Saturday, 7 pm Delmar Stadium 5. ALVONTE WOODARD, WR, Houston Lamar (1-1) defeated Alief Elsik, 35-14. Woodard had one reception for 20 yards. This week – vs. Westside, Saturday, 6 p.m. Delmar Stadium 6. DEMARVION OVERSHOWN, S, Arp, lost to Waskom 14-13. This week – Arp vs Elysian Fields Friday 7:30 pm, Wildcat Stadium 7. AYODELE ADEOYE, LB, IMG Academy defeated Miami Northwestern 21-0 Friday. No stats available This week – vs. Trinity Catholic, Friday, 7 pm, Ocala, Fla 8. CAMERON RISING, QB, Newbury Park CA defeated Palos Verdes 20-0, Saturday. Rising completed 15 of 25 passes for 170 yards and 2 TDs, 1 INT. This week – vs Oaks Christian, 9 pm at Oaks Christian. 9. KEAONTAY INGRAM, RB, Carthage was idle last week. Ingram has 624 yards rushing on 68 carries on the season so far for an AVERAGE of 9.17 YARDS PER CARRY. He has rushed for 7 TDs. Ingram also has another 254 yards receiving on 20 catches with another 4 TDs (12.7 YPC AVE) This week – vs Henderson, Friday, 7:30 pm Henderson 10. RONDALE MOORE, WR, Louisville Trinity KY (6-0) defeated St Xavier 28-0. Moore had carried 7 times for 108 yards, no TDs. Caught 11 passes for 81 yards. No TDs.n This week – at Eastern, Friday 7 p.m Trinity 11. CASEY THOMPSON, QB, Newcastle OK defeated Chickasha 55-21, Friday. Thompson was 17 of 31 for 342 yards and 4 TD passes. He also rushed 12 times for 98 yards and 3 TDs. This week – vs Elgin, Friday, 7:00 pm at Newcastle Stadium 12. BYRON HOBBS, LB, FW Eastern Hills (2-1) last week – Idle This week – vs Colleyville Heritage, Friday 7:30 p.m. (eastern hills) 13. REESE MOORE, OT, Seminole defeated Monahans 30-13, Friday, No stats available. This week – vs Midland Greenwood, Friday 7:30 pm, Seminole 14. DOMINICK WOOD-ANDERSON, TE, AZ Western College (3-0) was idle last week. This week – vs. Snow, Saturday, 6 p.m. Ephraim, Utah radio – 560 AM KBLU 15. CAMERON DICKER, K, Austin Lake Travis defeated Hay 60-34. Dicker is 25 of 25 on PATs so far this year. He has made 7 of 9 field goal attempts. He has a long of 53 yards and has scored 46 points with his leg this season (ave of 9.2 pts per game) This week – idle Next game – vs Austin Westlake, Friday, 7:30 pm. at Westlake 16. KEONDRE COBURN, DT, Houston Spring Westfield defeated Spring 15-12. No stats available. This week – vs. Dekaney, Friday, 7 pm, Westfield 17. MALCOM EPPS, TE, Spring Dekaney lost to Nimitz 25-7. No stats available. This week – vs. Westfield, Friday at 7 pm (Dekaney) 18. RHAFITI GHIRMAI, OL, Frisco Wakeland (4-0) was idle last week. Next game – vs. Reedy, Thursday, Oct 5, 7 p.m. Frisco Ford Center 2019 CLASS 1. ROSCHON JOHNSON, QB, Port Neches-Groves defeated Livingston 56-14. Johnson was 22 of 28 for 253 yards, 1 INT, 5 TDs. He also had 111 yards rushing on 8 attempts, including a 37-yd TD run. This week – vs Lee Saturday, 7 pm Indian Stadium Schedule for the teams ranked in The Associated Press Texas high school football poll, Oct. 6-10. Class 6A 1. Allen (4-0) at Plano West, Thursday 2. Converse Judson (5-0) idle. 3. Katy (3-0) idle. 4. DeSoto (4-0) at Irving MacArthur, Friday 5. Austin Westlake (5-0) at Buda Hays, Friday 6. Lake Travis (4-1) idle. 7. Garland Sachse (4-0) at Garland Lakeview Centennial, Friday 8. Waco Midway (5-0) vs. Killeen Harker Heights, Friday 9. The Woodlands (1-1) at Lufkin, Friday 10. Klein Collins (3-0) vs. Klein Oak, Thursday Class 5A 1. Aledo (4-0) at Saginaw, Friday 2. Manvel (3-0) at Galveston Ball, Friday 3. Denton Ryan (5-0) vs. Denton Braswell, Friday 4. CC Calallen (4-0) at CC Tuloso-Midway, Friday 5. Cedar Park (4-1) idle. 6. Dallas Highland Park (4-1) idle. 7. Angleton (4-0) vs. Victoria East, Friday 8. Mansfield Legacy (4-1) idle. 9. Dripping Springs (5-0) idle. 10. Frisco Lone Star (3-1) at Frisco, Friday Class 4A 1. Carthage (4-0) at Henderson, Friday 2. West Orange-Stark (3-0) at Kennedale, Friday 3. Argyle (5-0) idle. 4. Waco La Vega (5-0) idle. 5. Cuero (4-0) idle. 6. Kennedale (4-0) vs. West Orange-Stark, Friday 7. Midlothian Heritage (5-0) idle. 8. Gilmer (4-1) idle. 9. Van (5-0) vs. Athens, Friday 10. Sweetwater (5-0) at Lamesa, Friday Class 3A 1. Gunter (5-0) at Sadler S&S Consolidated, Friday 2. Lexington (5-0) idle. 3. Wall (4-0) vs. Iowa Park, Friday 4. Newton (4-0) idle. 5. Malakoff (4-0) vs. Groesbeck, Friday 6. Canadian (4-0) vs. Vernon, Friday 7. Brock (4-1) idle. 8. Hallettsville (3-1) at Palacios, Friday 9. New London West Rusk (3-0) at Troup, Friday 10. Yoakum (4-1) vs. Edna, Friday Class 2A 1. Tenaha (4-0) at Pineland West Sabine, Friday 2. Mason (5-0) at Ballinger, Friday 3. Muenster (5-0) idle. 4. Mart (4-1) idle. 5. Albany (5-0) idle. 6. Refugio (2-1) at Santa Gertrudis Academy, Friday 7. Abernathy (4-0) vs. Lubbock Roosevelt, Friday 8. DeLeon (5-0) vs. Hico, Friday 9. Bremond (4-1) idle. 10. Milano (5-0) idle. MAXPREPS NATIONAL TOP 25 1. Mater Dei (Santa Ana, CA) 2, IMG Academy (Bradenton, FL) 3. Grayson (Loganville, GA) 4. American Heritage (Plantation, FL) 5. St. John Bosco (Bellflower, CA) 6. DeSoto (TX) 7 Centennial (Corona, CA) 8. Allen (TX) 9. St. Joseph's Prep (Philadelphia, PA) 10. Bingham (South Jordan, UT) 11. Ben Davis (Indianapolis, IN) 12. Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, NV) 13. Central (Miami, FL) 14. St. Xavier (Cincinnati, OH) 15. Trinity (Louisville, KY) 16. South Pointe (Rock Hill, SC) 17. Katy (TX) 18. Judson (Converse, TX) 19. DeMatha (Hyattsville, MD) 20. St. Frances Academy (Baltimore, MD) 21. Mission Viejo (CA) 22. Centennial (Peoria, AZ) 23. St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, FL) 24. De La Salle (Concord, CA) 25. St. Louis (Honolulu, HI)
Mr. Trotter, After reading your tweets/comments about the â€œFlorida 5â€, and specifically this tweet â€œ@Jake_Trotter: W/ Cecil Cherry leaving, only Davante Davis left from Charlie Strong's touted "Florida 5." Gamble to recruit heavily out of TX backfiring", I decided to respond with an open letter to clear the air. To insinuate the â€œFlorida 5â€ could end up as the â€œFlorida 1â€ due to the recruits/athletes not being from the state of Texas, or â€œin-stateâ€ recruits, is laughable and a weak argument at best. But before I go further, Iâ€™d like to be clear. I completely agree that each year the majority of the athletes on the Texas Longhorn football roster should be from the state of Texas. A) As a state, Texas has the best recruits year in and year out. Thatâ€™s why many major college football programs usually have at least a few recruits from Texas sprinkled throughout their roster. C ) A recruit from Texas likely will be more familiar with the Longhorns and the other football programs within the state, as well as with the coaches that are recruiting them during their high school years. And C) an in-state recruit will still be close or reasonably close to home. Those are just a few reasons why I agree the Longhorns should always build their roster/recruiting classes with mostly athletes from Texas. But to try to argue that the recruitment of the â€œFlorida 5â€ has backfired simply because they are not from Texas is false. Letâ€™s take a look at the evidence to understand why. 1) Tim Irvin â€“ (Palmetto Bay, Florida) - Auburn: Irvin was the first of the 5 to change course. Leading up to National Signing Day, Irvin decided to flip to Auburn largely in part to unite with former Florida defensive backs coach Travaris Robinson, who he had developed a close relationship with according to reports. Thereâ€™s much more to this story of Irvinâ€™s flip than the simple fact that he is not from Florida. Oh and Auburn isnâ€™t in Florida eitherâ€¦ Just sayinâ€™. 2) Gilbert Johnson â€“ (Homestead, Florida/Georgia Prep Sports Academy)/Devonaiire Clarington â€“ (Miami, Florida): Letâ€™s take a look and both Johnson and Clarington together. Johnson was unable to attend Texas because he did not qualify academically. And Clarington, who has been on his own academic journey in an attempt to qualify academically, is waiting to hear back from the NCAA on whether he has clearance to join the Longhorn roster. Would being an â€œin-stateâ€ recruit change anything academically? No. 3) Cecil Cherry â€“ (Frostproof, Florida): There is a number of different reasons that have been stated as to why Cherry is leaving the Texas program just days into fall practices. The main reason seems to be that he initially went against what his father wants for Cherry (which is sad in itself that his father is calling the shots for him). Another reason is that he did not get the jersey number (#3) he wanted and instead received #52. At this point, Itâ€™s unclear exactly where Cherry will end up (he very well could end up at a school in Florida). But at the end of the day, it sounds like Cherry (though heâ€™s denied this notion) and his father realized he would play behind fellow freshman Malik Jefferson during his UT days as long as Malik was on roster if Cherry and Malik both stayed at MLB. Was not being an â€œin-stateâ€ recruit the main reason why Cherry left? No. Though I will admit it may play a small role into his departure. But main reason? No. As for the remaining out-of-state recruit from the â€œFlorida 5â€, Davante Davis, reports have been positive for the freshman during the first few days of fall practices. And only time will tell whether he will step into a game this season or not. Oh, and as a bonus point (because who doesnâ€™t love bonus points?), freshman wide receiver John Burt (Tallahassee, Florida) has also been receiving positive reviews during fall practices. And thereâ€™s increasing momentum to the notion that he has the skills and athleticism to contribute right away during his freshman campaign. As I stated earlier, I agree Longhorn coaches need to keep â€œin-stateâ€ recruits as their main focus when recruiting. The state is consistently oozing with talent year-after-year-after-year. And if Texas can improve its win/loss record, it will be easier and easier to recruit the top-talent in the state to the 40 Acres. But adding some top recruits from outside of the state isnâ€™t certain death for Texasâ€¦ Ricky Williams says heyâ€¦ More importantly, though, to use these specific 5 players as evidence for the argument that â€œ[strongâ€™s] gamble to recruit heavily out of TX [is] backfiringâ€ is weak evidence and paints the wrong picture as to the real reasons of why 3, and possibly 4, of the â€œFlorida 5â€ are not on the 40 Acres right now for fall practices. - Some chump with a perspective, Wes Crochet