With several Texas commits needing to win ball games in the final week of the regular season to secure playoff berths there were some outstanding performances by the 18 future Longhorns in action in week 10.
The best effort might have been by the newest member of the recruiting class as four-star athlete Demarco Cobbs gave a tremendous performance to help his high school team end a long playoff drought.
Cobbs rushed for 244 yards from his quarterback spot, recorded five tackles on defense and blocked a field goal on special teams to lead Tulsa Central to a 33-3 win over Stilwell. The victory for Central (8-2) sends the Braves to the Class 5A state playoffs for the first time since 2003.
Traylon Shead has had a big senior season for Cayuga and thanks to his 158 yards and three touchdowns on 15 carries he helped carry the Wildcats to a 34-28 win over Grapeland. This marks this first time Cayuga (8-1) has won and outright district championship, one of several milestones for Shead over the weekend. Shead now has 9,158 rushing yards in his career to trail only Kenneth Hall on the state’s all-time list as the total also ranks him No. 8 all-time nationally. Shead’s three touchdowns also move him past Hall and Cedric Benson on the state’s all-time list with 128 and he is now just nine touchdowns away from passing Jacquizz Rodgers as Texas’ career leader.
In Daingerfield’s 69-0 win over Queen City, Chris Jones had only seven touches but he made the most of them recording 148 all-purpose yards returning two punts for touchdowns in the win. Jones, who had not returned punts all season until Friday, had touchdown returns of 64 and 42 yards and also had a 45-yard return called back because of a penalty in a big night for the Tigers (9-1) who now set out to defend their Class 2A state championship.
Graham finished the regular season with a 9-1 record after a 49-7 win over Breckenridge to give the Steers a share of the District 2-3A championship. Case McCoy has had an outstanding senior season and his strong run continued Friday as he completed 18 of 31 passes for 319 yards and four touchdowns in the victory for the Steers, who re-entered the Class 3A state rankings last week.
It was not as bright of a week for the remaining Longhorn offensive skill commits but a two of them have better days ahead of them while one saw his season come to an end.
DeSoto faced John Tyler in a game featuring three Longhorn commits that would determine whether the Lions would earn a share of the District 11-5A title. Adrian White and Ashton Dorsey did their part as JT’s passing game was nonexistent while DeSoto couldn’t get anything out of the ground game. But with JT running the ball with reckless abandon and DeSoto airing it out to the likes of Darius Terrell, the game turned into a classic shootout. It was Dorsey and the JT defense coming up with a sack on the Eagles’ attempt at a game winning two-point conversion that proved to be the difference in the Lions’ 41-40 win. Despite the loss Terrell had yet another big game finishing with 94 yards on nine catches with two touchdown receptions.
Connor Wood and Houston second Baptist suffered a rare district loss to Tomball Concordia Lutheran, 24-21. Wood was missing one of his top receivers in the game and finished 13 for 29 passing for 212 yards and a touchdown pass as Second Baptist (7-4) gets set to enter the TAPPS playoffs.
Garland Naaman Forest needed a win to get into the playoffs but John Harris and the Rangers fell to South Garland, 29-28 as the Rangers (5-5) will not be playing in the Class 5A playoffs starting this weekend. In his final high school game the future Longhorn receiver gave a solid effort with 94 rushing yards and two touchdowns while throwing for 89 yards and another score.
Dominic Espinosa and Cedar Park (7-3) wrapped up a district title in District 16-5A with a 27-14 victory over rival Leander. The Timberwolves rushed for 216 yards and passed for 98 more in the victory.
Things did not go as well for Trey Hopkins as Galena Park North Shore average more than nine yards per carry on the ground but the Mustangs fell to Beaumont West Brook, 35-28. Multiple losses for North Shore (7-3) in a season are rare but now the Mustangs enter the playoffs without winning a district championship, another rarity under head coach David Aymond.
On the defensive side of the ball it was a triumphant week in many ways for Aaron Benson. Not only did Cedar Hill wrap up an undefeated regular season with a 52-7 thumping of Irving Nimitz but the Longhorns also won the District 7-5A title outright. Benson made several big plays in his first game back from a shoulder injury and the future Longhorn linebacker now looks ready to go for the playoffs.
Reggie Wilson and Haltom capped an incredible second half run in the regular season by beating Richland 34-30 to finish 5-5 and enter the Class 5A playoffs as the top seed in the Division I bracket. The Horns other defensive end, Houston St. Pius X’s Greg Daniels, helped the Panthers win a non-district game against Houston Bellaire 35-32 to finish the regular season with an impressive 8-2 mark.
DeAires Cotton and Alief Taylor made the playoffs thanks to a late surge that propelled the Lions (7-3) over Alief Elsik, 34-25. Taylor Bible and Denton Guyer suffered their first loss of the regular season with 50-29 defeat at the hands of Denton Ryan. Bible had a sack and made his presence felt for Guyer (9-1) despite being ejected during the third quarter of the loss.
Sulphur Springs will get a chance to defend its Class 4A state championship as the Wildcats (7-3) and Bryant Jackson won an elimination game for the final playoff spot out of District 13-4A with a 27-17 victory over Hallsville.
Carrington Byndom and Lufkin lost only two games during the regular season in close ball games to John Tyler and The Woodlands and the Panthers (8-2) went out with a bang finishing the regular season by rolling past Conroe Oak Ridge, 51-7.
Garland wrapped up its season with a district championship in week nine as the Owls (8-1) were off in week 10 giving both Tevin Jackson and Adrian Phillips time to heal ankle injuries before beginning the playoffs.
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