When Texas Stadium closed its doors late last year it ended an era of high school football. After much debate on where big time playoff games would be played in the Metroplex, the answer is the new $1 billion Cowboys Stadium and one of the 19 Texas Longhorn commits in playing the postseason will headline the first ever playoff double header at the new stadium tonight.
Haltom had a rough start to the 2009 season but the Buffalos, thanks in part to the play of Texas-bound defensive end Reggie Wilson, rebounded in a strong way to finish second in District 3-5A and make the playoffs. Wilson, the No. 1 ranked prospect on the Inside Texas 2010 Top 100, and the Buffalos will play the back end of the double header at Cowboys Stadium tonight when they face Arlington Martin out of District 4-5A in what many figure to be a highly competitive ball game.
Wilson has the honor of playing in one of the first playoff games ever at the new palace in Arlington, but there is another blockbuster matchup involving one of the Horns’ top commitments and one of the top remaining targets left in the board for Texas in 2010.
Cedar Hill rallied to beat Plano West in an epic first round battle at Texas Stadium last year and now the Longhorns, led defensively by Texas commit Aaron Benson, will have to face the Wolves, led by the No. 1 overall prospect on the ESPNU 150 in Jackson Jeffcoat, in a return match Friday at Standridge Stadium on Carrollton.
Despite Benson missing four games due the flu and a shoulder injury Cedar Hill went 10-0 in the regular season and spent nine weeks ranked at the No. 1 team in Class 5A, but they face a tough task as Jeffcoat and the Wolves had to battle through a tough district to get into the postseason.
Also in Class 5A one of the better games in the Houston area is the continuation of a long standing playoff rivalry between Galena Park North Shore and Pearland. Both programs have sent players to Texas (current Longhorn cornerback Chykie Brown played at North Shore while Fozzy Whittaker played at Pearland) and this year’s game is no different with Texas offensive line commit Trey Hopkins leading the way for North Shore.
A 7-3 record in the regular season would be considered a success for just about any team in the state, but it is less than the norm at North Shore where the Mustangs entered the regular season with a 78-game regular season win streak and a 52-game district winning streak, two long victory stretches that were snapped in 2009. Now the Mustangs, a preseason top five team in the state, now has to win to or their season (and Hopkins’ high school career) will be over.
John Tyler had an outstanding regular season with 9-1 record and a share of the District 11-5A title after a thrilling regular season ending victory against DeSoto and an outstanding game by Texas receiver commit Darius Terrell (nine catches, 94 yards, two touchdowns).
The Lions showed the state that CUJO is back and ready to roll in the playoffs with Texas commit Ashton Dorsey leading the way on defense. The Under Armour All-American will need to be at his best this week because even though the Lions are hosting a playoff game at Rose Stadium, their opponent is Copperas Cove and the Centex powerhouse loves to run the football and prides itself on being physical at the line of scrimmage.
The Longhorns also have a stake in the Oklahoma playoffs as DeMarco Cobbs leads Tulsa Central against Bixby as the Braves, despite having the better regular season record, have to go on the road for their opening round game.
Houston St. Pius X made the playoffs but Greg Daniels and the Panthers have the week off as they await the winner of a TAPPS first round game between El Paso Cathedral and San Antonio Central Catholic.
Also see: 2011 State Rankings: Defensive Tackles
Clear Springs: Charging Ahead
Kolby Griffin: Getting Familiar with Texas
The Inside Texas Recruiting Podcast
Week Ten Evaluation: Taylor Bible
2011 State Rankings: Defensive Ends
Week Ten Evaluation: Chris Jones
Texas Commit Week Ten Wrap-Up
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