Thursday, October 20, 2011
Jesuit, Lake Highlands vie for playoff positioning
By Travis L. Brown
DALLAS JESUIT (5-2 9-5A, 3-1) AT DALLAS LAKE HIGHLANDS (4-3, 3-1)
>7:30 p.m. Friday at Lake Highlands’ Wildcat-Ram Stadium
When we saw them last: Jesuit doubled up on Richardson, 62-30, behind an eight-touchdown performance from fill-in quarterback Brian Buell. Lake Highlands lost a heartbreaker to rival Richardson Berkner, 16-13, changing the shared stadium's name to Ram-Wildcat Stadium next year.
2010 result: Lake Highlands beat Jesuit, 29-20, in current Wildcat running back DeVonte Sunwenghan's breakout game. Filling in for injured star and current Oklahoma State freshman Desmond Roland, Sunwenghan rushed for just under 200 yards and four touchdowns in the game that assured Lake Highlands the No. 2 seed in District 9-5A.
What’s at stake: Jesuit needs to continue to win to claim a second-place finish in District 9-5A behind Dallas Skyline. Lake Highlands is currently tied with Jesuit for second in the district, but has yet to play ESPN Dallas 5A No. 2 Skyline and playoff contender Richardson. Lake Highlands needs to come up with a big win against Jesuit to give the Wildcats a leg up in the race for the last two playoff spots.
Key matchup: Jesuit’s defense against Lake Highlands rushing attack. The Wildcats have proven to be a very one-dimensional team, limited to production on the ground. Until last week’s game, when Michael Ketchmark threw for 133 yards vs. Berkner, no Wildcat passer had thrown for more than 100 yards in a game this season. Jesuit must shut down Sunwenghan and force Lake Highlands to move the ball through the air.
Players to watch: Both teams’ quarterbacks have interesting storylines coming into this game. Before the first game of the season, Jesuit quarterback Brian Buell was relegated to the second team. But after Jack Brezette went down in Jesuit’s loss to Coppell, Buell has filled in seamlessly, throwing for eight touchdowns last weekend. Ketchmark won the starting job over classmate Trent Jones last season, but Ketchmark had been sidelined for the majority of this season because of injury. He returned two weeks ago and has shown signs of being at full strength, but he's several weeks behind in game-speed action.
Prediction: Jesuit 42, Lake Highlands 10.