High School: 2011 Week 2 5A Preview


7:30 p.m. Friday at Jesuit

When we saw them last: Coppell finished off Arlington 38-24, holding them scoreless after a first-half shootout. Jesuit hosted Houston counterpart Strake Jesuit, racking up over 500 yards of total offense in a 51-14 drubbing.

2010 result: Coppell blew Jesuit away 52-7, in a game where Coppell tallied over 600 yards of total offense. Current Coppell quarterback Jake Larson picked up some playing time, throwing for 129 yards and two touchdowns.

What’s at stake: Jesuit’s revenge for last year’s defeat. Jesuit is much stronger than last year and could catch Coppell off guard with a reloaded offense still trying to find an identity.

Key matchup: Jesuit’s front eight vs. Coppell’s offensive backfield. If Jesuit can get pressure in on Larson and force mistakes they can keep themselves in the game against a strong Coppell defense.

Players to watch: Jesuit will rely on DT Akuda Esin and LB Hank Toboolka to get pressure on Larson. On offense, Jesuit has the district’s best offensive talent from last season returning in wide receiver Jake Oliver.

Prediction: Coppell 17, Jesuit 14.

Arlington Martin gets tune-up before 4-5A play

September, 8, 2011
7:30 p.m. Friday at Neal Wilson Stadium

When we saw them last: Arlington Martin tallied its second convincing win of the season with a 43-10 thrashing of South Garland. Kyle Hicks ran for 124 yards and three touchdowns in the game. Flower Mound outpaced McKinney Boyd in a 44-36 win that showed that the Jaguar offense is again one of the best in the area.

2010 result: Martin avoided falling into a shocking 0-3 hole with a 58-48 win over Flower Mound. The Jaguars tallied 680 yards of total offense but lost the turnover battle 3-0. Martin QB Russell Bellomy accounted for five touchdowns.

What’s at stake: Momentum. Both teams could use it as they wrap up their nondistrict schedules. Martin opens district play next week with Arlington Bowie in a game that could decide 4-5A title. Flower Mound will get tested each week in a deep and talented District 8-5A.

Key matchup: Arlington Martin’s secondary vs. Flower Mound’s passing game. Flower Mound leads the area in passing offense yet again, but Martin has given up just 147 yards through the air in two games thanks in part to talented DB duo Eric and Stephen Amoako. Both are committed to Oregon.

Players to watch: Flower Mound QB Marshall Williams leads the area in passing by a mile with 944 yards and eight touchdowns. His favorite receiver Chas Taylor leads the area in receiving with 450 yards and six touchdowns. Martin DE Devonte Fields is one of the top defensive prospects in the area. He is committed to TCU.

Prediction: Arlington Martin 59, Flower Mound 45.

DeSoto faces first test against rival Cedar Hill

September, 7, 2011
No. 10 CEDAR HILL (1-1) vs. No. 6 DeSOTO (2-0)
4 p.m. Saturday at Dallas’ John Kincaide Stadium

When we saw them last: Both teams played in the Kirk Herbsteit National Kickoff Classic on Labor Day at Cowboys Stadium. Andre Anderson threw for three touchdowns in Cedar Hill’s 24-21 win over Denton Guyer. DeSoto’s defense held Oklahoma City Douglass to 49 total yards in a 63-0 rout.

Last meeting: The teams last met in 2009 with Cedar Hill winning a thriller, 44-41, despite being out-gained in total yardage by 167 yards. The Longhorns have won three of the last four meetings.

What’s at stake: Bragging rights for schools in southern Dallas County separated by only a few miles.

Key matchup: DeSoto’s defense is yet to allow a touchdown in two games, but should get a test from a Cedar Hill offense that gained confidence in the second half of the win over Guyer.

Players to watch: Cedar Hill big-play threat Laquvionte Gonzalez, a junior, is averaging eight yards for each offensive touch. DeSoto linebacker Alex Lyons, a 6-foot, 205-pound senior, is averaging 13 tackles per game.

Prediction: Lots of talent on the field in this one: DeSoto 27, Cedar Hill 24.