High School: Keller Timber Creek

Boys: Arl. Heights cruises past Timber Creek

February, 21, 2012
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HALTOM CITY, Texas -- By the time Keller Timber Creek shook off the jitters of its first playoff game, it was too late.

Arlington Heights controlled the boards on its way to a 69-44 win in the Class 4A Region I bi-district playoffs Tuesday night.

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Heights coach Josh Welch said his team needed to dictate the tempo early. They didn't dictate, they dominated.

The Yellow Jackets started the game on a 21-2 run before Timber Creek finally started breaking through Heights' pressure.

"We didn't want them to have an opportunity to play their game," Welch said. "We kept trying to put pressure on them and get them to make mistakes."

Timber Creek chipped away slowly to end the first half down 36-21, but Heights started the second half just as hot as the first.

Heights went on a 17-2 run after the break to put the Falcons away for good.

Timber Creek had trouble with Heights' size the whole game. A'Shawn Robinson finished with 14 points and nine rebounds. The 6-foot-6 forward committed to play football at UT on Feb. 16.

The Yellow Jackets spread the wealth on offense. Justin Hemphill led Heights with 16 points and Travis Williams added 14.

Ray Munson led Timber Creek with 14 points.

The win gives Heights big momentum heading to the area playoffs.

"I hope our best basketball is still to come," Welch said. "It does help, but all that's left are good teams. We have to bring it every night."

Heights next takes on the winner of ESPN Dallas No. 8 Arlington Seguin and Waco.

Aledo's Gray sets Texas career scoring mark

September, 22, 2011
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KELLER, Texas -- The price of admission to an Aledo football game these days just about guarantees a chance to witness history.

That was the case again Thursday night as Aledo running back Johnathan Gray became the career scoring leader in Texas and No. 5 in the nation after a five-touchdown performance in a 62-17 rout of Keller Timber Creek (2-2, 0-1).

The Texas commit entered the game with 890 career points and passed Texas high school football legend Ken Hall of Sugar Land, who previously held the No. 5 national spot and state record with 899 career points. Gray (920 points) is now just four points shy of overtaking Kevin Grady Jr. of East Grand Rapids, Michigan for the No. 4 position.

Gray finished the game with just eight carries, but racked up 209 yards and four touchdowns on the ground. He also gained 61 yards receiving, including a 48-yard catch-and-run off a screen pass for a score in the second quarter.

Gray had touchdown rushes from 69, 15, 35 and 54 yards out -- all but one coming in the first half.

He finished each electrifying scoring play with a nonchalant ball-flip to the official and a quiet jog to the sideline, yet the state career touchdown leader said running the ball into the end zone is still as exciting as ever.

“If it ever got unexciting, you don’t want to play the game anymore,” Gray said. “There’s nothing more you want to do than get in the end zone.”

The win in the District 5-4A opener was important for Aledo (2-2, 1-0), which got off to a rough 1-2 start in nondistrict play.

“Taking those two losses to those two good teams -- that’s something you don’t want to do, but it happens,” Gray said. “You’ve just got to take it and progress through the year and make it what it is.”

What it is for Gray, so far, is nothing less than record-breaking, night in and night out, even on a Thursday night that marked his season low in yards in a game.

Aledo eyes fast district start vs. Timber Creek

September, 22, 2011
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No. 6 ALEDO (1-2) at KELLER TIMBER CREEK (2-1)
7:00 p.m. Thursday at Keller ISD Athletic Complex


When we saw them last: Aledo took its second loss of the season at the hands of four-time 4A state champion Lake Travis, 62-35, in one of the most anticipated games of the young 2011 season. Aledo has prepared for two weeks since the loss, taking its bye week last weekend. Timber Creek lost a nail-biter to North Forney, 42-20, last Thursday.

2010 result: Aledo crushed Timber Creek 64-0 as a part of its undefeated 4A state championship drive in 2010. Returning running back Johnathan Gray ran all over Timber Creek’s defense for over 200 yards and five touchdowns.

What’s at stake: Everything for Aledo right now. Going into the first game of District 5-4A play 1-2 has to be a strange feeling for Aledo. With sights set on goals much higher than a district title in that community, taking another loss would be a crushing blow to the confidence of a team that was put on a pedestal before the season began. While it’s not a very evenly matched tilt, the game is as much of a must-win for Aledo as a game can be this early in the season.

Key matchup: Mr. Football USA vs. the Timber Creek defense. This game could get out of hand early for Timber Creek if it can’t find a way to pick up its rush defense. It put up good numbers in the first two games of the season, but faced weak competition in Fort Worth North Side and Dallas Thomas Jefferson. Allowing over 400 yards rushing to North Forney last week is not the kind of performance that will keep Timber Creek in the game against Gray.

Players to watch: Of course, Aledo’s Johnathan Gray is one of the biggest threats in the state to pick up a game on his shoulders for Aledo. Leading the defensive charge against Gray will be Timber Creek defensive tackle Mason White. Also, look out for Aledo senior quarterback Matthew Bishop, who can get the job done in the air if Timber Creek finds a way to keep Gray at bay.

Prediction: Aledo 51, Timber Creek 0.

District 5-4A football season preview

August, 16, 2011
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DISTRICT 5-4A

  • Aledo (16-0, 7-0), won DII state title. Coach: Tim Buchanan.
  • Azle (2-8, 1-6). Coach: Devon Dorris.
  • Fort Worth Boswell (7-5, 5-2), lost in DI area. Coach: John Abendschan.
  • Fort Worth Brewer (5-5, 3-4). Coach: Paul Sharr.
  • Keller Timber Creek (3-7, 0-7). Coach: Kevin Golden.
  • North Richland Hills Birdville (9-4, 5-2), lost in DI regional semifinal. Coach: Jim Skinner.
  • Springtown (7-4, 5-2), lost in DII bi-district. Coach: Brad Turner.
  • Trophy Club Byron Nelson (1-9, 0-74-6, 2-5). Coach: Brian Polk.
THE BIG QUESTION: How many more state records can Aledo running back Johnathan Gray set?

[+] EnlargeJohnathan Gray
Travis L. Brown/ESPNDallas.comJohnathan Gray, who broke the state record with 59 touchdowns last season, will try to lead Aledo to its third straight state title.
The Texas Longhorn commit broke the state season record for rushing touchdowns with 59 in 2010, while scoring 368 points.

Gray needs 12 overall touchdowns and 13 rushing scores in his senior season to break career state records in both categories.

With 7,003 career yards, Gray needs 3,295 yards to overtake Cayuga’s Traylon Shead (2006-2009) for second place on the state’s all-time rushing list. He needs 4,240 yards to overtake the mark of Sugar Land’s Ken Hall that has stood for better than a half-century.

Gray set state championship game records last year when he rushed for 323 yards and eight touchdowns in Aledo’s 69-34 rout of La Marque.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

RB Johnathan Gray, QB Matthew Bishop, OL Michael Wilson, SS Dayne Davis, Aledo; TE/DE Reese Richards, RB/DB Zach Wood, Azle; RB/CB Jonathan Epps, DL Steven August, Boswell; DE Anthony Washington, OL/DL James De La Rosa, Fort Worth Brewer; DT Mason White, WR Robert Lambe, Keller Timber Creek; RB Tyler Klutts, QB E.A. Northey, DT Nick Poole, NRH Birdville; LB Brandon Emmert, DB Billy Chappell, Springtown; RB Carlos Lowe, OL Ben Balduc, Trophy Club Byron Nelson.

DID YOU KNOW?

Aledo begins the season with a 29-game winning streak seeking its third straight state championship. ... Jonathan Epps of Boswell is one of the most well-rounded players in the district. Last season the running back/defensive back rushed for over 400 yards, had four interceptions and returned two kickoffs for touchdowns. ... Birdville running back Tyler Klutts missed a 2,000-yard rushing season by less than 50 yards in 2010. ... Springtown is coming off a seven-win season that equals the best at the school in 12 years. … Trophy Club Byron Nelson won a respectable four games last year in its first varsity season with a roster composed of underclassmen.

PROJECTED PLAYOFF TEAMS

  1. Aledo
  2. North Richland Hills Birdville
  3. Fort Worth Boswell
  4. Springtown

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