High School: Week 1 Class 5A notes

What a difference a year makes for Southlake Carroll at the quarterback position.

The morning of its 2010 opener against Copperas Cove, former scheduled starting quarterback Daxx Garman was ruled ineligible for the season. The Dragons lost the game, 35-14.

In the rematch against Copperas Cove on Friday, Kenny Hill turned in an amazing performance in a 38-31 comeback win.

Hill threw for 402 yards and four touchdowns in addition to scoring on a 9-yard run in the final seconds to give Carroll the win after it trailed 28-17 early in the third quarter.

The junior showed his trademark efficiency, too. He completed more than 70 percent of his passes, most of which went to receivers Peyton Williams (145 yards, one touchdown) and Sabian Holmes (167 yards, two touchdowns).

Hill’s performance overshadowed those of Copperas Cove QB Orlando Thomas, a Texas commit, and running back Brandon Hamilton. Both had huge games running the ball, gaining 178 and 165 yards, respectively.

Carroll (1-0), which rose two spots to No. 4 in the ESPNDallas.com 5A area rankings, hosts Hurst L.D. Bell (1-0) at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.
It doesn’t look like Flower Mound’s offense is going to miss a beat.

Despite losing prolific offensive catalysts QB Paul Millard and RB Hunter Lee to graduation, the Jaguars put up huge numbers in their 42-41 loss to Dallas Jesuit on Friday.

New QB Marshall Williams threw for 505 yards and four touchdowns in addition to scoring two touchdowns on the ground. WR Chas Taylor caught six balls for a staggering 312 yards and four touchdowns.

Flower Mound (0-1) trailed 42-28 heading into the fourth quarter before Williams and the offense roared back.

Williams scored on a 4-yard run in the final seconds to bring Flower Mound within a one point of the lead, but Jesuit broke up the ensuing 2-point conversion attempt, giving the Rangers (1-0) the win.

Flower Mound plays at McKinney Boyd at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.

More Thursday home games for Arlington teams

August, 29, 2011
More Arlington ISD teams will play home games Thursday nights this season because one fewer stadium is available for the six varsity squads.

The school district chose not to rent UT-Arlington’s Maverick Stadium this season as part of the district’s budget cutting for the 2011-2012 school year in the wake of an estimated $48.4 million shortfall.

The district will save $99,000 by eliminating Maverick Stadium rental.

Arlington ISD will make do with two stadiums, Cravens Field on the campus of Arlington Lamar and Wilemon Field at Arlington Sam Houston.

Maverick Stadium in years past was the designated home stadium for Arlington High and Arlington Bowie.

Cravens Field, the home field for Lamar and Arlington Martin, adds Arlington this season. Wilemon Field, home to Sam Houston and Arlington Seguin, adds Bowie.

Arlington High last played its home games at Cravens Field in the 1983 season.

Eight Thursday home games are scheduled, including the one that could decide the District 4-5A title: Bowie vs. Martin on Sept. 22 at Cravens Field.

Arlington High and Lamar play the most Thursday home games with three each. Sam Houston has two and Seguin, Bowie and Martin have one each.

Clutch kicker gives SGP coach a winning debut

August, 29, 2011
South Grand Prairie coach Brent Whitson said it is difficult to tell how a player will react in his first varsity game.

Especially a kicker.

Junior Johnny Armijo eased any thoughts of a falloff in what has been an area of excellence for the Warriors the last five seasons by kicking four field goals in Friday’s 26-24 victory over Arlington Lamar.

Armijo's a 44-yarder in the final two minutes accounted for the winning points. His other field goals came from 36, 35 and 40 yards.

“He was hitting them well in pregame, and heat helps on distance,’’ Whitson said. “I sure have confidence in him now. He earned it.’’

It was the first South Grand Prairie field goal coming from a player not named Wiggs since the 2005 season.

Carson Wiggs handled the kicking in 2006 and 2007. He is a senior at Purdue and owns the four longest field goals in Boilermakers history.

Brother Jordan Wiggs, now a freshman on the Stephen F. Austin football squad, handled the South Grand Prairie kicking the last three seasons.

“I’m pleased with the way our kids fought back after bad things happened,’’ said Whitson, the first of five football head coaches to win in his South Grand Prairie debut. “They had plenty of chances to say it isn’t our night, but they kept fighting.’’