High-SchoolFootball: Stefon Diggs

Mr. Football USA Week 9 Tracker

October, 25, 2011
10/25/11
3:36
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Dorial Green-BeckhamJohn Fedele/ESPNHSHillcrest (Springfield, Mo.) WR Dorial Green-Beckham needs just 62 yards this week to eclipse the national record for career receiving yards.
One of the biggest individual honors a high school football player can receive is Mr. Football USA, the title bestowed upon the nation’s most outstanding player each fall by ESPNHS.

Below is a look at the top candidates in the chase for the 2011 Mr. Football USA. Every Tuesday during the regular season we’ll update the totals of many leading contenders as well as examine some of the new names that are emerging as strong contenders.

THE FAVORITES
RB Johnathan Gray, Aledo (Aledo, Texas)
This week: The new No. 1 rated running back in the updated ESPNU 150, Gray 20 times for 160 yards and four touchdowns while also catching three passes for 128 yards and another score in Aledo's 49-3 win over Azle (Azle, Texas).
Season totals: 148 carries for 1,964 yards and 37 touchdowns rushing, 16 catches for 346 yards and four scores receiving; Aledo is 6-2
Stock – Same: Gray’s continues to accumulate single-season and career stats that jump off the page. He now has scored 1,058 career points, placing him No. 3 all-time nationally and just 18 points (three touchdowns) behind No. 2 on the list, former NC State running back T.A. McLendon. He also tied the all-time Texas state mark with his 43rd career 100-yard rushing game.

WR Dorial Green-Beckham, Hillcrest (Springfield, Mo.)
This week: The nation’s No. 1 ranked WR by ESPNU had his eighth 100-yard game of the year Friday, catching nine passes for 189 yards and two touchdowns and also scored on a 27-yard reverse in Hillcrest's 56-6 rout of Marshfield (Marshfield, Mo.).
Season Totals: 87 catches for 1,682 yards and 17 touchdowns, one rushing touchdown; team is 8-1
Stock – Slightly Up: Green-Beckham is now up to 5,806 career receiving yards and is just 62 yards away from breaking the national career receiving yardage record held by former Evangel Christian (Shreveport, La.) WR Abram Booty.

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Mr. Football USA Week 8 Tracker

October, 18, 2011
10/18/11
11:58
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One of the biggest individual honors a high school football player can receive is Mr. Football USA, the title bestowed upon the nation’s most outstanding player each fall by ESPNHS.

Below is a look at the top candidates in the chase for the 2011 Mr. Football USA. Every Tuesday during the regular season we’ll update the totals of many leading contenders as well as examine some of the new names that are emerging as strong contenders.

THE FAVORITES
RB Johnathan Gray, Aledo (Aledo, Texas)
This week: Gray ran for six touchdowns (4, 1, 40, 70, 15 and 47 yards) and 243 yards on just 14 carries as Aledo thrashed Boswell (Fort Worth, Texas) 73-30 on Friday night.
Season totals: 128 carries for 1,804 yards and 33 touchdowns rushing, 13 catches for 218 yards and three scores receiving; Aledo is 5-2
Stock – Slightly Up: Gray’s continues to accumulate single-season and career stats that jump off the page. He now has scored 1,028 career points, placing him No. 3 all-time nationally and just 48 points (eight touchdowns) behind No. 2 on the list, former NC State running back T.A. McLendon.

WR Dorial Green-Beckham, Hillcrest (Springfield, Mo.)
This week: The nation’s No. 1 ranked WR by ESPNU had his seventh 100-yard game of the year Friday, catching five passes for 116 yards and two touchdowns in Hillcrest's 49-0 rout of West Plains (West Plains, Mo.).
Season Totals: 78 catches for 1,493 yards and 15 touchdowns; team is 7-1
Stock – Same: Green-Beckham is now up to 5,617 career receiving yards and is just 191 yards away from breaking the national career receiving yardage record held by former Evangel Christian (Shreveport, La.) WR Abram Booty.

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Mr. Football USA Week 6 Tracker

October, 4, 2011
10/04/11
11:49
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Johnathan GrayTom Hauck/ESPNHSJohnathan Gray ran for a whopping 342 yards and seven touchdowns Friday night in Aledo's 83-21 win over Springtown
One of the biggest individual honors a high school football player can receive is Mr. Football USA, the title bestowed upon the nation’s most outstanding player each fall by ESPNHS.

Below is a look at the top candidates in the chase for the 2011 Mr. Football USA. Every Tuesday during the regular season we’ll update the totals of many leading contenders as well as examine some of the new names that are emerging as strong contenders.

THE FAVORITES
DE Mario Edwards Jr., Denton Ryan (Denton, Texas)
This week: Edwards, the top-ranked recruit nationwide by ESPNU, enjoyed a week off with his teammates. Denton Ryan retakes the field this Thursday versus Rider (Wichita Falls, Texas).
Season totals: 8.5 sacks and three forced fumbles; team is 5-0 and No. 38 in the POWERADE FAB 50
Stock – Same: Edwards' bye week comes at a perfect time. He can get fully healthy and try to put together a strong second half and push towards 20 sacks.

RB Johnathan Gray, Aledo (Aledo, Texas)
This week: Despite only playing 2 1/2 quarters Friday night, Gray vaulted from fifth to third all-time in the national record book in scoring, rushing 16 times for 342 yards and seven touchdowns (42, 31, 30, 8, 14, 8 and 69 yards) as Aledo destroyed winless Springtown (Springtown, Texas) 83-21.
Season totals: 93 carries for 1,364 yards and 24 touchdowns rushing, one touchdown receiving; Aledo is 3-2
Stock – Up: Gray’s numbers continue to boggle the mind as he's averaging nearly 275 yards per game and nearly 15 yards per carry. He now has scored 962 points in his illustrious career.

WR Dorial Green-Beckham, Hillcrest (Springfield, Mo.)
This week: The nation’s No. 1 ranked WR by ESPNU helped his team to a fourth straight win Friday night, catching seven passes for 159 yards and a touchdown in a 42-14 victory over Waynesville (Waynesville, Mo.).
Season Totals: 60 catches for 1,023 yards and 10 touchdowns; team is 5-1
Stock – Same: Green-Beckham continues to dominate and just as importantly he's also opening things up for his teammates (Stewart Andress rushing for 200 yards and four TDs Friday night) and helping Hillcrest to wins on the field.

QB Alec Morris, Allen (Allen, Texas)
This week: Morris had his first "off-game" of the year Friday night, hitting just 6-of-17 passes for 116 yards and two touchdowns, but Missouri-bound RB Jonathan Williams picked up the slack with 233 yards rushing as Allen still crushed Lewisville (Lewisville, Texas) 45-13
Season totals: 88-of-144 for 1,357 yards and 19 touchdowns with no interceptions, 84 yards and two touchdowns rushing; team is 5-0 and No. 3 in the FAB 50.
Stock – Same: Morris showed Friday that he is indeed human, but even with an off night he still has eye-popping overall numbers through five games for the nation's No. 3 team.

STRONG CASES
ATH Stefon Diggs, Good Counsel (Olney, Md.)
This week: Diggs caught four passes for 125 yards and also contributed an interception and several big hits in the secondary as Good Counsel topped Red Lion Christian (Bear, Del.) on Saturday 34-14
Season totals: 22 receptions for 483 yards and five touchdowns, one touchdown rushing, one interception; team is 5-0 and ranked No. 8 in the FAB 50.
Stock – Same: Diggs continues to make big plays in each game, however the balance of Good Counsel really prevents him from putting up huge overall numbers.

RB Rushel Shell, Hopewell (Aliquippa, Pa.)
This week: The nation’s third-ranked back was subdued to just 109 yards and no scores on 26 carries as Blackhawk (Beaver Falls, Pa.) took it to Hopewell 37-13 on Friday night.
Season totals: 149 carries for 1,062 yards and 11 touchdowns, one receiving touchdown; team is 4-1.
Stock – Slightly Down: Hopewell has made great strides from '10, but showed Friday that good teams can slow down the entire operation by stacking the box against Shell.

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Mr. Football USA Week 5 Tracker

September, 27, 2011
9/27/11
3:03
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Trey WilliamsTom Hauck/ESPNHSDekaney (Spring, Texas) RB and Texas A&M commit Trey Williams ran for 279 yards and three scores to help his team move to 4-0.
One of the biggest individual honors a high school football player can receive is Mr. Football USA, the title bestowed upon the nation’s most outstanding player each fall by ESPNHS.

Below is a look at the top candidates in the chase for the 2011 Mr. Football USA. Every Tuesday during the regular season we’ll update the totals of many leading contenders as well as examine some of the new names that are emerging as strong contenders.

THE FAVORITES
DE Mario Edwards Jr., Denton Ryan (Denton, Texas)
This week: Edwards, the top-ranked recruit nationwide by ESPNU, had three sacks and forced a fumble as Ryan held on for a 42-28 win over Lake Dallas (Corinth, Texas).
Season totals: 8.5 sacks and three forced fumbles; team is 5-0 and No. 38 in the POWERADE FAB 50
Stock – Up: Edwards bounced back after a down game to come through for his team in the clutch and keep the Raiders unbeaten.

RB Johnathan Gray, Aledo (Aledo, Texas)
This week: Gray became the all-time leading scorer in Texas (920 points) and moved to fifth all-time nationally in Friday night’s 62-17 rout of Timber Creek (Keller, Texas), rushing for 209 yards and four touchdowns on just eight carries while also catching two passes for 61 yards and a fifth score.
Season totals: 77 carries for 1,022 yards and 17 touchdowns rushing, one touchdown receiving; Aledo is 2-2
Stock – Up: Gray’s numbers continue to boggle the mind. Despite being a marked man every time he steps on the field he’s now averaging over 13 yards per carry, over 250 yards and four touchdowns per contest.

WR Dorial Green-Beckham, Hillcrest (Springfield, Mo.)
This week: The nation’s No. 1 ranked WR by ESPNU had another big night Friday, catching 10 passes for 130 yards and two touchdowns as Hillcrest trounced Glendale (Springfield, Mo.) 35-8.
Season Totals: 53 catches for 864 yards and nine touchdowns; team is 4-1
Stock – Slightly Up: Green-Beckham is now averaging a ridiculous 10 catches and 170 yards per game receiving.

QB Alec Morris, Allen (Allen, Texas)
This week: Missouri-bound RB Jonathan Williams returned from injury for Allen this week but it was still Alec Morris leading the attack, as the Alabama recruit completed 22-of-32 for 306 yards and four touchdowns in a 44-7 rout of previously undefeated Plano (Plano, Texas).
Season totals: 82-of-127 for 1,241 yards and 17 touchdowns with no interceptions, 77 yards and two touchdowns rushing; team is 4-0 and No. 3 in the FAB 50.
Stock – Slightly Up: Morris continues to play as well as any high school QB in the nation, averaging 310 yards and four touchdowns per game so far.

RB Rushel Shell, Hopewell (Aliquippa, Pa.)
This week: The nation’s third-ranked back broke the WPIAL career rushing mark, that was previously 7.646 yards by Mike Vernillo, Friday night in 27-20 win over Mt. Lebanon (Pittsburgh). Shell carried 32 times for 205 yards and three touchdowns in the victory and now sets his sights on the Pennsylvania career state record of 9,027 yards, held by Jeremiah Young.
Season totals: 123 carries for 953 yards and 11 touchdowns, one receiving touchdown; team is 4-0.
Stock – Up: Shell now has 7,718 yards on his career and is averaging nearly 240 yards per game rushing this fall.

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Mr. Football USA Week 4 Tracker

September, 20, 2011
9/20/11
2:50
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xTom Hauck/ESPNHSNeal Burcham passed for 471 yards and accounted for four scores in Greenbrier's (Greenbrier, Ark.) 42-35 win
One of the biggest individual honors a high school football player can receive is Mr. Football USA, the title bestowed upon the nation’s most outstanding player each fall by ESPNHS.

Below is a look at the top candidates in the chase for the 2011 Mr. Football USA. Every Tuesday during the regular season we’ll update the totals of many leading contenders as well as examine some of the new names that are emerging as strong contenders.

THE FAVORITES
DE Mario Edwards Jr., Denton Ryan (Denton, Texas)
This week: Edwards, the top-ranked recruit nationwide by ESPNU, made five tackles but was held without a sack and suffered an ankle injury in the second half and missed some time in Ryan's 28-22 double overtime win over Mesquite (Mesquite, Texas).
Season totals: 26 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks and two forced fumbles; team is 4-0 and No. 42 in the POWERADE FAB 50
Stock – Slightly Down: It's hard to expect Edwards to get a sack in every game, but as a strickly one-way defensive player trying to contend for a national player of the year honor, it's probably what he has to do at minimum to compete with offensive players.

RB Johnathan Gray, Aledo (Aledo, Texas)
This week: The all-time touchdown scorer in Texas high school football and his team were off this weekend.
Season totals: 69 carries for 813 yards and 13 touchdowns rushing in two games; Aledo is 1-2
Stock – Same: Gray continues to shred Texas high school defenses and is now the Texas state record-holder for career TDs with 148 and counting.

WR Dorial Green-Beckham, Hillcrest (Springfield, Mo.)
This week: The nation’s No. 1 ranked WR by ESPNU was back to posting big numbers Friday night after being held to under 100 yards by Joplin the prior week. Green-Beckham shredded the Camdenton (Camdenton, Mo.) secondary for 215 yards and two scores on 12 catches in a 31-21 victory.
Season Totals: 43 catches for 734 yards and seven touchdowns; team is 3-1
Stock – Up: Green-Beckham continues put up big numbers and that combined with his physical talent is making him a top candidate for this honor.

QB Alec Morris, Allen (Allen, Texas)
This week: Morris and his teammates had a bye week to prepare for the start of district play.
Season totals: 60-of-95 for 935 yards and 13 touchdowns with no interceptions, 78 yards and two touchdowns rushing; team is 3-0 and No. 4 in the FAB 50.
Stock – Same: Morris is emerging as a serious, serious contender for this honor, putting huge numbers for a team that right now looks as good as any nationally.

RB Rushel Shell, Hopewell (Aliquippa, Pa.)
This week: The nation’s third-ranked back had the game of his young life Friday night, carrying 31 times for 367 yards and five touchdowns yards while also catching two passes for 101 yards and a touchdown in a 55-28 win over Moon Area (Coroapolis, Pa.).
Season totals: 91 carries for 748 yards and eight touchdowns, one receiving touchdown; team is 3-0.
Stock – Up: Shell now has 7,514 yards on his career and needs just 132 yards to tie the WPIAL all-time rushing mark.

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Mr. Football USA Week 3 Tracker

September, 13, 2011
9/13/11
8:01
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xTom Hauck/ESPNHSAllen (Texas) QB Alec Morris has gone from a player without any offers to an Alabama commitment in a matter of months.
One of the biggest individual honors a high school football player can receive is Mr. Football USA, the title bestowed upon the nation’s most outstanding player each fall by ESPNHS.

Below is a look at the top candidates in the chase for the 2011 Mr. Football USA. Every Tuesday during the regular season we’ll update the totals of many leading contenders as well as examine some of the new names that are emerging as strong contenders.

THE FAVORITES
DE Mario Edwards Jr., Denton Ryan (Denton, Texas)
This week: Edwards, the top-ranked recruit nationwide by ESPNU, racked up a third straight multi-sack performance, totaling five tackles, two tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks in a 49-14 rout of North Garland (Garland, Texas).
Season totals: 21 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks and two forced fumbles; team is 3-0 and No. 36 in the POWERADE FAB 50
Stock – Same: Edwards continue to perform at a high level and back up his status as a top prospect.

RB Johnathan Gray, Aledo (Aledo, Texas)
This week: Ran 27 times for 257 yards and four touchdowns, breaking Traylon Shead’s Texas high school football record for career touchdowns of 146, but it was not nearly enough as FAB 50 ranked Lake Travis (Austin, Texas) slaughtered the Bearcats 62-35.
Season totals: 69 carries for 813 yards and 13 touchdowns rushing in two games; Aledo is 1-2
Stock – Slightly Up: Gray continues to shred Texas high school defenses and is now the Texas state record-holder for career TDs with 148 and counting.

QB Alec Morris, Allen (Allen, Texas)
This week: Morris was once again surgical in Allen’s 42-23 destruction of East Texas power Longview, completing 25-of-35 for 365 yards and five touchdowns while also rushing for 27 yards and a score.
Season totals: 60-of-95 for 935 yards and 13 touchdowns with no interceptions, 78 yards and two touchdowns rushing; team is 3-0 and No. 4 in the FAB 50.
Stock – Up: Morris is emerging as a serious, serious contender for this honor, putting huge numbers for a team that right now looks as good as any nationally.

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Inside the FAB 50: No. 1 team opens at last

September, 8, 2011
9/08/11
2:08
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GAME OF THE WEEK

No. 6 Mission Viejo (Mission Viejo, Calif.) 1-0 at No. 1 Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) 0-0, Saturday

The Ironmen are 2-0 in games against California teams with both wins coming against De La Salle of Concord.

Mission Viejo has traveled for games before to Washington and Ohio and has never lost although one win against Moeller (Cincinnati, Ohio) in 2007 was later reversed to a forfeit loss.

While the Diablos are traveling across the country, they have already played once (35-6 win over Centennial of Bakersfield, Calif.) compared to this being Don Bosco Prep’s long-awaited season opener. First game miscues are common in all levels of high school football so the Ironmen being at home could be somewhat negated.

The Ironmen start out with a 35-game winning streak and are seeking their fifth straight state title. They should be superb on defense with ends Darius Hamilton and Mike Strizak along with Yuri Wright and Elijah Shoemate in the secondary. The team’s only apparent question mark is at quarterback due to the graduation of two-year starter Gary Nova.

Mission Viejo’s offense should provide a stern test for that Don Bosco Prep defense. The Diablos can throw with quarterback Alex Bridgford (four touchdown passes last week) and they can run with USC-bound running back Jahleel Pinner. There’s also a veteran, well-coached, big and physical offensive line. If the upset happens, it’s probably because the Mission Viejo linemen have won a majority of the battles up front against the Ironmen and their own quick, strong group of linemen.

PLAYER TO WATCH

Alex Ross, Jenks (Jenks, Okla.)

The standout running back should be anxious to get on the field this week as the Trojans held him out of their season opening 54-13 win over Bixby (Bixby, Okla.) so he could heal for this week’s big Backyard Brawl rivalry matchup against Union (Tulsa, Okla.).

Before the season opener, Ross sprained his ankle in the Trojan Preview and he was a game-time decision to play in the season opener before being held out. According to the Tulsa World News, his status for the game against the Redskins is questionable while Ross himself said “probably not” when asked if he would play this week. Head coach Allan Trimble sounded a little more optimistic, telling the local newspaper, “His ankle is still sore but I’m sure he’ll play.”

Last season, the University of Oklahoma commit rushed for 1,548 yards and 27 touchdowns while also recording seven sacks on defense.

After both teams won last week, Jenks was No. 13 while Tulsa Union was No. 29 in this week’s FAB 50.

UPSET ALERT

No. 42 Gilman (Baltimore) 2-0 vs. No. 11 Good Counsel (Olney, Md.) 1-0, Saturday at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, Md.

This game is for bragging rights in Maryland as well as standing in the FAB 50 rankings. The top two teams in the state -- one ranked No. 1 in the Baltimore area and the other No. 1 in the Washington, D.C., area -- clash in the Patriot Classic.

Both teams are coming off impressive wins to boost their FAB 50 stock. Good Counsel debuted with a 24-17 double-overtime win over ranked Florida power Manatee (Bradenton, Fla.). Gilman won its second game 51-27 over Virginia power Oscar Smith (Chesapeake, Va.), which had lost only two regular season games since 2004.

The ranked teams also boast two of the top recruited athletes in the land in Good Counsel's 6-foot, 185-pound wide receiver-defensive back Stefon Diggs and Gilman's 5-foot-10, 180-pound running back-defensive back Cyrus Jones. Both impressed last weekend.

The two Maryland powers met last year with Gilman prevailing 28-7. The result could be the same this year, especially with Gilman having two games under its belt and outscoring both foes by 119-36.

Upset Alerts so far this season: 0-1

TEAM ON THE RISE?

Acadiana (Acadiana, La.)

The defending Class 5A state champion is back to No. 1 in Louisiana after last year's runnerup and this year’s preseason No. 1, West Monroe (West Monroe, La.), was upset in its opener by Byrd (Shreveport, La.).

Acadiana debuted with a 36-13 victory over city rival Northside (Lafayette, La.). The Rams led 28-7 at halftime and cruised to the victory. Jeff Brown was the main offensive weapon with 17 carries for 148 yards and two touchdowns.

Acadiana, which finished last season with an on-field record of 14-1, should face an early-season test this Friday in the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans. A win by Acadiana over state Class 4A No. 1 St. Paul (Covington, La.) could vault the Rams into the FAB 50 picture. St. Paul debuted with an impressive 38-7 win over preseason Class 4A state No. 1 Karr (New Orleans, La.).

Mr. Football USA Week 2 Tracker

September, 7, 2011
9/07/11
3:01
AM ET
xTom Hauck/ESPNHSJohnathan Gray ran for 336 yards and five touchdowns this week
One of the biggest individual honors a high school football player can receive is Mr. Football USA, the title bestowed upon the nation’s most outstanding player each fall by ESPNHS.

Below is a look at the top candidates in the chase for the 2011 Mr. Football USA. Every Tuesday during the regular season we’ll update the totals of many leading contenders as well as examine some of the new names that are emerging as strong contenders.

THE FAVORITE

RB Johnathan Gray, Aledo (Aledo, Texas)
This week: Ran 15 times for 336 yards and five touchdowns, while also catching two passes for 21 yards in Aledo’s 50-7 rout of Weatherford (Weatherford, Texas).
Season totals: 42 carries for 556 yards and nine touchdowns rushing in two games; Aledo is 1-1
Stock – Up: Gray continues to shred Texas high school defenses and is now just three touchdowns away from the state record for career TDs of 146, held by current Univ. of Texas RB Traylon Shead.

STRONG CASES

WR Dorial Green-Beckham, Hillcrest (Springfield, Mo.)
This week: The nation’s No. 1 ranked WR by ESPNU posted big numbers again, catching seven passes for 142 yards and two scores, but it wasn’t enough as Hillcrest fell to Heritage (Rogers, Ark.), 37-20.
Season Totals: 25 catches for 426 yards and five touchdowns; team is 1-1
Stock – Slightly Down: His freakish talent is undeniable but it needs to translate into a lot of wins for Hillcrest for him to stay in top contention. Otherwise he’s just a big talent putting up big numbers, and there are a lot of those across the country in high school football where top players rarely face players across the line their equal.

ATH Stefon Diggs, Good Counsel (Olney, Md.)
This week: Diggs battled back from cramps to catch the game-winning 25-yard TD pass in overtime as Good Counsel topped Manatee (Bradenton, Fla .) 24-17 in a battle of two FAB 50 ranked teams. He also scored on an 80-yard reception earlier in the contest.
Season totals: Six receptions for 132 yards and two touchdowns.
Stock – Up: Big players make big plays in big games, and Diggs lived up to that addage this weekend.

DE Mario Edwards Jr., Denton Ryan (Denton, Texas)
This week: Edwards, the top-ranked recruit nationwide by ESPNU, was dominant for a second straight week, racking up five tackles for loss and two sacks in a 48-24 victory against Newman Smith (Carrollton, Texas).
Season totals: Four sacks and a forced fumble; team is 2-0 and No. 41 in the POWERADE FAB 50
Stock – Up: Edwards had a multi-sack outing for the second time in two games – if he keeps this up and Ryan has a deep run into the playoffs, a 20-25 sack season isn’t out of the question.

QB Alec Morris, Allen (Allen, Texas)
This week: Morris accounted for six touchdowns in three quarters of work in Allen’s 59-0 rout of Northwest (Justin, Texas). The Alabama-bound senior hit 18-of-32 passes for 320 yards and five touchdowns while also scoring on a one-yard rush.
Season totals: 35-of-60 for 570 yards and eight touchdowns with no interceptions, 51 yards and one touchdown rushing; team is 2-0 and No. 4 in the FAB 50.
Stock – Up: Allen is the consensus top team in Texas at this point and Morris is the driving force of the Eagles’ attack, having accounted for nine touchdowns in the first two games.

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