Caraway, Trinity defense reach new heights on gridiron

September, 22, 2011
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In this week's Texas All-State Football Stock Watch, we'll look at a quarterback who helped his team rebound from its first loss to a defense that went from very good to downright scary.

UP —Bivins Caraway, Longview QB
Just a week after suffering a rare home loss (albeit to No. 1 Allen), the Lobos bounced back behind Carraway. In a 24-10 win against rival and previously ranked Lufkin, the junior threw for 277 yards and two touchdowns to push his squad up to the No. 16 spot in the state.

DOWN — Aiavion Edwards, Stephenville DB/RB
The Yellowjackets lost their first game of the season and Edwards is a big reason why. Not that it was the senior's fault; he injured his foot in a loss to Hebron and is expected to miss some games. As a result, Stephenville had its worst offensive output of the year, putting up just six points, and without their star senior at safety, the Yellowjackets gave up the decisive TD pass with 28 seconds left. Edwards had already totaled 535 yards and eight touchdowns in three games, leaving the Yellowjackets with quite a void while he recovers.

UP — Brian Nance & Polo Manukainiu, Euless Trinity LB & DL
The Trojans have given up an average of six points per contest, and get this — they've put together 64-0 shutouts in consecutive games. But what's even scarier is that the Trojans wasn't even at full strength until last week. That's when All-State defenders Nance and Manukainiu played about 15 plays each, easing their way back into the mix while freshening up for Friday's big district matchup against 4-0 Coleyville Heritage.

Brandon Parker covers Texas for ESPNHS magazine and ESPNHIGHSCHOOL.com. Follow him on Twitter @brandoncparker or email him at brandon.c.parker@espn.com.

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