High-SchoolTexas: Arlington Bowie

Katy, Trinity topple in third round; Skyline takes top spot

November, 28, 2011
It was a disastrous playoff weekend for five previously unbeaten teams in the Texas rankings. Katy, Trinity (Euless), Ryan (Denton), Cypress-Fairbanks (Cypress) and Highland Park entered the regional playoff round with 12-0 records. All suffered elimination defeats.

Katy lasted only one week atop the rankings, taken down by La Porte, 9-7 in the Class 5A Division II bracket. It marked the first time in 10 years Katy failed to reach the fourth round of the playoffs. The last time it happened, Vince Young was the quarterback of the opponent.

One week after knocking off previous No. 1 Allen, Trinity was stonewalled by Martin (Arlington), 19-7. Like all the games in North Texas on Saturday, the game was played in winds that gusted to 35 mph.

An unbeaten team that avoided a calamity was 13-0 Skyline (Dallas), the new No. 1 team this week. The Raiders reached the Class 5A Division I title game in Region II with a 42-24 elimination of Klein Oak (Spring).

The POWERADE FAB 50 also saw a major reshuffle, as a result. Skyline is now the top-ranked Texas team at No. 9 while La Porte and Arlington Martin joined the national list.

Here's the top 25 three rounds into the state playoffs. (Last week's ranking in parentheses):

1. Skyline 13-0 (4)
Receiver Thomas Johnson, a Texas Longhorns commit, broke touchdown runs of 64 and 41 yards in a 21-point third period to help the Raiders to a 42-24 win over 9-4 Klein Oak (Spring) in a Class 5A Division I regional playoff. The Raiders play for the Region II title against 12-1 The Woodlands at 4 p.m. Saturday at Waco ISD Stadium.

2. Lake Travis 13-0 (3)
The Cavaliers scored on all seven of their first half possessions and then cleared the bench in a 58-15 rout of 8-5 Flour Bluff (Corpus Christi) in a Class 4A Division I regional playoff, their 27th consecutive playoff victory. It sets up a rematch against District 25-4A foe Cedar Park (11-2) in a state semifinal set for 7:30 p.m. Friday at Austin’s Royal-Memorial Stadium.

3. Southlake Carroll 13-0 (7)
Junior quarterback Kenny Hill ran for two touchdowns and threw for another to help the Dragons overcome a 17-point deficit in a 21-17 defeat of 9-4 Bowie (Arlington) in a Class 5A Division I regional playoff. Next is a Region I title game against 12-1 Martin (Arlington) set for 6 p.m. Saturday at SMU’s Ford Stadium in University Park.

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Stock is rising for Wright, record-setting Gray

September, 14, 2011
It's time for the Texas All-State Football Stock Watch and this week, we'll take a look at the state's newest all-time scoring leader and a comparable tailback who shows it's not the quantity but the quality of your opportunities that make the difference.

UP — Johnathan Gray, Aledo RB
Though his team has struggled early on, Gray is not to blame. During the Bearcats' 1-2 start, Gray has continued to put up video-game-like numbers, already rushing for 813 yards and 13 touchdowns. But even bigger than those numbers is Gray's new place in the record books. With last week's four-touchdown effort, the senior is now the state record-holder for career touchdowns with 148 and counting.

DOWN — Kolby Listenbee, Arlington Bowie QB
Just a week after a great showing in the Herbstreit Classic, the Volunteers were brought back down to earth by a surging Skyline squad. The Raiders pressured Listenbee all night, holding him to 75 yards passing and 51 yards rushing while leaving him hobbled toward the end of the 47-14 loss. Granted, as I mentioned before, Skyline looks like a strong contender for the state title, and though there's room for improvement, one loss to the Raiders won't cause us to dismiss Listenbee and the Volunteers.

UP — Tim Wright, La Marque RB
After a season-opening loss to Terry, the Cougars appear to be back to their old self. The defending Class 4A, Division II runners-up rebounded with a 60-0 rout of Sterling last Friday and Wright did some major damage in a hurry. The senior tailback needed just seven touches to rack up 137 total yards and two touchdowns in the win.

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