High-SchoolTexas: Clear Springs

Stock is rising for Malcolm Brown, Matt Davis

September, 27, 2011
In this week's edition of the Texas All-State Football Stock Watch, we've got a defensive lineman showing off his receiving skills and a quarterback showing that his old knee injury ain't a thang.

UP — Malcolm Brown, Brenham DL
By this time next year, the Texas Longhorns will have two Malcolm Browns on their squad. The Steele alum playing tailback while the current Brenham star lining up on the defensive line, so it's pretty easy to tell them apart. But last week, the younger Brown showed that he's not immune to offensive success. In the first quarter of Brenham's contest against Magnolia West, Brown lined up at receiver, and unlike Patriots lineman Vince Wilfork a couple weeks ago, the 280-pound Brown went the distance on a 50-yard catch down the sideline. Brown's improbable TD, along with three sacks, a forced fumble and fumble recovery led the Cubs to a 47-13 win and a 4-0 record.

DOWN — Kendall Ehrlich, Pearland LB
After dominating their first two games, the defending Class 5A, Division I champs have sputtered, losing two in a row and dropping out of the state rankings. The defense has particularly struggled, as it surrendered a 14-3 lead last week to previously winless Clear Springs. As the team's leader, the onus will fall on Ehrlich to rally his teammates and right the ship before it's too late.

UP —Matt Davis, Klein Forest QB
Davis' 2010 campaign didn't even last two quarters, as the star quarterback went down with a torn ACL in his right knee during the season opener. But the Texas A&M showed little to no signs of the devastating injury in a 28-21 win against previously undefeated Klein last week. Davis threw for 218 yards and two scores and also rushed for 200 yards and two touchdowns in the 28-21 win for the Eagles. On the season, Davis has used his dual-threat ability to total 1,257 yards and 12 touchdowns.

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

Manvel debuts, Pearland drops out of Week 5 Texas rankings

September, 26, 2011
After games ending Saturday, Sept. 24

The top three teams in ESPNHS POWERADE Texas Football Team Rankings polished off unbeaten opponents last week. No. 1 Allen and No. 2 Katy breezed to convincing victories. But No. 3 Trinity (Euless) needed overtime to prevail over 4-1 Heritage (Colleyville), 38-35. The Trojans managed to increase their streak of consecutive regular-season victories to 22. Klein Collins (Spring) saw its regular-season winning streak end at 23 games after a 34-28 loss in three overtimes to Klein Oak (Spring). The defeat cost the Tigers 13 slots in the ranking. Defending Class 5A Division I state champion Pearland dropped out of the Top 25 after its a 31-24 loss to previously winless Clear Springs (League City).

Nationally, Allen moved back up to the No. 3 spot in the POWERADE FAB 50 after De La Salle (Calif.) lost its first game of the year.

And without further ado, here's this week's top 25 (last week's rankings are in parentheses):

1. Allen 4-0 (1)
Alabama commit Alec Morris completed 22-of-32 passes for 306 yards and four touchdowns in a dominating 44-7 victory in a District 8-5A opener at 3-1 Plano. On Friday, the Eagles host 2-2 Lewisville.

2. Katy 4-0 (2)
Brooks Haack, a Louisiana Lafayette commit, threw for three scores, rushed for one in a 46-7 rout of 3-1 Seven Lakes (Katy) in a District 19-5A opener. The Tigers face 2-2 Strake Jesuit (Houston) on Friday at Rice Stadium.

3. Euless Trinity 5-0 (3)
The Trojans needed an overtime field goal from Austin Lopez to extend their regular-season winning streak to 22 with a 38-35 squeaker over 4-1 Heritage (Colleyville). On Thursday, the Trojans face 3-2 rival L.D. Bell (Hurst).

Click here for the full ESPNHS POWERADE weekly Texas football rankings.