High-SchoolTexas: Coleyville Heritage

Manvel debuts, Pearland drops out of Week 5 Texas rankings

September, 26, 2011
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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.

District title implications on the line in Texas Week 4 football

September, 23, 2011
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Here's a shocker: Johnathan Gray set another record.

In the Bearcats' 62-17 win against Keller Timber Creek on Thursday, the senior tailback needed just eight carries to rack up 209 rushing yards and four touchdowns. That scoring output earned him the title of Texas' most prolific prep scorer ever, as Gray's current total of 920 points surpasses Sugar Land's Kenneth Hall (899) for most career points.

What's more, Gray, who's averaging almost five touchdowns a game, is just four points from moving into fourth nationally on the all-time scoring list.

To all Texas Longhorn fans: Yes, your team have questions at quarterback, but with freshman RB Malcolm Brown emerging and Gray headed to Austin next season, Mack Brown's squad might not ever need to pass the ball again.

With that said, let's move into this weekend's contests. As most teams move from their bye week into district play, there are quite a few intriguing matchups, but it's only natural to start at the top. So....

No. 1 Allen (3-0) at Plano (3-0)
History and the rankings aren't on Plano's side in this District 8-5A matchup, but when has that ever stopped an upset from happening? It's been six years since the Wildcats last beat Allen, with last season seeing them squander a 13-7 halftime lead. The Wildcats has shown offensive firepower during their 3-0 start, putting up 51 points per contest behind quarterback Richard Lagow's play (six TDs, no picks). But of course, the Eagles have their own standout QB in Alabama commit Alec Morris, who thrown for 13 touchdowns and zero interceptions. Plus, the bye week allowed tailback Jonathan Williams to get some much-needed rest for his ailing back, which could give the Eagles yet another weapon in an offense that was already averaging 43 points. It could be a shootout, but ultimately, Allen will again be too explosive for the Wildcats.
My pick: Allen 42, Plano 31

Coleyville Heritage (4-0) at No. 3 Euless Trinity (4-0)
For just about the entire season, Coleyville Heritage has been knocking on the state rankings door. But with a win against a very tough Trinity squad, the Panthers could finally make their way in. Heritage has shown an ability to spread around the ball while shutting down the opposition, winning their last two games by a count of 75-3 and before that beating a solid Hebron squad. Thing is, Trinity has been just as good, if not better. The Trojans have put together consecutive 64-0 shutouts and won last week without throwing the ball once (See, I'm not crazy). Plus, All-State defenders Brian Nance and Polo Manukainiu are back from injury, making that unit even scarier.
My pick: Trinity 38, Heritage 21

Bowie (2-1) at No. 10 Arlington Martin (3-0)
This one really could go either way, as both offenses and defenses are ones that deserve a salute. Not to mention it's a heated, District 4-5A rivalry game. Bowie is looking to bounce back after a big loss to No. 8 Skyline and the Warriors have the tools to do so. The offense boasts dual-threat QB Kolby Listenbee and tailback Russell Hansbrough while the defensive line is a handful. But Martin has successfully rode the backfield tandem of Kyle Hicks (361 rushing yards, six scores) and Cameron Williams (335 yards, four TDs). Plus, All-State defensive lineman Devonte Fields has rarely been stopped this year. Martin has the homefield advantage, but that can mean little in town rivalries. I smell an upset brewing.
My pick: Bowie 24, Martin 21

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

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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