High-SchoolTexas: Dekaney

Southlake Carroll knocks off Skyline to take over top spot

December, 12, 2011
The new No. 1 team in POWERADE ESPNHS Texas football team rankings, Southlake Carroll, has an opportunity to become No. 1 in another category -- most Texas state football championships won.

Carroll is one of five schools currently tied with seven state titles and the Dragons can step to the top by defeating Fort Bend Hightower in Saturday’s 4 p.m. Class 5A Division I state title game at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. An eighth state title for Carroll would be one more than Abilene, Brownwood, Celina and Plano.

Carroll needed every bit of playoff magic it could muster in a 28-24 victory over former No. 1, Skyline on Saturday in a Class 5A Division I state semifinal. Touchdown runs of 3 and 35 yards by junior quarterback Kenny Hill in the final 1:07 enabled Carroll to overcome a 10-point deficit. Skyline (14-1) outgained Carroll by 143 yards in the showdown, but had three turnovers and three failed fourth-down gambles.

Three other state finals this weekend will involve teams attempting to repeat as state champions. Steele tries to defend its Class 5A Division II state title against 13-2 Dekaney. Aledo and record-setting running back Johnathan Gray have a chance to win a third straight state title in Class 4A Division II, but standing in the way is unbeaten Manvel. And Lake Travis will try to complete its “Drive for Five,’’ an unprecedented fifth straight state title, in a Class 4A Division I match-up against Midway.

Nationally, three Texas teams are in the top 15, led by Carroll at No. 7. Fort Bend Hightower also moved into the POWERADE FAB 50, debuting at No. 46.

Here's the top 25 going into the final week of the state playoffs. (Last week's ranking in

1. Southlake Carroll 15-0 (2)
Junior quarterback Kenny Hill capped an amazing comeback by scoring two touchdowns in the final 1:07 of a 28-24 victory over 14-1 Skyline (Dallas) in a Class 5A Division I state semifinal Saturday at SMU‘s Ford Stadium. In between the Hill touchdowns, Carroll recovered an onside kick. The Dragons meet Fort Bend Hightower (Missouri City) in the state title game set for 4 p.m. Saturday at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.

2. Lake Travis (Austin) 15-0 (3)
Junior quarterback Baker Mayfield threw for four touchdowns and Colin Lagasse scored four times in the Cavaliers’ 45-14 bashing of 12-3 Dawson (Pearland) in a Class 4A Division I semifinal Friday night in San Antonio’s Alamodome. The Cavaliers, winners of 29 consecutive playoff games, go for their fifth straight state title against 13-2 Midway (Waco) at 8 p.m. Friday at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.

3. Steele (Cibolo) 15-0 (4)
Tommy Armstrong, a Nebraska commit, rushed for four touchdowns and passed for another in a 51-31 bashing of 13-2 Memorial (Port Arthur) Saturday at Houston’s Reliant Stadium. The Knights, winners of 28 straight, will attempt to defend their Class 5A Division II state title against 13-2 Dekaney (Spring) at 8 p.m. Saturday at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.

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Arlington Martin drops out of Week 6 Texas rankings

October, 3, 2011
After games of Sunday, Oct. 2

At this point, we really shouldn't be surprised. But with each week, Johnathan Gray just keeps putting up insane numbers that seem to get more impressive with time. Last week, the Aledo senior tailback only needed 16 carries to pile up 347 yards and seven touchdowns. Never mind that the Bearcats are 3-2; with Gray on the field, they are always a threat to win.

Speaking of winning, Katy’s 55-3 rout of Strake Jesuit (Houston) Friday at Rice Stadium was victory No. 100 for Tigers head coach Gary Joseph.

The west-side power from Greater Houston remains No. 2 in this week’s POWERADE ESPNHS Texas High School rankings, breathing down the neck of No. 1 Allen.

Given that a regular season is only 10 games, it takes deep playoff runs to amass a record of 100-10 in less than eight full seasons, as Joseph has done. His teams have never failed to go at least four rounds in the playoffs. Joseph coached Katy to state titles in 2007 and 2008. The Tigers were state runner-up in 2005 and 2009.

Unfortunately, not everybody was winning this past weekend. Arlington Martin experienced its first loss of the season, falling 47-16 to rival Arlington while Klein Collins also lost 42-31 to a Trey Williams-led Dekaney squad. Both fell out of the top 25 as a result.

Nationally, Coppell dropped out of the POWERADE FAB 50 after being defeated, 31-7, by Denton Guyer last Thursday.

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

1. Allen 5-0 (1)
Missouri commit Jonathan Williams rushed for 233 yards and a touchdown as the Eagles came alive in the second half for a 45-13 dusting of 2-3 Lewisville. Allen on Friday makes a second trip to Plano to face 2-3 Plano East.

2. Katy 5-0 (2)
Quarterback Brooks Haack threw for 313 yards and six touchdowns in a 55-3 pummeling of 2-3 Strake Jesuit (Houston). The Tigers go for their 15th straight district win when they face 3-2 Morton Ranch (Houston) on Thursday.

3. Euless Trinity 6-0 (3)
For the second time this season, the Trojans didn’t complete a pass, but senior running back Joel Kimplea carried 25 times for 307 yards and three touchdowns in a 41-11 rout of 3-3 rival L.D. Bell (Hurst). Next is a Friday home game against 2-3 Haltom.

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Trey Williams is rising in TX football stock watch

September, 8, 2011
It's time for the All-State Stock Watch, as we look at All-State football players who saw their potential value rise or fall over the past week. A player could have performed well in a game, gotten a big-time scholarship offer, broken his leg or just had an off game. (Hey, it happens to the best of us.)

Here are the movers and shakers from week one:

UP — Trey Williams, Dekaney RB
With much hype surrounding his senior campaign, Williams has lived up to his billing through two games. The speedy, powerful tailback ran for 229 yards and three touchdowns in Dekaney's 35-13 win against Nimitz. That pushes Williams' season totals to 394 yards and seven scores during the Wildcats' 2-0 start.

DOWN — Jonathan Williams, Allen RB
The state's top-ranked team has looked impressive, despite playing without one of its stars in Williams. After scoring his lone TD of the year, the senior running back left the season opener early with back spasms. This same injury kept him out altogether last week, and its questionable whether he'll be ready for Friday's game against No. 11 Longview. In less than a half of play, Williams has 34 yards and one score.

UP — Quaylon Jones, Judson RB
Jones was the difference in Judson's 21-14 win against Leander last week, scoring the go-ahead touchdown with 5:20 remaining. The senior had a big night overall, rushing for 194 yards and three scores to boost the No. 23 Rockets two spots in the state rankings.

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