High-SchoolTexas: Lewisville

Jonathan Williams, Zack Sanchez are on the rise in Texas

October, 12, 2011
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It's time for this week's Texas All-State football stock watch, but we're going to switch things up for the rest of the season. Instead of charting a player who had an off week or injury, we're going to highlight On The Rise (OTR) players who didn't make the preseason team but are making a case to gain some postseason recognition.

UP — Jonathan Williams, Allen RB
Now that his back problems are behind him, the senior tailback is showing why he's considered one of the nation's top running backs. Two weeks ago, in his first full game back, Williams ran for 233 yards and one score in a win against Lewisville. Then last week, the Missouri commit helped the Eagles avoid an upset on national TV, totaling 108 yards and three scores in a 42-38 comeback win against Plano East.

OTR — Zack Sanchez, Keller Central WR/S
No doubt this two-way starter deserves OTR status after his recent performance. In a game against then-No. 15 Denton Guyer, Sanchez had this sick stat line: five catches, 206 yards, two scores; three interceptions, one TD. In other words, the Baylor commit singlehandedly led the Chargers to their 21-14 win to remain undefeated.

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

Arlington Martin drops out of Week 6 Texas rankings

October, 3, 2011
10/03/11
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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.

Click here for the full POWERADE Texas football weekly rankings.

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.

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