High-SchoolTexas: Stony Point

Longview rebounds, Stephenville plummets in Week 4 Texas rankings

September, 19, 2011
Only 14 of the top 25 teams in ESPNHS Texas High School Rankings were in action over the weekend. The Week 3 schedule is traditionally lighter because schools in eight-team districts prefer to schedule open dates the week before district play begins.

For those teams that did play, No. 2 Katy, coming off a bye week, had no problem against a previously unbeaten West Brook (Beaumont).

No. 6 DeSoto climbed another notch in the rankings, going on the road to avenge in a big way last season’s two losses to Stony Point (Round Rock). DeSoto's improved defense has allowed three touchdowns in four games. No. 7 Ryan (Denton) needed two overtimes to get past Mesquite.

Longview, ranked No. 16, knocked East Texas rival Lufkin out of the Top 25 by rallying from an early 10-0 deficit for a 24-10 victory. Stephenville dropped 10 slots to No. 21 after losing in the final half-minute to a Hebron touchdown pass, 10-6.

On the national stage, Skyline vaulted into the POWERADE FAB 50, taking over the No. 46 spot after a strong 3-0 start. Texas now has eight teams in the national rankings.

Here's this week's top 25:

1. Allen 3-0 (1)
Quarterback Alec Morris, a 6-3, 240-pound Alabama commit, has thrown for 935 yards and 13 touchdowns. The Eagles, coming off an open date, begin play in District 8-5A on the road against 3-0 Plano.

2. Katy 3-0 (2)
With running back Adam Taylor out for the season with a torn ACL in his left knee, the Tigers turned to Cody Gomez and the senior responded with 133 yards and three touchdowns in a 42-7 mauling of 3-1 West Brook (Beaumont). Next is a the District 19-5A opener against 3-0 Seven Lakes (Katy).
3. Euless Trinity 4-0 (3)
The Trojans didn’t attempt a pass or a punt in registering their second straight victory by a 64-0 score, this one over 0-4 Irving. Trinity figures to have a tougher time this week when it hosts 4-0 Heritage (Colleyville) in a District 6-5A showdown.

Click here for the full POWERADE weekly Texas rankings.

DeSoto, Stony Point renew rivalry in Week 3 Texas football

September, 16, 2011
Before we get to this week's football preview, I'd be remiss not to tell you guys to check out a touching story on how the Bastrop football team has helped the post-wildfire recovery. Great story here by Matthew Muench. And speaking of Bastrop, the Bears won 48-23 last night against San Marcos, giving some joy to a town that saw fires destroy 1,200 of its homes. Trae Bunton led the way with four touchdowns.

This weekend, a number of the state's top programs have their bye weeks, including Allen, Coppell, Skyline and Arlington Martin. But you should know better than to think that means there won't be some good football played. First up.....

No. 6 DeSoto (3-0) at Stony Point (1-1*) (does not include forfeit wins)
Several factors make this an intriguing matchup. Last year, Stony Point had DeSoto's number, winning both of their contests, including a 72-48 win in the Class 5A quarterfinals. But as the saying goes, what a difference a year makes. DeSoto has been nearly invincible, outscoring opponents 151-16 through its first three games. Raheem Wilson has led the charge at quarterback with 10 touchdowns in the last two weeks. Expect another high-scoring contest, but this time, DeSoto will be out in front.
My pick: DeSoto 38, Stony Point 14

No. 14 Lufkin (3-0) at No. 22 Longview (2-1)
Last week saw Longview, which rarely loses on its turf, suffer its worst home defeat in 11 years. Granted, the 42-23 loss came at the hands of No. 1 Allen. Though the Lobos' defense is young, it should fare better against Lufkin. But that's not to say Lufkin is a pushover. Far from it, in fact. The Panthers showed their offensive firepower by scoring 42 points in 13 minutes during a 69-14 blowout of Nacogdoches last week. Both these teams have beaten a solid Tyler squad this year, but the Lobos earned a 38-22 win while Lufkin squeaked by 34-31. In my opinion, this small factor, mixed with the Lobos' big home-field advantage, will brew an upset.
My pick: Longview 28, Lufkin 24

No. 17 Cypress Falls (2-0) at Cypress Creek (2-0)
Bragging rights as well as an unblemished record are on the line tonight in this battle. This should be a tight one, with both teams sporting explosive offenses. Cypress Falls has vaulted into the state rankings behind Bryce Peters, who rushed for 250 yards against another Cypress squad (Woods) last week. But the Cougars have a talented runner of their own in Devan Demas. The Boise State commit has tallied 522 yards and five scores through two games.
My pick: Cypress Falls 21, Cypress Creek 17

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

Drug cartel threat cancels Stony Point game

September, 8, 2011
It's been quite an interesting two weeks for Stony Point's football program, highlighted by a near-loss to Nuevo Leon (Mexico) followed by a defeat at the hands of Wagner. And after Thursday's developments, things got even more interesting.

The Tigers' scheduled Thursday contest against Monterrey Tech (Mexico) was cancelled due to fear of an anonymous drug cartel threat. According to this Austin-American Statesman article, Monterrey Tech received an anonymous phone call demanding $30,000 to cross the United States border. School officials believed that the Zetas, a Mexican drug cartel, may have been behind the potential threat. As a result, the game was cancelled due to safety concerns.

Monterrey Tech was forced to cancel its game last week for the same reason.

Stony Point, which dropped out of the state rankings this week, now has more time to prepare for its next contest against No. 8 DeSoto.

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