6A/5A Recap: Week 1
13 things we learned about 6A and 5A in Week One.
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It's Monday, and what a week of high school football it was! DCTF's Greg Tepper recaps the 13 things we learned in Class 6A and 5A in Week 1.
13 Things We Learned About 6A and 5A In Week One
1. Kyler Murray is still really, really good.
The Allen quarterback started it off early, taking the first play of the game 78 yards for a touchdown against Denton Guyer. It was only a sign of things to come, as the reigning Mr. Texas Football racked up 499 total yards and six touchdowns as the Eagles soared to a 55-41 win at Apogee Stadium. It wasn’t all sunshine and daffodils for the Eagles (the defense gave up 591 total yards), but as long as they have Murray, they’re the team to beat in 6A.
2. Denton Guyer will be just fine.
Nobody likes being 0-1, but Denton Guyer showed some flashes in their Class 6A debut to make you think they’ll be a force in 2014. QB Shawn Robinson settled in and racked up 425 yards of total offense, while RB Anthony Taylor ran for three scores. The defense has to get better, but the good news is they won’t play Kyler Murray again.
3. Manvel is probably underrated.
Is Manvel’s 35-10 win over Spring Westfield the best win of the week? You could make an argument. QB D’Eriq King lit it up, completing 68% of his passes and totaling more than 300 yards and 5 TDs, and the defense stifled the Westfield defense. We’ve been wondering if this is the year that Manvel makes it back to state title contendership, and Thursday night was a good omen.
4. It’s not going to happen overnight for Todd Dodge at Westlake.
Credit Southlake Carroll for a brilliant gameplan and a solid win over Westlake on Friday night, but it became apparent that there is work to do for Westlake’s new man. Just 266 total yards for a Todd Dodge-coached team seems like a typo, but it’s not; part of that is the SLC defense, but part of it is the new system being installed. It’ll take some time, but until then, the Westlake defense looks tremendously promising.
5. Get on board the Hewitt Midway bandwagon now.
Folks will point to the fact that Lake Travis was missing some key pieces, but that’s a tremendous win on the road for Hewitt Midway. The Panthers lit it up with QB Ben Hicks and WR Devontre Stricklin, and the defense found stops when it needed to. And it’s that second part – the stops – that are going to determine Midway’s season. Think of Midway like Texas A&M or Baylor: the offense is going to score, so all the defense has to do is be OK. Mission accomplished in Week 1.
6. San Antonio football still goes through Cibolo Steele
San Antonio Brennan proved that it wasn’t going anywhere with its 30-7 win over Leander Rouse, but Steele served notice to this extent with its 35-0 demolition of San Antonio Madison. QB L.G. Williams was sublime, the defense was amazing, and the team looked as polished as if it was Week 10, not Week 1. It’s easy to forget about Steele, especially without that big-name running back we’re used to them having, but don’t. They’re legit, again.
7. Aledo’s great, but vulnerable.
Let’s be honest: last year’s Aledo team wasn’t going to lose. The closest game they played was decided by 23 points. But this year’s Aledo team? Well, they’re undefeated, and they have a win over a Top 5 team, but their 21-17 come-from-behind win over Cedar Park felt different. A win is a win, and Jess Anders’ incredible game-winning touchdown catch is one for the ages, but you get the feeling like things won’t come as easily for the 2014 Bearcats as it did for the 2013 group.
8. Cedar Park’s defense is going to be a menace.
Or maybe Cedar Park’s defense is incredible. LB Thomas Hutchings was everywhere for the Timberwolves, and they held Aledo to its lowest point total since December 2010. Though the manner in which it happens hurts, there’s no shame in losing to Aledo on a neutral site; coach Joe Willis’ squad is for real.
9. Getting a new coach is tough.
Todd Dodge lost his Westlake debut. Sean McAuliffe lost his Converse Judson debut (37-34 to Pflugerville Hendrickson). Mark Smith lost his San Antonio Madison debut. Jim Garfield lost his Elgin debut (55-43 to Austin Vandegrift). Getting a new coach is tough.
10. Copperas Cove needs your attention.
We picked A&M Consolidated to win a state title. I still think they’re good enough to win a state title. So when Copperas Cove beats them 62-38 in the season opener? Yeah. You sit up and pay attention. QB Manny Harris is on another planet right now.
11. Big-time prospects don’t always mean big-time wins.
South Oak Cliff has about 50 FBS prospects on its roster (that’s only a slight exaggeration). Mesquite Poteet features one of the state’s very best prospects in LB Malik Jefferson. McAllen Memorial has one of Texas’ finest juniors in RB Trevor Speights. All three lost in Week 1 (SOC lost 56-34 to Cedar Hill; Poteet lost 33-2 to Lancaster; Memorial lost 59-28 to Sharyland). We pay attention to recruiting, but let’s not let it cloud how we watch high school football, because having prospects does not always equate wins.
12. Houston-area teams that impressed…
Cy-Fair, who won with a clobbering defense over another team with a clobbering defense (The Woodlands)…Houston Lamar, who took down last year’s state runner-up Brenham…Houston Memorial, who came back and nipped last year’s state semifinalist Houston Stratford…Richmond George Ranch, who earned a hard-fought victory over a very good Pearland Dawson team.
13. One last thing…
“Lufkin 44, Longview 14” is one of those scorelines that means more questions than answers. How good can Lufkin be? How much does Longview miss JaMycal Hasty? It’s only been one week, and we’ll have answers to these, and many more, questions in due time.
Greg Tepper is the managing editor of Dave Campbell's Texas Football and TexasFootball.com.
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