October 30, 2010

Roundup: Allen, Abilene go down

Texas two-step ... Texas twosome ... Texas trouble ... how about just Texas toughness?

Those who want to argue every game in Texas is a big game got a little more umph for their argument Friday night when two top Texas teams were upset.

In Carrollton, Hebron put one over on Allen (Texas) High, 35-28.

"All across the state of Texas, they'll say tonight: Hebron 35, Allen 28!" Hebron coach Brian Brazil said.

That's a nice thought, but not everywhere.

In fact, in Abilene they'll be talking about Cooper, which ran over its crosstown rival Abilene High, 45-28.

But enough with the talk, here's a roundup of some of the top games involving teams in the RivalsHigh 100 that hail from Texas and other states in the Heartland and West regions:

Hebron 35, No. 30 Allen 28

Hebron overcame a second-half deficit with two fourth-quarter scores and stingy defense.

Hebron improved to 6-3 overall and kept its playoff hopes alive thanks to 642 yards of total offense - the biggest coming when Damien Delaney took a shuffle pass and went 72 yards for the winning score.

Delaney had 89 yards receiving and 171 yards rushing and two touchdowns. His first tied the game at 28.

Hebron quarterback Kyle Aubuchon was confident his team would prevail.

"We'd been driving the ball on them all night," he told the Dallas Morning News. "We had a lot of confidence coming out of half that we could move the ball."

He also had confidence in his team's defense, which forced turnovers on Allen's final two drives to protect the lead.

  • RivalsHigh take: This was a perfect recipe for disaster. Allen has flirted with falling in a couple of its games this season. Hebron has an explosive offense when it is on. The two converged and an upset was made. The result is stunning but how it happened perhaps shouldn't have been.
  • For complete coverage, check out this game story in the Dallas Morning News.

    No. 34 Servite 21, Mater Dei 14

    We hate to say it, but this whole Servite defeating Mater Dei thing is sort of becoming the expected.

    Of course, after losing to your rival for 22 consecutive years, back-to-back wins are more than just a little enjoyable.

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    Anaheim (Calif.) Servite beat Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei Friday night behind running back Malik Felton, who rushed for 185 yards and two touchdowns.

    His biggest effort - an 87-yard TD run on Servite's first possession of the second half - broke a 7-7 tie. He added a 6-yard TD run to boost the lead to 21-7.

    The defense took over from there. It held Mater Dei quarterback and USC commit Max Wittek for the second time. Wittek was just 16-for-30 for 164 yards with one touchdown and four interceptions - one of which was returned 26 yards by Troy Niklas for Servite's first score of the game.

    The victory marked the first time Servite has won consecutive games against Mater Dei since it won three straight in 1986-88.

    Servite is now 8-0; Mater Dei falls to 5-3.

  • RivalsHigh take: Despite the records, this was a big win for Servite. The Friars defense is somewhat suspect on the deep passing game and Mater Dei loves to throw the ball. Prevailing with a 21-14 victory is a major coup for Servite.
  • For complete coverage, check out this game story in the Orange County Register.

    No. 40 Jenks 23, Broken Arrow 7

    Jenks got a tougher test from Broken Arrow (Okla.) High than expected - and passed, securing its spot as the best in Oklahoma.

    This one, however, wasn't easy.

    An offense that was averaging more than eight touchdowns a game had just one well into the second half and needed a 39-yard field goal by Kevin King with 2:02 left in the quarter to break a 7-7 tie.

    From there, Jenks broke it open, using a 59-yard scoring run from Alex Ross and a 40-yard TD catch from Brandon Kitchens for the final margin.

    "Playing a team like Broken Arrow and a game like this will make us a better team," linebacker Trent Martin told the Tulsa World after his school improved to 9-0.

  • RivalsHigh take: Jenks has separated itself from the pack in Oklahoma this season. With the playoffs in front of them, the Trojans appear to be the clear team to beat in the state.
  • For complete coverage, check out this game story in the Tulsa World.

    Cooper 45, No. 60 Abilene 28

    Another state title may be coming to Abilene. It just may not be stopping at Abilene High.

    Crosstown rival Cooper showed it's a team to be reckoned with after piling up 586 total yards against a defending state champion.

    Quarterback Clayton Nicholas did most of the damage, completing an amazing 27 of his 30 passes for 349 yards and two touchdowns. Thirteen of those completions were hauled in by Khole Jackson, who had 145 yards receiving. Five others went to Derek Footer, who had 131 yards receiving and two TDs.

    Cooper also got 129 yards rushing (and three TDs) from Alford Cooper.

    Cooper had nearly twice as many yards (586-296) and first downs (29-14) as Abilene.

    Abilene coach Steve Warren was gracious after his team lost to Cooper for the first time in seven games.

    "They were ready to play, and they played well, and they earned the win tonight," told the Abilene Reporter. I know how hard (a losing streak is). I've been on the other end of that before. You get on the back side of a streak like that, and it's hard. I congratulate their staff and their players."

  • RivalsHigh take: We knew this would be a shootout but we thought Abilene would bring more punch to the plate. A season after winning its first state title in 53 years, Abilene has not adjusted well from hunter to hunted.
  • For complete coverage, check out this game story in the Abilene Reporter News.

    Skyline 31, No. 94 Bothell 21

    Not a bad night for Washington commit Kasen Williams.

    Seven catches ... 174 yards ... three touchdowns. Oh, and a forced fumble on defense.

    All of this helped his Sammamish (Wash.) Skyline team upset Bothell.

    "I felt like, for this team to succeed, everyone's going to have to make big plays," Williams told the Seattle Times. "I know a lot of the guys were looking up to me to be one of those guys to make big plays."

    Quarterback Max Browne was another. He finished 21 for 33 for 358 yards and four scores as Skyline improved to 8-1.

  • RivalsHigh take: Some may consider this an upset. But those folks shouldn't. These teams are very evenly matched and the final outcome was predicted in the Weekend Watch. The state of Washington is very flat this year for football. However, with Skyline possibly being the best team in the state, look out in 2011 because this team is very young.
  • For complete coverage, check out this game story in the Seattle Times.


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