August 27, 2011

Call it the Stunner in Stephenville

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Call it the Stunner in Stephenville. It deserves it.

It wasn't just that Stephenville (Texas) High upset No. 28 Aledo (Texas) High, 48-47, it's how they did it.

Overcoming a 20-3 deficit in the second quarter and a 34-17 margin in the third.

Then there was the play when Stephenville stopped superstar running back Johnathan Gray on a two-point attempt in the final minutes.

And if that weren't enough, it blocked a potential game-winning field seconds later - then watched a second attempt (brought on by a penalty) sail wide.

Gray was outstanding, running for 229 yards and four TDs. But Stephenville had some players, too, as Aiavion Edwards rushed for 222 yards and a TD and quarterback Tyler Jones passed for 240 and two scores.

The loss snapped Aledo's 30-game winning streak.

  • RivalsHigh take: We posted on the RivalsHigh message board that this would be a tough test for Aledo - Stephenville is one of the hardest stadiums to play in for opponents - but that does not eliminate the surprise that the team actually lost. This is a big blow to the Class 4A DII defending champs and it will likely knock the team from the RivalsHigh 100.

    For more, check out this report from TheOldCoach.com, your source for the best coverage of Texas high school football.

    A look at more games involving RivalsHigh Top 100 teams in the Heartland and the West on Friday night:

    No. 11 Trinity 30, Lee 7

    They said do-everything star Brandon Carter was like a team by himself last season. Perhaps it only makes sense that Euless (Texas) Trinity would replace him ... with an entire team.

    Trinity ran for more than 200 yards, averaging more than 7 yards per carry. But its balance was the real story as no player had more than 55 yards.

    But don't be confused, this team isn't all offense.

    It started the game by picking off a pass in the end zone to halt Lee's opening drive. Then, after its own possession stalled, it used a fake punt to score, snapping to up-man Matt Hawkins, who raced 45 yards for a score.

  • RivalsHigh take: Get ready for another "regular season, oh, yawner" reaction to these wins for Trinity. The team will be undefeated entering the playoffs and it will beat all of its opponents by 20-points or more. It is hard to gauge just how good this team actually is because the level of competition it plays leaves so much to be desired.

    For more, check out this report in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

    No. 27 Katy 34, No. 44 North Shore 6

    It was supposed to be a battle of Houston powers, a fight between two teams in the top 50 of the RivalsHigh Top 100 rankings.

    Instead, it was a rout.

    Katy quarterback Brooks Haack threw for 183 yards (11-for-14) and two TDs and ran for two more in a 34-6 victory.

    Katy, which got the best of North Shore in two games last season, showed once again it has the upper hand in the rivalry.

  • RivalsHigh take: This is a surprising beating to say the least. Three of the last four games between these two squads ended in one-score seperation, so a blowout was not really on the radar. North Shore is young and can still improve as the season goes but this is a tough pill to swallow to start the season.

    For more, check out this report in the Houston Chronicle.

    No. 81 Chaparral 22, Salpointe 21

    Chaparral was in danger of dropping to 0-2 on the season. Then its star took over.

    Trailing 21-9 early in the third quarter following an interception return for a score, Davonte' Neal took the ensuing kickoff back 80 yards for a score that changed the game's momentum.

    The play pulled Chaparral to within a score - which it got when Neal caught a 30-yard touchdown pass to put Chaparral ahead for good, 22-21.

    Chaparral lost its opener last weekend, 42-22, to No. 7 Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman.

  • RivalsHigh take: This game probably seals the fate that Chaparral is not going to remain inside the RivalsHigh 100. It is easy to write off the first half as a hangover from the disappointing loss, but with how well other teams in the state are playing - namely Peoria (Ariz.) Centennial - it may be time to shake up the order in Arizona.

    For more, check out this report in AZCentral.com .

    For complete coverage of Arizona high school football, visit ArizonaVarsity.com.

    No. 88 Rockhurst 35, Blue Springs 20

    The annual Kansas City-area matchup between Rockhurst and Blue Springs always is one of the best.

    This year, Jordan Walker made it one for the books.

    The Rockhurst senior running back ran for 400 yards and four touchdowns and added 25 yards receiving and another score to lead Rockhurst to the victory.

    Longtime Rockhurst head coach Tony Severino summed it up this way to the Kansas City Star: "The greatest rushing day in Rockhurst history."

    The game was tied at 14 at the half, thanks to TD runs of 46 and 60 by Walker. He took over in the third, running in from 6 yards out and catching a 25-yard score to give Rockhurst a 28-14 lead. When Blue Springs pulled to 28-20, he added a 5-yard run in the fourth quarter to put the game away.

  • RivalsHigh take: The word out of Rockhurst was how this is was going to be one of its best defenses in school history, and while Blue Springs is no slouch, it is also not a world beater. Winning the game is fantastic but giving up 20-points was a lot more than expected. The team won't lose its spot in the national rankings because of it, but it is a lot closer to its way out than improving its stock.

    For more, check out this report in the Kansas City Star.

    For complete coverage of Missouri high school football, visit MOSports.com.

    No. 94 Carroll 38, Copperas Cove 31

    They say styles make matchups; they did in this one.

    Carroll quarterback Kenny Hill threw for 387 yards and three TDs; Copperas Cove quarterback Orlando Thomas ran for 190 and two scores in a thriller.

    Carroll came out on top, but only when Hill went to his legs, running in from 9 yards out to break a 31-31 tie with 35 seconds remaining.

  • RivalsHigh take: This was a very good game from all reports and it will not knock Carroll out of the rankings despite the lackluster defensive performance. Teams from Texas need to start finding their defenses as it has been only Trinity and Katy playing much of any in recent seasons.

    For more, check out this report in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.



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