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September 23, 2013

The Old Coach Roundup: Week Three




THE OLD COACH STATEWIDE ROUNDUP: WEEK THREE

League City Clear Springs 53 (3-1) Houston Eisenhower (0-3) 50

After being shut out by Fort Bend Bush (3-0) last week, Eisenhower made up for lost time on the offensive end, producing what many might have perceived as a good basketball game. Springs had just come off a big win against La Porte (2-2) and must have been surprised by the offensive explosion of Eisenhower, who had not scored more than 13 all season. Eisenhower scored first on a one-yard run by senior running back Donald Catalon . Springs senior quarterback Zach Cripps then led the Chargers on two consecutive drives to take the lead on two touchdown passes of over 30 yards to junior running back Matt Guidry and junior receiver Devin Milburn. Catalon then proved Guidry wasn't the only running back that could make big plays, busting a 67-yard touchdown run to tie the game at 14. But Charger senior kicker Eric Piccione gave Springs a 17-14 lead to end the first quarter on a 25-yard field goal. Guidry scored on a three-yard run to start the second quarter to increase the lead to 10.Then Eisenhower senior running back Trevion Roberts joined in on the battle-of-the-backs with a 48-yard rushing touchdown to pull within three. Cripps set the halftime score at 31-21 with his third touchdown pass of the game to, guess who, Matt Guidry, scoring on a 52-yard catch and run. Springs extended their lead to 17 to start the third quarter on a 16-yard touchdown pass from Cameron Crawford to Jared Singleton. But Eisenhower roared back with 22-unanswered points. Senior Dwan Seaton became the fourth running back with a touchdown in the game on a 14-yard run for Eisenhower. Then, after the Eagle defense came up with a safety to add two points to the board, Donald Catalon returned the punt-kickoff for an 84-yard touchdown to pull within one. Cripps and co. would try and stop the bleeding on the next drive, but Eagle senior defensive back picked off Cripps for a 60-yard interception return to give Eisenhower the lead. With all the momentum shifted Eisenhower's way, Guidry proved why he is one of the best backs in the Houston area. On the very next drive, Guidry broke off for his fourth touchdown of the game on a 75-yard run. After the Chargers defense stopped Eisenhower, Guidry added a fifth on a 12-yard run to give Springs a 10-point lead. Eisenhower tried to muster another comeback on a 49-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Devlin Isadore to Trevion Roberts, But with four minutes remaining, Springs held on to win 53-50. Catalon finished with 202 yards on the ground and two touchdowns, and Roberts added 94 yards rushing and a score. Zach Cripps led the game with 263 yards passing with three touchdowns and an interception. Matt Guidry finished with 204 yards and three touchdowns on the ground, and 184 yards receiving and two scores. This would be his second straight game scoring four or more touchdowns. Eisenhower will seek their first win against Houston MacArthur (3-1) next week, and Springs will open district against Friendswood Clear Brook (3-1).

Friendswood Clear Brook (3-1) 20 Conroe Woodlands College Park (3-1) 9

After starting 3-0 for the second straight year, College Park looked to go undefeated heading into district play for the first time since 2007. Clear Brook had come off a big win against Vidor (2-1) and looked to gain some momentum into District play. It would be a defensive bout, and senior kicker Kris Sharp gave College Park an early 3-0 lead on a 22-yard field goal after a scoreless first quarter. Then, Clear Brook was able to move the ball in range of senior kicker Yanni Routsas , who booted a 44-yarder to tie the game just before the half. Routsas gave the Wolverines their first lead on a second field goal from 24 yards out. The Brook defense was able to hold College Park scoreless in the third quarter, allowing Brook running back Brandon Taylor to score the first touchdown of the game on an eight-yard to close the third quarter. The defense came up big again as senior Emmerson Fraley picked off senior quarterback Colton Farmer for a 30-yard touchdown return to go up 20-3. Farmer made up for the blunder on a one-yard touchdown run with a minute left to play, but a missed point-after set the score 20-9. The Clear Brook defense, led by senior linebacker Cameron Sonnier and senior defensive back Joseph Mobley , forced four turnovers throughout the game, including three fumbles and Fraley's interception score. College Park's defense held Clear Brook to just 87 total yards, led by senior defensive back Stephan Johnson . But the field position off the turnovers was enough to give Brook the advantage they needed. College Park will look to become more efficient offensively as they start District play against Conroe Oak Ridge (4-0), who forced three turnovers in their win against Houston Nimitz (0-3). Brook will face off against Clear Springs (3-1), a game with District Championship implications.

Austin Bowie (4-0) 42 SA Roosevelt (2-2) 21

After starting 2-0 for the second-straight year, Roosevelt came off a tough loss in week three against NB Canyon (3-1) to face an undefeated Bowie. Bowie started off 3-0 for the first time since 2009 and looked to go 4-0 for the first time in over a decade. Bowie junior running back Cole Myers put the Bulldogs on the board first on a 14-yard run to start the game. That run would be the start of 35 unanswered points for Bowie, coming off of two touchdown passes from senior quarterback Austin Eschenburg to junior receiver Ben Setterquist and senior receiver Mac McGarah, and two rushing scores from junior running back Steve Johnson and Cole Myers. Down 35-0 to begin the second half, Roosevelt senior quarterback Jacob Preciado released some frustration on a 76-yard touchdown pass to senior receiver Arrion Springs . Roosevelt strung another scoring drive together after the defense came up with a stop, capping it on a three-yard run by senior running back Traven Lee. But Cole Myers stopped the potential comeback to start the fourth quarter with his third rushing score of the game from 41-yards out. Preciado connected with Springs again for a 17-yard score to set the final score 42-21. Roosevelt outscored Bowie 21-7 in the second half, but the deficit was just too high to overcome. Myers led Bowie with 98 yards on the ground and three scores, and Eschenburg finished with 95 yards through the air with two touchdowns and an interception. Jacob Preciado led the game in passing, completing 19 of 37 for 245 yards and two touchdowns. Both touchdowns were received by Arrion Springs who finished with five catches and 110 yards. Roosevelt will look to end a two-game losing streak next week as they take on SA Lee (3-1) at home. Bowie will take on rival Austin Westlake (2-2) at home in an opportunity to prove legitimacy against a team they have not beaten since 2010.

DeSoto (4-0) 47 Cedar Hill (2-2) 20

Both teams came off big wins to open District 7-5A play. Cedar Hill bounced back from a loss to Allen in week two, shutting out Beaumont Ozen (0-3) 48-0. DeSoto started off 3-0 for the fourth straight season, knocking off Euless Trinity (1-2) 61-35. DeSoto struck first on a five-yard rushing touchdown from senior running back Jaimon Peterson. Then, after being held scoreless in the first quarter, Cedar Hill tied the game on a six-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Justin McMIllan to junior receiver Demarkus Lodge . DeSoto junior running back Jatory Sparks-Brown broke his season touchdown record on the next drive, scoring his fourth touchdown on a 19-yard run. Brown must have decided breaking just one record was not enough, scoring twice more on a two-yard run before halftime and a one-yard run to start the third quarter, setting a personal game high rushing total. DeSoto continued to roll as senior quarterback Desmon White added three touchdowns on two rushing scores of eight and 28 yards, and a 13-yard pass to junior tight end Kevin Thomas , leading the Eagles to 41 unanswered points. Cedar Hill stopped the onslaught with two rushing touchdowns by senior running back Peter Lewis, setting a more comfortable score at 47-20. Jatory Sparks-Brown set his records on just 10 carries for 47 yards and three scores. White led the game with 228 yards through the air and a touchdown pass, while rushing for 114 yards on 14 carries and two scores. The defensive back unit of DeSoto, led by seniors Nick Orr , Howard Wilson and Derrick Leonard , held McMillan to just 98 yards passing, a touchdown pass and forced an interception. (DeSoto starting to look like D-B-High). Cedar Hill poses a better record through four games than they did a year ago (1-3), a season that resulted in a State Championship appearance. The Longhorns will look to get back on a similar oath against Duncanville (3-1) next week. DeSoto, now 4-0 for the third straight year, will go on the road against South Grand Prairie (2-2) seeking a five game win streak.

Allen (4-0) 36 Hebron (2-2) 17

Allen came in 3-0 for the fourth straight year, with big wins over Southlake Carroll (2-1) and Cedar Hill (2-2). Hebron looked to pull off the upset after gaining some momentum in a win against Keller Fossil Ridge (2-1) the week before. Allen scored the only points of the first quarter on a 27-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Kyler Murray to senior wide receiver Kendall Clinton. Murray scored again to start the second quarter on a four-yard run to give Allen a 14-0 lead. The Allen defense came up with another stop on the ensuing drive, but the Eagles snapped the ball out of the end zone for a safety on their next possession. The blunder gave Hebron enough momentum to string together a scoring drive, capped off by a nine-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Carson Proffitt to senior Jamal Adams . A failed two-point conversion set the score at 14-8. Allen stole the momentum back on a 100-yard kickioff return touchdown by senior defensive back Mayomi Olootu Jr. to take a two score lead. Proffitt brought Hebron back into the game on a one-yard touchdown run on the next drive. The Hebron defense, led by senior defensive end Daniel Wise and senior linebacker Gavin Burford , stopped the Eagle offense to give Hebron an opportunity to take the lead. Allen held the Hawks to a field goal by senior kicker Joel Carlos, booting the kick from 49-yards out. Allen senior kicker Carlos Arochi answered with three points of his own, knocking in a 28-yarder just before the half to give Allen a 23-17 lead. Kyler Murray interrupted a scoreless second half with a one-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to take a two score lead. Hebron did not score again, and Murray added his second passing touchdown of the game on a 25-yard pass to senior receiver Josh Pettjohn, setting the final score 36-17. Murray finished with 216 yards through the air, with two touchdown passes and an interception, and added 124 yards on the ground on 15 carried for two more scores. Proffitt finished with 168 yards passing with a touchdown and an interception. Hebron will look to put Hebron back on track against Plano (3-0) next week. Allen will taken on Coppell (3-0) in the battle of undefeateds.

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