Last weekend, 6A and 5A programs entered the area round of the Texas high school football playoffs. In addition, there were many thrilling games across the state and I was fortunate enough to witness a few of them.
Game #1: Everman vs #8 Lovejoy
This year, Lovejoy benefited from UIL realignment as they did not have to face Aledo in the second round of the playoffs once again. However, Everman was led by 2021 Longhorns signee, Juan Davis, who is a jack of all trades on offense. Unfortunately for Everman, Lovejoy quarterback Ralph Rucker brought his A-game for the Leopards and scored a total of five touchdowns in their 49-21 victory.
Despite this, Juan Davis still was able to show off his athleticism as he scored two touchdowns for the Bulldogs. In addition, one of Davis’s touchdowns was a contested reception that he caught over two Lovejoy defenders.
Last Wednesday, Davis was one of 17 athletes from the 2021 class to sign with the Longhorns. Additionally, Davis has a good combination of size (listed at 6’4″) and athleticism, and is projected to be a tight end at the college level.
Game #2: North Forney vs #2 Aledo
On National Signing Day, JoJo Earle flipped his commitment from LSU to Alabama. As a result, Earle’s game against North Forney would be his first as a Alabama signee. Furthermore, Earle did not miss a beat against the Falcons as he had Aledo in the driver’s seat for the majority of the game.
In total, Earle scored three touchdowns: two rushing and one on a punt return. However, teammate DeMarco Roberts also had himself a big game as he scored four rushing touchdowns for the Bearcats. Additionally, the Allen brothers, Bryan and Jaden, had big games defensively for the Bearcats as both came away with an interception. Bryan, an LSU commit, also displayed his ability to be a safety net for the defense as he had several tackles in the secondary.
Ultimately, Aledo had a dominant performance and advanced with a 49-24 win over North Forney.
Game #3: Arlington vs #13 Denton Guyer
Coming into the game, Guyer was a big favorite over the Colts. However, Arlington played with the necessary grit that was needed to keep things close. In fact, the Colts were able to take the Wildcats to double overtime. However, Texas A&M signee, Eli Stowers, led Guyer to a thrilling 38-31 victory as he scored a rushing touchdown on a bootleg play in the second overtime period.
Unfortunately for the Wildcats, they have been playing without another Texas A&M signee, Deuce Harmon. Deuce, who is one of the highest-graded cornerbacks in the state, suffered a season-ending injury a couple of weeks ago. Consequently, Guyer gave up quite a few deep passes and will need to shore up the defense if they want to make back-to-back title game appearances.
Game #4: Midland Lee vs #23 Euless Trinity
Finally, in the state’s final game of the weekend, two prestigious programs squared off in an instant classic. Early in the game, the Rebels were firing on all cylinders on offense. However, the Trojans were able to stay in the game thanks to running back Ollie Gordon’s ability to find the end zone.
With under a minute left in regulation and the game tied at 49 a piece, Ollie Gordon sealed the deal with a trick play passing touchdown to Xzavior Kautai. Gordon’s passing touchdown gave Trinity a 56-49 lead and was his fourth total touchdown of the game.
Longhorns signee Juan Davis could be an interesting add for the Longhorns offense. Davis could end up playing either tight end or wide receiver, and also has a similar build to former Longhorn, Lil’ Jordan Humphrey.
Lastly, with Ennis being upset by Mansfield Timberview in the playoffs, Aledo now has a great chance to win their record-breaking 10th state title. However, the Bearcats will still have to face tough challenges within their own region in order to have another title shot.
Longhorns Recruiting Notes:
— DDunn (@Darion_dunn1) December 16, 2020
On National Signing Day, the Longhorns landed a commitment from cornerback Darion Dunn, a graduate transfer from McNeese State.
— Barryn Sorrell (@bjsorrell_) December 16, 2020
Also on National Signing Day, the Longhorns landed a commitment from 2021 three-star defensive lineman, Barryn Sorrell, who signed with Texas.
I’m very blessed to announce that I have received an offer from the University of Texas. #HookEm @SkysTheLimitWR @MikeRoach247 @EJHolland_TW @Jason_Howell @DamonSayles @samspiegs @BillyEmbody @BE_SicEm365 @MattClareRivals pic.twitter.com/0gKerH41DB
— Nicholas Anderson (@nicanderson02) December 20, 2020
On Saturday, the Longhorns extended an offer to 2022 four-star wide receiver Nicholas Anderson. Currently, Anderson is a member of the dominant Katy Tigers high school football program.
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