After opening the season in an overtime win over The Woodlands, Skyline looked to start 2-0 against a Martin team that had been blown out by DeSoto 46-7 in the previous week. Martin would not allow themselves to be embarrassed two weeks in a row.
Skyline senior quarterback Sederian Copeland opened up the scoring on a 50-yard touchdown pass to junior receiver Carlos Strickland. But the Martin defense tightened up as the Warriors scored 20 unanswered points on three rushing touchdowns from Josh Watson, George Tucker, and Nic Smith. The Skyline offense regained composure in the second quarter on two Copeland touchdown passes, including an 18-yard toss to Strickland just before halftime. Two blocked extra points and a failed two-point conversion gave Martin a 20-18 lead. After a scoreless third quarter, Skyline regained the lead on a two-yard run by senior Anthony Baker. But a missed PAT marked for the Raider's fourth failed conversion of the game. Those missed attempts were crucial as Martin took the lead on their next possession. Sophomore receiver Kristian Levy scored his first career touchdown on a 71-yard catch and run from sophomore quarterback Eric Walker. Levy's first score also gave him his first win, as the Warriors held on to win 27-24.
Walker finished with 193 yards passing and score, and sophomore Nic Smith led the rushing attack with 81 yards and a touchdown. The Skyline passing game thrived on 319 yards and three touchdowns from Copeland, but Martin held the Raiders to -22 rushing yards. Skyline forced three fumbles, losing their first game while winning the turnover battle since 2010.
DeSoto (2-0) 44 Tulsa Union (Okla.) (0-1) 20
In an interstate matchup between top-ranked teams, DeSoto topped Union in a battle of offenses that included 829 total yards and a 35-point first quarter. The two teams traded shots in the opening quarter, as DeSoto opened the scoring on a 5-yard touchdown run by senior quarterback Desmon White. Union answered with an eight-play, 53-yard drive that was capped off by a 21-yard touchdown pass from junior Mason Farquhar to senior Carson Meier. But the DeSoto defense blocked the point-after and returned the ball all the way back for a two-point takeaway to make the score 9-6. The Eagles' rushing attack went on to score three more touchdowns in the first half with three different running backs: Alex Cummings, Jaimon Peterson and William Jackson. Farquhar responded with a pair of touchdown passes, including a 47-yard pitch and catch to senior Kaylor Pearson, to pull the Redskins within nine at the half. The Eagle defense prevented a Union comeback twice in the third quarter, stuffing a Redskins' fourth down conversion attempt and forcing Farquhar's first interception of the year. Two late DeSoto touchdowns set the final score, 44-20. Desmon White finished with 329 total yards and two touchdowns. Mason Farquhar led the game in passing with 300 yards, three touchdowns and the game's only turnover. DeSoto starts 2-0 for the fourth-straight year and will play what may be the biggest game in Texas next week against Euless Trinity (0-1).
In the second game of the interstate showcase, Jenks prevented the Texas sweep in a come-from-behind win against Trinity. The two state powers traded touchdowns in the first half, as Trinity senior running back Isaac Ellsworth busted out on a 66-yard touchdown run on the opening drive. After Jenks responded with a one-yard rushing score from senior running back Trent Taber, Trinity broke off for another long score on a 28-yard run by sophomore Ja'Ron Wilson. Jenks quarterback Cooper Nunley tied the game just before halftime on a 22-yard pass to Dylan Harding. In the second half, Trinity took a seemingly steady lead after a field goal and a 75-yard Ellsworth run put them up ten points. But Nunley led Jenks on two scoring drives of more than 50 yards, capitalizing each with short touchdown passes to Austin Casillas and Ty Yeates. Euless could not score again, despite forcing two interceptions, as Jenks held on to win 27-23. Nunley finished with 181 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions. The Trinity rush attack accounted for 309 yards in the game, but was held to just 16 yards in the fourth quarter. Ellsworth finished with 138 yards and two scores. Trinity will try and prevent their first 0-2 start since 2004 in a grudge match against DeSoto, who beat the Trojans 42-21 a season ago.
Galena Park North Shore (2-0) 24 Manvel (1-1) 20
The storied program met the youthful in Houston this past weekend. North Shore, who has six 11-win seasons in the past ten years, faced off against a Manvel team who had just earned legitimacy in 5A after winning the District title in their inaugural season at the level. North Shore carried momentum into their home-opener after trouncing Clear Springs (1-1) by 37 a week prior. Manvel struck first on a 50-yard bomb from sophomore quarterback Deriq King to junior receiver Gary Haynes. North Shore took back the lead on a field goal and an 18-yard run by Micah Long. But with just a minute left before halftime, King connected with Austin Alexis for a 1-yard score to go up 14-10 at the break. King increased the Manvel lead with another touchdown pass to Haynes from 18-yards out. A missed two-point conversion made the score 20-10. North Shore pulled within three after junior running back Justin Green scored on a 3-yard run at the end of the third quarter. The Mustang defense kept Manvel off the scoreboard for the rest of the game, allowing their offense to take the lead on a 1-yard run by senior quarterback Lawance McCardell. North Shore held on to win 24-20. Winning the turnover margin, yet losing the game, has become a theme in Texas this week as Manvel recovered three fumbles. The North Shore rushing attack gained 278 yards, with Justin Green leading the numbers with 88 yards and a score. Junior Tristan Houston also contributed with 10 rushes for 61 yards. Deriq King proved dual-threat for Manvel, throwing for 118 yards and three scores and rushing for 104 yards on 19 carries. Manvel will take their second road trip to Houston Bellaire (1-1), and North Shore will head to Katy Cinco Ranch (2-0) who has welcomed back senior quarterback Luke Klingler from last year's injury.
Texas City (2-0) 56 La Marque (1-1) 35
Texas City established themselves as the strongest 4A team, defeating 3A power La Marque by three scores this past weekend. The Stingarees were beaten by La Marque at home last year, and made this game seem personal. Texas City senior Donald Lynch made his impact early, scoring the first two touchdowns on a 32-yard interception return and a 20-yard run. After La Marque countered with a 38-yard touchdown run by junior running back Alan Cooper, the game quickly became known as the "Foreman show." Twins Armanti and D'Onta Foreman scored the next four touchdowns on three D'Onta runs and a 53-yard reception by Armanti from senior quarterback Andrew Allen. Sophomore running back Daquan Jones attempted to stop the bleeding with a 28-yard touchdown run for La Marque to set the halftime score at 42-14. After D'Onta scored his fourth rushing touchdown on a 5-yard run in the third quarter, the game was out of reach. Junior quarterback Ladarrian Ellis-Jones tried to spark a comeback with two rushing scores and a 46-yard touchdown pass to senior Mike Hardeman, but the deficit was too much. Andrew Allen scored his first rushing touchdown of the season for the Stingarees from two yards out, and Texas City went on to win 56-35. D'Onta Foreman finished with 103 yards and four touchdowns, as his brother Armanti led the game in receiving with 110 yards and a score. Ellis-Jones provided the silver lining for the Cougars with 194 total yards and three touchdowns, but threw for three interceptions. Texas City capitalized off of six La Marque turnovers and only punted a single time. La Marque will look to recover against Coldspring-Oakhurst (1-1) and Texas City will return home to face Pasadena in an effort to start 3-0 for the first time since 2010.
Austin Westlake 45 (1-1) Temple 41 (3-2)
After losing to Cedar Park (1-1) in the season opener, Westlake was in danger of starting 0-2 for the first time since 2010. The Chaparrals had to come from behind in order to keep that hope alive. Temple took an early lead off of two touchdown runs from junior quarterback Chad President. Westlake senior quarterback Jordan Severt responded with a nine-yard touchdown pass to senior receiver Patrick Elliot. Westlake tied the game after senior defensive back Rhodes Legg intercepted President for a 65-yard touchdown return. Legg should keep the ball, (not everybody gets to pick-six a President.) But Temple took back the lead on two rushing touchdowns from running backs Marques Hatcher and Jeff Carr. Kicker Alex Rees pulled Westlake within two scores on a 25-yard field goal just before halftime to set the score at 28-17. Temple scored to open the second half on another Hatcher rushing touchdown, and it seemed the Wildcats would start their season 2-0. But Jordan Severt led the comeback with four touchdown passes, including a 10-yard pass to Elliot for the game-winning score. Severt finished with 348 yards passing and three touchowns. Elliot was Severt's main target that night with 175 yards on 12 receptions and three scores. There's only so much a President can do, as Chad President rushed for 104 yards and three touchdowns, but threw two interceptions. Jeff Carr led the game with 170 yards and a score on the ground for Temple. It does not get easier for either of these teams as Temple heads to Southlake Carroll (1-1) and Westlake will take on A&M Consolidated (2-0) at home.
Abilene Cooper 24 (1-1) Cedar Park 21 (1-1)
Cooper looked to rebound against the defending 4A champions after a tough loss against Wichita Falls Rider (1-1) in the season opener. Cedar Park had plenty of confidence coming in after knocking off Central Texas rival Austin Westlake (1-1). The matchup lived up to potential, coming right down to the final seconds. Cedar Park took an early lead after senior running back Bill Estevanott scored on a one-yard run. Senior running back Trey Dye responded for Cooper with a rushing touchdown of his own from 10-yards out. But Cedar Park took the lead again just before halftime on a 33-yard field goal by Zach Hancock to make the score 10-7. Hancock converted another field goal from 22-yards out to start the second half, extending the lead to six. Cooper bounced back on two long touchdown runs from senior running back Daniel Cooper and senior quarterback Lorenzo Joe, setting the score 21-13. But the defending champs regained composure and scored again on a 24-yard touchdown run from junior running back Joey Carter, and tied the game on a two-point conversion. Then, with little time remaining, Cooper drove down the field, setting up junior kicker Zach Lehr to make the game winning 31-yard field goal as time expired. Lorenzo finished the game with 57 yards passing and an interception, but rushed for 159 yards and a score. Senior quarterback Nate Grimm completed five passes for 151 yards for Cedar Park, and Joey Carter led the team in rushing with 96 yards and a score. Cooper snapped Cedar Park's 15-game win streak that began when Cooper beat them a year before. Perhaps a similar spark results as Cedar Park returns home to take on Harker Heights (0-2). Cooper will head to Midland Lee (1-1).
SA Reagan 31 (2-0) SA O'Connor 28 (1-1)
After coming within one game away from State, O'Connor started off the 2013 season with purpose, beating SA Alamo Heights (1-1) by two scores. But the Panthers had recently struggled against Reagan, losing in their last four meetings leading up to this match-up. Reagan would prove to be the kryptonite once again, coming from behind to beat O'Connor for the fifth straight time. O'Connor took a 14-7 lead at the half as senior quarterback Zach Galindo scored twice on a one-yard run and a nine-yard pass to senior Jake Seaman. Reagan scored their first touchdown on a 64-yard pass from senior quarterback Ty Summers to senior wide receiver Jacob Ramos. Reagan closed the gap to four on a 28-yard field goal by junior kicker Alex Webb to start the second half. But O'Connor responded with a 16-yard touchdown run by sophomore running back Jamonte Foster as time expired in the third quarter. Reagan and O'Connor traded short touchdown runs to make the score 28-17 with eight minutes remaining. But the comeback was on, as Ty Summers scored two touchdowns, including a game-winning four-yard run with 46 seconds left. Summers finished the game with 276 yards passing, one touchdown pass, and one interception. He also led the game in rushing with 95 yards and two scores. Zach Galindo led the game in passing with 301 yards, one touchdown and an interception. Heartbreak commences for O'Connor, now having lost five straight to Reagan. They will look to rebound against SA Clark (0-2). Reagan starts 2-0 for the second straight year and will look to continue the streak against Pflugerville (1-1).