By Scott Hansen
Week 1 Small-School Star of the Week
Weston Jameson, Edgewood: In a 48-40 victory over Canton, Jameson completed 35-of-54 passes for 482 yards and seven touchdowns. Both of Jameson’s outputs were school records. Just two games into his senior season, Jameson has thrown for 778 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Week 1 Lone Stars
Darius Dotson, Hitchcock: Trailing by 15 points with seven minutes to play, teams sometimes press the panic button. Dotson did not give his Hitchcock team the chance. Over the final 6:58 of the game, Dotson scored on touchdown runs of 5, 49, and 32 yards as the Bulldogs scored 22 unanswered points for a 35-28 victory over Beaumont Kelly. Dotson finished with 202 yards on 12 carries and four touchdowns in the come-from-behind triumph.
Joe Gilliard, Quinlan Boles: Gilliard rushed for 243 yards on 14 carries and scored three rushing touchdowns in a 62-14 victory over Scurry-Rosser. Gilliard also caught three passes for 98 yards, taking all three into the end zone for touchdowns. Quinlan Boles rushed for 511 yards on 55 carries in the victory. All three of Gilliard’s touchdown runs were more than 44 yards out, including one from 67 yards.
Darian Godfrey, Gilmer: The junior signal caller led Gilmer to its highest point total in 78 years to celebrate Homecoming with a 77-28 victory over Emory Rains. Gilmer led 56-15 at halftime in the rout. Godfrey was as dazzling as ever for the Buckeyes, totaling five touchdowns and throwing for 278 yards for Gilmer. Gilmer averages 66.5 points per game this season after two games.
Desmond Guy, Itasca: In a 28-14 victory over Rice, Guy was the main difference. On 15 carries, Guy rushed for 251 yards and a pair of touchdowns for the Wampus Cats. It marked the second time in two tries that Guy eclipsed the 200-yard barrier in 2008. In the score tied at 14 in the third quarter, Guy broke-off a 71-yard touchdown run to break the deadlock that proved to be the game-winner.
Ortavious Hypolite, West Orange-Stark: In a 48-7 victory over Little Cypress-Mauriceville, Hypolite completed all three of his passing attempts for 150 yards and two touchdowns. Hypolite only needed three carries to rush for 111 yards, including an 86-yard touchdown run for the Mustangs.
Clayton Kendrick, Van: In a 31-10 victory over Rusk, Kendrick was a dominating force on defense. Kendrick recorded 27 tackles and had three tackles-for-loss in the victory for the Vandals.
Joseph Maldonado, Hebbronville: Maldonado had a huge outing in a 54-21 victory over Falfurrias. On 13 carries, Maldonado rushed for 374 yards and four touchdowns, an average of 28.8 yards per carry. Maldonado also caught three passes, taking one 41 yards for a touchdown to open the scoring in the victory. Maldonado’s touchdown runs came from 83, 91, 34, and 87 yards.
Charlie Moore, Bullard: In a 38-21 victory over Palestine Westwood, Bullard completed 14-of-20 passes for 214 yards and two touchdowns. On the ground, Moore rolled up 148 yards and a touchdown for the Panthers.
Brandon Robinson, Canadian: In a 41-20 come-from-behind victory over Abernathy, Robinson completed 23-of-41 passes for 469 yards and two touchdowns. Robinson found Clint Cockrell on a 21-yard touchdown in the second quarter to break a 14-14 tie. Cockrell finished with 10 catches for 195 yards in the victory.
Alex Shaw, Dawson: In a 34-0 victory over Crossroads, Shaw visited the end zone five times in the victory accounting for all of Dawson’s touchdowns. Shaw rushed for 243 yards on 20 carries in the victory.
Jacolby Stokes, Navasota: In a 49-14 victory over Palestine, Stokes led the Rattlers by completing 11-of-13 passes for 330 yards and five touchdowns. Three of his scoring strikes went to Brandal Jackson from 42, 15, and 10 yards.
Matthew Tucker, Tyler Chapel Hill: Tucker rushed for 337 yards on 27 carries and visited the end zone five times for Chapel Hill in a 52-30 victory over Kaufman. Tucker’s touchdown runs of 45, 63, 61, 7, and 48 yards led Chapel Hill to 456 rushing yards as a team in the victory.
Class 3A Associated Press Top 10 Recaps
1. Liberty Hill (2-0): Defeated Abilene Wylie, 28-25.
For the second straight week, the two-time defending 3A state champions survived with a narrow victory. In the first half, Matt McCain rumbled in from 82 yards out to pace the Panthers to a 21-6 halftime lead. Cody Lattimore’s 20-yard touchdown run gave Liberty Hill a 28-12 lead before Wylie roared back. Wylie quarterback Matt Preston tossed a pair of touchdown passes to make it interesting, but Liberty Hill’s special teams proved to be the difference. Steven Stratton went 4-for-4 on extra points to help Liberty Hill to its victory.
Next: Sept. 12 at Manor.
2. Celina (2-0): Defeated Addison Trinity, 28-7.
Celina rolled to its 45th consecutive regular season triumph behind a dose of Charley Waldrep, Troy McCartney, and Cody Worrell. Waldrep rushed for 94 yards and a touchdown in the first half as the Bobcats took a 14-0 lead. In the second half, McCartney rushed for 73 yards for Celina. Worrell led Celina with 108 rushing yards on 17 carries, scoring two Bobcat touchdowns.
Next: Sept. 13 vs. Daingerfield.
3. Waco LaVega (2-0): Defeated No. 7 Brownwood (1-1), 31-14.
In a Top 10 battle, La Vega broke away from a 14-14 tie at halftime with a dominating second half display. Chad Ward rushed for 154 yards for the Pirates. Quarterback Danzel Wilson rushed for a pair of La Vega touchdowns. Wilson capped-off a 10-play, 66-yard drive with a 1-yard scoring plunge which proved to be the game-winner. La Vega’s defense held Brownwood to 29 total yards and one first down in the second half.
Brownwood quarterback Casey Pachall struggled against the stingy Pirate defense, completing just 10-of-25 passes for 106 yards. Pachall did, however, toss two touchdown passes in the first half as the Lions kept pace with La Vega.
Next: Sept. 12 vs. Dallas Roosevelt.
4. China Spring (2-0): Defeated Mexia, 34-25.
China Spring had its backs against the wall in the fourth quarter trailing 25-21 before making the key plays when it mattered most. Mike Hicks scored the go-ahead touchdown with a tad over eight minutes left to give the Cougars the lead for good.
Next: Sept. 12 vs. Robinson.
5. Cuero (2-0): Defeated Rio Hondo, 42-7.
Cuero’s balanced attack did the trick against Rio Hondo. The Gobblers rushed for 226 yards and threw for 225 yards in the victory. Trent Jackson led the ground attack with 105 yards, including a 71-yard jaunt to the end zone. Quarterback Tyler Arndt threw for 225 yards and two touchdowns while adding one rushing touchdown for the Gobblers. Robert Armstrong led the receiving corps with six grabs for 99 yards and a touchdown.
Next: Sept. 12 at Devine.
6. Navasota (2-0): Defeated Palestine, 49-14.
Quarterback Jacolby Stokes completed 11-of-13 through the air for 330 yards and five touchdowns in the rout. Brandal Jackson caught four passes for 86 yards and three touchdowns for the Rattlers. Dexter Pratt caught three passes for 156 yards, while adding 80 rushing yards on eight carries for two touchdowns.
Next: Sept. 12 vs. Hearne.
7. Brownwood (1-1): Lost to No. 3 Waco LaVega (2-0), 31-14.
Next: Sept. 12 vs. Stephenville.
8. West Orange-Stark (2-0): Defeated Little Cypress-Mauriceville, 48-7.
West Orange-Stark moved to 23-2 all-time against Little Cypress-Mauriceville with a resounding victory on Saturday. It only took the Mustangs 17 seconds to get onto the scoreboard when quarterback Ortavious Hypolite connected with Trey Franks on a 61-yard touchdown pass. Hypolite rushed for 111 yards on three carries, including a dazzling 86-yard touchdown run.
Next: Sept. 12 at Kirbyville.
9. Gilmer (2-0): Defeated Emory Rains, 77-21.
Gilmer celebrated Homecoming with a dominating performance. Junior quarterback Darian Godfrey threw four of his five touchdown passes in the first half to lead Gilmer to 56 first half points. Godfrey would add a rushing touchdown for the Buckeyes. Jeremy Johnson rushed for 133 yards and three touchdowns on just five carries in the victory to pace Gilmer. In two games this season, Gilmer is averaging 66.5 points per game.
Next: Sept. 12 vs. Texarkana Liberty-Eylau.
10. Sealy (2-0): Defeated Hempstead, 43-8.
Leading 13-8 at halftime, Sealy woke up in the second half by outscoring Hempstead by the score of 30-0. Orie King rushed for three touchdowns and hauled in a touchdown reception from quarterback Jefferey Krenek. King finished with 128 total yards. De’quincy Cooper led the Tigers with 169 yards on 15 carries.
Next: Sept. 12 vs. Altair Rice.
Class 2A Associated Press Top 10 Recaps
1. Cisco (2-0): Defeated Whitesboro, 49-0.
Robert Medina rushed for 154 in light work and scored two touchdowns to lead the Loboes. Quarterback Josh Bridges completed 10-of-14 passes for 121 yards and a pair of scores for pace top-ranked Cisco. Cisco’s defense recovered three fumbles in the victory, returning one for a touchdown.
Next: Sept. 12 vs. Ballinger.
2. Crane (2-0): Defeated Midland Greenwood, 27-21.
Quarterback Lloyd Chisum threw for 269 yards and had a hand in three Crane touchdowns in the hard-fought victory over upstart Greenwood. Two of Chisum’s touchdowns came on the ground, where he rushed for 68 yards. Both of Chisum’s touchdown runs came in the second quarter as Crane took a 14-7 halftime lead. With 1:04 left in the third quarter, Teague Esparza scored on a 3-yard run for what proved to be the game-winner.
3. Pilot Point (2-0): Defeated Lake Worth, 59-0.
Cooper Guthrie rushed for 147 yards and four touchdowns to lead Pilot Point in the rout. Pilot Point rushed for 510 yards in the victory, with Seth Tilley joining Guthrie with a team-high 147 yards on just five carries. Jarman Johnson added 104 rushing yards on five carries in a dominant performance for the Bearcats.
4. Arp (2-0): Defeated St. Augustine, 56-13.
Arp continued its blistering start to the new campaign, this time by rushing for 378 yards to move to 2-0. Last week, Arp snapped Alto’s 28-game winning-streak and responded for its encore by showing no hangover. LaVocheya Cooper rushed for 153 yards and two touchdowns for the Tigers. Alto exploded out to a 28-0 lead after one quarter of play and got 107 passing yards and two touchdowns from quarterback Will Allen.
Next: Sept. 12 vs. Alto.
5. Hitchcock (2-0): Defeated Beaumont Kelly, 35-28.
Hitchcock dug deep and showed some mettle by rallying with 22 unanswered points in a decisive fourth quarter. In the final 6:58 of the game, Darius Dotson stepped up to play the role of hero for the Bulldogs, scoring three touchdowns. Dotson rushed for 202 yards on 12 carries and reached the end zone on runs of 5, 49, and 32 yards in the comeback.
Next: Sept. 12 at Stafford.
6. Kirbyville (2-0): Defeated Jasper, 44-43.
In a battle of old district foes; Kirbyville scored a touchdown in the final minute to cut its deficit to 43-42. The Wildcats rolled the dice, opting for the two-point conversion. With 8 yards between them and the victory after a penalty, quarterback Aaron Hazlewood found Josh Hughey for the game-winning two-point play. Hazlewood struck Randy Musgrove on a 13-yard touchdown pass to give the Wildcats a shot at the win with time winding down.
Next: Sept. 12 vs. West Orange-Stark.
7. Elysian Fields (2-0): Defeated Waskom, 42-12.
Joe Benefield got things started with a 75-yard fumble return for a touchdown. Benefield would rush for 151 yards and three rushing touchdowns to lead the Yellowjackets. Joel Rose returned a punt 40 yards for a touchdown after Benefield’s defensive touchdown to make it 14-0. Quarterback Austin Delk scored on a 10-yard run to pace Elysian Fields.
Next: Sept. 12 at Hooks.
8. Refugio (2-0): Defeated Hallettsville, 28-25.
Quarterback Kyle Hendley found Travis Martino on a 30-yard touchdown pass to win the game for Refugio. Hendley threw for three touchdown passes in the victory, two of them to Martino. Terrence Smith rushed for 98 yards on five carries and scored on a 51-yard run in the first quarter. Smith also scored on a touchdown reception from Hendley in the first quarter to put the Bobcats in front, 14-6.
Next: Sept. 12 vs. Poth.
9. Early (1-1): Defeated Wall, 46-6.
Early strolled to a 28-6 halftime lead en route to the comfortable victory. Kenny Vaccaro, a verbal commitment to the University of Texas, rushed for 84 yards and scored four total touchdowns on just eight carries for the Longhorns. Quarterback Nick Lyle threw for 136 yards and two touchdowns. Early will host Clyde this week in its first-ever game at its new football stadium.
Next: Sept. 12 vs. Clyde.
10. Altair Rice (2-0): Defeated Edna, 35-0.
Zacchaeus Foster rushed for 165 yards and three touchdowns to lead Rice Consolidated to the lopsided victory. Quarterback Myles Dumont tacked on 162 passing yards and a pair of touchdowns. Dumont also nailed all five of his extra-point tries in the victory. Mario Hull caught six passes for 109 yards, including a 26-yard reception for a score with 6:17 left in the second quarter to give the Raiders a 21-0 lead. Rice held Edna to just 71 yards of total offense in the rout.
Next: Sept. 12 at Sealy.
Class 1A Associated Press Top 10 Recaps
1. Canadian (2-0): Defeated Abernathy, 41-20.
Top-ranked Canadian trailed 14-7 in the second quarter before taking control with a 2-yard touchdown run by Danny Reyes and a 21-yard hook-up between quarterback Brandon Robinson and Clint Cockrell. Clay Cockrell added more of a gap between the two teams when he scored on runs of 5 and 7 yards in the third quarter to give the Wildcats a 35-14 lead after three quarters. Robinson threw for 469 yards and two touchdowns in the victory. Clint Cockrell finished with 10 receptions for 195 yards.
Next: Sept. 12 at Woodward (Okla.).
2. Maud (1-0): Idle
Next: Sept. 12 vs. Waskom.
3. Sundown (1-1): Lost to No. 5 Stratford, 44-10.
In a match-up that expected to be a potential precursor to the 1A playoffs, Stratford rolled to a surprisingly easy victory over Sundown. Stratford scored all 44 of its points in an unanswered fashion in the victory. John Heffley gave Sundown a 10-0 lead in the first quarter with a fumble recovery in the end zone for a touchdown and a 22-yard field goal.
From there, it was all Stratford. Following a Jesse Lopez field goal to get on the board, quarterback Kaleb Horsford threw two quick touchdown passes to give Stratford a 17-10 lead. Klinton Keener scored on a 6-yard touchdown run and Chandler Lutes recovered a fumble in the end zone as part of a 28-point second quarter. The Elks picked up second half touchdown runs by Lopez and Lutes to extend its lead.
Next: Sept. 12 at Lubbock Roosevelt.
4. Mart (1-1): Lost to Lexington, 20-19.
Mart’s grand-opening of a brand new stadium was soured by Lexington. Lexington led 20-10 in the third quarter before the Panthers made a comeback attempt. Matt Schaffer nailed a 42-yard field goal to bring Mart to within seven points at 20-13. With 2:02 left in the game, Nico Sharp scored on a 7-yard touchdown pass from Xavier Williams. Lexington blocked Schaffer’s extra-point try to hold on for the one-point victory.
Next: Sept. 12 at Teague.
5. Stratford (2-0): Defeated No. 3 Sundown, 44-10.
Next: Sept. 12 vs. Spearman.
6. Cayuga (2-0): Defeated Grand Saline, 57-0.
Traylon Shead only needed eight carries to rush for 134 yards and two touchdowns in the shutout victory for the Wildcats. Cayuga rolled to 540 total yards and led 44-0 at halftime. Quarterback Broc January threw for 209 yards on 10-of-15 passing for three touchdowns.
Next: Sept. 12 vs. Dawson.
7. Itasca (2-0): Defeated Rice, 28-14.
Desmond Guy rushed for more than 200 yards for the second straight week in the victory. Guy single-handedly broke a 14-14 deadlock with a 71-yard touchdown run to help the Wampus Cats take control. Guy finished with 251 yards and two touchdowns in the victory.
Next: Sept. 12 vs. Gateway Charter.
8. Roscoe (1-1): Defeated Hawley, 44-6.
Quarterback Jacob Villanueva threw for 245 yards and three touchdowns in the victory for the Plowboys. Caden Smith led the defense with 17 tackles and added four tackles-for-loss. Roscoe rolled to 491 yards in the victory.
Next: Sept. 12 at Gorman.
9. Alto (1-1): Defeated Garrison, 48-6.
Marcuse Gasaway ran for 157 yards on only seven carries to lead the Yellowjackets. Quarterback Javante Jones added 115 rushing yards for Alto, who rushed for 413 yards on 30 carries in the victory. Gasaway scored on a 90-yard touchdown run in the first half en route to a 28-6 lead at halftime.
Next: Sept. 12 at Arp.
10. Normangee (2-0): Defeated Groveton, 45-14.
Normangee had its way on offense, storming to 539 total yards in the victory. Jordan and Justin Mullinnix combined for all seven Normangee touchdowns. Jordan Mullinnix rushed for 152 yards on 14 carries and four touchdowns. Justin Mullinnix threw for 229 yards and added 115 yards and three rushing touchdowns.
Next: Sept. 12 at Rosebud-Lott.
Week 2 Associated Press Poll
Team Rec Pts Pvs
1. Liberty Hill (13) 2-0 181 1
2. Celina (4) 2-0 166 2
3. La Vega (1) 2-0 152 3
4. Cuero (1) 2-0 119 5
5. China Spring 2-0 114 4
6. Navasota 2-0 87 6
7. West Orange-Stark 2-0 82 8
8. Gilmer 2-0 61 9
9. Sealy 2-0 34 10
10. Abilene Wylie 1-1 10 -
Others receiving votes: Brownwood 8. Crockett 7. Devine 6. Tyler Chapel Hill 5. Monahans 4. Prosper 4. Giddings 2. CC West Oso 2. Bellville 1.
Team Rec Pts Pvs
1. Cisco (18) 2-0 188 1
2. Crane (1) 2-0 150 2
3. Pilot Point 2-0 131 3
4. Arp 2-0 125 4
5. Hitchcock 2-0 99 5
6. Kirbyville 2-0 87 6
7. Elysian Fields 2-0 67 7
8. Refugio 2-0 61 8
9. Altair Rice 2-0 38 10
10. Blanco 2-0 20 -
Others receiving votes: Winnsboro 15. Early 15. Salado 11. Daingerfield 8. Clyde 8. Idalou 6. Bushland 5. Muleshoe 4. Corrigan-Camden 3. Caddo Mills 2. Kermit 1. Childress 1.
Team Rec Pts Pvs
1. Canadian (16) 2-0 183 1
2. Stratford (1) 2-0 162 5
3. Maud (2) 1-0 159 2
4. Cayuga 2-0 109 6
5. Roscoe 1-1 96 8
6. Itasca 2-0 93 7
7. Normangee 2-0 67 10
8. Alto 1-1 60 9
9. Mart 1-1 30 4
10. Sundown 1-1 18 3
Others receiving votes: Iraan 15. D’Hanis 15. Bremond 10. Quinlan Boles 8. Archer City 4. Shiner 4. Gorman 3. Windthorst 2. Munday 2. New Deal 2. Goldthwaite 1. Mount Enterprise 1. Tenaha 1.