Inside The Box: Week 5

If random thoughts filled with statistics are your thing, you’ve chosen to kill some time on the right feature.  Get caught up on Week 5′s highlights before we kickoff Week 6 tomorrow.

Region 1:

– Last week’s entry… “Southlake Carroll escaped with a 2-point win over Keller Fossil Ridge this week.  The Dragons need to take a long hard look at what’s happening during the second half.  In the last two second-halves, the Dragons have scored a total of three points.”

make that a total of three points in the last three second-halves.

– Trinity losing at the half, 11-6, to Hurst Bell? Didn’t see that one coming.  Neither did senior RB Joel Kimpela and he wasn’t happy about it.  Kimpela responded with a monster second half to finish the game with 306 yards rushing and 3 touchdowns.

– Credit to Denton Guyer for coming out of a long rain-delay ready to play.  When the two teams retired to their respective locker rooms near the end of the first quarter due to lightning, it looked like the game was shaping up to be one that would go down to the wire.  However, Guyer came out of the locker room and dominated every phase of the game en route to scoring 21 unanswered.  More surprisingly, Coppell looked completely over-matched.

– Speaking of looking completely over-matched, an Arlington team that was coming off of losses to Coppell, Mansfield Timberview and Arlington Lamar, completely dominated Arlington Martin.  The turnover numbers tell the story in this one, 8-3.  Yep, that’s eight turnovers by one team in a game (5 fumbles, 3 ints).

– You’ve got to feel pretty good about your playoff chances if you’re a Mansfield fan.  Following an impressive blow-out win over South Grand Prairie, the Tigers now sit at 2-0 in district with wins over two of the better teams in the district.  We see the Tigers finishing, at worst, 5-2 in the district.

– Plano West bolstered it’s playoff hopes significantly in a four overtime victory over Plano East. Five more district games remain, but the Wolves currently hold a two game advantage over fifth place in the highly competitive 8-5A.

Region 2:

– Dallas Jesuit senior QB Brian Buell deserves a lot of credit for stepping in for injured junior Jack Brezette and the potent Crusader offense not missing a beat.  Buell has completed 62 of 93 passes for 744 yards including 9 touchdowns and 0 interceptions.

– It’s still early, but Dallas Skyline junior QB Devonte Kincade is completing nearly 80% of his passes (78 attempts) and as a team the Raiders are playing top notch defense. Moving up the charts…

– Garland junior ATH Ja’Taveon Green is currently averaging 27.5 yards per carry (7 attempts) and 31.6 yards per catch (15 receptions).  He also has 7 offensive touchdowns so far, that’s basically a touchdown every 3 touches.  I’d say it’s time to get that man the football a little more often.

– In our Week 2 installment, we commented on the great start by Georgetown QB Jake Hubenak and the Eagles.  Unfortunately, an injury has ruled Jake out for the rest of his junior season (Austin-American Statesman).  The Eagles are 0-2 since the loss of their field general.

– In their 49-42 win over Temple, Copperas Cove had three 100+ yard rushers – QB Orlando Thomas (22 car, 203 yds), RB Brandon Hamilton (27 car, 176 yds), and RB Chans Colbert (9 car, 121 yds).  Temple RB Gaylon Sanders had 202 yards on just 11 carries.

– Through their first three games, the Klein Oak Panthers lost twice and didn’t score more than 17 points in any game.  Credit to the coaching staff because adjustments were apparently made during their Week 3 off-week.  Look at the difference offensively…

Before the “bye” week (AOS – 3 games): – 3.8
After the “bye” week (AOS – 2 games): + 16.2

Region 3:

– Katy’s defense has been performing at a very high level all season.  They’ve only allowed a total of 23 points through five games with some of that coming against the 2s and 3s.  This week, the Tigers held Strake Jesuit to zero first downs for three full quarters.  They finished with one to Katy’s 24.

… also, a special mention for Katy’s Brook Haack who threw a school-record six touchdown passes in this game.

– Cy Fair continues to shut opponents down, especially in the run game.  This week, Cy Ridge totaled 20 yards rushing on 17 carries.  The Bobcats haven’t allowed a 100 yard rusher all season.

– It only took 16 minutes for Bellaire to put up 49 points on Houston Sam Houston.  The Cardinals improve to 4-1 on the year and 2-0 in district.

– It’s important to note that Cy Ranch didn’t need 200+ yards from junior RB Keith Ford to beat a quality Cy Creek team.  Those are the types of wins that are necessary to compete for a playoff spot in the brutal ten-team District 17.  Ranch is now 4-1, 3-1 and looking for their first playoff appearance.

– Clear Springs’ Marcus Johnson (Texas Tech) is currently averaging 24 yards per catch on 19 receptions.  Since we’ve pointed out a number of quarterbacks that have taken over for injured starters in the last few weeks, Jake Blackledge is another one.  Blackledge is 44-64, 645 yards, 8 touchdowns, and 3 ints in two games as a starter.

– Cy Woods had a monster offensive output against Jersey Village with 724 yards of offense (449 rush, 275 pass) and 63 points.  Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time JV has been on the wrong side of a monster offensive output.  It was just a few weeks ago when JV gave up 571 yards and 65 points to Langham Creek.

Region 4:

– SA Madison junior ATH Marquise Warford isn’t someone we’ve mentioned previously.  In their 42-17 win over SA Johnson, Warford tallied 216 yards on 25 carries and 2 touchdowns.  On the year, 93 carries for 705 yards and 4 touchdowns.

San Antonio Running Back Watch:
Trinton Ynclan, SA Brandeis – 121 car., 1,165 yards, 16 TDs
Quaylon Jones, Converse Judson – 87 car., 910 yards, 13 TDs
Darik Dillard, SA MacArthur – 134 car., 758 yards, 3 TDs
Dazmon Johnson, SA Holmes – 155 car., 745 yards, 8 TDs
Elijah Ball, SA Reagan – 77 car., 745 yards, 7 TDs

– Roosevelt beat MacArthur with no time left on the clock in a game they absolutely had to have to stay firmly in the playoff hunt.  District 26 is always one of the better district races in the state.  Last year’s champion, SA MacArthur, currently sits in last place.

– We touched on Brandeis’ now 6-0, 4-0 start last week and mentioned that O’Connor seems to be the only team left standing between the Broncos and an undefeated season.  Brandeis is home to O’Connor this weekend.  The Bronco defense has pitched two shut-outs in the last three weeks and has held teams to ADS marks of – 22.0, – 8.3 and -18.8.  Keep that up and Brandeis will be playing deep into November.

– Eagle Pass Winn notched their third district win of the year over Laredo Martin.  Last year, they finished last in district with a 1-8 record.

– Time to check in on Harlingen now that we’re about three weeks removed from their big win over Abilene.  5-0, 2-0 record… QB Ledesma leading the RGV in completion percentage… RB Blake leading the RGV in yards per carry (10.4)… WR Bermea leading the RGV in receiving yards (523) and yards per catch (18.7).  Yup, seems about right.

Statistics provided by: Chron.com (Houston Chronicle), DallasNews.com, Statesman.com (Austin American-Statesman), ElPasoTimes.com, rgvsports.com