Inside the Box: Week 2

One of the first things we do each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday morning is read through every box score we can find from the previous night’s action.  This gives us a good base to work from before starting the evaluation process each week.

If random thoughts filled with statistics are your thing, you’ve chosen to kill some time on the right feature.  Here’s a look back at Week 2′s action before we head into Week 3 tomorrow.

Region 1:

1-5A opened up district play this week with all home teams taking the Ws.  The highlight of the action was El Paso Times’ #1 Americas @ #2 Franklin.  Americas jumped out to a 10-0 lead, but Franklin responded with 21 straight.  Although Americas would eventually retake the lead, Franklin finished it off with 2:35 remaining, 28-25.

– You can’t ask for a better performance from a quarterback in a big-time road game than what Alabama commit and Allen QB Alec Morris gave you this weekend against Longview (25-35, 365 yards, 5 TDs, 0 ints).  Roll Tide.

– It took the Mansfield Timberview Wolves all of three weeks to match last season’s win total of three.  The most impressive of the bunch came this week in a 17-point win over Arlington.  Sleeper Alert…

– It’s 1:34am on a Tuesday morning and I’m pretty sure Marcus RB Harvey Giddens just scored another touchdown.  He’s scoring at about the same rate as my hot dog intake, three to four per game.

–  Look away Richland fans — This may be the most lopsided boxscore of the weekend (Trinity-Richland)…Score: 64-0, Total yards: 533-57, First Downs: 25-4, Rushing: 408-40, Passing: 125-17. Yikes.

– Flower Mound involved in yet another high flying offensive shootout — say it ain’t so.  Going back to the start of last season, that makes 12 games in which the Jags have scored 40+ points.  In seven of those 12, they’ve also given up 40+.

Region 2:

– Coach Mathis (DeSoto) officially welcomes everybody to the bandwagon.  We call shotgun.  Next stop: Round Rock Stony Point.

– WR Jake Oliver (Dallas Jesuit) Watch: 17 catches, 245 yards, 2 TDs (v. Coppell).  44 catches, 651 yards, 7 TDs in 3 games.

– Tomball notched their first victory of 2011 this week.  This comes as a surprise considering the Cougars finished 2010 with a 10-3 record.  Their losses came to Katy Morton Ranch and Jersey Village, two teams that combined for a total of two wins last season.

– Klein Collins forced six turnovers against Fort Bend Willowridge (3 int, 3 fum).  Also, 20 of the 23 points given up by the Collins defense came in the fourth quarter once the score was 49-3.

– Coach Meekins’ Westfield Mustangs have opened up the season 2-0 with victories over two quality opponents in Houston Memorial (by 17) and FB Travis (by 6).  The Mustangs have limited opponents to less than 3.5 yards per carry.  Looking at their upcoming schedule, a 4-0 start looks likely.

– The Temple Wildcat offense has logged adjusted scoring marks of +21 (Georgetown) and +14 (Churchill) so far.  That means they’ve been two to three touchdowns better than what their opposition gives up on average.  A far cry from where they were at this time last season with AOS marks of -23 (Georgetown) and -12.5 (Churchill).

– Once again, Austin High WR Cayleb Jones showed everyone why he’s so highly touted with a 14 catch, 249 yards, 2 touchdown performance that included several grabs for the highlight reel.  That’s a career for many high school receivers.

– Georgetown junior QB Jake Hubanek is quietly putting together a big-time season.  Overall, he’s 52-73, 828 yards, 11 TDs and 0 ints.  The Eagles are 3-0 and looking like a good bet to better our 4th place preseason projection for them in District 16-5A.

– We’ve been advised by our ever-so-knowledgeable community that we need to look closer at the Belton Tigers when considering our statewide top 25.  Further research indicates the people have a point and we’ll be closely watching the 3-0 Tigers take on the 3-0 #15 Copperas Cove Bulldawgs in two weeks.

Region 3:

– Cy Ridge edged out Langham Creek, 35-34, in a highly important early district clash for both teams. For a refresher on the District 17-5A race, check out our 2011 Gridiron Guide – 17-5A district preview.  It’s still very early, but due to the quality in this ten team district, the Lobos will now need to upset a couple opponents to stay in the playoff mix.

– Fort Bend Marshall essentially shut down Elsik’s offense limiting the Rams to 163 total years and forcing four turnovers.  This is great news for a unit that has tons of individual talent, but hadn’t quite been able to put it all together.  It’ll show up in the win column if they can keep that up.

– Sophomore Watch:  Morton Ranch RB EJ Achelus continues to make a name for himself with 240 yards on 37 carries and two touchdowns against Spring.  The speedster now has 390 yards rushing on 60 carries and 4 touchdowns.

– Deer Park dominated all aspects of the stat sheet against Clear Creek except for one key area, turnovers.  This translated into a lead for the Wildcats heading into the fourth quarter where Deer Park needed two field goals put them on top.

– La Porte entered the Top 25 following Week 1, but quickly exited after a 19-10 loss to Matt Davis led Klein Forest.  The Bulldogs did a great job of limiting Davis (133 pass, 76 rush), but couldn’t get the offense going at all.

– Pearland suffered their first loss since November 13th of 2009 (18 games) at the hands of Houston Memorial, 17-14.  As expected, the Oilers experienced defense did very well, but it was the youth on offense that eventually did them in (3 turnovers, 255 total yards).

Region 4:

– The defending Division 2 state champs continue to round back into form with their third win in three.  The stat sheet was heavily in favor of Steele against Tivy.  Total yards: 542-281, First Downs: 20-14, Rushing: 409-82, Passing: 133-199, Turnovers: 2-1.  Tommy Armstrong and Justin Stockton both went for around 180 yards on the ground.

– With 6:04 left on the clock, the San Antonio Jaguars found themselves down 27-14.  Two touchdowns in the final four minutes, including one with 26 seconds remaining, completed the comeback win over #25 San Antonio Wagner.  Senior QB Cohner Mokry (106 pass, 149 rush) accounted for all four touchdowns (3 pass, 1 rush).

– Smithson Valley’s (4A) one-point win over San Antonio MacArthur featured two of Region 4′s top backs in SV junior RB Lawrence Mattison (68 car, 448 yards, 5 TDs) and MacArthur senior RB Darik Dillard (73 car, 474 yards, 3 TDs).

– San Antonio Brandeis’ Trinton Ynclan has 83 carries for 598 yards and 9 TDs on the young season — that’s just about 200 yards and 3 touchdowns per game against decent competition.

– We’re all looking for a Region 4 team outside of Judson and Steele to step forward.  The Broncos, 3-0 with wins over Johnson and Warren, may be doing just that.

– McAllen @ PSJA turned into a classic.  The Bulldogs jumped all over the Bears in the 1st quarter by taking a 24-0 lead.  The Bears fought all the way back to tie it up by scoring the game’s last 14 points.  McAllen struck first in overtime with a touchdown and an extra point. PSJA matched the score except they decided to go for the win with a 2-pt conversion. Ultimately, they came up just short and McAllen prevailed with a 41-40 win.

– Mission Sharyland continues to dominate just about every opponent they face outside of the playoffs.  The Rattlers have only lost once in their last 24 regular season games.

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