9/20/13 – (#10) Elgin 37; (#8) Georgetown 0

Pre-Game
This game had everything a good story needed: Defending state champ vs a team with a deep playoff run that returns 16 starters; David and Goliath (district’s largest and smallest school); Former coach comes home (Elgin’s Coach is the former DC for Georgetown); District Championship (teams were picked first and second in district); Top 10 Showdown . . . Unfortunately the storyline of this game ended up worse than Gigli with Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez

Game Summary
Georgetown’s defense looked good until an offsides penalty turned 4th and 4 in Elgin territory into a first down.  Elgin advanced the ball to the red zone, but the Georgetown defense held them to a failed 21 yard field goal attempt.  On the next possession Georgetown went three and out.  On Elgin’s second possession, the Georgetown defense held them to 4th down in their own territory, but gave up a first down on a fake punt.  By the end of the first quarter, Georgetown’s defense had been on the field for all but about 70 seconds.  The defense never recovered and the offense never got going.

Highlights

  • Elgin has two brothers that play QB and RB.  They combined for 513 yards and 5 TDs
  • 90% chance of thunderstorms never materialized while many Texas high school games were getting cancelled and delayed

Players to Watch
E – QB Te’Rel Simmons; 10-15-0 for 173 yds, TD; rush 19-165 yds, 2 TDs

MVPS
E – QB Te’Rel Simmons
G – LB Jace Lacaille

Scoring Summary
First Quarter
E – 1 yard run by Da’Trean Simmons (PAT)

Second Quarter
E – 5 yard run by Te’Rel Simmons (PAT)
E – 13 yard pass from Te’Rel Simmons to Anthony Nash (PAT missed)

Third Quarter
E – 44 yard run by Da’Trean Simmons (PAT)
E – 54 yard run by Te’Rel Simmons (PAT)

Fourth Quarter
E – 25 yard field goal by Raul Pena

Attendees
Brett L
Jay W
Todd J

September 20, 2013 – San Pedro Limon

SanPedroLimon113_GTSan Pedro Limon is a little taqueria in a pretty prominent part of town, but we never hear anyone talking about it.  That sounded like the perfect place for a Texas Tour stop.  A lot of places we end up at seem to be Tex-Mex, but this wasn’t one.  San Pedro Limon is a much more authentic Mexican food restaurant.  You can try something you’ve never had, like beef tongue or several Spanish words I couldn’t identify, but I stuck with the tacos.  As a fajita connoisseur, I went with chicken fajita, steak fajita, and a pork taco.  They just come with the meet and the tortilla.  Mine were good enough that I’d go back again.  I also tried a bite of the chicken enchiladas.  They came with a half pound of lettuce on top (which wasn’t my style), but the enchilada itself was even better than my tacos!

Texas Tour score: 5.8/10

9/13/13 – (#3) Denton Guyer 35; Flower Mound Marcus 17

Pre-Game
Guyer is the defending 4A state champions and are expected to repeat by many.  The Wildcat QB is Jerrod Heard (Rivals #3 dual threat QB in the nation) and Dave Campbell’s pick to be Offensive Player of the Year for the entire state of Texas.  This would be the third time that Guyer played a 5A team as a tune up for their district.  The Marcus Marauders come off a playoff appearance in 2012 from a 4-7 team.

Game Summary
The first half was a close game, due in part to the Wildcat offense struggling to make clean snaps between the center and quarterback.  Guyer took a lead into halftime, but didn’t seem to be in sync.  The second half proved to be their half.  They were in control from the kickoff and weren’t threatened again.

Highlights

  • Watching Heard fling the ball around the field is fun to watch.  Whether he is passing the ball or running with it, he makes it look effortless.
  • No one on the Guyer defense stood out individually, but the unit is solid.  Heard is the draw, but the defense is going to win them a lot of games.

Players to Watch
We arrived at 7:15 for an anticipated 7:30pm kickoff.  Unfortunately the game began at 7:00pm so all of the stats come from the Dallas Morning News.

DG – QB Jerrod Heard (verbally committed to Texas)
Stat line: 11-17-0 for 209 yds, TD; rush 14-148 yds, 3 TDs; maybe the best QB we’ve seen since Matt Stafford

DG – RB Anthony Taylor
Stat line: 9-60 yds, TD

DG – DT Carl Thompson
Dallas Morning News doesn’t record defensive stats

FMM – OL Keaton Sutherland

FMM – TE Kaden Smith
Stat line: 5-73 yds, TD; Huge kids (and he’s only a sophomore).  He was open on several plays that never materialized in a pass coming his way.  Best offensive player for Marcus

MVPs
Denton Guyer – QB Jerrod Heard
Flower Mound Marcus – DB Cade Erwin

Scoring Summary
First Quarter
DG – 66 yard run by Jerrod Heard (PAT good)
FM – 32 yard field goal by Jon Coppens

Second Quarter
FM – 23 yard pass from Taylor Gibbs to Cade Erwin (PAT good)
DG – 1 yard run by Jerrod Heard (PAT good)

Third Quarter
DG – 40 yard run by Jerrod Heard (PAT good)
DG – 28 yard run by Anthony Taylor (PAT good)

Fourth Quarter
DG – 51 yard pass from Jerrod Heard to DJ Breedlove (PAT good)
FM – 19 yard pass from Taylor Gibbs to Kaden Smith (PAT good)

Attendees
Brett L
Jay W
Ty F

September 13, 2013 – Fuzzy’s Tacos

With a game in Denton, we were planning on eating at Rooster’s after watching it on The Daytripper.  As soon as we crossed I-30 heading north, traffic slowed to a crawl.  By the time we arrived at Rooster’s we were not going to have enough time to dine there without being late for the game.  We decided to go to Fuzzy’s Tacos.  Our goal is to try to avoid franchises and to eat a local establishments, but we were in a hurry and there isn’t a Fuzzy’s in our town.

I ordered three different tacos so I could get serveral different experiences.  I had a chicken taco, a pork taco, and a shrimp taco.  I wasn’t overwhelmed.  One of the signatures is the Feta cheese, but it takes away from the taste of the meat.  The portions are also pretty small.

Texas Tour score: 4.7/10

9/6/13 – (#19) Arlington Martin 27; (#9) Dallas Skyline 24

Pre-Game
Skyline is a 5A powerhouse due in large part to the size of the school (1,500 more students than anyone else in their district), but they also seems to have a ton of D1 prospects every year.  The 2013 team took a big hit when junior running back Jordan Stephenson (rated the #15 RB in the nation according to ESPN) transferred to Dallas South Oak Cliff.  To make matters worse, they lost their starting QB, Sederian Copeland, to a major injury in the season’s first game.  On the other side of the field, Arlington Martin was embarrassed by DeSoto in a opening season blowout.  The Dallas Morning News was predicting a 28-24 win for Skyline on the road.

Game Summary
This one may end up as one of the best games we see all season.  Lots of impact players on the field, a couple of lead changes, some big hits, and an attempt to win the game in the final minutes, made it fun to watch.

Highlights
* Skyline scored on their first play from scrimmage, a 50 yard touchdown pass.

* Skyline DE Victor Evans made several jarring tackles . . . the kind that you feel way up in the stands

* Skyline had a 106 yard kickoff return for a touchdown called back by what appeared to be a late flag

Players To Watch
AM – DE Myles Garrett
Stat line: 5 tackles (2 TFL, 2 sacks), Blk XP; one of the most dominant DE in recent memory (since Alex Okafor).  He was in the backfield numerous times during the game

AM – DE Justin Hollins
Stat line: 1 tackle

DS – OT Ty Barrett (verbally committed to TCU); huge presence on the field

DS – DB Cedric Collins (verbally committed to Texas A&M)
Stat line: pass 11-20-0 for 308 yds, 3 TDs; rush 12-(-19) yds; had to play QB after starter went down in Week 0; considering the circumstances and the defense he faced, he did a remarkable job

DS – SS Derrick Dixon (verbally committed to Texas Tech); injured – DNP

DS – DT Mychaelon Thomas
Stat line: 1 tackle

DS – DE Victor Evans (verbally committed to Mississippi)
Stat line: 8 tackles (2 TFL, 2 sacks), FF, FR; mulitiple crowd wowing hits; looked very fast

DS – WR Carlos Strickland
Stat line: 4-113 yds, 2 TDs; 4 TDs in first two games of 2013; very tall and uses his height well

DS – LB Anthony Wheeler
Stat line: 7.5 tackles; In on a lot of plays

DS – LB MarQuaveon Jones
Stat line: 8 tackles (TFL); See Anthony Wheeler

MVPs:
Dallas Skyline – DE Victor Evans
Arlington Martin – DE Myles Garrett

Scoring Summary:
First Quarter
DS – 50 yard pass from Cedric Collins to Carlos Strickland (PAT blocked)
AM – 2 yard run by Josh Watson (2 pt failed)
AM – 6 yard run by George Tucker (PAT good)

Second Quarter
AM – 5 yard run by Nic Smith (PAT good)
DS – 38 yard pass from Cedric Collins to Jordan Neely (PAT blocked)
DS – 20 yard pass from Cedric Collins to Carlos Strickland (2 pt failed)

Fourth Quarter
DS – 2 yard run by Anthony Baker (PAT missed)
AM – 71 yard pass from Eric Walker to Kristian Levy (PAT good)

Attendees
Brett L
Jay W
Michael J
Racheal J
Jonathan W

September 6, 2013 – Blue Mesa Grill

blue-mesa-arlingtonWe made a list of a couple of restaurants around the stadium (according to Google Maps) and sent them to some people who live in the Metroplex.  All of our ideas were shot down and they suggested Blue Mesa Grill.  Most of us had never heard of Blue Mesa, but it was fantastic.  It isn’t your typical Tex-Mex place.  They describe themselves as “handmade and heartfelt Southwestern cuisine.”  The chips and salsa told us that we were going ot have a great experience.  The waiters brought two kinds of salsa (both phenomenal) and a basket of chips.  The chips were tradional tortilla chips (some blue corn) and sweet potato chips.

As a fajita connoisseur, I had to go that route.  The meat had good flavor, but the sides included something that I couldn’t describe and I didn’t get the name . . . but whatever it was it gave the fajitas a sweet taste to it.  The menu was a little pricey, but the food and experience were great.

Texas Tour score: 8.0/10