10/18/13 – (#12) Manor 68; Georgetown East View 20

Pre-Game
Both teams came into the game tied for 2nd place.  The winner will nearly solidify a playoff spot forcing the other team into several “must win” games.  Manor was picked by Greg Tepper to win 34-24 based off their deep run in last year’s playoffs and their skill players.  East View returns all 22 starters from last year’s team and the offense has been explosive.


Game Summary
Speed, speed, and some more speed was the story of the game.  Manor looked unstoppable from the minute that Datrin Guyton took the opening kickoff 100 yard to the house.  Everything was going the Mustang’s way.  They only punted twice and on one of those the snap went over the punter’s head.  By the time he recovered and let it fly, it only went six yards . . . but hit a Patriot and was recovered by Manor.  East View got down fast and never could recover.


Highlights

  • Explosive plays!  Manor had 25 plays that went for ten or more yard and six TDs from outside of the red zone.
  • Manor’s quarterback put up prolific first half numbers and he is only a sophomore.  He had 330 yards passing at the half.
  • Datrin Guyton had 271 all purpose yards and the majority of them were in the first half.
  • Manor had 802 total yards


Players to Watch

M – RB Tyrone Owens
Stat line: 10-64 yds, 3 TDs, rec 3-90 yds, TD

M – LB Jonathan Johnson
Stat line: 6 tackles (led team)

M – WR Datrin Guyton
Stat line: 4-136 yds, 2 TDs, rush 2-26 yds, KR 2-104 yds, TD, PR 1-5 yds; made tackler’s miss at will and caught a beautiful over the shoulder TD as the clock went to zero at the end of the first half

M – DT Marcus Hudson
Stat line: 3 tackles


MVPs
Manor – QB Jamal Collins; 16-25-1 for  380 yds, 3 TDs, rush 7-87 yds, TD; passed to 7 different receivers
East View – WR Apollos Hester; 4-97 yds, TD


Scoring Summary

First Quarter
M – 100 yard kickoff return by Datrin Guyton (PAT missed)
M – 21 yard run by Jamal Collins (2pt failed)
M – 62 yard pass from Jamal Collins to Tyrone Owens (PAT)
E – 46 yard pass from Josh Covey to Apollos Hester (PAT)

Second Quarter
M – 59 yard pass from Jamal Collins to Datrin Guyton (PAT)
M – 2 yard run by Tyrone Owens (PAT)
E – 39 yard pass from Josh Covey to Cornelio Garcia (PAT)
M – 2 yard run by Tyrone Owens (PAT)
M – 35 yard pass from Jamal Collins to Datrin Guyton (PAT)

Third Quarter
M – 13 yard run by Tyrone Owens (PAT)
E – 42 yard field goal by Trey Hohnstein
M – 41 yard run by Tim Harris (PAT)

Fourth Quarter
M – 59 yard run by Brooks Lyndemain (PAT)
E – 23 yard field goal by Trey Hohnstein


Attendees
Brett L
Jay W
Todd J

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October 18, 2013 – Studebaker’s Homestyle Diner

We had never heard of Studebaker’s and this is right in our backyard.  When the Brooklyn Pie Company moved out, this homestyle restaurant moved in.  The hours of operation are very limited so check before you show up.  There is a unique dinner menu each night that goes along with a standard sandwich menu.  I had the chicken sandwich and it was okay, but the rest of our party raved about their meals.  I’m not a pot roast fan at all, but had a bite of it and it might have changed my feelings towards pot roast!  Prices aren’t bad either.

Texas Tour Score: 7.9/10

10/11/13 – (#14) Spring Westfield 31; Spring 7

Pre-Game
Westfield is picked by some to go as far as the regional finals even after graduating the majority of the starters off of last year’s 12-1 team.  The Spring Lions reutrn a core group from a team that missed the playoffs, but has a chance to be right on the playoff bubble this year.  It’s been 8 years since the last trip to Spring for the Texas Tour, but it was highlighted by seeing our first NFL player ever, Dallas Cowboy special team sensation, Danny McCray.

Game Summary
What started out as a pretty close game shifted solidly in Westfield’s favor by the 2nd quarter.  A large offensive line gave the Mustangs control of the line of scrimmage that allowed the offense to move the ball.  When the Lions were on offense they suffered from too many critical dropped passes.

Highlights

  • The Westfield punter, Ramon Coto, had a booming leg.  He punted for distance as well as hang time.  One of the best we’ve seen in a long time.
  • The Lions might have lost the game, but they had some of the best uniforms we’ve seen all season.
  • Seeing two starting sophomore DTs that will be talked about over the next two years

Players to Watch
S – QB Darius Lee-Campbell
Stat line: 21-41-0 for 231 yds, TD; rush 8-0 yds; Thought we’d see him running more to keep the defense honest.  Below 50% completion percentage on the season and tonight was the same.  His teammates dropped at least seven or eight easy throws.

S – DT Bravion Roy
Stat line: Tackle; Huge sophomore who started as a freshman.  Expect him to be highly recruited

S – OLB Paul Love
Stat line: 4 tackles (TFL)

W – WR Tevin Lewis
Stat line: 2-71 yds, rush 1-8 yds

W – OL Marcus Oliver (committed to Houston)
Part of a huge offensive line (see other below)

W – CB Brian Peavy
Stat line: 3 tackles, PR 1-65 yds, TD

W – OL Corel Igwuagwu
Not ranked anywhere, but probably going to land a scholarship

W – OL Toby Weathersby
Part of a dominant OL

W – DT Ed Oliver
Stat line: 3 tackles (sack), rush 2-3 yds
Another sophomore DT that was given two carries inside the 5 yard line.  Gave flashbacks of the Fridge!

MVPs
Westfield – P Ramon Cato; 4/4 XPs, 29 yard FG, 4 punts averaging 46.8 yds
Spring – S Freddy Woods; 12 tackles

Scoring Summary
First Quarter
W – 9 yard run by Courtland Greenwood (PAT)

Second Quarter
W – 46 yard run by Rayquan Jones (PAT)
W – 65 yard punt return by Brian Peavy (PAT)
S – 35 yard pass from Darius Lee-Campbell to James Haley (PAT)

Third Quarter
W – 29 yard field goal by Ramon Cato
W – 7 yard pass from Trevian Perrion to Letevius Downs (PAT)

Attendees
Brett L
Jay W
Lance R

October 11, 2013 – Choo Choo Moving Sushi Bar

top_07Driving through Spring, Texas on the way to the game we passed by Choo Choo Moving Sushi Bar.  We turned around to check it out and are we glad we did.  This restaurant is a very unique concept.  You can sit at a table and order off a menu or you can sit at bar stools.  The bar wraps around the restaurant and it isn’t just on the outside walls.  There is bar top seating everywhere.  When you sit at the bar there is a moving track that brings sushi past you.  Each plate of sushi has between two to four pieces on the plate and each plate has a different colored ring around it.  The color of the ring corresponds to the price of that plate of sushi.  The plate range from $2.00 – $4.50 a plate.  That sounds economical, but once you do the math it is about the same as any other average sushi place (per piece).  The benefit is you can try a lot of different kinds of sushi.  The only complaint we had was that the track that the sushi rolls to you on is not cooled so the sushi temds to be room temperature.

Texas Tour score: 7.0/10

10/4/13 – (#16) San Antonio Madison 35; San Antonio Roosevelt 0

Pre-Game
Roosevelt went a few games into the playoffs last year, but projected to be on the playoff bubble in 2014.  A win against Madison, who features one of the baest pass catching duos in 5A, would change all of that.  That would not be an easy task with Madison winning five of the past matchups and all by double figures.

Game Summary
Both offenses started off slow, but Madison began to show its superiority in the second quarter.  The Rough Riders may have been better off if they actually had Teddy Roosevelt himself in the backfield.  Roosevelt had 51 yards rushing for the game.  When you factor they had a second quarter run that went for 48 yards, it tells how insignificant the ground game was.  Madison drove the nail in the coffin early in the 4th quarter.

Highlights

  • Texas Tech commit Byron Daniels had a phenomenal run after the catch on his 39 yard TD reception
  • The last two TD passes by Cody Ennis were phenomenal plays.  On one throw he made the throw with an unblocked defender barring down on him for the hit and on the other he showed remarkable escapability
  • Roosevelt DE John Taylor went down in the 2nd quarter, but came back to finish a remarkable game
  • Madison RB Dominique Davis (brother of Byron Davis) looks like a RB we’ll be hearing from during his senior year.
  • Madison WR Ja’Michael Brown had a standout game (7-104 yds, 2 TDs; KR 1-23 yds; PR 1-66 yds)

Players to Watch
M – QB Cody Ennis
Stat line: 15-23-0 for 223 yds, 4 TDs; rush 9-23 yds; punt 5 for 38.2 yds; started off slow, but looked great in the second half

M – WR Byron Daniels (committed to Texas Tech)
Stat line: 4-78 yds, TD; Disappeared in the 2nd half, but looked great after the catch

M – DE C.J. Reese (committed to Kansas State)
Stat line: 1 tackle

R – S Arionn Springs (comitted to Oregon)
Stat line: 1 tackle, rush 2-(-5) yds; rec 1-7 yds; KR 2-54 yds; Madison rarely even looked his way and he lined up over Byron Daniels in the slot during the 2nd half and took Daniels out of the game

R – LB Victor Hunter
Stat line: 1 tackle

MVPs
Madison – QB Cody Ennis
Roosevelt – DE John Taylor

Scoring Summary
Second Quarter
M – 39 yard pass from Cody Ennis to Byron Daniels (PAT)
M – 29 yard run by Dominique Daniels (PAT)

Third Quarter
M – 17 yard pass from Cody Ennis to Ja’Michael Brown (PAT)

Fourth Quarter
M – 29 yard pass from Cody Ennis to Devone Thomas (PAT)
M – 17 yard pass from Cody Ennis to Ja’Michael Brown (PAT)

Attendees
Brett L
Jay W
David D

October 4, 2013 – Bangkok Cuisine

Since we were in San Antonio, we weren’t going to use Urban Spoon (we didn’t know what the area of town we were going to be in was called) and we were running behind so we had to find something along the way.  We were ready to settle for fast food if necessary.  When we got a few miles from the stadium we looked at food options on the GPS and saw the first restaurant was Bangkok Cuisine.  As we were pulling in we saw that it was voted “Best Thai Food in San Antonio” by a newspaper.  I’ve only had Thai food once, but we decided to give it a try.  I assumed there would be your typical Asian fare, but I didn’t recognize anything on the menu.  I ordered something hot with chicken and prayed for the best.

The service at the restaurant was fabulous.  We let them know we were trying to get to a football game and our food was out within minutes.  The only thing better than the service was the food itself.  I’d love to tell you what I had, but it wasn’t in English.  Regardless, I fell in love with Thai food I think

Texas Tour score: 8.7/10

9/27/13 – (#7) Cedar Park 24; Leander 17 OT

Pre-Game
The defending state champs brought back 16 starters to a game that many though would determine the district championship (in one of the toughest districts in 4A).  Several people have picked the Timberwolves to repeat because  of a deep and talented defense and an offense that features several top players in the state

Game Summary
The first half was a slow paced game.  Part of it was defensive and part of it was bad execution by both offenses.  At the half Cedar Park had only two plays that were for more than 15 yards and Leander didn’t have that many more.  The second half was even slower, but Cedar Park did enough to force overtime with less than 3 minutes in the 4th quarter.  The best definition of the game may come from this stat: the two teams combined for 10 punts that were 31 yards or less.

Highlights

  • Overtime – you can’t get any better than some free football
  • After Cedar Park scored a TD in ovetime, Lane Waller intercepted a pass on the Leander possession and returned it all the way to the endzone.

Players to Watch
CP – QB Nate Grimm
Stat line: 7-23-0 for 81 yds, rush 30-119 yds, 2 TDs; Cedar Park ran the offense through him, but was very inconsistant in the passing game and wasn’t helped with a lot of drops

CP – RB Thomas Middleton
Did not play

CP –  OL Davis Geerts
Leander was only able to make four plays behind the line of scrimmage on the entire line

L – DE Michael Epley (committed to SMU)
Stat line: 5.5 tackles, PD

L – OLB Martin Nwakama (commited to Rice)
Stat line: 7 tackles (TFL); name was called a lot as he was around the ball on a lot of plays

MVPs
Cedar Park – RB Joey Carter; 18-110 yds, TD, rec 1-11 yds
Leander – LB Dave Alfaro; 8 tackles (TFL, sack)

Scoring Summary
First Quarter
CP – 3 yard run by Nate Grimm (PAT)
L – 39 yard field goal by John Mowery

Second Quarter
L – 34 yard run by Brandon Hopp (PAT)
L – 38 yard pass from Brandon Hopp to Chris Levy (PAT)
CP – 5 yard run by Nate Grimm (PAT)

Fourth Quarter
L – 37 yard field goal by Zach Hancock

Overtime
L – 4 yard run by Joey Carter (PAT)

Attendees
Brett L
Todd J
Brad W