11/23/13 – Port Lavaca Calhoun 27; Corpus Christi Flour Bluff 21

Pre-Game
Flour Bluff was named one of five dark horses to win the title this year, due in part to the return of 13 starters from last year’s Regional Finalist team. This year they have lost 11 players with significant playing time to injury or transfer (including their top two running backs).  Calhoun was on the other end of the spectrum for returning starters.  They brought a defense to the field this year that had only 2 starters returning from last year.  Both teams have one loss that came to Corpus Christi Calallen

Game Summary
This game came down to ball control.  Without official time stats to go by, one could imagine the imbalance just from the number of plays run.  Calhoun ran 71 plays (only 5 clock stopping incomplete passes) to Flour Bluff’s 46 plays (15 incomplete passes).  Calhoun runs an option based offense, but QB Hunter Boerm rarely let the ball go out of his hands (34 carries) and he didn’t need to.

Highlights

  • Write down the name Cody Brewer.  The sophomore QB from Flour Bluff wasn’t listed in Dave Campbell’s magazine or on Rivals, but he may be the best sophomore QB we’ve ever seen.  Granted we have only seen him play one game, but he led a team to a 10-2 record with a freshamn runninb back starting the majority of the season.  He’s 6’5″, elusive in the pocket, big arm, and made smart decisions with the ball.
  • Nail-biting finishes . . . Flour Bluff got the ball back with under a minute, no timeouts and 76 yards to go for a win.  They moved the ball to midfield before the clock ran out on them.


Players to Watch
P – QB Hunter Boerm
Stat line: 1-4-0 for 20 yds; rush 33-172 yds, TD, 2 fum

P – RB Jakorious Williams
Stat line: 9-29 yds, TD

C – DB Jalen Campbell (committed to Texas)
Stat line: No stats

MVPs
Port Lavaca Calhoun – QB Hunter Boerm
Corpus Christi Flour Bluff – WR Kevin Dewitt; 5-169 yds, 2 TDs; rush 1-(-4) yds, KR 1-3 yds

Scoring Summary
First Quarter
P – 1 yard run by Jakorious Williams (PAT)

Second Quarter
P – 6 yard run by Brandon Smithwick (PAT)
C – 65 yard pass from Cody Brewer to Kevin Dewitt (PAT)
C – 62 yard pass from Cody Brewer to Kevin Dewitt (PAT)

Third Quarter
P – 5 yard run by Hunter Boerm (PAT fail)

Fourth Quarter
P – 13 yard run by Brandon Smithwick (PAT)
C – 8 yard pass from Cody Brewer to Aaron Dilworth (PAT)

Attendees
Brett L
Jay W

November 23, 2013 – Chin San Chinese Restaurant

We used the restaurant locator on the GPS and chose a restaurant called “Texas Heat.”  That sounded like an interesting restaurant and if you agree, you can still take that name.  Texas Heat ended up being some sort of air conditioning and heating business.  The next closest place was Chin San Chinese Restaurant.  It definitely had the “hole in the wall” feel that we love on the Texas Tour.  When we walked in, there were several people dining and several people waiting on “to go” orders.  We should have known we’d have problems when our waitress didn’t speak English.  We ended up with three mistakes on our two person order.  That wouldn’t have been so bad if the food had been good.  We might have found rock bottom on this trip.  Soups were cold, egg rolls tasted like the kind you get frozen from the grocery store, and the entrees were pretty bad as well.

Texas Tour Score: 3.25/10

11/15/13 – (#2) DeSoto 67; Copperas Cove 21

Pre-Game
DeSoto made it all the way to the State semi-finals last year before they lost to eventual state champion Allen.  The Eagles return eight starters from that defense (most of any 2012 playoff team) and have beaten Cedar Hill, Euless Trinity, and Tulsa Union.  Copperas Cove finished 4th in their district, but was the highest scoring offense.  All seven sports writers for the Dallas Morning News have picked DeSoto to win.

Game Summary
MaxPreps had DeSoto as the #2 team in the nation and it was very believeable!  They have the fastest offense I’ve ever seen.  They run a no huddle – hurry up and don’t even look to the sideline for play calls very often.  They are also fast on the field and dominant against the run.  Copperas Cove looked like a decent team, but it was men playing boys.  Cove fumbled twice at the goal line and got stopped on 4th and goal as well.  That would have made the score look closer, but it really wasn’t.

Highlights

  • DeSoto QB Desmon White had only thrown three incomplete passes at the half and two of those were dropped passes to wide open wide receivers.  Those two catches would have put him over 300 yards passing in the first half
  • DeSoto’s two RBs combined for 350 yards rushing and 7 TDs
  • Cove QB Manny Harris broke David Ash’s (Belton/Texas) Texas Tour record for passing attempts
  • 4 combined turnovers inside the 5 yard line during the game
  • The DeSoto band playing “Why Can’t We Be Friends” after the game

Players to Watch
D – WR Chris Lacy (committed to Oklahoma State)
Stat line: 8-174 yds, 2 TDs; KR 1-18 yds; looked like a major talent

D – DB Nick Orr (committed to TCU)
Stat line: None

D – ATH (QB) Desmon White (committed to TCU)
Stat line: 24-30-0 for 395 yds, 3 TDs; rush 4-8 yds; came into the game with a lot of rushing yards on the season, but never had to run.  Great control of the offense.  Had at least two wide open dropped passes.

D – DB Vontre McQuinnie (committed to Oklahoma)
Stat line: None; transferred mid-season from Lancaster, name was not on roster

D – RB Jatory Sparks-Brown
Stat line: DNP

D – DT Bryce English (committed to Texas)
Stat line: 5 tackles (TFL), sack, FR; short and stocky, but was a player maker in the middle of the defense

D – QB Tristen Wallace
Stat line: rush 6-55 yds; heir apparent at QB, came in during the 4th quarter, sophomore and very big

D – DL Johnavhan Graham (committed to North Texas)
Stat line: None

D – DL Shaquel Jackson (committed to North Texas)
Stat line: None

D – DB Howard Wilson (committed to Louisiana Tech)
Stat line: 3 tackles, PD

D – LB Derrick Leonard
Stat line: 2 tackles (TFL); transferred from Lancaster near the start of the season

C – OL J.P. Urquidez
Sophomore trapped in a full grown man’s body!  Rated one of the top 25 sophomores in the state

MVPs
DeSoto – QB Desmon White
Copperas Cove – WR Phillip Baptiste; 9-123 yds, TD; rush 1-15 yds; KR 4-93 yds

Scoring Summary
First Quarter
L – 3 yard run by Shannon Simpson (PAT)
E – 4 yard run by Terrance Williams (PAT)
E – 2 yard run by Terrance Williams (2 PT FAIL)

Second Quarter
L – 65 yard pass from Chris Thomas to Tim Taylor (PAT)

Third Quarter
E – 1 yard run by Devin Smith (2 pt pass from Smith to Williams)
E – 1 yard run by Terrance Williams (PAT)

Fourth Quarter
L – 8 yard run by Shannon Simpson (PAT blocked)

Attendees
Brett L
Jay W
Charles W

November 15, 2013 – El Conquistador

Found this one pretty close to the stadium amidst a barrage of fast food chains.  There was a crowd outside, but we had a small party so we got seated immediately.  The “Tres Enchiladas” was on the menu like it was the claim to fame and it was pretty good (especially the cheese enchilada).  Free sopapillas on the weekends was an excellent surprise!  When one of the wait staff dropped a plate and it exploded like a grenade throughout the restaurant was also a surprise!

Texas Tour Score: 7.25/10

11/1/13 – (#12) Ennis 28; Lancaster 20

Pre-Game
At the beginning of the year this was expected to be the district championship, but Lancaster has not looked like last year’s state finalist team.  Lancaster is fighting for the last playoff spot in their district and unfortunately the Lions have targeted this game since the beginning of the year.  After losing 51-14 last year, the Lions never recovered and lost every game.  To make matters worse, Lancaster lost Pre-Season All State, Top 50 DB in Texas, and Oklahoma commit Vontre McQuinnie last week when he transferred to DeSoto.  All seven Dallas Morning News sportswriters have picked Ennis and Greg Tepper has picked Ennis 45-28.

Game Summary
Every so often you have a game that you know will leave those on the losing end wondering about what could have been.  Two series seemed to turn the game in Ennis’ favor.  Early in the game Lancaster went for it on 4th down on their own 35 yard line and didn’t make it.  Then later in the game Lancaster had first and goal.  RB Shannon Simpson had moved the ball consistently during the game (only one carry went for negative yard), but on when the Tigers were at the goal line, he wasn’t in the game.  Ennis made the plays when it counted and stayed undefeated.

Highlights

  • Junior DB Anthony Holloway made the interception of the year.  The pass was tipped multiple times, bobbled, and then he secured it while he was laying on the ground.

Players to Watch
L – WR Nick Anderson (committed to Arizona State)
Stat line: 1 -5 yds; Lancaster only threw the ball 14 times.  Needed to have more plays where he touched the ball

L – OL Dominique Hearne
The OL only gave up 7 plays for negative yards all game

E – RB Terrance Williams (committed to Baylor)
Stat line: 22-82 yds, 3 TDS, rec 2-14 yds; Rivals ranks him as the #8 RB in the nation, but it was not a great performance.  Tripped up from behind too often and manhandled by smaller defensive players

E – DE James Lockhart
Stat line: None

E – FS Jah’Shawn Johnson (committed to Texas Tech)
Stat line: 5 tackles (TFL), blocked XP

MVPs
Ennis – RB Nick Gabriel; 11-110 yds, rec 1-11 yds
Lancaster – RB Shannon Simpson; 20-107 yds, 2 TDs

Scoring Summary
First Quarter
L – 3 yard run by Shannon Simpson (PAT)
E – 4 yard run by Terrance Williams (PAT)
E – 2 yard run by Terrance Williams (2 PT FAIL)

Second Quarter
L – 65 yard pass from Chris Thomas to Tim Taylor (PAT)

Third Quarter
E – 1 yard run by Devin Smith (2 pt pass from Smith to Williams)
E – 1 yard run by Terrance Williams (PAT)

Fourth Quarter
L – 8 yard run by Shannon Simpson (PAT blocked)

Attendees
Brett L
Jay W
Charles W

10/25/13 – (#9) Pflugerville Hendrickson 21; Round Rock 17

Pre-Game
The Hawks came into the season without even one vote in the AP poll, but were picked by Dave Campbell’s magazine to go to the regional finals and named one of the darkhorses in the 5A race.  So far, so good!  Round Rock has a huge offensive line and returned their entire secondary, but they haven’t closed out the close games.  Their three losses coming into this game were by a total of 12 points.


Game Summary
This was the game of the year!  That is saying something considering the fact that we saw Cedar Park and Leander go into overtime.  The first half was a defensive struggle with Hedrickson leading 7-0 at the half.  If I remember correctly both teams were stopped on downs in the first half (Pflugerville inside the 10 yard line).  On the first play of the second half, the Dragons QB threw a pick six to DB Chance Waz.  Round Rock, down 14-0, drove the field and on 4th down at the 5 yard line through pass to a wide open receiver, but Waz showed some incredible closing speed to catch up and knock the ball away.  On the ensuing series, Hendrickson snapped the ball out of the endzone for a safety and the Round Rock threw a deep TD pass to bring the score to 14-9.  The Hawks QB Xavier Conley went down with an injury and the offense began to struggle.  Round Rock took the lead 17-14 in the 4th quarter and after trading possessions the Dragons punted and pinned Pflugerville at their own 1 yard line.  With minutes to play and no momentum on their side, the Hawks star RB Samaje Perine took the ball and went 96 yards to take a 21-17 lead.  Round Rock blocked a punt with under a minute to give them one more chance at the victory, but they couldn’t get teh ball down the field against a stiff Hawk secondary.


Highlights

  • 96 yard TD run (you don’t see that every week)
  • DB Chance Waz got beat on what looked like a double move, but outside of that one play he was outstanding
  • RB DeAndre Story from Round Rock was very impressive (206 all purpose yards)
  • Leaving the stadium – Apparently Hendrickson wasn’t planning on being a 5A school so fast.  The parking, seating, and concessions plan was the worst I’ve seen at any 5A stadium (and we’ve been to a lot).


Players to Watch

R – WR Keyon Dilosa
Stat line: 5-86 yds, TD; KR 3-45 yds; big wideout who did well with a tough assignment

R – OL Robert Castaneda (committed to Texas Tech)
Listed at 6’5″ and 318 and looked every bit of it

R – DL Breylin Mitchell (junior committed to TCU)
Stat line: 7 tackles; led the team in tackles from the defensive line

P – RB Samaje Perine (committed to Oklahoma)
Stat line: 19-222 yds, 2 TDs; believe the hype

P – QB Xavier Conley
Stat line: 4-6-0 for 71 yds, rush 3-8 yds; left injured

P – WR Latrell Martin (committed to Houston)
Stat line: 2-15 yds

P – DB Chance Waz (committed to Colorado)
Stat line: 7 tackles (led team); PD, Int for TD; one of the better DB we’ve seen this year

P – DB Trai Mosely (committed to Nebraska)
Stat line:


MVPs
Round Rock – RB DeAndre Story; 19-94 yds, rec 3-61 yds, TD; KR 2-51 yds
Hendrickson – RB Samaje Perine; 19-222 yds, 2 TDs


Scoring Summary

First Quarter
P – 9 yard run by Samaje Perine (PAT)

Third Quarter
P – 36 yard Int return by Chance Waz (PAT)
R – Safety; snap out of the back of the endzone
R – 63 yard pass from Collin Hinson to Keyon Dilosa (PAT)

Fourth Quarter
R – 31 yard pass from Collin Hinson to DeAndre Story (2pt pass from Hinson to Jake Mury)
P – 96 yard run by Samaje Perine (PAT)


Attendees
Brett L
Jay W

October 25, 2013 – Morelias Mexican Grill

We found this gem in the shopping center right across the street from the stadium.  We got in and served very quick on a Friday night which was exceptional service.  They brought two kinds of salsa for the chips.  Neither salsa was something to remember, but it wasn’t bad.  The menu was loaded.  As a fajita man, I was struggling trying to decide between about eight different types of fajitas.  I went online to see if it was listed, but they only had a portion of their fajitas listed.  Mine had mushrooms, onions, peppers, and a special sauce . . . but what made it amazing was the sun-dried tomatoes!  Great food, great service, and great prices!

Texas Tour Score: 8.8/10