9/12/14 – The Woodlands 24; (#2) Katy 7

Pre-Game
Katy lost in the state championship game last year after blowing a 24-10 halftime lead to Cedar Hill. DCF is predicting an 8th state championship with a revenge win over Cedar Hill. Tiger coach Gary Joseph is 138-12 and has played in 6 state championships in 10 seasons at Katy.  That has gained him recognition as the Pre-Season Coach of the Year. Katy’s defense had pitched two shutouts in two games this year, but their last regular season loss was to The Woodlands in 2009. The Woodlands finished last year at 10-3 regional semi-finalist, but last year’s starting QB Chris Andritsos quit football to focus on baseball his senior year.

Game Summary
Fast . . . that is the best summary of the game.  The entire first half took only 40 minutes.  Both teams ran the ball, played good defense, and had very few penalties.  The story of the game was turnovers and The Woodlands won that battle 4-1.

Highlights/Lowlights

Seeing three running backs that are all nationally ranked on the same field was a rare occurance.

Very impressed with the way Katy fans travelled.  It seemed like every car had flags on it and the center of the visitor stands were full thirty minutes before kickoff.  After losing the first regular season game in over five years, the fans were very classy.  Katy fans were some of the best fans I’ve ever seen.

Players to Watch

K – RB Rodney Anderson (committed to Oklahoma)
Stat line: 17-78 yds; pass 0-1-0 for 0 yds

K – RB Kyle Porter*
Stat line: 11-48 yds, Fum; rec 1-3 yds, TD

K – DB Collin Wilder* (committed to Texas Tech)
Stat line: 9 tackles, 2 PD

K – DT Derek Brown (committed to Louisiana Tech)
Stat line:

TW – RB Patrick Carr
Stat line: 16-81 yds, TD

TW – LB Corey Sanders (committed to Army)
Stat line: 4 tackles (TFL)

K – DB Antoine Winfield*
Stat line: 8.5 tackles, 2 PD, Int, FF

MVPs
The Woodlands – DB Antoine Winfield
Katy – DB Collin Wilder

Scoring Summary

Second Quarter
K – 3 yard pass from Garrett Doiron to Kyle Porter (PAT)
TW – 15 yard pass from Matt Bonaguidi to Hunter Moore (PAT)
TW – 28 yard run by Patrick Carr (PAT)

Fourth Quarter
TW – 23 yard field goal by Nacho Garcia
TW – 4 yard run by Matt Bonaguidi (PAT)

Attendees
Brett L
Jay W

September 12, 2014 – Saltwater House Seafood and Grille

Two lane roads and people driving 15 miles under the speed limit caused us to have to find a quick place to eat.  We pulled into Saltwater House Seafood and Grille and were told that they could get us in and out quickly if we ordered fried food instead of grilled food . . . and they accomplished the promise.  The coconut shrimp and the tilapia were fairly bland, but maybe that’s what you get when you dip it in batter and cook it in oil.  The menu was a bit pricey as well.  The service was outstanding while we were there, but was terrible after leaving.  I’ve been told three times that a manager would call me back about something I left behind and I’m still waiting.

Texas Tour score: Incomplete – Not being able to choose off the menu shouldn’t penalize the restaurant

8/29/14 – (#1) Stephenville 43; (#1); Anchorage South, Alaska 0

Pre-Game
DCF predicts Stephenville to win their 7th the state championship over Navasota and the first step would be beating a larger Anchorage South team.  Stephenville is a big 4A and Anchorage South would be an above-average sized 5A school in Texas.  The Yellow Jackets returned 6 starters on offense and 4 on defense from last year’s 12-2 state semi-finalist.  Anchorage South won their state championship in 2012, but went 5-4 last year.  They did return 18 starters though.  Their defense had only given up two touchdowns and both of them came in the 4th quarter when the Wolverines were leading 57-0.  Anchorage South was be the first Alaskan team to play football in Texas.  They travelled over 4,000 miles for the game.

Game Summary
The head coach for Anchorage South scheduled this game so that his players could see what a Texas football program looked like.  They found out quick, fast, and in a hurry.  Each team exchanged impressive opening drives, but after that it was all Yellow Jackets.  The game was not exciting and Stephenville could have made the margin of victory much greater if they hadn’t milked the clock for a large part of the 4th quarter.

Highlights/Lowlights
Anchorage South was more prepared than the booster club.  This may have been the first time ever that a team ran out of all drinks before halftime of the season’s inaugral game.

We saw the longest play we’ve ever seen.  With 1:16 left on the clock, Stephenville QB Jarrett Stidham took the snap and stood still while both teams watched the clock run out.  At the 20 second mark, both teams headed to midfield to shake hands.  I was hoping to see Stidham pad his stats by walking untouched into the endzone, but alas, the young man had class and downed the ball.

Players to Watch
S – QB Jarrett Stidham (committed to Texas Tech)
Stat line: 14-27-0 for 245 yds, 2 TDs; rush 12-62 yds, TD; pass for 2 two point conv.;  Barely completed 50% of his passes and there were several screens that were thrown.  There were several dropped passes and we can chalk it up to first game of the season rust.

S – RB Kaegan Williams (sophomore)
Stat line:13-63 yds, 2 TDs; rec 3-99 yds, TD

MVPs
Stephenville – RB Kaegan Williams
Anchorage South – RB/LB Justice Augayaf; 10-64 yds; rec 2-32 yds; KR 2-34 yds; 7.5 tackles (TFL), 2 PD


Scoring Summary

First Quarter
S – 1 yard run by Jarrett Stidham (PAT missed)
S – 1 yard run by Kaegan Williams (Stidham to Josh Nowell for 2 pt)

Second Quarter
S – 42 yard pass from Jarrett Stidham to Kaegan Williams (Stidham to Darian Brown for 2 pt)
S – 10 yard run by Kaegan Williams (PAT)

Third Quarter
S- 11 yard pass from Jarrett Stidham to Josh Nowell (PAT)
S – 12 yard run by Matthew Chapman (PAT)

Attendees
Brett L
Jay W
Lance R
Chris W
Michael S

August 29, 2014 – Grumps

After driving by this hamburger joint multiple times, we finally stopped.  The place had a good feel and you could tell it would make a great hangout for the Tarleton State locals.  We all ordered burgers since the sign driving up said that they were the best burgers in town.  I hope that isn’t the case because no one in our party was that impressed.  The root beer float was good, but it was just a couple of scoops of ice cream in the styrofoam cup and then you put your own root beer in at the soda machine

Texas Tour score: 3.5/10