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

12/19/13 – (#5) Cisco 56; (#9) Refugio 36

Pre-Game
This is a rematch of the 2011 State Championship that Refugio won 36-35 which made them 0-4 in Championship games.  Refugio had their 27 game winning streak snapped in last years quarterfinals by East Bernard, but Refugio got redemption last week by knocking off #1 East Bernard 40-34.  Their 63 game regular season win streak came to an end earlier this year, but they can’t be overlooked.  They have 36 consecutive winning seasons (22 consecutive playoff appearances); 8 consecutive 11+ win seasons and know how to win close championship games (the last three state championship wins have been by a combined 3 points).  The picks are split pretty evenly (3 people picking Refugio and 2 picking Cisco)

Game Summary
Mason Reed.  Nothing else needs to be said.  The senior RB/DB nearly had 100+ yards rushing and receiving, led his team in tackles with 14.5 and even recovered an onside kick early in the second half (that eventual drive put the game out of hand).  Cisco was a hungry team and it showed in every aspect of the game.

Highlights

  • Seeing the all time state leader in career passing yards, career TDs, and TD in game in Refugio QB Travis Quintanilla
  • Seeing the all time state leader in extra points made in Refugio K Adolfo Cordero (also loved the fact that he is not built like a traditional kicker – 5’9″, 225)


Players to Watch
R – QB Travis Quintanilla
Stat line: 32-44-3 for 405 yds, 2 TDs; rush 7-28 yds; rec 1-28 yds; 2pt pass; tackle


MVPs
Cisco – RB/LB Mason Reed; 11-141 yds, TD, rec 2-95 yds 2 TDs; 14.5 tackles (3 TFL), PD, onside recovery
Refugio – RB Isaiah Perez; 15-102 yds, 3 TDs; rec 2-33 yds; KR 1-7 yds

Scoring Summary
First Quarter
R – 5 yard run by Isaiah Perez (PAT)
C – 50 yard pass from Colton Kent to Mason Reed (PAT)
C – 5 yard run by Colton Kent (PAT)
R – 79 yard pass from Travis Quintanilla to Tyler Castellano (PAT)

Second Quarter
C – 73 yard pass from Colton Kent to Kotie Hoover (PAT)
C – 95 yard run by Mason Reed (PAT)
R – 4 yard run by Isaiah Perez (PAT)

Third Quarter
C – 63 yard run by Colton Kent (PAT)
C – 45 yard pass from Colton Kent to Mason Reed (PAT)
R – 6 yard run by Isaiah Perez (PAT)
C – 9 yard run by Landen Lewis (PAT)
C – 40 yard pass from Colton Kent to Kotie Hoover (PAT)

Fourth Quarter
R – 14 yard pass from Travis Quintanilla to Marquis Brown (2pt pass Quintanilla to Castellano)

Attendees
Brett L
Michael S

12/13/13 – Shiner 49; (#13) Mart 22

Pre-Game
Both teams returned to the state semi-final and they each returned 12 starters off of last year’s team.  Shiner was hoping to avoid a repeat of that 42-7 loss.  Campbell’s magazine predicted Mart to win 31-14.  Over the last seven years Mart has chalked up an impressive 82-18 record and played in four state championship games.  Over the past seven games they have averaged 65 points and their head coach, Rusty Nail, thought this was his best team yet.

Game Summary
The first quarter looked like it was going to be a game full of fireworks as both teams scored on each of their first two possessions and Mart QB DeNerian Thomas had 140 yards rushing by the end of the quarter.  The final three quarter were all about the methodical run first offense of Shiner.  The Comanches ran 70 plays and got positive yards on 68 of them.  They were only stopped on one posession and that was by the clock at halftime.

Highlights

  • Two 200 yard rusher and two 100 yard rushers in one game
  • Our first 1A game in several years
  • A lot of these young guys play both offense and defense


Players to Watch

MVPs

Mart – QB DeNerian Thomas; 8-15-1 for 82 yds; rush 19-215 yds, 2 TDs, fum; 7 tackles (TFL)
Shiner – QB Jacob Stafford; 2-2-0 for 56 yds, TD; rush 31-203 yds, 5 TDs; 2 tackles

Scoring Summary
First Quarter
M – 52 yard run by D’Marcus Cosby (PAT)
S – 29 yard pass from Jacob Stafford to Tyler Patek (PAT)
M – 25 yard run by DeNerian Thomas (PAT)
S – 1 yard run by Jacob Stafford

Second Quarter
S – 38 yard run by Jacob Stafford (PAT)
S – 2 yard run by Jacob Stafford (PAT)

Third Quarter
S – 1 yard run by Jacob Stafford (PAT)
S – 1 yard run by Jacob Stafford (PAT)
M – 4 yard run by DeNerian Thomas (2pt conv)
S – 37 yard run by Marcus Coleman (PAT)

Attendees
Brett L
David D
Javonta G

12/7/13 – (#1) Allen 48; (#11) Spring Westfield 13

Pre-Game
It’s not often that you get to see a team that most people are calling the second best high school football team in the entire country, but that is what Allen brings to the table.  Earlier in the season the Tour saw Westfield defeat Spring by controlling the line of scrimmage with their huge offensive line, but this week they faced one of the better and certainly deepest defenses in the state.  Allen graduated 56 letterman last year (5th in 5A) and returns 41 (5th in 5A).  That happens when you are the second biggest school in the state.  Allen was been picked to win 38-27

Game Summary
The game plan for Westfield was to control the ball.  Use the mammoth offensive line to take time off of the clock and to keep the ball out of Allen QB Kyler Murray’s hands.  Westfield had the ball for 11 minutes of the first quarter, but were down 14-0 at the end of that quarter.  Westfield ran the ball 58 times (and threw it another 13 times).  Allen ran 26 less plays, but they were so explosive that the game was out of hand quickly.

Highlights

  • Being able to see the #2 team in the nation and the #4 team (Desoto) in the same month
  • $2.00 small cup of hot chocoloate.  Someone funded their child’s education in one day selling hot chocolate, but it was the best $2.00 I have ever spent in my life.
  • Being able to say that we saw the dumbest football fan on the planet.  There is a dad out there who lives in Allen that has absolutely no clue as to the rules of football, but he was screaming at the referees the entire game.  The refs did an outstanding job, but this guy had written his own set of rules for the game of football.


Players to Watch
S – WR Tevin Lewis
Stat line: 1-26 yds, rush 1-5 yds, KR 3-79 yds

S – OL Marcus Oliver (committed to Houston)
Stat line:

S – CB Bryan Peavy
Stat line: 6 tackles (team lead), KR 4-38 yds

S – OL Cordel Igwuagwu
Stat line:

S – OL Toby Weathersby
Stat line:

S – DT Ed Oliver
Stat line: 3 tackles; rush 1-0 yds

A – OLB Christian Sam (committed to Arizona State)
Stat line: 6 tackles (team lead), (2 TFL)

A – OLB Tay Evans (committed to Oklahoma)
Stat line: None

A – DB Chad Adams (committed to Arizona State)
Stat line: 4 tackles, PD

A – QB Kyler Murray
Stat line: 13-20-2 for 196 yds, 3 TDs; rush 10-166 yds, 2 TDs, fum; Had been named Texas Gatorade POY the week before the game and was electric running the ball (if you take out the 2 sacks he carried 8 times for 189 yds) and showed great touch on the ball.

A – T Bobby Evans (committed to Oklahoma)
Stat line: Still a junior, but committed early

A – DB Mayomi Olootu (committed to Northern Illinois)
Stat line: 3 tackles

A – C Tejan Koroma (committed to Brigham Young)

MVPs
Allen – QB Kyler Murray
Spring Westfield – RB Letevius Downs; 21-119 yds, fum, rec 3-43 yds

Scoring Summary
First Quarter
A – 37 yard pass from Kyler Murray to Jalen Guyton (PAT)
A – 1 yard run by Keon Williams (PAT)

Second Quarter
SW – 1 yard run by Courtland Greenwood (PAT)
A – 30 yard run by Kyler Murray (PAT)
A – 33 yard run by Jaelen Barlow (PAT failed)

Third Quarter
A – 13 yard pass from Kyler Murray to Cole Carter (PAT)
SW – 3 yard run by Rayquan Jones (PAT fail)
A – 80 yard run by Kyler Murray (PAT)
A – 3 yard pass from Kyler Murray to Cole Carter (PAT)

Attendees
Brett L
Jay W

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