Here are five thoughts from Week 1 games around the Dallas area.
Mansfield Lake Ridge was 3-17 over the last two years — 0-10 in 2020 and 3-7 last year. But it pulled off a huge surprise Friday, beating area-ranked Mansfield Summit 50-27.
Summit was ranked No. 5 in the area in 5A, but Lake Ridge jumped out to a 42-14 lead at halftime. Lake Ridge had 333 yards of total offense in the first half, with Kennen Miller throwing for 230 yards and three touchdowns, Raycine Guillory and Miller each scoring a rushing touchdown and Jamaal Hall returning a kickoff 79 yards for a score.
Guillory finished the game with 91 yards and two touchdowns on five carries, and Jamaal Hall had two catches for 107 yards and a touchdown.
Summit was coming off back-to-back state semifinal appearances. It fell one win short of becoming the second Mansfield ISD school to ever reach a state championship game.
A lot of eyes nationally were on the St. John Bosco (Calif.) at Allen game Friday night. It was California vs. Texas at Allen’s $59.6 million stadium.
But that was a blowout, with St. John Bosco — the No. 1 team in the nation — dominating in a 52-14 route.
But that wasn’t the only interstate matchup. DeSoto traveled more than 2,000 miles to earn its first win of the season, beating St. Augustine (La.), 35-10, at Nike World Headquarters in Oregon. DeSoto outscored the New Orleans school 28-0 after trailing 10-7 early in the third quarter.
On the first day of practice, DeSoto quarterback DJ Bailey had made a bold statement, saying “I feel like we should be able to be 16-0. This team is capable of being great.”
So far, so good. Bailey threw three touchdown passes — two to Dahlyn Jones and one to Texas pledge Johntay Cook II.
It wasn’t just about the game. Former Pro Bowl NFL cornerback Bobby Taylor met with DeSoto on Friday morning, and former Pro Bowl and Heisman Trophy-winning running back Bo Jackson addressed both teams before Friday night’s game.
— DeSoto Football (@FootballDesoto) August 26, 2022
The Dallas Morning News had Arlington Martin, Prosper and Grapevine in its area rankings, but not nearly high enough based on Week 1’s results.
Arlington Martin was No. 7 in the 6A area poll, but with Michael Barrow rushing for 156 yards and scoring four touchdowns (three rushing, one receiving), it beat state No. 7 Austin Lake Travis 39-31. Martin had a pair of 100-yard rushers, with Sergio Snider Jr. rushing for 102 yards and a touchdown.
Martin had only 78 yards passing, but it ran for 313 yards against a Lake Travis team that reached the Class 6A Division I state semifinals last year before losing to eventual champion Galena Park North Shore. Martin will have to improve its run defense after allowing 381 yards on the ground, but Lake Travis had only 46 yards passing with star quarterback Bo Edmundson (committed to Michigan State) out with an injury.
Class 6A No. 12 Prosper beat No. 8 Euless Trinity 17-13 as Prentice Sanders rushed for 90 yards and one touchdown. Harrison Rosar had a 40-yard touchdown pass to Brayden Rymer, and Prosper held Trinity to 46 yards passing on 20 pass attempts.
Perhaps the biggest surprise came in 5A, where area No. 14 Grapevine routed No. 4 Frisco Wakeland 49-28. Grapevine ran for 538 yards, averaging 9.3 yards per carry as Parker Polk rushed for 198 yards and a touchdown and Evan Baum had 119 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. Grapevine’s defense allowed 460 yards, including 341 passing yards, but it forced three turnovers.
Frisco Emerson and Frisco Panther Creek were both playing the first varsity football game in school history. Their games were quite different.
Emerson rallied from a 21-7 halftime deficit and beat Hillcrest 41-34 in overtime. Mike Molstad’s 40-yard touchdown pass to Ishaqq Bills was the game-winner. Molstad passed for 336 yards and four touchdowns, Bills ran for 142 yards and two touchdowns and also caught four passes for 74 yards and a touchdown. Emerson held Hillcrest to 91 yards on 10 of 20 passing.
Panther Creek fell behind 42-0 at halftime and lost 49-14 to Frisco Independence. Ude Enyeribe ran for three touchdowns, and Independence held Panther Creek to 223 yards of total offense, including 53 yards passing. On a positive note for Panther Creek, it had a 100-yard rusher in Sentel Simpson.
Several teams started the season with dominant defensive performances Friday.
— In a matchup of area-ranked teams, Class 6 No. 18 Lake Highlands held 5A No. 19 Mesquite Poteet to 166 yards of offense and forced five turnovers on the way to a 21-0 victory. Carson Klein had two interceptions for Lake Highlands, and Shep Jenkins and Wesley Scott each had one.
— In the 101st all-time meeting between Waxahachie and Ennis, Waxahachie forced three turnovers and didn’t allow a point after a first-quarter safety en route to a 42-2 win. Waxahachie cut Ennis’ lead in the series to 50-49-2 and ended Ennis’ three-game winning streak in the “Battle of 287.”
— Class 5A No. 12 Lancaster shut out Class 6A Skyline 25-0. Lancaster got touchdowns on a 60-yard interception return by Gerald Lacy and a 27-yard blocked punt return by Jamel Jones. Lancaster held Skyline to 78 total yards, 41 passing and 37 rushing.
— Wylie’s Dane Farley had two sacks and an 18-yard fumble return for a touchdown to lead his team to a 24-7 victory over Richardson Pearce. Wylie had eight sacks overall and held Pearce to 12 yards of offense and one first down in the first half.
— Frisco Centennial allowed only 96 total yards in a 31-0 win over Richardson, including 13 passing yards. The Centennial defense forced Richardson to punt seven times, held on downs twice and recovered a muffed punt.
— Argyle Liberty Christian rolled to a 28-7 win over Plano Prestonwood Christian, ranked No. 3 in the area among private schools. Argyle Liberty held Prestonwood to 15 of 34 passing, with two interceptions, and to 77 yards rushing.
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