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  1. DFW AREA 5A TEAM OFFENSE I Dallas Morning News Team Rush Pass Avg. Yds. Lovejoy 1720 2293 445.9 McKinney North 2764 1682 444.6 Birdville 2147 2140 428.7 The Colony 2264 2021 428.5 Colleyville Heritage 2046 2218 426.4 Frisco Reedy 2334 1903 423.7 Grapevine 1520 2581 410.1 Justin Northwest 1887 2212 409.9 Highland Park 1496 2497 399.3
  2. These might be the five teams best equipped to stop Highland Park's two-year run as 5A Division I state champion By Greg Riddle, Staff Writer Contact Greg Riddleon Twitter:@DMNGregRiddle DALLAS MORNING NEWS Highland Park has won back-to-back Class 5A Division I state championships and goes into this year's playoffs with a 10-0 record. The Scots have outscored their opponents 429-109. Highland Park is ranked No. 2 in the state, but it won't have to worry about No. 1 Aledo in the playoffs. That's because Highland Park is in the Division I bracket and Aledo is in Division II. So what type of team is best equipped to end Highland Park's 25-game winning streak? As the last two years have shown, teams with a prolific passing attack and an elite receiver -- that can match Highland Park score for score -- have given the Scots trouble. Highland Park's only loss last season was 53-49 to Rockwall in the season opener, when Minnesota pledge Jacob Clark threw for 399 yards and five touchdowns and Georgetown signee Cameron Crayton and Ohio State pledge Jaxon Smith-Njigba combined for 20 catches for 326 yards and four touchdowns. Clark threw for 295 yards and two touchdowns against Highland Park this year, and Smith-Njigba had 13 catches for 232 yards and two touchdowns, but the Scots rallied for a 49-42 win. In last year's state championship game, Manvel led Highland Park 49-39 before the Scots rallied to score two touchdowns in the final 2:06 to win 53-49 in one of the best games in state history as John Stephen Jones threw for 564 yards and four touchdowns. North Texas signee Kason Martin threw for 483 yards and five touchdowns for Manvel -- with four TD passes of more than 60 yards -- and Texas A&M signee Jalen Preston had five catches for 220 yards and three touchdowns. Here is a look at the five teams in the 5A Division I playoff bracket that appear to be best equipped to beat Highland Park. The Colony (9-1) The District 5-5A Division I champion has won eight in a row and is averaging 41 points and 428.5 yards of total offense per game. Highland Park could face The Colony in the third round. Running back Myles Price has been one of the best receivers in the area, with 52 catches for 855 yards and 12 touchdowns. He can beat you running the ball, too, rushing for 594 yards and 10 touchdowns while averaging 10.4 yard per carry. The Colony has a lot of other weapons to keep the defense guessing on where the ball will go. Mikey Harrington has 22 touchdown passes, running back Jadan Abdallah has rushed for 1,030 yards and 13 touchdowns and big-play receiver Keith Miller is averaging 22.5 yards per catch and has 31 receptions for 697 yards and eight TDs. Lufkin (9-1) The state's fifth-ranked 5A team could be Highland Park's opponent in the regional final. Lufkin's only loss was 35-28 to undefeated Longview, ranked No. 4 in the state in 6A, and Lufkin owns a 35-3 win this year over 2017 5A Division II state champion College Station. Lufkin averages 43.3 points per game, and quarterback Kewone Thomas has completed 71.8 percent of his passes and averages 17.7 yards per completion. Receivers Titan Williams and JaLynn Polk have combined for 58 catches for 1,110 yards and 15 touchdowns. Three-star defensive lineman Breylon Garcia and Deandre Bagley have combined for 13 sacks for Lufkin. Manvel showed that putting pressure on the quarterback is another way to stay close to Highland Park, sacking John Stephen Jones eight times in last year's state final. Frisco Lone Star (8-2) This is another possible regional final opponent for Highland Park, although Lone Star would first have to get past Lufkin. Lone Star gave Highland Park its closest game of the season, losing 10-7 on a field goal on the final play of the game. Lone Star is averaging 31 points per game and has one of the best receivers in the state in four-star recruit Marvin Mims, who has 49 catches for 850 yards and 11 touchdowns. Lone Star's defense has been spectacular, allowing just 9.2 points per game, and it held Highland Park to 288 yards of total offense, including 54 yards rushing. Denton Ryan (10-0) Denton Ryan, ranked No. 3 in the state, could await Highland Park in the state semifinals. Ryan averages 47.3 points per game, but a lot of those points have come from a defense that has 11 scores this season. Denton Ryan lost 45-35 to Highland Park in last year's state semifinal, even though Ryan had star quarterback Spencer Sanders, an Oklahoma State signee who was The Associated Press state player of the year. Ryan's new quarterback, Seth Henigan, hasn't put up the dazzling stats that Sanders did, but Henigan has completed 71.1 percent of his passes and has 16 touchdown passes and only one interception. Hutto (9-0) This might be the team best equipped to face Highland Park, and those two teams could meet in the Class 5A Division I state championship game. If they do, expect a wild, high-scoring game like last year's Highland Park-Manvel final. Hutto, ranked No. 6 in the state, averages 54.6 points per game and scored 65 points against a 7-3 Cedar Park team. Hutto quarterback Chase Griffin is committed to UCLA and has thrown for 3,176 yards and 43 touchdowns in nine games. Griffin threw for 455 yards and seven touchdowns in a 52-51 overtime win over 4A state-ranked Liberty Hill and passed for 533 yards and six touchdowns against Cedar Park. Caleb Forrest has been one of the leading receivers in the state, with 68 catches for 1,142 yards and 15 touchdowns, and DJ Baptist has 34 catches for 632 yards and 10 TDs.
  3. Now that the regular season is over, was there a better 5-5 Class 5A team in the state than Magnolia? They lost to MW, CS and Tomball by a combined total of 5 points, and gave Lufkin their toughest district test. They were the only team in the district that moved the ball against Lufkin's defense. Their only loss that wasn't close was against undefeated Shadow Creek. Must've been a frustrating year for their coaches and players. On to the playoffs! McKinney North's offense is capable of piling up points on offense, although they haven't seen a defense like Lufkin's (not many have). On the other hand, their defense gives up tons of points and is especially weak against the run. I know we all realize the Panthers have the talent to do something special in the playoffs if they can stay disciplined and limit the penalties and turnovers.
  4. Magnolia West beat College Station 27-21. College Station will play Mesquite Poteet next Friday at 7 p.m.
  5. That was straight from supposed NFL guru Adam Schefter. These guys want to break the story first, but should get the details correct. At least he had the signing right.
  6. Saints have signed former Panther Dez Bryant to a 2 year/10 million dollar deal. Good for him!
  7. Bi-District Playoff Game John Tyler Lions Vs. Tomball Cougars Friday, November 16, 2018 Rose Stadium, Tyler, TX 7:00 pm 1st ever meeting
  8. Random Thoughts: 1) Wouldn't you know it. As soon as Lufkin leaves their district, The Woodlands picks that time to have a down year. Yes, they're still good; 6-2 and undefeated in district, but here's betting they lose to Klein Collins tonight, and they're obviously not as good as years' past. Lufkin would've beat The Woodlands and won that district this year. Oh well, you can only play the hand you're dealt. 2) Not big on the long HSFB halftimes, and I know this has been said on here, but does Lufkin not have one of the best bands in the State? 3) Gonna miss the possibility of a Longview/Lufkin rematch in the playoffs this year. These Houston area schools just don't get the tradition of East Texas football.
  9. DISTRICT 7-5A Div. I Playoff Scenarios Clinched: Mesquite Poteet, Tyler John Tyler Can get in this week: -- Sherman if it beats West Mesquite. -- McKinney North, which is idle, if Sherman beats West Mesquite. Eliminated: Texarkana Texas, Wylie East Notes: West Mesquite is eliminated if it loses to Sherman this week.
  10. I too was surprised they had such a small crowd for a game of this magnitude, but a newer school like this can't be expected to have the fan base of a school like Lufkin that has been in existence much longer with a winning tradition. Lufkin had a good crowd, but I actually expected a few more fans since this was the last regular season test for the Panthers. I do understand it is hard to get off from work and drive a little over two hours for the game. A couple of comments on the game: Didn't seem like Lufkin should be up 24-7 at the half with some of the sloppy play and the boat load of penalties, but this team just seems to be that good. This happens consistently, so just have to accept that is who they are. A very talented, undisciplined team. Maybe that will be good enough. The second half went by in the blink of an eye. One score and a sack fest for Lufkin. If halftimes weren't so long we would of been out of there in a couple hours. Think they should only have the home team band perform. HS halftimes are WAY too long. Also, this seemed like a lazy officiating crew. They didn't hustle to get in to position, thereby leading to some questionable calls. Think they tried every way they could to let MW run another play before the half, but finally made the correct call and ended it.
  11. If you were told before the season that you would give unbeaten 6A AP #4 Longview their only test of the season despite missing your starting QB and one of your best defensive players, that you would end the defending 5A DII state champions 18 game winning streak in dominating fashion at their place and be undefeated in district with three weeks remaining, would you take it? Outside of Allen, Lufkin can play with any team, in any classification in the state. True, they look bored sometimes and play down to the level of competition, but they've also shown they can raise their level of play when needed. I'm confident they will show up ready to play next week. The talent is there without question. They just need to clean up the turnovers/penalties and focus on getting better in all phases the next three weeks. The Panthers are probably one of the few 5A teams that can win a playoff game with their "B" game, but the deeper you go you better bring your "A" game or you'll be sent packing. Pray everyone stays healthy and realizes what is front of them. Proud of the team whatever happens.
  12. I know Lufkin seemed to play uninspired football tonight, but Tomball is not terrible, and the INT returned for a TD and the recovered onside kick made it a closer game than it should of been. It would be great to see them win every game 50-0 or least play to their full potential, but I'm sure the other teams always think they could've done things better, and they would LOVE to be in Lufkin's position. Magnolia West beat 1-6 Waller 50-29 tonight and College Station beat Magnolia 41-38 in overtime. The Panthers will be fine and they'll beat Magnolia West next week if they avoid the turnover bug that has plagued them. They need to clean up the turnovers and kicking game going into the playoffs though. Just enjoying the ride.
  13. Still no stream. 28-10 Lufkin at the half. Score of interest: Magnolia and College Station tied at 21 at the half.
  14. Who knows? Just gonna keep up through twitter for now.
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