October 30, 2008

Commitment performance: Week 8

Week eight of the 2008 high school football season is over and it's time to check out how the Frogs 15 commitments faired. Their teams combined for a 9-3 overall record including a win over one of the state's top ten teams.

That honor goes to the Waco Midway Panthers who after an opening loss to Alvarado, have reeled off 7 straight wins. Last Friday had to be the highlight of the year as they dominated previously undefeated and #9 Ennis. The Panthers piled up 273 rushing yards in the win and moved into the drivers seat in 16-4A with a 5-0 record. Ty Horn paved the way collecting 10 knockdowns and 5 pancakes. For his efforts Horn is this week's Purplemenace.com commitment of the week.

Ty Horn
Position: OL
School: Waco Midway
Ht: 6-5 | Wt: 290
Team record: 7-1 (#9 class 4A)
Last week: W56-31 vs. Ennis
Game stats: 5 pancakes, 10 knockdowns
2008 stats: 40 knockdowns, 33 pancakes

After an 0-1 start, the Panthers have reeled off seven consecutive wins and sit in the drivers seat in 16-4A with a 5-0 record. Horn has possible his best game of the year in the win over Ennis, who was previously #9 in class 4A.

Casey Pachall
Position: QB
School: Brownwood
Ht: 6-4 | Wt: 190
Team record: 3-5
Last week: L41-59 vs. Graham
Game stats: 22-of-36, 315 yards 2 TD; 63 rush yards 1 TD
2008 stats: 144-of-218, 2,259 yards 27 TD's; 514 yards 6 TD

Pachall did all he could against the Steers totaling nearly 400 yards of total offense. The Lion defense gave up over 600 yards of offense to the Case McCoy led Steers. The playoffs hopes are not gone, but a win is a must this week.

Jurell Thompson
Position: RB/S
School: WF Rider
Ht: 5-11 | Wt: 200
Team record: 5-3
Last week: W21-18 vs. Lake Dallas
Game stats: 17 rush 73 yards 1 TD(26)
2008 stats: 47 carries 210 yards 3 TD's, 3 catches 9 yards, 2 interceptions

Thompson and his Rider teammates will wrap up their fourth consecutive district title with another win. In a battle of the two first place teams last week, Thompson helped the Rider ground game with 73 yards in his first action in two weeks.

Waymon James
Position: TB
School: Sherman
Ht: 5-9 | Wt: 203
Team record: 7-1
Last week: W31-3 vs. Frisco Liberty
Game stats: 13 carries 204 yards 3 TD (78, 68, 7); 3 catches 46 yards
2008 stats: 111 carries 1,360 yards 19 TD; 19 catches 251 yards 3 TD

James helped his team move to 5-0 in district 9-4A. Playing sparingly once again, James managed to rack up over 200 yards rushing and is averaging an amazing 12.2 yards per carry on the year.

Malcolm Williams
Position: S
School: Trinity Valley Community College
Ht: 5-11 | Wt: 205
Team record: 5-3
Last week: W48-27 vs. Tyler Junior College
Game stats: 0 tackles
2008 stats: 28 tackles, 1 sack, 1 interception (75, TD), 2 KO returns 77 yards, 5 PR 36 yards

Williams and his Cardinal teammates got back on the winning side of things with the victory over Tyler.

Tanner Brock
Position: LB
School: Copperas Cove
Ht: 6-3 | Wt: 225
Team record: 8-0 (#8 in 5A)
Last week: W31-14 vs. Killeen Shoemaker
Game stats: 15 tackles, 4 TFL, 1 PBU, 1 sack
2008 stats: 125 total tackles, 3FF, 15 TFL's, 1 INT, 1 PBU, 1 Sack, 3 rush 56 yards 2 TD

The Dawgs moved to 8-0 on the year (its first year in 5A). Brock had another big game with another double-digit tackle performance.

Justin Isadore
Position: LB
School: Beaumont Ozen
Ht: 5-11 | Wt: 200
Team record: 1-6
Last week: L7-36 vs. Beaumont Westbrook
Game stats: 20 tackles, 1 FR
2008 stats: 101 tackles; 3 FF, 1 PBU, 1 FR

Isadore and his Ozen teammates lost to crosstown rival Westbrook. In the loss, Isadore had another strong performance on the defense, leading them with 20 tackles in the game.

John Wooldridge
Position: OL
School: Bellaire Episcopal
Ht: 6-5 | Wt: 290
Team record: 5-2
Last week: W35-21 vs. Oklahoma City Casady
Game stats: 5 pancakes, 10 drive blocks
2008 stats: 51 pancakes, 51 drive blocks, 0 sacks allowed; 1 sack on defense

Episcopal faced its second consecutive opponent from the state of Oklahoma, this time beating OKC Casady. Wooldridge had his way with the Casady d-line and was pulled in the 4th quarter in the team's big homecoming win.

James Dunbar
Position: FB/DL/OL
School: Maud
Ht: 6-6 | Wt: 276
Team record: 8-0 (#1 in Class A)
Last week: W34-14 vs. Simms Bowie
Game stats: 9 carries 57 yards 1 TD
2008 stats: 43 carries 414 yards 7 TD; 4 catches 26 yards, 22 tackles, 5 TFL, 1 sack, 4 knockdowns, 2 pancakes,

Another week, another win for the Maud Cardinals. Dunbar went over 400 yards on the season in the win over Bowie.

Ray Burns
Position: OL/DL/K
School: Maud
Ht: 6-1 | Wt: 290
Team record: 8-0 (#1 in Class A)
Last week: W34-14 vs. Simms Bowie
Game stats: 21 knockdowns, 4 pancakes, 4 tackles, 1 TFL, 3 hurries
2008 stats: 37 tackles, 11 TFL, 4 sacks, 10 hurries, 5 FF, 47 knockdowns, 13 pancakes, 17/20 PAT, 1 rush 2 yards

Burns collected an amazing 21 knockdowns on offense. Not to be outdone, he also collected 4 tackles and 3 QB hurries on defense.

Bryant House
Position: DL/OL
School: Maud
Ht: 6-4 | Wt: 270
Team record: 8-0 (#1 in class A)
Last week: W34-14 vs. Simms Bowie
Game stats: 7 knockdowns, 4 pancakes, 2 tackles, 2 hurries
2008 stats: 36 tackles, 6 TFL, 10 hurries, 32 knockdowns, 14 pancakes

House had another big week on the offensive line collecting 4 pancakes. House also hurried the Simms Bowie signal callers two times on the night.

Josh Boyce
Position: WR/DB
School: Copperas Cove
Ht: 6-0 | Wt: 180
Team record: 8-0 (#8 in Class 5A)
Last week: W34-14 vs. Killeen Shoemaker
Game stats: 2 catches 41 yards 1 TD(33) 1 KO RET TD (79), 1 int
2008 stats: 29 catches 694 yards 8 TD

One of the most underrated prospects in the state helped his team to another big win. Boyce didn't have as many receiving yards as the previous week, but he scored his eighth receiving touchdown. Boyce also added a 79 yard kickoff return for a score and an interception.

Trenton Thomas
Position: LB/S
School: Brenham
Ht: 5-11 | Wt: 194
Team record: 4-3
Last week: W28-7 vs. Conroe Caney Creek
Game stats: Unavailable
2008 stats: 85 tackles, 1 sack

The Cubs picked up their third consecutive victory and moved into second place in district 18-4A. The win also solidified a return to the playoffs for the Cubs.

Eric Tausch
Position: OL
School: Dallas Jesuit
Ht: 6-2 | Wt: 280
Team record: 2-6
Last week: L14-49 vs. Allen
Game stats: 4 pancakes, 6 knockdowns, 0 sacks allowed
2008 stats: 35 pancakes, 40 knockdowns, 0 sacks allowed

Tausch and his Ranger teammates ran into perhaps the team playing the best football in the state right now, the Allen Eagles. Tausch still had a strong performance collecting 4 pancakes and not allowing a sack.

D.J. Yendrey
Position: DE
School: Edna
Ht: 6-3 | Wt: 240
Team record: 3-5
Last week: W21-10 vs. Palacios
Game stats: Unavailable
2008 stats: Unavailable

With the win over Palacios, Yendrey and the Cowboys moved into a three-way tie for second place in district 28-3A.

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