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2Sep/130

HS Football Roundup 2013: Week Zero

Class 5A ----------------- Result - Opponent -------- Record
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 1. Allen                  W 49-27 Southlake Carroll  (1-0)
 2. Katy                   W 41-3  Klein              (1-0)
 3. Cibolo Steele          L 45-46 SA Madison         (0-1)
 4. DeSoto                 W 46-7  Arlington Martin   (1-0)
 5. Southlake Carroll      L 27-49 Allen              (0-1)
 6. Euless Trinity         BYE                        (0-0)
 7. Austin Westlake        L 31-43 Cedar Park         (0-1)
 8. GP North Shore         W 51-14 Clear Springs      (1-0)
 9. Houston Lamar          W 29-0  Klein Forest       (1-0)
10. Coppell                W 32-24 Longview           (1-0)
11. Cedar Hill             W 38-28 Denton Guyer       (1-0)
12. Dallas Skyline         W 33-30 The Woodlands      (1-0)
13. Lake Travis            L 19-25 Converse Judson    (0-1)
14. Arlington Martin       L 7-46  DeSoto             (0-1)
15. Converse Judson        W 25-19 Lake Travis        (1-0)
15. Arlington Bowie        W 24-9  Mansfield          (1-0)
17. SA Northside O'Connor  W 41-28 SA Alamo Heights   (1-0)
17. Lufkin                 W 52-29 John Tyler         (1-0)
17. Tyler Lee              W 55-20 Sulphur Springs    (1-0)
20. SA Northside Brandeis  L 12-31 Smithson Valley    (0-1)
20. SA Madison             W 46-45 Cibolo Steele      (1-0)
20. Abilene                L 7-37  Hebron             (0-1)
23. Abilene Cooper         L 36-39 WF Rider           (0-1)
23. Longview               L 24-34 Coppell            (0-1)

Quite a few losses to open up the season with. Credit that to some tough games lined up for Zero Week. For starters, Allen dings Southlake Carroll with a season-opening loss for the second time in a row. Carroll will still get credit for a quality loss. But Arlington Martin's harsher loss to DeSoto will likely be less forgivable. It may be worth watching to see if the San Antonio teams are turning a corner after Madison's win over Cibolo Steele. AP moves Madison up to #10 after this win. It's also worth noting Houston Lamar getting some reputation points after a surprisingly well-played championship game against Allen back in December. Trinity High slept in and starts the season off with tough opponents: Jenks (OK), DeSoto, and Bentonville (AR). If they manage to escape that with a perfect record, it's pretty much a waiting game for Trinity and Allen to face off in the playoffs.

Elsewhere ...

» Cinco Ranch 38 - Cy Ranch 7
Luke Klingler (David's kid) is the starting QB. His aim for the season has to be to show that an ACL injury last season is behind him and that he has the tools to get a D1 scholarship offer. The season starts with a solid win. Klingler's stat line is relatively modest 5-11-105-1-1. The Cougars start the season with a good showing with the running game, though - 35 for 273 yards.

» Manvel 33 - Spring 12
I have no idea why everyone is writing off Manvel this season. They've graduated a quality QB to Old Dominion and Offensive Coordinator Jimmy Klingler has moved on to New Caney along with his senior OL son, Cory. But they've still got a quality defense and the offense seems to have always been a product of Head Coach Kirk Martin. As long as the new skill position players can hold their own against the better teams on the schedule, I'd expect them to crack the Top 25 and maybe even nip at the heels of the Top 10. For what it's worth, Dave Campbell has Manvel ranked #17 after this win.

» Pearland 49 - Madison 0
Like Manvel, I'm about as skeptical that Pearland is going to be as forgetable as the AP voters seem to think. This was a good start against weak competition. But still an impressive showing.

In my 'hood ...

» Sharpstown 48 - Sterling 39
» Lee 31 - Scarborough 6
» Strake Jesuit 14 - Spring Dekaney 41

Class 4A ----------------- Result - Opponent -------- Record
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 1. Denton Guyer           L 28-38 Cedar Hill         (0-1) 
 2. Cedar Park             W 43-31 Austin Westlake    (1-0) 
 3. Aledo                  W 44-3  Highland Park      (1-0)
 4. SA Northside Brennan   W 52-0  SA Holmes          (1-0)
 5. Lancaster              L 27-39 South Oak Cliff    (0-1)
 6. Whitehouse             W 58-21 Hallsville         (1-0)
 7. Humble Summer Creek    W 78-13 South Houston      (1-0)
 8. Tyler                  L 28-52 Lufkin             (1-0)
 9. Georgetown             W 35-14 Killeen Ellison    (1-0)
10. WF Rider               W 39-36 Abilene Cooper     (1-0) 
10. Texas City             W 48-0  Dickinson          (1-0)

Count Denton Guyer with a quality loss. The Monday AP poll has them ranked third despite the loss to a top-tier 5A team. The new entries to the chart (Summer Creek and SA Brennan) are worth a little further research and Texas City could make up for Galveston county's absence after La Marque's move to 3A.

Elsehwere ...

New Caney 14 - Caney Creek 35
The other Klingler branch has uprooted from Manvel to New Caney. The new team isn't predicted to be on par with the Manvel teams, but Cory Klingler already has a solid offer to play at Rice next year. Jimmy's offense racked up 321 yards of total offense.

Class 3A ----------------- Result - Opponent -------- Record
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 1. Stephenville           W 17-16 Monterrey Tec      (1-0)
 2. Carthage               W 42-28 Jacksonville       (1-0)
 3. Gilmer                 W 57-7  Atlanta            (1-0)
 4. Navasota               W 35-7  Willis             (1-0)
 5. Argyle                 W 38-9  Abilene Wylie      (1-0)
 6. Kilgore                W 42-7  Marshall           (1-0)
 7. La Marque              W 32-7  Galveston Ball     (1-0)
 8. Graham                 W 51-7  Mineral Wells      (1-0)
 9. Bellville              W 44-14 Caldwell           (1-0)
10. Abilene Wylie          L 9-38  Argyle             (0-1)
Class 2A ----------------- Result - Opponent -------- Record
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 1. Newton                 W 44-20 Bridge City        (1-0)
 2. Cameron Yoe            W 37-34 Waco Connally      (1-0)
 3. East Bernard           W 63-0  Second Baptist     (1-0)
 4. Refugio                W 32-30 Ingleside          (1-0)
 5. Canadian               W 48-21 Amarillo River Rd  (1-0)
 6. New Boston             W 48-6  DeKalb             (1-0)
 7. Daingerfield           L 14-16 Gladewater         (0-1)
 8. Wall                   W 46-8  Coleman            (1-0)
 9. Tatum                  W 21-6  Arp                (1-0)
10. Cisco                  W 54-8  Early              (1-0)
Class 1A ----------------- Result - Opponent -------- Record
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 1. Mart                   W 32-27 Teague             (1-0)
 2. Tenaha                 W 47-6  Joaquin            (1-0)
 3. Alto                   L 35-36 Elkhart            (0-1)
 4. Mason                  W 55-6  Winters            (1-0)
 5. Stamford               W 40-13 McKamey            (1-0)
 6. Wellington             W 22-6  Childress          (1-0)
 7. Shiner                 W 34-0  Vanderbilt Indust. (1-0)
 8. Stratford              W 29-18 Friona             (1-0)
 9. Munday                 L 22-27 Windthorst         (0-1)
10. Anson                  W 50-20 Hamlin             (1-0)

Way, way elsehwere ...

» American Fork (UT) 35 - Mountain Crest (UT) 14
Of interest to me since there's a next-generation member of the Katoa family (of Trinity High fame from the 80s) playing for American Form. Junior RB Pini Katoa ran for 121 yards and 2 TDs. That goes along with 2 receptions for 30 yards. They're a week ahead of us in Texas and the previous week saw a 28-41 loss to Brighton. Not sure I've found a reliable box score for that game yet, but it looks like he ended the first game with 27 rushing / 58 receiving yards. It might not be a longshot to see the kid playing on Saturdays in a couple of years.

22Jul/120

Prep Season Prep ’12

High school football is gearing up with the recent 7-on-7 tourney leading to some early rumor-milling about "Who's hot that maybe we didn't think was as hot as THIS, but ...." and so forth. Aside from my annual ritual of reviewing the latest issue of Dave Campbell's Texas Football, I'm feeling like this season is a bit different. At least in terms of the type of things I normally like to watch for.

For starters, my alma mater returns as few starters as I think they ever have (3 on each side). Normally, that'd be considered a "rebuilding" year. But when your old school is now considered an annual powerhouse, they simply "reload". Except that, this season, there doesn't appear to be a standout offense leading the way. It'll all happen in the trenches, it seems. Three yards, two black eyes, a few hundred divots, and a cloud of dust. The historical pattern for similar teams of ours has been to start off very undisciplined, pile up a bunch of penalties in early games, smooth out the rough patches and get better in time for a deep run into the playoffs. Hopefully that last part happens ... again.

But the district games against LD Bell and Colleyville Heritage might be a bit more interesting than in years past. And the non-district games look as tough as can possibly be: a Washington State powerhouse, an Oklahoma powerhouse, and a tough DeSoto team on 4 days rest. I'm not putting any money on an undefeated season.

Elsewhere, it looks like a much thinner year for Region 1 schools on offense. There's still some talent: Southlake Carroll's Kenny Hill was impressive in the championship game last season. But it just seems that there are fewer and fewer automatic D-1 offensive stars to point to this time. We'll see how that pans out by season's end.

Closer to home, the next two football seasons will be "All About the Klinglers" for me. Cory playing offensive line at Manvel, and Luke looking to get more time at QB at Cinco Ranch. Manvel moves up to 5A and is coming off a healthy showing at the 7-on-7 tourney in College Station. They'll have a big district showdown with another quality Pearland team. If there's one game I'd look to head to Pearland for, that'd be one. Lacking that, the news reports and social media updates will have to suffice. Here's a small sampler of what's out there ...

» TX Monthly: The Negotiation

» Chron: For seniors, high school football season starts now

» YHN: Bellaire football passes the Trey, hoping to continue success

Among the games of interest for me ...

8/30 - Euless Trinity vs Bellevue, WA (Memorial Stadium)
This'll have to caught on TV or radio since its taking place in Washington State.

8/31 - St. Pius X vs Kincaid (Parsley Field)
I haven't paid much attention to the small privates around town before. Aside from mocking the alumni friends from them, that is. But Kincaid is supposed to be pretty good with a decent QB. And SPX is worth a preview because ...

9/6 - St. Pius X vs Sealy (Parsley Field)
Sealy's QB is supposed to be damn good. And this is a nice chance to catch him in the Houston area.

9/8 - DeSoto vs Jenks, OK (Pennington Field)
9/8 - Euless Trinity vs Union, OK (Pennington Field)

Contemplating a trip up to DFW for this double-header.

9/13 - Euless Trinity vs DeSoto (Kincaide Stadium)
Should be interesting to see how well these two teams respond on short rest. Not sure that I'll make it up for back-to-back games, but this one should say the most about how good Trinity is this season. Coaching trivia: The DeSoto coach left to take a gig at Univ. of Houston, but returned to DeSoto. Not sure what that says about DeSoto or UH. But it's interesting, at least.

9/14 - Manvel vs Bellaire (Butler Stadium)
One and only chance to catch Manvel in the nearer-Houston area. I'll be there for this one.

11/2 - Manvel vs Pearland (The Rig)
Ought to be a great game that tells the story of where Manvel is in terms of 5A rankings.

11/9 - St. Pius X vs St. Thomas (Granger Field)
Not sure that I'll really want to see SPX three times a year unless they're really impressive to watch. But since the HISD schools are really lacking in football sightseeing, this may be one of the few decent games to see late in the season.

23Jan/120

Oklahoma Invades Euless

» FW Star-Telegram: Trinity to play Oklahoma football powerhouses

Already planning a trip to Euless in September ...

Officials with the Hurst-Euless-Bedford and Carroll school districts said Friday they have joined forces to schedule some of the Lone Star state’s best football programs against Oklahoma’s elite for eight games over the next two seasons.

The yet-to-be-named slate of games consists of Southlake Carroll, Euless Trinity, Hurst L.D. Bell, DeSoto, Tulsa (Okla.) Union, Jenks (Okla.), Midland and Midland Lee.

....

On Sept. 8 at Pennington, DeSoto takes on Jenks, a 12-time Oklahoma 6A state champion, and Trinity will host four-time defending 6A champ Tulsa Union. Trinity and DeSoto switch Oklahoma opponents in 2013 and play at Dragon Stadium.

Back-to-back games with two of the best programs out of Oklahoma. A chance to watch a frequently great DeSoto program. And, the penultimate excuse ... another opportunity to see the Trojans in a big game. Oh, and I've never actually been to a game at Pennington. Back in my day, Pennington was a much smaller facility between an apartment complex and Central Jr. High. Now it a 1987-era palace a few miles down the highway.

Interesting that these games aren't part of the Herbstreit Classic at Cowboy Stadium. That's usually a series that locks in a handful of the best DFW teams and with Trinity, DeSoto, and Carroll otherwise committed, what's left to draw the crowds at Cowboy Stadium?

28Nov/110

Aggre-blogging: Thanksgiving Leftovers

Hope everyone had a relaxing and/or fulfilling Thanksgiving. A few leftover blog items from stuff I never got around to posting over the extended weekend.

» The Court-ordered Congressional Plan C220 is now updated on the Almanac. I opted to include the 2004 election data since it's pretty helpful to see how the districts performed without a wave election like 2008 or 2010. Lots of interesting districts, including a few that look as if they could switch parties every two years if the plan were to remain in effect during the entire decade. It won't, but .... For more on the legal process, including today's episode with Attorney General Greg Abbott flailing beckoning the Supreme Court to halt the court's plan, just read everything on Michael Li's blog.

» Sometime this week, I'll have a bit more to unpack on the Center for American Progress's new report: The Path to 270. As one who does a bit of research on demographics and whatnot, I think it's sometimes too easy to overstate the impact of demographics on elections. There's an unmistakable trend to where they're headed, but demographics doesn't change in quick, sudden fits and spurts. One worthwhile point this report suggests is that 2012 will see non-white voters rise by 2 percentage points. I definitely think that's in the ballpark of reality. What's critical, though, isn't how that plays nationally. It's how that plays out in states like Pennsylvania, Ohio, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Florida, and other swing states that cast (or we hope to see cast) narrow Democratic majorities in Presidential years.

» NY Times: Team Obama Gears Up for 2012 ... Remember Barack Obama? Yeah, well he's running for President in 2012, too. I don't know that there's a great deal of new news unearthed here, but it's a decent puff piece on the Chicago-centric view from the campaign compared to the DC-centric view of the Oval Office.

» Chron: A&M sociologist sees shift in immigration trends ... another great, quick Jeannie Kever Q&A. In this instance, A&M's Dudley Poston suggests that Chinese may overtake Mexicans among the ranks of undocumented immigrants in the United States. Not sure I see that happening, but read it and form your own opinion. This brief read over at The Atlantic about the "End of Chinatown" probably deserves equal time, though.

» National Journal: The Left Behinds ... interesting reading on long-term unemployment. Michael Hirsh isn't necessarily an economics writer, but he's a good story-teller. So while the highlights may seem selective in the story, there's still a lot to chew on with this read.

» One good thing finally comes from the sale of the Astros, as General Manager Ed Wade's reign of error is over.

» One (more) bad thing happened to the Texans on Sunday, when backup QB Matt Leinart went down for the season. From my cursory viewing of the preseason play, I thought Leinart might finally prove his worth in the NFL if he had the chance. Turns out it was a bit too brief of a chance. It ought to be an interesting week to find out who our rent-a-QB is going to be. I'm a bit partial to Jeff Garcia or Trent Edwards among the names available. But there's something to be said for Chase Clement coming in and taking over the role once played by Bucky Richardson.

» I'm not sure what to make of the world when it's an odd-numbered year and my high school loses a playoff football game. I'm still planning the trek to JerryWorld for the championship games. Hope springs eternal that Manvel High will send a couple of members of the Klingler family to Arlington that weekend.

17Nov/110

Football Overload

All of the following will be going on or starting during what is supposed to be a very serene, contemplative, quiet time of trying to corral random media elements as part of the church AV squad. Its why this is the worst time of the world for me.

2:00pm - Euless Trinity (11-0) vs. Allen (11-0)
2:30pm - University of Houston (10-0) vs SMU (6-4)

and just for a little added emphasis, there's this ...

5:00pm - Dallas Skyline (11-0) vs. DeSoto (10-1)

I can't not watch or pay attention to how at least the first two games are going during service. The 5pm game may not involve an alma mater. But, like the Trinity-Allen game, it may send the winner to State. And I'm planning the second annual pilgrimage to JerryWorld for some High School Championship games before Christmas. I hate to arrive in a stadium seat unprepared for what I'm about to see.

This will also be the initial test of some heavy-duty, emergency usage of my new Kindle Fire. So there's that.

My gig at church usually starts around 3pm and service itself doesn't get going until 5pm. I've been in this situation before and in no prior case, have important games such as these been something like 56-0 late into the game. If anything, I think the timing of all this is a strong indicator that something will go into overtime. Then again, my teams usually win when this scheduling conflict occurs.

4Feb/110

Super Bowl XLV: The Trinity Connection

» ESPN Dallas: Nance hopes homecoming ends with Super win

I can't claim to have a major rooting interest in this year's Super Bowl - normally, I root for the AFC. But the Steelers have been an exception since 1978 (yes, I luved my blue as a child!). Former Trinity RB Dmitri Nance being on the Packers probably nudges me over to the NFC this time around ...

Dimitri Nance is not quite sure if he will be the first Euless Trinity grad to be in a Super Bowl when Green Bay takes on Pittsburgh on Sunday at Cowboys Stadium, but he’s glad to just be along for the ride.

Nance signed with Atlanta as an undrafted free agent last April and the Packers signed him off the Falcons’ practice squad on Sept. 14. He finished the year with 95 yards on 36 carries and has been inactive [f]or two of the Packers’ three playoff games.

I'm not ordering a cheesehead hat anytime soon - especially as long as the Vikings are in the Kevin Kolb sweepstakes. But it wouldn't be a bad deal to see Nance earn a ring for his troubles.

19Jan/112

Brandon Carter Switches from OU to TCU

» FW Star-Telegram: Euless Trinity WR/QB Brandon Carter switches commitment to TCU

I was wondering how the Brandon Carter scenario would pan out after the successful results put up at multiple positions this past season. Now we know:

Reportedly, Carter desired to play wide receiver at the next level, but Oklahoma had recruited him to play defensive back. Carter told Scout.com in November that OU defensive backs coach Willie Martinez -- who, along with defensive coordinator Brent Venables, were his primary recruiters -- wasn't excited about the prospect of him playing offense.

I'm a little torn on this one. I can understand Carter's desire to play whatever position he wants to play. But there's a reason why 5'11 160# guys are recruited to play defensive back. It's because they're not tall enough to be effective receivers as they advance to higher levels of competition. Carter's a very special athlete, no doubt. Maybe he'll be a very successful receiver at TCU. But when it comes time to play on Sundays, I've got to think he'll be on the other side of the line of scrimmage.

19Dec/100

The Other Loss Today

As if the day wasn't bad enough from a Trinity perspective, Trevor Vittatoe ends his career at UTEP with a loss and sacrifices a possible pro career for the Miners. Trev was a probably the best pro prospect at QB that Trinity ever had and I sure hope he gets a look at an NFL camp next year.

He started all 49 of his games at UTEP, obviously a record, and he was injured for many of those. His 12,439 passing yards puts him 14th on the all-time FBS list, his 97 touchdown passes is 15th and his 12,291 yards of total offense is 15th. Even on this lost afternoon, he passed Louisville's Chris Redman to move into third on the Conference USA total offense list.

Vittatoe also went 19-30 as a starter, but Kris Adams summed that up.

"Imagine what it would have been without him," he said.

When asked to describe Vittatoe's legacy, Adams said, "He's been great. He really has been a great quarterback. He did a lot of individual things and he helped the team a lot. He gave the team his everything. He's dealt with a lot of stuff, but he's always stuck with it."

Perhaps what Vittatoe should be remembered for most is playing through a severely injured ankle, one that will require surgery Monday. He will miss the NFL combines, though he wouldn't have if he had the surgery two months ago.

Coach Mike Price called him the toughest quarterback he's ever coached.

"He has a great legacy and I hate to see it end like this," Price said. "He's performed a lot better than he did (Saturday). But you could see how tough he is, how competitive he is. He's meant a great deal to this program. You'll see him play Sundays."

Having the chance to play for Mike Price is a huge positive for Trevor and it says something about his talent that a great QB coach starts him for four seasons.

18Dec/100

Trinity’s Tiniest Terror

Terrence Tusan is one of the better skill position players on Trinity's team this year. The local (DFW, that is) TV crew covers a side of his background that I wasn't aware of ...

View more news videos at: http://www.nbcdfw.com/video.

18Dec/100

A Small World of Diversity

» Dallas Morning News: At Euless Trinity, inclusiveness just part of the game plan

Trinity High School ... always the feel-good story of the year:

Whites are the minority at Trinity, with blacks, Hispanics, Asians and other ethnic groups making up the bulk of the students. Trinity also has students from Pakistan, India , Sri Lanka, Uganda , Rwanda and Samoa.

Euless also is home to one of the largest populations of Tongans outside of the South Pacific island itself. Many of the students attend Trinity, and several play on the football team.

The team's performances of the haka – the primal traditional dance and chant of New Zealand's Maori people – has been embraced by the entire school.

"We may be different colors, different races, but we are a brotherhood," said Heny Lea'aetoa, a football player who is Tongan. "Everybody wants to be a part of this."

More than 40 languages are spoken at the school on Industrial Boulevard in Euless, just seven miles up the same road from where their state championship game will be played.

Apparently, I missed out on a pep rally for Trinity while I was at the stadium watching 3A football. Tough call.