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TEXAS HIGH

LAST WEEK: The Tigers extended its shutout streak to 10 consecutive quarters with a 44-0 win over Pine Tree in District 9-5A, Division II play.

THIS WEEK: Texas High (7-0, 4-0) travels to Jacksonville (1-6, 1-3).

OFFENSIVE STANDOUTS: QB Brayson McHenry threw for 281 yards on 11-of-20 passing and four touchdowns, while WR Rian Cellers caught seven passes for 212 yards and three scores. RB Braylon Stewart rushed for 64 yards on 14 carries before he left the game with an injury. WR Clayton Smith caught a 17-yard TD pass, while Oscar Hernandez hit on 6 of 6 PATs and booted field goals from 32 and 23 yards out.

DEFENSIVE STANDOUTS: DB Lajontae Wrightner had a fumble return for a touchdown, and Michael Thomas had an interception. DE Derrick Brown had six solos stops among his seven tackles, inlcuding two for a loss, LB Jackson Halter had seven stops, three for a loss and a sack, and DB Deshun White added five tackles. DE Clayton Smith had three tackles, three QB hurries and caused a fumble.

COACH GERRY STANFORD'S COMMENTS: "We're hoping to be peaking at the right time; we've talked about that a lot as a team to be playing your best football Weeks 7 through 10, and on into the playoffs.

"We want to continue to get to that peak, as far as production and efficiency. Our overall intensity on both sides of the ball was a big factor for us (against Pine Tree). We came in wanting to set the tone early.

"Defensively, we got a quick stop after they started with the ball. Offensively, we went for it a couple of times on fourth-down plays and converted. We wanted to make a statement, and the kids responded."

—Josh Richert

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ARKANSAS HIGH

LAST WEEK: The Razorbacks eliminated Alma, 28-24, from the Class 5A state playoffs.

THIS WEEK: Arkansas High (6-0) travels to Morrilton (4-4)

OFFENSIVE STANDOUTS: RB Torie Blair rushed 29 times for 203 yards and two touchdowns for the Razorbacks. QB Layton Lammers completed 8-of-18 passes for 120 yards with a touchdown and three interceptions. WR Braylon Bishop scored twice, once on a 1-yard run and the second on a 19-yard toss from Lammers.

DEFENSIVE STANDOUTS: LB Logan Williams had eight tackles, recovered a fumble and intercepted a pass for Arkansas High. LB Eric Flowers also had eight stops and blocked a punt to set to the TD pass from Lammers to Bishop. Rickie Williams had four tackles, recovered a fumble, forced a fumble and had an interception. DL Christian Torres also had eight tackles, DL Josh Gamble had seven stops, and Graydon Martin added five. Tavree Green also had an interception.

COACH BARRY NORTON'S COMMENTS: "We turned the ball over on plays that we shouldn't have. Once we just didn't protect the ball well, once the wide receiver should have played it like a defensive back on a 50-50 ball, and once we just shouldn't have thrown it where we did. We're getting better in some areas.

"I was pleased with the win, but we should've had a better win. If you win, it doesn't matter if you win by four or forty. I would've liked for us to play a little cleaner, but I still a lot of it has to do with the lack of consistently playing. We're just going to work through it."

—Josh Richert

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PLEASANT GROVE

LAST WEEK: The Hawks used a big second half to upend Bullard, 55-21, in a Class 4A, Div. II bi-district playoff game.

THIS WEEK: Pleasant Grove (8-3) takes on Nevada Community (5-5) in a Class 4A, Div. II area round playoff game at The Star in Frisco, Texas, at 3 p.m. on Saturday.

OFFENSIVE STANDOUTS: QB Jalen Woodside hit on 6 of 12 passes for 182 yards and a touchdown. RB Logan Johnson rushed for 154 yards on 14 totes and a score, while RB Jaylen Boardley had 103 yards on 15 carries and a TD. RB Hayden Koller scored a pair of touchdowns, and RJ Collins and Nick Martin each had a rushing TD. WR Sam Bradshaw caught two passes for 57 yards and a score. Johnson nabbed two passes for 101 yards.

DEFENSIVE STANDOUTS: LB Nick Martin had six tackles, including four for a loss, and three sacks to go with three QB pressures. Cameron Weekly had fie tackles, four QB pressures and a sack. Tamier Turner had 1.5 sacks, Koller made 10 stops, Reese Elrod had nine tackles while Quinn Bingham had an interception.

COACH JOSH GIBSON'S COMMENTS: "Bullard gave us everything they had, and our kids handled it. Our kids were aggressive and played physical. They played hard and made big plays. We played pretty good defense and created some turnovers. We had a great first half in which we scored four times out of four possessions."

—Brian Tyl

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LIBERTY-EYLAU

LAST WEEK: Liberty-Eylau fell to Van at Maverick Stadium in the Class 3A Bi-District round, 34-0.

OFFENSIVE STANDOUTS: WR Kaden Cooper led the Leopards with five receptions for 31 yards. QB JJ Hampton completed 9 of 20 passes for 70 yards, while WR Chris Lewis caught two passes for 19 yards and rushed twice for 13 yards. RB Takylan Hampton caught two passes for 20 yards and rushed four times for 30 yards.

DEFENSIVE STANDOUTS: No defensive stats were available.

COACH DEWASKI DAVIS' COMMENTS: "It's been a roller-coaster of a season. COVID made a for a tough time for us. All in all, I feel like we got better as a team and that was our main goal. We wanted push forward. I don't like the way that we lost, but we have to get some experience. The only way you'll get it is if you go through some things.

"We had some on the job training with some of guys this season. We saw a ton of bright spots, so we feel good where we're at heading into the offseason. This time next year, I feel like we'll be way better and further along than we were this year.

"We're going to be working on the fundamentals of the game with our guys all offseason. We also want to get bigger and stronger in the weight-room. We want to be more agile next season, as long as increasing our knowledge of the game in a few different areas."

—Earl Gill

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