It’s hard to believe but the Texas high school football regular season is already down to its final few weeks. With the home stretch upon us, The Dotted Line looks at the playoff hopes for the pledges in Texas’ 2014 class.
QB Jerrod Heard – No. 6 Denton Guyer (5-4A)
Overall: 4-2 District: 3-0
The defending 4A champs are a lock to return to the Division 1 playoffs, but where Heard and the Wildcats finish in their district is in the air. No. 6 Guyer, No. 13 Rider and Wichita Falls are all 3-0 in district and must play each other over the final four weeks of the season.
Remaining Sched: Lake Dallas 4-2 (1-2), at No. 13 Rider 5-1 (3-0), at W. Falls 4-2 (3-0), FW Brewer 3-3 (0-3)
Season stats: 60/103, 924 yards, 9 TD, 5 Int; 99 rush, 793 yards, 8 TD
DE Derick Roberson – No. 2 San Antonio Brennan (28-4A)
Overall: 7-0 District: 3-0
It’d be very hard to imagine Brennan not taking care of business and winning 28-4A. The Bears are undefeated and are winning by an average of nearly 52 points a game – they’ve only allowed 27 total points and have five shutouts. If the district standings hold, Brennan would be headed to Div. 1 playoffs.
Remaining Sched: SA Lanier 2-4 (2-0), at SA Highlands 2-4 (0-2), SA Jefferson 0-7 (0-3)
Season stats: N/A
WR Armanti Foreman/RB D’Onta Foreman – No. 5 Texas City (24-4A)
Overall: 6-0 District 3-0
The only undefeated team in 24-4A, Texas City is in good shape to qualify for the Division 2 playoffs. The Foreman brothers have scored 24 touchdowns for the fifth-ranked Stingarees. Two games against 2-1 teams loom, but a district title looks imminent.
Remaining Sched: Galveston Ball 2-4 (2-1), at Galena Park 4-2 (2-1), Santa Fe 1-5 (0-3), at Baytown Lee 2-4 (0-3)
Season stats: Armanti: 23 rec, 375 yards, 5 TD; 10 rush, 188 yards, 2 TD
Season stats: D’Onta: 85 rush, 825 yards, 17 TD
RB Donald Catalon – Aldine Eisenhower (18-5A)
Overall: 2-5 District 2-1
Despite five overall losses, Eisenhower is in position to qualify for the playoffs. Catalon has had a relatively quiet year with only 497 yards rushing, but if the Eagles can take care of business over the next two weeks against one-loss teams they’ll punch their ticket to the postseason.
Remaining sched: at Alief Taylor 3-3 (1-1), Houston Nimitz 2-5 (2-1), at Houston Aldine 0-6 (0-2)
Season: 82 rush, 497 yards 5 TD; 6 rec, 153 yards, TD
S John Bonney – No. 5 Houston Lamar (20-5A)
Overall: 5-0 District: 2-0
Lamar will be in the Division 1 playoffs, but the district crown is still up for grabs. The Redskins host Bellaire on Nov. 1 with the winner likely taking the 20-5A title. Lamar, whose defense has allowed only 7.4 points per game, has won its two district games by 55 and 50 points.
Remaining Sched: Houston M&S Tech 0-6 (0-3), Houston Madison 2-4 (1-1), Bellaire 5-1 (2-0), at Houston Chavez 2-5 (1-2)
LB Otaro Alaka – Cy Falls (17-5A)
Overall: 1-5 District: 1-4
Things won’t go well when you’ve scored the second fewest points in your district and allowed the second most. Falls needs a miracle finish to make the playoffs, and the Eagles, projected before the season to finish second in 17-5A, must win on Friday to surprisingly stay out of last place.
Remaining Sched: Cypress Lakes 0-6 (0-5), at Cy-Woods 4-2 (3-2), Cy-Fair 5-1 (4-1), at Cypress Ranch 3-3 (3-2)
WR Lorenzo Joe – Abilene Cooper (2-5A)
Overall: 5-2 District 4-1
The Cougars need some help to win 2-5A, but it’s not out of the question. Joe leads the highest scoring offense in the district, but a 42-35 loss to Midland Lee (4-0 in district play) in the first district game of the year could keep Cooper from claiming the title. Either way, a trip to the Division 2 playoffs lies ahead.
Remaining Sched: Tascosa 2-4 (1-3), at Permian 2-4 (2-2), San Angelo Central 6-1 (4-1)
Season: 71/132, 1,219 yards, 9 TD, 3 INT; 112 rush, 1,006 yards, 14 TD
RB Kevin Shorter – No. 1 Newton (10-2A Division 1)
Overall: 6-0 District 3-0
Newton took a big blow when Shorter was lost for the regular season in last week’s win over East Chambers (concussion). 2A’s top-ranked team should still be able to qualify for the postseason without Shorter. It must regroup fast as Kountze, the only other unbeaten in 10-2A, comes to town.
Remaining Sched: Kountze 5-1 (3-0), at Anahuac 2-4 (2-1), Hardin 2-3 (0-3), at Woodville 1-5 (0-3)
Season: 61 rush, 630 yards, 9 TD; 11 rec, 224 yards, 4 TD
C Terrell Cuney – Jasper (20-3A)
Overall: 3-2 District: 0-0
Jasper will play its first district game this weekend. With 6-1 Carthage, No. 7 in 3A, in the district it’s hard to see Jasper winning the title, but they’ll have their shot on Oct. 25. Even with a loss, with an otherwise weak stable of teams, the Bulldogs should easily qualify for the Division 2 playoffs.
Remaining Sched: at Diboll 0-7 (0-1), Carthage 6-1 (1-0), at Huntington 1-5 (0-1), Center 1-6 (1-0)
DE Sione Teuhema – Keller (4-5A)
Overall: 3-3 District: 0-3
Projected by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football to make the playoffs, Keller has been far from impressive through three district games. The good news is the schedule is easier over the final three games. The bad news is it’s probably too late to get back into the playoff race.
Remaining Sched: Haltom 2-3 (1-2), at Southlake Carroll 5-1 (3-0), FW Timber Creek 1-5 (0-3), at Richland 2-4 (1-2)
Season: 36 tackles, 11 TFL, 7 sacks
LB Cameron Hampton – Dallas Carter (11-4A)
Overall: 6-0 District: 3-0
Hampton and the Carter D are allowing 5.3 points in district play. With two games remaining against two of the district’s top teams (South Oak Cliff and Seagonville), the title is still there to be won. Carter is all but assured a spot in the Division 2 playoffs with or without a district title.
Remaining Sched: at Dallas South Oak Cliff 6-0 (3-0), North Dallas 2-4 (0-3), at Dallas Pinkston 3-3 (1-2), Dallas Seagonville 5-1 (2-1)
DL Jake McMillon – Abilene (2-5A)
Overall: 1-6 District: 1-4
Abilene was expected to contend for the district title, but the Eagles, thanks to 35.8 points against in district, are doing all they can to stay out of last place. However, Abilene’s final three opponents are sub-.500, so a miracle playoff push is possible (but unlikely).
Remaining Sched: at Coronado 2-4 (0-4), Odessa 3-4 (2-3), at Midland 3-3 (2-2)
WR Garrett Gray – Marble Falls (25-4A)
Overall: 2-4 District: 0-2
Marble Falls drew the top three teams in 25-4A (Cedar Park, Rouse and Vandegrift) to start its district season. An 0-3 start wouldn’t be surprising. The Mustangs will need to rely heavily on Gray and their high-scoring offense to win the dogfight for the fourth and final playoff spot.
Remaining Sched: at Vandegrift 6-1 (3-0), Vista Ridge 4-2 (1-1), at Dripping Springs 2-5 (0-3), Leander 2-5 (0-3)
Season: 41 rec, 690 yards, 11 TD
DT Trey Lealaimatafao – San Antonio Warren (27-5A)
Overall: 4-2 District: 3-1
Warren started district play with a loss to still unbeaten SA Brandeis. It has rattled off three straight wins since. The Warriors can stay in title contention with a win this weekend against SA O’Connor. They look destined for the Division 1 playoffs barring an epic collapse.
Remaining Sched: at SA O’Connor 4-2 (3-1), SA Stevens 4-3 (3-2), at SA Taft 0-6 (0-4), SA Clark 2-4 (2-2)
Season: 24 tackles, 3 TFL
WR Emanuel Porter – Dallas Lincoln (12-4A)
Overall: 3-3 District: 2-1
Lincoln is in great position to return to the Division 2 playoffs having already played two of the top three teams in the district. Only one of its final four opponents is above .500 in district. The Tiger offense hasn’t been as explosive as expected (23 ppg), but it should be good enough to see the postseason.
Remaining Sched: vs. Dallas Jefferson 2-4 (1-2), at Dallas Hillcrest 4-2 (1-2), Dallas Spruce 0-6 (0-3), at Dallas Adams 4-2 (3-0)
Season: 20 rec, 339 yards, 5 TD
WR Dorian Leonard – Longview (12-5A)
Overall: 5-1 District: 2-0
Longview’s district title chances will come into focus over the next two weeks. The Lobos won their first two district games by a combined score of 111-27, but they’ll now face the two most well-rounded teams in the district.
Remaining Sched: Mesquite Horn 6-1 (2-1), at North Mesquite 6-0 (2-0), Tyler Lee 3-3 (0-2), at Rockwall 3-4 (1-2)
Season: 24 rec, 310 yards, 5 TD
WR Roderick Bernard – Houston Sharpstown (21-4A)
Overall: 3-4 District: 2-3
The Apollos are in a battle for playoff position with three games to go. Four teams are within a game and a half of each other for the fourth and final spot. Sharpstown has favorable head-to-head tiebreakers and plays the bottom three teams in the district to finish the season.
Remaining Sched: Houston Milby 2-4 (1-3), at Houston Austin 2-5 (1-4), Houston Lee 1-5 (0-4)
Season: 22 rec, 291 yards, 2 TD; 32 rush, 302 yards, 4 TD
S Jason Hall – South Grand Prairie (7-5A)
Overall: 2-4 District: 0-3
Through three games, South Grand Prairie is the lowest scoring team in 7-5A. It’s also allowed the second most points. The good news is the Warriors have an easy finish to their regular season after Friday. The bad news is there’s not enough talent around Hall to make a playoff push seem possible.
Remaining Sched: at Mansfield Timberview 5-1 (2-1), Midlothian 3-3 (1-2), at Duncanville 4-2 (2-1), Grand Prarie 1-5 (0-3)
(2014 pledges not in Texas HS football: DB Jermaine Roberts/DT Courtney Garnett – New Orleans (La.) St. Augustine; LB Andrew Beck – Tampa (Fla.) Plant; P Corbin Daily – Charlotte (N.C.) Andrey Kell; TE John Thomas – Trinity Valley C.C.)
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