State High School Football Matchups set



Woodlands’ dethrones top ranked Allen, DeSoto uses two fumble return touchdowns to eject Klein Collins

Now that the high school football playoff are over, state championship matchups are set.  Championship week kicks off December 14-17.  All games will be played at AT&T Stadium and will air live on FoxSports Southwest.

6A Division I
In the biggest shocker of the day, The Woodlands (15-0) trounced top-ranked Allen (14-1), 36-28.  Playing on high emotions after senior linebacker Grant Milton suffered a severe head injury a couple weeks ago in a win over Austin Bowie, The Highlanders’ advanced to state for the first time since falling to North shore, 23-7 in the 2003 Class 5A Division I Finals.  For Allen, it’s the second straight loss in the semifinals.  Last season the Eagles lost to state finalist Austin Westlake, 23-14 in 6A Division I, to snap a 57-game winning streak.

Lake Travis (14-1), who will face the Highlanders on Saturday at 8 PM for a chance to take home its first 6A title, ended Atascocita’s (12-2) best season with a message-sending, 63-21 victory, rolling to its second consecutive title game. The Cavaliers lost to Katy, 34-7 last season in the 6A Division II Championship game.

In 6A Division II, DeSoto, in the champion round for the first time in school history, had to come from behind to take down a tough Klein Collins team, 42-31.  With the win, the Eagles (15-0) will meet Cibolo Steele (14-1) on Saturday at 4 PM, who routed Cinco Ranch (11-4), 35-14, next Saturday with a chance to avenge a last season regular season lost, 35-33.  The tale of two half’s watched the Tigers (13-2) take advantage of two first half DeSoto turnovers to carry a 28-14 lead into intermission.

However, it was the Eagles, who upended Collins best playoff run in school history with three fourth-quarter turnovers.  Eagles outside linebacker Ashton Brooks and free safety Isaiah Stewart returned fumbles for back-breaking touchdowns.  Trailing, 31-28, Klein Collins tailback D’Anthony Doyle penetrated The Eagles defense before fumbling the ball, as Brooks scooped up the loose ball and outran Collins defense 42-yards to the end zone to give DeSoto’s its first lead of the game and one that would stick, 35-28.  Stewart provided the icing by stripping Tigers junior running back Josh Powell of the ball and racing 42 yards for a score to give DeSoto a 42-31 victory and its first birth in the state championship game.

5A Division I
Temple will pack its hopes into ATT Stadium next Saturday afternoon, after defeating two of Houston’s best teams in back-to-backs weekends.  In the quarterfinal round, the Wildcats rallied late in the fourth quarter to hand Manvel its first loss of the season, 24-23.  The Wildcats sidelined undefeated Richmond Foster, 31-24 in its semifinal win to move into the championship round where it will have its hands full when it faces a team on a roll in Highland Park.  Highland Park reached the finals by easing past Mansfield Legacy, 14-7 and No. 3 ranked Denton Ryan, 31-24.

5A Division II
With a 38-14 victory over Mesquite Poteet, Aledo hopes to win its third title in the last four seasons when it lines up against Corpus Christi Calallen Friday night at 8 PM.  Calallen defeated College Station 31-30 to advance to Arlington.

4A Division I
Abilene Wylie (12-1) got past Kennedale (11-4), 21-13 to set up a date with Carthage (12-2), who stunned China Springs (13-2), 26-20, 4 PM on Friday.

4A Division II
West Orange-Stark (15-0) slammed Navarro, 49-7 to make reservations for Arlington and a chance to defend its title when it meets Sweetwater (13-2), who surprised Gilmer (13-2), 48-35, Friday at noon.  The Mustangs held Navarro (14-1) to seven points.

National showdowns and upsets brew over the weekend


Surprises in the Lone Star State high school football rankings

Several huge upsets over the weekend prompted a shake-up in the Ossports Top 25 National High School Football Rankings.

Top-ranked Grayson (GA) dropped a 26-7 decision to No 4. IMG (Bradenton, FL). The Rams got off to a slow start and never recovered while the Ascenders forced four turnovers. Not only did its offense fail to get on track, Grayson was no match for IMG’s potent defense.

In other national action, No. 18 Booker T. Washington slipped passed No. 3 St. Thomas Aquinas, 27-23, in a South Florida showdown. With 2:26 left, Hurricanes’ injured sophomore quarterback Daniel Richardson, under a massive rush,  scrambled to his left and found Sherod Johnson, who got one foot inbound to cap an 18-yard touchdown reception which gave Washington the lead for keeps right in front of a 40-minute lightning delay.

The Raiders last effort fell short as it reached the one-yard line when quarterback Jake Allen connected with receiver Trevon Grimes on a slant pattern with under a minute to go. However, it wasn’t enough as the Hurricanes defensive line rushed with a full bliss and forced Allen to throw an interception to end the game and likely putting an end to the Raiders chances of a national title shot while Booker T. Washington keeps its title hopes alive.

For the second consecutive week, Washington has dethroned a nationally ranked team. Last week, the Hurricanes defeated No. 6 American Heritage 27-7.

The internet war between No. 3 Bishop Gorman and No. 5 Cedar Hill started over the summer and ended in a 44-14 lashing of the Longhorns.

I’m not sure who won the internet chat, but the Gael’s running back Biaggio Ali-Walsh, who is the grandson of former boxing legend, the late-great Muhammed Ali, scored three touchdowns while rushing for 198 yards on 18 carries was more than enough to keep Bishop Gorman in the national title picture. This was far from just a simple battle on the field as both teams chatted trash talk over the internet for several weeks leading up the game.

In the Lone Star State, Katy and Lake Travis turned in the biggest surprises. Both began the 2016 season ranked in the two top spots. The top-ranked Tigers watched Westlake’s quarterback Sam Ehlinger pull off big play after play to execute the upset. Ehlinger finished the evening 17-of-27 with 256 passing yards and one touchdown. He tallied 63 rushing yards on 17 carries.  The Chaps entered the season with the No. 4 ranking

Converse Judson, the 10th ranked team,  scored 22 fourth quarter points to shock host No. 2 Austin Lake Travis, 35-28.


1 IMG Academy (Bradenton, FL)
2 Booker T. Washington (Miami, FL
3 Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas NV)
4 Mater Dei (Santa Ana, CA)
5 Colerain (Cincinnati, OH)
6 American Heritage (Plantation, FL)
7 DeMatha (Hyattsville, MD)
8 Armwood (Seffner, FL)
9 St. John Bosco (Bellflower, CA)
10 Grayson (GA)
11 St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
12 Westlake (Austin, TX)
13 Mission Viejo (CA)
14 Cedar Hill (TX)
15 Bingham (South Jordan, UT)
16 St. Edward (Lakewood, OH)
17 Archbishop Hoban (Akron, OH)
18 Cass Tech (Detroit, MI)
19 Cocoa (FL)
20 Centennial (Corona, CA)
21 Katy (TX)
22 Trinity Christian Academy (Jacksonville, FL)
23 St. Joseph Regional (Montvale, NJ)
24 De La Salle (Concord, CA)
25 Trinity (Louisville, KY)

Can Brian Peavy Regulate Receivers In The Big 12?

Brian Peavy is one of the top corners in the Big 12
Brian Peavy acknowledges family and friends (Photo: Andre Odums)


The hype from the main stream media of sophomore corner Brian Peavy being the shut down defensive player that can change this years destiny for Iowa State should have Big 12 offenses 0n  alert. With just one year of starting experience on the NCAA Division I grid iron Brian Peavy is mentally ready. In his  2015  season he led all Big 12 rookies in PBU and interceptions and ranked second among conference freshman in tackles per game. ” I’ve learned that it takes lots of time off the field watching  film and training, you’re going to see different types of receivers week after week ,” Peavy says.” He believes the depth and experience of Iowa States secondary should allow him to continue being one of Big 12 leading corners

Top high schools teams battle for supremacy


Grayson leads a loaded field of contenders in the 2016 Ossports top 25 National High School Football Rankings


Grayson, Bishop Gorman, IMG Academy or St. Thomas Aquinas, make your pick for the top team in the nation, and you probably will not go wrong with either.

Despite these great matchups, we should be able to avoid some early season debating when some of the top teams face each other.

Perhaps the top matchup of the Ossports ranking will watch No. 1 Grayson take on No. 4 IMG Academy, who is noted for its recruiting.

Bishop Gorman/Cedar Hill game has all the thrills on paper as Grayson’s which host a full field of Division I recruits.

New coach Jeff Herron will look to quarterback Chase Brice, the No. 14th ranked pro-style QB in the ESPN 300.

IMG will counter with the No. 2 dual-threat quarterback according to ESPN 300, Kellen Mond.  Bookends Robert Beal and Joshua Kaindoh will headline the defense.

Both games will be featured in the 2016 Geico ESPN High School Kickoff to be aired on ESPN Networks beginning August 26th through the 28th.

1. Grayson (Loganville, GA)
2. Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, NV)
3. St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
4. IMG Academy (Bradenton, FL)
5. Cedar Hill (TX)
6. Roswell (GA)
7. Mater Dei (Santa Ana, CA)
8. DeSoto (DeSoto, TX)
9. St. John Bosco (Bellflower, CA)
10. Katy (Katy, TX)
11. Central (Miami, FL)
12. Lake Travis (Austin, TX)
13. Steele (Cibolo, TX)
14. Mallard Creek (Charlotte, NC)
15. DeMatha (Hyattsville, MD)
16. Colerain (Cincinnati, OH)
17. Trinity Christian Academy (Jacksonville, FL)
18. Booker T. Washington (Miami, FL)
19. Centennial (Corona, CA)
20. Westlake (Austin, TX)
21. Saguaro (Scottsdale, AZ)
22. Valor Christian (Highland Ranch, CO)
23. Central Catholic (Pittsburgh, PA)
24. Mountain Pointe (Phoenix, AZ)
25. Cass Tech (Detroit, MI)

Bama starts its defense at the top of the College Polls



Alabama will start the season with a chance to defend its title. But of course any team in the SEC can spark a surprise. Known by many as the top conference in college football.

Clemson holds the No. 2 spot, followed by Oklahoma, Florida State and LSU to round out the top five schools.


1 Alabama Crimson Tide
2 Clemson Tigers
3 Oklahoma Sooners
4 Florida State Seminoles
5 LSU Tigers
6 Ohio State Buckeyes
7 Michigan Wolverines
8 Stanford Cardinal
9 Tennessee Volunteers
10 Notre Dame Fighting Irish
11 Ole Miss Rebels
12 Michigan State Spartans
13 TCU Horned Frogs
14 Washington Huskies
15 Houston Cougars
16 UCLA Bruins
17 Iowa Hawkeyes
18 Georgia Bulldogs
19 Louisville Cardinals
20 USC Trojans
21 Oklahoma State Cowboys
22 North Carolina Tar Heels
23 Baylor Bears
24 Oregon Ducks
25 Florida Gators

Defense earns Katy top spot in 2016 Ossports High School Football preseason rankings



Reigning national champs, the Katy Tigers return enough firepower on defense to hold down the top spot in the Ossports Class 6A High School Football Rankings. However, not to discount Lake Travis, Cedar Hill, and Austin Westlake, who all have loaded teams.

In the midst of 17 returning starters, Austin Lake Travis slim chance of landing the top spot fell at the hands of Katy’s returning stout defense.

Including defensive ends Cory Bethley, and Class 6A Division II state title MVP Michael Matus.  Also, linebacker Breydon Boyd and Gavin Spangler are a few names to keep in close view.

Gone are running back Kyle Porter and quarterback Garrett Doiron.  However, the Tigers will look to a pair of talented tailbacks in Deondrick Glass, who stepped in while Porter nursed an injury and rushed for 670 yards on 49 carries with 14 touchdowns as a freshman and senior Kadarius Page piled up 752 yards on 127 carries and 8-touchdowns.

Katy will be tested in the first game of the season when it travels to Austin to face Class 6A Division I Finalist Westlake on August 26th. The Chaps, much like Lake Travis and the Tigers, return the meat of its team with high expectations. A huge interest will lie in the trenches where Katy’s stingy defense will be asked to contain Dave Campbell’s Class 6A top player in Quarterback Sam Ehlinger.

The hard-nosed Ehlinger earned his stripes by accounting for more than 5,200 yards of total offense in 2015.  In its efforts, Ehlinger rewrote the school record books at Westlake, eclipsing St. Louis Rams quarterback Nick Foles for passing touchdowns with a career 59 in the Chaps last regular season victory over Lehman, 66-14.

On the national front, Cedar Hill will cap a slate of games versus out-of-state teams on Saturday when national power Bishop Gorman visits the Metro Plex Area for a live televised game on the ESPN Networks. A full lineup of the 2016 Geico ESPN High School Football Kickoff can be viewed at (

No 5. Allen, who was set to host Hoover (AL) on August 26th as a part of the 2016 Geico EPSN High School Football kickoff was forced to change directions, observing UIL guidelines of no TV games on Friday nights in Texas. Although the original matchup between the two is still on.

Other Texas matchups include Broken Arrow (OK) vs. Euless Trinity, Southlake Carroll will play host to Oklahoma’s top team, Tulsa Union at Dragon Stadium.

Class 6A

1. Katy
2. Lake Travis
3. Cedar Hill
4. Austin Westlake
5. Allen
6. DeSoto
7. Cibolo Steele
8. Galena Park North Shore
9. Euless Trinity
10. Converse Judson

Class 5A

1. Aledo
2. Cedar Park
3. Denton Ryan
4. Manvel
5. Temple
6. Frisco Lone Star
7. Dallas Highland Park
8. CC Calallen
9. Richmond Foster
10. Lancaster

Class 4A

1. Argyle
2. West Orange-Stark
3. Waco La Vega
4. Navasota
5. Carthage
6. Gilmer
7. Celina
8. Abilene Wylie
9. Texarkana Liberty-Eylau
10. Kennedale

Class 3A

1. Brock
2. Mineola
3. Cameron Yoe
4. Canadian
5. Waskom
6. Newton
7. Malakoff
8. Franklin
9. Wall
10. East Bernard
Class 2A

1. Refugio
2. Bremond
3. Shiner
4. Iraan
5. Stratford
6. Albany
7. Mason
8. Crawford
9. Mart
10. Tenaha

Simone Manuel Makes History In Rio

Simone Manuel smiles as she and family are met by fans
Simone Manuel welcomed home at Bush Intercontinental airport Houston, TX
Simone Manuel shows off gold medal

Original View XXXI OLYMPIC RI016 SUMMER GAMES Olympic-sized reception greets Manuel at airport Fresh from capturing four medals in Rio, swimmer’s return home draws celebratory crowd BY EMILY FOXHALL Picture Melissa Phillip photos / Houston Chronicle Olympic gold medalist Simone Manuel at George Bush Intercontinental Airport is greeted Wednesday by members of the Fort Bend Austin High School drum line and dance team. Picture Manuel displays a wooden box containing one of her two gold medals. The Sugar Land swimmer also won apair of silvers. Picture Melissa Phillip / Houston Chronicle Simone Manuel, center, shown with her parents, Sharron Manuel and Marc Manuel, right, savors the warm welcome at George Bush Intercontinental Airport. A beaming Simone Manuel waved as she walked through the sliding doors into the international arrivals hall early Wednesday morning at George Bush Intercontinental Airport. A crowd had gathered to welcome the Olympian home after her overnight flight from Rio de Janeiro, where the Sugar Land swimmer had earned medals in four events, including the first individual gold to be won by an African-American woman in swimming. Triumphant, the 20-year-old arrived a celebrity. “I’m completely humbled by the fact that y’all think I’m an inspiration,” Manuel said, wearing a blue USA pullover and thick-rimmed glasses. “I’m just happy to be back in Texas.” Manuel, who will return to Stanford University in September, wasn’t sure where she would keep her four medals. She held up a gold medal for those gathered, drawing whoops and cheers, and said some were packed away in socks because she hadn’t received official cases for them yet. She was looking forward to her mother’s cooking and a Shipley donut, she said. After all, she hadn’t been home since Christmas. Her mom was excited to have her daughter back in Houston, at least for a little while. “She’s just anormal kid who had a dream and worked really hard to make that dream come true,” Sharron Manuel said. Manuel rocketed into the national spotlight after winning the gold medal in the 100-meter freestyle, a historic first for an African-American female swimmer. She also took home gold in the 400-meter medley relay, silver in the 400-meter freestyle relay and silver in the 50-meter freestyle. Appreciates support Manuel, who turned 20 earlier this month, made fans of many not only with her accomplishments in the pool but with her exuberance, genuine displays of emotion, well-spoken manner and easy smile. Many considered her an inspiration. In much the same way, she had felt star-struck by athletes she met in Rio like tennis star Serena Williams. Manuel said Wednesday she hoped her win in a sport she loves could also help others accomplish their dreams. “Hopefully, others will see themselves in me,” she said. Manuel acknowledged that she hadn’t “soaked it all in,” but she said she was excited to share the experience with family and friends. “I never thought I would reach this many people, but just to have their support means a lot. It really keeps me going and pushes me hopefully to swim a little faster as I continue my career.” Clusters of red, white and blue balloons decorated the airport lobby area early Wednesday morning. Upon Manuel’s arrival, staffers from the Harris County-Houston Sports Authority waved miniature American flags. Members of the drum line at Fort Bend Austin High School, from which Manuel graduated in 2014, sounded out beats as she proceeded through apath lined by admirers eager to see her. Her parents, clad in red USA shirts, greeted her with hugs. The 9-year-old twin daughters of Houston Vice Mayor Pro-Tem Jerry Davis, also festively dressed, held up a “Welcome home Simone” sign. News cameras trailed close behind. Women from the Austin High School dance team stood behind Manuel and cheered as she spoke. They wore patriotic beads over their red, black and white sequined uniforms. Some shook pompoms. The dancers said they arrived at school at 3:30 a.m. in order to travel to the airport in time for Manuel’s scheduled 5:25 a.m. arrival. Alex Paul, 17, who leads the dance team, woke up at 2 a.m. to start getting ready. They were all excited to be there, she said, and proud of Manuel. Besides, Paul said, “I can sleep on the bus.” ‘A rock star’ Assistant dance director Ashlee Williamson, 31, who taught Manuel at the high school for two years, described her as “what you would expect from an Olympic champion: hardworking, dedicated.” For the younger girls, Williamson said, “They feel like they’re meeting a rock star.” Davis remarked that everyone in the airport hall managed to get up that morning to celebrate Manuel and her demonstration of excellence. “We just want to let you know how much we’re proud of you, how much we support you,” Davis told her as the cameras rolled. “And we want to say, ‘Thank you so much’ for all young ladies — that you’ve given them someone to look up to.” Before leaving, Manuel posed for photos with anyone who asked: a TSA staff member, a flight attendant, passengers awaiting flights. Some of the dancers wanted autographs. A drum line member took a picture for his Snapchat. The radio station 97.9 “The Box” was hoping to speak with her via his phone. At 6:50 a.m., Manuel walked out of the airport, with a bouquet of flowers from a fan in one hand, and a Starbucks grande mocha from an airport staff member in the other. It was time to get that donut. Shortly afterward, she tweeted a photo of herself in a car holding up a half-eaten donut with the message, “Happy! Happy!”



Brianna Rollins leads U.S. Olympic sweep in women’s 100 hurdles


(L-R) Kristi Castlin, Brianna Rollins, and Nia Ali (USA) celebrate after winning medals during the women’s 100m hurdles final in the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games.



RIO DE JANEIRO — Brianna Rollins won gold on Wednesday in the 100-meter hurdles at Olympic Stadium, leading an American sweep.

Rollins won in 12.48 seconds, followed by Nia Ali (12.59) and Kristi Castlin (12.61).

It’s the first sweep of this event in Olympic history, and it comes one day after the U.S. men were shut out of the 110 hurdles for the first time (in a non-boycotted Olympics).

Rollins, who turns 25 on Thursday, is the 2013 world champion and former American recordholder. She claims her first Olympic gold..

Ali is a two-time world indoor champion in the 60 hurdles.



Irving and James stun Warriors in history making fashion


By Undre Smith/OSSPORTS




The Cleveland Cavaliers assured the NBA world that it would be a game six of the NBA Finals.

In the most important game of their careers, Cavaliers’ Kyrie Irving and LeBron James done what no other NBA players did in the basketball finals.

Facing elimination, the will of two of the best players in the NBA, Irving, and James scored 41 points each to help the Cleveland Cavaliers defeat the  Golden State Warriors, 112-97 in game five of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena on Monday night.

It marked the first time that two players from the same team scored 40 or more points in the finals of the best-of-seven series.

Irving shot 17-of-24 from the field, connecting on five three-pointers.  While James led the Cavs with 25 first half points and finished the day going 16-30, and 5-of-8 from the free throw line.

For James, it’s more of surviving to play another day.  Meanwhile, Irving mentioned without James and his performance, the team would not be in this position. It’s about teammates trusting our leadership, Irving said.

The first half shootout watched both teams combine for 122 points as intermission closed out a tie game at 61-all.

Klay Thompson, who drained six three-pointers, led Golden State with 37 points.  Stephen Curry added 25.

Game five moves back to Cleveland with the Warriors holding a 3-2 advantage and other a chance to collect its second consecutive NBA Title.

Oklahoma, North Carolina, Syracuse and Villanova punch tickets to Final Four



Hield scores 37 to lead Oklahoma

Many fans were blindsided by Villanova’s upset win over number 1 overall seed Kansas. Kris Jenkins and Jalen Brunson drained four free throws with less than 14 seconds left to help end the Jayhawks’ season 64-59.

Oklahoma surprised No. 1 seed Oregon. However, Sooners’ shooting guard Buddy Hield is well known for his ability on the court. Hield scored 37 points to lead the Sooners to the final four, 80-68 where it will meet Villanova next Saturday in Houston.

The loss brought an end to the Duck’s 11-game winning streak.

Just when Syracuse seemed done, the Orange erased a 16-point deficit to punch it’s ticket to Houston by ousting No 1 seed Virginia 68-62 on Sunday

The Orange becomes the first 10th seed to advance to the final four. It will face conference foe North Carolina on Saturday.

The Cavaliers who finished it’s season (29-8) beat Syracuse 73-65 on January 24th.

Syracuse scored 15 points in a row which was part of its 25-point outburst. While trailing 54-39, Virginia managed only four points during that span.

North Carolina shook off a pesky Irish team, 88-74 to gain a berth in the final four. The Tar Heels shot 64 percent in the first half compared to Notre Dame’s 58.3.