Stallard: Top high school football performances at halfway mark
Oct. 4, 2012 at 11 p.m.
With only a few exceptions, most East Texas teams have reached the halfway point of their regular seasons. With that in mind, it's time to hand out some awards for the top performances in 2012 so far.
<strong>Best offensive performance:</strong> This one is a tie, and both happened this past week. One was a dominant performance through the air, and the other was a video game-like outing on the ground.
Lufkin's Tyler Stubblefield completed 29 of 43 passes for 562 yards with eight touchdowns in a 71-68, four-overtime win over A&M Consolidated. On the same night, New Boston's Damian Haskins carried just five times in his team's 51-7 win, but the Memphis-bound standout made them all count. By all, I'm talking about 232 yards and five touchdowns.
<strong>Best defensive performance:</strong> Hallsville defensive end Coby Bradford terrorized Whitehouse in the opening game of the season, finishing with seven tackles, six tackles for losses, five sacks and nine quarterback pressures.
<strong>Best game:</strong> Lufkin 71, A&M Consolidated 68. And, the defenses rested.
Ironically, this one was a 6-3 game after one quarter and A&M Consolidated led 20-10 at the half. The two teams then went wild in the second half - combining for 59 points - before combining for 49 points in the four overtimes.
Lufkin's Kendrick Mapp rushed for 161 yards, and the Panthers' JaBryce Taylor (14-259), Keke Coutee (7-104) and Jamal Jeffery (7-185) all had career nights catching the football.
For A&M Consolidated, quarterback Jaylan Cheshire passed for 304 yards, and Xavier Jones added 233 yards on the ground in the losing effort.
<strong>This week's <em>GAME I'D PAY TO SEE IF I HAD TO PAY TO SEE GAMES</em>:</strong> Kilgore at Bullard.
I realize the game has changed since your trusty scribbler started covering sports back in the old days (1987). Offense sells tickets (see Lufkin 71, A&M Consolidated 68 a week ago), but there is still something to be said for teams that play, old-fashioned, slobber-knocking defense.
Don't get me wrong. Kilgore and Bullard can put points on the board. Kilgore averages 35.4 points per game, topping 40 points twice this season. Bullard averages 46 points per game, and the Panthers have offensive outputs of 60, 58 and 52 points to their credit this season.
Good numbers, but the numbers that jump out to me are 13 and 12. That's the total number of points Kilgore (13) and Bullard (12) have allowed in four games in 2012.
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On Sunday, check out the Longview News-Journal's "Friday Night Flashback" page for a list of Primetime Players and updated standings for 12 East Texas districts.
<strong>MASCOT MANIA:</strong> This week's top mascot – the Kahoks of Collinsville (Illinois) High School – was selected for selfish reasons.
Turns out, Kahoks are a fictitious Native American tribe. Back in 1926, the school newspaper asked students to submit a name for the school's athletic teams and according to a school website a committee picked the name Kahoks to "signify the history of years ago (is there any other kind of history?) of the Mound Builders who's efforts and works are still traceable.
Basically, the good folks at Collinsville High made up a mascot, which is something I've always wanted to do.
I've always said a good mascot should strike terror in the hearts of opponents, so I'm throwing out "Tiger Bigfoot Werewolf Monkeys" or Saber-Tooth Grizzly Rabbits" for the next new high school built in East Texas.
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