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I’m beyond impressed with Henry Enoch of Yoakum.

There are many people on Yoakum’s defense who deserve a lot of credit. Colt Lerch had a good night at end. Ethan Owens played well at his linebacker position. However, I think Enoch outshone them all, and it’s all because of one play.

Jeremiah Crawford broke into the open field, with nothing but paydirt ahead of him. Enoch ran him down, and saved a touchdown on that play. It was a hustle play, the biggest of hustle plays. Enoch had fantastic runs. He had great defensive plays. That hustle play won me and I’d dare to say many across the state over.

The contrast in running styles was a great watch. 

We had Mineola smashing the edges with the speed of Crawford and Chantz Perkins. We had Yoakum pounding the rock with Enoch and Tyron Brooks. It was two teams who reach the same end through vastly different means, and both styles had success tonight.

The key to the Mineola style was getting that all-important edge player blocked, and they succeeded the majority of the time. The Yellowjackets are good at what they do, and it was a treat to see these two offenses that differed so much duke it out.

Jeremiah Crawford is an expert at that option. He handled the rock with a lot of poise in the face of a very physical Yoakum front tonight.

I have no idea whether we should have replay in high school football or not, and one play isn’t going to sway me to either side. 

Late in the game, Chantz Perkins fumbled as Mineola was driving to go up three scores. Yoakum’s Ethan Owens picked it up and ran towards the end zone. He was ruled out of bounds. If he wasn’t ruled out of bounds, he would’ve clearly scored, turning a three possession game into a one possession game.

This can only end in one debate: should the UIL begin featuring replay in high school sports? To be completely honest, I have no idea. One play is not going to change my mind. However, I think it’s a conversation that we’ll need to have at some point in the near future. A replay might not have changed that call, but it could’ve, and I think that’s worthy of a discussion.

 

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