EDITORS NOTE: Every week, Texas HS Football will present their official game ball honors to those that were the most impactful under the Friday Night Lights. Our experts watched numerous games and decided on the very best that Week Seven had to offer.
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We’ll be sure to keep an eye on all suggestions — and possibly name them a Texas HS Football Game Ball Honoree or an Honorable Mention.
Tanner Lacy (WR, Oak Ridge)
Oak Ridge’s Lacy had a breakout game against College Park finishing with 162 yards and a touchdown on just four receptions. That included a 76-yard score to open the game that helped the Oak Ridge War Eagles dominate College Park 35-7 and extend their undefeated season to 6-0.
As the War Eagles head into a vital matchup against The Woodlands, Lacy will need another breakout performance to pull off a victory against a tough Highlanders squad that’s only loss came against the Houston area powerhouse Katy Tigers.
The Woodlands is coming off of a win against the previously undefeated West Brook. — Timothy Verghese
Jack Roe (QB, Humble Atascocita)
Roe, Roe, Roe your boat,
Gently down the stream.
Merrily, merrily, merrily,
He just keeps beating teams.
I remember when I was 16 years old and I received my first iPhone. It was amazing.
The awesomeness of the device in my hands was the first palpable thing that had left me breathless, speechless. I stared in admiration at the excellence before me.
That same feeling came over me after Jack Roe 336-yard, three-touchdown performance against the always tremendous North Shore Mustangs.
Roe scored on the ground with touchdowns from 37, 49, and 67 yards out. And to do so against the Mustangs? Move over iPhone. Jack Roe is the hottest commodity in town. — Quentin Edmiston
Matthew Wallace, QB (Bowie)
Wallace, who played on defense most of the 2016 season, is progressing well as the Jackrabbits signal-caller. The senior recorded a decent performance on the ground in each of the first five games but turned in perhaps his best performance through the air in last week’s 34-20 win over Boyd.
— Blake Wood
Marquez Perez (QB, College Station)
Perez threw two interceptions in the first half that left his College Station Cougars trailing at halftime (17-6) but rebounded to lead the team to a second-half comeback win over their crosstown rival A&M Consolidated, 28-17.
Perez only had three completions against the stingy Tigers defense, but he made them count. One was an 84-yard bomb to Jaelin Campbell in stride downfield for a touchdown. Perez’s two-point conversion run brought the Cougars to within three points.
Perez then connected with Azarian Foght on a race route down the right sideline for a 52-yard scoring pass for the game-winning score. Thanks to his second-half revival, College Station remains undefeated in District 18-5A. – Scott McDonald
Jarreth Sterns (RB/DB, Waxahachie)
Frank Sinatra once said, “The best revenge is massive success.”
Friday night at Lumpkins Stadium, in Waxahachie, Jerreth Sterns embodied this quote in his first game against his former team. The former Midlothian quarterback, now Waxahachie running back, played with a sense of purpose all night, accumulating 147 receiving yards, a touchdown, and a key interception in the end zone during the first half. The second half, though, is when Sterns really got things going.
He added three touchdowns of 3, 50, and 60 yards to his career resume, as well as his second interception, and finished with six rushes for 35 yards and a touchdown, nine receptions for 259 yards and three touchdowns, and two interceptions.
His 294 total yards and four total touchdowns not only helped Waxahachie stay in the hunt for a District 10-5A playoff berth, it helped build momentum toward Friday’s showdown with Jalen Catalon and Associated Press No. 11 ranked Mansfield Legacy High School. – Garrett Ross
Fort Worth Brewer WR Corps
In such a closely contested battle between District 6-5A rivals, several players shined — particularly those in the Brewer receiving corps.
Despite the loss, Brewer’s offense hung around and made plays when they had to, including a very crucial fourth down play late in the game. Jahrad Taylor, in particular, had a number of stellar catches along the sidelines and in the open field that appeared to be out of his reach. It seemed that almost any pass that quarterback Carson Ingram threw if it hit the receivers, was caught.
This is a Brewer team that does not drop a lot of passes. And that was much the case last Friday in the 25-23 loss to Saginaw Boswell. Brewer faces Saginaw Chisholm Trail at 7 p.m. Friday at CHHS Stadium. — Nolan Ruth
Braden Cassity (DE, Westlake), David Neil (DE, Westlake)
Westlake’s defense held Lake Travis to its lowest regular season point total since 2012 during Friday’s 21-14 finish at Chaparral Stadium.
A big reason for that was the play of 6-foot-3, 250-pound senior Braden Cassity and 6-foot-3, 245-pound junior David Neil on the defensive line.
Westlake Coach Todd Dodge said he blitzed Lake Travis heavily in the past and it never worked, so this year he decided to drop back and send only three or four-man pass rushes. Cassity (10 tackles, 4 TFL, 2 sacks, 5 QB hurries) and Neil (5 TFL, 1 sack, 4 QB hurries) made that strategy successful by getting in the backfield all night. — Steven Ryan
Justin White (QB, Eastlake)
The El Paso Montwood Rams have been one of the strongest teams offensively this season in high school football and the trio of targets in Edward Garibay (74 yards, 2 TD), Tury Cepeda (134 yards, TD) and Tyreese Andrus (155 yards, 2 TD) played a big part of that attack for the Fernandez brothers at quarterback.
The three combined for 363 yards receiving and five touchdowns in the Rams win over El Paso Franklin to move to 6-0 on the season. They have become a formidable group for teams to try and slow down for the rest of the season. – Tony Venegas
Jose Luis Herrera (ATH, El Paso Coronado)
Simply put, Herrera was all over the field for the Thunderbirds on Friday, finishing with 212 total yards and two touchdowns. He had a 75-yard kickoff return for a touchdown a 55-yard reception for a score and a 30-yard pass that set up another T-Bird score late in the game over El Paso Eastwood.
Herrera has seen time as a quarterback, running back, and wide receiver but no matter where head coach Bob Anderson has him lined up, he has stepped up to make a big play. He was vital in Coronado’s 43-35 win over El Paso Eastwood. – Tony Venegas
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