Temple suffered a pair of losses Friday.
State powerhouse Southlake Carroll pounded the Wildcats 38-7, but the defeat was not nearly as painful as the loss of starting quarterback Chad President.
Ironically, playing at the stadium belonging to his future school, Bears-commit President injured his right knee on Temple’s first play from scrimmage. The fear is he tore his anterior cruciate ligament, potentially ending his junior season, but nothing will be known for certain until he undergoes an MRI today.
With President sidelined, the Wildcats turned to receiver Chase Truelove to take over as quarterback, and the senior performed well under unexpected circumstances. Truelove completed 15 of 30 passes for 167 yards, but also threw a pair of interceptions, and ran for 61 yards on 16 carries.
Jeff Carr accumulated 115 total yards, including a team-high 88 rushing yards on a game-high 27 carries, but the Dragons dominated from the beginning.
Carroll scored twice in the first quarter before Marques Hatcher recorded the Wildcats’ lone touchdown, but the Dragons (2-1) responded with 24 unanswered points behind quarterback Ryan Agnew’s stellar showing. The junior completed 17 of 31 passes for 241 yards and two touchdowns to go with 144 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries.
The only good news for Temple (1-2) stems from the timing of President’s injury. The Wildcats have a bye this week before opening District 8-5A play at Shoemaker in two weeks, meaning either President has added time to recover or Truelove has an extra week to prepare for his first start of the season at quarterback.
President entered the game as the district’s top dual-threat quarterback, ranking second in passing (39-60-2-593, 4 TD) and third in rushing (36-247, 3 TD). Additionally, he was the district’s second best punter with a 40.5-yard average.
Eight is more than enough for Cove
Lots of good quarterbacks have played at Copperas Cove, but the Bulldawgs now have a bevy of talented receivers to make defenses pay.
Friday, against Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, the unit was on full display as eight players made a catch in the game, helping junior quarterback Manny Harris post his third consecutive passing performance to begin his varsity career. Harris was 21 of 30 for 317 yards and three touchdowns with Hunter McVeigh, Tre Powell, Phillip Baptiste and Derris Prater finishing with five catches apiece.
Harris found McVeigh, who had 97 receiving yards in the game, for a 41-yard touchdown a mere 31 seconds into the game, propelling the Bulldawgs to a 43-17 win in their nondistrict finale. Powell finished with a game-high 108 yards to lead Copperas Cove.
The Bulldawgs (2-1) have a bye this week before opening District 8-5A play against Killeen (0-2) at Fort Hood Stadium. Coming off a bye week, the Roos travel to Round Rock Stony Point (2-1) on Friday.
Shoemaker’s Banner flies high
Ziere Banner had a hand in all six Grey Wolves touchdowns in Friday’s 42-38 win at Stony Point.
Completing 12 of 21 passes for 346 yards and four scores, and taking 23 carries for 127 yards and two touchdowns, Banner burned a Stony Point defense that allowed 77 points in its first two games.
When asked about how he was able to notch that performance, Banner redirected to his team.
“We practiced real hard this week,” Banner said. “We knew we had to go out here and get a victory, and that’s what we did.”
In one night, Banner eclipsed the combined 297 yards passing he put up in his first two games, bringing his season total to 643.
He already broke Andre Smith’s 2007 school record of 227 passing yards in a game, and is on pace to shatter Smith’s season passing record of 1,504 — set in the same year — by 639 yards.
It isn’t all Banner’s show, though.
He relies on breakaway speed from receivers like Nahome Anderson and Qwoy Blunt, to whom he completed long sideline-straddling touchdown passes.
After a 2-8 2012 season, the Grey Wolves (2-1) enter the District 8-5A gauntlet tied for first with Copperas Cove and Waco Midway.
“We just want to gain respect and play the game,” said Shoemaker coach Channon Hall. “These guys work hard, so I’m not surprised (with our success). ... We showed the maturity tonight, and I’m excited about that.”
Ellison offense still struggling
The Eagles have been plagued by a lack of offense this year, scoring a mere 14 points in each of their three loses this season.
While Friday’s output against Waco equaled their previous showings, the defense gets half the credit as Reginald Ford ran a fumble return 40 yards for the first of two third-quarter scores.
Hayward Clay was responsible for the Eagles’ lone offensive touchdown in a 28-14 home loss to the Lions, catching a 45-yard pass from quarterback Jacob Ledford. Ellison (0-3) produced 325 total yards of offense, which was a stark contrast to last week’s 80-yard output against Manor, but still struggled on the ground, rushing for 72 yards on 30 carries.
The Eagles have a bye week to sort out their issues before facing defending District 8-5A champion Waco Midway (2-1) in the first game of district play.
Knights offense can’t find rhythm
After topping 30 points in their first two contests, Heights (0-3) failed to establish an offensive rhythm Friday night, losing at 4A-No. 6 Cedar Park 41-20. However, the Knights averaged 5.1 on the ground, led by Marcus Anderson, who notched 150 yards on 17 carries.
Heights didn’t get on the board until a 9-yard touchdown pass from Troy Smith to Trey Lockhart with 5:52 remaining in the first half. Cedar Park answered with back-to-back touchdown passes, putting the Timberwolves up 27-6 at halftime.
“We only had 17 days (in the offseason) to put in this new system,” first-year Heights coach Jerry Edwards said before the game.
Smith completed eight of 18 passes for 149 yards, and added a 2-yard touchdown run.
“I think Troy’s on a mission this year,” Edwards said. “I think he’s going to be one of the top quarterbacks in this area, definitely.”
Belton offense shines in loss
Whether it’s Kavan Johnson, Shane Stafford or one of Belton’s many talented receivers, the Tigers (0-2) have had no problem putting up points this year.
They average 40 points per contest.
In a 44-35 Friday loss at Bryan, Stafford ran 19 times for 137 yards and two touchdowns, and pouched 19 of 33 passes for 247 yards and two scores.
Johnson found the end zone. So did Kyle Adamson.
Four Tigers contributed to the Tigers’ 195-yard rushing total. But Belton could not keep pace with the Vikings, who marched for 350 yards on 46 carries. Belton also committed 13 penalties for 73 yards.
Emerging from halftime with the score knotted at 14, Belton failed to score in the third quarter.
- Killeen (0-2) at Stony Point (2-1), 7 p.m. Thursday: If history holds to form, this game figures to be a shootout. At home last year, the Roos beat the Tigers 42-41. Stony Point is averaging 47 points a game, and has given up 39.7 points a game to three District 8-5A opponents this season.
- Belton (0-2) at Round Rock (1-2), 7:30 p.m. Friday: Belton looks to get in the win column at Round Rock, a year after beating the Dragons 41-12 at Tiger Stadium.
- Shoemaker (2-1), idle.
- Harker Heights (0-3), idle.
- Copperas Cove (2-1), idle.
- Ellison (0-3), idle.
- Temple (1-2), idle.
BY THE NUMBERS
- 6 — First downs by the Eagles in their home loss to Waco.
- 3 — Interceptions by the Bulldawgs against the Tigres, bringing their season total to six through three games.
- 390 — Total yards produced by Southlake Carroll dual-threat quarterback Ryan Agnew against Temple.
- 2,143 — Projected season passing yardage total for Shoemaker quarterback Ziere Banner.
- 42.7 — Average points per game allowed by Harker Heights defense.
- 308.5 — Average rushing yards per game for Belton.
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