Bishop Gorman's pass defense did not allow a completion last week, but the Crusaders still lost.

Similarly, no matter how the secondary does this week, Gorman's game against Dallas Parish Episcopal will come down to how the Crusaders stop the run.

Gorman (1-4, 0-2 TAPPS D-II District 2) lost 42-20 to Carrollton Prince of Peace, which used its triple option offense to run the ball on 94 percent of its plays.

Today, the Panthers (4-1, 1-1) bring their vaunted rushing attack led by Tre Vance and Zach Shelley to McCallum Stadium at 7:30 p.m.

"It is a different style but it does get you ready to play a physical brand of football," TKG coach Coby Gipson said. "It does help to play those two teams back to back even though the schemes are different."

Parish Episcopal's fast-paced offense runs the ball nearly 40 times a game, compared to 13 passes per game, with 1,625 of its 2,216 yards having come on the ground.

The Panthers average 8.3 yards per carry, with the explosive Vance (800 yards, 11.4 per carry) and the scoring machine Shelley (681 yards, 17 TDs) doing most of the damage.

"Any time you talk Parish, it's very physical," Gipson said. "It's one of the most physical games we play all year."

Last week the Eagles averaged 12.1 yards per run. Gipson said the key Friday will be limiting the Panthers' big-play potential and making tackles when the chances arise. On the other side of the ball, the Crusaders will look to pick up the Panthers blitzes and execute its offense, which is averaging 522.2 yards per game.

"It's an honor to play one of the powerhouses in the state of Texas," Gipson said. "We look forward to that challenge and we hope that our guys are ready to jump into battle and play four quarters of Crusader football."

 

GRACE COMMUNITY AT DALLAS SHELTON

For the second straight week, Grace Community faces a dynamic athlete quarterbacking the opposing offense.

After limiting Trinity Christian-Cedar Hill's Garrick Williams to 170 total yards, the Cougars defense will look to slow down Dallas Shelton's Ben Luedtke, who showed last week how explosive he can be.

Luedtke had two long touchdowns runs, a 96-yard kickoff return and a blocked PAT returned for a touchdown, so Grace will no doubt be keying on the Shelton (1-3, 1-1) standout.

"He can score from anywhere," Cougars coach Mike Maddox said. "He plays corner defensively; he's very good at that position. He's one of the best athletes in the district."

Grace (4-1, 1-1) is coming off its best defensive effort of the year against TC-CH, with Lin Gillham recording his third interception of the year.

The Cougars have some playmakers in their backfield too.

Last week Kade Clayton put up 325 rushing yards and was named the private school Built Ford Tough Player of the Week for the state of Texas. Garrett Newman, who had more than 2,000 total yards last year, has continued his return to full health and averaged 6.9 yards per carry last week.

Also, starting quarterback Blake White, recovering from an injury, should add further dimension to Grace's offense.

The Cougars bounced back well from their first loss two weeks ago. They'll hope to continue that momentum this week with the rivalry game against Gorman looming next week.

"I thought I saw a good response to a setback," Maddox said. "I thought our kids did a good job of turning a set back into a comeback."

 

BULLARD BROOK HILL AT TRINITY CHRISTIAN-CEDAR HILL

After playing two former district foes from its TAPPS Division III days, Bullard Brook Hill will finally play a school firmly established in D-II.

The Guard (4-1, 2-0) visit the Tigers of Trinity Christian-Cedar Hill (2-3, 0-2) tonight and are eager to show they can compete at the higher level after rolling past their first two opponents.

"Our kids look at each game in this district as an opportunity to go out and prove something," Brook Hill coach Terry Pirtle said.

Like Grace, the Guard will go from one QB-centric team to another, facing the Tigers' Williams this time around.

"(Williams) may not be as fast but he's probably a little bit more athletic and elusive," Pirtle said, comparing Williams to Luedtke.

The Guard may try to get their ground game going today after Grace gashed TC-CH for 477 yards rushing. Sophomore D'Lous West is coming off a career-high 102-yard game for Brook Hill, which is averaging 7.4 yards per carry.

Turnovers will be a key for the Guard. Brook Hill turned the ball over 11 times in three games before committing no turnovers last week against Shelton.

 

ALL SAINTS AT COLMESNEIL

All Saints coach Mike Hall said today's opponent, Colmesneil, reminds him of a team the school played earlier in the season, Union Grove.

The Trojans are hoping today's game goes more like the one against Union Hill than Union Grove.

All Saints (2-4) clobbered Union Hill 55-0, but let a lead slip away in a loss to Union Grove earlier in the year.

The Bulldogs (3-3) are led by junior running back Cody Walsh, who put up 1,600 yards as a sophomore.

The running of Colmesneil will be a change of pace for the Trojans, who suffered a 37-0 loss to the pass-heavy offense of Dallas First Baptist last week.

"We're just ready to get back on the field," Hall said. "I know the guys had a really bad taste in their mouths and the best thing you can do then is get back on the field."

 

TAPPS Capsules

Dallas Parish Episcopal Panthers at Bishop Gorman Crusaders

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Where: McCallum Stadium, Tyler

Records: Parish Episcopal 4-1 (1-1) Gorman 1-4 (0-2)

2011 Result: Did not play

Last Week's Results: Carrollton Prince of Peace 42, Gorman 20; Dallas Christian 42, Parish Episcopal 35.

Players To Watch: Parish Episcopal — RB Tre Vance, RB Zach Shelley, K Travis Stymiest. Gorman — OL/DL Sam Townsend, DL Cartrell Freeman, WR/QB Cale Tucker.

Quick Slant: For the second straight week Gorman faces a prolific rushing offense. The Crusaders struggled to put together four quarters in the loss to Prince of Peace and a complete game will be necessary against Parish Episcopal, which is coming off a loss to Dallas Christian in which the Chargers returned a fumble for a TD in the final minutes.

Who's Next?: Dallas Shelton at Parish Episcopal, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19; Gorman at Grace Community, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19.

 

Grace Community Cougars at Dallas Shelton Chargers

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Where: Greenville Avenue Stadium, Richardson

Records: Grace 4-1 (1-1); Shelton 1-3 (1-1)

2011 Result: Did not play

Last Week's Results: Grace 48, Trinity Christian-Cedar Hill 7; Brook Hill 54, Shelton 22

Players To Watch: Grace — QB/WR/RB Garrett Newman, RB/WR/LB Kade Clayton, QB/RB/DB Adam Graham. Shelton — QB Ben Luedtke, RB Rich Morton, RB Trey McDowell.

Quick Slant: After facing an athletic QB from TC-CH, the Cougars face another speedy runner behind center in Luedtke. The Shelton QB accounted for all the scoring for the Chargers last week with two touchdown runs, a special teams TD and a blocked PAT he took all the way back for two points. Grace is coming off its best rushing performance of the year and should have a healthier QB Blake White this week.

Who's Next?: Grace at Bishop Gorman, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19; Shelton at Dallas Parish Episcopal, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19.

 

Brook Hill Guard at Trinity Christian-Cedar Hill Tigers

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Where: Charles Baldwin Stadium, Cedar Hill

Records: Brook Hill 4-1 (2-0); TC-CH 2-3 (0-2)

2011 Result: Did not play

Last Week's Results: Brook Hill 54, Dallas Shelton 22; Grace Community 48, TC-CH 7.

Players To Watch: Brook Hill — QB Will Weathers, DB/WR Michael Greening, OL/DL Logan Walters. TC-CH — QB Garrick Williams, RB Isaiah Harwell, WR Frank Tull.

Quick Slant: For the first time since the Guard's move up to TAPPS Division II, Brook Hill will play a team that was D-II last year. Brook Hill beat two former D-III schools to open district play. The Tigers, though already two games behind the Guard, have already played two of the league favorites and will be fighting to stay in the playoff race. Brook Hill has won 28 straight district games.

Who's Next?: Dallas Christian at Brook Hill, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19; TC-CH at Carrollton Prince of Peace, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19.

 

All Saints Trojans at Colmesneil Bulldogs

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Where: Taylor Field, Colmesneil

Records: All Saints 2-4; Colmesneil 3-3

2011 Result: Did not play

Last Week's Results: Dallas First Baptist 37, All Saints 0; Colmesneil 58, Sabine Pass 6.

Players To Watch: All Saints — WR/DB Logan Klouda, WR/DB/K/P Daniel Schulze, WR William Young. Colmesneil — RB Cody Walsh, WR Ryan Tyler, QB Matt Bailey.

Quick Slant: The Trojans will be disappointed with how they performed on homecoming last week and should be eager to start a new winning streak. Colmesneil surpassed its 2011 win total last week and could double it with a second straight win. All Saints must win out in order to reach last year's win total.

Who's Next?: All Saints at Honey Grove, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19; West Hardin at Colmesneil, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26.

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