Waskom vs. Grace Community highlights Week 3 in TAPPS

Senior All Saints running back Jace Evans (10) sprints up the field on the first carry of the game off the kickoff against West Rusk High School at Mewbourne Field on Friday in Tyler. Andrew D. Brosig/Tyler Morning Telegraph via AP

Last week Waskom's 32-game winning streak came to an end.

This week Grace Community wants to start Waskom on a losing streak.

The Cougars and Wildcats face off at 7:30 p.m. Friday from Clyde-Perkins Stadium, with both teams coming off rare losses.

Waskom won two state titles since last losing and was 45-3 from 2013-15. Grace had won seven of its last nine after a school-record 10-2 season in 2015.

But Harmony put the clamps on the Wildcats in a 62-26 victory while the Cougars fell just short against Canton, 42-41.

"I think you're going to see two motivated teams," Grace coach Mike Maddox said. "You're going to see us motivated to get back on winning ways and you're going to see them motivated to do the same thing."

Waskom (1-1), while hit hard by graduation with seven total starters back, still has a winning mentality and plenty of speed.

"They're going to bring a lot of pressure, a lot of stunts," Maddox said. "They're going to run the ball so defensively we're going to have to really gear up to stop their fullback and slots. They throw the ball well and are very balanced on offense."

Grace (1-1), ranked No. 7 in TAPPS Division II, has been without quarterback Christopher Wilhelmi, who threw for more than 2,000 and rushed for more than 1,000 yards last year. Maddox said he's week-to-week.

In his stead, sophomore Braydon Stone has averaged 184.5 yards of offense per game.

"We'll just keep moving forward with everyone that's healthy enough to play," Maddox said.

 

BISHOP GORMAN AT ORE CITY

After a failed onside kick in the final minutes of a 48-39 loss to White Oak, Bishop Gorman was unable to rally to victory.

The Crusaders are hoping not to have to rally again this week against an Ore City team that's been jumping out to quick starts in each of its first two games.

The Rebels (1-1) took a 28-7 lead over Maud before hanging on 35-28 in Week 1. Last week Ore City took an early lead on Troup before the Tigers rallied for a 42-33 victory.

"We talked about that from the get-go this week; we have to be locked in from the first play or you'll look up at the scoreboard and its 14-0," TKG coach Coby Gipson said.

Against the Rebels, the Crusaders (0-2) will have to stop a dual-threat quarterback in Cartea Douglas as well as running back Nick Hughes.

Gipson said Ore City's fast-paced offense will prepare his defense for district play, which begins Sept. 23.

"We're also extremely excited to go over there and play against a team that runs a really fast-paced offense," Gipson said. "They've been lighting it up."

 

ALL SAINTS AT ALBA-GOLDEN

The road doesn't get any easier for All Saints (0-2) as the Trojans hit the road for the first time to play Alba-Golden (2-0).

All Saints' first three opponents are all 2-0 right now and the Panthers feature one of the top running backs in the area in Cody Frazier.

Frazier, a senior, has run for 393 yards and seven touchdowns through two games, averaging 8.5 yards per carry. Trojans coach Drew Starnes said Frazier embodies the Panthers as a team.

"Their running back is very shifty," Starnes said. "He has great field vision and he's just a tough runner."

The All Saints offense has had success at times, averaging 260.5 yards per game, but the Trojans have struggled with consistency and sustaining drives, which has been a focus in practice this week.

"We're not changing anything, we're simplifying things, we're trying to find out what we do well and focus on that and continue to get better at that," Starnes said.

 

BROOK HILL AT DALLAS TRIPLE A

Brook Hill coach Scott Ryle calls Dallas Triple A ‘the biggest team we have faced all year." The Guard are 2-0 and full of momentum as they head to the Metroplex to take on new UIL team Triple A (0-2), which has a very famous assistant coach - Deion Sanders.

The Guard have been able to power past teams, rushing for 229 in a win over St. John Paul II (Boca Raton, Fla.) and 232 last week against Mount Vernon. Ryle said Triple A's size will be a challenge to keep up that kind of production.

"They have 6-6, 300-pound guys up front; they are very big. They are one of those teams you see on (tape) and be like, ‘Okay, we have to play well and we have to play fast,'" Ryle said.

"We're excited about the matchup and we have to do a good job of staying low, that's for sure."

Ryle said protecting the ball on offense while also forcing turnovers will be key if Brook Hill is going to go on the road and get another W. But the main thing is not to abandon what makes Brook Hill go - the running game.

"We have to run the football. Even though they are bigger than us up front, we have to run the football," Ryle said. "I told the guys these (non-district) games are kind of ladder. We have taken the first two rungs and now here is another one as we prepare for district."

- Chris Parry

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