Whether tiny Bishop Dunne can win a TAPPS Division I state title is yet to be played out, but the Falcons already deserve some kind of award for defeating last year’s state finalists, Fort Worth Nolan and Prestonwood Christian, on consecutive weeks.
Dunne defeated Prestonwood, 49-35, on Friday night at Earl Hayes Stadium. Dunne beat Nolan, 20-18, last week. Dunne has never won a TAPPS state title while Nolan (seven) and Prestonwood (two) have nine since 2004. (Clarification: Dunne is looking for its first TAPPS DI championship. Dunne won TAPPS 3A state titles in 1984 (33-0 over First Baptist; 1988, 35-36 over Houston St. Pius; 1990 39-0 over Nolan).
Dunne coach Michael Johnson has a talented and scrappy program which has several key two-way players which takes its toll during fourth quarters. Dunne had a 21-point third quarter and led 49-21 before Prestonwood scored the last two TDs.
Dunne senior quarterback Micah Simon is as talented a leader as a dual-threat quarterback. Against Prestonwood, he played quarterback/receiver/returner and recovered one of Prestonwood’s onside kicks in the fourth quarter. Simon passed 241 yards without an interception against Prestonwood and rushed for 92 yards. Senior Darrion Daniels, with offers from Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Baylor and a Texas Tech legacy, plays both offensive and defensive tackle. Receiver
A.D. Miller (Illinois commit) had four catches for 123 with a 69-yard scoring catch.
Dunne is loaded with three classes of college prospects. Among juniors, defensive end Jordan Robertson, defensive back Josh Drayden, quarterback/receiver Caleb Evans and quarterback/receiver Geraud Sanders are all major college players.
The sophomore class has North Texas’ top Class of 2017 receiver with speedy Reggie Roberson, who caught touchdown passes from both Simon and Evans. Sophomore defensive end Loren Mondy already has committed to Arizona State with running backs Mene Khepera and Rajan Cunningham are top prospects as well.
As swaths of Oak Cliff go through an economic resurgence, so is Dunne. The players have a unique bond and chemistry developed by Coach Johnson. Pictured is the group of Dunne players who were Oklahoma State guests at AT&T Stadium for the game against Florida State. The camaraderie among Dunne students shows in this group picture:
Texas vs. Oklahoma talk (Mainly Kyler Murray visit)
A tradition for the second Saturday (usually) in October is for top North Texas players to be guests of the alternating home team for Texas vs. Oklahoma at the Cotton Bowl. Oklahoma is designated hometeam in even-numbered years and the home team can invite high school players as guests.
Allen quarterback Kyler Murray and receiver Jaylen Guyton were among most recognizable Saturday morning although both are committed to other schools.
- College recruiting coordinators have learned it’s good relationally for players and high school programs to be invited whether they are committed or not. Even if Murray and/or Guyton don’t attend either Oklahoma or Texas, you never know when they might tell another player what a great experience it was.
- Murray is committed to Texas A&M and Guyton to Notre Dame. Commitments are non-binding until signing day in February. College recruiting staffs don’t do anything to discourage speculation a player might be flipping _ just the way the game is played. Many colleges like to be seen on the sideline of games to help fuel any speculation a player might be wavering. Looking at Kenny Hill starting at A&M, Murray is ripe for speculation that he might change because of the backlog of playing time. That type of speculation is the nature of early commits with no ability to sign early as other sports have.
Among visitors to watch closely: South Grand Prairie junior quarterback Greg Eisworth, who the Sooners like as an athletic defensive back. South Grand Prairie sophomore Jeffrey Okudah plays linebacker and receiver. He’s learning positions, but he’s terrific athlete. Oh, did we mention SGP coach Brent Whitson is from Oklahoma. In 2003, he coached Shawnee, Okla., to a Class 5A state title. Whitson also had stints at Oklahoma powers Broken Arrow, Ardmore and Weatherford.
Around North Texas: Allen quarterback of the future, sophomore Jared Harvey, scored his first varsity touchdown with a 22-yard run in a 44-10 victory over Hebron … Mesquite Horn beat Highland Park to stop a 37-game district winning streak. This is Highland Park’s first year back in the top classification (6A) in some time. Highland Park is a terrific program. The Scots led late before Denton Guyer rallied in the 4A Division I semifinal last year. But Highland Park’s only state title in 50 years was Matthew Stafford’s 4A state title in 2005. Highland Park will be a solid 6A program just like he had been, but Highland Park hasn’t dominated any class with state titles as other programs have.
Horn WR/RET Jarrison Stewart has been a steal for TCU and he showed why with three touchdowns receiving and a game-opening 67-yard punt return for a score against Highland Park … DeSoto likely isn’t to get junior quarterback Tristen Wallace back for Oct. 23 against Cedar Hill but he should return for state playoffs. DeSoto does have receiver James Proche’ back after missing first month . He had three catches for 106 yards in 49-21 win over Mansfield. If I’m SMU’s next coach, Proche’ is my first call of current SMU commitments for 2015.
On that SMU coach, Tommy Tuberville and Houston Nutt are the veteran hands being mentioned most and SMU is leaning toward experience (Larry Brown model) rather than rising coordinator profile for now … Kickers don’t usually catch your eye, but Irving sophomore Luis Mendez is a boomer. His extra points are straight, 40-yarder. He had a 42-yarder against Jesuit … Irving coach Aaron DeLaTorre (if Irving can hang onto its 1993 alum) has some nice young talent with junior running back Kyandus Hall and sophomore athlete Raekwon Young
Jesuit, by the way, still has the best game-day program of the country courtesy of artist Bill De’Ore.
Get used to Argyle being good for a while: Former standout players with younger brother sophomore class includes Dane Ledford (Dalton), Dylan Sadler (Ian), Turner Aune (Jon) and freshman lineman Caelen Keenan (Trey) … Sophomore to watch: Carrollton Ranchview’s athletic 6-2 Dayo Odeyingbo.