Five Super 25 teams fell last week and things may get even dicier this week as teams go deeper into the playoffs.
Here are five questions in this week’s Super 25 games.
Can Cypress Ranch break the Katy wall?
Cypress Ranch (Cypress, Texas) was the Texas 6A-I runner-up last season to Allen and has won 10 in a row. Katy was the 6A-II state runner-up. The teams meet Friday in Houston. The question is with Katy’s defense pitching five consecutive shutouts, can anyone put enough points on the board to stop the Tigers? No. 6 Katy (11-0) has allowed 18 points this season, an average of 1.6 points a game. The Mustangs (10-1) will rely on quarterback Collin Rock, an SMU commit with a name from central casting who has thrown for 1,275 yards and 16 touchdowns and run for 332 yards and three touchdowns. Katy running back Kyle Porter has run for 1,111 yards and 22 touchdowns and quarterback Garrett Doiron has passed for 1,684 yards and 19 touchdowns. Katy freshman running back Deondrick Glass is emerging as a big threat with four touchdowns last week.
Will the fourth time be the charm for DeSoto?
As predictable as leaves falling in late October, as regular as a Pacquiao-Marquez bout used to be, No. 2 Allen (Texas), always seems to face DeSoto in the state playoffs. The Eagles (11-0) have won the past four playoff meetings, including last season when DeSoto led 22-14 late in the game before Allen came back for a 25-22 win. DeSoto (6-5) has struggled, but strange things happen in the playoffs, and that’s not counting a 9 p.m. start on Friday.
Will history repeat itself for No. 9 Male against Trinity?
No. 9 Male (Louisville) is 12-0 and handed 11-1 Trinity (Louisville) its only loss on Sept. 11, 42-13. However, the Bulldogs are sure to remember that they beat Trinity in the regular season last year only to fall to the Shamrocks in the playoffs. Trinity went on to win its 23rd state title. Male is looking for its first title since 2000. Trinity has been playing well lately behind quarterback Jacob Woosley, with 26 touchdown passes and only one interception since the loss to the Bulldogs. Male quarterback Hayden Shelton has thrown for 2,061 yards and 21 touchdowns. Both teams have explosive offenses with Male averaging 48.3 points a game and Trinity averaging 44.9.
Can Hilliard-Davidson play keep away from No. 14 Wayne?
Wayne (Huber Heights, Ohio) quarterback Messiah DeWeaver, a Michigan State commit, has thrown for 2,029 yards and 22 touchdowns. Hilliard-Davidson (Hilliard) will hope to counter Wayne on Saturday with a strong running game, led by Ryan Royer, who has run for 1,425 yards and 20 touchdowns. Wayne’s Warriors are 12-0 and allowing only 9.2 points a game, but the last time the teams met, in 2013, Hilliard-Davidson came out a 37-7 winner.
Can No. 16 American Heritage get enough enthusiasm to top Hallandale again?
In an unfortunate bit of scheduling, American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.) finished its regular season with a 38-15 defeat of Hallandale (Hallandale Beach) on Nov. 2 to win a district title. Now the same teams play in a Class 5A second-round playoff game Friday. Hallandale (9-2) has only lost to the 9-1 Patriots and No. 17 St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale), so it is dangerous. The Chargers will look to stop Heritage quarterback Jason Brown, who ran for three touchdowns in their earlier meeting. The Patriots’ defense created four turnovers and had three sacks and will look to harass Chargers quarterback Tyler Huntley, who has committed to Utah.