Will No. 8 St. John Bosco give La Mirada a dose of Re-ality?: La Mirada (Calif.) surprised a lot of people when it defeated Trinity League power Lutheran (Orange, Calif.) last week 21-14. The Matadores will get a chance to see how improved they are this week when they play the Braves, who beat them 76-8 last year. New St. John Bosco (Bellflower, calif.) quarterback Re-al Mitchell, who ran 98 yards for a touchdown and passed for two big scores last week in a 34-0 win at St. Xavier (Cincinnati), is protected by a huge offensive line.
“That team is as good as any teams we’ve seen since maybe Lakeland (Fla.) in 2006 or maybe our 2007 team,” St. Xavier coach Specht said. “They were loaded.”
TCU commit goes against his old school: Guyer (Denton, Texas) at No. 7 DeSoto (Texas) is a good matchup because it involves two of the top teams in the state, but add in that DeSoto quarterback Shawn Robinson played the past two seasons at Guyer and it gets really interesting.
When Robinson’s mother, Andrea Robinson, landed the girls basketball head coaching job at DeSoto and the retirement of wide receivers coach meant a spot was available for Robinson’s father, Othell Robinson, on the DeSoto staff, the family moved an hour south.
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“Shawn’s 17 years old,” DeSoto coach Todd Peterman said. “He’s not making decisions in that house. He was already committed to TCU, he’s still committed to TCU, so this (transfer) has nothing to do with Shawn. To be honest, Shawn didn’t want to move his senior year, but he’s not making the decision.”
Robinson didn’t take long to learn the Eagles’ offense, throwing for two touchdowns and running for two in the team’s season-opening 47-13 win Friday at Dallas Jesuit. One reason for his quick study was he played in the same offense as a freshman when he was at Chisholm Trail (Denton) and his father was the offensive coordinator there.
“We (Peterman and Othell Robinson) both learned from the same guy at Midland,” Peterman said. “A lot of stuff is the same. He’s had a year of it and that was just a few years ago.”
You might expect a little woofing between Robinson and his former teammates, but both sides have been quiet on that front.
“Shawn is a high-caliber kid,” said Guyer coach John Walsh. “He’s one of those guys who gets along with everybody. We never had a history with DeSoto. This game was set before he transferred there. I think knowing Shawn’s abilities kind of helps us a little bit. But there’s not much you can do to stop him. Our offense will have two jobs: outscore DeSoto and make sure Shawn stays on the bench.”
Will distraction hurt No. 12 John Curtis Christian (River Ridge, La.)?: John Curtis coach J.T. Curtis would normally be preparing on Wednesday for ultra-talented Landry-Walker (New Orleans), but instead he was in an executive session of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association, testifying about whether his school should have to forfeit games that former Patriots offensive tackle Willie Allen played in.
John Curtis is a traditional power, but the Patriots had to replace a lot of starters, particularly on offense. This week, they’ll open with Landry-Walker (New Orleans), which is ranked just ahead of John Curtis in the Louisiana Sports Writers Association poll.
“They are one of the better teams in our area,” Patriots coach J.T. Curtis said. “I told our players, this (the LHSAA action) has nothing to do with you. We have to stay focused on our goal at hand. Don’t let any of the adult problems affect you. That’s the way we approached it.”
Landry-Walker has a lot of talent, including four players on the NOLA.com/Times-Picayune Preseason All-Metro team to only two for John Curtis. However, last season, the Patriots handed the Charging Buccaneers a 41-20 defeat.
“The guys just use this as a measure of where we are as a team,” Landry-Walker coach Emanuel Powell said. “If you play a John Curtis team, you know they are going to be well-disciplined. They are not going to make many penalties. They are going to play a clean game, so you are going to have to be able to play that type of game to beat them. We have a few more prospects, but I think it’s going to be (their) power versus our speed. The team that makes fewer mistakes and turnovers will win the game.”
No. 13 Allen (Texas) takes on another out-of-state team: Last week, the No. 13 Eagles defeated traditional Alabama power Hoover 25-7. This week, they play host to Evangel Christian (Shreveport, La.). Making a bold prediction, I’m guaranteeing the winning team will be the Eagles. Of course, that’s the mascot for both teams. Both have a solid defense as Allen allowed only 129 yards in the final three quarters last week and Evangel Christian, which has won 13 state titles, defeated Union Parish (Farmerville, La.) 14-0 in a jamboree last week.
Will the bumpy ride continue for No. 9 McGill-Toolen?: The Yellowjackets from Mobile were fortunate to escape with a 39-36 triple-overtime defeat of Davidson (Mobile) last week. This week, McGill-Toolen (2-0) plays Murphy (Mobile), a tough rival, with even more on the line. The winner gets to paint its school colors on the Cannon at the Loop in Mobile, a tradition of vandalism that dates back more than 60 years. The Panthers opened their season last week with a 55-14 defeat of Alma Bryant (Irvington, Ala.) as Maurice Robinson and Nicholas Sims each rushed for two touchdowns. McGill-Toolen has been led this season by quarterback Bubba Thompson, wide receiver Marlon Williams, a Southern Cal commit who had two touchdowns last week, and linebacker Carlton Martial, an Alabama A&M commit.