Five Games of interest in the Super Centex
Tuesday, 6th September 2022 - 7:28AM

Garrett Ross

With two weeks in the book for the Texas high school football season, there have been a lot of intriguing storylines that have unfolded across the state. Now that we have an idea of what to expect from each program, let’s take a look at five games in the Super Centex to keep an eye on this week.

Midlothian (2-0) @ Killeen Shoemaker (2-0)

Shoemaker is coming off a dominating 52-0 win over the newest Killeen ISD program Chaparral. The Grey Wolves offense was clicking on all cylinders behind sophomore quarterback Malachi Jerome.

Jerome was a perfect 8-8 passing for 182 yards and five touchdowns against the Bobcats. Benefiting the most from Jerome’s success were receiver duo Jerrod Hicks (4-50, 2TD) and Maurice Starr (2-59, 2TD).

Midlothian is coming off a 21-10 victory over Ennis on Friday night, in which they forced four turnovers. Two turnovers came via defensive back Roman Parham, who came away with an interception and a fumble recovery in the fourth quarter.

Shoemaker and Midlothian will begin District 4 5A DI play at 7:30 PM on Friday, September 9th at 7:00 p.m.

Salado (2-0) vs No. 7 Malakoff (1-1) @ Midway ISD

The Slot-T is no longer the offense of choice for Salado, which has allowed junior quarterback Luke Law to showcase his impressive arm talent. During the first two games of the season, Law has thrown for 739 yards and 9TD, while only throwing one interception.

Law’s favorite target appears to be senior receiver Seth Reavis. Reavis has hauled in 15 receptions for 427 yards and 6TD, while averaging 28.5 yards per reception. Ironically, Salado as a team has only rushed the ball for a total of 156 yards and 2TD so far this season.

Malakoff is coming off a 21-17 loss to Grandview, after opening the season with a 28-7 victory over West Rusk to start the season. The Tigers jumped out to a 10-0 lead over Grandview, but slowly let the Zebras back in the game.

The Tigers were able to get their rushing attack established, as Jason Tennyson was able to find paydirt twice, but miscues on special teams and turnovers ultimately cost Malakoff the game.

Salado and Malakoff will meet for a neutral site game on Friday in Waco, as they square off at Midway’s Panther Stadium with kickoff set for 7:30 p.m.

RR Cedar Ridge (1-1) @ Harker Heights (2-0)

Cedar Ridge is coming off a devastating 34-13 loss to Austin Bowie, where they allowed 34 unanswered points and had no answer for Bowie senior running back Max Barnes. Barnes owned the Cedar Ridge defense, rushing for 154 yards and 117 receiving yards with 4TD.

Harker Heights was able to defeat a solid Smithson Valley squad 27-13 last week to remain undefeated on the young season. The Knights have one of the best running backs in the state in Houston commit Re’Shaun Sanford, who has the privilege of running behind Texas o-line commit Jaydon Chatman.

Harker Heights and Cedar Ridge are set to kickoff at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at Leo Buckley Stadium in Killeen.

Connally (2-0) @ Cameron Yoe (2-0)

I’m honestly not sure how either of these teams haven’t found their way into the rankings, but it’s only a matter of time. I had the privilege of watching Connally destroy Mexia 65-20 during the first game of the season, but still wasn’t sure what to expect from the Cadets. Following last week’s upset of state-ranked La Vega 35-34 on the road, there is no doubt in my mind that this team is poised for an incredible season.

Led by Oklahoma State commit Jelani McDonald, four-star ATH Kobe Black, along with running back Kiefer Sibley, Connally is an explosive team.

Cameron Yoe is back to their winning ways under head coach Rick Rhoades, and their offense has put up 71 and 62 points in wins over Lago Vista (71-35) and Yoakum (62-28) this season. The Yoe have a pair of dynamic playmakers of their own in Kardarius Bradley and Armando Reyes that Connally will have to try and slow down.

The Cadets and Yoe will get underway at Yoe Field in Cameron on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

No. 7 Wimberley (2-0) vs No. 3 Brock (0-2) @ McLane Stadium

While these two programs aren’t Super Centex teams, they are playing at Baylor’s McLane Stadium. Both of these programs are no strangers to the big stage, as each have recently competed for UIL State Championships.

Last week Wimberley shutout San Antonio Pieper 35-0, and defeated Canyon Lake 21-14 to open the season. The Texans like to rely on sophomore dual-threat quarterback Cody Stoever to control the flow of their offense.

Through the first two games of the season, Stoever is 20-33 for 263-yards and two touchdowns, while adding 25 rushes for 129-yards and two touchdowns on the ground.

Don’t let Brock’s 0-2 record fool you, the Eagles fell to Class 4A DI No. 6 Texarkana Pleasant Grove 28-7 to start the season and 37-30 to Class 4A DI No. 3 Wichita Falls Hirschi last week in overtime.

The Eagles were able to force overtime following an impressive 58-yard drive that was capped off by a Reid Watkins 2-yard touchdown run. Like Wimberley, Brock has a dual-threat quarterback of their own in junior Tyler Moody, who is lethal.

These two heavy weights are set to kickoff at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at McLane Stadium in Waco.
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