Every week through football season, SoonerNation writer Bob Przybylo will reveal five things he learned while out on the road watching the best in the Midlands area play football.
1. There are no worries about Cody Thomas (Colleyville, Texas/Heritage). You can try to make up some if you want, but OU’s 2013 quarterback commit was every bit as impressive as you can possibly be in a 54-38 win against Denton (Texas) Guyer. Composure in the pocket. Composure in the huddle. On target with his throws. It was all on display. And what a display it was. Thomas was 30-of-41 for 363 yards and five touchdowns. But he said he wanted to show his mobility this season and he did that with four rushes for 71 yards and two more touchdowns in what he called the best performance of his career.
2. If it wasn’t for Thomas, we might be talking even more about 2014 Texas quarterback commit Jerrod Heard (Denton, Texas/Guyer). Heard was impressive as well in the future Red River Rivalry matchup. He rushed for 142 yards and four touchdowns and was 14-of-26 for 206 yards with an interception. Only a junior, Heard already has the physical presence of a college quarterback. The highlight of the night was a 75-yard rushing touchdown in the third quarter where he showed his explosiveness and vision.
3. It’s a little amazing Heard is still searching for his first touchdown pass of the season when he has Arizona State commit Ellis Jefferson as his top receiving target. Jefferson was quiet in the first half until the final drive where he had four catches for 55 yards. He ended the night with seven receptions for 91 yards. But what stood out the most with Jefferson was his blocking. Against smaller defensive backs, Jefferson paved the way for Heard on a lot of his big-time runs.
4. Bentonville (Ark.) Tearris Wallace is a workhorse. A hamstring injury limited his action at the Tulsa Union scrimmage two weeks ago. Nothing could slow him down in a 20-10 win at Broken Arrow, Okla., not even a near three-hour weather delay. Wallace rushed for 176 yards on 30 carries and accounted for more than 200 yards of total offense. Bentonville defeated Kansas City (Mo.) Rockhurst the week before, and Wallace admitted there has been a lot of Arkansas state pride in the last two weeks. He has offers from Memphis and Air Force.
5. Growing pains. Two of the top Oklahoma 2014 high school prospects are quarterback Coleman Key (Broken Arrow, Okla./Broken Arrow) and defensive end Deondre Clark (Oklahoma City/Douglass). But this weekend was a lesson. Key threw three interceptions and was 11-of-27 for 97 yards in the loss to Bentonville and never found his rhythm the entire night. Clark had a good game in an 18-7 loss to rival Oklahoma City Millwood, but never really dominated the game like what is expected of him. Oklahoma City Douglass is 0-2 and is struggling to find its footing right now.