Sunday, September 9, 2012
OU commit Thomas has memorable outing
By Bob Przybylo
Colleyville (Texas) Heritage coach Mike Fuller said the team didn’t make any halftime adjustments. He did, however, decide to let his star quarterback Cody Thomas take over the game.
Thomas, a three-star prospect who is committed to Oklahoma, showed why Sooners fans are so excited about having him come to Norman, Okla. He threw for 363 yards and five touchdowns and rushed for 71 yards and two scores in a 54-38 victory against Denton (Texas) Guyer.
“That’s the kind of leader Cody is," Fuller said. "He has matured so much as have a lot of the guys, and he makes really good decisions."
Oklahoma quarterback commit Cody Thomas had a game to remember, accounting for 7 total touchdowns in the win over Denton (Texas) Guyer.
In the first half he was a bit handcuffed. The Colleyville Heritage offense sputtered at times and Thomas was 11-of-14 with a touchdown and a rushing touchdown while the team trailed 31-21 at half.
The second half was a showcase outing for Thomas, who is 6-foot-5 and 220 pounds. He was 19-of-27 with four touchdowns and added another rushing touchdown.
There were some concerns about Thomas. After having juggled baseball and football throughout the summer, some wondered if Thomas could do the balancing act.
It's safe to say that yes, he can.
“This was fun tonight. That’s what it’s all about,” Thomas said. “Give a lot of credit to the offensive line and our running game. We were able to click and get things rolling.”
After initially being non-committal about his performance, Thomas admitted that was the best game he has ever played.
Here’s how the rest of OU commits fared in this weekend’s Recruiting Rewind:
Austin Bennett (Manvel, Texas/Manvel, WR): It was an admitted off night for Bennett. He had a couple of drops in Manvel’s 56-28 loss to North Shore
Matt Beyer (San Antonio/Reagan, OT): Playing with a heavy heart, Beyer and the San Antonio Reagan line came up huge in a 49-42 victory against San Antonio O’Connor. San Antonio Reagan rushed for 377 yards and five different players rushed for a touchdown.
Two days earlier former teammate Andres Cabrera died in a car crash. San Antonio Reagan held Cabrera’s No. 72 jersey in the air during pregame ceremonies and wrote “LLA” for “Live Like Andres” on their ankle tape.
“To say this was an emotional win would be a huge understatement,” Beyer said. “It was a rough week, but we played to honor Andres.”
Hatari Byrd (Fresno, Calif./Central East): For the second week in a row, Fresno Central East was in a tight battle. For the second week in a row, the Grizzlies pulled it out with a 25-22 victory against Palos Verdes, Calif.
Matt Dimon (Katy, Texas/Katy, DE): It was a showdown of a couple of ESPN 300 defensive and Dimon and Houston Alief Taylor’s Torrodney Prevot both had big games.
Dimon got the last laugh in Katy’s 23-9 victory, making two pivotal stops on fourth down and totaling three sacks. Dimon and the Katy defense held TCU running back commit Trevorris Johnson to 16 yards on 14 carries. He had 280 yards last week.
Keith Ford (Cypress, Texas/Ranch, RB): Bye week.
Jordan Mastrogiovanni (Dallas/Jesuit, LB): It was an impressive performance by the Dallas Jesuit defense in a 34-21 victory against Keller (Texas) Fossil Ridge. Led by Mastrogiovanni, Jesuit held Keller Fossil Ridge to 30 rushing yards on 29 attempts.
Dalton Rodriguez (Tulsa, Okla./Union, OT/DE): Tulsa Union came up just short against Euless (Texas) Trinity, losing 21-18. Tulsa Union had three defensive starters get injured in the first half but that was no excuse to Rodriguez.
“I feel like we let people down,” Rodriguez said. “I won’t let that happen again.”
Jordan Smallwood (Jenks, Okla./Jenks, WR): Smallwood did not play because of a shoulder injury in Jenks’ 46-27 loss to DeSoto, Texas. The injury is not believed to be serious.
Stanvon Taylor (Tulsa, Okla./East Central, ATH): Taylor was held in check for the most part in a 13-10 victory at Bartlesville, Okla.
“I had a couple of catches and runs. I didn’t score but getting the win is a lot more important than that,” Taylor said.
Ahmad Thomas (Miami/Central, S): Major comeback for Miami Central. Trailing Miami Booker T. Washington 19-3 at halftime, Miami Central turned it around for a 37-26 victory.
“This was huge. We needed this,” Thomas said.
D.J. Ward (Moore, Okla./Southmoore): Ward is still not allowed to play, pending an appeal to the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association.