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Sunday, October 7, 2012
Déjà vu for OU commit Cody Thomas

By Bob Przybylo

Keep an eye out for the first weekend of November, because right now, whenever it’s the first weekend of a month, something special happens for Oklahoma quarterback commit Cody Thomas (Colleyville, Texas/Heritage).

Thomas had his second seven-touchdown performance of the season in a 69-27 victory against Grapevine, Texas, on Friday night.

Cody Thomas
OU quarterback commit Cody Thomas was 23-of-31 for 463 yards on Friday night.
He was 23-of-31 for 463 yards with all seven touchdowns coming through the air. None of his touchdowns were short, either, coming from 50, 35, 40, 26, 80, 14 and 26 yards en route to another memorable night.

The night was important in a couple of aspect for Colleyville Heritage. It was its first district win, and it showed the team could bounce back after a tough loss to Euless (Texas) Trinity last week.

In a shootout win against Denton (Texas) Guyer on Sept. 6, Thomas also had seven touchdowns. In that game, he accumulated more than 440 yards of total offense and threw for five scores and ran for two more.

For the season, Thomas is 110-of-173 for 1,573 yards with 15 touchdowns and two interceptions. He said he is going to take his official visit to OU later this month for the Notre Dame weekend.

Here’s how the rest of OU commits fared in this weekend’s Recruiting Rewind:

Austin Bennett (Manvel, Texas/Manvel, WR): Bennett has accepted his role of decoy so far this season as teams continue to blanket and shadow him. But when his team wins 52-21 like it did Friday, he is OK with that.

Hatari Byrd (Fresno, Calif./Central East, S): A week off didn’t matter for Fresno Central East as the Grizzlies cruised to a 50-22 victory against Clovis (Calif.) Buchanan. Led by its stellar secondary, Fresno Central East is now 6-0.

Matt Dimon (Katy, Texas/Katy, DE): Another dominating performance by the Katy defense in a 70-7 victory against Katy (Texas) Mayde Creek. Katy Mayde Creek was limited to two passing yards and the Katy defense forced five turnovers.

Keith Ford (Cypress, Texas/Ranch, RB): Ford said the key to his recent success has been being relaxed. That trend continued Saturday. Ford rushed for 250 yards on 25 carries and four touchdowns in a 35-28 victory against Houston Cypress Ridge. Ford has rushed for 821 yards and 12 touchdowns in five games.

Jordan Mastrogiovanni (Dallas/Jesuit, LB): Back in the win column for Dallas Jesuit, Mastrogiovanni and the defense only allowed 47 passing yards and forced three fumbles in a 52-7 victory against Richardson (Texas) Berkner.

“Last week was a tough pill to swallow, but we didn’t let that get us down,” Mastrogiovanni said.

Mastrogiovanni had a fumble recovery and eight tackles in the first half.

Dalton Rodriguez (Tulsa, Okla./Union, OT/DE): Tulsa Union is starting to find its rhythm with a dominating 63-7 win against Enid, Okla. Tulsa Union picked off four passes as the Rodriguez and the defense were able to frustrate the Enid offense all night. Enid finished with a mere 101 yards of total offense.

Jordan Smallwood (Jenks, Okla./Jenks, WR): Smallwood has been healthy for three games and has scored a touchdown in all of them. Smallwood had three receptions for 25 yards and a 22-yard touchdown run in a statement-making 24-7 win at Broken Arrow, Okla.

“We wanted this one bad after what happened last year,” Smallwood said. “On that rushing play, I’ve been wanting a rushing touchdown my whole career. It was a great play call, great blocking, and I knew what to do.”

He has five touchdowns this season.

Stanvon Taylor (Tulsa, Okla./East Central, ATH): Another tough week, another big victory for Tulsa East Central. Trailing 13-0, Tulsa East Central rallied for a 20-19 win against Claremore, Okla.

“We had to fight for this one, but we showed a lot of heart,” said Taylor, who contributed to the victory with a 31-yard touchdown reception.

Ahmad Thomas (Miami/Central, S): Now that Miami Central is in district play, the tough schedule is starting to pay off. Miami Central gave Homestead, Fla., its first loss of the season 38-20 on Friday night. Thomas and the Miami Central defense forced three turnovers.

D.J. Ward (Moore, Okla./Southmoore): Ward most likely will not play this season after having his hardship appeal denied by the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association last month.