Five from Friday: Derick Roberson is back 

October, 8, 2012
Every week through the football season, HornsNation’s William Wilkerson and Max Olson will break down five things they learned while on the road at Texas high school football games. From the latest on Longhorn commits and offers to game observations to players who caught their attention, they've got you covered. Here’s what they saw this weekend:

William’s game: Pflugerville Hendrickson vs. Round Rock Stony Point
Max’s game: San Antonio Brennan vs. San Antonio Brackenridge

1. Derick Roberson is back

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Tom Hauck for ESPN.comClass of 2014 defensive end Derick Roberson's pass rush caused two turnovers.
If Derick Roberson (San Antonio/Brennan) is feeling at all rusty these days, he sure isn’t showing it.

The Texas 2014 defensive end commit was suspended for Brennan’s first three games this season due to a violation of team rules. In his second game of the year Thursday night, Roberson showed why he’s a defensive end Texas coveted.

In a 42-21 comeback victory over Brackenridge, Roberson’s pressure on pass rushes forced two key interceptions that swung the game.

The speedy 6-foot-4, 220-pound defensive end was all over the place on Thursday, lining up at both end spots and wreaking havoc to help Brennan hold Brackenridge to 168 total yards.

The energy Roberson brought to his defensive unit was unmistakable, and it showed when his team knocked out the Eagles with a 28-point fourth quarter.

Nobody took more joy in that win or did more celebrating than Roberson. Hard to blame him. After sitting out for so long, he’s happy to be back.
- Max Olson

2. Perine sound in victory

Pflugerville (Texas) Hendrickson went with what was working on Friday during its 16-13 win over Round Rock (Texas) Stony Point. That included a sound, productive passing attack and a grind-it-out approach with ESPN Watch List running back Samaje Perine.

It wasn’t his flashiest performance by any means. But his 15 rushes for 57 yards provided a big lift in critical situations. Even more impressive is the fact that Perine did so having come off a gruesome knee injury at the end of last season that saw him tear his ACL and MCL.

Those numbers brought his season totals to a very respectable 105 carries for 948 yards and seven touchdowns. He’s well on his way to rushing for more yards and touchdowns than the 1,438 and eight he posted as a sophomore.

Perine reports offers from Purdue and Tennessee but more will surely come his way as he further removes himself from his injury and continues to put up these numbers.
- William Wilkerson

3. 2014 WR has huge game

If Latrell Martin (Pflugerville, Texas/Hendrickson) continues to perform like he did on Friday, he’ll become more than just a blip on college coaches’ radars.

The 2014 wide receiver from just north of Austin was really the lone spark on offense for either Hendrickson or Round Rock (Texas) Stony Point. Both teams struggled to find a rhythm on offense at times.

But Martin provided all that Hendrickson would need by catching eight passes for 125 yards and one touchdown in its 16-13 victory. His 72-yard touchdown catch in the fourth proved to be the game winner.

Martin has already surpassed his numbers from a season ago when he caught 12 passes for 150 yards and two touchdowns. He has 18 receptions for 248 yards and two scores on the year.

He doesn’t report any offers at this time but that could change by seasons end, or sooner, as schools flock to his school to check in on him and Perine.
- William Wilkerson

4. Best 2014 Texas DE? Good question.

In watching Roberson on Thursday night, I couldn’t help wonder how he’d match up when put on the same field as Coppell’s Solomon Thomas and Arlington Martin’s Myles Garrett.

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