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Thursday, November 29, 2012
Top HS playoff games with Longhorns ties

By William Wilkerson

The third round of the Texas state high school playoffs will kickoff this weekend and several Texas commitments and targets are still playing.

Here are five games worth keeping an eye that have to do with those players:

• DeSoto (12-0) vs. Arlington Bowie (11-1) | 2 p.m. Saturday at Pennington Field
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Can Class of 2014 safety Edwin Freeman and Arlington Bowie stop Dontre Wilson and Desoto?
Players of interest: 2013 Oregon commitment and Texas offer Dontre Wilson (DeSoto); 2014 Texas safety offer Edwin Freeman (Bowie).
How they got here: DeSoto defeated Coppell 42-14; Bowie beat El Paso Franklin 31-14.

This is going to be a doozy. In DeSoto, you have one of the nation’s most talented teams led by one of the nation’s most dynamic playmakers in Dontre Wilson. The Oregon commitment rushed 24 times for 204 yards and three touchdowns and also caught a 46-yard touchdown last week against previously unbeaten Coppell.

Then you’ve got Bowie, a perennial state power with the speed to match the Eagles. The Vols are led by quarterback Tony James, who has thrown for 1,592 yards, 20 touchdowns and only five interceptions, and running back Don Jerry, who has rushed for 1,143 yards and 15 scores.

• Galena Park North Shore (11-1) vs. Alief Elsik (9-3) | 3 p.m. Saturday at Houston’s Reliant Stadium
Players of interest: 2014 Texas linebacker offer Zac Whitley (North Shore); 2014 OL Trevon Tate (North Shore).
How they got here: North Shore defeated Friendswood Clear Brook 31-9, Elsik beat Katy Cinco Ranch 27-17.

North Shore historically has one of the toughest defenses in the state, and that is no different this season. The Mustangs have held eight opponents to single-digits, including their last three.

Whitley’s main objective will be to slow down Elsik dual-threat quarterback Caleb Bedford, who has rushed 149 times for 1,009 yards and 15 touchdowns.

• Waco (9-3) vs. Wolfforth Frenship (11-1) | 2 p.m. Saturday at San Angelo Stadium
Players on interest: 2013 OL offer Andrew Billings (Waco)
How they got here: Waco defeated Lake Dallas 24-21; Frenship beat Clint Horizon 42-14.

Those wondering where Billings will end up committing are just going to have to keep waiting. Waco just keeps on rolling in the playoffs and continuing to do so is at the forefront of his mind right now. Texas, TCU and Baylor are just going to have to wait a little longer for him to switch his attention to his recruitment.

• Lancaster (11-1) vs. Prosper (10-2) | 3 p.m. Saturday at Garland’s Homer B. Johnson Stadium
Players of interest: 2013 Washington commitment and former Longhorns defensive end commitment Daeshon Hall (Lancaster); 2014 Texas A&M athlete commitment and Texas offer Nick Harvey (Lancaster); 2014 Texas wide receiver target Nick Alexander (Lancaster); 2013 Texas wide receiver target and Notre Dame commitment Torii Hunter Jr. (Prosper).
How they got here: Lancaster defeated Lucas Lovejoy 41-16; Prosper beat Dallas Carter 50-18.

Two of the top players in the state should cross paths on numerous occasions in this one in Hunter and Harvey.
Harvey, who will likely play defensive back in college, somewhat surprisingly committed to Texas A&M on Monday. He has really made a name for himself on offense in the playoffs by rushing for a touchdown and catching a touchdown in each of Lancaster’s first two postseason games.

• Celina (10-2) vs. Henderson (8-4) | 7:30 p.m. Friday at Mesquite’s Hanby Stadium
Players of interest: 2013 Texas offensive lineman commitment Jake Raulerson (Celina); 2015 quarterback Nathan Elliott (Celina)
How they got here: Celina defeated Dallas Madison 51-20; Henderson beat Quinlan Ford 49-13.

Celina has scored 50-plus points in each of its playoff games, which has a lot to do with the protection Raulerson has given Elliott and the short fields Raulerson has helped create from his nose guard position. Henderson can score, though, so he’ll have to be on his A game to get Celina one step closer to a state title.