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Five things I learned this weekend

10/10/2011

Arkansas commit Hatcher helps end streak

Tulsa (Okla.) Union saw two streaks come to an end Friday, courtesy of four-star receiver Keon Hatcher and Owasso (Okla.).

Hatcher, who has committed to Arkansas, caught 12 passes for 234 yards and two touchdowns -- including a game-winning, 5-yard catch with 10 seconds remaining -- to help Owasso beat Union, 41-38, in come-from-behind fashion. Union, ranked No. 15 in the last week’s Fab 50, squandered a 21-point lead and let Owasso cover 95 yards in the winning drive.

With the victory, Owasso not only broke a 16-game losing skid to Union dating back to 1986, but also gave Union its first district loss in 14 years. Union had a 94-game district winning streak entering Friday’s game.

“This was the first time I’ve beaten Union since I started playing football in the sixth grade,” Hatcher said. "Just to be put in that position and me scoring, it was crazy. But I’ve got to give it to my teammates. We made a 95-yard drive; it was a total team effort.”

Hatcher celebrated the win in Fayetteville, Ark., as he watched the Arkansas-Auburn game.

OU-bound Harris hoping Edwards joins Sooners

Oklahoma’s blowout victory against Texas showed the nation’s top-ranked recruit everything he wanted to see -- to a point where he could be reconsidering his current commitment.

According to ESPN’s Mitch Sherman, defensive end Mario Edwards (Denton, Texas/Billy Ryan) has the Sooners very high on his recruiting list. The 6-foot-4, 285-pound, five-star standout and Under Armour All-American committed to Florida State back in March and is still pledged to be a Seminole, but he openly admitted to leaning toward being a Sooner over the weekend.

“Right now,” Edwards told Sherman after Oklahoma’s 55-17 win over Texas, “OU seems like it's the team for me.”

One player who is hoping the switch becomes a reality is fellow Texan and Under Armour All-American De'Vante Harris (Mesquite, Texas/Horn). The four-star cornerback was excited to hear about Edwards and said he would give the Sooners “that extra oomph” on the defensive side.

“If it happens, it’ll be big ... big, big, big,” Harris said. “He brings an extra element to the defense. He’s a big playmaker, and he’s going to do his job and make plays. He’ll be a great add-on to the defense.”

Harris then had a personal message for Edwards.

“Come on with it, man,” Harris said. “Come and be a Sooner.”

Extended streaks ending in Missouri, too

Rockhurst (Kansas City, Mo.) entered Friday’s battle with Jefferson City (Mo.) as the defending Missouri Class 6A champion and the No. 34 team in the Fab 50. Jefferson City entered with a chip on its shoulder and a mission to end more than a decade of frustration.

Jefferson City used a 30-yard field goal by senior kicker Ryan Tanner in the second overtime to top Rockhurst, 33-30. That game-winning field goal allowed Jefferson City to snap a 13-game losing skid against Rockhurst.

While Rockhurst has built a reputation for its stout defense -- one led by Nebraska-bound, Under Armour All-American linebacker Michael Rose -- Jefferson City was the team making all the defensive plays. Senior defensive back Jack Young set Jefferson City up with the opportunity to win during overtime, intercepting a Rockhurst pass.

Young also had a fumble recovery in the second quarter that led to a huge Jefferson City touchdown. In addition, junior defensive back Chris Sutton intercepted a Rockhurst pass and returned it for a touchdown in the first half.

Defense pacing nationally-ranked Texas team

The phrase “defense wins championships” is more than just another old football idiom to Katy (Texas). The Tigers have won three state championships in the last 10 years using a traditionally-strong defensive unit.

Ranked No. 5 in the Fab 50, Katy continues to live by its defensive philosophy. The Tigers are coming off a 45-7 win Thursday against Morton Ranch (Katy, Texas). Those seven points match the season-high Katy’s defense has allowed in a game -- a staggering statistic in the world of spread offenses.

In six wins, Katy has allowed an average of only five points, 173.7 yards and nine first downs per game. The Tigers feature defensive end Matt Dimon and defensive backs Isaiah Brown and Kyle Fulks, among others.

FB keeps Kansas school undefeated

When senior fullback Colborn Couchman (Scott City, Kan./Scott City) isn’t working on honing his track and field skills, he is doing his part in keeping a talented Scott City football team undefeated.

In a battle of unbeaten, Scott City defeated Ulysses (Kan.), 27-13, Saturday afternoon. The game featured rivals dating back all the way to the mid-1930s. Couchman was a workhorse at running back for Scott City, rushing 27 times for 166 yards and two touchdowns.

Couchman, in addition to being an option in the backfield, is a rising hurdler on the track. He competes in both the 110-meter and 300-meter hurdles.

Couchman and junior Dalton Buehler lead a Scott City ground game that averages roughly 275 yards per game. Scott City’s offense is scoring nearly 40 points per contest.