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Five things I learned this weekend

10/17/2011

High-profile coaches on hand to watch DGB

According to multiple sources, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops and offensive coordinator Jay Norvell and Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino all were in attendance watching five-star receiver Dorial Green-Beckham (Springfield, Mo./Hillcrest) chase history Friday.

Green-Beckham, perhaps the most-wanted high school athlete in the country, entered Friday’s game against West Plains (Mo.) needing only 369 receiving yards to catch the career yards record of 5,867 set by Abram Booty (Shreveport, La./Evangel Christian) in 1996. Green-Beckham finished the game with five catches for 116 yards and two touchdowns in a 49-0 win.

With the win, Hillcrest claimed its first Ozark Conference title in 10 years. It also pushed Green-Beckham that much closer into the national record books. He had 354 yards last week in a 40-19 win against Rolla (Mo.), which set a single-game Missouri state record.

Green-Beckham has both Oklahoma and Arkansas among his final list, as well as Alabama, Auburn and Missouri.

DFW area has one of wildest weeks ever

Perhaps it was something in the Gatorade in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Senior quarterback Marshall Williams (Flower Mound, Texas/Flower Mound) threw for 425 yards and seven touchdowns in a 59-36 win Friday over Lewisville (Texas). On any regular day, Williams’ video-game stats would be considered astronomical. On Friday, they were barely good enough to be considered a top-five candidate.

Senior Brian Buell (Dallas, Texas/Jesuit) threw for 427 yards and eight touchdowns in a 62-30 win over Richardson (Texas). The eight touchdowns tied a state record, and Buell became the 10th player in Texas high school football history to achieve the honor.

And then, in a game played on the other end of the Metroplex, eight all of a sudden wasn’t enough.

Junior Wesley Harris (Fort Worth, Texas/Southwest) set the new state record with nine touchdown passes, leading Southwest to a 66-21 win against Arlington Heights (Fort Worth, Texas). Harris threw for 562 yards, and his record-setting pass came early in the fourth quarter when he connected with junior Robbie Rhodes on a 29-yard play. The national record, according to the latest edition of the National High School Sports Record Book, is 10, which is held by five players.

Rhodes shared top billing with his teammate, as he set Texas high school records with a 10-catch, 394-yard, eight-touchdown performance. The 394 receiving yards topped a 2009 outing by Blake Jumonville (Richardson, Texas/Pearce), who had 386 against Newman Smith (Carrollton, Texas).

“I was just looking to score every time we had the ball,” Rhodes told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “If we score every time, we win. It was an important game and we needed to win.”

Rhodes’ eight touchdowns eclipsed the state record of six, which was held by three players entering the weekend. The mark also tied a national record set in 1998 by Earvin Johnson (Los Angeles, Calif./Cathedral).

Friday in the DFW so special that four-star Texas commit Johnathan Gray (Aledo, Texas) ran for 243 yards and six touchdowns in a win – yet, his performance was considered something of a sidebar.

Junior fits as replacement for OU-bound RB

Three weeks ago, four-star running back and Oklahoma commit Alex Ross (Jenks, Okla./Jenks) put a PSA out to those who follow Jenks football.

“Watch out for Trey’Vonne Barr’e,” he said. “He’s going to be a good one.”

Barr’e, a 5-foot-10, 175-pound junior running back is making a prophet out of Ross (No. 39 in the ESPNU 150), who is recovering from a collarbone injury but watching his football team take care of business without him in the lineup. Jenks beat Sapulpa (Okla.), 45-14, Friday, and Barr’e rushed for more than 200 yards and scored three touchdowns.

For the year, Barr’e has nearly 1,100 rushing yards and will be asked to shoulder even more of the running load with Ross on the sidelines. Barr’e, building a reputation for his elusiveness and versatility, is getting early looks from Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Tulsa.

Kansas rivalry ends as another nail-biter

One of the better rivalries in Kansas pits Salina South against Salina Central. Entering Friday’s showdown, the teams had played a game decided by three points eight out of the last 10 years. With a last-second kick by South senior Chris Wearing, that statistic became nine game in 11 years.

Wearing booted a 37-yard field goal to give South a 44-41 win over Central in a battle for the Mayor’s Cup. It was a game that featured two school records falling, courtesy of South senior quarterback Christian Linenberger and Central senior quarterback Jackson Rolfs.

Linenberger rushed for a South single-game school-record 337 yards and three touchdowns. Rolfs threw for a Central single-game record 395 yards and four scores.

Texas coach the newest in 300 club

Dallas Highland Park coach Randy Allen is noticeable because of the Tom Landry-esque fedora he wears in every game. On Friday, he became recognized as a member of the prestigious 300 club.

Allen recorded his 300th coaching victory by leading Highland Park to a 41-27 win over J.J. Pearce (Richardson, Texas). Allen, who has coached for more than three decades – 13 of those years coming at Highland Park – became the 11th member of the fraternity of Texas coaches to achieve the milestone, including legendary active coaches G.A. Moore (Aubrey, Texas) and Phil Danaher (Corpus Christi, Texas/Calallen).

“He has been with so many great teams, and he will always remember this game as the 300th win,” Highland Park quarterback Brady Burgin told ESPN’s Brittany Levine. “In the future, it is going to be really cool to see how we were the team that helped him get that.”

Burgin, a 6-foot-2, 205-pound, three-star senior, threw for 356 yards and touchdown in the win. He is being recruited by Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, SMU, Tulsa, Kansas and several others.