Offense gets big jump on defense in season’s opening week

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Remember when defenses enjoyed an advantage early in the season as offenses struggled to find their timing?

Those days are apparently over as area high school football teams opened the season by lighting up defenses and scoreboards.

Fort Worth All Saints set a school record for most points scored in Friday’s 70-26 victory over Brownwood. Despite a “slow start” from All Saints quarterback Foster Sawyer, the TCU commitment finished with 335 passing yards and five touchdowns.

“Honestly I feel like, especially in Texas, everyone’s going toward a hurry-up offense,” Sawyer said. “That was the main thing at Brownwood. When we went hurry up and I started calling the plays, they couldn’t even get down in a three-point stance, they didn’t know what the plays were and they were getting tired.

“Big name schools like Allen and Southlake; everyone is starting to go towards that.”

All Saints wasn’t the only team to put up 70 points. Colleyville Heritage managed to score 42, but still lost by four touchdowns to Duncanville and quarterback Jeremiah Drake, who threw for 435 yards and five scores.

Allen signal caller Kyler Murray credited the game plan after torching Southlake Carroll for 466 passing yards, three touchdowns and a gaudy 19.4 yards per attempt in the Eagles’ 49-27 victory.

Then there’s Fort Worth Southwest sophomore quarterback Devin Williams, who passed for 468 yards and four touchdowns in the Raiders’ 48-26 win at Cleburne.

“It was just great play calling. We watched film the whole week from their scrimmage against [Arlington] Heights and focused in on Cleburne’s defense,” Williams said. “I figured out what their corners and safeties were trying to do and I just really picked them apart with curls and hot routes with the linebackers not picking up on our slots.”

Crowley and Kennedale took a more traditional approach in their matchup with similar results. Crowley edged Kennedale 42-41 in a contest that featured 879 combined rushing yards.

Eagles’ running back Dalonzo Freeman rushed for 335 yards and two scores behind an offensive line without any prior varsity experience. Kennedale running back Juwan Washington rushed for 243 yards and three touchdowns.

“I think in Week 0 nowadays offenses are ahead of defenses because you can simulate 7-on-7, all of those type of things as far as execution, but what you can’t simulate is blocking and tackling,” Crowley coach Chris James said. “So that to me is the key in Week 0 and why so many teams put up so many points. You can’t simulate the speed of the game in practice.”

Border dispute

The Southwest Showcase will pit the two top programs from Oklahoma against two of the best in North Texas in a double-header Saturday at Dragon Stadium in Southlake.

At 4 p.m., DeSoto (1-0), the No. 3 ranked Class 5A team in Texas, will face Tulsa Union, which has won seven state titles since 2002. At 8 p.m., No. 4 Euless Trinity will open its season against defending 6A state champ Oklahoma Jenks (13 titles overall).

Texas swept the doubleheader last season with DeSoto beating Jenks 52-27 and Trinity clipping Union 21-18 at Pennington Field.

The Showcase will be held at AT&T Stadium in Arlington next season.

Play of the week

Fort Worth Dunbar QB La’Quarrian Peoples received the snap, rolled slightly right, pulled up and hit DeVonta Kinney, who ran a back-side post route, for a 20-yard touchdown with three seconds to play to defeat Dallas Lincoln 20-19 on Friday.

“You feel elated, you feel happy about it because you’re able to get a victory, especially against a team like Lincoln, because they are a very good team, well coached and have some good athletes out there,” Dunbar coach Todd Lawson said. “The kids battled, they battled to the end and that’s what you want.”

Peoples and Kinney hooked up on the same play earlier in the game for 30 yards and with everything on the line late, Dunbar went back to the well.

“We had [three receivers] on one side and knew we were going to get single coverage on DeVonta because they were doubling on Stepfawn Hughes,” Lawson said. “They left him one-on-one, he was able to get inside that corner, so he was open for the touchdown.”

Jarret Johnson, 817-390-7760 Twitter: @Johnson Jarret

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