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Long overdue: Haltom all-state QB Michael Black picks up first offer. More to come?

Haltom QB Michael Black
Haltom QB Michael Black Courtesy

Haltom dual-threat quarterback Michael Black has put up some of the best numbers across the state the past two seasons, but that didn’t lead to a single college offer.

Until Wednesday.

The senior received his first offer from UT-Permian Basin, he announced on Twitter.

Black had led the Buffalos to a 8-0 start this season, their best start since 1997. Haltom started 11-0 in both 1996 and 1997, winning one playoff game each time.

Haltom has picked up votes in the Associated Press 6A state poll and is No. 5 in the latest Star-Telegram power rankings.

He’s accounted for over 2,500 yards of total offense and 34 TDs this year. He’s thrown for 19 TDs to just two interceptions.

Black passed and ran for over 100 yards and scored four times as the Buffalos upset then No. 9 Euless Trinity, 48-34, on the road during the Trojans’ homecoming.

Even after the initial hand shake and school songs, Euless Trinity congratulated Haltom on the victory in a sign of respect on Friday night.

Haltom has clinched a playoff berth and sits in first place (4-0) in District 3-6A. The Buffs are coming off a 52-13 victory over Richland and plays L.D. Bell on Friday before finishing the regular season at San Angelo Central.

They can clinch at least a share of the district title against Bell.

Black, who made visits to Oklahoma State, Tulsa and others this summer, was an all-state selection last season after accounting for over 2,700 yards and 30 TDs. He has rushed for 100 or more yards in 10 games during the past two seasons.

The Buffs went 6-5 and made their first playoff appearance since 2009. It was also their first winning season since 2000.

Haltom defeated Keller Central 28-17 to earn a spot in the post season for the first time since 2009. Coach Jason Tucker addressed his team after the game.

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