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Arlington Martin shines against Allen; Highland Park, Plano West play to draw in scrimmages
Arlington Martin 24, Allen 17
ARLINGTON -- Trip White threw three second-half touchdown passes to lead Arlington Martin past Texas' AP-ranked No. 1 Allen 24-17 during last Friday's pre-season scrimmage game.
White, a sophomore, connected with Josh Watson from 10 yards out with a minute elapsed in the fourth quarter for the go-ahead score.
Allen, the UIL Class 5A Division-I reigning champion, scored on its first drive of the game and the second half, but otherwise had little offensive production. Both teams rotated in all of their players, with the first-team players sitting out half of the game.
Allen went up 17-3 in the third off Kyler Murray's second touchdown pass to Connor Smith -- the first came on Allen's first offensive play -- to cue Martin's comeback.
White, making his first varsity appearance as quarterback, threw a pair of touchdown passes to Tyler Wilson, shaking off early struggles as Martin erased a slow first half.
"(White) was a little shaky in the first quarter," Martin coach Bob Wager said, "we were all a little shaky in the first quarter -- maybe we coached better in the second half -- but I thought he did a good job. He came back, we were down 10-0, rallied back and got great experience."
After Allen's 65-yard scoring play to open its attack, dropped passes and fumbles started to creep up and hamper the defending champion's offense.
Allen twice lost the ball inside its own 10-yard line, once when the ball was snapped well over the head of Murray.
"We'll go back and check out the video, make some corrections," Allen coach Tom Westerberg said. "We've got a lot of things to correct. We turned the ball over quite a few times, and we've got quite a few things to correct."
Highland Park 0, Plano West 0
Highland Park and Plano West, two teams with radically different finishes to the 2012 football season, tied 0-0 in a Friday night scrimmage in University Park to informally kick off 2013.
Plano West capped off last season with a thrilling run deep into the 5A Division II playoffs, finishing the year 9-5 after losing to Austin Westlake in the region final.
But for Highland Park, ranked No. 4 in 4A in the last Associated Press poll of the regular season, the team bowed out in the first round of the playoffs, ending the year 9-2.
The two teams traded offensive series during Friday's scrimmage, and wrapped up with a 12-minute live quarter. Many Week 1 starters took reps, including quarterbacks Brooks Burgin for Highland Park and Robert Colmery for Plano West.
But Plano West coach Mike Hughes sat returning starting running backs Soso Jamabo and Auston Anderson, opting to give reps to Colmery and second stringers.
"I know what they can do," Hughes said. "I wanted to see what some of the young players can do tonight."
Jamabo and Anderson combined for 2,853 rushing yards and 37 touchdowns last season in 14 games.
"When we get serious we'll get them in there, and we're gonna hand them the ball until they puke," Hughes said, with a laugh.
Highland Park coach Randy Allen, in his 15th season at the school, returns just one starter on offense but six on defense. The team sits at No. 4 in SportsDayHS' pre-season rankings of 4A teams in the Dallas area.
"The best thing about it is we got a lot of work in and we got out of it healthy," Allen said.
Burgin, a junior in his first year on varsity, got the vast majority of reps during the live quarter.
"Brooks did some good things tonight," Allen said. "He just needs some game experience in the varsity competition. He'll get better every week."
Plano West opens the regular season at Flower Mound Marcus at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 30, while Highland Park plays Aledo at home at 7 p.m. Aug. 31.
Plano East 7, Hebron 7
CARROLLTON -- One week before either team begins the regular season, Plano East and Hebron played to a 7-7 draw during the teams' live scrimmage match.
"More than anything else, we just wanted the chance to come out here and hit somebody else," said Brian Brazil, Hebron head coach. "We've had a really good spring and two-a-day practices."
Hebron's Clay Holford opened the scoring up for either team with a 51-yard pass in the middle of the first quarter of action, but saw his lead go when Plano East's Dee Clark finished off a long drive with 5:39 remaining in the second quarter.
"I thought our second quarter was pretty good," said Plano East's new head coachRandy Jackson. "The bottom line is we're better now than we were at 9 a.m.."
Mesquite Poteet 14, Frisco Centennial 7
FRISCO -- Mesquite Poteet beat hosts Frisco Centennial 14-7 in a one quarter live scrimmage at Frisco Independent Memorial Stadium on Friday evening.
Poteet quarterback Zach Barrientos threw one touchdown to Jaylon Smith and running back Deandre McNeal ran in the other score for the visitors.
Centennial got on the board for their only points of the scrimmage late in the live quarter when Stoney Hawkins found Kelley Cordova in the end zone for a 20-yard strike.
Poteet's aerial offense dominated both the live quarter and the controlled scrimmage that preceded it, which saw Poteet go the length of the field four times for scores.
Memorial's more ground-heavy attack had a hard time finding traction against Poteet's defense.
Both teams will be back in Frisco next week to open the season. Poteet will visit Frisco Liberty while Centennial will be at home to face Denison.
McKinney Boyd 21, Flower Mound 6
FLOWER MOUND -- McKinney Boyd tuned up for the opening of the regular season, rolling to a 21-6 victory in a Friday night scrimmage against Flower Mound.
The teams played a half in game-type conditions after a scripted session where they traded series of eight to 10 plays.
Boyd running back Dedrick Scrivens ran for 81 yards and a touchdown in the game portion of the scrimmage and quarterback Curtis Ladd threw for 134 yards and ran for another 71.
Boyd head coach Don Drake said he was "overall pretty pleased" with the way his team performed.
"Defensively, I thought we ran to the ball pretty well, and offensively, our execution was pretty good," Drake said. "But we've got a long way to go to be where we want to be. There were a lot of mental things. We've got to be locked in."
Flower Mound head coach Dane Johnson said his team showed its youth.
"We got pushed around and played on our heels a bit," he said. "The good thing is its only a scrimmage. We've got to learn from it."
Flower Mound suffered a couple of key injuries, Johnson said, including quarterback Connor Wanhanen and defensive back Jesse Mills.
Aledo 28, Denton Guyer 14
DENTON -- Aledo quarterback Ryan Newsome ran for 94 yards on four carries as Aledo beat defending 4A state champion Denton Guyer 28-14 on Friday in a two-quarter live scrimmage at C.H. Collins Stadium.
On the first play of the scrimmage, Guyer intercepted a pass, setting up a drive at the Aledo 7-yard line. Quarterback Trey Woods ran it in on the next play to give Guyer the early 7-0 lead.
Aledo answered back on the very next play as Newsome ripped off a 75-yard run down the sideline to even the score at 7 apiece with only 26 seconds of game clock used.
Guyer quarterback Remmington Reed fumbled a bad snap late in the second quarter, and after the loss of possession Aledo was able to answer back with another score to bring the score to 28-7.
Guyer scored on its next drive, but was unable to overcome the deficit.
Touted Guyer quarterback Jerrod Heard was noticeably absent for the timed portion of the scrimmage. Both teams combined for a total of less than 100 yards passing with Aledo's Chris Reed leading the way with 60 yards through the air.
Flower Mound Marcus 7, Skyline 7
FLOWER MOUND -- Marcus running back Mark Demery scampered 70 yards for a touchdown on the first play from scrimmage and Skyline's Jordan Stevenson answered right back with a 70-yard score of his own as the two teams played to a 7-7 draw Friday night.
Demery took a sweep to the right, broke a few tackles and was off to the races to put Marcus on the board just 16 seconds into the game. Skyline answered back just two plays later with Stevenson's long touchdown run to bring the pre-season tilt to a close.
Lancaster 6, South Garland 6
LANCASTER -- Lancaster and South Garland played to a six-six draw in a one-quarter live scrimmage Friday night.
While Lancaster's offense struggled for most of the quarter, South Garland's relied primarily on its running game to gain yards. South Garland struggled early and turned the ball over on downs after its first two possessions but used its running back to lead the team's third drive which led to the lone score.