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Prolific pass-catch duo of Devante Kincade, Ra'Shaad Samples key to Skyline's hopes against Spring Westfield
Chemistry between Kincade, Samples goes beyond the playbook
Devante Kincade and Ra’Shaad Samples have no need for words.
When Skyline coaches called an 8-yard stop route during the season opener against The Woodlands, Kincade shot a glance at Samples. It was an unspoken audible, and Samples understood what to do.
Samples raced by the cornerback and kept going. He looked up, found the ball and ran for a touchdown — one of four touchdown passes from Kincade to Samples in the 42-28 Skyline victory.
“As soon as he hiked the ball, I knew what he wanted me to do,” Samples said. “I looked up, and the ball was already in the air for six.”
Skyline’s senior quarterback and wide receiver form one of the most dynamic duos in the state.
Kincade, a Mississippi pledge, has thrown for 2,459 yards and 36 touchdowns. He’s also run for 687 yards and 11 scores.
Of those 36 touchdown passes, 22 have gone to Samples, an Oklahoma State pledge. Samples has 52 receptions this year, which represents more than a third of Kincade’s completions.
“I feel like there isn’t anybody that can stop him,” Kincade said of Samples. “He has great hands and feet. And if he’s facing man-to-man coverage, he knows how to get off the line and escape pressure.”
The two haven’t always been teammates. In fact, their bond today is strengthened by how much they’ve competed against each other.
Kincade and Samples attended different middle schools. Their teams played in the seventh- and eighth-grade basketball championships, and they also met in the eighth-grade football championship.
When they arrived at Skyline, each already respected the other’s talent and drive.
“I think he can do everything,” Samples said of Kincade, “and he’s a master in the pocket.”
Skyline tends to play its best football when Kincade and Samples are connecting. The pair struggled just once this year, and it resulted in Skyline’s lone loss — a 38-36 upset by Arlington Bowie.
Samples had only a 17-yard touchdown catch in the game. He battled just to get open and dropped two passes that were sure to be scores.
“That game has set the tone for our season,” Samples said. “When we win and get to the state championship, that will be the game that took us there.”
Skyline (11-1) is beating opponents by an average of 37 points in the nine games since the loss. It will face Spring Westfield (12-0) in a Class 5A Division I Region II semifinal at 3 p.m. Saturday.
Westfield has allowed two touchdowns or less in five of its last six games, including routs of its first two playoff opponents.
But Kincade and Samples say they’re confident in Skyline’s explosive offense, which had seven plays of 26 yards or more in last weekend’s 47-28 victory against Mesquite Horn.
Three of those were passes from Kincade to Samples, who had touchdowns of 57 and 40 yards.
“The thing about this offense,” Kincade said, “is there’s nothing a defense can do. They can’t cover every spot on the field.”
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