From Sachse QB Alex Orji (8 TDs) to Miller QB Jaedyn Brown (8 TDs), there were dozens of standout high school football performances across the state of Texas during the fourth weekend of the 2021 season. Here’s a look at Texas’ top stars for Sept. 16-18.
(Feature photo by Blake Purcell)
TOP STARS IN TEXAS HS FOOTBALL FOR SEPT. 16-18
Matthew Allen, DeSoto QB
Allen finished with a game-high 471 passing yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions on 22-of-28 passing in DeSoto’s loss to Duncanville.
Jackson Arnold, Denton Guyer QB
Arnold went 29-of-41 for 337 yards and three touchdowns and added a rushing TD in a 46-35 win over Atascocita.
Jaedyn Brown, Miller QB
Jaedyn Brown put on a show Thursday night, throwing eight touchdown passes to lead Miller to a 62-28 win over Brownsville Hanna. Brown, a sophomore, finished 17-of-29 for 471 yards.
Diego Cervantes, Odessa QB
Ceravntes threw for 408 yards and two TDs on 34-of-46 passing in Odessa’s loss to Wichita Falls Rider.
Sam Fennegan, Melissa QB
Fennegan went 21-of-30 for 390 yards and four touchdowns and added 44 yards rushing in a 48-28 win over Midlothian Heritage.
Oscar Gordon, Austin LBJ QB
Gordon threw for 135 yards and four TDs on 10-of-12 passing and ran for 201 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries to lead LBJ to a 41-34 victory against Liberty Hill.
Cale Hellums, Tomball QB
Hellums threw for 167 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 94 yards in a 38-13 win over Conroe Oak Ridge.
Caleb Hesseltine, Refugio QB
Hesseltine completed 18 of 22 passes for 287 yards and four touchdowns in Refugio’s 78-0 victory against Sabinal.
Josh Hoover, Rockwall Heath QB
Hoover threw for 265 yards and three TDs on 17-of-23 passing in Rockwall Heath’s win 70-35 over McKinney North.
Aidan Jakobsohn, Ingleside QB
Jakobsohn completed 10 of 13 passes for 237 yards and three touchdowns in Ingleside’s 35-19 victory against Gonzales.
Mateo Llanes, McAllen Rowe QB
Llanes was 24-of-35 for 445 yards and five TDs through the air and also ran for 20 yards and a score on five carries in Rowe’s 49-21 win over Brownsville Pace.
Josh Lopez, Banquete QB
Lopez completed 13 of 24 passes for 365 yards and five touchdowns in a 39-18 win over Agua Dulce.
Keldric Luster, Frisco Liberty QB
Luster threw for 254 yards and a TD and ran for 227 yards and five TDs to lead Frisco Liberty to a 56-38 win over Frisco Memorial.
Maguire Martin, Plano Prestwood QB
Martin threw for 308 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 72 yards in a 28-14 win over Fort Worth All Saints.
Owen McCown, Rusk QB
McCown completed 30 of 35 passes for 408 yards and two TDs in Rusk’s 58-22 victory against Bullard.
Austin Novosad, Dripping Springs QB
Novosad was 25-of-33 for 449 yards and five TDs in the Tigers’ 48-45 win over New Braunfels Canyon.
Alex Orji, Sachse QB
Orji was 14-of-22 for 282 yards and five touchdowns and ran for 120 yards and three TDs to lead Sachse to a 56-21 win over Lakeview Centennial.
Matthew Ortiz, Alice QB
Ortiz completed 11-of-16 passes for 273 yards and accounted for five total touchdowns – four passing and one rushing – in Alice’s 48-14 win over Hidalgo.
Brennan Storer, Highland Park QB
Storer went 17-of-20 for 227 yards and three TDs and ran for 34 yards and a touchdown in Highland Park’s 52-31 win over Rockwall.
Preston Alford, Dripping Springs RB
Alford rushed 21 times for 160 yards and two touchdowns and also caught six passes for 106 yards and a receiving TD in a 48-45 overtime victory against New Braunfels Canyon.
Marquise, College Station RB
Collins carried the ball 13 times for 183 yards and caught three passes for 106 yards and a TD in a 45-3 win against New Caney Porter.
Ernest Davila, Poteet RB
Davila ran 17 times for 224 yards and four touchdowns and added a 8-yard reception in a 48-8 win over Manor New Tech.
Seth Davis, Katy RB
Davis carried the ball 31 times for 223 yards and two touchdowns in Katy’s 21-14 win over The Woodlands.
Bryson Donnell, Tyler Legacy RB
Donnell ran 11 times for 142 yards and three TDs and caught four passes for 64 yards and a TD in a loss to Allen.
Zach Evans, Rockwall-Heath RB
Evans ran 15 times for 130 yards and three touchdowns in Rockwall-Heath’s 70-35 win over McKinney North.
Josh Gomez, Edcouch-Elsa RB
Gomez rushed for 305 yards and three touchdowns and caught two passes for 41 receiving yards in Edcouch-Elsa’s win against PSJA Southwest.
Tristan Gray, Mineral Wells RB/P
Gray accounted for 305 rushing yards and four TDs on 35 carries in addition to a punt pinning Sanger inside the 20-yard line in a 42-41 victory.
Zach Hernandez, Highland Park RB
Hernandez rushed 19 times for 163 yards and a touchdown in a 41-40 loss to Montgomery Lake Creek.
Jaylen Jenkins, Allen RB
Jenkins carried the ball 14 times for 161 yards and two touchdowns and added a receiving TD in Allen’s 49-28 win over Tyler Legacy on Sept. 16.
Yacob Lozano, Laredo Cigarroa QB/FS
Lozano ran for 238 yards and four TDs on 16 carries and added four tackles, four extra-point kicks and 264 yards on seven kick/punt returns in Cigarroa’s 34-7 win over Crystal City.
Malachi Medlock, Duncanville RB
Medlock ran 23 times for 160 yards and two touchdowns in Duncanville’s 42-21 win over DeSoto.
Harold Perkins, Cypress Park RB/LB
Perkins rushed seven times for 120 yards and two TDs in addition to a 39-yard touchdown reception in Cy Park’s 62-7 win over Cypress Springs.
Santana Scott, Katy Morton Ranch RB
Scott ran 21 times for 234 yards and four touchdowns and caught two passes for 84 yards and a TD in a 41-40 loss to Montgomery Lake Creek.
Lonnie Adkism, Miller WR/DB
Adkism hauled in four receptions for 97 yards and a touchdown and also intercepted a pass on defense in Miller’s win over Brownsville Hanna.
Tadeo Garza, Rowlett WR
Garza snagged six receptions for 147 yards and two TDs in a loss to Hebbronville.
Matthew Golden, Klein Cain WR
Golden hauled in eight catches for 203 yards and a touchdown in Cain’s 63-28 win over Katy Taylor.
Jalen Hale, Longview WR/DB
Hale caught two long touchdown passes and recovered a fumble in the end zone for another TD to lead Longview to a 24-21 win over Bryant (Arkansas).
Nathaniel Hill, Dallas Parish Episcopal WR
Hill had six catches for 139 yards and a touchdown in a 45-14 win over Argyle Liberty Christian.
Ashton Jeanty, Frisco Liberty WR
Hill had six catches for 104 yards, ran 18 times for 102 yards and tallied five total TDs in a 38-21 win over Frisco Independence.
Parker Livingstone, Lucas Lovejoy WR
Livingstone caught four passes for 124 yards and a TD in a 49-7 win over Denison.
Landon Marsh, New Braunfels WR
Marsh hauled in 12 catches for 121 yards and a touchdown and added two rushing TDs in a 24-21 win over Converse Judson.
Grayson O’Bara, Denton Guyer WR
O’Bara had nine receptions for 164 yards and a touchdown in a 46-35 win over Atascocita.
Jaquaize Pettaway, Langham Creek WR
Pettaway caught four passes for 116 yards and two touchdowns in a 38-10 win over Cypress Ridge.
Chase Sowell, Atascocita WR
Sowell caught 7 passes for 135 yards and two TDs in a loss to Denton Guyer.
Ernest Thomas, Rowlett WR
Thomas hauled in five catches for 123 yards and a touchdown in a 50-0 win over South Garland.
Alejandro Vasquez, Alice WR
Vasquez caught four passes for 132 yards and two touchdowns in a victory against Hidalgo.
DEFENSE/SPECIAL TEAMS STARS
Aiden Inesta-Rodriguez, San Antonio Brandeis DB
Inesta-Rodriguez returned a kickoff 78 yards for a touchdown in a 45-35 win over San Antonio Clark.
Carter Johnson, Amarillo LB
Johnson made 17 tackles and three sacks in Amarillo’s 31-14 win over Wolfforth Frenship.
Jay Paquinto, Friendswood Clear Brook OLB
Paquinto had nine tackles and seven sacks in Clear Brook’s 49-23 win over La Porte.
Alan Sierra, Fabens DE
Sierra made 17 tackles, including four TFLs and three sacks, and forced a fumble in a loss to Pecos.
Jayden Silguero, La Villa LB/WR
Silguero tallied 17 tackles and five sacks in La Villa’s 34-0 win over Monte Alto.
Lamodrick Spencer, Duncanville Safety
Spencer had a 53-yard pick-six in Duncanville’s 42-21 win over DeSoto.