Top Ranked HS Football Week Three Highlights | Part 2

The Yellowjackets after their victory last week | Rockwall ISD Facebook

With Week 3 of 2021 Season Texas High School football play now in the books, this is the second look at scores, summaries and, when provided, game highlights. Under review are some of the ranked schools whose programs were mentioned in earlier Dallas Express articles. Team season-to-date won-lost marks are cited in parenthesis.

As expected, the Rockwall Yellowjackets vaulted high up in the ranks, a jump that didn’t rest until the 4th spot had been reached. It was earned by the ‘Jackets Week 3 59-35 rubout of Austin Lake Travis, a game summarized in a previous installment of this series. Meanwhile, the Cavaliers slid down to the 14th peg on the Lone Star State ranking ladder.

Carthage Bulldogs (2-0) 42, Cornerstone Christian Academy Warriors (1-2) 14. With Katy now holding onto the fifth spot, the Carthage Bulldogs assume the 6th overall State rank. Hosting their San Antonio housed Academy guests in a non-conference Week 2 game, the Bulldogs ran up a 28-7 Second Half advantage in cruising to the final score.  Head coach Scott Surratt seems to have this eight time and now defending Division 4-A State Champions well greased for another post-season run.  A few gaps mark the schedule, as Week 3 was a bye, and the next scheduled game does not arrive until Sept. 24, when the Bulldogs will host Gilmer.

Denton Guyer Wildcats (3-0) 37, Lake Ridge Eagles (0-3) 6 — the Wildcats most likely neither harmed nor especially enhanced their hold on the #7 State Rank by this victory margin over the winless Eagles.  On its home field Lake Ridge could muster only 43 yards passing — 2 attempts met with an interception — and exactly 250 total from scrimmage. A third turnover was inflicted on a lost fumble.  Guyer has yet to provide its player statistics.

50 miles west of Dallas the home field Aledo Bearcats (3-0) emptied the bench early and often in steamrolling over the Arlington Heights Yellowjackets (1-2) in a 64-0 final. Possibly motivated by the school motto, “Aspire to Excellence” while clad in their signature Orange and Black, players under the expert coaching pf Tim Buchanan and staff obviously aspire to maintain a certain cruise control as three time defending Division 5A State Champions.  Standing immediately in the way is a Sept. 17 road visit to Burleson High.

South from Dallas by 250 miles along I-45 and east of Austin is Humble, home to the Atascocita Eagles (3-0).  A resounding 43-21 Sep 11 non-conference road win at Klein Oak Panthers (1-2) not only preserved an unblemished Eagle season record but escorted them into elite company — the 9th spot in Texas ranks.  Dating from only 2006, the school includes a U.S. Marine Junior Officers Training Corps which has consistently gained Naval Honor School recognition.  The 3R School motto of Rigor, Relevance and Relationships will be needed in Week 4 as the Eagles are scheduled for a widely anticipated road game at Denton Guyer, a showdown between a pair of unbeatens.

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