Week 1 small school Top 10 performers
Spearman’s Jack Wilkerson (5) breaks loose against Stratford during a nondistrict game Friday night. [Ernie Bowen/ For Press Pass Sports]
Jack Wilkerson, Spearman, Sr. QB
Spearman proved they are much more than a one man show with all the attention Lynx speedy receiver and Division I prospect, Brenen Thompson gets. Thompson is a threat at all times, but it was quarterback Jack Wilkerson stealing headlines in a season-opening 42-6 thumping of rival Stratford. Wilkerson left the Elks defense scratching their head totaling 392 yards of offense as he sliced through Stratford for 241 yards on 19 totes, and added 151 in the air combining for five touchdowns.
Collin Bishop, Childress, Jr. QB
Arguably the most surprising score of the night went to the Childress Bobcats as they won a 68-45 shootout against Panhandle in Friday’s season opener. Bobcats gunslinger was outstanding in his season debut, picking a part the Panthers by going 22-of-36 for 497 yards with five touchdowns.
Devron Sims (Sr.) & Creek Churchill (Jr.), Childress, WR
The receiver combo were Bishop’s go-to targets for Childess. The 6-foot-2 athletic Sims hauled in five passes for 165 receiving yards scoring three touchdowns. Churchill answered with 146 yards receiving on six catches with a pair of TDs.
Spencer Williams, Dumas, Jr. QB
Fans know what to expect from the Dumas defense, but anyone in attendance saw the command senior quarterback Spencer Williams had in a 48-8 route of Seminole.
Williams diced up the Indians completing 18-of-28 passes for 304 yards and four touchdown passes. He also added 47 yards on the ground with a TD.
Canadian running back Hayze Hufstedler gets loose in the open field against West Texas High on Friday night. [Alan Hale/ For Press Pass Sports]
Hayze Hufstedler, Canadian, Sr. RB-LB
The hard-nosed, gritty, Hufstedler, was playing at another level durijf Canadian’s 77-26 blowout of West Texas High the bruising senior attacked the Comanches defense for 158 yards rushing on only nine carries, punching in three touchdowns. He also returned a kickoff 80-yards for a score.
Tate DeBord, Sunray, Sr. QB
Break out the Bobcats. For the first time since 2017, Sunray won its opening game of the season by sinking Sanford-Fritch, 42-14.
Tate DeBord was outstanding for the Bobcats as the QB accounted for 323 of the teams 348 total yards.
The senior did his damage both in the air and with his feet going 5-of-13 passing with 159 yards and a touchdown pass, while rushing it 21 times for 164 yards.
Hesston Marshall, Wheeler, Sr. RB
Wheeler’s workhorse Heston Marshall — the Texas Panhandle’s reigning leading rusher from last season, got his 2020 campaign off oj the right foot.
Marshall piledr up 181 yards on 20 carries, finding the endzone times. Marshall also included a 46 yard pick six.
Alberth Arguelles, Friona, Jr. LB
The Chieftains earned a 26-13 win against Brownfield, riding the momentum of last years run to the third round of the playoffs. In Friday’s victory over the Cubs, Friona defensive back Alberth Arguelles led the defense with an impressive 15 tackles.
Cole Emery, Bovina, Sr. QB
Bovina started off the year 1-0, downing Boys Ranch 36-1:3. The offense was fueled by dual-threat quarterback Cole Emery who led the team in both passing and rushing yards. Emery stockpiled 171 yards through the air to pair with 59 on the ground on 21 rushes.
Stetson Jameson, Happy, Sr. RB
Happy opened plenty of eyes in the Six-man world with a 68-20 mercy rule win of Groom on Friday. Jameson couldn’t be stopped piling up 249 yards rushing on only 23 carries with seven TDs. Defensively, Jameson was all over the field making 13 tackles and two sacks.