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Cypress Park has a shot in Class 6A DII Region II
Class 6A Region II, Division II seems like it's Rockwall-Heath's to lose. Coming from the top side of the bracket could be Bridgeland, who gets super QB Conner Weigman back but they would have to beat either Cedar Park or Garland.
Don't sleep on Cypress Park and Harold Perkins. They are thin but tremendously talented, but will have to face Rockwall-Heath early.
So, who will get out of the Region?
The Fab 5
No. 1 Seed – Rockwall-Heath
The Hawks are legit at 9-1 only losing 35-34 to Southlake Carroll. They beat Rockwall 79-71 on two overtimes to win the district. Can they stop anyone is the question? Seniors QB Josh Hoover and RB Zach Evans have accounted for over nearly 4,000 yards and 53 touchdowns. The Hawks are positioned to reach State after being in the Regional Finals a year ago. They will take the next step to the Final Four, at least.
No. 2 Seed – Garland
The Garland Owls went 10-0 on the season but have not won a playoff game in 10 years. QB Cergio Perez threw for 3,230 yards and 50 scores, while Keyunte King and Jayshon Powers are double-trouble in the backfield. Jordan Hudson has pulled in over 1,000 yards on the year. Cedar Hill will be in Round 2 but don't sleep on the Longhorns because their losses come to Allen, DeSoto, Duncanville and Rockwall.
No. 3 Seed – Cypress Park
Cypress Park has probably the most electrifying athlete in Texas in Harold Perkins. The 5-Star could be the best RB and safety in the Lone Star State. QB Ed Dixon is serviceable throwing the ball but the offense is run-oriented. Cameron King, Perkins and Nate Livingston are a lethal backfield. My one concern is depth. Tomball will be a tough game in Week 1, and then it's a collision-course with Rockwall-Heath.
No. 4 Seed – Bridgeland
Bridgeland plays Klein Collins in the first-round, which is a tough game. Five-star QB Conner Weigman is back after a leg injury and he is a game-changer. If they can get past Collins, they will reach the Regional Semis. The defense must come up big to keep the Bears within striking distance.
No. 5 Seed – Klein Collins
It's been a tale of two seasons. The Tigers went 0-4 vs Atascocita, North Shore, Tompkins and Willis, before running the table going 6-0 in district play. Tucker Parks has stepped in nicely as a sophomore QB. He's the leading passer and rusher on the team. The defense is the calling card. Can they get past the first round? If so, they go to the third round.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
1. Conner Weigman, QB, Bridgeland (Texas A&M)
2. Harold Perkins, Athlete, Cypress Park
3. Josh Hoover, QB, Rockwall-Heath
4. Cergio Perez, QB, Garland
5. Zach Evans, RB, Rockwall-Heath
It's a cross-town rivalry on Friday night as Rockwall faces Rockwall-Heath to begin district play in week 5 of Texas High School Football. Both teams are coming into the season with incredible wins under their belts and only one loss each. VYPE DFW takes a dive into what the fans should expect for the district opener:
The Yellowjackets have started the season with an incredible set of wins. Not only did the Jackets win by multiple scores against Cedar Hill (42-29) and Dallas Jesuit (75-28), but they posted a huge 59-35 win over Austin Lake Travis who has proven themselves to be one of the top teams in the state year after year. Last week, though, Rockwall traveled to Highland Park where they faced a strong Scots team and fell 52-31. In last week's loss, quarterback Braedyn Locke completed 66% of his passes for one touchdown and 133 passing yards while junior Zach Hernandez posted 163 rushing yards on 19 carries for one touchdown. Aiden Meeks scored one rushing touchdown.
On the season, Locke has 1,175 passing yards and 11 touchdowns but has thrown six interceptions. Meanwhile, junior Noble Johnson has racked up almost 500 receiving yards on 22 catches with six touchdowns of his own. Between Locke, Hernandez (who has 607 rushing yards on the season with 91 carries and seven touchdowns), and Johnson the Jackets have offense covered, but there's more to their game than that. Fans should also keep an eye on seniors Brennan Ray and Caden Marshall who have put up not only great numbers for Rockwall this year, but big plays as well.
The Hawks have also posted big wins on the season so far (56-49 over Timber Creek, 62-21 over Red Oak, and 70-35 over McKinney North). Their one loss on the season came in a week 2 matchup against Southlake Carroll- another strong team that has proven themselves to be one of the best football programs in the state year after year. Last week, Rockwall-Heath traveled to McKinney where they took on McKinney North and really flexed their offensive muscles. The Hawks have one of the best quarterbacks in the DFW area- if not the entire state in Josh Hoover. Hoover was key in the Hawks' win over McKinney North throwing for 265 yards and three touchdowns with a 73% pass completion. Jordan Nabors posted 111 receiving yards on seven catches with one touchdown while Jay Fair scored two touchdowns of his own on four catches for 58 receiving yards. Zach Evans led in rushing with 130 yards on 130 yards on 15 carries for three touchdowns while Brittan Snider and De'Airrius Bell both scored two touchdowns each.
On the season, Hoover has over 1,200 passing yards with 13 touchdowns and a 74% completion rate while Evans has 454 rushing yards on 62 carries with eight touchdowns of his own. Nabors has posted 471 receiving yards on 22 catches with five touchdowns while Fair has posted 355 receiving yards on 19 catches and four touchdowns.
While both teams have a loss on the season, both losses come against some of the biggest teams in the state. If these losses say anything about the teams it's that both teams are ready to fight until the final whistle. Expect a high-scoring game as both offenses have been at peak performance throughout the 2021-22 season so far. Fans can also expect to see big plays coming out of both defenses.