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Welcome back to another edition of VYPE Austin/San Antonio Helmet Stickers for the 2022 Texas High School Football season.
There were tons of amazing performances last week across the Central Texas. We compiled all of those top performances in the VYPE Austin/San Antonio Football Player of the Week Fan Poll - CLICK HERE TO VOTE - but then we boiled that down to what we felt were personally the Top 7 performances of the week
These are Week 3's Helmet Sticker selections (in no particular order).
Cameron Cook-Stony PointCameron Cook help lead the Tigers to a 3-0 start on Thursday with a 55-7 win over Pflugerville. The senior had 11 rushes for 126 and 3 touchdown and added on another touchdown off of a 52 yard reception to boot. Cook has been off to a hot start this season and will look to continue that hot streak this week versus Vandegrift
Chad Warner-SteeleSteele is off to a 3-0 start and some of that has come down to the play of Sophomore Chad Warner. Warner was not only efficient but impressive in the Knights win over Hutto this past Friday going 17/22 for 314 yards and 4 touchdowns
Connor Kenyon-BowieTalk about a dominating performance. In their shutout win against Del Valle, 64-0, on Friday Quarterback Connor Kenyon was 11/14 for 257 and SIX touchdowns to help lead the Bulldogs to a 3-0 start.
Deuce Adams-New Braunfels CanyonTalk about a statement win. The Unicorns had been the talk of the town in New Braunfels after their Week 1 win versus state power Denton Ryan. But in their rivalry game on Friday it was the Cougars who came out on top. A big reason why is one of our helmet sticker winners this week in Deuce Adams. Adams threw for 304 yards completing 20 out of 34 attempts with 4 touchdowns and no interceptions.
Na'Qwentis Brooks-Sam HoustonTalk about a dominating performance. In their win versus Jefferson this past Thursday Sam Houston's Na'Qwentis Brooks could not be stopped. He ran for an impressive 268 yards on 36 attempts with 1 touchdown. Most impressive about this performance? That would be the consistency of the carries. His longest run was 25 yards and his average run was 7.7 yards. If you needed some quality yards, Brooks was going to get them for you on Thursday.
Noah Long- Liberty HillSpeaking of dominanting rushing performances we have to mention Noah Long. Known for their Slot-T offense Liberty Hill is always going to put up good rushing numbers. But this Friday Long put up an astounding 343 yards on only 26 attempts with 5 touchdowns to go with that. He would not be denied against cross town opponent Georgetown in their 49-35 win.
Seth Dunn-PoteetTalk about an overall performance! In their 21-12 victory over Uvalde on Friday Dunn made plays all over the field. On the offensive side of things he had 143 yards rushing on 19 carries and 3 receptions for 12 yards and 1 touchdown. But he wasn't done there. On defense he also accounted for 9 tackles and 1 sack. If you needed a play, Dunn was going to get it for you on Friday.
Eric Schmid lead Sam Houston to a FCS National Championship
Before Same Houston took the field for its first FCS playoff game in the spring, Oak Ridge head coach Mark Schmid had a gut feeling something special was going to happen.
His son Eric had helped lead The Woodlands High School to the 2016 Class 6A Division I State Championship game against Lake Travis. Mark was then the head coach of the Highlanders.
Now, it was time for Eric to lead Sam Houston.
"Eric played his best football of his career once we got to the playoffs and I'm thinking that's probably what's going to happen now," Mark told VYPE prior to the playoff run.
In the playoffs, Eric led Sam Houston past No. 10 Monmouth (21-15), No. 6 North Dakota State (24-20), No. 1 James Madison (38- 35) and finally No. 2 South Dakota State (23-21) to win the 2020 FCS National Championship.
He finished the season 194 of 325 for 2,808 yards, 20 touchdowns and nine interceptions while rushing for another 436 yards and eight scores.
VYPE caught up with Eric at Bowers Stadium in June to talk about the championship and more.
VYPE: Your mom and dad were at the title game. What were the moments like with them after the win?
SCHMID: My mom reached down for me and my dad was real excited. He couldn't stop smiling. My mom said he was on pins and needles the whole game. She said he was about to throw up and all that stuff. So, he was excited. It was really cool to see him proud like that.
VYPE: In the National Championship game, you were taking a beating physically. What was that like?
SCHMID: I've never been beat up like that, honestly. My shoulder was messed up, my ankle is still hurting six weeks later. So, it was good to get out of that game but I wouldn't change anything. We had one goal and that's what we were going for.
VYPE: You all had a parade in Huntsville this summer to celebrate the championship. What was that like?
SCHMID: It's something that you dream of but you don't really think about the parades and stuff. I was thinking about the game. It was pretty cool all the things that came with it that you didn't expect because everything has been so special since then. Any chance we get to celebrate, we always do.
VYPE: Any pressure being the National Champs?
SCHMID: There's more pressure because of the expectations, especially when you are bringing back the same team. But I feel so much better going into this season than past seasons because the past ones were disappointments of not making the playoffs. It's a lot better coming off a National Championship. I'd rather have a target on our back than not one.
VYPE: You were on the cover of VYPE in high school. What does it mean to you to be back on it?
SCHMID: It's cool to go full circle. Any time I can do something that was really important to me back in the day and getting back around people that I'm comfortable with I'm going to do it. I really like VYPE and everything they do.