Lake Highlands Wildcats Roster

No. Name Position Class

2 Tyler Hughes RB 12

3 Shannon Nunnery RB 11

4 Jarrod Smith DB 12

5 Jamarice Preston WR 12

6 Aldarian Goodson WR/DB 11

7 Sam Iheke WR 12

9 Eddie Clinton WR 12

10 Alex Williams WR/DB 12

11 Symeon Hosea LB 12

12 Francois Jones LB 12

13 Brock Jones QB 12

14 Khalon Williams LB 12

16 Brendyn Gettens QB 11

19 Matthew Johnson DB 12

20 Reece Morrison K 12

21 Romel Price WR 11

22 LaQuantis Davis DB 10

23 CJ Alexander RB 12

24 Domonique Neroes LB 11

25 Daniel LaFayette WR/DB 12

26 Octavion Warren WR/DB 11

27 Blake Cronin WR/LB 11

32 Jeremiah Mendez LB 11

34 DeMichael Webb RB/LB 12

35 TJ Churchill LB 11

37 Peyton Brown DB 11

41 Bryan Cooper LB 11

42 Brandon Von Sternberg LB 11

43 Devonte Fluellen DL 11

48 Josh Lee RB 11

51 Da’Shon Bright OL/DL 12

52 Sam Haster OL/DL 11

53 Donte Woolen OL/DL 10

54 Michael Nwosu OL 11

57 Harold Gochi OL 12

58 Nathan Frost OL/DL 12

59 Dustin Hoang OL 12

60 Nyles Jones OL/DL 12

61 Kenny Gordon DL 11

62 Nick Bowen OL 10

66 Ryan Flores OL/DL 10

68 Demarkus Taylor OL/DL 12

69 Ryan Brown OL 12

70 William Armer OL/DL 11

71 Lane Toungate OL/DL 12

73 Elijah Martin OL 12

74 Arthur Anderson OL/DL 10

75 Hunter Ghoreishi OL/DL 11

76 Geovanni Ortiz OL 12

77 Drake McAulay OL 12

78 Jonathan Reyna OL 11

79 Sam Spraberry OL 11

90 Chris Wogbeh DL 10

HP vs Lake Highlands

Probable Starting Lineups



WR 3 Andrew Frost

WR 2 Campbell Brooks

LT 55 Jack Sides

LG 76 Rees LeMay

C 50 Clayton Woods

RG 60 Josh Leachman

RT 78 Austin Webb

WR 17 Kevin Ken

WR 9 Sam Welfelt

RB 34 Stephen Dieb

QB 5 Brooks Burgin


DE 95 Michael Thornton

NG 94 Daniel Gouskos

DE 44 Nick Waterman

OLB 40 Hayden Schnieders

OLB 10 Mitchell Kaufman

ILB 35 Michael Linehan

ILB 49 Matthew White

CB 31 Benjamin Walzel

CB 6 Carter McDade

SS 11 Boomer Bakich

FS 4 Stephen Briggs

K 98 Grayson Borrego

K 99 David Wiggs

DS 50 Clayton Woods

P 14 Kyle Burnett




WR 5 Jamarice Preston

WR 7 Sam Iheke

LT 79 Sam Spraberry

LG 68 Taylor DeMarkus

C 77 Drake McAulay

RG 58 Nathan Frost

RT 75 Hunter Ghoreishi

WR 26 Octavion Warren

WR 27 Blake Cronin

RB 2 Tyler Hughes

QB 13 Brock Jones

K 20 Reece Morrison


DE 71 Lane Toungate

DT 52 Sam Haster

DT 74 Arthur Anderson

DE 43 Devonte Fluellen

LB 24 Domonique Neroes

LB 48 Joshua Lee

LB 14 Khalon Williams

CB 4 Jarrod Smith

CB 25 Daniel LaFayette

S 22 LaQuantis Davis

S 35 T.J. Churchill

Tennis team, cross country runners advance to state Volleyball launches playoff run with bidistrict match

tennis team 2014 regionals

Tennis team, cross country runners advance to state
Volleyball launches playoff run with bidistrict match

Participating in its first postseason in class 6A, the HPHS tennis team defeated Austin Westlake 10-5 in the finals at the UIL Region II Tournament Nov. 1. The Scots will advance to play Houston Memorial in the state semifinals at 3 p.m. Nov. 6 at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center in College Station.

If the Scots win, they will advance to the finals at 3 p.m. Nov. 7 and face the winner of the New Braunfels/Plano West match.

boy cc team 2014
The boys cross country team took third place at the Regional Meet Nov. 1, and will advance to the state meet Saturday, Nov. 8 at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock. Senior Rico Lara led the Running Scots with an individual seventh-place finish.

The girls cross country team finished the Regional Meet in eighth place. After an individual sixth-place finish, Hope McLaughlin will represent the Lady Scots at the state competition. Start times are 12:30 p.m. for 6A boys and 1 p.m. for 6A girls. Click HERE for spectator information.

There will be a send-off for the runners outside the HPHS student entrance on Westchester immediately following Friday’s pep rally.
The Lady Scot volleyball team will launch its playoff run with a bidistrict match against Irving MacArthur at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4 at Duncanville High School. HP is the home team, and tickets will be available at the door. Click HERE for the playoff bracket.

volleyball 2014

The community is invited to a send-off for the team at 4:45 p.m. Tuesday outside the student entrance on Westchester.

Tennis team advances to regional championship match

tennis team 2014

Participating in 6A postseason play for the first time, the HPHS tennis team defeated The Woodlands and Lake Travis today in the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds of the Region II team tennis tournament. Finals will begin at 9 a.m. tomorrow at Mansfield High School.

Student Council crowns Homecoming Queen

homecoming.queen.2The HPHS Student Council was proud to announce that senior Shannon Shiffer was voted the 2014-15 Homecoming Queen. Shannon was honored, along with the rest of the homecoming court, at the Oct. 4 dance.

This year’s homecoming court included:
Leah Jackson
Meghan McCollum
Shannon Shiffer
Grayson Baird
Peyton Ward
Bailey Pogue
Last week for Glad for Plaid raffle



band.3The Highlander Band is proud to once again host the Glad for Plaid raffle, which is a great way to remember the unsung heroes who support and encourage our children on a daily basis. Parents, students and friends may honor any district employee by purchasing a raffle ticket in the employee’s name. The final day to purchase raffle tickets is Thursday, Oct. 16.

Only HPISD employees are eligible to win the special basket, which is valued at $1,750. Staff members are notified with the name(s) of those that have given in their honor and details of the raffle.

Raffle tickets may be purchased from any Highlander Band student or forms may be picked up in the front office and counseling offices of all HPISD schools. The winning raffle ticket will pulled at BBQ with the Band Oct. 17. The BBQ will be held from 4:30 -7 p.m. on Oct. 17 in the HPHS cafeteria.
Save the date for BBQ with the Band Oct. 17
Please join the Highlander Band for its annual BBQ with the Band dinner, in conjunction with the 11th annual Blue Out, from 5-7 pm Friday, Oct. 17 in the HPHS cafeteria. Start off your Centennial weekend off right by enjoying dinner from Peggy Sue BBQ, live entertainment from The Dixie Scots and fabulous raffle and auction items, all before the home football game.

Enjoy raffle and auction at BBQ with the Band
band.bikeThis year’s Highlander Band raffle baskets feature a 2014 Honda Ruckus, a $2,000 Apple Gift Certificate, $1,000 in NorthPark Gold, the Crescent Spa, a Night out on the Town, and Glad for Plaid. Check the website for details:

Raffle tickets may be purchased from any HP band member, in the cafeteria during lunch periods Wednesday and Thursday, October 15-16, or at the event. Individual raffle tickets are $5 or a package of 6 for $25. The drawings will occur during the event.

Questions? Contact Jamie Ellis at

Get your Blue Out shirt before they’re sold out
In honor of the HPISD Centennial, this year’s Highlander Band Blue Out T-shirt sports the theme “Fighting Scots, 100 Years Strong.” Get yours before they sell out! They will be sold in the cafeteria during lunch periods every pep rally day, or you may email to order one. Prices are $15 for short sleeve, $20 for long sleeve and $30 for a polo. Add $2 for sizes XXL and XXXL.

Blue Out T-shirts will be worn during the home football game Oct. 17. Join the band before the game for the annual “BBQ with the Band,” provided by Peggy Sue BBQ.
Save the date: HP 101 dance on Nov. 8
The HP 101 Dance will be held from 8-11 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 8 at Eddie Deen’s Ranch, featuring the band Mockingbird Sun. Proceeds will benefit the HP Education Foundation’s Tartan Endowment, providing long-term support for HPHS and its students. If you would like to underwrite the event, please visit the Foundation website at Tickets will be available for purchase Oct. 1 through the website.
1-Blue Out Shirt on Scarecrow 2014_10-1-2014 7-36-12 PMTo help celebrate Highland Park ISD’s 100th anniversary, a contest “101 Ways to Leave Your Legacy” is being held in conjunction with the dance. High School students are being asked to come up with a creative way to honor their school. HP 101 co-chair, Kevin Ken, commits to saying thank you to a teacher for 101 days.

Entries can be emailed to The top 10 will be chosen by the co-chairs and displayed on a banner at the high school later this fall.
Scots stop Pearce, face Mesquite Horn tonight

BJR 106716 - Bumper Sticker Designs 2014 - v4The Scots celebrated homecoming with a big 56-0 win Oct. 3. The Scots will travel to Mesquite tonight to face Horn High School at 7:30 p.m. at Hanby Stadium. The Scots hold a 5-0 record, and Horn is 4-1 this season.

During the season, each game will be recorded and broadcast at the following times each week on HPTV:
7 p.m., Monday – Freshman Gold
8:30 p.m., Monday – Freshman Blue
7 p.m., Tuesday – Varsity
9:30 p.m., Tuesday – JV Blue
7 p.m., Wednesday – Varsity
9:30 p.m., Wednesday – JV Gold
HPTV is currently available to Park Cities cable subscribers on Charter Channel 192, Time Warner Channel 494, AT&T U-verse Channel 99.

All 2014 varsity games will also be broadcast on KTXD Channel 47 at 11 p.m. following each game, and at noon Saturday. Due to UIL policies, games cannot be broadcast live.

Games will be broadcast live on the radio on KAAM-AM 770 or Fans listening to the radio broadcast can communicate with the broadcast booth by emailing

The Scots will also make a TV appearance with the premiere of The History of Highland Park Football at 9:30 p.m., Nov. 12 on Fox Sports Southwest.

Tickets to home and away games for the remainder of the season may be purchased in advance the week of each game with cash or check only at the Highlander Stadium box office at the following times:
1:30-3:30 p.m., Wednesday
8:30-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-3:30 p.m., Thursday
8:30 a.m.-noon, Friday
Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students.
Lady Scot volleyball sweeps Berkner, chase district title

VB.2The Lady Scots are another week into district play and are still in chasing a district title and a playoff spot. The Scots fell to the Pearce Mustangs, 21-25, 25-20, 18-25, 30-32 Oct. 3, a superb match up that will be repeated at Pearce High School Oct. 28.

The varsity team swept Richardson Berkner in three sets Oct. 7, with scores of 25-15, 25-12, 25-15. Click HERE for more results from both matches.

Players of the week were Allegra Muñoz and Falyn Reaugh.

The Lady Scots face Mesquite Horn on the road tonight, but are back home on Tuesday, Oct. 14 to play Richardson. Come out and support your Lady Scots volleyball teams. JV and freshman games begin at 6 p.m., followed by the varsity match.


Girls cross country posts top 10 finish in Round Rock

girls.xc.seniors The HPHS girls cross country teams raced at the McNeil Invitational Meet Oct. 4 in Round Rock. Out of 32 teams in the Gold Varsity division, HP Gold took 10th place and HP Navy finished in 29th place. Hope McLaughlin led the Lady Scots with a 22nd-place individual finish.

girls.xc.2The JV team finished in third place out of 36 teams, led by Caroline Nowlin who finished 11th. The freshman girls team finished in second place, with Grayson Willis, Greer Crump, Rachel Alford, Abby Filley and Sarah Myers all finishing in the top 10.

girls.xc.1The Lady Scots will race at the Flyin’ Hawks Invitational Oct. 11 at the Tarrant County College Northeast campus in Hurst. The races will begin at 7:30 a.m.

XC.runners.weekSenior Maggie Nolan and freshman Holland Wiles were named Runners of the Week at the Oct. 3 pep rally.

boys.XCMens cross country team finishes strong in Round Rock

The HP mens cross country team delivered a strong performance at the highly-competitive McNeil Invitational Oct. 4 in Round Rock. The varsity team placed eighth in the Elite Gold division and was led by senior captain Rico Lara’s sixth-place overall finish out of 355 runners.

The JV boys finished fifth overall led by sophomore Ford McGovern’s 11th-place finish out of 470 runners.

The mens team competes tomorrow morning at the Flyin’ Hawks Invitational 5K at Birdville High School in Fort Worth as its final meet before district.
JV Gold football squad holds Mansfield scoreless
The JV Gold football team defeated the Mansfield Legacy Broncos 48-0 Oct. 2 in Mansfield. The Scots will next face Cedar Hill High School at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 16 in Cedar Hill.
Crew clubs win big at Oklahoma City regatta

crew (2)The HP Crew Club and Dallas United Crew (DUC) began their fall race season on at the Head of Oklahoma Regatta Festival Oct. 3-5 in Oklahoma City. The HP Crew Club and DUC rowers rocked the standings to represent Dallas at this major U.S. regatta. All DUC boats medaled – six varsity and four novice, earning a total of 78 individual medals. The Mens Youth Light 8+ and the Men’s Youth Varsity/Lightweight 8+ both brought home gold medals in the 500M Night Sprint.

Dallas United Crew offers a variety of rowing and dragon boating programs for adults and youth, ages 11 and up, on White Rock Lake. Both novice and experienced rowers and paddlers are welcome. Since 2002, DUC has been building community, developing leadership and opportunity, and having fun through teamwork in oar and paddle sports. These programs challenge, strengthen and empower people both mentally and physically. For complete information, learn more at


Highland Park vs Mesquite Horn

This is the big one.

When Highland Park learned it was going to be in 6A, its coaches immediately circled October 10 as the biggest challenge. Mesquite Horn. With 11 starters returning from a 9-3 area finalist team, many predicted the Jaguars to be the team to beat, but Highland Park was the pre-season pick to win the district.

mesquite horn helmet

Sure enough, it looks like the district championship will be determined at Hanby Stadium on Friday.

This will indeed be the biggest challenge for the 5-0 Scots. The 4-1 Jaguars lost only to an undefeated Rockwall team but they have impressive wins over Duncanville and McKinney Boyd. The secret weapon Horn brings into the game is head coach Mike Overton who knows the Scots well from his days as the coach at West Mesquite. The fact that Horn is loaded with D1 talent is no surprise. One of the best offensive linemen in the state, Connor Dyer, will be playing for Texas Tech next year. Two wide receivers – Emmanuel Ogwo and Jarrison Stewart – have committed to play for Iowa and TCU. And neither one is the leading receiver on the team. Kakpa Mansaray has caught 22 passes for 308 yards to lead the team.

Statistically, these two teams match up. Horn QB Chris Robison has completed 76 of 136 passes for 1,339 yards and 14 touchdowns. HP’s Brady Burgin has completed 80 of 126 passes for 1,223 yards and 12 touchdowns. Horn is averaging 910 yards on the ground compared to HP’s 840. While the Scots are scoring 46.8 yards per game (compared to the Jaguars’ 33.2), I think the game will be determined by the Highland Park defense. While The Dallas Morning News picks Horn to win, 28-24, I think the Scots defense will hold the Jags to under 24 and I think Burgin’s balanced offense will score more than 30.

When the Scots start slow, they have adjusted at halftime and won the second half. That may happen again this Friday, but if the hole is too big, even a big second half won’t help. This is the first team HP will play that is loaded with college players. Like many teams the Scots face, these Jaguars are foaming at the mouth to snap the Scots’ 36-game district winning streak. Their extra step of quickness will challenge the Scots’ air game.

But there is something about rising to the occasion that makes Highland Park football unique. They have the bitter taste in their mouths of being picked to lose the game. The individuals on the team will reach deep inside and find a gear they didn’t know they had … but they know they’ll need it against a talented team like this.
Horn has D1 talent. Scots got pride.

That will be the difference.

J.J. Pearce Coaches and Administration


Dr. Kay Waggoner


Philip Bates

Director of Athletics

Bob Dubey

Assistant Director of


Leslie Slovak

Head Coach

Randy Robertson

Assistant Coaches

Steven Anthony

Mike Cranfill

Mark Furgeson

Chip Garber

Colby Goodman

Drew Harden

Kareem Hart

Daniel Meager

Adam Naron

Joe Sawyer

Anthony Travis

Athletic Trainers

Kevin Pitts

Tara Eskridge

Band Director

John Alstrin

Dance Team Director

Kari Roan

Cheer Coach

Julie Brantley

Emily Allen


Green & White

J.J. Pearce Roster

No. Name Position Class

1 Kevin Garcia DB 11

2 Preston Ghanfili DB 12

3 Adam Reishus WR 12

4 Ryan Hart WR 12

5 Ryan Denne DB 11

6 Jake Griffin WR 11

7 Austin Noland QB 12

8 Dominic Reyes DB 12

9 Reese Svetgoff WR 12

10 Tyler Dayley QB 11

11 Hank Hughes QB 11

12 Connor Rennick WR 12

13 Harley Mandell LB 12

14 Josh Mondares DB 12

15 Clipp McKeen WR 12

16 Sam Snyder QB 11

18 Spencer Lange K 12

19 Daniel Cullinane WR 11

20 Otis Blanton RB 10

21 Kalvin Clavir DB 11

22 Alex Silva RB 12

23 Max Beckum DB 12

24 Matt Lane DB 12

25 Christopher Hill DB 11

26 Enie Carrasco DB 10

27 Jake Hercamp RB 12

28 Trey Coleman WR 11

29 Jacob Wells RB 11

30 Micah Thomas DB 11

32 Stone Sawyer LB 10

33 Joaquin Montenegro RB 11

34 Daniel Lee DB 11

36 Nick Reedy DL 11

37 Jonathan Briones LB 11

38 Travis Barnett LB 11

39 Dakota Pearle DB 12

No. Name Position Class

41 Arrian Curry DB 12

42 Arash Hajheydari DE 12

44 Michael Orozco LB 12

45 Rob Kuhne DB 12

46 Graham Knox LB 11

47 Kaleb Gillenwater LB 12

48 Jacob Trevino DB 12

50 Evan Spitzer DL 11

52 Chris Cullinane OL 11

53 Alec Harmon OL 12

54 Farbode Karimi DE 12

55 Alex Ewing OL 11

57 Sam Davis OL 12

58 Blake Everett DE 11

59 Freddy Contreras DE 12

61 Patrick Ancelin OL 11

62 Ryan Cafiero DE 11

63 Julio Duran OL 11

64 Eriq Diaz DL 12

65 Andrew Arnold OL 12

71 Kenneth Lawrence OL 12

72 Jack Headlee OL 11

73 Will Hodge OL 11

74 Jack Davis OL 9

76 Dujuan Wooten DE 11

78 Patrick Mulvihill OL 12

79 Anthony Meyers OL 11

80 Jack Watson WR 10

82 Toby Fowler WR 11

84 Exavier Collins DB 11

85 Rhett Middleton WR 11

88 Joshua Ochoa WR 12

90 Keevron Williams DL 12

91 Sean Rosini DE 11

92 Kasra Karimi DL 12

94 Angel Santos DE 12

Bold indicates

returning lettermen.

* indicates returning

two-year starter

Number 84, Doak Walker’s

Highland Park High School

uniform number from

1944, was retired in 1998.

Probable Starting Lineups

HP vs J.J. Pearce

J.J. Pearce Mustangs



WR 6 Jake Griffin

WR 4 Ryan Hart

LT 57 Sam Davis

LG 71 Kenneth Lawrence

C 53 Alec Harmon

RG 78 Patrick Mulvihill

RT 65 Andrew Arnold

WR 9 Reese Svetgoff

WR 12 Connor Rennick

RB 27 Jake Hercamp

QB 11 Hank Hughes

K 18 Spencer Lange



DE 41 Arrian Curry

DT 92 Kasra Karimi

DT 90 Keevron Williams

DE 62 Ryan Cafiero

LB 38 Travis Barnett

LB 47 Kaleb Gillenwater

LB 8 Dominic Reyes

CB 23 Max Beckum

CB 24 Matt Lane

S 45 Rob Kuhne

S 39 Dakota Pearle


Highland Park Scots



WR 3 Andrew Frost

WR 2 Campbell Brooks

LT 55 Jack Sides

LG 76 Rees LeMay

C 50 Clayton Woods

RG 60 Josh Leachman

RT 78 Austin Webb

WR 17 Kevin Ken

WR 9 Sam Welfelt

RB 34 Stephen Dieb

QB 5 Brooks Burgin



DE 95 Michael Thornton

NG 94 Daniel Gouskos

DE 44 Nick Waterman

OLB 40 Hayden Schnieders

OLB 32 Zach Snelling

41 Josh Block

ILB 35 Michael Linehan

ILB 49 Matthew White

CB 31 Benjamin Walzel

CB 6 Carter McDade

SS 11 Boomer Bakich

FS 4 Stephen Briggs

K 98 Grayson Borrego

DS 50 Clayton Woods

P 14 Kyle Burnett

Highland Park vs J.J. Pearce

Friday, October 3, 2014; 7:30pm Kickoff at Highlander Stadium

As the J.J. Pearce Mustangs ride into town for its first 6A battle with the Highland Park Scots, the red, white and blue ponies are glad to see a familiar face in the UIL big boys club. The Scots are also glad to reunite with their former district rivals. The two schools, with similar student bodies, similar sports traditions and similar quest for excellence, are both glad they didn’t stumble into district 6-6A (like McKinney did two years ago). That district includes four of the largest 10 schools in the state: Allen (5,987 students), Plano (5,395), Plano West (5,531) and Plano East (5,300).

Highland Park (2,106) is the smallest 6A school and Pearce (2,177) is close. They are both happy to be in a district with nearby Richardson and Mesquite schools, with whom they have been district rivals – off and on – for decades.
While the Scots have dominated the Mustangs in football, Pearce fans can hang their hats on that one brief, shining moment when Pearce beat Highland Park in double overtime in 2001. What is incredible is that HP’s loss at Eagle-Mustang Stadium that year has been one of only two district losses since Randy Allen arrived at HP in 1999. (That’s an incredible feat. Maybe Allen, Plano, Plano West and Plano East are the ones thrilled that the Scots didn’t join their private club.)
The Scots are playing well. Quarterback Brooks Burgin is the polished, talented and experienced signal caller the coaches created in a QB lab in the basement of HPHS. His offensive line is experienced and strong. No team can concentrate on the Scots’ top wide receiver because there are half a dozen of them. The defense has pitched two shutouts and held a good North Mesquite offense to one touchdown. And that was without Mr. Pick 6 himself, Mitchell Kaufman, a defensive leader who has been sidelined with a back injury. Last week Michael Linehan led the team with 17 tackles (including nine solo).
The Scots are 4-0 going into this game while the Mustangs are struggling at 1-3. Pearce has a major threat in Hank Hughes, who is 6’2”, runs a 4.6 and can line up anywhere on the field and be dominant. He is set to start at quarterback so watch for number 11 making plays with his legs and his arm. Pearce also has one of the top wide receivers in the area, Jake Griffin, who has caught 22 passes for 261 yards. The likely scenario will be Hughes to Griffin passes. If Griffin is covered, look for Hughes to run.
The Scots do need to get out of bed before the second quarter. The slow starts could haunt this team tonight or next week against Horn.
I asked my voodoo friend what the final score will be Friday night and he just smiled and said, “Don’t let it go into overtime.”

Highland Park vs North Mesquite

Friday, September 26, 2014; 7:30pm Kickoff at Mesquite Hanby Stadium

Over the next five weeks, the Scots will play more games in Mesquite Hanby Stadium than their own Highlander Stadium. Highland Park travels east to play the North Mesquite Stallions this Friday, Sept. 26 … the Mesquite Horn Jaguars on Oct. 10 … and the Mesquite Skeeters on Oct. 24.
Hanby, on the campus of Mesquite High School, is the old stadium in town. It is more intimate and has more tradition than the newer, bigger and fancier Mesquite Memorial Stadium, where the Scots got used to playing West Mesquite and Poteet. Hanby was built in 1956 and holds 11,950 fans. Memorial, built in 1977, is next to the West Mesquite campus. It has a capacity of 20,000 and is a good playoff stadium for the Scots, except when it is late November and a Blue Norther blows in. There is nothing to block the wind and a wintery mix in a stiff wind can be devastating. HP fans have ice cycles dripping from their stadium blankets.

I remember going to a freezing-cold playoff game at Mesquite Memorial a few years ago. I was late, arriving in middle of the first period and as I walked in, there was a stream of football fans already leaving the game. In the first period! It was that miserable.

As the Scots prepare for their first 2014 trek to Hanby Stadium, they need to be thinking about how to stop the Stallions’ sophomore quarterback, Ja’quez Gooch. In his first game as a starter, Gooch picked up 141 yards on 12 caries (11.75 yards per carry) and ran for touchdowns of 63, 10 and 17 yards. In last week’s 41-20 win over South Garland, Gooch ran for 109 yards (10.9 yards per carry) and completed 11 of 13 passes for 119 yards. When Gooch isn’t using his 4.5 speed to make big plays, his running back Dreshawn Minnieweather is putting ups close to 100 yards per game.

The Stallions beat Naaman Forest in the season opener, 30-24, even though NF had more first downs and more total yards. Big plays, like DeKeddrick Henderson’s 65-yard fumble return, were the difference in the game. Arlington Sam Houston beat NM by two points in the second game, 12-10, even though Sam outgained NM 371 total yards to 198. The Stallions racked up 108 penalty yards on 11 flags. In their most recent game against North Garland, the Stallions jumped out to a 27-0 lead in the second quarter and I think that’s the team that will take the field against the Scots.

HP is 3-0 going into district play. The Scots have defeated Frisco Centennial and Prosper by a combined score of 101-0, and they beat the team that should have punted some, 48-42.

Campbell Brooks and Kevin Ken have already combined for 28 receptions for 536 yards and seven touchdowns, with Andrew Frost and Sam Welfelt each catching nine passes for a combined 285 yards. Quarterback Brooks Burgin has completed 52 of 77 passes (68 percent) for 844 yards and eight touchdowns. Stephen Dieb has run 35 times for 203 yards and four TDs. The Scots defense has pitched two shutouts.

The stats look good. But 6A begins this Friday. The Stallions will be the first of many new big school challenges for the Scots, who are prepared for – and anxious to – meet those challenges.