With two games (for most teams) under our belts, it's time to look at the best performances from the weekend in a weekly post I'll call my "Beasts of the Week".
1. Johnny Catalano, QB, TCA-Addison - I'm not going to lie, it'll be a pretty rare occasion when there's a TAPPS player in this list period, but you can't leave this kid off, and in fact, his performance on Friday night was so good, you can't give anyone else the No. 1 spot. Catalano, a senior quarterback, rushed for 289 yards and four touchdowns to lead TCA-Addison to an upset victory over perennial powerhouse Class 3A Celina.
2. Ryan Polite, QB, DeSoto - The junior signal caller fired five touchdown passes while throwing for 416 yards in a blowout win over Plano -- the Wildcats' second consecutive defeat. Polite has emerged as one of the top junior quarterbacks in the area, and has climbed to No. 46 on Rivals.com's list of the Top 100 juniors in Texas.
3. Bud Sasser, WR, Denton Ryan - The senior receiver is coming off a stellar junior campaign when he caught 24 touchdown passes and is right on pace to match or better that number this season with record-setting QB Scotty Young tossing the ball around for Ryan. In Friday's shootout victory over Richardson Pearce, Sasser caught nine balls for 157 yards and four touchdowns.
4. Ladarius Brown, WR/S, Waxahachie - Just for old time's sake, let's revisit last week's "Beasts" list, when Brown made the list for almost single handedly leading Hachie to an opening-week shocker over then-No. 5 Everman, when he returned two fumbles for touchdowns. Then, on Friday night, Brown shined on the other side of the ball, catching six balls for 176 yards and two scores in Hachie's 43-14 demolition of another quality team, West Mesquite.
5. Blake Jumonville, WR, Richardson Pearce - Just because your team loses the game doesn't mean you can't make Boedeker's Beasts of the Week, as Jumonville proved after coming out on the losing end of the aforementioned near-4-hour shootout between Pearce and Denton Ryan. The wideout caught nine balls for 226 yards and two scores.