With Zero Week under our belts, and with most of the teams in the area being either 1-0 or 0-1, it's time to look at the best performances from the weekend in a weekly post I'll call my "Beasts of the Week".
The first name on the list will probably be a weekly mainstay for the most part, even if he only plays in half of every game.
1. D.J. Betik, QB, Ennis - I didn't think anyone would possibly top the performance of my No. 2 beast, but I was wrong. The Ennis QB played for one half of his team's walk-over win against Crosby. He completed 12 of 14 passes for 311 yards and five touchdowns. He also ran for two scores. Simply beastly.
2. Scotty Young, QB, Denton Ryan - After falling two touchdown passes shy of Graham Harrell's state record last season, Young picked up where he left off in the Raiders' season-opening demolition of Mesquite Poteet. He threw for 258 yards and six touchdowns to lead Ryan. Oh yeah, and that was just in the first half! What a monster.
3. Mason Hayes, RB, Cedar Hill - The senior backup rushed for 140 yards on 20 carries and helped lead Cedar Hill to a thrilling comeback on in a nationally televised game on ESPN 2 over Belt Line rival DeSoto. Hayes replaced star running back Ben Malena, who suffered an ankle injury in the first quarter, but he should be back in a few weeks. The Longhorns will lean on Hayes to continue his play from Saturday.
4. Ladarius Brown, S, Waxahachie - Brown turned the tide of Friday's game against No. 5 Everman in a hurry and was a key part of the Bulldogs' 25-game regular-season winning streak coming to an end in dominant fashion. The safety returned fumbles for touchdowns on consecutive Everman possessions in the third quarter to turn a 7-0 lead into a 21-0 lead in a heartbeat. He raced 60 and 78 yards to paydirt and helped pull the shocker of the week.
5. David Johnson, DT, Argyle - The TCU commit was a one-man wrecking crew in Argyle's come-from-behind, last-minute win over Argyle. Johnson finished the game with 11 tackles, including five behind the line of scrimmage. He also had a sack and forced two fumbles. Talk about a beast.
Adam Boedeker is a sports writer/award-winning blogger for the Denton Record-Chronicle. He hopes he doesn't have a schism.