There were several key performances in Week 2 of the postseason, as the playoff fields were pared down once again.
1. Mike Davis, WR, Dallas Skyline -- The senior almost single-handedly lifted the state's No. 2 Class 5A team to a 41-36 win against powerhouse DeSoto on Saturday at SMU's Ford Stadium. Davis did everything for Skyline. He caught seven passes from QB Javia Hall for 263 yards. He scored four touchdowns -- two each in the first and second quarters. Oh, and he intercepted two of DeSoto QB Ryan Polite's passes. Davis was a clear-cut No. 1 beast this week.
2. Matt Joeckel, QB, Arlington -- The Colts lost a coin flip to Odessa and were forced to travel to the Permian Basin to play Odessa High at Ratliff Stadium. And Joeckel thrived under the hostile conditions. The senior QB, who's committed to Texas A&M, accounted for eight touchdowns and 350 total yards -- 237 passing, 113 rushing -- in the Colts' 70-42 win. He tossed five touchdown passes and rushed for three scores.
3. Layton Lowry, RB, Argyle -- Look out, Class 3A. The Argyle Eagles have finally found some offense to go with their stifling defense, and a big reason for that is the emergence of Lowry as a running back after the Eagles suffered numerous injuries to their backfield throughout the season. Now, they're all healthy, and Lowry's leading the way. In Thursday's win over Lake Worth, the junior had just nine carries, but went for 110 yards and three touchdowns. This is my pick to win the state title in Class 3A Division II.
Adam Boedeker is a sports writer/award-winning blogger for the Denton Record-Chronicle. He's giving an honorary beast nod to former HP quarterback Matthew Stafford for his performance on Sunday.