Beasts of the Week

The best of the best performances from Playoffs: Week 5

The Metroplex is down to two remaining teams -- and came home with one state title over the weekend -- we'll highlight some of the beastliest performances from the weekend.

1. Jarman Johnson, RB, Pilot Point: Not enough can be said about this kid. The senior speedster had at least 100 yards rushing in every game this season, but wrapped up his high school career with the game of his life -- not necessarily statistically. Four touchdowns and 242 yards rushing would normally be a career day for a high school running back, but not for Johnson. But the surrounding circumstances made his performance in Pilot Point's 35-18 win in the Class 2A Division I state title game even more impressive. Johnson's dad passed away after a battle with cancer just two short weeks ago, and Johnson was playing this game for him, as was his entire team. The Bearcats weren't the favorites, but they dominated, and it started and ended with Johnson. What a beastly monster.

2. Brandon Carter, WR, Euless Trinity: A receiver from Trinity, you say? As we talked about last week, Trinity was the sole hope remaining in Class 5A for the DFW area, and the Trojans weren't supposed to go to Waco and beat a stout Round Rock Stony Point team. But they did just that, coming out with a 35-28 win and a date with Austin Westlake in the Class 5A Division I state championship game. Carter led the air game from the usually grounded Trojans, catching just three passes but making them count for 149 yards and three touchdowns.

3. Johnathan Gray, RB, Aledo: Class 4A football, look out for the next two years. Aledo is going to be one tough team to beat. Not only do they have a sophomore quarterback who's now led his team to the Class 4A Division II state championship game, but their running back is also a sophomore, and he's a special one. Gray scored four times in Saturday's 40-28 win over Denison to go with his 185 rushing yards. Next victim? Brenham.

Adam Boedeker is a sports writer/award-winning blogger for the Denton Record-Chronicle. The December swoon continues...

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