EXTENDED TEAM FEATURE FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL TEXAS FNF CUSTOM COVER PROJECT SCHOOL
When the UIL released its 2014-2016 realignment, one of the big story lines to
emerge was Highland Park joining
Class 6A. The Scots had long
hovered just below the cutoff for
the state’s largest classification, a
seemingly inconsequential fact that
nonetheless had many cheering
against them on Friday nights.
After all, it is not uncommon for
some to root against success and
few programs have enjoyed as
much as Highland Park, whose 787
wins are the most of any team in
Texas high school football history.
Those wishing failure upon the
Scots were sorely disappointed, as
they made a smooth transition to
6A, posting a 20-4 record during
the past two seasons. They lost
one district game in that span and
rolled to an undefeated 10-6A
championship a year ago.
When the 2016-18 realignment
was announced in February,
Highland Park found itself back in
more familiar territory in Class 5A.
But while classification might be
an interesting talking point, it is
not something the Scots concern
“Honestly, our 5A district is just
as tough as any others right now,”
Highland Park head coach Randy
Allen said. “You look at Poteet,
Wylie East, West Mesquite, Lovejoy,
Forney, North Forney and Royse
City. Last year, I saw the Poteet/
Wylie East game and was very
impressed with both teams so
getting to the playoffs is going to be
a big challenge.”
The Scots return 10 starters – five
on each side of the ball – but much of
the production from the skill positions
will be in new hands. Seniors Michael
Clarke and Jack Fain and junior
John Stephen Jones all got looks at
quarterback during the spring.
Clarke served as the back-up last
season and has good leadership
qualities; the versatile Fain, won
seven games as the starting
junior varsity QB; and Jones won
three games as the starting junior
varsity QB before an injury, brings a
running and throwing element.
“They all have different skill sets,”
Allen said. “But all three have big
pluses and it is good for all of them
to have that competition.”
Highland Park must replace
workhorse running back Stephen
Dieb (181-1, 147, 17 TDs), but Jack
Kozmetsky is expected to step into
that role and Allen said he expects
a big season from the senior. The
Scots have other capable options
in the backfield including Jacob
Urbanczyk, Junior Dorbah and
Paxton Alexander, while J. T. Dooley
(18-255) and Parker Alexander (12-
175) lead a deep receiving corps
that also includes Jack Toohey, Jon
Welfelt, Scully Jenevein, Ryan Waters, Hudson Wood, Cade Saustad,
Carson Bryant and others.
The strength of the offense is in
the trenches with a veteran line that
includes Harrison Murski, Thomas
Shelmire, Grey Giddens and Giff
Giffin, all of whom have prior starting
experience, while J.D. Beverly and
Kage Forrest will also be contributors.
The Highland Park defense will be
especially tough in the front seven.
The Scots have a talented line
with Turner Coxe ( 48 tackles, 4
sacks) and Tres Page at nose
guard, Luke Blanton ( 42 tackles,
5 TFL) and Elliott Newsom at
right defensive end, and Garrett
Wingrove and Marshall Hammack
at left defensive end.
Highland Park is stacked with
athletic playmakers at linebacker
with John House ( 117 tackles, 6 TFL),
Bennett Brock ( 117 tackles), Zac
Folts and Ryan Coxe on the inside
and Marshall Ballard and Matt Gahm
( 73 tackles, 4 sacks), who makes the
move from end, on the outside.
The secondary is a little more
unsettled, but they feel good
about their prospects, including
James Herring, Alex Walzel, George
Stewart, Babe Walker, Grayson
Serio, Sitzer O’Neill,Jack Sell and
Highland Park has an outstanding
kicker and punter returning in
Jackson Hubbard. He has a strong
leg and will handle the kicking and
Highland Park also has the luxury
of having players from a 10-0 junior
varsity team and a 9-1 freshman
squad who are eager to get a
chance to make their marks.
The Scots have been a playoff
fixture over the years and the bar is
justifiably high. They understand the
new obstacles that lie ahead, but they
are eager for the challenge in the fall.
“We want to grow and improve each
week, and by improving each week,
it will help us get to where we want to
be,” Allen said. “We want to make the
playoffs, and when we get there, be
at our best and make a run.”
Highland Park Scots
AUG. 26: VS. ROCKWALL
SEP. 2: AT WAXAHACHIE
SEP. 9: VS. MANS. TIMBERVIEW
SEP. 16: VS. LOVEJOY
SEP. 23: AT NORTH FORNEY
SEP. 30: VS. OPEN
OCT. 7: AT WEST MESQUITE
OCT. 14: VS. MESQUITE POTEET
OCT. 21: AT FORNEY
OCT. 28: VS. ROYSE CITY
NOV. 4: AT W YLIE EAST
KEY PLAYERS: John House (Sr., LB); J. T. Dooley (Sr.,
WR); Matt Gahm (Sr., LB); Harrison Murski (Sr., OL);
Bennet Brock (Sr., LB); Turner Coxe (Sr., DL); Thomas
Shelmire (Jr., OL); Grey Giddens (Sr., OL); Luke Blanton
(Sr., DL); Parker Alexander (Sr., WR).
5 OFFENSE, 5 DEFENSE
DON WOODS, JAMES FARNSLEY, CALE
MELTON, MAX HAWSEY, TODD JOHN,
TRISTAN WEBER, DAREN EASON, TOBY
TROTTER, BOBBY LEIDNER, DAVID
CLARKE, BLAKE SPIVEY
Parker Alexander Luke Blanton Bennett Brock Michael Clarke Turner Coxe
2 Alexander,Parker WR Sr.
3 Dooley, J. T. WR Sr.
4 Fewin, Brennan WR Sr.
5 Urbanczyk,Jacob RB Sr.
6 Fain,Jack QB Sr.
7 Dorbah,Junior RB Sr.
8 Jenevein, Scully WR Jr.
9 Jones, John Stephen QB Jr.
10 Langston, Tait DB Sr.
11 Toohey, Jack WR Sr.
12 Clarke, Michael QB Sr.
13 Sell, Jack DB Sr.
14 Welfelt, Jon WR Sr.
15 Walker, Chris DB Sr.
16 Turner, Camden DB Sr.
17 Willoughby, Davis WR Sr.
18 McAnalley, Christian QB Jr.
18 Borus, Ben IB Jr.
19 Waters, Ryan WR Sr.
20 Massimilian, Kyle DB Sr.
21 Kozmetsky, Jack RB Sr.
22 French, Walker DB Sr.
23 Jent, Finn RB Jr.
23 Agouridis, Cole OB Jr.
24 Sitzer, O’Neill DB Sr.
25 Stewart, George DB Sr.
26 Stowe, Spencer DB Sr.
27 Dugger, Jackson WR Sr.
28 Jackson, Cole RB Jr.
28 Cordray, Matteo K Jr.
29 Folts, Zak IB Jr.
29 Williamson, Walker WR Jr.
30 Herring, James DB Jr.
30 Stephenson, Jackson WR Jr.
31 Walzel, Alex DB Sr.
32 Page, Tres OB Sr.
33Hubbard,Jackson K Sr.
34 Collins, Travis WR Jr.
34 Kurtz, Kyle DB Jr.
35 Alexander, Paxton RB Jr.
35 Rogers, John DB Jr.
36 Simmons, William OB Sr.
37 Ballard, Marshall OB Jr.
37 Escano, Gavin WR Jr.
38 Coxe, Ryan IB Jr.
38 Robinson, Davenn RB Jr.
39 Nash, Noble OB Jr.
39 Marks, Jack WR Jr.
40 Lochausen, Luke OB Jr.
40 Etheridge, Tanner WR Jr.
41 Newsome, Elliott DL Jr.
41 Reeves, Cameron RB Jr.
42 Holsomback, Max OB Sr.
43 Walker, Babe DB Sr.
44 Holmes, Baron DL Sr.
45 Stone, Connor DL Sr.
46 Landsberg, Ryan DL Sr.
47 House, John IB Sr.
48 Wingrove, Garrett DL Sr.
49 Everett, Cole DB Sr.
50 Sewell, Matt OL Jr.
50 Barton, Blake OB Jr.
51 Raphael, Ian DL Sr.
52 Boudreaux, Ben OL Jr.
52 Thomas, Rhett DB Jr.
53 Butz, Ryan OL 10
53 Schmit, Luke DB Jr.
54 Murski, Harrison OL Sr.
55 Esquivel, Wyatt DL Jr.
55 Jackson, Sam OL Jr.
56 Turner, David DL Sr.
57 Reppeto, William OL Sr.
58 Beverly, JD OL Sr.
59 S. Puchalski, Gunther DL Sr.
60 Kilgus, Canon OL Jr.
60 Dunnill, William DL Jr.
61 Landwehr, Spencer OL Jr.
61 Bohner, Cole IB Jr.
62 Cor win, Bolton OL Jr.
62 Fox, Leonard DL Jr.
63 Kean, Calvin OL Jr.
63 Hart, Trevor IB Jr.
64 Forrest, Kage OL Sr.
65 Richardson, Robert OL Jr.
65 Shawver, Colton IB Jr.
66 Sherer, Henry IB Jr.
66 Willis, Thomas Jr.
67 Porter, Holt OL Jr.
67 Gray, John DL Jr.
68 Yates, Jack OL Jr.
68 Hickey, Jack DL Jr.
70 Rhodes, Will OL Jr.
70 Purnell, Mo IB Jr.
71 Shelmire, Thomas OL Jr.
72 Rupple, Jimmy OL Jr.
72 Burke, Porter DL Jr.
73 Giddens, Grey OL Sr.
74 Giffin, Giff OL Sr.
75 Poston, George. DL Sr.
76 Riddle, Regan OL 10
76 Heraty, Jack WR Jr.
77 Jernigan, Jack OL Jr.
77 Pogue, Jacob DL Jr.
78 Webb, Ryan OL Jr.
78 Brown, Jack DL Jr.
79 Fotopoulos, Nicholas OL Jr.
79 Bowman, Blake DL Jr.
80 Wood, Hudson WR Sr.
81 Marchetto, Cooper WR Sr.
82 Bryant, Carson WR Jr.
82 Steinberg, Avi DB Jr.
83 Armayor, Tal WR Jr.
83 Archer, Ben DB Jr.
85 Kemendo, Jack WR Jr.
85 Glusing, Reese DB Jr.
86 Smith, Jay WR Jr.
86 Heyde, Gavin DB Jr.
87 Roberts, Nolan WR Jr.
87 Hurt, Jack DB Jr.
88 Saustad, Cade WR Jr.
88 Serio, Grayson DB Jr.
89 Clark, Camden WR Jr.
89 Nedderman, Will DB Jr.
90 Mahmalji, Adam IB Sr.
91 Elliott, Noah IB Sr.
92 Vermillion, Will DL Sr.
93 Hoover, John DL Sr.
94 Gahm, Matt OB Sr.
95 Blanton, Luke DL Sr.
96 Brock, Bennett IB Sr.
97 Coxe, Turner DL Sr.
98 Ramey, Carver DL Sr.
99 Hammack, Marshall DL Sr.
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HIGHLAND PARK FIGHTING SCOTS 2016
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