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Friday Night Highlights: Week 11

We’re nearing the end...

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 02 TCU at Oklahoma State Photo by William Purnell/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

As the season winds down, find out which future Cowboys made the playoffs and who didn’t, and find out who is primed to make deep playoff runs. Oh, and stay for some impressive Brennan Presley highlights.

Because content could be hard to come by, this very well may be the last Friday Night Highlights of the season. Check back at the end of December to find out how each commit fared in his respective playoff run.

Shane Illingworth, Quarterback

Illingworth’s high school career ended Friday as Norco lost at home to Chaminade 46-44 in the opening round of the CIF Southern Section Division II playoffs.

The future Cowboy rounded out his career as a Cougar by going 14-of-24 through the air for 255 yards and three touchdowns, including this one to put Norco ahead with less than two minutes left. This run serves as the final touchdown of Illingworth’s illustrious prep career.

Illingworth was tasked with leading a fairly large comeback. Norco trailed 33-15 at one point before regaining the lead late in the game, only to lose it once again.

Next stop: Stillwater. Congratulations to Shane Illingworth on a great high school career.

Brennan Presley, Athlete

In the latest edition of “How many points did Bixby win by this week...” the Spartans only won by 42.

Brennan Presley finished with eight catches for 142 yards and one touchdown while adding two carries for 18 yards and another score as Bixby took down Muskogee 63-21.

One of those runs looked like this... I mean c’mon. Muskogee has to fold the football program after that, those are the rules, I don’t make ‘em.

I mean... C’MON!! Give ‘em a chance!

Presley finishes the regular season with 65 catches for 1,263 yards and 21 touchdowns. That’s nearly 20 yards-per-catch. Also, here’s this excerpt from Barry Lewis with the Tulsa World:

Those are some capital N Numbers. Bixby will face Midwest City in the opening round of the OSSAA playoffs and is on a collision course to meet Gunnar Gundy and Stillwater for the 6A Division II championship. Bixby has beaten every opponent by at least 31 points this season.

Brennan is also far from the only talented Presley.

Other News

  • OL Eli Russ and Plainview (OK) beat Douglass 45-14. The Indians will take on Marshall in round one of the playoffs on Friday.
  • DB Korie Black and OL Trent Pullen helped Connally (TX) cap off a perfect regular season with a 41-28 win against Robinson. Connally is on the short list of state championship contenders in 4A Division II and will face Canton in round one.
  • TE Quinton Stewart and Salina Central (KS) lost its first round playoff game against Andover 28-7.
  • OL Cade Bennett and Notre Dame Prep (AZ) beat Verrado 38-28 to finish the regular season 9-1. The Saints will take on Cienega in round one of the playoffs.
  • DL Sawyer Goram-Welch and Longview (TX) kept the longest winning streak in Texas HS football alive with a 49-14 win at Mesquite. The Lobos are defending 6A Division II state champions and are favored to repeat as champions heading into the playoffs. They’ll play Temple in round one.
  • CB Jabbar Muhammad and DeSoto (TX) lost to rival Cedar Hill 28-27. The Eagles will face Skyline in round one of the UIL playoffs and will need to beat nationally ranked Southlake Carroll and Duncanville to make it out of Region I in 6A Division I. They’ll play Carroll in round two should they beat Skyline.
  • LB Cole Thompson and Norman (OK) lost to Edmond Santa Fe 42-27. They’ll face Owasso, ranked No. 21 nationally by USA Today, in round one of the 6A Division I playoffs.
  • LB Jeff Roberson and Choctaw (OK) beat Deer Creek 62-34. They’ll open the OSSAA 6A Division II playoffs at Muskogee. Should they win, they’ll have to beat the aforementioned Stillwater and Bixby to win a state championship.
  • DL Grant Mahon and Denton Guyer (TX) beat Keller Fossil Ridge 53-6. They’ll take on Hebron in round one of the 6A Division II playoffs. Division II isn’t nearly as strong as Division I is in Texas, so it wouldn’t be completely inconceivable for Guyer to make a run at a state championship. To do that, they’ll have to go through Sawyer Goram-Welch and Longview, the current favorites.
  • S Zach Middleton and Bishop Kelley lost to McAlester 35-19. They’ll open the OSSAA 5A playoffs at Collinsville.
  • DE Tyren Irby finished with five tackles and a pass breakup as Northwest Mississippi CC lost to No. 1 Mississippi Gulf Coast, 35-19, in round two of the MACJC playoffs.