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Sent by: [email protected] Sports CYAN MAGENTA YELLOW BLACK
The Dallas Morning News SportsDayDFW.com Friday, October 31, 2014 13C
Football Week 10
W
hen a Katy running
back fumbled in last
year’s state champi-
onship game, it was Cedar
Hill’s Kyle Goss who recovered
it. When DeSoto was trying to
rally in last week’s Battle of the
Belt Line, that was Goss blow-
ing up a possession by sacking
the quarterback.
Both were huge plays. And
they were made by a guy who is
clearly not huge.
Goss is 5-5 and about 165
pounds. That’s smallish for a
cornerback. Goss plays outside
linebacker, next to inside line-
backer Richard Moore, who is
6-1and 210 pounds.
“When I go out there,” Goss
said, “I know people in the
stands are like, he’s that little,
is he going to be able to play?”
Yes, the senior is going to
play — and very well. In the
last five games, Goss has 26
tackles, 19 assists, seven tack-
les for loss and two sacks. He
split time at running back ear-
ly this season, but his return to
full-time linebacker has been
a key to the defensive im-
provement of Cedar Hill (7-1,
4-0 in District 8-6A), the No.
3 team in the 6A area rank-
ings.
Goss can bench press 300
pounds and squat 500, so
strength isn’t a problem. Nei-
ther is a lack of confidence.
“Before every game,” he
said, “I know I’m going to do
something special.”
“He plays with a little swag-
ger,” Cedar Hill coach Joey
McGuire said. “You’ve got to,
when you’re that size, playing
at this level.”
There’s no doubt that size
matters in football. But coach-
es often say that “it’s not the
size of the dog in the fight, but
the size of the fight in the dog.”
That’s certainly true for a
lot of players, including Euless
Trinity senior offensive guard
Sioeli Fakahua.
Fakahua plays on a typical-
ly imposing Trinity line that
includes 6-3, 290-pound Tex-
as pledge Patrick Vahe. But
Fakahua, at 5-4 and 241
pounds, holds his own. He
does it with strength, leverage
and something undersized
guys usually have in abun-
dance:
Determination.
South Oak Cliff linebacker
Terrance Johnson is only 5-9
and 175 pounds, but he has
made 53 tackles and has
forced three fumbles for a 5A
state contender. The senior
has the heart of a warrior, SOC
coach Emmett Jones said.
Frisco Lone Star’s Nigel
Garrett plays defensive tackle
despite being 5-10 and 160
pounds, and he has six sacks
and a pair of fumble recover-
ies. Grand Prairie’s Matt Le-
chuga is 5-6 and 150 pounds,
but in last week’s win over
Midlothian, the running back/
receiver rushed for 83 yards
and a touchdown and caught
five passes.
And then there’s Carrollton
R.L. Turner’s Juan Torres, who
plays slot receiver, free safety
and is also a part of Turner’s
special teams units. The se-
nior rarely comes off the field
because he’s such a big part of
the team, and he’s only 5-3.
According to coach Michael
Ramirez, Torres is about 120
pounds soaking wet.
What counts is the size of
the fight in the dog. That’s the
way Goss feels every time he
takes the field. And like most
undersized overachievers,
Goss plays with a tenacity that
allows an underdog to be one
of the big dogs.
“He plays the game like his
hair is on fire,” McGuire said.
“He’s just such a burst of ener-
gy when he’s out there.”
Follow Matt Wixon
on Twitter at @mattwixon.
Nothing little about these mites’ impacts
Numerous undersized
players counted on in
key roles for area teams
HIGH SCHOOLS
MATT WIXON
[email protected]
Steve Hamm/Special Contributor
Despite being 5-3 and weighing around 120 pounds, Carroll-
ton R.L. Turner’s Juan Torres (center) is a contributor in all
three phases and plays both free safety and slot receiver.
Small in size, big in contribution
More undersized players who are key parts of their teams:
Player School Ht. Wt. Pos. Notable (stats this season)
Walter Dawn Jr. Mesquite Poteet 5-7 170 RB/WR 711 yds. rushing/receiving, 2 kick-return TDs
Stephen Dieb Highland Park 5-5 155 RB Leads team in rushing (623 yards), TDs (11)
Tyler English Carr. N. Smith 5-3 125 WR Plays slot receiver, returns kicks
Malik Forte Garland 5-5 145 OLB 25 tackles, fumble recovery
Carlos Gomez Adamson 5-4 170 FB 116 carries, 429 yards as fullback in Wing-T
Kane Hardin Irv. MacArthur 5-8 170 QB 1,793 yards passing, 18 TDs
Kyle Harper Duncanville 5-10 220 DT Relentless on defense, team captain
Shantus Smallwood Plano West 5-6 220 DT Battles players 100 pounds heavier
TENNIS
Murray clinches ATP
finals berth in Paris
PARIS — Andy Murray
clinched a spot in the ATP Fi-
nals after beating Grigor Dimi-
trov in straight sets at the Paris
Masters and then sent a mes-
sage to his critics by scribbling
“bad year” on a courtside televi-
sion camera.
Following a tough year that
saw him change coaches and
recover from a serious back in-
jury, Murray booked his spot at
the season-ending tournament
in London by reaching the
quarterfinals at the Palais Om-
nisports with a 6-3, 6-3 win
over No. 9 seed Dimitrov.
Murray will next face No. 1
Novak Djokovic, who with-
stood 12 aces before extending
his unbeaten record against
Gael Monfils to 11-0 with a 6-3,
7-6 (2) over the Frenchman.
(Tennis results, 16C)
SOCCER
Red Bulls eliminate
defending champion
HARRISON, N.J. — Brad-
ley Wright-Phillips scored
twice in the final 13 minutes to
rally New York to a 2-1 victory
over Sporting Kansas City,
eliminating the defending MLS
Cup champion from the play-
offs and sending the Red Bulls
to the conference semifinals.
Bradley Wright-Phillips,
who led MLS with a record-ty-
ing 27 goals, tied it in the 77th
minute and headed in the win-
ner with less than a minute re-
maining in regulation.
ELSWHERE
A Massachusetts judge de-
nied a request from former
New England Patriots player
Aaron Hernandez to move his
trial in the fatal shooting of a
semi-professional football play-
er to a different county.
BRIEFS
FROM WIRE REPORTS
ARCADIA, Calif. — Un-
tapable and jockey Rosie Na-
pravnik can close out a stellar
year with a victory in the $2
million Breeders’ Cup Distaff.
The path to the winner’s circle
has been made a bit easier by
the absence of defending
champion Beholder.
Beholder spiked a fever
last week, removing the big-
gest threat from Friday’s
headline race on the opening
day of the two-day world
championships at Santa
Anita.
Her absence cast Untapa-
ble in the role of the early 5-2
favorite for the 1
1
⁄8-mile race.
“We’re expecting a big race
out of her,” said trainer Steve
Asmussen, whose best finish
in the Distaff was second with
My Miss Aurelia two years
ago.
Untapable and Napravnik
have been together for all but
two of the 3-year-old filly’s 10
career starts. They are 5 of 6
this year, including a victory
in the Kentucky Oaks in May.
The only blemish was a fifth-
place finish against the boys
in the Haskell Invitational.
“She’s an extremely talent-
ed filly,” Asmussen said. “This
is as good as she’s been, and I
feel really good because she’s
run some strong races this
year.”
Today’s other races:
Hootenanny is the early 3-1
favorite for trainer Wesley
Ward in the $1 million Juve-
nile Turf, with Frankie Detto-
ri aboard for the 1-mile race.
Defending champion
Goldencents is the shortest-
priced favorite among the
day’s four races at 6-5 in the
$1 million Dirt Mile. He is co-
owned by Louisville basket-
ball coach Rick Pitino. The
trainer of record is Leandro
Mora, subbing for his boss
Doug O’Neill, who is serving
a medication suspension.
Sunset Glow is the early
7-2 favorite for the $1 million
Juvenile Fillies Turf, giving
Ward the favorites in both of
the day’s races for 2-year-
olds. Victor Espinoza will be
aboard Sunset Glow in the 1-
mile race.
Stevens back after knee
replacement: Hall of Fame
jockey Gary Stevens launches
a second comeback in two
years aboard Sivoliere in the
Juvenile Fillies Turf.
This time, it’s different.
Stevens says he is now pain
free, after right knee replace-
ment surgery three months
ago.
“I didn’t make the deci-
sion, it was made for me” Ste-
vens said Thursday. “The
knee was completely shot.”
The 51-year-old last rode
on July 25, ending a remark-
able return last season that
produced a Preakness win
aboard Oxbow, and a pair of
Breeders’ Cup triumphs with
Mucho Macho Man in the
Classic and Beholder in the
Distaff.
After the surgery, Stevens
steadily worked his way back
into shape, relying heavily on
a mechanical horse that repli-
cates a riding motion.
“With the new knee, I feel
like I’m back in the cockpit of
a jet fighter flying it, instead
of being a passenger,” he said.
The Associated Press
Distaff duo can finish big year in style
BREEDERS’ CUP | 4 p.m. today (NBCSN); 7 p.m. Saturday (Ch. 5)
Defending champion’s
absence clears way for
Untapable, Napravnik
High school
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ADAM
BOEDEKER
Denton Record-
Chronicle
PAT
DONEY
Ch. 5
MARCUS
MURPHREE
SportsDayHS
editor
GREG
RIDDLE
SportsDayHS
editor
MEGAN
RYAN
SportsDayHS
writer
CORBETT
SMITH
SportsDayHS
writer
MATT
WIXON
SportsDayHS
columnist
Allen vs. Plano West Allen Allen Allen Allen Allen Allen Allen
Hebron vs. Plano East Hebron Hebron Hebron Plano East Plano East Plano East Plano East
Arlington Martin vs. Arlington Arlington Martin Arlington Martin Arlington Martin Arlington Martin Arlington Martin Arlington Martin Arlington Martin
Keller vs. Keller Fossil Ridge Keller Keller Fossil Ridge Keller Fossil Ridge Keller Keller Keller Fossil Ridge Keller
Denton Ryan at Justin Northwest Justin Northwest Denton Ryan Justin Northwest Justin Northwest Denton Ryan Denton Ryan Denton Ryan
Colleyville Heritage vs. Coppell Coppell Coppell Coppell Coppell Coppell Coppell Coppell
Mansfield at Cedar Hill Cedar Hill Cedar Hill Cedar Hill Cedar Hill Cedar Hill Cedar Hill Cedar Hill
DeSoto at Midlothian DeSoto DeSoto DeSoto DeSoto DeSoto DeSoto DeSoto
Irving MacArthur at Jesuit Jesuit Jesuit Jesuit Jesuit Jesuit Jesuit Jesuit
W.T. White vs. Irving Nimitz Irving Nimitz Irving Nimitz Irving Nimitz Irving Nimitz Irving Nimitz Irving Nimitz Irving Nimitz
Highland Park vs. Richardson Berkner Highland Park Highland Park Highland Park Highland Park Highland Park Highland Park Highland Park
Lake Highlands vs. North Mesquite Lake Highlands North Mesquite Lake Highlands North Mesquite North Mesquite Lake Highlands North Mesquite
Mesquite vs. Richardson Mesquite Mesquite Mesquite Mesquite Richardson Mesquite Mesquite
Garland Naaman Forest vs. Rowlett Rowlett Rowlett Rowlett Rowlett Rowlett Rowlett Rowlett
Rockwall at Tyler Lee Rockwall Rockwall Rockwall Rockwall Rockwall Rockwall Rockwall
Frisco Wakeland vs. Frisco Frisco Wakeland Frisco Wakeland Frisco Frisco Wakeland Frisco Wakeland Frisco Wakeland Frisco Wakeland
Prosper vs. McKinney McKinney Prosper McKinney McKinney McKinney McKinney McKinney
Lovejoy at Wylie Lovejoy Wylie Wylie Lovejoy Wylie Wylie Wylie
Woodrow Wilson vs. Carrollton Creekview Carr. Creekview Carr. Creekview Carr. Creekview Carr. Creekview Carr. Creekview Carr. Creekview Carr. Creekview
Carrollton Newman Smith vs. Hillcrest Carr. Newman Smith Hillcrest Hillcrest Carr. Newman Smith Carr. Newman Smith Hillcrest Carr. Newman Smith
Forney vs. West Mesquite West Mesquite West Mesquite West Mesquite West Mesquite West Mesquite West Mesquite West Mesquite
Samuell at Seagoville Seagoville Seagoville Seagoville Seagoville Seagoville Seagoville Seagoville
Mansfield Timberviewvs. Mansfield Legacy Mans. Timberview Mans. Timberview Mans. Timberview Mans. Timberview Mans. Timberview Mans. Timberview Mans. Timberview
Mansfield Lake Ridge vs. Mansfield Summit Mans. Summit Mans. Summit Mans. Lake Ridge Mans. Summit Mans. Summit Mans. Summit Mans. Summit
Prestonwood at Argyle Liberty Argyle Liberty Prestonwood Argyle Liberty Prestonwood Prestonwood Prestonwood Prestonwood
Midland Christian at Bishop Dunne Bishop Dunne Bishop Dunne Bishop Dunne Bishop Dunne Bishop Dunne Bishop Dunne Bishop Dunne
TCA-Addison at Bishop Lynch TCA-Addison TCA-Addison Bishop Lynch TCA-Addison TCA-Addison TCA-Addison Bishop Lynch
Tulsa Holland Hall at ESD ESD ESD ESD ESD ESD ESD ESD
Houston Kinkaid at Ft. Worth All Saints FW All Saints FW All Saints FW All Saints FW All Saints FW All Saints FW All Saints FW All Saints
St. Mark’s at Bellaire Episcopal St. Mark’s St. Mark’s Bellaire Episcopal Bellaire Episcopal Bellaire Episcopal Bellaire Episcopal Bellaire Episcopal
Last week 22-8 (.733) 22-8 (.733) 23-7 (.767) 25-5 (.833) 25-5 (.833) 21-9 (.700) 22-8 (.733)
Season record 196-74 (.726) 199-71 (.737) 196-74 (.726) 204-66 (.756) 191-79 (.707) 210-60 (.778) 201-69 (.744)
Shaded box indicates leader
FRIDAY’S GAMES
DISTRICT 4-6A
Arl. Martin vs Arlington ..................................7:30
(at Maverick Stadiumat UTA)
Arl. SamHouston at North Crowley ..................7:30
FWPaschal vs Arl. Bowie ................................7:30
(at Arlington’s Wilemon Field)
Weatherford vs Arl. Lamar ..............................7:30
(at Arlington’s Cravens Field)
DISTRICT 5-6A
Denton Ryan at Justin Northwest ....................7:00
Keller vs Keller F. Ridge ..................................7:00
(at Keller ISD Athletic Complex)
DISTRICT 6-6A
Allen vs Plano West .......................................7:30
(at Plano’s John Clark Stadium)
Hebron vs Plano East ......................................7:30
(at Murphy’s Kimbrough Stadium)
DISTRICT 7-6A
Coll. Heritage at Coppell .................................7:30
Haltomat SL Carroll .......................................7:30
DISTRICT 8-6A
DeSoto at Midlothian .....................................7:30
Duncanville vs Grand Prairie ............................7:30
(at Grand Prairie’s Gopher-Warrior Bowl)
Mansfield at Cedar Hill ...................................7:30
DISTRICT 9-6A
Carr. R.L. Turner vs Skyline .............................7:30
(at Forester Field)
Irving MacArthur at Jesuit ..............................7:30
W.T. White vs Irving Nimitz ............................7:30
(at Irving Schools Stadium)
DISTRICT10-6A
Highland Park vs Rich. Berkner ........................7:30
(at Wildcat-RamStadium)
Lake Highlands vs North Mesquite ...................7:30
(at Mesquite Memorial Stadium)
Mesquite vs Richardson ..................................7:30
(at Richardson’s Eagle-Mustang Stadium)
DISTRICT11-6A
Gar. N. Forest vs Rowlett ................................7:30
(at Garland’s H.B. Johnson Stadium)
North Garland vs Garland ................................7:30
(at Garland’s Williams Stadium)
Rockwall vs Tyler Lee .....................................7:30
(at Tyler’s Rose Stadium)
DISTRICT 5-5A
Denton at Saginaw .........................................7:00
DISTRICT 6-5A
FWPoly at Lake Dallas ...................................7:30
Grapevine vs Birdville .....................................7:30
(at Birdville Fine Arts/Athletic Complex)
DISTRICT 9-5A
Frisco Lone Star vs Fr. Independence ................7:00
(at Frisco ISD Memorial Stadium)
Frisco Wakeland vs Frisco ...............................7:00
(at Toyota Stadium)
DISTRICT10-5A
Lovejoy vs Wylie ............................................7:30
(at Wylie ISD Stadium)
McKinney North at Sherman ...........................7:30
Prosper vs McKinney ......................................7:30
(at McKinney’s Ron Poe Stadium)
Wylie East at Denison ....................................7:30
DISTRICT11-5A
Carr. N. Smith vs Hillcrest ...............................7:30
(at Franklin Stadium)
Conrad vs North Dallas ...................................7:30
(at Alfred J. Loos Complex/Couch Field)
WoodrowWilson vs Carr. Creekview ................7:30
(at Carrollton’s Standridge Stadium)
DISTRICT12-5A
Forney vs West Mesquite ...............................7:30
(at Mesquite’s E.H. Hanby Stadium)
Mes. Poteet vs North Forney ...........................7:30
(at Forney’s City Bank Stadium)
Royse City vs Rockwall-Heath .........................7:30
(at Rockwall’s Wilkerson-Sanders Stadium)
South Garland at Terrell ..................................7:30
DISTRICT13-5A
Molina vs Adamson ........................................7:30
(at Kincaide Stadium)
Samuell at Seagoville .....................................7:30
DISTRICT14-5A
Mans. Lake Ridge vs Mans. Summit .................7:30
(at Mansfield’s R.L. Anderson Stadium)
Mans. Timberview vs Mans. Legacy ..................7:30
(at Mansfield’s Vernon Newsom Stadium)
Red Oak at Waxahachie ..................................7:30
DISTRICT 15-5A
Tex. Texas at Greenville ..................................7:30
DISTRICT 16-5A
Ennis at Lindale .............................................7:30
Lufkin at Corsicana .........................................7:30
DISTRICT 3-4A DIV. 2
Anna at Bridgeport .........................................7:30
Bonham at Krum ............................................7:30
Celina at Aubrey ............................................7:30
DISTRICT 4-4A DIV. 2
Ferris vs Madison ...........................................7:30
(at Pleasant Grove Stadium)
Lincoln at Venus ............................................7:30
DISTRICT 5-4A DIV. 2
Nevada Community at Gilmer ..........................7:00
Bullard at Melissa ..........................................7:30
DISTRICT 5-4A DIV. 1
Alvarado at Kennedale ....................................7:30
DISTRICT 6-4A DIV. 1
Pinkston at Argyle .........................................7:30
Sanger at Wilmer-Hutchins .............................7:30
DISTRICT 7-4A DIV. 1
Princeton at Pittsburg ....................................7:30
DISTRICT 8-4A DIV. 1
Athens at Crandall .........................................7:30
Mabank at Kaufman .......................................7:30
DISTRICT 4-3A DIV. 1
Bowie at Ponder ............................................7:30
DISTRICT 5-3A DIV. 1
Pilot Point at Pottsboro ..................................7:30
Van Alstyne at Farmersville ............................7:30
DISTRICT 6-3A DIV. 1
Caddo Mills at Sunnyvale ................................7:30
Life Oak Cliff at Commerce ..............................7:30
Scurry-Rosser at Life Red Oak .........................7:30
SPC
Arl. Oakridge at Cistercian...............................7:00
TAPPS 1-I
John Paul II at FW Nolan .................................7:30
Midland Christian at Bishop Dunne ..................7:30
Prestonwood Chr. at Arg. Liberty Chr. ...............7:30
TCA-Addison at Bishop Lynch ..........................7:30
TAPPS 1-II
Arl. Pantego Chr. vs FM Coram Deo ..................7:30
(at Coppell Middle School West)
FW Southwest Chr. at FW Christian .................7:30
Parish Episcopal at Grape. Faith Chr. ................7:30
TAPPS 2-II
Bull. Brook Hill at Carr. Prince Peace .................7:00
Tyler Gorman at Frisco Legacy Chr. ...................7:00
Tyler All Saints at Dallas Christian ...................7:00
Tyler Grace Comm. vs Shelton .........................7:00
(at John Paul II)
TAPPS 1-III
FW Lake Country vs Coll. Covenant ...................7:30
(at Bedford’s Pennington Field)
FW Temple Chr. at Lub. Christian .....................7:30
TAPPS 2-III
First Baptist at Gaines. State ..........................7:30
Garland Christian at McKinney Chr. ..................7:30
Lutheran at Irv. The Highlands .........................7:30
TC-Cedar Hill at Waco Reicher .........................7:30
SATURDAY’S GAMES
SPC PLAYOFFS
LARGE-SCHOOL SEMIFINALS
Houston Kinkaid at FW All Saints ...................noon
St. Mark’s at Bellaire Episcopal .......................4:00
SMALL-SCHOOL SEMIFINALS
Houston Christian at OKC Casady......................1:00
Tulsa Holland Hall at Episcopal Dallas ..............6:00
NONDISTRICT
East Austin CP at A+ Academy .........................1:00
SCHEDULE

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