August 27, 2011
Ike Duo Impress in First Game
With opening week for high school football finally here, teams all across the country are kicking off their seasons this weekend. CougarsDen will be checking in with several of the Cougar commits throughout the season and was on hand for Aldine (TX) Eisenhower's season opener against Missouri City (TX) Hightower in which a Cougar commit would make a game changing play to lift his team to victory.
Featuring two Cougar commits on their defense in safety Davonte Thomas and defensive end Gregory Jackson, Eisenhower's defense would actually corral a very potent Hightower offense late in the game, coming from behind by two scores, Eisenhower would take the lead late in the fourth 42-35 off of a one yard rushing touchdown.
Hightower came back to score a touchdown putting themselves in prime position to tie the game, but would miss the extra point wide, leaving Eisenhower up by one, 42-41 with less than two minutes to go in the game.
Hightower would have one last attempt to steal the game, trailing 42-41 with three seconds to go, lining up for the field goal to win the game, the ball was snapped and Cougar commit Gregory Jackson broke through the line and got just enough of his hand on the ball to cause it to sail short, sealing his teams fate winning 42-41 as time expired.
"We played a pretty good game," Jackson said after the game. "We made a couple of mistakes we could have done better on but we'll work hard next week to pick up the slack and make sure we come out hard."
Jackson would finish the game with 2.5 tackles, including two for loss, a sack, a handful of quarterback hurries and the game winning blocked field goal, he was clearly emotional after the win and the impact he had in the game.
"My mindset in the game was for all of my defensive lineman to meet me in the backfield and go hard all game," the 6-foot-4, 240-pound defensive end said. "We're looking forward to winning more games and going to state."
Prior to the blocked kick Jackson was actually injured on a play in which an offensive lineman held him, pulling him to the ground and Jackson appeared to slightly dislocate his shoulder, but would eventually return.
"It was just him holding me, he pulled me down and my shoulder kind of popped, it wasn't that serious we popped it back into place and it was all good."
Another Houston commit in action tonight was Eisenhower safety Davonte Thomas the 6-foot-1, 197-pound chipped in with three tackles. The Rivals three-star player will play linebacker when he gets to Houston, and his current coach thinks it will be an easy transition.
"He can play it, (linebacker)," Eisenhower head coach Dre Thompson said. "We play him a lot of times in cover three and we'll move him down, he's a good force guy and can play the flats it won't be unfamiliar to him."
Thompson speaks very well of both Cougar commits and their work ethics on and off the field.
"He (Jackson) is a good humble kid and a hard worker," Thompson said of his defensive end. "As you see when he got hurt he shook it off, he's committed to his teammates and he didn't want to let his teammates down. He's an athlete at defensive end, the Cougars are getting a good player."
"Thomas is the same kind of kid," he added of his safety. "If you put them in the same room and you're standing there you probably wouldn't get one word out of either one of them, they're just quiet kids but when you put them out on the field they play with those pads. They're very respectful, both hard workers, they're going to be in the weight room early in the morning, the Cougars are getting two really good players."
Up next the Eisenhower duo will travel to North Shore to take on the perennial Houston power Galena Park (TX) North Shore Mustangs.
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