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The St. Mark’s Lions had no trouble with Houston Bellaire Episcopal, 56-21, in the SPC big-school semifinals on Saturday.
With the win, St. Mark’s (8-1) advances to the title game against Houston Kinkaid (10-0) at 5 p.m. Saturday at Fort Worth Brewer. Kinkaid beat Episcopal School of Dallas, 48-28, in the other semifinal.
Lions quarterback John Webb threw for 392 yards and five touchdowns. Four different receivers — Andrew Caldwell, John Caldwell, Andrew Patison, and Justin Jones — caught touchdowns. Patison had two.
In the small-school semifinals, Cistercian lost to Houston Christian, 61-13.
Three area football teams — Cistercian, Episcopal School of Dallas, and St. Mark’s — will compete in the Southwest Preparatory Conference semifinals on Saturday.
In the large school semifinals, top seed St. Mark’s (7-1) will play host to Houston Bellaire Episcopal (5-2) at 5 p.m., while ESD (6-3) will play at Houston Kincaid (9-0) at 6 p.m. The winners will meet for the SPC title next Saturday in Fort Worth.
Cistercian (6-3) will play at top seed Houston Christian (7-3) at 5 p.m. in a small school semifinal. In the other semi, Fort Worth All Saints (9-0) will host Houston St. John’s at 4 p.m. The winners will play in Fort Worth next Friday night for the title.
Whatever your answer might be to the question posed in the headline, “Not as well as Jordan Spieth’s 2013″ is a fitting answer.
In addition to having just about the most amazing rookie season imaginable on the PGA Tour and playing for the United States in the Presidents Cup, the Jesuit alum has also raked in more than $4 million in tour winnings alone.
Spieth dropped a little bit of that coin earlier this week so he could play the top two courses in the United States in the same day. Spieth started off at Pine Valley in New Jersey. Then, he jetted to Georgia to take on Augusta National. Spieth Tweeted a photo and: “The back nine at Augusta this evening. Only group on the course. Heaven on earth.”
Spieth will be back in Augusta in April to play in his first Masters.
Dallas Cowboys rookie receiver Terrance Williams, who played at Baylor, has made quite a splash on the field the last two weeks.
Last Friday, he made an even bigger splash at his alma mater, W.T. White. Williams, along with fellow alum and former NFL player Jason Smith, were on hand to see the Longhorns battle Jesuit.
Williams was an honorary captain for W.T. White, which lost to Jesuit, 71-34. He also signed autographs during pre-game festivities.
Separated by less than a mile and both having Texas-themed mascots, Jesuit and W.T. White have decided to have an annual rivalry trophy for the winner of “The Battle of the Saddle.” The trophy, an authentic, custom Texas Rangers saddle, will be awarded to the school that fares best in seven sports match-ups — football, two basketball games, two soccer games, and two baseball games.
The saddle becomes the centerpiece of the rivalry series thanks to the generosity of three generous local families and the Texas Rangers Association Foundation (TRAF), headquartered in Waco. The foundation promotes and supports active and retired Rangers and provides scholarships for their children.
Texas Ranger Company B Ranger David Armstrong, was the honorary captain for Jesuit. Armstrong is also a former Baylor football player.
It will be anything but a typical football game for Parish Episcopal and Shelton when the teams battle in a TAPPS Division II, District 2 contest on Oct. 18.
Rather than being played at Carrollton Prince of Peace, where the Chargers play most of their home games, the contest will instead be played at AT&T Stadium. I’m going out on a limb and guessing there’ll be plenty of good seats available.
Shelton has a pretty good connection with the Cowboys, which I’m sure helped accommodate the move. The team’s head coach is former Cowboy George Teague.
Parish (2-3, 1-1) plays Tyler T.K. Gorman at home tomorrow night, while Shelton (0-4, 0-2) is at Tyler Grace Community. Both games are at 7:30 p.m.
St. Mark’s senior wide receiver John Caldwell has been named the private school Built Ford Tough Texas High School Player of the Week. The award is given to a player in all six classifications each week of the season for their work on and off the field.
Caldwell had a monster game last week with 15 catches for 313 yards and four touchdowns to help the Lions stay perfect in SPC North play with a 31-14 victory over Irving Cistercian.
“He has a unique ability to stretch the field with his great speed,” St. Mark’s head coach Bart Epperson said. “And he’s even better in heavy traffic, using his leaping ability to get the ball in a crowd.”
Caldwell, who plays baseball and is thinking about basketball this winter, has Ivy League programs such as Harvard, Yale, and Penn vying for his services. A national Merit Scholar semi-finalist and an Eagle Scout, Caldwell volunteers at the Austin Street Shelter, assisting single moms with their kids, and with the Salvation Army, delivering clothes to the homeless among other things.
He will be presented his award at the St. Mark’s pep rally at 10:30 a.m. Friday.
Former St. Mark’s and University of Texas standout Sam Acho, who is now a linebacker for the Arizona Cardinals, broke his leg in Sunday’s loss to New Orleans and will miss the rest of the season.
It was a horrible week for the Cardinals, who also lost linebacker Lorenzo Alexander to a season-ending injury, had punt returner Rashad Johnson lose part of a finger on a punt return, and had a player’s father killed in an automobile accident.
The Hillcrest Panthers are 3-0 to start to the season. And quarterback Arico Evans is a big reason why.
Evans has been nearly perfect this season. Through three games, Evans has thrown for 364 yards, seven touchdowns, and just one interceptions. He also leads the team in rushing with 51 attempts for 334 yards and three more touchdowns.
Those solid numbers have helped Hillcrest beat Molina (20-0), Parish Episcopal (49-35), and North Garland (31-13). After a bye this week, the Panthers will open District 12-4A play at Samuell one week from Friday at Pleasant Grove Stadium.
First-year head coach Ralph Dintino needed just two games to equal the program’s win total of the last two seasons combined.
The Hornets ended an 18-game losing streak on Friday night by knocking off Plano John Paul II, 48-45, in double overtime, in front of the home fans.
After the Cardinals got a field goal in the second overtime to take a 45-42 lead, Jalen Sharp hauled in a 22-yard touchdown pass from Noah Montgomery to lift Greenhill to its first victory since a 56-27 win over Fort Worth Southwest Christian on Sept. 9. 2011.
Sharp caught a pair of touchdown passes, while Matthew Jones rushed for 99 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries.
Greenhill, which plays at Fort Worth All Saints at 7 p.m. Thursday, scored the final 14 points of regulation to force overtime.
United States team captain Fred Couples announced today Jesuit alum Jordan Spieth and Webb Simpson have been added to the Presidents Cup team.
“I’m just so happy I woke up this morning and it wasn’t a dream,” Spieth said via his Facebook page.
The Presidents Cup, a battle between the United States and the rest of the world, will be held Oct. 1-6 in Dublin, just outside of Columbus, Ohio.
Spieth will be the youngest player, and first PGA Tour rookie, to represent the United States in the Presidents Cup.
Spieth, who turned pro in December, won this year’s John Deere Classic and has eight top-10 finishes, second-most on the PGA Tour. He shot a final-round 62 on Monday to finish tied for fourth place at the Deutsche Bank Championship and put an exclamation point on his candidacy.
Spieth is 10th in the FedExCup, while Simpson, the 2012 U.S. Open champion, is 20th. He will be the second-youngest player in Presidents Cup history after Ryo Ishikawa, who was 18 when he played in the 2009 Presidents Cup.
Spieth and Simpson will join Tiger Woods, Brandt Snedeker, Phil Mickelson, Matt Kuchar, Jason Dufner, Keegan Bradley, Steve Stricker, Bill Haas, Hunter Mahan, and Zach Johnson on the roster.