Two of the best teams in DFW won championships this weekend, as both Aledo and DeSoto brought home state titles at Cowboy’s Stadium on Friday and Saturday night respectively. Defensive lineman Wes Harris of Aledo and QB Shawn Robinson finished their high school careers holding the trophies, before making their way to TCU come spring.
Aledo, an overwhelming favorite to win their third title in four years, jumped out to a big lead and hung on late for the victory over Calallen of Corpus Christi, 24-16. It was the final game for Harris, who finishes his four year career with a 60-3 record and three titles, before he comes to TCU, and presumably moves back to the offensive side of the ball. The 6’4”, 285 offensive guard prospect could move to center for the Frogs. A four star recruit, he has been as vocal in trying to bring top talent to Funky Town as any signee in recent memory.
For Shawn Robinson and DeSoto, the magnitude of the game was just as large, but the circumstances quite different. After matriculating to DeSoto from Denton-Guyer after both of his parents took coaching jobs at the high school, he led the Eagles through the air and on the ground to their first ever state title. After jumping out to a big lead early with several impressive plays, including a slick rushing touchdown and a laser strike to the back of the end zone with time expiring in the first half, he and his team held on late despite a furious rally mounted by Cibolo Steele and their own Division I QB prospect, Texas Tech commit Xavier Martin. Robinson, who dazzled in both the running and passing game through the first three quarters was visibly hampered by an undisclosed back or hip injury after sustaining back to back hard hits in the fourth, showed plenty of toughness in driving his team down the field for a crucial field goal that made it a two score game.
Prior to the injury, he gave TCU fans plenty to be excited about, including a trio of impressive runs. This 28 yarder was on second and 20, and led to a DeSoto TD:
That spin move pic.twitter.com/z6v9TRGTKj— Frogs O' War (@FrogsOWar) December 18, 2016
His TD run in the first was reminiscent of a certain former TCU QB:
I think @OGcURIOUSDEUCE would approve of this @ShawnRobinson_ TD run: pic.twitter.com/YniMlQhWUv— Frogs O' War (@FrogsOWar) December 17, 2016
And of course, the missile TD pass that ended the half and became huge as Steele kept fighting back late:
Laser. Rocket. Arm. (But Momma Robinson is still the real MVP). 28-10 DeSoto. pic.twitter.com/rZ0uyhSyeJ— Frogs O' War (@FrogsOWar) December 17, 2016
Robinson finished the game 17/22 for 222 yards and a pair of touchdowns through the air with another 197 rushing yards and a score on the ground, despite finishing the game in what was, in his words, incredibly pain in his hip. His 419 total yards and three scores led to him being named player of the game, and rightfully so.
It takes talent to win at the collegiate level, and these two young men have it in spades. But the experience of winning at the highest level and the toughness and unselfishness that these two stars showed throughout their championship runs will be boons in the Frog locker room for the next four years. Both are exceptional leaders and well-liked by teammates and coaches, and have great demeanors and personalities. It will great to have them in the program as early-enrollees come January and into spring ball.
Congratulations to these two future Frogs and we can’t wait to officially welcome you both to the #FrogFam!