SAN ANTONIO – Excitement and energy was in the air for the first Friday night game of the season.
The Judson Rockets pulled out a huge Victory over DeSoto with a full team effort on both sides of the ball on offense and defense. Overcoming the eagles in a game many arguably thought the Rockets were underdogs walking into.
Offensively, junior Quarterback Michael Burroughs lead the way for the Rockets. Scoring on multiple plays, Burroughs showed off his superior athleticism and speed taking the football into the endzone himself for six points on two different occasions and throwing for some as well.
The Judson Rockets offense looked to be clicking on all cylinders. The combination of Burroughs to talented junior wide receiver Anthony Evans was a lethal one all night. The pair looked unstoppable as Evans had a few impressive catches for the Rockets and some big-time plays. Plays that lead to Judson having the momentum in their favor all game long.
Evans showcased his ability Friday night. Showing quick feet at the line of scrimmage, speed in his routes, and made some spectacular catches hanging onto the ball in traffic. Showing off his elite ball skills and ability to hang on to those contested passes.
Offensively, DeSoto just could not find a rhythm. They looked out of sync from the beginning of the first half. I think they have some problems at QB. A bunch of dropped passes and some sloppy play did not help the eagles at the start of the game.
However, it is the first game of the season and some rust is to be expected or all teams starting week I. In the second half, DeSoto came out the gates swinging for the fences with hopes of making a come back and put up a solid fight too.
However, that Rocket defense was just too much with playmakers all over the field in linebacker Treylin Payne, DB Alan Caracheo, and most notably our Player of the Game, defensive end Johnny Bowens. This time last year, was when I first witnessed the talented young defensive end he had no stars and no offers like he does now.
Player of the game in the Judson 35-28 victory over DeSoto is 2023 DE Johnny Bowen’s
Bowen’s was a beast on defensive flying to the ball and making plays in the backfield #txhsfb pic.twitter.com/njwjVkiDYY
— Emmanuel Charles-Lobo (@LoboRecruits) August 28, 2021
Now Bowens has four-stars and Division I offers from schools like Baylor, Texas, and Texas A&M. It showed why Friday night as Bowens was in the eagle’s backfield and in the QBs face all game long. He made some big-time plays and looked like a man among boys out there on the field. Very explosive off the ball, showing sheer strength and athleticism making his way into the backfield
Great start to the season for the Rockets. DeSoto will look to rebound next week after starting the season with a mark in the loss column.