DALLAS - On Friday night, Dallas Lake Highlands and Dallas Jesuit played one of the more entertaining games of the season. Despite Jesuit jumping out to an early lead Lake Highlands did not panic. Instead the Wildcats forced overtime.
When the Rangers scored a touchdown in the first overtime, they struck back again with a score of their own. In the second overtime a fumble ended up costing Lake Highlands the game. Jesuit then scored a touchdown to win the showdown of two very good offensive teams, 49-42.
Though Lake Highlands did not come into the game with many people expecting it would keep pace with Jesuit, the Wildcat players were certainly pumped up before the game. Quite a few media were on hand to see a showdown of two of the top juniors in the state of Texas - Jesuit wide receiver Jake Oliver and Lake Highlands offensive tackle Kent Perkins. Texas assistant coach Stacy Searels and Oklahoma assistant James Patton were on the sidelines as well.
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Though Perkins team did not come out on the winning end, he helped the Wildcats tally 483 yards of offense, many of them coming behind him at right tackle.
"I gave it my all," the 6-foot-5, 300-pound Perkins said after the game. "It's all about sacrifice and I lay down my body for my team and my team lays down their body for me."
As evidenced by the game, Perkins feels his strength is as a run blocker.
I love it when they run the ball to my side," he said. "That's my strong suit. I could work on my pass blocking a little bit. I had a good competition today but I really love it when they run to my side because I feel like I can just blow the dude up."
Perkins' offer list is numerous but he admits to having an early top three.
"I have a whole bunch of offers but the main ones I'm focusing on are Texas, (Texas) A&M and Baylor," he said. "I visited all three of those places this summer. They were all great. I haven't had a chance to go to any games just yet though.
"I actually talked to coach (Darrell) Wyatt (from Texas) today. I also noticed the offensive line coach from Texas. He was up here watching us in pregame today. The OU offensive line coach was here too."
While the three in-state schools make up his top group, Perkins is hard pressed to name a favorite. He thinks about the question for a minute but does not come up with an answer.
"It's a hard decision."