As Frisco Lone Star wide receiver Marvin Mims Jr. prepared to face Highland Park last Friday, he didn’t just focus on the Rangers’ specific team scouting report or on his production in the first two weeks this season.
He watched a best friend’s film, too.
In Week 1, Rockwall wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba caught 13 passes for 311 yards and three touchdowns in a close loss to Highland Park.
Mims, a senior committed to Stanford, figured Highland Park might defend him similarly.
The insight — plus motivation from what he felt was a sub-par showing in Lone Star’s 2018 loss to the Scots — paid off. Mims finished with 10 catches for 219 yards and two touchdowns as a leader in the historic visitor win at Highlander Stadium.
“He’s really smart, and he’s very athletic,” quarterback Garret Rangel said. “He’s one heck of a receiver, and it’s good to have him because you know he’s always going to be open.”
In watching Smith-Njigba’s highlights, Mims saw Highland Park would at times designate a rover to add extra coverage. Because Mims lines up in the slot more than Smith-Njigba, Mims thought Highland Park would more often deploy that player, usually an outside linebacker, to him with additional help from a safety over the top.
The Scots did.
But that didn’t slow Mims, who caught a 45-yard touchdown on the game’s first offensive snap and added another 38-yard score late in the second quarter to push Lone Star’s lead to 24-0 at the break. Mims averaged 21.9 yards a catch and added 84 yards on special teams returns.
“Every time, I go deep, catch a ball, do something special, they’re back at it. They’re coming back at me every play,” Mims said. “That’s a good coaching staff over there, and those guys are good.”
Lingering disappointment from Lone Star’s 10-7 loss to Highland Park in 2018 — when he caught seven passes for 63 yards and no touchdowns — also fueled his performance.
“The feeling I had after that game,” Mims said, “I didn’t want to let that happen again.”
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