Friday Night Spotlight

Sorry for the delay this week folks, but since it is so far behind, we're going to take a look ahead at this weeks match-ups. This week District 3-5A (home to 3 Red Raider commits) opens district play. One of the key match-ups will be Midland High v. Odessa Permian, featuring Texas Tech's own Baron Batch. The name's changed a little, but the info hasn't, so join us inside for another edition of Friday Night Spotlight.

As previewed earlier, Baron Batch and the Bulldogs of Midland High travel west to Odessa to take on Permian. Batch has his Bulldog team on the right track so far this season, as both teams enter with 4-1 records. However, it's the Bulldogs high-powered rushing attack that has the Bulldogs thinking playoffs for the first time since Texas Tech's Ryan Rowland led them to the State Championship in 2002. Baron Batch is the leader of this rushing game, and it's evident. So far on the year, with the season half-way over, Batch has toted the rock 109 times for an eye-popping 946 yards, averaging 8.6 yards per carry. Of those 109 carries, 11 have gone for TDs. Baron Batch also ranks third in the Permian Basin area in scoring with 12 total TDs, for a total of 72 points responsible for.

Despite his Klein Collins team getting off to a rough start at 1-3, Franklin Mitchem hopes to pick up his game as well as his team's game. Mitchem has had a huge bright spot, and one can only hope that it will serve as a turning point for him and his Klein Collins team. District play started last weekend for Collins, and in that game Mitchem had a 92 yard interception return for a TD. That is his only big stat so far this year, as tackle stats are not available.

Blake Collier of Justin Northwest is one of those do it all guys. Slated to be either a linebacker or strong safety in college, Collier also adds the role of fullback to his repertoire at Northwest. Offensively, Collier has not been explosive, but is very much aiding his team. So far Collier has carried the ball 2 times for 72 yards and a TD. He has also caught 4 passes for 154 yards and a TD. Last week on defense, Collier had 8 tackles and 3 pass break-ups, as a strong safety. Collier is not only fullback, linebacker, and safety, but he also returns kick-offs.

Since a lot of teams had an off-week, it was hard to figure out who did what this week. But since a lot of places kick-off district tonight, look for updates on these three players as well as a few others starting Monday night on the next edition of Friday Night Spotight.

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