Week 1 Thoughts
This Central Texas district was regarded as the best in the state before the season got underway. After week one, that has been validated. One of the bigger shockers from week one was Franklin’s 38-22 win over 4A power Navasota. On top of that, perennial power Cameron Yoe easily took down top 10 Bellville, 33-10. If that was not enough, both Rockdale (West) and McGregor (Groesbeck) also picked up big wins over some other playoff hopefuls out of region III.
Mineola goes down
At the end of the day, Mineola’s loss to Van was surprising. Not so much that they lost, but the fact that it was by 21 points in a game they were favored in by most. The Jackets have dropped a few spots after the loss, but playing stronger 4A squads should only make this team better for when district play and the playoffs roll around.
Canadian finally stumbles
Since the first time since the 2014 quarterfinal loss to Cisco (42-14), the Canadian Wildcats finally tasted defeat in their season opener at Bushland (38-35). The Wildcats are no longer in 2A, but Bushland is still a full classification jump and that is why this team remains in our top 5 for week two.
Week 2 Games
Brock (1-0) Vs. Midland Christian (0-1)
The defending state champs very convincing in their opening 52-0 win over Stamford. Looking at the rest of the Eagles schedule, there may not be all that many more challenges along the way. Midland Christian could easily be the toughest game that Brock plays until at least the semifinals. This will let us know a little more about where the 2016 Eagles stand.
Josh’s Pick: Brock by 7
Sunnyvale (1-0) Vs. McGregor (1-0)
After Mineola’s loss to Van last week, many people now have the Raiders of Sunnyvale as their top team out of region II. That still remains to be seen, but this is going to be a big week for both Sunnyvale and McGregor. The Raiders are expected to compete for the region II title while McGregor is included in the toughest district in the state with the likes of Cameron Yoe and Franklin.
Josh’s Pick: Sunnyvale by 14.
Hughes Springs (1-0) Vs. Arp (0-1)
Coming into this season, there was a lot of talk about how possibly Daingerfield could be returning to form from their 2008-2010 state championship runs. Hughes Springs quickly halted those talk with a convincing 24-0 shutout win last Friday night. Arp, which is ranked inside the top 10, did fall short (24-14) against a Tatum team that is expected to make a big comeback in 2016.
Josh’s Pick: Arp by 10.
Cisco Vs. Wall
It is apparent that Cisco is not going anywhere. The Loboes opened the season in impressive fashion by taking down a Breckenridge (24-3) team that is supposed to be one of the best out west in 3A DI. Meanwhile, Wall had a big hiccup in their opener, falling hard to Monahans, 46-20. Regardless, this should be an excellent battle between two of the best in that area.
Josh’s Pick: Cisco by 7.
Caldwell Vs. Franklin - Franklin by 21
Gunter Vs. Pottsboro - Pottsboro by 7
Mexia Vs. Teague - Teague by 7
Shiner Vs. Hallettsville - Hallettsville by 3
East Bernard Vs. Hitchcock - East Bernard by 14
Newton Vs. Silsbee - Newton by 17
Coleman Vs. Comanche - Coleman by 14
Mathis Vs. Odem - Odem by 10