Week 6 Review
Is Henderson the team to beat in region III?
Carthage was on a roll. The four-time state champs were 3-0 on the season and were coming off of an impressive 55-37 win over the Gilmer Buckeyes. However, Henderson had been throwing up multiple impressive performances, easily defeating the likes of Atlanta, Tatum and Tyler Chapel Hill. The Lions continued that hot streak in the first half versus the Bulldogs, jumping out to a 22-0 lead before winning, 36-28. The Henderson ground game pilled up nearly 350 yards. Lakendrick VanZandt had 194 yards while Trae Hall pitched in with 114. Henderson is now the highest ranked team in the region, but don't you can't count out Carthage, Stafford or El Campo in the playoffs.
West Orange-Stark gives up a touchdown but continues to roll
With just seconds left in the third quarter of last week's game with Kennedale, the scoreless streak by the West Orange-Stark defense finally came to an end at 22 quarters of plays when Jaden Knowles crossed the goal line for the Wildcats. By the time the score came, that game was already out of reach at 38-0. That run is over, but more importantly the Mustangs are now 6-0 and are still the overwhelming number one team in 4A division II. Now the question is will WO-S give up a point in district?
Iowa Park tops 3A power Wall
The Hawks of Iowa Park have been trending up the past few seasons. 2014 saw a trip to the regional semifinals and a loss to Celina (56-27). In 2015, Iowa Park made it to the area round before falling to Krum, 35-21. This past Friday, the Hawks took down 3A power Wall (35-29) to improve to 6-0 heading into district action. The other marquee win in non-district came over Mineral Wells in week 4, 45-29.
Week 7 Preview
Liberty Hill (3-1) Vs. La Vega (5-0)
What appears to be the deepest district in division one will begin play on Friday night. Week in and week out there will be intriguing matchups, and that begins this week with a pair of top ten teams in Liberty Hill and La Vega. La Vega is the defending state champs and has really not done anything in their first five wins to make us think they aren't capable of repeating that success. Meanwhile, you have Liberty Hill which is about as consistent as they come. The Panthers have a nice win over Brownwood, but can they get the run-heavy slot-t offense going in this one?
Josh's Pick: La Vega by 14.
Abilene Wylie (3-1) Vs. Brownwood (2-2)
This is a big matchup out West as you potentially have two of the top three teams in the region going at it in district play. Lately, this series has been all Bulldogs. Wylie has won in 2015 (7-3), 2014 (42-7), 2013 (38-16), 2012 (38-14) and 2011 (36-16). The last victory for the Lions came in 2010 (45-7). That was the year Brownwood had their run to semis before falling to Carthage in an instant classic. The Lions have been learning a new scheme under Coach Kyle Maxfield and have had some ups and down in non-district. Wylie's only hiccup came to the hands of Lubbock Monterey, which is undefeated.
Josh's Pick: Abilene Wylie by 7
Krum (5-1) Vs. Iowa Park (6-0)
Out in 4A DII region I, we get a re-match of last year's area round game as these two are now in the same district. Krum has been what we expected Krum to be, especially in the last two weeks with convincing wins over Ranchview (41-16) and Pleasant Grove (56-28). The Hawks will need to slow down the combo of Haeden Knight and Brandon Reeves, which combined for just under 400 yards rushing last week. Iowa Park's Bowie Franks and Dylan Meyer also ran for over 300 yards in their win over Wall. Will either defensive front get it done or will we have a shootout?
Josh's Pick: Iowa Park by 1.
Midland Greenwood (5-0) Vs. Monahans (3-2)
Yes, it's a big week for West Texas. In this matchup, we are going to see if Greenwood is ready to take another step forward. The Rangers did fair decent in the early going last year but could not compete with the likes of Monahans (34-7) and Sweetwater (32-0) at the top of the district. Senior QB Ben Brockman has led a strong dual threat attack in 2016, throwing for 1140 yards while rushing for another 420. Monahans appears to be about on par with what they have been the past several years. Junior Tylan McCalister has been the workhorse in the backfield, averaging over 8 yards per carry for his 691 rushing yards
Josh's Pick: Monahans by 10.
Burnet Vs. China Spring - China Spring by 28
Caldwell Vs. Columbus - Caldwell by 3
Carthage Vs. Kilgore - Carthage by 17
Ranchview Vs. Alvarado - Alvarado by 17
Columbia Vs. Bay City - Columbia by 7
Perryton Vs. Bushland - Perryton by 14