Week 6 Review
Cameron edges Franklin
It was the marquee matchup of the week for 3A and probably all of the small school classifications. Both teams were state finalist a year ago in their respective divisions and now both reside in the toughest district in the classification. Being a top five matchup, we expected a close game and we got it. Cameron built a 42-22 lead in the third quarter, but as most strong teams do, Franklin made a run late to make the game interesting. The Yoemen ended up holding off Franklin's late push to win, 42-38. Could this just be a preview of the regional finals? Possibly so, but you cannot sleep on the likes of Malakoff, Rockdale or La Marque, which will be threats to go deep in the playoffs in a very tough region III.
Elysian Fields remains perfect
Through the first five weeks of the season, Elysian Fields has been taking care of business. The Yellow Jackets were 5-0, but did not have that signature victory under their belt. Last Friday night, they got that statement win over Arp, 34-27. Elysian Fields QB Logan Hughes is near the top of the leader boards for 3A quarterbacks, throwing for over 1,600 yards and 16 touchdowns through just six games. It's just one game, but this does let us know the district championship could be up in the air. You still have defending state champion Waskom in addition to West Rusk, which has been as impressive as any team in the state.
Malakoff continues blistering offensive pace
Coming into this season, speed and athleticism were going to be on the side of the Tigers. So far, the offense for Malakoff has been able to overwhelm everyone that has stood in their way in the first five games. Malakoff has not scored less than 40 points in any ball game this year and has done most of their damage in the first half before pulling the starters. QB Judd Miller had an excellent sophomore campaign and has had no drop off here in 2016. That is in park due to some speedy receivers in Tyler Russell and QT Barker. Looking at the schedule, there may not be a team that can hold the Tigers to under 40 during the regular season. The Teague game here in a few weeks will tell us a bit more.
Week 7 Preview
Sunnyvale (5-0) Vs. Dallas Madison (5-0)
We knew coming into this season that 6-3A was going to be a fairy strong district. Sunnyvale had an excellent 2015 and Grandview was one of the more powerful offensive teams in the state. What makes this district different than others is the overall depth. Dallas Madison has quietly gone 5-0 while Kemp is also 5-0. This matchup is really going to tell us what Madison is capable of doing. As long as this game is close, it will bode well for the Trojans as they progress through the season.
Josh's Pick: Sunnyvale by 14.
Mineola (3-2) Vs. Farmersville (6-0)
How good is Farmersville? That is what everyone is asking after the surprising 6-0 start. The Farmers have solid tradition but were just 4-6 a season ago. Mineola was the number one team in our pre-season rankings. A couple of loses have dropped the Yellow Jackets down a few notches, but the combo of QB Jeremiah Crawford and Chantz Perkins is a deadly force. The two seniors started in the state championship game in 2014. Farmersville is not in the rankings because of a marquee win, but even a close game here would raise their stock with us.
Josh's Pick: Mineola by 21.
Crockett (5-0) Vs. Newton (5-0)
It doesn't really get much better than this for week seven. Someone out of 9-3A could easily say otherwise, but this could be the first of two meetings between these teams this year. Newton has been typical Newton in non-district play. The most impressive part of this team has been the defense, which is giving up 11 points per ball game. Crockett has also gotten it done defensively this year, holding opponents to just nine points per contest. Both of these teams have plenty of speed, so it will intriguing to see how many points are put up on the board.
Josh's Pick: Newton by 10.
Eastland (3-2) Vs. Tolar (5-0)
Eastland has played a very challenging non-district schedule, and it has led to the 3-2 start. The loses came to Clyde (20-15) and Wall (28-14), both of which are ranked at the division one level. Tolar has not played any larger teams, but has been thorough in their wins. The Rattlers beat Crawford by 14 and recently scored 60 this past week on Waco Reicher. Will the tougher schedule pay off for Eastland or will Tolar continue to stay unbeaten. Usually a game of this magnitude will decide a district championship, but Cisco still awaits in the wings.
Josh's Pick: Eastland by 1.
Franklin Vs. McGreogr - Franklin by 21
Pottsboro Vs. Howe - Pottsboro by 10
Kemp Vs. Grandview - Grandview by 21
Childress Vs. Canadian - Canadian by 14
Elysian Fields Vs. Waskom - Elysian Fields by 17
Harmony Vs. Edgewood - Harmony by 14