TheOldCoach 4A Week 8 Outlook

TheOldCoach's Josh Pratt looks back on week seven and previews some of the bigger matchups coming up in week eight!

Week 7 Review

 

Kilgore bounces Carthage

Carthage is now 0-2 in district play after falling to Kilgore last week, 41-34.  It may not be time to panic quite yet, but the 0-2 record should prove to be a wake up call for what many considered to be a contender for state a few weeks ago.  The Bulldogs were 3-0 with wins over Liberty-Eylau (34-20), Whitehouse (23-13) and Gilmer (55-37).  On the other hand, Kilgore is getting hot at the right time.  Kilgore was just 1-3 in non-district, but already has wins over Palestine, Chapel Hill and now Carthage.

 

Abilene Wylie beats Brownwood again

Not too many teams can say they have Brownwood’s number, but Abilene Wylie has to be one of them.  To be fair, Wylie was not playing the Lions during their heyday, but the Bulldogs are now 7-0 in the series since 2011, which included two matchups in the 2015.  With the exception of 2010 (4-6), Wylie has finished at least three games over .500 since the 1994 season.  The Bulldogs appear poised to make another run at the regional title.

 

Krum outlasts Iowa Park

We knew it was going to be close, and we got exactly what we bargained for in Krum’s three overtime win over Iowa Park.  The Hawks had their opportunities in intermission, coming back from down 14 to only miss a 23-yard field goal late for the win.  The difference ended up being the 2-point conversion, which Krum was able to convert as Brandon Reeves scored to end the game.  Reeves, which scored seven touchdowns on the ground, ran the ball 23 times for 245 yards.  

 

Week 8 Preview

 

La Vega (6-0/1-0) Vs. China Spring (6-0/1-0)

It truly does not get any bigger than this.  La Vega, the defending division I champs, have now won 22 straight dating back to last season.  The Pirates nipped Liberty Hill in the second round (6-0) last season and took care of business last week, 34-20.  China Spring has been the most impressive team in the state.  Not only are they winning, but they are breezing through every single opponent.  Regardless of what happens in this game, the bigger game may come down the road in the quarterfinals when these two could matchup again.

Josh’s Pick: China Spring by 14.

 

Kilgore (4-3/3-0) Vs. Henderson (6-0/2-0)
Coming into this season, I don’t believe you would have found many that would have told you this was going to be the game that could end up deciding the district championship.  No offense to the likes of Palestine or Center, but this will be the game.  Both teams have already picked up what were surprising victories over Carthage.  If you are looking at the full body of work, Henderson has been the more consistent, but you cannot count out this Kilgore team.

Josh’s Pick: Henderson by 10.

Gladewater (5-0/1-0) Vs. Gilmer (5-1/1-0)

Equally as important out of East Texas is this matchup of ranked squads.  Gladewater did not get a whole lot of love coming into this season with the 5-5 record last year and the surprising bi-district exit to Canton.  This year’s team seems to have returned to form and looks more like what we saw in 2014 with the Bears barely fell to eventual state champion Gilmer.  They will get another shot at the Buckeyes Friday at Jeff Traylor Stadium.

Josh’s Pick: Gilmer by 7.

 

Sinton (6-0/1-0) Vs. Wharton (4-2/1-0)

This is the game that should tell us just how good Sinton is.  The Pirates have some quality wins over Beeville Jones (55-45) and Orange Grove (37-20), but Wharton has played some of the tougher teams in the region, including El Campo and Bellville.  The biggest head scratcher was the season opening loss to Sealy (28-7), but if the team that lost by only four to the Ricebirds shows up, then we should get another good game.

Josh’s Pick: Sinton by 7.

 

Others

Alvarado Vs. Midlothian Heritage - Alvarado by 14

Center Vs. Carthage - Carthage by 21

Boerne Vs. Canyon Lake - Boerne by 10

Paris Vs. Princeton - Princeton by 3

Port Isabel Vs. Orange Grove - Orange Grove by 3

Pleasant Grove Vs. Atlanta - Atlanta by 14

Monahans Vs. Pecos - Monahans by 14

Hardin-Jefferson vs. West Orange-Stark - WO-S by 28+


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