Week 7 Review
Franklin edges McGregor
Coming off a heartbreaking loss to Cameron Yoe in week six, it would have been easy to have an off week if you were the Franklin Lions. In 10-3A, you really can't have any of those weeks. For the second straight week, it appeared that the Lions were going to lose after going 4-0 in non-district. McGregor had a 15-point lead early on in the fourth quarter. That lead was trimmed down to just three with 1:35 left to go. The Bulldogs had the ball on their own 40 and were faced with a 3rd and 10. The call was to throw the ball. It ended up being intercepted and three plays later Franklin scored the go ahead and winning touchdown.
Sunnyvale continues offensive surge
The Raiders of Sunnyvale are one of the hottest program in 3A right now. Sunnyvale has only been playing varsity football since 2010, but have already found themselves in the number two slot in the rankings, one spot behind Brock, another newcomer to the sport. McGregor held the Raiders to 24 earlier this season, but that has not stopped this team from averaging 41.5 points per game. Dallas Madison was the most recent victim, falling to the Raiders, 55-28. RB Trey Sterling has run for 1,138 yards and 18 touchdowns while QB Caleb McDill has thrown for 1,261 yards and 18 touchdowns.
Newton remains the team to beat in region III
For the entire year, Newton has been the #1 team in 3A division II. The Eagles have one of the most tradition rich programs in Southeast Texas and this year's team looks as dangerous as any other. That was validated in a district opening win over Crockett (42-21). The Bulldogs could end up being the top contender to Newton to get out of the region. Newton still runs the wing-t, which legend Curtis Barbay perfected in his time as head coach. Darwin Barlow (15-94), Tamauzia Brown (8-77) and Xavion Dixon (20-106) led the run-heavy attack. Barbay's grandson, Brock, is the quarterback for the Eagles.
Week 8 Preview
Cameron Yoe (6-1/3-0) Vs. Rockdale (5-1/2-0)
The 62nd annual Battle of the Bell is going to be the biggest game to watch in 3A division I this week. These two teams have been playing since 1911, and since 1954 the winner gets to take home a large, brass bell. The rivalry between these two teams is only something the folks in Milam County could describe. Rockdale has got it done with speed. The Tigers won the state relays in 2015 and that has translated well to the gridiron. Cameron is once again getting it done with a dual threat attack. The Yoemen have 1622 yards passing yards and 920 rushing yards in 2016.
Josh's Pick: Cameron Yoe by 14.
Hempstead (3-3/1-0) Vs. Hitchcock (4-2/1-0)
The main question out of 12-3A is whether or not anyone will challenge La Marque or Hitchcock. If there is a team that an do that, it is probably going to have to be Hempstead. The Bobcats traditionally have solid athletes, and just this past week picked up an impressive 21-15 win over East Chambers, a team that is always in the playoffs. The winners of this game will probably finish no worse than second in the district and will contend with La Marque for the championship.
Josh's Pick: Hitchcock by 17.
Arp (5-2/2-1) Vs. West Rusk (6-0/2-0)
West Rusk has been rolling through their 2016 schedule, with no games even being close to single digits in terms of the margin of victory. Arp has lot a few games, but has played the tougher schedule. The Tigers fell to Tatum and Elysian Fields, both of which are ranked within their divisions. The Raiders have already rushed for 2,000 yards this season, and sophomore Jaylon Garland has 950 of those yards.
Josh's Pick: West Rusk by 7.
Cisco (4-1/1-0) Vs. Coleman (5-1/1-0)
We get a re-match of an area round game from 2015 in week eight. Coleman narrowly got by the Loboes in that game, 34-28. Cisco has looked strong thus far, with the only loss coming to division I power Wall. In the other wins, Cisco has a 187-37 scoring advantage. Cisco did have a game versus Clyde cancelled because of weather. That happens to be the only team that Coleman (29-22) has lost to this season.
Josh's Pick: Cisco by 14.