TheOldCoach 4A Week 9 Outlook

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

Week 8 Review

 

La Vega tops China Spring again

In route to last year’s state championship, La Vega played two very tough, low scoring games with China Spring.  Last Friday night, nothing much changed as the Pirates pretty much replicated last year’s results in a 17-10 defensive battle.  China Spring had been averaging 57 points per game but was held to their season low by far.  Tied at 10, the Pirates went on an 80-yard drive capped off by Jamal Williams’ 1-yard touchdown run with just minutes left.  The Pirate defense held on a 4th & 7 to end the game.

 

Kilgore pulls off another shocker

After Kilgore’s 1-3 start to the season, it appeared that maybe it was going to be a rebuilding year for the Bulldogs.  Those talks have quickly vanished after a 41-34 win over Carthage followed up by a 28-26 win over Henderson in week eight.  At the time, both Carthage and Henderson were in the top 10 of our 4A division one poll.  Henderson had taken a late lead, but a Patrick Johnson to Jonathan Shepherd 26-yard touchdown pass with just over 20 seconds left on the clock secured the win.  

 

Wharton shuts out Sinton

The Sinton Pirates were ranked #5 in our top 25 poll to begin last week.  We expected a good game as Wharton was not too far behind at #9.  What we got was a shocking 40-0 shutout win for Wharton.  The Tigers had played a much tougher schedule up to that point, with games versus Columbia, El Campo and Bellville.  Sinton did have a quality win over Beevilles Jones, but did give up 45 points in that contest.  

 

Week 9 Preview

 

Kennedale (4-3/2-0) Vs. Mineral Wells (6-1/2-0)

Throughout two district games, both Kennedale and Mineral Wells have left no doubt.  Kennedale has a scoring advantage of 110-0 while Mineral Wells sits at 105-18.  Kennedale’s record is somewhat deceiving.  They have not won the big games, but have losses to Alvarado, Whitehouse and West Orange-Stark.  Mineral Wells toughest opponent was Iowa Park, which they lost to, 45-29.  

Josh’s Pick: Kennedale by 14.

 

Sanger (5-2/2-0) Vs. Argyle (6-0/2-0)

Can anyone stop Argyle from making their fourth straight appearance in the state championship game?  The chances of the Eagles slipping up in district are slim, but this would probably be the time for it to happen.  Sanger has floated around the top 25 all season and currently sits in the #20 spot.  The two loses on the season have come to 5A Denton and an upstart Midlothian Heritage team that is quickly rising in the polls.

Josh’s Pick: Argyle by 21.

Cuero (7-0/2-0) Vs. Sinton (6-1/1-1)

Entering play last week, this was forecasted to be a top five showdown out of region IV.  After last week’s 40-0 loss to Wharton, Sinton has dropped a total of nine spots to number 14.  This game could still potentially be close.  Cuero has looked very sharp most of the season, giving up only 35 points in seven games.  However, the Gobblers did have close games with Yoakum (14-7) and Sweeny (21-18), which are two teams you never thought would be competitive based on other results.

Josh’s Pick: Cuero by 21.

 

Wimberley (7-1) Vs. Navarro (7-0)
Region IV has a lot of solid teams and most of them are playing each other in this critical week nine.  Wimberley appears to have turned the corner after a few sub-par seasons.  The Texans only loss on the season came at the hands of Giddings - another team ranked inside the top 10.  For some time it looked like Navarro was going to steamroll their way through the regular season up until 2A power Refugio played them to a 7-point game (14-7).

Josh’s Pick: Navarro by 14


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