Week 8 Review
Rockdale scores 80 on Cameron Yoe
In rivalry games it's very hard to predict what may occur. Just when you think you have seen it all, something else happens. That is exactly what occurred in last week's Battle of the Bell game as Rockdale scored 80 points in route to an 80-54 win over Cameron. The win was not only for the bell, but for first place in 10-3A. The win also boosted Rockdale on a statewide level as a threat out of region III. The two teams combined for 61 points in the third quarter alone, but it was the Tigers that would pull away in the fourth with 14 unanswered.
Cisco doubles up Coleman
If Cisco is going to get back on top of region I, winning their district is a big step in the right direction. The first challenge was Coleman, a team that had potential to win the region to begin the season. The Loboes were shocked in the area round by Coleman last year, 34-28. This year's district game was a little less dramatic as Cisco easily cruised to a 42-21 victory. Cisco will be the heavy favorites this week versus Bangs, but games with Tolar and Eastland, two ranked teams, are still on the schedule.
Lexington drops 70....again.
I think it's definitely time to say Lexington is back - at least offensively any way. The Eagles started the season just 1-2 but were up against stiff competition in loses to 2A power Mart and 3A top ten Rockdale. Since that point, Lexington has been on a tear, scoring at least 60 points in their next three games. The Eagles dropped 76 on Jarrell, 60 in Weimar, 70 on Blanco and then 70 again this past week on Comfort. The Comfort game was expected to decide the district championship.
Week 9 Preview
Hallettsville (8-0/4-0) Vs. Altair Rice (6-0/3-0)
The biggest game in 3A division I for week 9 comes out of region IV as Hallettsville and Altair Rice will be battling for what could eventually be the district crown. Hallettsville has been the number one team out of region IV all season and is perfect this year. Marquee wins for the Brahmas include Shiner (35-21), Boling (28-7) and Yoakum (35-28). Altair Rice has not been ranked, but this team is undefeated and has a quality win over Van Vleck.
Josh's Pick: Hallettsville by 14.
Wall (5-2/2-0) Vs. Midland Christian (3-4)
This will be the game that lets everyone in region I know how strong the Hawks are in 2016. Why? Well, the Brock Eagles, which are the defending state champs and the number one team in the state, were in a dog fight with Midland Christian back in non-district play. Wall already has a nice win over Cisco, but a win over this Midland Christian team would really tell us that this region could be more competitive than most think.
Josh's Pick: Midland Christian by 7.
Coleman (5-2/1-1) Vs. Eastland (5-2/2-0)
It's just another week in 4-3A DII as big games are happening week in and week out in this district. Coleman is coming off of a tough loss to Cisco but a win here would help ease that pain. Eastland appears to be very solid. The Mavericks loses have come to Wall and Clyde, two schools that are ranked out of 3A division one. If Coleman wants to win this one, they will need to slow down an Eastland offense that is averaging 66.5 points in two districts games.
Josh's Pick: Eastland by 7.
West Rusk (6-1/2-1) Vs. Waskom (3-4/1-2)
Everyone knew that last week's West Rusk/Arp game was going to be close, and it lived up to the billing with Arp pulling out a 21-20 win. Waskom is the defending state champs but has struggled most of the season. The Wildcats can quickly get back on the map with a win in this game. However, a loss would push Waskom down another notch at 1-3 and a step closer to not making the playoffs.
Josh's Pick: West Rusk by 21.