Week 9 Review
Argyle holds off Sanger
Last week, we projected that Sanger was going to be the team to give Argyle their toughest game in district play. A lot of that has come to fruition as Argyle was able to hold off Sanger late, 27-21. After giving up 66 in this game a year ago, the Indian defense really raised their game, knocking off 39 points from last year's total. As with the score, both team's stats were very similar. Sanger's Cincere Jackson threw for 133 and 1 TD while Argyle'e Dane Ledford also threw for 133 yards and one touchdown. Argyle had the slight edge on the ground as RB Don Williams ran for 173 yards and one touchdown in the win.
Kennedale wins big district game over Mineral Wells
With regards to records, I don't believe Kennedale was too happy with their 2-3 non-district mark. Though it was a losing record, it was one of the toughest schedules you could possibly play. One of the loses came to division II power West Orange-Stark, and another came to regional rival Alvarado. The Wildcats did pick up a win over Terrell, another region power, and this past week took down top ten Mineral Wells, 38-28. This region could be wide open in the playoffs and I believe there are about seven teams that could end up winning it.
Navarro keeps momentum going in the right direction
There are some really good teams in region four this year out of 4A division II. Two of the top in the area (Navarro & Wimberley) squared off last week in a critical district tilt. The most impressive part of the Panther's 35-14 victory was the defense, which limited the Texans to just 165 yards and just six first downs on the night. Navarro, which is ranked number three in the state, now has a clear shot at the district title and a perfect regular season.
Week 10 Preview
Stafford (8-0/5-0) Vs. El Campo (8-0/4-0)
This is going to be the top matchup to watch out of 4A division one in week ten. Stafford ended up being surprising good in 2015, going 11-1 before falling to perennial power Carthage in the area round, 34-0. This year, the Spartans appear to be even better. All you have to do is look at the results to see that, with impressive wins over Bellville (42-0) and Navasota (51-6). El Campo is still no slouch and has been the more consistent program over the years. Last year, Stafford won this game, 14-8. This year's game could be higher scoring but should still be very competitive.
Josh's Pick: Stafford by 7.
Liberty Hill (5-2/2-1) Vs. China Spring (7-1/2-1)
Both of these teams have fallen to La Vega. Liberty Hill lost a competitive 34-20 game while China Spring fell in a defensive battle, 17-10. This game should decide who finished second and who finishes third. Due to how closely China Spring played La Vega, they never dropped from the number three spot in our rankings. The key for Liberty Hill is getting that slot-t ground game going and limiting the amount of possessions the Cougars can get.
Josh's Pick: China Spring by 14.
Monahans (5-3/3-0) Vs. Sweetwater (7-0/2-0)
Sweetwater has played some fairly decent teams throughout the year, but this game should really let us know how strong and potentially dangerous this team can be. No one has been able to stop this offense, which is racking up a total of 54 points per game. A main reason for that success is the true dual-threat attack. QB Chris Thompson has thrown for 1,742 yards and 22 touchdowns while six different backs have rushed for at least 100 yards this season. Monahans has been up and down this year, but is still dangerous enough to pull out a win here.
Josh's Pick: Sweetwater by 10.
Gladewater (6-1/2-1) Vs. Pittsburg (5-3/2-1)
Though Gladewater lost to Gilmer by a touchdown two weeks ago, that would have to be considered a quality loss. This district has been full of surprises this year, and one of those teams included in that mix is Pittsburg. The Pirates have been very impressive at times with a 56-20 win over Atlanta, but a 31-18 loss to Pleasant Grove last week cooled things off a bit. Gladewater has been the most consistent team and that will give them the edge in this matchup.
Josh's Pick: Gladewater by 14.