Week 9 Review
McGregor the best 3-win team in the state?
If you're the McGregor Bulldogs, you really shouldn't feel all that bad about your 3-5 record. Yes, at the end of the day winning is what matters, but this Bulldog team has played some really good competition this year and has been competitive. In non-district, McGregor lost to Sunnyvale by just 10. During district, McGregor hung with Cameron for a half and then nearly pulled off a win over Franklin before falling late. To cap that off, McGregor hung with Rockdale the entire game in last week's 41-34 loss. All of these losses are to top 10 competition. This could be the most dangerous 4th place team in the state if they can get by Troy.
Buna surprises Coldspring
One of the story lines coming into this season was how were the drop downs from South East Texas going to fare. Coldspring has had some really strong teams over the years and many thought there was potential to be top 10 in 2016. After Friday night's 40-35 loss to Buna, the Trojans are going to be fighting to finish 3rd in the district. There is still time to straighten things out, as Woodville, who is currently undefeated in the district, remains on the schedule the last week of the season.
Arp survives Troup
It's hard to argue that any district is deeper than 9-3A DII. Arp, at the beginning of the season, was the favorites to win the district and contend for a regional title. That could still be the case, but this past week the Tigers survived a scare from Troup (19-13). The big game in the district in week 10 will be Troup versus Waskom. Waskom is the defending state champs until someone knocks them off. If Troup beats Waskom, then the Wildcats will more than likely not be in the playoffs.
Week 10 Preview
Franklin (7-1/3-1) Vs. Rockdale (7-1/4-0)
Regardless of what happens in this game, one of these two teams are going to be the champs out of the toughest district in division one. For Rockdale, it is simple. If you win, you will be number one. Franklin would need to win and win by nine or more to make sure they get the number one seed. We have two contrasting styles here with Rockdale's speed and Franklin's ground heavy slot-t rushing attack. I'm not sure we will see a whole lot of defense in this one.
Josh's Pick: Rockdale by 7.
Teague (7-1/5-0) Vs. Malakoff (8-0/5-0)
This is the game everyone in the district has been waiting on. Teague has had the upper hand the past few years and has been the second best team in the region right behind Cameron Yoe. If there is a year for Malakoff to surge ahead, this appears to be it. The Tigers have been the most impressive team in the state, easily guiding their way through the schedule. Teague also appears to be playing well as of late. The loss to Mexia does not look good, but that was early in the season.
Josh's Pick: Malakoff by 21.
Elysian Fields (7-0/4-0) Vs. West Rusk (7-1/3-1)
For Elysian Fields, it's very simple. If you win this game, you are going to win a very difficult district. For West Rusk, a win would put them back into the mix for the title. The Raiders did lose a tight one-point game to Arp, but a win here would throw it into a three-way tie for first where points would come into play. To compare, Arp beat West Rusk (21-20) while Elysian Fields beat Arp (34-27). Anything more than a two-score game would be a surprise.
Josh's Pick: Elysian Fields by 7.
Tolar (6-1/2-1) Vs. Cisco (6-1/3-0)
This is going to be another good measuring stick game for the big Cisco versus Eastland matchup to close the season. In Eastland's game with Tolar, it was a big 57-20 win. Based on rankings, it was expected to be a closer game so we will see if Tolar can rebound on Friday. Tolar has been fairly balanced all season and will need to have both the ground and passing game going Friday night. For Cisco, the Loboes have seven different players that have rushed for over 100 yards this season.
Josh's Pick: Cisco by 21.