19-4A Preview

A fourth quarter comeback gave Sterling its first win of the season. Now the Raiders look to further establish themselves in the 19-4A chase with a win over Furr. On the other end of the spectrum, Worthing tries to snap an 0-4 start when the Colts visit Wheatley.

Furr (No. 40) vs. Sterling (No. 28) (Thursday night): The Raiders finally got their first win of the season last week, which should get them back on track in the district playoff chase. QB James Banks came off the bench and threw three touchdown passes and should get the start against the Brahmans, whose offensive problems continue to mount. The Raiders should have no problem in getting a second straight win. Sterling 34, Furr 7.

Scarborough (50) vs. Kashmere (47) (Thursday night): Last week's 55-14 beating to the hands of Wheatley may have broken the spirit of the Spartans, but the appearance of the winless Rams should give them solace -- and a win. Kashmere's defense has played surprisingly well, but the offense remains one of the district's (and area's worst). Scarborough 24, Kashmere 8.

Jones (45) at Sharpstown (34) (Thursday night): Yes, that is the Falcons holding a share of first place in 19-4A. It will be interesting to see if the same spark Jones showed in last week's win over Kashmere will reappear tonight against a Sharpstown team that has at times played better than their TPI standing indicates. Odds are it won't. Sharpstown 40, Jones 7.

Worthing (44) at Wheatley (33): The Wildcats are showing they are the team to beat in this district, but they can't afford to look ahead to next week's clash against Sterling. RB Javorie Liggins doesn't touch the ball often (30 carries), but when a running back is averaging more than eight yards a pop, perhaps the time has come for the Wheatley game breaker to get more acquainted with the ball. Wheatley 31, Worthing 14.

Player of the Week: QB James Banks may have saved Sterling's season when he replaced Ronnie Williams and threw three touchdown passes in the Raiders' 20-12 win over Worthing. Banks finished the night completing 9 of his 16 passes for 129 yards, including the game-winning 26-yard strike to Rakheen Jones with 7:03 remaining.

Looking Ahead: The Wheatley-Sterling winner will likely win the district's top spot. Furr is at Jones, while Scarborough clashes with 20-4A neighbor Austin. Worthing takes on Kashmere in what could be a battle of winless teams. The loser could be on the fast track to a 0-10 season.

If the Season Ends Today: Sterling would get the Division I spot, while Jones and Wheatley would make the trip to the Division II playoffs.


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