20-4A Preview

Davis and Yates appear to be on a collision course towards an Oct. 20 clash that could decide the 20-4A title. In the meantime, the Panthers will have to get past defending champion Washington, while Yates looks to keep its hot streak going at the expense of Reagan.

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.

Davis (29) at Washington (38): The Panthers have clearly established themselves as contenders for the 20-4A title, and a win over the defending champions would make the statement more bold. QB John Castillo and WR Jerrel Jackson will give the War Eagles fits, and if Washington tries to focus too much on the passing game, RB Dominic Phillips is capable of hurting them on the ground. Washington's defense will have to be more focused, as the War Eagle offense isn't likely to withstand trading points with the Panthers. Davis 34, Washington 17.

Austin (49) at Waltrip (42): This could be the Mustangs' best chance at a win, but the Rams' offense -- as bad as it has looked at times -- could have a season-best performance against an Austin defense that allows 423 yards per game. Waltrip RB Jason Hawkins has been a bright spot, averaging more than six yards per carry. He and fellow sophomore back Ridgeway Frank should see plenty of wide open holes in what will be an easy win here. Waltrip 42, Austin 12.

Reagan (43) at Yates (8) (Saturday night): The Zero Week loss to El Campo looks like a distant memory to the Lions, who have simply mauled opponents since, including a brutal 70-0 beatdown of Austin last week. Yates is averaging 394 yards per game offensively, and (oh yeah) the defense (156 yards allowed per game) is just getting better. If this sounds like Reagan doesn't stand a chance, then you would be correct. If you're look for a close game to watch this weekend, Barnett Stadium won't be the place. Yates 45, Reagan 7.

Players of the Week: The Yates defense held Austin to 33 yards of offense and forced four turnovers en route to a 70-0 pasting of the Bulldogs. Austin's ground game managed minus -31 yards rushing on 29 carries and has just three first downs.

Looking Ahead: Yates hosts Washington in a game the War Eagles hope will have postseason implications for them. The Lions can't afford to peek ahead to a huge showdown with Davis the following week. Austin plays 19-4A neighbor Scarborough, Davis hosts Sharpstown and Regan welcomes Waltrip.

If the Season Ended Today: Davis would be the Division I seed, while Washington and Yates would head toward Division II.


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