District 20-4A Preview -- Week 9

While this week's Wheatley-Yates game is a non-district affair, it will be an intense contest as the two schools face off for the 80th time.

Yates (7-1, 5-0) vs. Wheatley (4-4, 3-2): The 80th edition of this classic rivalry will be as intense as the previous 79, but as well as the Lions are playing, this could be a rout. Yates is clicking on all facets of the game, and it's hard to see where the Wildcats will be able to slow down a Yates team that is averaging nearly 50 points per game over the last month. Don't expect this to be high-scoring, as the Wildcats will look to backs Roderick Johnson and Javorie Liggins to slow things down. It still won't be enough. Yates 24, Wheatley 7.

Washington (5-3) vs. Sharpstown (6-1, 3-0): A classic case of good defense (Washington) vs. a good offense (Sharpstown). Apollos QB Sam Carter can sew up the district's offensive player of year award with a solid showing against a War Eagles defense that has looked much different since getting their heads kicked in against Yates. Washington lacks a running game, which means QB Tim Bryant and WR Darius Austin will have to keep the Eagles in the contest. This should be a tight game, but at any moment (in this case, early in the fourth quarter), Carter can change the mood with his arm or his legs. Sharpstown 24, Washington 16.

Davis (5-3, 1-3) vs. Waltrip (5-3, 2-3): The Panthers finally snapped their three-game losing streak with a 63-point outburst against Austin as QB John Castillo regained his early-season magic. Too little, too late for Davis, but win over the Rams would clinch a winning season. Waltrip's suspect defense must have the Panthers drooling at the chance to light the scoreboard yet again. In order to avoid that, sophomore backs Frank Ridgeway and Jason Hawkins must keep the chains moving for the Rams. They'll make plays, but not enough to hold off the Panthers. Davis 35, Waltrip 21.

Austin (1-7, 0-4) vs. Reagan (1-6, 0-3): The Mustangs are last in both offense and defense and while Reagan lacks offensive weapons, RB Willis Jackson might be enough for them to come out of here with a win. Reagan 19, Austin 14.

Player of the Week: Yates QB Darveon Trahan threw for 184 yards and three touchdowns and also accounted for 38 yards rushing as the Lions won their seventh straight game, a 44-0 pasting of Waltrip.

One to Watch For: Freshman Clifford Williams is a strong choice for district newcomer of the year. The Austin RB has 440 yards rushing and averages over five yards per carry for the Mustangs. Williams gives Austin a building block to work with for the next three seasons.

College Watch: Yates' Desmond Spivey (5-11, 190) may not have the size to remain at safety at the next level, but with 4.3 speed, he could move to cornerback. His athleticism could intrigue a school to try him as a wide receiver.

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