What a week we had in #txhsfb for week two! New Deal and Abernathy really showed their power in blowouts of teams in higher classifications than their 2A standing while Estacado, Randall, Tascosa, and Coronado came away with impressive wins as well. But, what about Shallowater?? A team that was young last year and finished with a 2-9 record in 2016. In 2017, the Mustangs already have two wins, and both have come great teams in Idalou and Levelland! Slaton is also 2-0 this season while post shutout Tahoka and bounced back from their opening-weekend loss to Abernathy with a 44-0 win. Week three has some great games coming, and there will be some statements made; either good or bad by teams that really need wins, to teams going on the road to face tough opposition. Here are our 80 Super “6” matchups coming this weekend.
#1 ESTACADO (1-1) VS CAPROCK (2-0)
FRIDAY 7:30PM/ LOWREY FIELD, LUBBOCK TX.
Estacado lost their first game of the season against Hereford and people already were starting to panic. Is this team better than last year’s squad? Did the Mats’ lose too much from last year’s team? Is their defense improved, or is it not as good as last year’s squad… Well, after their 48-17 thumping of Dumas, a game where after giving up the opening score to Dumas the Mats outscored the Demons 48-10, the dust has settled and now we know what the Matadors are working with: A lot… Bo Sims has DI-caliber receivers on both sides of him, a pair of sophomore tailbacks that are very speedy and agile, and a defense that is now locked in and want to make sure they don’t give up too many points to anyone the rest of the season. And with all that said, here comes Caprock; a team that is lighting up the scoreboard so far in their first two games, averaging 45 points and also working with the 806’s most-dangerous duo in Tarik Williams and Kaleb King in their backfield. Their meeting last year was one of the best with Caprock having to make a late field goal to overtake the Matadors, 24-21. This game has a slew of the same characters and some new faces, but I guarantee that this one will live up to the billing as one of the best games to see Friday night!
#2 CORONADO (2-0) AT ODESSA (2-0)
FRIDAY 7:30PM RATLIFF STADIUM: ODESSA, TX
I thought Coronado would be 2-0 heading into this game due to their high-scoring offense and multiple next-level players on defense. But, I thought Odessa would be 0-2, not 2-0 with wins over Monterey and Amarillo to start the season! Can Odessa pull off another win at home against a team I think will be playing in late November in 5A DI’s playoffs? Yes they can. Will it be very hard to do? Yes it will. Josh Lara has been exceptional on the ground for the Bronchos and their defense has bent a lot , but not been broken so far this season. Coronado is good for 28 points in every contest, but when you start letting players like Qua Gray, Devin Morrison, and Blair Conwright get hot, it could be a long night for any team going up against them. If the Mustangs jump out early and make Odessa play catchup all game, they won’t; they’ll get blown out like last year’s team did. If the Bronchos can control the game and play keep away, they have a shot. I see the Mustangs winning this one by double-digits.
#3 LUBBOCK-COOPER (1-1) VS FRENSHIP (0-2)
FRIDAY 7:00PM PIRATE STADIUM: LUBBOCK, TX–OR WOODROW..
Alright.. Here comes one of the best rivalries in the 806 with Frenship visiting Pirate Stadium to take on the Lubbock-Cooper Pirates with both teams coming off of a loss and Frenship still being without a win this season. What surprises me about the Tigers is their defense. Montwood put up 70 on the Tigers and El Dorado hung 55 on Frenship. With all the experience and great talent returning on that side of the ball I thought that would be their strength this fall while their offense found their groove with new coaches and a new system being installed. There is no way they can give up that many points and expect to win any game this season with their tough schedule coming up. The Tigers’ offense has clicked, especially with their performance against the Aztecs and now will assuredly be in every game with a chance to win from now on. Lubbock-Cooper has a great defense, as always..But the offense will need to muster some more points as 17 a contest won’t get a lot of wins with some of the teams on their schedule can put up a plethora of touchdowns easily. This game will come down to the fourth quarter and of course, who wins the turnover battle as well. Watch for the little things like punts and field goals; I think that may decide the game-winner more than any other part of the game.
#4 SHALLOWATER (2-0) VS MIDLAND GREENWOOD (2-0)
FRIDAY 7:30PM MUSTANG STADIUM: SHALLOWATER, TX
I saw this coming. You know, the Shallowater resurgence. There has been a different vibe in this year’s team, compared to last year’s team that went 2-9 on the season. With wins by at least 15 points over Levelland and Idalou, West Texas has taken notice and now know the Mustangs are back to their winning ways. Cutter Sparks looks like a completely different quarterback this season and Brody Hendrick is getting utilized all over the field. Defensively, Koby Wood and the no-fly” secondary are making it damn-near impossible to get up the field through the air. So, here comes Midland Greenwood; a team that is now coached by Levelland’s former coach, Jared Sanderson. The Rangers have looked great too, putting up major points on offense and coming off a game against Brownfield where Greenwood won the game, 49-14. This could be a shootout, or this could be a one-sided affair, on both sides of the ball. I’m rooting for Shallowater to keep their winning ways going!
#5 LUBBOCK HIGH (1-1) VS DUMAS (1-1)
THURSDAY 7:00PM LOWREY FIELD: LUBBOCK, TX
Lubbock High and Dumas both opened the season impressive wins; Lubbock High over Seminole in overtime, and Dumas over Perryton in blowout fashion. Both of these teams also lost in their second games of the season by 31 points too. So, here is the swing game for both squads. Lubbock High needs this game, just for all the goals the Westerners have set and the direction Coach Strunk’s team is trying to go this fall. Dumas needs to find an identity on defense, and be more crisp on offense as they have a game where they could easily lose like they did at Lowrey field last week. Turnovers will be huge along with the battle in the trenches to see which team comes out on top to go 2-1 on the year.
#6 PAMPA (2-0) VS HEREFORD (2-0)
FRIDAY 7:30PM PAMPA, TX
This great game came out of nowhere! Not saying these two teams were bad, just didn’t know how good Hereford would be as they are…surprisingly good! Wins over Estacado and Borger to start the season for the Whitefaces has raised the optimism for this season. Seth Dixon is pretty good, too…Pampa has always had a lights-out offense but their defense has shown up to the party with extras! A shutout of Perryton last Friday has raised some eyebrows (including mine) and now the Harvesters know they could go very far in the playoffs if their defense can keep this up. It’ll be hard to do that against Hereford, but Pampa could still pull out a win if they offense doesn’t turn the ball over. If the “HERD” comes out and dominates the line of scrimmage, they’ll be leaving Pampa 3-0….