A look at Week 7 in Texas High School Football

By Stephen R. Farris Sports Editor

A look at Week 7 in Texas High School Football


By Stephen R. Farris

Sports Editor


Week 6 was tough for some and gracious to others for the few teams that didn’t have a bye on their schedule.

This week, area teams are back in action as Groesbeck hosts Palestine Westwood in district play. Bremond travels to Chilton to begin district play against the Pirates and Mart hosts the Itasca Wampus Cats.

Here’s a look at this week’s area matchups:


Week 7

Groesbeck Goats (3-2) vs. Palestine Westwood Panthers (1-4)

Place: Groesbeck Stadium in Groesbeck 

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.

2016 results - The Goats won 45-7

District: Groesbeck 9-3A DI; Palestine Westwood 9-3A DI, finished 0-5 in district play and 2-8 overall

Returning starters: Groesbeck (12); Palestine Westwood (N/A)

Last playoff appearance: Groesbeck (2016) Bi-district finalist; Panthers (2015) Bi-district finalist

All-time series: Groesbeck leads the series 18-11-0.

Groesbeck: The Goats had a tough game last week against the Malakoff Tigers and look to rebound Friday night against the Panthers. Ty Hale had one of his best passing games so far this season, throwing for 268 yards and two touchdowns. Brandyn Canady caught nine of Hale’s passes for 155 yards and a TD and teammate Dylan Rand finished with six catches for 61 yards and a TD. Players to watch this week will be Mark Smith, Jr., Dusty Roberts, Bradley Mushinski, Ryan Hardin and Jorge Del Rio.

Palestine Westwood: The Panthers took one on the chin last week against Whitney, falling to the Eagles 52-13. Westwood has been on a slide since winning their first game of the season against Frankston, losing to Kirbyville, Troup, Elkhart and Whitney. Players to watch this week will be Zach Morrow, Jeremiah Edwards, Darrius Turner, J.D. Clewis and Jailyn Tatum.

Summary: The Goats don’t let the tough loses get them down and this week they’ll be ready to tangle with the Panthers and come out with the win.

Prediction: Groesbeck 42, Palestine Westwood 12


District 8-2A DI

DI No. 1 ranked Mart Panthers (4-1) vs. Itasca Wampus Cats (0-5)

Place: Mart ISD Athletic Complex in Mart

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.

2016 result: Mart shutout Itasca 76-0

District: Mart 8-2A DI; Itasca 8-2A DI, finished 1-9 overall and 0-5 in district play

Returning starters: Mart (N/A); Itsaca (13)

Last playoff appearance: Mart (2016) Regional finalist; Itasca (2009) Bi-district finalist

All-time series: According to www.lonestarfootball.net, Mart leads the series 11-4-1.

Mart: At the halfway mark, the Panthers are two points from being undefeated. After falling to highly ranked Lexington in Week 1, Mart has won four straight games, averaging 51 points per win, while holding opponents to only 14 ppg. This week will be another tune-up for the Panther offense. Players to watch are Jalon Kirven, Tyrek Horne, Jace Terry, Zamar Kirven, Johnathan Cardenas and Logan Wehmeyer.

Itasca: The Wampus Cats are looking for their first win of the season and the draw probably isn’t a favorable one for the team this week, facing the No. 1 ranked team in Class 2A DI. Itasca fell to the Dawson Bulldogs last week, 27-12, to close out their non-district schedule. Players to watch this week will be Rick Ortega, Erik Gonzalez, Josh Howeth, Ethan Greeson and Rico Salazar.

Summary: Mart continues to punish teams on the scoreboard week after week, and this Friday night should be no exception. 

Prediction: Mart 63, Itasca 8


District 10-2A DII

DII No. 4 ranked Bremond Tigers (4-1) vs. Chilton Pirates (2-3)

Place: Featherston Field in Chilton

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.

2016 result: Bremond shutout the Pirates 48-0

District: Bremond 10-2A DII; Chilton 10-2A DII, finished 5-5 overall and 2-3 in district

Returning starters: Bremond (14); Chilton (18)

Last playoff appearance: Bremond (2016) Class 2A Division II state champion; Chilton (2015) Bi-district finalist

All-time series: According to www.lonestarfootball.net, Bremond leads the series 28-18-0.

Bremond: The Tigers have won are 51-1 over the last three and a half seasons and look to add to their win total again this week after crushing the Thorndale Bulldogs 42-7 last Friday night. In last week’s game, quarterback Kaidyn Peralez threw for 143 yards and three touchdowns, with two of those going to receiver Michael Pruitt. Peralez did most of his damage on the ground, rushing for 159 yards on 13 carries, scoring two touchdowns, while Dalton Wilganowski carried 17 times for 135 yards. Seth Kasowski and Jared Stellbauer scored the Tigers other two touchdowns in the win.

Chilton: The Pirates slipped past the Malakoff Cross Roads Bobcats last week, 14-6. Chilton has played hard all season and stayed close to their opponents in the scoring bracket. While both wins have been by seven points, their losses have been by eight, five and six. This team could have easily finished the non-district schedule 5-0. Players to watch will be Jevon Davis, Cam’ron Fields, Alex Landrum, Darrien Rigsby, De’marion Anderson and Nasario Rosas. Chilton could be the No. 2 seed coming out of this district at the end of the season.

Summary: The Tigers are in crush mode since the lose to Milano in Week 3. Look for a big night of offensive production in this game, mostly by Bremond.

Prediction: Bremond 56, Chilton 15


More area games …

Class 4A - Mexia Blackcats (2-3) vs. Lorena Leopards (1-4), 7:30 p.m. Friday at Leopard Field in Lorena

Class 2A - Wortham Bulldogs (4-1) vs. Timpson Bears (4-1), 7 p.m. Friday at Bulldog Stadium in Wortham


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