A look at Week 10 in Texas High School Football
Big rivalry game between Groesbeck and Teague was a close one, decided by two points in Week 9, while down in Class 2A, both Bremond and Mart shutout their opponents by huge margins. Bremond and Mart are in the driver’s seat at the top of their districts and have clinched playoff spots. The Goats need a win this week to keep in the playoff hunt. Currently, the team is tied with Eustace and Whitney for the No. 4 seed. Teague and West (with 4-1 district records) are tied for the No. 2 seed and Malakoff sits on top of District 9-3A DI with a 5-0 record. It’ll be interesting to see where the teams will be in the standings come the final week of the regular season.
Here’s a look at this week’s area matchups:
District 9-3A DI
Groesbeck Goats (4-4, 2-3) vs. Elkhart Elks (3-5, 1-4)
Place: Jerry Ives Memorial Stadium in Elkhart
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.
2016 results - The Goats won 37-6
Returning starters: Groesbeck (12); Elkhart (11)
Last playoff appearance: Groesbeck (2016) Bi-district finalist; Elkhart (2016) Regional finalist
All-time series: Groesbeck leads the series 11-3-1 that began back in 1943.
Groesbeck: The Goats lost a heartbreaker to longtime rival Teague last Friday night, 22-20. It was an exciting game as both teams played to 0-0 at the end of the first quarter. Teague scored the first touchdown of the game, but the Goats answered as Ethan Davis returned the ensuing kickoff 83 yards for a touchdown to tie it. The Lions led at the half and the finish came down to the two-point conversion by Teague in the fourth quarter. Goat quarterback Ty Hale had a nice game calling the signals. Hale completed 15 passes on 23 attempts for 170 yards and a touchdown, with Brandyn Canady (5-88-1) the recipient of the TD pass. Hale also scored a touchdown on the ground. Ameer Lee caught four passes for 30 yards and Dyland Rand grabbed two catches for 27 yards. Lee led the Goats ground attack with 16 carries for 62 yards. Brayden Bradley led the defense with 18 total tackles and a sack. Landen Frazier and Anastacio Luna both finished with six tackles each.
Elkhart Elks: The Elks lost a close one to Whitney Friday night, 18-10. Nate Bell led the Elks offense, scoring the only touchdown of the game for Elkhart, while carrying the ball seven times for 24 yards. John Ashford had 15 carries for 65 yards and QB Landry Mays completed five out of 16 passes for 38 yards. Players to watch this week will be defenders R.J. Moore, Ryan Lindsay and Kaden Kornegay, plus receivers Jason McMahan and Jayden Kurtz.
Summary: Last week’s game stung a little for the Goats. This week, they’ll be ready to push past the Elks to even their district record.
Prediction: Groesbeck 28, Elkhart 12
District 8-2A DI
No. 4 (AP) ranked Mart Panthers (7-1, 3-0) vs. Italy Gladiators (4-4, 1-2)
Place: Mart ISD Athletic Complex in Mart
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.
2016 result: Mart won 41-7
Returning starters: Mart (N/A); Italy (13)
Last playoff appearance: Mart (2016) Regional finalist; Italy (2016) Bi-district finalist
All-time series: According to www.lonestarfootball.net, Mart leads the series 8-1-0.
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