A look at Week 2 in Texas High School Football
Week 1 of Texas High School Football is in the books and while some area teams reaped the rewards of victory, others went back to the drawing board to find a way to beat their opponents this week and pick up that first win of the 2017 season.
The Groesbeck Goats came away with a 29-10 win over the McGregor Bulldogs on the road last week, thanks in part to some great defensive work by coach Steve Hale’s team and a little offensive explosion during the game as well. This week, the Goats take on Bullard in their home opener.
Bremond made it 48 wins in a row on Thursday, with the huge 47-14 win over Whitewright. The Tigers look to add to their consecutive win total again this week when they host the Iola Bulldogs.
As predicted, the game between Mart and Lexington would more than likely be settled by a point. I wasn’t too far off the mark, although Lexington ended up with the two-point win at home.
In other area games, the Coolidge Yellowjackets defeated Rockwall Heritage Christian by the 45-point rule, Wortham tamed the Itasca Wampus Cats 29-16 and Mexia came up a little short against the Athens Hornets, falling on the road 6-0.
Groesbeck Goats (1-0) vs. Bullard Panthers (0-1)
Place: Groesbeck Stadium in Groesbeck
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.
2016 results - The Panthers won at home over the Goats, 45-12
District: Groesbeck 9-3A DI; Bullard 9-4A DI, finished 0-6 in district play and 3-7 overall
Returning starters: Groesbeck (12); Bullard (13)
Last playoff appearance: Groesbeck (2016) Bi-district finalist; Bullard (2014) Bi-district finalist
All-time series: Bullard holds a 2-1 edge in the series that began back in 2014.
Groesbeck: Coach Steve Hale was pleased with his team’s performance last Friday night, especially holding the lead through the entire game against McGregor. The Goats defense did an outstanding job in holding the Bulldogs to only 10 points and getting to the quarterback on numerous occasions and got a safety. On special teams, Brandyn Canady returned a kickoff for a 104-yard touchdown. Tyrique Carter and Bradyn Bradley teamed up for the Goats first touchdown of the season. Players to watch this week are Ty Hale, Ameer Lee, Tyrell Ray and Myles McGruder.
Bullard: The Panthers had the task of playing the Malakoff Tigers last week, but the game ended up being somewhat of a shootout. The Tigers ended up on top, 48-34. Bullard - looking to improve on last season’s 3-7 record - hopes the result of last year’s game with the Goats will pour over with the same turnout this Friday night. Players to watch for the Panthers will be quarterback Cleet Bowman, outside linebacker Brody Mullican, receiver Zach Ridgley and center Braeden O’Bannon.
Summary: Groesbeck was solid defensively last week and will need to keep that going again Friday night. Offensively, several Goats broke some big plays. Look for this group to gel even more this week. Bullard will try to balance their run/pass game more.
Prediction: Groesbeck 33, Bullard 20
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