Who’s ready for some Week 1 Texas High School Football!?
The time has finally come.
Texas High School football fans, this is the week you’ve been waiting for since the end of the season last December … Week 1 2017.
Each week, the Groesbeck Journal will be bringing fans local high school football previews, featuring a little team history, player highlights and predictions, so get ready as the toe officially touches the ball at 7:30 p.m. at a high school near you tomorrow night.
Week 1 (2016 record shown)
Groesbeck Goats (5-6) vs. McGregor Bulldogs (4-6)
Place: Bulldog Stadium in McGregor
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.
2016 results - The Bulldogs won 43-29 in Groesbeck
District: Groesbeck 9-3A DI, No. 4 playoff seed from the district; McGregor 10-3A DI, finished fifth in district
Returning starters: Groesbeck (12); McGregor (8)
Last playoff appearance: Groesbeck (2016) Bi-district finalist; McGregor (2014) Bi-district finalist
Groesbeck: The Goats start the season with a new quarterback and a few new faces settling in to fill some of the areas vacated due to graduating seniors this past spring. Head coach Steve Hale enters his second full season with the Goats and the team did well in the preseason. Hale has the team fired up and ready to do battle this year, as they look to avenge last year’s opening night loss to the Bulldogs, this time on McGregor’s home turf.
The Goats have three college prospects capable of getting the job done on the field, in that of versatile athlete Brayden Bradley, wide receiver/defensive back Ethan Davis and linebacker Landen Frazier.
Big plays on both sides of the ball from the Goats are in the forecast in this game.
McGregor: The Bulldogs have a pretty good athletic lineup with athletes Johnathan Phenix, Jared Lorenz, Michael Irons and Jhobe Smith that are capable of playing just about any position on the field. Both Phenix and Lorenz saw time at running back and wide receiver, with Lorenz behind center on a few snaps as well for coach Judd Thrash’s Bulldogs. Defensively, McGregor returns leading tacklers Zach Lester (94) and Wyatt Allison (83) and Cooper McCauley, who led the team in sacks with four.
Summary: Groesbeck will utilize their team speed and experience to do as much damage offensively as possible. McGregor will look to make a stand defensively with the returning starters, but the offense may be a little suspect.
Prediction: Groesbeck 42, McGregor 24
Mart Panthers (12-1) vs. Lexington Eagles (11-3)
Place: Eagle Stadium in Lexington
Kickoff: 7:30 p.m.
2016 result: The Panthers slipped past the Eagles, 22-20
District: Mart 8-2A DI, No. 1 playoff seed from the district; Lexington 13-3A DII, No. 1 playoff seed from the district
Returning starters: Mart (N/A); Lexington (16)
Last playoff appearance: Mart (2016) Regional finalist; Lexington (2016) Regional quarterfinalist
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