CALALLEN (4-0 overall, 1-0 District 30-4A) @ TULOSO-MIDWAY (4-2, 1-1)
The Wildcats and Warriors will meet up Friday night at Warrior Stadium in a clash of two longtime district rivals. Calallen is ranked No. 10 in Class 4A in the latest Associated Press poll and is coming off a bye. Tuloso-Midway suffered their first district setback of the season last week, falling to Port Lavaca Calhoun 56-14.
The Wildcats ripped that same Sandcrabs team 48-0 the previous week.
Calallen has looked like the class of the district thus far. The Wildcats have been dominant on both sides of the ball, as if the two are competing to see which is more impressive.
Calallen averages 47 points per game and is outscoring their opponents 188-28. Not to be outdone, however, the stout Wildcats defense has only allowed points in one contest, boasting three shutouts already this year.
The Warriors’ offense will face its stiffest test of the season to date on Friday, and it will take a better performance than last week. T-M had been rolling offensively in their first five games, scoring 31.8 points a game and getting off to a 4-1 record.
The Warriors ran into a Calhoun defense last week that held T-M to its lowest scoring output of the year. Fullback Matthew Dickson, who leads the team in rushing with more than 600 yards, managed 150 yards on the ground, but 92 of those came on a touchdown run in the second quarter.
Perhaps more concerning for the Warriors was their defense. T-M gave up 646 rushing yards to the Sandcrabs, including 315 to fullback Cory Williams. Quarterback Hunter Borem added 124 yards as well. Calallen quarterback Derek Scheible is a dual-threat, so the Warriors will look to contain him on the ground as well as in the air.
BANQUETE (2-3 overall, 1-1 District 16-2A Division II) @ SKIDMORE-TYNAN (0-5, 0-2)
The Bulldogs got on the winning track Friday night in an impressive win over Hebbronville. Banquete had their best offensive game of the season, winning 40-25.
Banquete needed the win to avoid an 0-2 start to district play, and the team responded in a big way. Led by sophomore Ryan Ocanas (193 rush yards, four TDs), the Bulldogs put up an offensive display.
The offense was one of the biggest question marks for Banquete entering the game, averaging just 14.8 points in its first four games. The only time the Bulldogs scored more than 14 points before Friday was in a 31-0 win over winless John Paul II.
The team rushed for 253 yards and senior quarterback OJ Ramirez was effective as well. Ramirez completed all five pass attempts for 99 yards and a score.
The Bulldogs will look to build on their most complete game of the season this week against winless Skidmore-Tynan. The Bobcats have struggled this year, averaging 8.2 points per game while giving up 41.2.
JOHN PAUL II (0-5) vs. S.A. ANTONIAN (4-1)
It has been a long year for the Centurions, dropping their first five contests of the season. John Paul’s young squad – featuring multiple freshmen and sophomores – is still getting adjusted to the varsity high school level and has struggled thus far.
While the team has shown improvement week-to-week, the Centurions are still looking to post their first points of the 2013 season.
Coming off a bye week, JPII will begin district play this week against San Antonio Antonian, who enteres the game with a 4-1 record.
ROBSTOWN (2-2) vs. WEST OSO (2-3)
The Cotton Pickers and Bears will both open up District 30-3A play this week when the two collide at Cotton Picker Stadium. Robstown enters the game following a 27-0 defeat at the hands of Kingsville, while West Oso was on a bye.
The Bears’ last game was a 45-0 win over John Paul II.
The Pickers offense hit a snag last week against the Brahmas, failing to put points on the board after having a good output in the team’s first three games. While the Kingsville defense put up a strong performance, Robstown’s penalties held them back as well.
The Pickers were flagged 11 times against the Brahmas, and amassed just 123 yards of total offense. The Kingsville defense particularly shut down the Robstown rushing attack, holding the Pickers to 61 yards and an average of 2.2 yards per carry.
Robstown will face a West Oso defense that has posted two shutouts this season. The Bears gave up 52 points in their opener to Moody, but have since improved.
This game could turn out to have playoff implications at the end of the year, so the Pickers must get off on the right track if they want to return to the postseason after two winless seasons.
This matchup last year was one of Robstown’s closest games, with the Bears prevailing 27-21.