BANQUETE (3-3, 2-1 District 16-2A Division II) @ SANTA GERTRUDIS ACADEMY (1-5, 1-2)

Things looked dark for Bulldogs fans when Banquete was sitting at 1-3 just a few weeks ago. The team has certainly turned things around since then.

Banquete squared its overall record at 3-3, but more importantly, the Bulldogs found their offensive footing in the past two district contests. After averaging just 14.8 points in the first four games, Banquete has put up 81 points the last two games.

Senior OJ Ramirez has led the offense from under center, racking up a team-high 154 rushing yards against the Bobcats. Ramirez also added 108 through the air and finished with four total touchdowns.

Ryan Ocanas has also been a big part of the offensive surge, contributing 61 yards against S-T after a 193-yard performance against Hebbronville with four TDs.

The Bulldogs enter Friday’s matchup with Santa Gertrudis Academy coming off a 41-6 road win over Skidmore-Tynan. The Lions return home to Javelina Stadium following a 38-7 road beating at the hands of Hebbronville – a team Banquete defeated 40-25 the prior week.

SGA has struggled to put up points, averaging just more than 10 points per game. The team’s only win came in an 18-14 triumph over Freer.

CALALLEN (5-0, 2-0 District 30-4A) vs. GREGORY-PORTLAND (2-4, 1-2)

Calallen will meet up with another group of Wildcats Friday night when the team collides with Gregory-Portland at Calallen’s Wildcat Stadium. Calallen continues to roll along, notching another victory last week over Tuloso-Midway 42-7.

The undefeated Wildcats are currently ranked No. 9 in the Associated Press 4A state poll and will look to keep their momentum going against a G-P team that has dropped two straight and four of their last five.

Calallen has not won a game by fewer than 21 points and has an average margin of victory of 39. The team is averaging 46 points per contest and has not scored under 42. The defense has also been lights out this season, posting three shutouts. The Wildcats give up just seven points per game.

With the win over the Warriors, Calallen coach Phil Danaher picked up his 394th career victory, tying him with former Brownwood coach Gordon Wood for second all-time on the Texas high school football wins list. The Wildcats will break the tie with Wood and put Danaher alone in second place with a win over G-P.

G-P has hit a rough patch in its season after a postseason trip in 2012. It is hard to blame running back Devin Bisby, however, who leads the team with 1,131 yards and 13 TDs on the ground. Having missed a game due to injury, Bisby averages 226.2 yards per game with a 9.5 yards per carry average.

Much of the struggling Wildcats’ problems have come on the defensive side of the ball. G-P surrendered 49 points per game in their losses, compared to 11 in wins over Laredo LBJ and winless Beeville.

Calallen got the best of the Wildcats last season in an overtime thriller, 13-7.

JOHN PAUL II (0-6, 0-1 TAPPS Div I District 2) vs. AUSTIN ST. MICHAEL’S (3-2, 1-0)

The Centurions returned to action Friday night following a bye for the team’s district opener against San Antonio Antonian. Unfortunately for John Paul II, many of the same issues arose in a 52-0 loss.

With the defeat, the Centurions drop to 0-6 on the year and still have yet to score. JPII will have one last chance to put up points in front of a home crowd, with the last game in Corpus Christi this Friday against Austin St. Michael’s.

The Crusaders enter the matchup after a 28-17 win over SA Central Catholic in both teams’ district openers.

ROBSTOWN (3-2, 1-0 District 30-3A) @ ROCKPORT-FULTON (1-4, 0-1)

Another long losing skid came to a close last week, as the Cotton Pickers won their first district ballgame in the last three years with a 22-0 win over West Oso. It was a positive step for Robstown, who entered the year with increased expectations despite two consecutive winless seasons.

The Pickers are looking to make the playoffs for the first time since 2010, and a win over Rockport-Fulton would go a long way in reaching that goal. With the playoff field expanding to four teams, a win over the Pirates would almost assuredly put them in the postseason.

A victory would also be useful with the final three games of the season coming against the 2012 tri-champions – Ingleside, Orange Grove, and Sinton.

Luis Rodriguez stepped in at quarterback to account for three scores against the Bears. Rodriguez had a 5-yard run and two TD passes to lock up the victory.

R-F enters the game after a 55-3 crushing at the hands of Orange Grove.