Week 2 predictions

To me, this is the most exciting week of non-district high school football action this area will have in 2013.

Obviously, not many people will be making the trip to Amarillo, but there’s lots of intrigue with Rider’s last non-district game.

Hirschi tries to go to 3-0 against Holliday, an opponent that has had the upper hand the last few meetings.

The area’s best game is undoubtedly Abilene Wylie at Graham. WFHS takes on Bishop Lynch in its non-district finale.

And that doesn’t even begin to discuss the area vs. area small-school games. It’s one of those things I wish I could see about four or five of these matchups, but it can’t be done.

Instead, I’ll just try to pick correctly all the games. Here we go:

Rider at Amarillo – I’m not picking against the Raiders because they got blown out by Denton Ryan last week. And I’m not too worried about their defense because the Sandies mainly run the ball, which will take some pressure off a secondary still growing up.

No, I’ll pick Amarillo because it’s not easy to go on the road for four hours and face a team as strong as Amarillo. A Rider win wouldn’t surprise me at all, though.

Bishop Lynch at WFHS – It was a good win for the Coyotes last week. And I think they’ll get a couple more early on in district. But WFHS will have its hands full against Lynch, which has a RB bound for Ole Miss and a decent passing game. I could see a close game if WFHS gets its run game going. That’s been a bright spot for Coyotes.

Hirschi at Holliday – You get a better feel for picking a game once you see both teams, which is what I’ve done for this matchup (I’ll be covering it). I think the Huskies win unless Holliday can force the amount of turnovers it did last week. Hirschi is going to break off some big plays and I can see Holliday having a tough time moving the ball consistently. The Eagles must play some keepaway and convert promising drives into touchdowns. I’ll go with the Huskies by double digits.

Abilene Wylie at Graham – It’s a pretty good matchup. And Graham could always have an off-night and lose. But I think the Steers take down Wylie by 17-20 points. The Bulldogs will try to pound the ball some, but Graham’s run defense is pretty stout. The Steers have been making noise with their offense, but the defense holds its own and it will again tonight in Graham’s biggest test to date.

Decatur at Burkburnett – I’m not sure how good Decatur is (the Eagles have been a little down past couple years), but they did just beat Springtown, which is a very nice win. Fun fact: Former WFHS coach Jayson Lavender is the OC for Decatur. I’ll go with the Eagles in a close game.

Bridgeport vs. Iowa Park – It’s a toss-up. I like how the Hawks’ defense fared against Gainesville last week. But Bridgeport, despite being 0-2 (games against Alvarado and Abilene Wylie), is no slouch. The gut says to go with Bridgeport, probably based on past matchups between the teams. This could be a very good win for Iowa Park though.

Childress at Vernon – Have a feeling this game won’t work out well for Childress’ defense, which will be overpowered up from. Vernon’s area-best running game will be too much for Bobcats in rout.

Henrietta at Bowie – The Jackrabbits are 0-2, but they’ve lost to two pretty good teams. Henrietta is coming off a win over Paradise, but I’m not sure the Bearcats have the weapons to match Bowie, which is getting pretty good QB play from Garland McCoy. Bowie by double digits.

Olney at Jacksboro – In the something’s-got-to-give department, you have a Jacksboro offense that has struggled severely (six points, eight turnovers) against an Olney defense that hasn’t made many stops (they’re allowing 58 points per outing). The Tigers have underachieved, and while I’m not going to say all their problems will be solved after tonight, I think they’ll score a good amount of points, get some of their mojo back and win comfortably.

Windthorst at City View – It’s another toss-up. I can see Windthorst presenting problems in the trenches. I can see D.J. Coursey and Dalton Jackson making some big plays. I can see either team winning, but my pick is the Trojans, who are coming off a pretty good defensive performance against Holliday if you disregard the first four minutes.

Archer City at Nocona – I liked how the Wildcats had a lead over City View at halftime last week. That being said, I expect the Indians to win this one against an Archer City team which is expected to be without its starting QB.

Seymour at Electra – It’ll be closer this year, that’s for sure. I want to see how the Tigers hold up against a pretty good team because they never really were in any game in the second half last year against a tough opponent. I’ll choose Seymour by at least 10 and want to see how it all turns out.

Quanah at Tulia – A sneaky-tough road game for the Indians. While the Indians’ passing game still has some kinks (which is to be expected losing every WR from last year), their running game has looked good. And I think that’s why Quanah wins as Craig Miles is tough to stop.

Munday at Albany – The Moguls need to get healthy, period. If that means keeping some guys out of this game – which I think the Lions will win regardless – then so be it. Albany wins by some or a lot, depending on who suits up for Munday.

Collinsville at Petrolia – I almost picked Petrolia here. I liked what the Pirates pulled off in their opener and I think they can win this game. But I’m going with Collinsville because I want to see what Petrolia does against a good team.

Throckmorton at Dallas Covenant – Covenant ended Throckmorton’s 33-game regular season win streak last year. The TAPPS Division I champions beat a Greyhounds’ team that had Gary Farquhar and Levi Taylor. Those guys are gone.

But I have reasons for picking Throckmorton. First, Bryson Oliver had five or six interceptions that game – he won’t do that again. Plus, I know how much that loss stung the Greyhounds. They’ll be out for revenge Saturday night in the Metroplex.