Week 2 impressions

The first thing I thought about Saturday while working on my TRN Top 10 poll was noticing how many city teams were making the cut.

For the first time since I’ve been doing the poll, four teams from within the city limits were in the Top 10.

Rider (2-1) and Hirschi (3-0) stayed in deservedly while both earned quality victories Friday night (although one game was a wee bit closer than the other).

But I felt City View (3-0) and Notre Dame (2-0) both deserved to make the group as well. Notre Dame probably already should have been in – the Knights are the No. 1 team in Six-Man TAPPS Division II. I wish I could see them play one of our better area six-man programs, though.

And City View is my only 5-2A Division II team currently in the Top 10. Some people might think by having them in, I’m calling them the favorites right now.

That’s not necessarily the case — I might still pick Jacksboro – but the Mustangs have proven to be the most consistent. To beat Windthorst 42-6 like they did raises some eyebrows.  

So it has been a pretty good three weeks for most of the teams in Wichita Falls. Even the Coyotes are playing pretty well on defense, allowing 20.6 points per game during its 1-2 start.

Here are more thoughts after Week 2:

* If you missed my Saturday blog on Hirschi going for 70 against Holliday, here it is: bit.ly/19Ra6H8

 * Holliday might be a little down, but I’m not ready to write off the Eagles. The Hirschi game really got away quickly. Holliday could have scored two touchdowns at the beginning but instead came away with 3 points. On the TV replay Friday night, it looked like Malachi Cade’s knee may have been down before the fumble return for a TD. That’s a 14-point swing.

Plus, Holliday had three bad punt snaps and gave the Huskies really nice field position. Don’t get me wrong – the Eagles must get a lot better. But they’re not as bad as they showed on Friday.

* Sure, the Denton Ryan game was a dud. But man, does Rider play some exciting games. What I was most impressed with the Raiders the other night was how they were able to work their way into field goal position to force overtime.

* Iowa Park the past two seasons 2-18. Iowa Park this year: 2-1. With a 21-14 win on Saturday, it looks like the Hawks finally won a close game that they needed. Last year, they let a couple of those slip away. The defense continues to get the job done.

* Ok, you’re going to think I’m nuts, but if Hirschi can win at Decatur Friday – which is the Huskies’ biggest test to date – then I think a 6-0 non-district record is attainable. Not as high on Krum as I once was (see below). Remember, I called the 3-0 start before the season.

* That’s a rough loss for Burkburnett, which led by 17 points at home against Decatur going into the fourth quarter. The Eagles outscored the Bulldogs 20-0 in the final frame to lose 41-38.

Burkburnett, by the way, is still looking for its first win at 0-3. The rest of 5-3A is a combined 11-1.

* Best win by a 5-2A II team this season – easily Alvord’s 28-21 victory over Krum, a 9-2 3A team a year ago. I’ve heard the Bobcats lost their QB at the start of the season, but still. That tells me the Bulldogs, who have an explosive RB in Joe Randall, will have something to say about the playoffs.

* Trying to make a point, Jacksboro’s coaching staff stripped the team of some of its luxuries after an 0-2 start. I’ve seen some pictures on Twitter of the Tigers playing Olney in practice jerseys (what you’d see a team in a scrimmage).

After a 41-0 halftime lead over Olney, the locker room stereo was given back. The Tigers have a bye this week, but it sounds like a point was made.

* Seymour 55, Electra 35 sounded like a lot of fun. I can’t remember the last time two area teams combine for almost 800 rushing yards. I thought everyone threw it 40 times a game?

* Impressive 2-0 start for Petrolia. The Pirates taking on Archer City definitely has some intrigue this week.

* I wasn’t covering them Friday, but Windthorst still had some turnover problems. Five total turnovers, fumbling seven times and losing three. And only 17 rushing yards? When City View’s defense was on the field, Windthorst scored once and City View scored twice. Yikes.

* Burkburnett, Olney, Munday and Harrold are the area’s only winless teams right now. I think the Moguls have the best chance to get in the win column this week against Bronte.

* No real surprising outcomes. I thought Petrolia could win and that 2A Tulia could beat Quanah. The Indians were held to only 174 yards in their 35-16 road loss.

* Nice win for Throckmorton, which surged to a huge halftime lead and beat Dallas Covenant 78-58. That’s the team that beat the Greyhounds last year.

* I’ll be at the Seymour-City View game this week. It’s a battle of unbeatens and I’m looking forward to checking out both teams.