Week 3 thoughts

When you look at it from a statewide perspective, this weekend was a little different for high school football.

First, almost a couple hundred 5A/4A teams were on byes this weekend. All of 5-4A, which includes Rider and WFHS, were taking it easy. In eight-team districts, that’s pretty common to take Week 3 off after three non-district games.

Then lots of rain canceled and postponed several games in Texas. The DFW area fell victim on Thursday, then East and Central Texas were affected on Friday.

But it was business as usual around this region. Unless you count some head-scratching results. Here’s a quick lookback:

* Decatur wasn’t going to be an easy win for Hirschi. When you consider the Huskies had four drives inside the Eagles’ 20 and came away with zero points, it’s not easy to figure out what went wrong. Also, Decatur scored more points (45) than Hirschi surrendered in its first three games.

* Burkburnett finally picked up a win, although it got a little dicey late. The Bulldogs have been outscored 34-0 in the fourth quarter the past two weeks, losing 41-38 and winning 40-35 over Bridgeport. At least they’re making it exciting. And scoring a lot of points.

* Our 5-3A district is pretty good. Mineral Wells – not so much. With Iowa Park’s 52-13 win, Mineral Wells has now been outscored 171-20 by three 5-3A teams. Burkburnett gets its shot this week vs. the Rams.

* The one team that scored the least against Mineral Wells? It was Graham, which won 51-7 in the opener. It’s become obvious the Steers have taken their foot off the gas pedal in the second halves. They led by 34 points against Breckenridge but only won 44-0.

* Never seen anything like it in my decade at the paper – a quarterback rushing for 400 yards. But that’s exactly what Electra’s Michael Bishop did in a 45-34 win over Haskell.

* And after seeing Seymour’s defense this week, I’m not surprised about Bishop. He ran for about 250 yards a week ago against the Panthers, who I thought looked pretty good versus City View. You run for 250 against Seymour, you’ll break 350 against a lesser side.

* City View would have liked to have gone to 4-0, but there’s no shame in losing to Seymour. I’m not sure if there’s a QB/RB/WR combo the Mustangs will face in district that’s better than Zach Barton/John Mitchelle/Cody Adams. All three made some big plays the other night.

* Hard to gauge how good the Mustangs’ offense can be because while there was only one really bad snap, a few snaps were just high enough that they threw off the timing of City View’s handoffs and wide receiver screens. They’ll need to get that cleaned up soon.

* That’s a nice win for Henrietta, which went on a long road trip and beat Quanah 35-22. I talked to Coach West tonight and he was hoping it would bring some confidence going forward.

* Quanah is now 2-2 and it’s only going to get harder before district for the Indians. They’ll be underdogs heading into games against Childress and Wellington. It’s feasible Quanah will be 2-4 before 3-A begins, but I still think the Indians are a playoff team and should be getting better.

* The bad news for Holliday is that it’s been outscored 112-12 in the past two weeks. The good news is the Eagles won’t play anybody better than the Hirschi-Vernon combo the rest of the season.

* When’s the last time Holliday and Windthorst were a combined 2-6? And one of those wins happened when they played each other. Surprised the Trojans fell on the road to Millsap, 21-20.

* I got a little excited for Olney when it went up quickly on Santo, 12-0. But then Santo scored the last 34 points, sending the Cubs to their 15th straight loss. They’ll have a decent shot of breaking it this week at Haskell.

* The biggest eye-catching win over the weekend? It’s easily Crowell whipping No. 3 Valley, 78-40. I don’t make it out to six-man games much (really only deep in playoffs), but if Throckmorton and Crowell are undefeated when their Oct. 18 bout goes down, it’ll be hard to pass up.

* WFHS, Rider and Bowie begin district this week. And I’m glad – it’s always nice for these games to start counting.

* Surprised Nocona lost like it did to Ponder (42-24). And surprised Munday scored 57 points without L.J. Collier running the ball, although it looks like he played some on defense, totaling seven tackles. And Bronte must not be that good.

* If you asked me now, 5-3A will be the area’s most interesting race. I’m not sure if anybody will threaten Graham, but there will be a pretty good team sitting home when the playoffs start. Last year, with one less playoff berth (three), that couldn’t be said at all.

* I’m still thinking 5-2A Division II is a total crapshoot. I’d still say Jacksboro is the favorite, but who knows. Will Nocona finish second or fifth? How about Holliday? City View should make the playoffs, but it’s not a guarantee. That district is a bit down, but it still should provide some entertaining theatre.

* From what I was told from an area coach who spoke with him — and I haven’t talked to Hirschi’s Cody Slater myself — it sounded like Hirschi’s going for two-point conversion to get 70 on Holliday wasn’t called on the sidelines. Players knew 69 would only tie school record, so it’s not surprising they made an audible on their own.

* It’s not area-related, but want to watch an interesting ending to a Saturday HS football game in San Antonio? It’s got a Stanford/Cal feel to it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46SWQO66Mro

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