It’s been an entertaining season for WFISD football fans. Outside of Rider last year, that couldn’t be said as the Coyotes and Huskies struggled through 2-8 seasons.
But this year has wiped away some of those memories. And Friday night has the chance to be a really memorable evening for the city schools.
Rider could pull a mini-upset and become the 5-4A district champion. Plus, Wichita Falls High School and Hirschi could basically make the playoffs with wins.
And these all have the potential to be pretty good games. The Huskies get to even open up Iowa Park’s nice-looking renovated stadium.
I can’t go with the city sweep, but two out of three ain’t bad. Here are my picks for those and other area games.
Denton Guyer at Rider – Here’s a chance for Rider to really make a statement. The Raiders get a little statewide pub (FSSW is hosting their show) and a big showdown for the 5-4A title. The combo of Chase London/Davon Allison has looked sharp and Carlos Fleeks has returned to the lineup. If Rider is to knock off the defending state champs, it’ll have to do it with defense. But talking about stopping Guyer QB (and UT commit) Jerrod Heard and actually stopping him are two different things. I’m picking Guyer by 10 or more.
WFHS at Lake Dallas – After fighting Nelson down to the wire, I finally thought the Coyotes were a playoff-caliber team. They can become one with a win Friday against Lake Dallas, which is reeling off a drubbing of Guyer and has missed a couple good players. This should be close and I think the Falcons will be able to score some. But WFHS will be able to string together enough promising drives. I bet the Coyotes win something like 24-21.
Hirschi at Iowa Park – I think Iowa Park’s defense will keep the Hawks in the game for a while. But I think there’s just too much speed for the Huskies. Hirschi will break off a couple big plays at some point, and I just think Iowa Park will have to have a really good offensive night to keep up.
Burkburnett at Vernon – My colleague Andy Newberry picked this as his upset this week, and I can buy into that thinking. The Lions are coming off three really tough games (Gainesville, Graham and Hirschi) in a row. David Garza didn’t play QB last week and Orlando Haymon is still fighting through ankle problems. Plus, Burkburnett has some offensive weapons and is coming off a bye.
Having written all of that, I’m still picking the Lions in a close game. They’ve got home field and I was impressed with how they downed Hirschi last week.
Holliday at Nocona – I’ve picked Holliday the past two weeks and have been wrong. I’m starting to think Holliday isn’t going to be a playoff team in 5-2A Div. II. The Eagles can prove me wrong with a strong road win Friday, but RB John Jennings and Nocona seem to be playing two well right now. Indians stay unbeaten in district.
City View at Henrietta – Didn’t see the Mustangs started out as non-competitive as they’ve been. They’ve had a couple injuries, but just aren’t playing well, either. This is a game City View can win, but I’m picking the Bearcats based on them being more steady and playing Jacksboro a lot closer in back-to-back weeks.
Jacksboro at Alvord – The Tigers are on a roll right now and I expect that trend to continue Friday night. And Alvord is looking like a playoff team, so this may not come easy and should be a good win for Jacksboro, which has D.J. Thomas eyeing a third straight 200-yard game.
Seymour at Quanah – With Quanah’s backfield combo of Clay Robertson and Craig Miles, you can’t really ever count the Indians out, especially at home. But the Panthers have more offensive weapons and have looked better pretty sharp the last few weeks (Stamford game excluding). It could be a shootout like last year, but I think it will be a Seymour win again.
Olney at Windthorst – Olney might be able to score some points on Windthorst, but I think the Trojans find the end zone a fair amount of times, too. It could be close, but it should definitely be a win for the Trojans.
Petrolia at Electra – I didn’t see this being a matchup of 0-2 teams two weeks ago. I think this one depends on whether the Tigers’ Markeis Lee and Michael Bishop play. I bet each end up giving it a go with the season on the line, and they’ll combine to make enough plays in a close Tigers’ win.
Muenster at Munday – The Moguls are playing about as well as they have all year and are really starting to form an identity on offense running the ball. They’re healthy, too. But Muenster is just in another league – I don’t think anyone will play the Hornets too close in district.