Game of the Week – Week #9 Thrillers from El Paso to Longview with Punches Thrown and Sparks a Flying

Last week KrunkDaddy had Denton Guyer vs. #1 Allen Eagles as the “Game of the Week”.  Well that game was the blow out of the week.  Allen crushed Guyer 42 to 7.  The GOW #2 game was not very close either.  Surprisingly, South Grand Prairie was beaten 30 to 9 by Duncanville.  KrunkDaddy picked Duncanville to win this game but he thought the game would be closer.  Duncanville’s defense completely shut down South Grand Prairie.  Smithson Valley also had an eye opening victory last weekend against Schertz Clemens.  The Rangers beat the Buffalos convincingly 45 to 21.  KrunkDaddy had Clemens over Smithson Valley in a much closer game.  KrunkDaddy did get GOW #4 right.  Round Rock Cedar Ridge beat cross town rival Round Rock High in a wild game.  Cedar Ridge came away with a 51 to 43 victory.  The best contest in the “Game of the Week” list was GOW #5.  Pearland Dawson squeaked by Pearland 34 to 32.  KrunkDaddy felt that this game would be a close one and he took Pearland by 3 points.  It was a coin flip kind of decision for KrunkDaddy.  He had the outcome right but he had the wrong team picked to win.

This week in the “Game of the Week” list we travel to El Paso for a District 1-6A contest, to East Texas for an 11-6A shootout and then back to the DFW.  In the DFW we have two teams that are playing for the right to NOT play #1 Allen in the opening round of the playoffs, two teams whose head coaches do not like each other and two teams that are willing to put on an explosive offensive show to lay claim to their district championship.

GOW #5  Hebron Hawks 5 – 2 @ Euless Trinity Trojans 5 – 2 (District 5-6A)          You might as well call this game the “Avoid Allen at Any Cost” Bowl.  Hebron is a young team on the rise that has a 3 – 1 record in District 5-6A.  The Hawks travel to Pennington Field which is the home of the Euless Trinity Trojans.  The Trojans are a surprising 2 – 2 in district play.  The winner of this game will make the playoffs and be the higher seeded team in the DI bracket of the playoffs.  That means home field advantage for the winner and they will take on the lower seeded team from district 6-6A in the playoffs.  The loser will have to travel to play the higher seeded DI team from District 6-6A.  That higher seeded team in District 6-6A is the #1 ranked Allen Eagles.  No one wants to play Allen at home in the playoffs.  This game features two very skilled teams.  This is the first time Hebron and Trinity have ever played one another so there is a sense of the unknown about this game.  Trinity’s size, experience and their home field advantage should win out over Hebron’s desire, speed and youth.  Trinity will win 35 to 24 and Hebron gets to face Allen in the playoffs.

GOW #4  Tyler John Tyler Lions 6 – 1 @ Longview Lobos 6 – 1 (District 11-6A)     This game is for the District 11-6A championship.  It also is for the higher seed in the DII bracket of the playoffs from District 11-6A.  Tyler John Tyler and Longview are the two smallest schools in District 11-6A so the winner of this game will be facing a lesser opponent from District 12-6A at home while the loser will be on the road to play Lufkin which appears to be the higher seeded DII bracket team in 12-6A.  John Tyler and Longview know each other very well having been opponents in the same district when they were in 5A.  This contest is a game for community pride.  Tyler and Longview are two cities that rally around their high school football teams.  This game will be a close one and will be a lot of fun to watch.  KrunkDaddy is going with his gut on this one.  He is taking Tyler John Tyler over Longview 35 to 31.  It will be a fun bus ride home for the John Tyler squad and their fans and Longview gets to look forward to playing their most hated rival in the opening round of the playoffs in Lufkin.

GOW #3  El Paso Americas Trail Blazers 6 – 1 vs. El Paso Montwood Rams 5 – 2 (District 1-6A)  KrunkDaddy football fans get a taste of El Paso’s finest football this weekend.  The Trail Blazers from Americas High take on the Rams from Montwood High.  There is a lot on the line for this game.  First off, this game is for the 1-6A championship.  Secondly, it will determine who will be the higher seeded team in the DII bracket of the playoffs.  The winner gets to play at home while the loser will probably have to travel to Amarillo, Lubbock or maybe San Angelo for the opening round of the playoffs.  Lastly, this game is for bragging rights in El Paso.  Both teams are 4 – 0 in district play.  Fans from Las Cruces, New Mexico and  Cuidad Juarez, Mexico  will be crossing the border to see this game.  Montwood has been a surprise team in District 1-6A play.  The Rams are a feisty team that never quits.  They play hard and they should not be taken lightly.  The Trail Blazers are led by one of the best running backs in all of Texas 6A football.  Josh Fields has over 1,600 yards rushing so far this season.  He leads Americas in rushing, total yards gained and scoring.  As good as Fields is on offense, it is the Trail Blazers defense that is winning games for them.  Americas has allowed only 59 points to be scored on them in their 4 previous district games.  This game is going to be electric with all that is on the line.  As good of a season as Montwood has had so far, KrunkDaddy feels that Josh Fields and the Trail Blazers will be too much for the Rams.  Americas will win 35 to 14.

GOW #2 DeSoto Eagles 7 – 0 @ Duncanville Panthers 6 – 1 (District 7-6A)            We travel back to the DFW Metroplex for a game that features two coaches that do not like one another.  Coach Todd Peterman is in his second season as head coach at DeSoto.  Prior to being head coach for the Eagles, Coach Peterman was the offensive coordinator under Claude Mathis when he was the head coach at DeSoto.  Coach Mathis was a fiery coach that backed his players no matter what.  He brought a super confident attitude to the DeSoto program and he made it known that he was the best coach at the best football program in all of Dallas.  This rubbed a lot of coaches raw especially Coach Reginald Samples when he was at Dallas Skyline.  While Coach Samples was at Skyline, he built the Raiders into a nationally ranked powerhouse.  When Skyline and DeSoto played, it was like a war.  The games were very physical and downright dirty.  Police had to separate the teams and the fans after the games.  Now Coach Samples is in his second year at Duncanville and Coach Peterman is in his second year at DeSoto.  Coach Samples still remembers those nasty games against DeSoto and Coach Peterman hasn’t forgotten those games against Coach Samples Skyline teams.  Look for this game to be a slugfest with the players on both squads willing to back their coaches.  DeSoto is ranked #2 in the state but that means nothing in this game.  Duncanville has a solid defense to counter Desoto’s vaunted offense, Duncanville has home field advantage which is a huge plus in this game and Coach Samples has the experience over Coach Peterman in big games.  KrunkDaddy may be crazy but he is taking Duncanville to upset the #2 ranked DeSoto in a low scoring slobber knocker of all slobber knockers of a game.  Duncanville wins 20 to 18.  Be careful leaving this game because there may be fist flying in the parking lot afterwards.

Game of the Week  Garland Sachse 6 – 1 @ Rowlett 6 – 1 (District 10-6A)            How in the world do you top a MMA, “Thrilla in Manilla” type game like DeSoto @ Duncanville.  Well how about a game pitting two of the best unranked teams in the state playing for the District 10-6A championship and the top seed in the DI bracket of the playoffs.  Also both teams are undefeated and they both have explosive offenses. Add all that up and you have the “Game of the Week” for week #9.  This weekend the 7 – 0 Garland Sachse Mustangs travel to Rowlett take on the 7 – 0 Rowlett Eagles.  Rowlett is led by head coach Doug Stephens who is one of the best coaches in all of the DFW Metroplex.  He has a very explosive offense that features a dynamic trio in QB Preston Weeks, WR LaDarius Dickens and RB Kobe Morrow.  Rowlett is a very experienced team that knows what it takes to win big games.  They were a Region II DI semifinalist in the playoffs last year.  Sachse is younger but they are a very fast and talented team.  They are led by Junior QB Jalen Mayden.  Mayden who may be the #1 recruit in the state of Texas next year is a dynamic playmaker.  He is fearless with the ball in his hands and he is surrounded by track stars that he can throw to.  As good as Rowlett and Sachse are on offense it’s their defenses that make each team special.  Both teams are allowing less than 11 points a game on the average.  Look for this game to start out slowly with the offenses trying to figure out the defenses.  Towards the middle of the 2nd period the offenses will take over and this game will be a shoot out.  KrunkDaddy feels that this game will go into overtime where the best playmaker on the field will be the difference.  That playmaker will be Jalen Mayden.  Mayden will lead Sachse to a 64 to 63 double overtime victory over Rowlett.

Random Thoughts and Observations – Week #8 Jerry Jones and the U.I.L Have Been Busy and Permian Fan’s Are Not Happy.

  • Odessa Permian is in deep trouble. The Panthers have lost their last three games in District 2-6A and are now on the outside looking in for the playoffs.  The Panthers are a very young team and at times have had as many as 6 sophomores playing on defense.  That does not make for a good formula for success in the “Little Southwest Conference”.  Now Permian has to win this weekend against San Angelo Central to have any chance of making the playoffs.  Permian fans had better start prepping themselves for the reality that Permian will not be in the playoffs this year.
  • The “Not Wanted” sign is out for OMG Academy in Crosby, TX. OMG Academy Asst. Coach Tyrone Dixson tweeted Crosby Jr. running back Craig Williams a couple of weeks ago.  Coach Dixson was wishing Williams good luck against rival Dayton High in an attempt to recruit Williams.  Williams shared the Tweet with the Crosby coaching staff.  Crosby Offensive Coordinator Marvin Nash then sent Dixson a tweet that said “Coach (and I use the term very loosely), please refrain from contacting our kids about IMG.  Here in Crosby, TX, we form great relationships with our players and believe in loyalty.  At first sign of someone coming to attack our family, our kids turn to their trusted coaches.  So respectfully, stay in your lane and out of ours.”  Hurrah for Coach Nash and Hurrah for Craig Williams for taking a stand against Dixson and OMG Academy.  The sad thing is how many other tweets did Dixson send to other Texas football players that weren’t shared with their coaching staff.  The Cancer called OMG Academy is spreading I’m afraid.
  • The UIL has amended a new rule that affects the first round of the football playoffs. Last year Cedar Hill had to play Southlake Carroll in Southlake in the opening round of the DII playoffs.  Southlake had home field advantage because they were the highest ranking seeded DII team from their district even though they did not win their district championship.  Cedar Hill was the lower seeded team because district champion Mansfield was playing in the DII bracket and Mansfield was the district champs in Cedar Hill’s district.  Now the home field advantage goes to the school with the better record in their district.  Since Cedar Hill and Southlake had the same record then under the new rule, their game would have been on a neutral site.  The new rule goes into effect in the 2017 season.  That means there will be mad scrambles for neutral site games again.  Looks like Jerry World will be busy again in the opening round of the playoffs next year.
  • Speaking of playoff games at Jerry Jones’ A.T.&T. Stadium. There will not be any playoff games this year at Jerry World until the 4th round of the playoffs.  Apparently, A.T.&T is booked with Cowboy games, Big 12 games and other special events.  The state championship games return to A.T.&T this season but there will not be any all day playoff football fest’s early in the playoffs this year.  Bummer!!!
  • Jerry Jones is hosting more than the Texas High School Playoffs this year. It was announced last week that the Cowboys new practice facility, The Ford Center at the Star in Frisco, will host the “Geico State Championship Series” on December 23rd.  State Champions from Georgia, Florida, Utah and Arizona will be traveling to Frisco to face off against one another in a National Champion High Football playoff format.  The series is organized by the Paragon Marketing Group and the games will be broadcast live on ESPN.  It is only a matter of time before a Texas team is involved.  Too much money for the U.I.L. to pass on.   Good Luck and Merry Christmas to those teams from Georgia, Florida, Utah and Arizona that make the trip.
  • The UIL considered a recommendation to form a “Super 6A” bracket for district play. Any school that has an enrollment of more than 3,500 students would be in the “Super 6A” bracket.  This idea was shelved because it would add a tremendous transportation cost to the school districts.  Imagine a district that had a couple of El Paso schools, Odessa Permian, Euless Trinity and a couple of schools from the Arlington I.S.D.  That’s not very realistic and isn’t going to happen.


KrunkDaddy Top 10 List – Week #8 Allen Rolls, San Angelo Central & R. R. Cedar Ridge Climb and Cibolo Steele Stumbles

Last Weekend, KrunkDaddy felt like there was a chance that Allen was entering into a “Trap” game against Denton Guyer and this game had potential for an upset.  Someone forgot to tell Coach Gambill’s squad that because Allen destroyed Denton Guyer 42 to 7.  Allen remains the #1 team and appears to be the team to beat for the 6A DI state championship.  DeSoto and Lake Travis remain tied at #2 and the The Woodlands remains at #4.  San Angelo Central moves up to the #5 spot followed by Round Rock Cedar Ridge at #6.  The reason for Central’s and Cedar Ridge’s move up in the standings is their quality of play and Cibolo Steele’s lack of quality play.  Steele falls to #8 in the rankings right behind Galena Park North Shore.  #9 and #10 teams remain the same with Converse Judson and Southlake Carroll bringing up the final two spots.

#1  Allen Eagles  (6-6A)  7 – 0      KrunkDaddy keeps playing down the Eagle’s #1 ranking and Allen keeps proving him wrong.  The Eagles absolutely destroyed Denton Guyer last weekend.  They shut down Guyer’s vaunted running game and ran all over Guyer’s top notch defense.  Guyer is a very good team but Allen just chewed them up and spit them out like a piece of gum.  This weekend Allen travels to McKinney to take on McKinney High.  Look Allen to be up by 35 points at the half.  Allen wins big in McKinney

#2A  DeSoto Eagles  (7-6A)  7 – 0               DeSoto continues to toy with opponents.  Last weekend, the Eagles beat Irving High 51 to 7.  The game wasn’t even close. Over the past three weeks DeSoto has beaten their opponents by an average score of 50 to 10.  Things will be much more challenging for DeSoto this weekend.  The Eagles travel to Duncanville to take on the Duncanville Panthers.  The Panthers are fresh off a very impressive victory over South Grand Prairie.  Duncanville’s Coach Samples has had this game circled on his calendar for a long time.  He will have his Panther squad up for this game.  As crazy as it sounds, KrunkDaddy has this game too close to call.  It definitely has the potential to be the “Game of the Week”.  More to come on this game later.

#2B  Lake Travis Cavaliers  (25-6A)  6 – 1                Lake Travis takes no prisoners.  Last weekend, the Cavaliers crushed Lehman 68 to 0.  Lake Travis has beaten their last 5 opponents by an average score of 52 to 8.  The Cavaliers are playing lights out right now and there seems to be no stopping them.  This weekend, Lake Travis takes on Leander at home.  This game will be another massacre.  Lake Travis will continue to roll to the playoffs.

#4  The Woodlands Highlanders  (12-6A)  7 – 0  The Highlanders continue to take care of business in District 12-6A and are the top team in the GHA.  Last weekend, The Highlanders walked all over Conroe Oak Ridge 42 to 2.  The only score that Oak Ridge could muster against The Woodlands was a safety.  Over the Highlanders 7 victories, they have allowed only 95 points.  Take out the 42 points allowed in their 63 to 42 victory over Lufkin and The Woodlands are holding their opponents less than 9 points a game.  With a defense like that, the Highlanders will go far in the playoffs.  Next up for The Woodlands is Conroe High.  KrunkDaddy sees another blowout win for The Woodlands this weekend.

#5  San Angelo Central Bobcats  (2 – 6A)  7 – 0    The Bobcats move up to #5 spot in the Top 10 after a 63 to 21 victory over Wolfforth Frenship last weekend.  The Bobcats are the best offensive team in all of 6A.  Central is averaging over 56 points a game.  Playing in the “Little Southwest Conference” which is full of teams known for playing smash mouth defense, averaging 56 points a game is very impressive.  This weekend Central travels to Odessa to take on the Permian Panthers.  Permian has their backs against the wall.  They have to beat Central for any chance at making the playoffs.  Permian is very tough to beat at home but San Angelo will continue to rack up big offensive numbers against the Panthers.  This game will be over by half time.  Central will score over 50 points and embarrass Permian at home.

#6  Round Rock Cedar Ridge Raiders (13-6A)  8 – 0            Cedar Ridge continues to impress.  The Raiders had their toughest test so far this season last weekend against a tough Round Rock High squad.  In a shoot out Cedar Ridge beat Round Rock 51 to 43 to lay claim to the District 13-6A championship.  Cedar Ridge is a poised team that never quits.  They are well coached and will be a tough out in the playoffs for any team they play.  This weekend Cedar Ridge travels to Pflugerville to take on Pflugerville High.  Cedar Ridge will win this one big and coast to the playoffs as the top seeded DI team from District 13-6A.

#7 Galena Park North Shore Mustangs (21-6A)  6 – 1       North Shore is quietly racking up an impressive record while marching to the playoffs.  North Shore wins ugly but they don’t care.  A win is a win and all North Shore does is win week in and week out.  Last weekend, the Mustangs beat Humble Kingwood 38 to 21.  This weekend North Shore travels to Channelview to take on the Channelview Falcons.  North Shore will quietly handle up on their business and beat Channelview.  North Shore wins by three touchdowns.

#8  Cibolo Steele Knights (27-6A)  6 – 1  KrunkDaddy has to ask, How in the world did Cibolo Steele beat Converse Judson.  Against what seemed like an invinsible Judson team, The Knights looked unbeatable.  Since that game, Cibolo Steele has looked anything like an unbeatable team.  Last weekend, The Knights escaped from New Braunfels with a 21 to 14 victory against a one win Canyon High team.  All season long, Steele has played down to their competition.  Outside of the victory over Judson, Steele has stumbled over mediocre teams.  They should feel lucky they have six victories.  This mediocre play is the reason KrunkDaddy dropped the Knights to #8 in the poll.  If they have another bad game, Steele may find them on the outside of the Top 10 List looking in.  This weekend Steele takes on another one win team in San Antonio East Central.  KrunkDaddy feels that Steele will win but who really knows with this team.

#9  Converse Judson Rockets (27-6A)  6 – 1          KrunkDaddy now has to ask, How in the world did Converse Judson lose to Cibolo Steele.  Aside from the wheels off game against Cibolo Steele, Judson has looked incredible.  Last weekend, the Rockets crushed San Antonio Wagner 51 to 16.  Judson looks like the tougher team from district 27-6A even though Steele has a better record.  It’s a head scratcher for sure.  This weekend, Judson takes on Schertz Clemens in a real show down.  Clemens is stinging after a surprising loss against Smithson Valley and now the Buffaloes have to travel to Converse to take on the Rockets.  Judson is too tough at home and will win by three touchdowns against Clemens.

#10  Southlake Carroll Dragons (5-6A) 6 – 1          The Dragons had a big test last weekend against Flower Mound Marcus.  Carroll trailed by ten points against Marcus at one time but came back to win 33 to 21.  District 5-6A has been a real crap shoot this season.  Every team except for maybe L.D. Bell has upset some other playoff contender this season.  The team with the biggest upset in 5-6A play is Byron Nelson.  The Bobcats upset Euless Trinity two weeks ago and last weekend they upset Lewisville.  Now Byron Nelson travels to Southlake to take on the Dragons.  As good as Byron Nelson has played over the past few weeks, they will meet their match this weekend against Southlake.  Carroll is too well coached to take Byron Nelson for granted.  Southlake will win a hard fought game by three touchdowns to remain undefeated in District 5-6A.

Game of the Week List – Week #8 Allen Will Have Their Hands Full and Two of the Best in District 7-6A Do Battle

In week #7 KrunkDaddy may have cursed Killeen Ellison.  KDizzle felt that Ellison would make a statement against Copperas Cove.  There was a statement alright but it was Copperas Cove that made it.  The Bulldawgs beat Ellison 30 to 3.  Copperas Cove wasn’t the only team on the “Game of the
Week” List that made a statement.  Lake Travis crushed Austin Westlake 49 to 7, Laredo United South won the “Battle of the Border” against Laredo United 44 to 35 to lay claim as the top team in Southern Texas, North Shore dominated a very good Atascocita team to take control of district 21-6A and Flower Mound Marcus got back into the playoff picture with a victory over Hebron in district 5-6A.  Now we are in week #8 of the season and KrunkDaddy has games from the San Antonio area, Austin, the GHA and the DFW on the “Game of the Week” List.  Let’s see which games KrunkDaddy fans should be keeping a close eye on.

GOW #5   Pearland Dawson Eagles 5 – 1 @ Pearland Oilers 5 – 2 (District 23-6A)               At the beginning of the season if you would have told KrunkDaddy that Richmond George Ranch and Pearland would be on the lower end of the playoff standings in District 23-6A he would have said you were full of prunes and potato chips.  Well KrunkDaddy is stocking up on dried prunes and Lays potato chips because Pearland Dawson and Alief Taylor are undefeated in district play.  This week Pearland has a chance to knock Pearland Dawson off in a cross town rivalry game.  This game will be a close one but Pearland will find a way to win the game.  The Oilers will beat the Dawson Eagles by field goal.

GOW #4  Round Rock Dragons 4 – 2 @ #8 Round Rock Cedar Ridge Raiders 7 – 0 (District 13-6A) The Round Dragons are no team to be taken lightly.  Round Rock has some impressive victories early this season.  They fight to the very end and they never quit.  Their opponent this week is the #8 Round Rock Cedar Ridge Raiders who have been destroying their opposition this season.  This game will determine the District 13-6A champion and both teams are cross town rivals.  This game could be a trap game for Cedar Ridge but KrunkDaddy doesn’t think that will happen.  It will be a test for the Raiders though.  Look for Cedar Ridge to win a hard fought game against Round Rock 24 to 17.

GOW #3  Smithson Valley Rangers 3 – 2 @ Schertz Clemens Buffaloes 5 – 1 (District 27-6A)  Smithson Valley has two losses this season but those two losses were to #5 Cibolo Steele and a very good Round Rock Dragon Team (The same Round Rock Dragon team that is in this week’s GOW #4 against Cedar Ridge).   The Rangers are a very, very good defensive team that nearly beat both Cibolo Steele and Round Rock.  Now the Rangers take on the Buffaloes from Schertz Clemens.  Clemens is an explosive offensive team that averages over 45 points a game.  The Buffaloes played a very familiar opponent to Smithson Valley.  Clemens lost to Round Rock by a score of 41 to 35 in their opening game.  The Rangers and Buffaloes are playing for seeding in the playoffs.  This game probably will not have any bearing on playoff seeding or the District 27-6A championship for Smithson Valley or Clemens.  This is just a game between two very good football teams that made it all the way to the Region IV DI and DII finals in last years playoffs.  Even though Smithson Valley is the better defensive team, KrunkDaddy sees this game as shootout type game.  Look for Clemens to win this game 45 to 42.

GOW  #2  Duncanville Panthers 5 – 1 @ South Grand Prairie Warriors 5 – 1 (District 7-6A)            The #2 game on the GOW List takes KrunkDaddy Football fans to District 7-6A and features two of the best squads in all of the DFW.  Most Texas H.S. football fans when they hear District 7-6A mentioned automatically think of DeSoto and Cedar Hill.  What most Texas H.S. fans don’t know is how good the South Grand Prairie Warriors and the Duncanville Panthers are.  The Warriors are a very talented team that is led by 5-star recruit, Jeffery Okudah.  Okudah plays safety, cornerback, running back, wide receiver and returns punts & kickoffs for the Warriors.  He is surrounded by several other top notch football recruits that aren’t afraid to play anyone in the state.  The Warrior’s fearless style of play is what earned them a big upset victory over Euless Trinity in the opening round of the playoffs last year.  Now the Warriors face one of the most improved teams in all of 6A football in Texas.  Duncanville is led by Jaylin Nelson who may be the best quarterback in the state of Texas that no one has never heard of.  He is a very good passer and he is an even better runner.  Most importantly, Jaylin Nelson is a winner.  His teammates believe in him and will follow him as far as he will take them.  This game is going to be a real slobber knocker.  As talented as South Grand Prairie is, Jaylin Nelson’s desire to win will be the difference in this game.  Duncanville will win this game by a touchdown over South Grand Prairie.

THE GAME OF THE WEEK   Denton Guyer Wildcats 5 – 1 @ #1 Allen Eagles 6 – 0 (District 6-6A)   Allen is the #1 team in the state and appears to be on a mission to get back to the 6A state finals this year.  The Eagles are talented, well coached and hungry.  The ingredients are all there for them to win another state championship.  Before Allen starts their playoff run, they need to win District 6-6A first.  The Eagles have only one team in their district that appears to offer any kind of threat them.  That team is the Denton Guyer Wildcats.  Over the past few years, the teams that have given Allen the most trouble are teams that play tough defense and have a smash mouth running game on offense.  This year’s Denton Guyer team fits that description to a T.  Guyer has an excellent defense that over the past few weeks has been playing lights out.  Their offense is led by two of the best running backs in Region I.  Guyer also has a very experienced coach in John Walsh.  Allen is going to have their hands full with this Denton Guyer squad.  The winner of this game will be the District champs and the potential for an upset is very real in this game.   KrunkDaddy is going to take Allen in a nail biter.  Allen will win by a late field goal and continue their march to playoffs.

KrunkDaddy Top 10 List – Week #8 Allen, Lake Travis, DeSoto, The Woodlands and R.R. Cedar Ridge Are Looking GOOD!

Week #7 had two of this week’s Top 10 teams coming away with victories in “Game of the Week” Games.  This past weekend Lake Travis embarrassed Austin Westlake and Galena Park North Shore took care of business against Humble Atascocita in their “Game of the Week” contests.  Lake Travis looked so good in their victory against Westlake that KrunkDaddy has moved them up to share the #2 spot on the Top 10 List with DeSoto.   The Woodlands is also making a case that they are one of the best teams in the state with their 65 point victory over Beaumont West Brook.  The Highlanders leap frog into the #4 spot on the Top 10 list this week.   Round Rock Cedar Ridge is also making noise out of the Austin area as a team to be respected.  The Raiders remain at #8 this week but if they win big against Round Rock this weekend, it is going to be hard to keep them down on the bottom of the list.  Here is the KrunkDaddy Top 10 List for Week #8.


  1. Allen Eagles (6-6A)  6 – 0             Allen is so good they are boring.  Last weekend the Eagles went out and scrimmaged the Plano Wildcats.  Coach Gamble and his staff used the Plano Wildcats game as a warm for Allen’s next opponent.  The Eagles came away with no injuries and a 38 to 15 victory against Plano.  Now Allen must prepare for their toughest foe in district play.  This weekend the Eagles host the Denton Guyer Wildcats.  Guyer is a bigger and stronger version of a Wildcat as compared to Plano.  Head Coach John Walsh of Denton Guyer is one the best in the business.  He has the two best running backs in all of District 6-6A and a defense that is very good.  All that being said, Allen is just too good.  Look for another 38 to 15 victory for Allen against another Wildcat team.
  2. 2A DeSoto Eagles (7-6A)  6 – 0         DeSoto is in the cupcake portion of their district schedule and the Eagles apparently love to gobble up cupcakes.  Since beating Cedar Hill 3 weeks ago the Eagles have coasted to two easy victories.  They have racked up over 100 points in their last two victories and the points scored against them have come when the 3rd and 4th stringers were in the game.  This weekend, Desoto gets another cupcake and this one has extra icing and cherry on top.  DeSoto takes on Irving high who come into this game with a 1 -5 record. Look for DeSoto will be licking icing off their fingers because they will be up by 6 touchdowns at half time and will coast to another easy cupcake victory.
  3. 2B Lake Travis Cavaliers (25-6A)  5 – 1          Lake Travis moves up to a tie for 2nd with DeSoto on the KrunkDaddy Top 10 list after an impressive victory last weekend.  The Cavaliers destroyed their hated cross town rivals Austin Westlake by a score of 49 to 7.  Westlake has been a vit of a disappointment this season but they are by no means a slouch of a team.  Lake Travis controlled every aspect of this game and made a statement to every team in the state that they are a squad to be reckoned with come time for the playoffs.  Lake Travis all but clinched the 25-6A championship with this victory and is now the top seeded DI team in the playoffs from 25-6A.  Lake Travis has earned the right to move up and KrunkDaddy has them tied with DeSoto at #2 on the Top 10 List.
  4. The Woodlands Highlanders (12-6A)  6 – 0         The Woodlands leap frog over Cibolo Steele in the Top 10 List after the Highlanders destroyed Beaumont West Brook 72 to 7 last weekend.  The Woodlands are one of the best defensive teams in the state but they seemed to have one of the best offensive units in the state also.  The Woodlands have scored 135 points the past two weekends while routing their two best opponents from district 12-6A.  The Woodlands have all but wrapped up the district championship and like Lake Travis, the Highlanders are making a statement to the rest of the state that they are a team to be feared in the playoffs.  This weekend The Woodlands host the Conroe Oak Ridge War Eagles.  The Woodlands will destroy Oak Ridge by at least 6 touchdowns on their march to the playoffs.
  5. Cibolo Steel Knights (27-6A) 5 – 1           Cibolo Steele is a real head scratcher of team.  The Knights are really hard figure out.  They go into their game against Converse Judson a few weeks ago after a very lackluster victory over Smithson Valley.  The Knights then crush Converse Judson.  They take have bye week after their huge victory over the Rockets and last weekend the Knights took on New Braunfels.  Steele coasted to a 38 to 7 victory over New Braunfels.  Winning by 31 points is not bad but KrunkDaddy was expecting a bit more from the Knights.  Steele seems to coast a bit and they don’t seem to have the killer instinct that Allen, DeSoto, Lake Travis and The Woodlands have.  This is why KrunkDaddy moved them down to #5 on the Top 10 list.  This weekend the Knights travel back to New Braunfels to take on the Canyon Cougars.  Cibolo Steele should win this game by at least 7 touchdowns but you can’t be sure with this team.
  6. San Angelo Central Bobcats (2 – 6A)  6 – 0           The Bobcats had been one of the most impressive teams in the state coming into last weekend’s matchup against Midland lee.  On paper, Central should have mopped the floor against Lee.  Instead, Midland Lee gave Central all they could handle and then some.  San Angelo left Midland with a 35 to 21 victory but the Bobcats just didn’t seem to have their heads into the game against Lee.  San Angelo Central is playing the toughest part of their district schedule now.  The Bobcats had better wake up because they host a good and desperate Wolfforth Frenship team this weekend.  The Tigers are capable of pulling off an upset.  KrunkDaddy feels that Coach Davis will have his Central squad ready to play against a home crowd.  Look for Central to win by 6 touchdowns.
  7. Galena Park North Shore Mustangs (21-6A) 5 – 1             North Shore was involved in a KrunkDaddy “Game of the Week” game this past weekend when they traveled to Humble, TX and beat a very good Atascocita team 31 to 21.  This victory all but assures the Mustangs a district championship and the top seed in the DI bracket from District 21-6A.  The Mustangs are rounding into playoff shape and they look like the team to beat in the DI bracket from Region III in the playoffs.  This weekend the Mustangs take on Humble Kingwood at home.  Look for North Shore to dismantle Kingwood and win by 4 touchdowns.
  8. Round Rock Cedar Ridge Raiders (13-6A) 7 – 0                   Round Rock Cedar Ridge is off to a very impressive 7 – 0 start to the season.  The Raiders have averaged a score of 44 to 7 in their first seven victories and they are now behind only Lake Travis as the best team in the Austin area.  Last weekend, Cedar Ridge destroyed Round Rock Stony Point 56 to 3.  This weekend Cedar Ridge takes on their toughest District 13-6A opponent in Round Rock High.  KrunkDaddy feels that coach Bell will have his Cedar Ridge squad up for this game.  Look for Cedar Ridge to make a statement against Round Rock and cinch up the District 13-6A championship with a big victory.  The Raiders will win by 35 points and go on to be the top seeded DII team from 13-6A with this weekend’s victory.
  9. Converse Judson Rockets (27-6A) 5 – 1                 Coach McAuliffe used the bye week to help his Rockets squad to get past an embarrassing loss at home to Cibolo Steele and to prepare for their match up against San Antonio East Central.  Whatever Coach McAuliffe did worked because Judson went out last weekend and mauled East Central 68 to 6.  The Rockets appear to be back to playing the top notch football they were playing before the Cibolo Steele game.  Judson’s next opponent is San Antonio Wagner.  Wagner has to win this game to have any chance of making the playoffs.  Well Wagner had better start making plans on being at home during the playoffs because Judson will beat them like a government mule.  Judson will win by 6 touchdowns this weekend.
  10. Southlake Carroll Dragons (5-6A) 5 – 1 KrunkDaddy thought that Carroll might have a bit of let down against Lewisville this past weekend after their big victory over Euless Trinity two weeks ago.  Boy did Head Coach Hal Wasson prove KrunkDaddy wrong because he had the Dragons more than ready to play the Farmers.  Southlake destroyed Lewisville 49 to 7.  The Dragon defense is playing lights out right now.  Southlake has another tough district opponent this coming weekend.  Southlake travels to Flower Mound to take on Marcus.  Marcus is desperately fighting for a 5-6A playoff berth and they need to beat Southlake to stay in the chase for the playoffs.  KrunkDaddy thinks this game will be close at the half but Coach Wasson’s staff will make the proper adjustments at the half and the Dragons will pull away for a 4 touchdown victory over Marcus.

Random Thoughts and Observations – Week #7 A Weekend of Disappointment, Shock and What the Hell Happened

Week #7 had a lot of fans across the state scratching their heads in disbelief.  In West Texas a prominent team blew a lead and their playoff chances, in Houston a dominant team was upset in a good old fashioned butt whipping and in the DFW, a supposed state powerhouse was embarrassed at home.  Meanwhile, The Woodlands and Lake Travis continue to make statements that they are two of the best programs in the state.  Last but not least, a surprise in the Battle on the Border.


  • Odessa Permian started the season out 4 – 0 before traveling to Wolfforth Frenship two weeks ago. The Panthers went into the half up by three touchdowns only to choke and lose to the Tigers.  Permian had a bye week to help overcome the loss and to prepare for a very good Midland BullDawgs team.  Last weekend, Permian went up by 13 points over the Bulldawgs with 4 minutes left to play in the game.  Before a home crowd, the Panthers then choked again and lost 49 to 48 to Midland.  Permian is now in real trouble.  They have to beat Amarillo Tascosa next weekend in Amarillo to have any chance of making the playoffs.  Permian fans are not happy in Odessa.
  • In the Houston area, Dickinson was making a case that they should be considered one to top teams in the GHA. That is a tall order considering the GHA is home to the two reigning state champions as well as many other very good programs.  Dickinson was undefeated going into this weekend’s matchup against a very good League City Clear Springs team.  As good as Clear Springs is, the Gators felt that they were in a league way above Clear Springs.  Well someone forgot to tell Coach Craig Dailey’s Chargers squad that bit of into because Clear Springs went into Dickinson’s house and beat the Gators 23 to 7.  Dickinson was never in the game.  This loss throws district 24-6A into a spin.  With this loss Dickinson, Clear Springs and Friendswood all have a chance at being district champs.  Ironically, if Dickinson had won they would have all but wrapped up the championship for themselves.  Dickinson fans are not happy.
  • The Euless Trinity football squad had to hate their Saturday morning film session. Trinity who had at one time climbed to #7 on the KrunkDaddy Top 10 List completely wet the bed last weekend.  This past weekend, Trinity fans were primed for their Trojans to take out their frustrations on a winless Byron Nelson Bobcats squad after losing to a very good Southlake Carroll team the previous weekend.  Trinity went out and ran for over 350 yards and had two backs with over 150 yards of rushing.  The Trojans also had a countless number of penalties and played with a couple of key starters who were out because of “disciplinary” reasons.  It showed because Trinity played like a group of individuals wanting to show off instead of championship caliber team.  Byron Nelson played hard and never gave up.  The end result was Byron Nelson beat Trinity 21 to 20 in overtime.  Trinity fans are more than unhappy.  Trojan fans are furious.
  • As bad as Odessa Permian, Dickinson and Euless Trinity played; Lake Travis was the exact opposite. Lake Travis hosted Austin Westlake in a big showdown in District 25-6A.  Westlake had their star quarterback, Sam Ehlinger back and The Chaparrals were primed to upset Lake Travis.  Sam Ehlinger then went out early in the game with another injury and it was all downhill from there for Westlake.  Lake Travis played like a championship team and crushed Westlake 49 to 7.  Lake Travis now has a clear path to the district championship and KrunkDaddy feels that they are the team to beat in the Region IV Division I bracket.
  • As good as Lake Travis played, The Woodlands played better. The Woodlands has played one of the toughest schedules in the state this year and were 5 – 0 going into this weekend’s game against Beaumont West Brook.  West Brook also came into this game with an undefeated record.  West Brook was at home and Bruin fans were hoping for a good showing against the Highlanders.  The Woodlands proceeded to go out and annihilate West Brook 72 to 7.  The game was over before the concessionaires started popping the popcorn.  The Woodlands totally dominated every aspect of the game.  The Woodlands will be the District 12-6A champions and are the top team in the GHA.  The Highlanders are also the favorites to be the Region II DI champions.
  • A lot of people make fun of the level football being played in South Texas. Fans from the “Little Southwest Conference”, the DFW Metroplex, the GHA, Central Texas, Austin area and San Antonio seem to look down on the games played in the Valley and along the Rio Grande.  Let’s hope that none of the top teams from around the state will have to play Laredo United South.  Laredo United South won the “Battle on the Border” this weekend against Laredo United 44 to 35.  Both United South and United are teams that no team from any other part of the state wants to tangle with.  United South can lay claim now to becoming the 29-6A champions and one of the top teams from Region IV.

KrunkDaddy Top 10 – Week #7

In this week’s Top 10 we see the return of a previously ranked team to the Top 10.  Southlake Carroll took care of business last week and beat previously #7 ranked Trinity Trojans.  The Dragons were ranked in the week #1 poll but lost their opening game against Tulsa Union.  Since that opening loss, Carroll has racked up 4 impressive wins and is now in the driver’s seat to win the 5-6A district championship.  The only other change in the Top 10 is R.R. Cedar Ridge jumping over Converse Judson for the #8 spot in the Top 10.  The rest of the Top 10 remains the same from last week’s poll.

  1. Allen Eagles (6-6A)  5 – 0             Once again the Eagles crushed a district opponent.  Last Friday, the Eagles beat Plano West 61 – 19.  This week’s game should be another easy victory.  Allen plays Plano in a warm up scrimmage before they play Denton Guyer on the 14th.  Guyer is Allen’s toughest district opponent so watch for Allen to play a conservative game against Plano.  The Eagles will not want to give anything away to Guyer scouts.  Allen will win easily 42 – 0 against Plano.
  2. DeSoto Eagles (7-6A)  5 – 0         The Eagles coasted to a 48 – 7 victory last weekend against Irving MacArthur.  The Desoto offense is explosive and the defense is formidable.  This weekend the Eagles face Grand Prairie High.  DeSoto will coast to another victory again this weekend.  The Eagles will win by at least 6 touchdowns.
  3. Lake Travis Cavaliers (25-6A)  4 – 1          Last weekend, the Cavaliers thumped Buda Hays by a score of 50 – 14.  This game was nothing but a warm up scrimmage for Lake Travis’ big match up this weekend against Austin Westlake.  This game is the #2 game on the KrunkDaddy “Game of the Week” List.  Westlake was at one time ranked #3 on the Top 10 list.  After an upset to Henderson (NV) Liberty, Westlake dropped out of the Top 10 List.  Westlake has an opportunity to join Southlake Carroll as a team that can return to the Top 10 List after falling out.  Westlake is formidable but KrunkDaddy feels that Lake Travis will win this contest by a touchdown.
  4. Cibolo Steel Knights (27-6A) 4 – 1           Cibolo Steele is coming off a bye week after an impressive win over Converse Judson.  Steele faces New Braunsfels this weekend.  Steele is rolling now and New Braunsfels will be steamrolled by the Knights.
  5. The Woodlands Highlanders (12-6A)  5 – 0         The Highlanders continue to impress as the top rated team from the GHA.  Last weekend, The Woodlands won in convincing fashion against a tough Lufkin team.  The Highlanders won in an unconventional way by outscoring Lufkin in a shoot out.  The Highlanders defense could not stop the Panthers. Lufkin scored 42 points against the vaunted Highlanders defense.  Fortunately for The Woodlands fans, their offense showed up and scored 63 points on Lufkin.  This weekend The Woodlands travels to Beaumont to take on the undefeated West Brook Bruins.  The Bruins are a good team but they are no match for the Highlanders.  The Woodlands and their new found offensive prowess will win big.
  6. San Angelo Central Bobcats (2 – 6A)  5 – 0           Last weekend, the Bobcats were up on the Odessa Bronchos 41 – 0 at halftime.  In the second half, Central sent in the 2nd and 3rd string and cruised to a 55 – 0 victory.  This weekend San Angelo Central plays the Midland Lee Rebels in Midland.  Lee is coming off an upset victory over Amarillo Tascosa in Amarillo.  Lee will be riding high this week against San Angelo after their big win.  By halftime, look for Midland Lee to have come back down to reality.  San Angelo Central will be up by 6 touchdowns at the half again this week.  Central cruises again to another easy victory again this weekend in Midland.
  7. Galena Park North Shore Mustangs (21-6A) 4 – 1             North Shore was another team that had an easy victory last weekend.  The Mustangs crushed Houston King 56 – 3.  Unfortunately for North Shore, they don’t have another cupcake opponent again this week.  North Shore must take on an undefeated Humble Atascocita Eagles squad in Humble.  Atascocita crushed Channelview last weekend 52 – 0.  The Eagles are a very good defensive team that is very tough to beat at home.  This game also made the KrunkDaddy “Game of the Week” list.  It is going to be slobber knocker of a game but KrunkDaddy feels that North Shore will be tough enough to pull out a close victory over Atascocita.
  8. Round Rock Cedar Ridge Raiders (13-6A) 6 – 0   The Raiders are the only 6 – 0 team on the Top Ten List after stomping Round Rock McNeil 52 – 7 last weekend.  This weekend the Raiders take on a Round Rock Stony Point squad that has had a very disappointing season so far.  Stony Point has a 1 – 4 record and they do not have a victory at home.  This week’s game is a home game for Stony Point and KrunkDaddy feels that Stony Point will be 0 – 3 at home after this weekend’s game against Cedar Ridge.  Cedar Ridge will win big and could be primed for another big move up in the Top 10 List.
  9. Converse Judson Rockets (27-6A) 4 – 1 Judson is coming off a disappointing defeat to Cibolo Steele.  Judson could do no right against Steele while Steele was hitting on all cylinders against Judson.  Judson had the weekend off last week to recover from the loss and this weekend the Rockets take on San Antonio East Central.  Judson will return to being the dominating force they were before the Steele game and destroy East Central by six touchdowns.
  10. Southlake Carroll Dragons (5-6A) 4 – 1 Carroll threw everything they had at Trinity last weekend and came away with a big victory.  Let’s hope that the Dragons have something left in the tank because the Dragons go on the road to take on the Lewisville Farmers.  Lewisville is coming off an impressive victory last weekend over Flower Mound Marcus and now they are hungry to pull off another upset.  Carroll should win this game but it will be a close one.  Look for Carroll to win 28 – 24.

KrunkDaddy “Game of the Week” for Week 7 – The Battle at the Border

District play this time of the year is really exciting.  This is the part of the season where teams are jockeying to make the playoffs.  Coaches are trying to do all they can to get their teams to play well but they also have a tendency to hold back a little bit so as to not show their hands if they do make the playoffs.  It is quite a poker game that coaches will play at this time of the year.  This week is no different as the coaches for the KrunkDaddy “Game of the Week” list are preparing for their district games.  We have sly coaches that have years of experience going up against young coaches that are full of creative ways to defeat an opponent.  Let’s see what the matchups are like this week.

GOW #5  Copperas Cove Bulldawgs  3 – 2 @ Killeen Ellison Eagles 5 – 0                Jack Welch is in his 22nd year as head coach at Copperas Cove.  In his 21 successful years as head coach of the Bulldawgs, he has seen it all.  The Bulldawgs are going to need Coach Welch’s leadership this week because they go up against a Killeen Ellison Eagles team that is red hot.  The Eagles are led by a young and upcoming head coach in Trent Gregory.  Coach Gregory is in his 3rd season at Ellison and he has been slowly building the Eagles into a very good program.  This year Ellison seems to be reaping the fruits of Coach Gregory’s efforts and the Eagles are ready to stake their claim as a playoff team and District 8-6A champion.  This game is in Copperas Cove and that is a big plus for the BullDawgs who have their backs against the wall with a 1 – 1 record in District play.  A loss to Ellison would put the BullDawgs playoff chances in serious jeopardy.  Ellison on the other hand is very hungry and talented.  As wily of a veteran as Coach Welch is KrunkDaddy is going to go with Coach Gregory’s Ellison squad in this match up.  The Eagles will beat Copperas Cove in Copperas Cove on a rare Thursday night game by 10 points and further cement the Eagles as a playoff team.

GOW #4  Flower Mound Marcus Marauders  3 – 2 @ Hebron Hawks 4 – 1 (5 – 6A)            This game is very interesting.  The Marauders find themselves in deep hole in District 5-6A play after their stunning loss to Lewisville last week.  A loss to Hebron will probably eliminate Marcus and move Trinity into The DII bracket of the playoffs, so this game has HUGE playoff implications.  Marcus’ is led by a strong, hardnosed coach in Gerry Stanford.  Coach Stanford team is tough and they play hard, so to see the Marauders get their butts kicked by Lewisville 41 – 14 is a bit of shock.  Now the Marauders have to win this week against a very good Hebron Hawks team.  Hebron is coached by Brian Brazil who has led Hebron to a 5-A state championship in the past.  Coach Brazil has a talented young team this year that is ready to make a statement.  This game is going to be a real slobber knocker.  This is going to be a physical contest against two teams who do not back down from their opponents.  KrunkDaddy feels that even though Marcus has more motivation to win this game, the Marauders will lose to the Hawks.  Coach Brazil’s squad is just too good.  Hebron will win by a touchdown and become the leading contender to be the top seeded DI bracket team in the playoffs from 5-6A

GOW #3  #7 Galena Park North Shore Mustangs 4 – 1 @ Humble Atascocita Eagles 5 – 0 (21 – 6A)  We now travel to the GHA for big time matchup in District 21-6A.  G.P. North Shore who is #7 in this week’s KrunkDaddy Top 10 travels to Humble to take on the Atascocita Eagles.  Head coach Craig Stump has built his Atascocita program into one of the best in the GHA.  The Eagles play a physical brand of football where they go out and physically beat their opponents into submission.  Coach Stump’s squads are not afraid of any team in the state and they play like it.  This game is a home game for Eagles who are undefeated and want to stay that way.  North Shore is led by 3rd year coach, Jon Kay who led his squad to and won the 6A DI state championship last year.  Coach Kay and his squad is a tough, well coached team that also wears down opponents with their physical play.  Both teams’ trainers better get ready because this is going to be a real slugfest.  This game is going to be a low scoring affair with both team’s defenses looking to win the game for their respective squads.  The team that makes the least mistakes will win the game.  Both of these squads are very tough but KrunkDaddy feels that North Shore is a little tougher.  North Shore will win close game by 1 point.

GOW #2   Austin Westlake Chaparrals 4 – 1 @ #3 Lake Travis Cavaliers 4 – 1 (25-6A)        This game features two of the best head football coaches in the nation.  The Cavaliers are led by Hank Carter who has maintained a level of excellence at Lake Travis that was established by his predecessors who won five 5A state championships.  Even though Coach Carter himself has not won a state championship, he has his talented Cavaliers playing like a well oiled machine.  They are explosive on offense and their defense can shut down any team in the state.  Coach Carter goes up against one the best head coaches to have ever coached in Texas in Westlake’s Todd Dodge.  Coach Dodge got the Chaparrals to the state 6A DI championship game last year.  This was Dodge’s 6th time to coach a team to the state championship while winning four.  Coach Dodge has big ace up his sleeve for this game.  Sam Ehlinger who is Westlake’s 4-star quarterback returns from injury to lead the Chaparrals in this game.  This game will be a shoot out with both coaches pulling plays from deep in their sock drawer to use in this game.  It should be said that Westlake and Lake Travis are bitter rivals so this adds even more intrigue to the game.  As experienced as Coach Dodge is and as talented as Sam Ehlinger is, KrunkDaddy is going to take Lake Travis in this game.  Coach Carter has his Cavaliers’ squad rolling right now and they will be too much for Westlake.  Lake Travis will win by a touchdown.

KrunkDaddy “Game of the Week”          Laredo United Longhorns 4 – 1 @ Laredo United South Panthers 4 – 1 (29 – 6A)                This game features two cross town rivals that will be playing for the District 29-6A championship.  This game is being played in Laredo which is on the U.S. and Mexican border.  Fans from Mexico will be crossing the Rio Grande to go to this game.  A lot of Texas 6A football fans turn their noses up to teams from far South Texas.  KrunkDaddy says that these fans are foolish.  Both squads are off to 4 – 1 starts to the season, both squads are very well coached and both squads should not be taken lightly.  The United Longhorns are coached by David Sanchez.  Coach Sanchez who has been at United for 13 years always has the Longhorns ready to play.  The Panthers are coached by Sergio Salinas who took over at United South in 2012.  In four short years, Coach Salinas has built the Panthers into one of the best programs in all of South Texas.  This is going to be a very exciting game.  Both squads and their fans want to win this game badly.  This game is for the bragging rights in Laredo and Nuevo Laredo in Mexico.  As good as Coach Salinas has his Panthers playing, KrunkDaddy is going with Coach Sanchez’s Longhorn squad.  Coach Sanchez has coached United in close games like this many times before.  His experience will be the difference in this game.  Laredo United will win the battle of the border and claim bragging rights in Laredo with a five point victory over Laredo United South.

Random Thoughts and Observations – Week #7 God Bless Tannor Yearwood

This week in Random Thoughts and Observations, KrunkDaddy talks about an outrageous comeback team, an outrageous score and an outrageous district.  We will discuss another team that is on the verge of joining San Benito, Arlington Bowie and Klein Collins on the “Watchout Team” list.  We discuss a mess at U.T. that is bigger than the mess at L.S.U. and could cause a big mess at the U. of H.  Lastly, we share a story that will bring a smile to your face and tear to your eye.  Here are KrunkDaddy’s Random Thoughts and Observations for the week.

  • Cedar Hill needs to keep a portable Automatic Electronic Defibrillator on hand at all times during their games. Some fan or coach is going to have a heart attack the way they are playing this year.  In week #1 they were blown out in embarrassing fashion.  In week #2, they had a mad scramble of a comeback in the 4th quarter to beat Mansfield.  In week #3 they outscored Mesquite Horn 59 – 21. Against Rival DeSoto they were blown out again.    Then last week the Longhorns had to outscore Duncanville 27 – 7 in the fourth quarter to win 54 – 50.  Cedar Hill started the season as KrunkDaddy’s #1 team in the state but they are lucky they do not have a 1 – 4 record.  Keep that A.E.D. charged with this team.                                                        Image result for Cedar Hill Duncanville football game
  • League City Friendswood didn’t like losing to Dickinson in their 24-6A showdown. That game was a week #5 “Game of the Week” nominated contest in which Dickinson held on to beat Friendswood 21 – 16.  Apparently Friendswood is not a team that has letdowns after a rival game loss because the Mustangs went out last weekend and destroyed League City Clear Falls 84 – 8.  OUCH!!!
  • In KrunkDaddy’s Pre-Season Prediction Tour, he said District 11-6A would be the craziest and most competitive 6A district in all of Texas. With just 3 games of district play in the bag, it is anyone’s guess to who will be in the playoffs and who will not in District 11-6A.  Longview appears to be in the driver’s seat with a 3 – 0 record.  Tyler Lee and Mesquite High appear to be fading with 0 – 3 records.  Rockwall who is probably the most talented and dangerous team in the district is 1 – 2 and still in the hunt for the playoffs.  That leaves Tyler John Tyler, Rockwall Heath, North Mesquite, Mesquite Horn with 2 – 1 records and very much in the hunt for a playoff berth and the district championship.  KrunkDaddy’s crystal ball is looking awfully murky as to who will make it to the big dance and who will be sitting at home come playoff time in this district.
  • Over the past few weeks, KrunkDaddy has been saying that everyone had better keep an eye on San Benito, Klein Collins and Arlington Bowie. These three teams have really put together fine seasons and appear to be dark horses for deep playoff runs.  Well KrunkDaddy would like to add another team to this “Watchout” list.  Killeen Ellison is off to a surprising 5 – 0 start and appears to be on the verge of a district championship.  Ellison has to play Copperas Cove this weekend and has Hewitt Midway still on the schedule but they look really good. Image result for killeen ellison football
  • Last week, we spoke of how the firing of Les Miles at L.S.U. had raised question marks in the minds of some high level Texas football recruits. Well if Texas recruits were confused after L.S.U. fired their head coach, those recruits must be completely lost after the Texas Longhorn’s embarrassing loss to Oklahoma St. last weekend.  T.’s head coach, Charlie Strong appears to be on the brink of losing his job.  If Texas loses to Oklahoma this weekend in the Red River Shootout, Strong will be fired.  The question now is when Strong will get the axe and who will replace him.  Texas would probably wait until after the regular season is done to fire Strong.  They will not pull an L.S.U. and let Strong go in the middle of the season.  Or will they???  The heir apparent for the Texas job appears to be University of Houston head coach Tom Herman. L.S.U. is also very interested in Coach Herman.  Longhorn supporters do not want L.S.U. beating them to the negotiation table.  If Texas gets their butts handed to them again this weekend look for Tom Herman’s phone to be ringing off the wall with offers for the job.   It also means that every recruit in Texas that was interested in L.S.U., Texas and U. of H. are now wondering who they might be playing for.  Those recruits may decide to wait this coaching drama out or they may choose to go elsewhere.  That could be good for Texas A&M, T.C.U., O.U., Alabama, Notre Dame, Ole Miss and other major college programs.                            Image result for charlie strong vs. les mile
  • Every once in a while something happens at a high school football game that transcends the actual game itself. After the first half was over in the Belton – Killeen Harker Heights game , both teams lined up to play one last down before going to the locker rooms.  Belton sent in Tannor Yearwood to play quarterback.  Tannor is a hardworking senior who had always dreamed of scoring a touchdown.  He is an inspirational teammate and student that Belton head coach Bob Shipley describes Tannor as being a kid that “doesn’t have bad days, He only has good days.”  Tannor took the snap and ran for a 59 yard touchdown. He was mobbed by his team while the band played and the fans celebrated.  What makes this play so special is because Tannor has Down ’s syndrome.  The play itself was meaningless as far as the game or season goes but the memory of the play is priceless.  Image result for Tannor yearwood

KrunkDaddy’s “Game of the Week” – Week #6

Last week KrunkDaddy nailed it in games #5, #4 & #3.  Odessa Permian collapsed in the second half and lost to Wolfforth Frenship, San Benito took care of business in Los Fresnos and DeSoto thumped Cedar Hill in the “Battle of Beltline” game.  Game #2 was a close one with Dickinson holding on to beat Friendswood 21 – 16 (KrunkDaddy had Friendswood in this one.)  The “Game of the Week” from last week was a bit of shocker.  KrunkDaddy felt this game would be a close game early between Converse Judson and Cibolo Steele with Judson pulling away in the second half.  It was the exact opposite.  Judson was never in the game and Cibolo Steele dominated.  Steele embarrassed Judson 30 – 9.

This week’s “Game of the Week” should be a closer game. Two historic 6A powerhouse teams from the DFW Metroplex that have always played each other close will be going against each other.  This Contest features one school that has been known for its high flying offensive teams against another school that just likes grind their opponents into the turf with their size and physical style of play.

The other games on the GoW list feature match ups in central Texas, the GHA and West Texas.  It’s another exciting weekend in Texas 6A football.  Here is the KrunkDaddy “Game of the Week” List for Week #6 of the season.

#5           Hewitt Midway Panthers  3 – 2 @ Harker Heights Knights  4 – 1                This game is a battle from District 8-6A in Central Texas.  It features the reigning district champions, the Hewitt Midway Panthers against a surprise team from the district so far this season in the Harker Heights Knights.  The Panthers are in their first season under new coach Jeff Hulme.  Midway had a very rough start to the season losing their first two games but the Panthers seem to have turned things around.  They are on a three game win streak and appear to be back to playing Hewitt Midway championship football.  Harker Heights over the past few years has had talent but they were never able to put things together to have a winning team.  That doesn’t appear to be the case this year.  The Knights are off to a great start.  This game should be a close one but KrunkDaddy is going to take Midway in this contest.  Coach Hulme knows how to win and his players are bought in to his system now.  Midway will win by a touchdown.

#4           Pearland Oilers  4 – 1 @ Alief Taylor Lions  5 – 0 This contest features two of the GHA’s best defensive teams going against each other.  The Pearland Oilers who are the reigning district champs take on the surprise team from district 23-6A in the Alief Taylor Lions.  The Lions are a big, mean football team that features one the best defensive squads in 6A football so far this season.  Taylor has pitched two shut outs already this season and they are looking for another one against Pearland.  Pearland is led by their masterful head coach Tony Heath.  Coach Heath is always able to get the best out his players which means the Oilers play tough every week.  Coach Heath has his hands full this week though because his 1st, 2nd and 3rd string quarterbacks are out for the season with injuries.  Coach Heath is down to his 4th string quarterback who started the season on the J.V. team. As good of a coach and motivator as Coach Heath is, KrunkDaddy feels that Alief Taylor’s defense will overwhelm the Oiler’s inexperienced quarterback.   This will be a low scoring game with Pearland’s defense keeping it close but look for Taylor to pull away in the second half.  Taylor wins by a touchdown and becomes the favorite to be the District 23-6A champs.

#3           Keller Fossil Ridge Panthers 4 – 1 @ Abilene Eagles  4 – 1            We now travel to West Texas for a 3-6A shootout to determine who will be the district champs.  The Abilene Eagles are at home to take on the Keller Fossil Ridge Panthers.  Abilene is led by RB Abram Smith who is one the best running backs in the state.  After an embarrassing opening game loss to San Angelo Central, the Eagles have won four games in a row and they are ready to take control of their own playoff destiny with a win this week at home.  Fossil Ridge has other plans though for Abilene.  The Panthers are an experienced football team with 15 returning starters from last year’s playoff team.  Fossil Ridge is off to an impressive 4 – 1 start to the season. The Panthers have the talent and motivation to beat Abilene at home.  This game is going to be a shoot out and KrunkDaddy feels an upset in the making in this game.  He is taking Fossil Ridge over Abilene in a game that goes to overtime.

#2           Lufkin Panthers 4 – 1 @ The Woodlands Highlanders  4 – 0         Now we travel to back to the GHA for a matchup of the two best teams from District 12-6A.  The Lufkin Panthers travel to The Woodlands to take on the #5 ranked Highlanders.  The Panthers are led by QB Kordell Rodgers who is one of the most exciting players in the state.  They are off to a 4 – 1 start and they are a scary good football team.  The Highlanders are off to a very impressive start themselves with wins over Cy-Fairbanks, Spring, Katy and George Ranch.  The Woodlands are known for playing hardnosed defense and this year’s defensive squad is one of the best that The Woodlands has ever had.  As good as Kordell Rodgers is, the Highlanders defense is better.  The Woodlands will take this one by two touchdowns.

“Game of the Week” – Week #6                             Euless Trinity Trojans 4 – 0 @ Southlake Carroll Dragons 3 – 1    Trinity and Carroll have played some of the most memorable games in Texas High School Football history.  Every time the Trojans and the Dragons do battle, football fans are in for a nail biter of a game.  This year should be no different.  This game is for the District 5-6A championship.  The Dragons feature a very good QB in Mason Holmes.  KrunkDaddy 6A football fans have come to expect great quarterback play from Carroll over the years because they have produced some the finest quarterbacks in recent 6A football history.  As good as Mason Holmes has been this year, he has only thrown one touchdown pass.  Weirdly enough, the Dragons have one their past four games with their defense and a hardnosed running game.  That seems to play right into the Trojan’s hands.  Trinity loves to play ground and pound football games where they run the ball down their opposition’s throats.  The Trojans are a big, tough football team that is loaded with skill players on offense and defense.  They love to hit and play physical.  This game is going to be a rough game full of teeth rattling hits.  The Dragons are very tough at home but Trinity appears to be a bit tougher.  KrunkDaddy is taking the Trojans by a field goal over the Dragons.  Both teams will be battered and bruised after the game but the Trojans won’t mind because they will be in the driver’s seat for the 5-6A district championship.