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.