KrunkDaddy’s Crystal Ball Sees The Woodlands As The Team to Beat In Region II Division I

KrunkDaddy’s crystal ball is very clear in this Region and Division.  There is one team that clearly stands out and that team is The Woodlands Highlanders.  The Woodlands is on a level that the rest of the teams in Region II dream to be on.  That doesn’t mean that the other fifteen teams in Region II will just hand the Highlanders the Region II DI championship.  Teams like Rowlett, Rockwall, Klein Oak, Sachse, Austin Bowie and Spring High aspire to be playing in the DI semifinals.  Only time will tell.  Here is the Bi-District games (Winners are in Bold print).

Rowlett Eagles 9-2 (10-6A) @ Coppell Cowboys 8-3 (9-6A)

Montgomery Bears 6-4 (12-6A) @ Rockwall YellowJackets 5-5 (11-6A)

Austin Del Valle Cardinals 5-5 (14-6A) @ Rock Rock Dragons 7-3 (13-6A)

Aldine Davis Falcons 4-6 (16-6A) @ Klein Oak Panthers 6-3 (15-6A)

Dallas Skyline Raiders 5-5 (9-6A) @ Sachse Mustangs 10-0 (10-6A)

Mesquite Horn Jaguars 6-4 (11-6A) @ The Woodlands Highlanders 10-0 (12-6A)

Pflugerville Hendrickson Hawks 3-6 (13-6A) @ Austin Bowie Bulldogs 9-1 (14-6A)

Klein Bearkats 7-3 (15-6A) @ Spring Lions Lions 8-2 (16-6A)

Best Bi-District Match-up             Rowlett vs. Coppell        Rowlett and Coppell are two evenly matched teams.  The Cowboys are a young team with a good quarterback in Brady McBride.  They have played a tough district schedule and they are ready to make a statement in the playoffs.  The Cowboys also have a huge advantage playing at home in this game.  Coppell crowds are loud, rowdy and they really support their Cowboys.  Rowlett is a well coached team that has a lot of playoff experience.  The Eagles surprised a lot of 6A football fans last year when they nearly made it to the Region II DI finals last year.  With twelve starters returning from last year’s playoff team, the Eagles will not be intimidated by playing in Coppell’s backyard.  This game will be a close game from the start and it could go to overtime to determine the winner.  KrunkDaddy is taking Rowlett by a field goal.

Dark Horse Team             Rockwall YellowJackets                                Rockwall started the season off badly by losing five of its first six games.  Four of those teams that the YellowJackets lost to are playoff teams and its lone victory in that six game stretch was against a very good Tyler John Tyler team.  The YellowJackets are now on a four game win streak and they will be very tough to beat in the playoffs.  Rockwall knows what it takes to win because they started on a four game losing streak last year and they went on to play in the Region II DII finals last year.  They are explosive on offense and they have the best head coach in Region II.  Coach Rodney Webb will have his Rockwall squad focused and ready to play.  Watch out for the YellowJackets.

Potential Match-Ups                    

Sachse Mustangs vs. The Woodlands Highlanders (Area Round)

Rowlett Eagles or Coppell Cowboys vs. Rockwall YellowJackets (Area Round)

Austin Bowie vs. Spring Lions (Area Round)

The Area Round in Region II DII will be very interesting.  The winner of the Rowlett/Coppell game against Rowlett will be a very good game.  Austin Bowie should meet Spring in the second round and this should be a really exciting game.  As good as these two games will be, the match-up that everyone is looking forward to is Sachse vs. The Woodlands.  Many say that the only team that can seriously challenge The Woodlands is Sachse.  Some feel that this game is really the Region II DI finals game.  The Mustangs have a great quarterback in Jalen Mayden and he has the playmakers to work with to beat The Woodlands.  If Sachse is at their best, they have a chance but The Woodlands are very, very good.  They are a well coached, physical football team that plays smash mouth defense.  The Woodlands vs. Sachse game may be the best 6a game to watch in the Area Round.

 

Potential Bi-District Upset          Dallas Skyline over Sachse Mustangs     Dallas Skyline has had a very unimpressive year.  The Raiders started their season badly by losing their first three games by a combined score of 130 to 27.  The Raider’s defense has played mediocre at best and the offense struggled badly early in the season.  Sachse on the other hand is screaming into the playoffs.  The Sachse offense is explosive and their defense has allowed only two touchdowns in the past four games.  With Sachse playing so well and Skyline playing so poorly, then how could this game be considered for a possible upset?  The answer to this question is simple.  The winner of this game has to play The Woodlands and there is a possibility that the Mustangs might be looking past the Raiders and looking forward to playing The Woodlands.  When teams get caught thinking past their opponents in the playoffs is when upsets happen.  As badly as Skyline has played this season, the Raiders are quite capable of pulling off an upset if Sachse doesn’t take the Raiders seriously.  KrunkDaddy feels that Sachse will win this game but he has a funny feeling about this game.

Region II DI Finalists        Round Rock Dragons vs. The Woodlands Highlanders      The Woodlands is the team to beat in Region II.  If they can get past Sachse, then the Highlanders should easily make it the Region II DI finals.  Round Rock should be The Woodlands opponent in the finals.  The Dragons have played a very tough schedule and has lost only three games this year.  Those three losses were to Temple, Belton and Round Rock Cedar Ridge.  Those are three very good teams to lose to.  The Dragons beat Schertz Clemens and Smithson Valley in the pre-season and came in second to powerhouse Round Rock Cedar Ridge in a very good district.  Round Rock will be a very tough opponent for The Woodlands.  As good as Round Rock is, The Woodlands is playing like a team that belongs in the DI Championship game.  KrunkDaddy is taking The Woodlands over Round Rock in the Region II finals.

 

 

KrunkDaddy’s Crystal Ball Predictions for Region I Division II

The Crystal Ball tells KrunkDaddy that all of the home teams in Region I will win in the opening round.  Travel will be a big issue for some teams.  Cedar Hill, Wolfforth Frenship, El Paso Montwood, Killeen and Cedar Hill have very long bus rides to their games.  Here are the Bi-District pairings (Winners in Bold Print).

Wolfforth Frenship Tigers 5-5 (2-6A) @ El Paso Americas Trailblazers 7-3 (1-6A)

Arlington Colts 6-4 (4-6A) @ Abilene Eagles 9-1 (3-6A)

Wylie Pirates 5-5 (6-6A) @ Southlake Carroll Dragons 9-1 (5-6A)

Killeen Kangaroos 5-5 (8-6A) @ DeSoto Eagles 10-0 (7-6A)

El Paso Montwood Rams 7-3 (1-6A) @ Amarillo Tascosa Rebels 6-4 (2-6A)

Keller Fossil Ridge Panthers 7-3 (3-6A) @ Mansfield Tigers 8-2 (4-6A)

Trophy Club Byron Nelson Bobcats 4-6 (5-6A) @ Denton Guyer Wildcats 8-2 (6-6A)

Cedar Hill Longhorns 8-2 (7-6A) @ Waco Midway Panthers 8-2 (8-6A)

Best Bi-District Matchup             Cedar Hill Longhorns vs. Waco Midway Panthers             This Region is loaded with great teams so a first round match-up against state powers is inevitable.  That is what you have in the Cedar Hill vs. Waco Midway Game.  Both of these teams started off their seasons slowly but the Longhorns and Panthers came on strong in district play.  They are both led by great quarterbacks.  Notre Dame commit, Avery Davis leads the Longhorns.  The Panthers are led by junior Tanner Mordecai.  Davis and Mordecai are explosive play-makers that beat you with their running ability and their passing skills.  This game will be a shoot out and the outcome of the game will probably come down to whoever has the ball last.  KrunkDaddy is taking Midway over Cedar Hill 49 to 47.

Division II Dark Horse Team        Arlington Colts                 The Colts have had an up and down season.  They have the talent, coaching and desire to go far in the playoffs and the Abilene game is a perfect set up for an upset by the Colts.  Abilene is 9-1 and has been rolling over their competition in recent weeks.  They have a great running back in Abram Smith and the Eagles are hard to beat in Shotwell stadium.  There is one problem with Abilene.  The Eagles haven’t played anybody all season long except for San Angelo Central in an embarrassing opening game loss to the Bobcats. Arlington is by no means as good of a team as San Angelo Central but the Colts are much better than any other team that Abilene has played all season.  This game could go either way but KrunkDaddy is taking Abilene over Arlington in a nail biter.

Potential Matchups in Region I

Southlake Carroll vs. DeSoto (Area Round)

Denton Guyer vs. Waco Midway (Area Round)

Mansfield vs. Denton Guyer or Waco Midway (Region Semifinals)

This region is the toughest region in all of Division II.  Imagine a second round playoff match up of Southlake Carroll and DeSoto.  The last time these two teams met in the playoffs, DeSoto advanced after stopping Carroll on a goal line stand to  end the game.  This year’s game could end the same way.

Guyer and Midway would be a great matchup featuring Guyer’s ground and pound running game against Midway’s run and gun passing game.  This game would be a shoot out.  Imagine the winner of the Guyer vs. Midway game having to face Mansfield the following weekend.  Mansfield is led by super star running back Kennedy Brooks.  That game would be one that no one would want to miss.

Region I Division II Finalists        DeSoto Eagles vs. Mansfield Tigers                         The two teams that make it all the way to the Region I DII finals will have to go on a Death march to get to the final game.  KrunkDaddy feels that the two teams that will survive the Region I DII carnage will be DeSoto and Mansfield.  This game will be a dream game that feature two teams that used to play each other in district play before the U.I.L. moved the Tigers out of the same district as the Eagles.  Mansfield has beaten DeSoto the last two years they have faced each other.  Kennedy Brooks had huge games in the Tigers wins over the Eagles.  DeSoto will not have forgotten these losses.  Look for this game to be a war.  KrunkDaddy is taking DeSoto to get their revenge on Mansfield win the Region I DII championship.

Let the Playoffs Begin – Crystal Ball Predictions for Region I Division I

After eleven weeks of competition, the 6A football playoffs are now set to begin.  All the brackets are set, the locations & times are determined and there is nothing left to do for the players but play the games.  For KrunkDaddy and his fellow 6A football fans, it is a very busy time.  Brackets have to be analyzed and every 6A football fan has a good idea of who will win the tournament.  KrunkDaddy has his prognostications and he is ready to reveal them by Region in both Division I and Division II.  He is going to break out his crystal ball and dust it off, so that he can share which two teams will be in the best game in the opening round.  KrunkDaddy also has a good idea of which power teams from each region will face off against each other in later rounds.  KrunkDaddy’s crystal ball will also show which team is most likely to pull of the biggest upset in the opening round and which two teams will make the Region finals.  It is the most exciting time of the year in Texas 6A Football and KrunkDaddy can’t wait to get started.  Here is what the crystal ball told him about the Region I Bi-District football pairings.  (Winners in Bold Print)

Midland Bulldogs 8-2 (2-6A) @ El Paso El Dorado Aztecs 8-2 (1-6A)

Arlington Bowie Volunteers 8-2 (4-6A) @ Keller Central Chargers 6-4 (3-6A)

Plano East Panthers 6-4 (6-6A) @ Hebron Hawks 7-3 (5-6A)

Killeen Harker Heights Knights 6-4 (8-6A) @ Duncanville Panthers 8-2 (7-6A)

El Paso Franklin Cougars 4-6 (1-6A) @ San Angelo Central Bobcats 10-0 (2-6A)

Keller Timber Creek Falcons 6-4 (3-6A) @ Arlington Martin Warriors 6-4 (4-6A)

Euless Trinity Trojans 7-3 (5-6A) @ Allen Eagles 10-0 (6-6A)

South Grand Prairie Warriors 7-3 (7-6A) @ Belton Tigers 7-3 (8-6A)

 

Best Bi-District Matchup              Plano East Panthers vs. Hebron Hawks                                 These two teams are not strangers to one another.  Plano East and Hebron were in the same district together last year before U.I.L. realignment split them up.  Hebron was the surprise DI top seed from district 5-6A and will have the home advantage.  District 5-6A was a tough district this year and the Hawks played well to deserve the top seed but Plano East is no push over.  The Panthers lost to Duncanville, Arlington, Denton Guyer and Allen this season.  Those are four very tough teams.  The Panthers are loaded with talent, especially on defense.  The Panthers can hold their own with anyone.  This game will be a back and forth type game and it would not surprise KrunkDaddy if it goes to overtime.  Plano East’s will win this game but it will be a close one.

Division I Dark Horse Team                         Euless Trinity Trojans                     Trinity started the season 5-0 and looked like a tough team to beat come the playoffs.  Then the Trojans hit the skids.  They lost 3 district games in a four week span.  The Trojans had to win their final two games to make the playoffs.    Trinity then made a change at quarterback and they appear to be back playing Trinity Trojan football.  The Trojans running game has been nearly unstoppable all season and that is good thing going into the Allen game.  Allen is a very good team but they are vulnerable to physical teams that like to run the ball.  The Trojans are very capable of pulling off an upset in Allen against the Eagles and then running the table in Region I.  KrunkDaddy is going to take Allen in their game against the Trojans but this game will be very, very close.

Potential Matchups In the Region

Midland Bulldogs vs. Arlington Bowie Volunteers

Duncanville Panthers vs. Plano East Panthers

Allen Eagles or Trinity Trojans vs. San Angelo Central Bobcats

 

Midland vs. Arlington Bowie (Area Round) would be a great match up.  Both teams play every game like it was their last.  This game would be a big time shoot out.  Duncanville vs. Plano East (Area Round) would be a rematch of an opening week matchup between these two teams.  In the first game, Duncanville squeaked by 36 to 32 against Plano East.  The real big time match up would be San Angelo Central against either Allen or Trinity (Region I DI Semifinals).  This would be a GREAT game.   It would be a neutral site game (Abilene, Waco or AT&T Stadium), so travel would be a factor.  Each one of these teams has rabid fan bases and each team is very unique.  Lastly, neither Allen nor Trinity has played Central.  First time matchups in the playoffs are always fun.  This game would be worth the time and effort to see.

Region I Division I Finalists         Midland Bulldogs (2-6A) vs. Allen Eagles (6-6A)                               Midland has been playing great football all season long.  They know what it is like to play quality teams.  Their only losses were to DeSoto and San Angelo Central.  Allen is one of the premier football programs in the country.  Allen is also hungry to return to the DI championship game after a loss to Austin Westlake in the semifinals last year.  The Eagles will have a tougher road to the Region I finals than Midland but they have the horses to get there.  Midland is a very good team but they can’t beat Allen.  Allen will be the Region I Division I Champs.

 

The KrunkDaddy “Game of the Week” – Week #11 Win or Go Home (Maybe???)

It is unbelievable that we have reached week 11 of the season.  It seems like yesterday that we were in the hot, sultry month of August and ready to start the season.  Now we are in the final week of the regular season.  For all the teams and their fans it has been an exciting season so far.  For most of the teams, their playoff fate has been settled.  After last weekend’s games most of the playoff spots have been settled upon.  That means for most of the teams in 6A they know whether they are in or out of the playoffs.  There are still a lot of teams that are still fighting for the right to play on past week 11 though which means there is a lot of important games this weekend.  Week #11 may be the craziest week of the season so far.

GOW #5 S.A. Northside Brandeis vs. S.A. Northside Stevens & S.A. Northside Holmes vs. S.A. Northside Warren (District 28-6A)                   KrunkDaddy chose two games from District 27-6A as the GOW #5 this week.  District 27-6A is a very unusual district.  27-6A consists of all ten teams from the San Antonio Northside Ind. School District.  Since there are only ten games in the season the U.I.L and the S.A. Northside I.S.D. agreed t split the two districts into two zones.  The Zone A champion from 28-6A is Brennan High and O’Connor High is the Zone B champion.  Brennan and O’Connor are in the playoffs.  That leaves Northside Brandeis and Northside Holmes with the best records from Zone A and Northside Stevens and Northside Warren with the best records from Zone B.  Brandeis from Zone A will now play Stevens from Zone B and Holmes from Zone A will play Warren from Zone B in a winner take all “play-in” format game to determine who will make the playoffs.  The winners of these two games will be the lower seeded DI and DII teams in the playoffs from 28-6A.   This is a crazy format that literally does eliminate any debate as who the best teams from District 28-6A are.  KrunkDaddy is going with Brandeis over Stevens and Warren over Holmes.

GOW #4 Klein Forest @ Klein Oak (District 15-6A)           Klein Collins is the district champs from 15-6A and Houston Stratford is the district runner up.  Both Collins and Stratford are in the playoffs.  That leaves Klein Oak, Klein Forest and Klein High fighting it out for the final two playoff spots.  If Klein Oak wins against Klein Forest, then Oak and Klein High are in the playoffs.  If Forest wins against Klein Oak then a whole series of scenarios could send district 15-6A spinning into a confusing mess.  It is conceivable that Forest could win the game against Klein Oak and still not make the playoffs.  Needless to say, Klein Forest is in a do or die situation in this game.  All the pressure is on Klein Forest.  Klein Oak can take the field knowing that it would take a colossal series of events for them to lose out and not make the playoffs.  This will be a fun game to watch because Forest has their backs against the wall and they have nothing to lose.  KrunkDaddy is taking Klein Oak over Forest but strange things can happen.

GOW #3 Flower Mound Marcus @ Euless Trinity (District 5-6A)                District 5-6A has been a much more competitive district this year than most 6A fans would have thought.  Going into this weekend, only Southlake Carroll who will be the district’s top seeded DII team and Hebron are guaranteed a playoff spot from 5-6A.  L.D. Bell and Lewisville have been eliminated from the playoff picture.  That leaves Flower Mound, Trophy Club Byron Nelson, Flower Mound Marcus and Euless Trinity still competing for the final two playoff spots.  Flower Mound is the team that has the least chance of making the playoffs while Byron Nelson appears to be in.  All Nelson has to do is win this weekend at home against an L. D. Bell squad that only has one win this season and they are in the playoffs.  That leaves Marcus and Trinity playing each other for the final playoff spot from the district.  If Trinity wins against Marcus they are in.  If Marcus wins, then they are in as long as Nelson wins against Bell.  If Bell should beat Nelson and Flower Mound beats their opponent this weekend then a playoff Armageddon scenario comes into play with Trinity, Nelson, Flower Mound and Marcus dealing with scoring differential scenarios as tie-breakers.  Trinity would have the edge in this scenario but nothing is certain, so that makes this weekend’s game against Marcus all that much more important.  Trinity has been very inconsistent this season and home field advantage has not been a sure thing for the Trojans.  This game is going to be a hard fought, physical game with both teams fighting for their playoff lives.  This contest is a coin toss but KrunkDaddy is taking Trinity in a close game.  If Nelson and Trinity win, then the playoffs are set in 5-6A.  That is a big “If” in this district though.

GOW #2 Laredo United @ Laredo Alexander (District 29-6A)                      District 29-6A’s top three playoff teams are set.  Laredo United South, Del Rio and San Antonio Southwest are in the playoffs.  The only two teams that are still vying for the final playoff spot in the district are Laredo United and Laredo Alexander and these two teams play each other on Friday night.  This is a winner takes all game.  Lose and you are out of the playoffs.  The winner of this game also will determine which teams will play in the Division I and the Division II brackets of the playoffs.  United South, Del Rio and Southwest have no clue if they will be playing in DI or DII.  If United wins this game then Southwest would be the #1 seed in DI and United would be the lower DI seed with Del Rio and United South going to the DII bracket.  If Alexander wins, then United South and Southwest would be in the DI bracket and United South would be the higher seed. Del Rio and Alexander would play in the DII bracket with Del Rio as the higher seed.  Needless to say, there is a lot on the line in this game.  The winner will affect the seeding for all of the  playoff teams from 29-6A.  KrunkDaddy is taking United in this game but Alexander will not go quietly into that Laredo night on Friday.

“Game of the Week” North Mesquite @ Rockwall & Rockwall Heath @ Mesquite Horn (District 11-6A)  All season long, KrunkDaddy has been playing up how competitive District 11-6A is.  We are now in the final week of the season and four teams are playing this weekend for their playoff lives.  There are only two playoff spots left with Tyler John Tyler claiming the district championship and the #1 seed in the DII bracket of the playoffs.  Longview is the other team that has won a playoff spot from the district and will be the lower seeded DII team.  That leaves North Mesquite, Rockwall, Rockwall Heath and Mesquite Horn playing for the final two playoff spots in the DI bracket of the playoffs from 11-6A.  Ironically North Mesquite plays at Rockwall and Rockwall Heath plays at Mesquite Horn this weekend.  Each one of these teams is evenly matched and the tie breaker will come into play to determine who will be in and who will be out of the playoffs.  The possible playoff tie breaker scenarios for determining the playoff teams is slightly shorter than the number Pi.  It is very possible that the ultimate determination of who will be in the playoffs will come down to a coin flip.  KrunkDaddy is leaning towards Rockwall and Mesquite Horn as the winners but these games are really two close to call.  KrunkDaddy says that if you love wild and wide open football games and the possibility of overtime then you should make one of these games.  Both of these contests could be the best games of the year in the Texas 6A football season.

KrunkDaddy Top 10 List – Week #11 DeSoto and Lake Travis Have an Appetite for Destruction and Allen is Eating Dirt.

There is a shocking change in this week’s KrunkDaddy Top 10 list as Plano East showed all of 6A what Allen’s Achilles heel is.  Allen beat Plano East last weekend but only by a score of 38 to 31.  Allen was losing in the 4th quarter when Mitchell Jonke brought Allen back.  He scored the winning touchdown with less than 4 minutes left in the game.  Allen then held on to win.  The reason that Allen had fits in this game was because Plano East could run the ball against Allen.  The Eagle defenders are probably still spitting dirt out of their mouths from being run over by Plano East’s running game.  Plano East had over 350 rushing yards against Allen.  QB Miklo Smalls led the way with 198 yards on the ground for East.  Any team that is going to face Allen in the Playoffs had better get their hands on the video of this game.  If any good running team faces Allen then watch out.  An upset could be in the making.

Allen could have remained #1 in the Top 10 List even though they squeaked by Plano East.  The reason they dropped is DeSoto and Lake Travis continue to feast on their opponents.  This last weekend DeSoto and Lake Travis won their respective games by a combined score of 129 to 7.  Over the past three weeks, the Eagles and the Cavaliers have been annihilating their opponents.  Both teams’ offenses are unstoppable and their defenses are very good.  Because of their level of play and because of Allen’s near slip, DeSoto and Lake Travis are now tied for the #1 spot on the KrunkDaddy Top 10 List.

#1A  DeSoto Eagles  (7-6A)  9 – 0               QB Shawn Robinson has the Eagles offense firing on all cylinders.  He has a recruiter’s wish list of talent to work with on offense. WR K. D. Nixon, WR Laviska Shenault, RB Kelon Walker (Jr.) and WR B. J. Hanspard (Jr.) are just some of the explosive playmakers that QB Robinson has to throw to.  Add to this list, the best offensive line in the state and you have the makings for the best offense in Texas 6A football.  The Eagles go up against a tough South Grand Prairie squad this weekend.  The Eagles will roll and win by 35 points.

#1B  Lake Travis Cavaliers  (25-6A)  8 – 1                As good as the DeSoto offense is, they would have their hands full against the Lake Travis defense.  Over the past 4 weeks, the Cavaliers have allowed only 14 points.  That’s two touchdowns in sixteen quarters of play and one of those wins was against the potent offense of Austin Westlake.  That is an impressive run by the Lake Travis defense.  The Cavalier’s offense isn’t too bad either.  They have averaged over 60 points a game in that four game span.  Lake Travis’ next victim is Austin Vandergrift.  Look for a shutout in this game as Lake Travis crushes Vandergrift by 6 touchdowns.

#3  Allen Eagles  (6-6A)  9 – 0      Plano East may have exposed a major weakness in the Eagles but Allen is still a very good football team.  QB Mitchell Jonke is a special player that refuses to lose.  He led the Eagles back last weekend and he will keep the Allen offense rolling in the playoffs.  Allen will recover from their near loss to Plano East this week against Wylie.  Both Allen and Wylie are in the playoffs and Allen has the district championship all sewed up so this game is for pride.  Wylie is scrappy but they will fall to Allen.  The Eagles will win by six touchdowns.

#4  The Woodlands Highlanders  (12-6A)  9 – 0                  The Woodlands is another defensive juggernaut that has been shutting down opponents lately.  Over the last four weeks, the Highlanders have allowed only 14 points.  Like Lake Travis, The Woodlands defense is destroying opponents.  The Highlanders are the class of Region II and appear to be headed to the state DI semifinals.  This weekend, the Highlanders finish out district play against their cross town rivals, The Woodlands College Park.  This game will be a massacre.  The starters for the Highlanders will be on the bench by the 2nd quarter as The Woodlands destroys College Park by seven touchdowns.

#5  San Angelo Central Bobcats  (2-6A)  9 – 0                       The Bobcats are coming off a tough couple of games.  Two weekends ago, Central traveled to Odessa and beat a desperate Permian team at home, 28 to 14.  Last weekend, the Bobcats wrapped up the District 2-6A championship against the Midland Bulldogs by a score of 41 to 21.  Midland was in this game at the half but the Central defense held a very good Midland offense scoreless in the second half.  The San Angelo Central offense is potent and will give a lot of teams fits in the DI bracket of the playoffs in Region I.  The Bobcats finish out district play on the road at Amarillo Tascosa this weekend.  Tascosa is a tough football team that does not like to lose at home.  It is a five hour bus ride to Amarillo for Central so this game will be a challenge.  Central will win on the road but they will only win by two touchdowns against a worthy opponent in Tascosa.

#6  Galena Park North Shore Mustangs (21-6A)  8 – 1      North Shore moves up a slot in the KrunkDaddy Top 10 this week after a very impressive two weeks of football.  Over the past two weekends, the Mustangs offense has scored 130 points while the defense has had two shutouts.  North Shore is making a statement right now.  The reigning DI state champions are putting on notice to teams like Katy, Dickinson, Alief Taylor, Houston Lamar and others in the DI bracket of the playoffs from Region III that they are the team to beat.  This weekend the Mustangs close out district play against Houston Summer Creek.  Look for North Shore to continue to serve notice against Summer Creek.  The Mustangs win big by a score of 63 to 0.

#7  Round Rock Cedar Ridge Raiders (13-6A)  9 – 0            Cedar Ridge had the weekend off last week with a bye in district play.  Cedar Ridge appears to be headed to the DII bracket of the playoffs.  They will be the top seeded team from District 13-6A and appear to have a clear shot to Region II DII finals in the playoffs.  Prior to the bye week last weekend, the Raiders were cruising.  There is no reason to think that Cedar Ridge will slow down after a week off.  This weekend Cedar Ridge takes on a feisty Round Rock Westwood team that needs a victory against Cedar Ridge to secure a playoff spot.  Westwood is in trouble because Cedar Ridge will win by three touchdowns on the way to the playoffs.

#8  Cibolo Steele Knights (27-6A)  8 – 1                  Cibolo Steele doesn’t fall in this week’s Top 10 but in the first half of last weekend’s game against San Antonio Wagner the Knights played like a team that deserved to be dropped from the KrunkDaddy Top 10 list.   Steele was down 21 to 20 at the half against a mediocre Wagner squad.  In the second half, Steele pulled away and won 40 to 28 but Steele is not playing quality football right now.  The Knights will be lucky to make it past the second round of the playoffs.  They may not even win this weekend’s game.  Steele takes on a desperate Schertz Clemens squad that needs a win to remain in the playoff hunt in district 27-6A.  Clemens is very good and they are more than capable of beating the Knights.  If the Steele team that played in first half of last week’s game against Wagner shows up against Clemens then Steele will lose.  KrunkDaddy is taking Cibolo Steele to win this game at home but he wouldn’t bet a Dr. Pepper on it.

#9  Southlake Carroll Dragons (5-6A)  8 – 1           The Dragons coasted to an easy 45 to 7 victory last weekend against L. D. Bell.  The Dragons offense and defense played very well despite the loss of Robert Barnes.  Barnes is a 4-star recruit that plays safety & linebacker on defense and is the best wide receiver on offense for the Southlake.  He broke his leg in a game two weekends ago and he is out for the season.  Southlake has a saying though, that simply states “Next man up”.  This means that when the Dragons have a player go down to injury it is his backup’s responsibility to step up and fill the void.  The Dragons are going to need those backups for Barnes to step up on offense and defense this week because Southlake takes on a very good Hebron Hawks team.  This game is for a share of the District 5-6A championship.  Southlake will win this game but it won’t be decided until the 4th quarter.  Southlake wins by a touchdown.

#10  Garland Sachse Mustangs (10-6A)  9 – 0       With Converse Judson losing 44 to 14 to Smithson Valley last weekend, the KrunkDaddy Top 10 List has a new opening.  It was tough to decide who would move up with the likes of Mansfield, Tyler John Tyler, League City Clear Springs, Dickinson, Alief Taylor, Smithson Valley and San Benito all playing well.  As good as all these teams are; KrunkDaddy took Garland Sachse to fill the #10 spot on the list.  Sachse has one of the best quarterbacks in the state in Jalen Mayden.  Mayden has led the Mustangs to an undefeated season and the District 10-6A championship.  Among those victories, Sachse beat Byron Nelson, Copperas Cove, Lakeview Centennial, Naaman Forest and Rowlett.  Sachse advances to the playoffs as the top seeded DI team from 10-6A.  They finish out district play this weekend against South Garland.  The Mustangs will win by four touchdowns.

KrunkDaddy’s Game of the Week – Week #10 It is Chaos as Teams Vie for the Playoffs

KrunkDaddy Texas H.S. Football fans have only 2 weeks left of district play before the playoffs starts.  In most of the districts the champions have been settled and the very best teams are in the playoffs.  There are still a lot of teams scrambling for wins to make the playoffs in district play though.  Only District 17-6A in the GHA has determined which teams have made the playoffs.  That means that the remaining 31 districts in 6A have meaningful games this weekend to determine who will be going to the playoffs.  Some of the districts have as many as 6 teams still vying for playoff contention.  The playoff scenarios are so confusing that it would take the average 6A Texas H.S. Football fan a bottle of Advil and a lap dance at your favorite gentleman’s club to clear your head.  These last two weeks are going to be very exciting.

GOW #5 Arlington Colts 5 – 3 vs. Arlington Martin Warriors 4 – 4 (District 4-6A)  Game #5 is in District 4-6A.  Most people would think that the big showdown in 4-6A would be the Mansfield vs. Arlington Bowie game.  KrunkDaddy says different.  Mansfield and Bowie are locks for the playoffs while Arlington, Martin, North Crowley, Arlington Sam Houston and Arlington Lamar are in a 5-way battle for the last two playoffs spots.  North Crowley and Sam Houston are long shots but Arlington, Martin and Lamar are all viable candidates to move on.  If Martin beats Arlington then the Warriors are close to a lock for the playoffs.  If Arlington beats Martin and Lamar wins their game on Friday night then you have the potential for playoff chaos in the district.  This game is almost too close to call.  Both squads are well coached and talented.  This game will probably turn into a shoot out with the squad that has the ball last winning the game.  KrunkDaddy is taking Martin by a score of 40 to 38.

GOW #4 Killeen Ellison Eagles 7 – 2 @ Belton Tigers 5 – 3 District 8-6A)  We now travel to Central Texas for a showdown in District 8-6A.  No team from 8-6A has clinched a playoff spot but you can bet that Waco Hewitt Midway is in with a 4 – 0 district record and Harker Heights is looking good with a 3 – 2 district record.  That leaves Killeen Ellison, Belton, Copperas Cove and Killeen with 2 – 2 district records.  Copperas Cove and Killeen do battle also on Friday night but it is the Ellison vs. Belton game that has KrunkDaddy’s attention.  These two teams were preseason picks by KrunkDaddy to make the playoffs and KrunkDaddy feels they will both pull out playoffs spots but this game will be pivotal for the winner.  Belton has to travel to Copperas Cove on the final weekend to take on Copperas Cove.  Cove is very tough to beat at home, especially when the playoffs are on the line.  Ellison doesn’t have it any easier.  The Eagles have to travel to Waco to take on Midway at home.  Midway is on a 6 game win streak and they are playing excellent football right now.  These two finales for Ellison and Belton make their matchup against one another this weekend even more important.  KrunkDaddy is taking Belton because they have the home field advantage.  In a close game, Belton will win 35 to 31.

GOW #3 Wofforth Frenship Tigers  4 – 5 @ Midland Lee Rebels 3 – 5 (District 2-6A)  The Little Southwest Conference is the district that features game #3 on the GOW List.  Incredibly, it does not feature the Midland Bulldogs and the San Angelo Central Bobcats.  The Bulldogs travel to San Angelo to take on the Bobcats for the 2-6A championship.  No matter who wins this game, the Bulldogs, the Bobcats and the Tascosa Rebels are in the playoffs.  The game that KrunkDaddy is focused on is going to be in Midland.  Wofforth Frenship travels to Midland to take on Midland Lee.  If Lee wins against Frenship and beats Permian the last week of the season, they are in the playoffs.  Frenship has to do more than win against Lee to make the playoffs.  The Tigers have to win by at least 8 points against the Rebels because of the district tie breaker rules.  That means that Frenship will have to ride on a bus 2 ½ hours to take on Lee and they have to pull out all the stops to win by 8 points.  Neither team’s defense is very good.  That means that both teams will be scoring at every opportunity in this game.  This contest is going to be wild.  As crazy as it sounds, KrunkDaddy is going with Frenship in this game.  Watch for the Tigers to score late to not only win but to win by 8 points.  KrunkDaddy is taking Frenship by a score of 38 to 30.

GOW #2 New Braunfels Unicorns 5 – 3 @ Schertz Clemens Buffaloes 5 – 3 (District 27-6A)  This game is very similar to the Ellison vs. Midway contest.  The Unicorns and the Buffaloes are tied with 3 – 2 district records and are behind Cibolo Steele (who is in the playoffs as district champs), Converse Judson and Smithson Valley.  Judson and Smithson Valley have 4 – 1 district records and is in a showdown this weekend in Converse.  New Braunfels plays Smithson Valley on the final weekend of district play while Clemens plays Steele.  That means that the Unicorns and the Buffaloes have to win this weekend to avoid a must win scenario in their final game of district play to make the playoffs.  Clemens comes into this game banged up with several starters hurt.  They played their third string QB last weekend in a close game against Judson which they lost.  New Braunfels is hungry and will come into this game with a nothing to lose attitude.  Even though the Buffaloes are banged up, they do have the home field advantage.  Home field is a huge benefit in this type of game.  KrunkDaddy is taking the Buffaloes at home over the Unicorns by a score of 35 to 24.

“Game of the Week”   Friendswood Mustangs 7 – 1 @ League City Clear Springs Chargers 7 – 1 (District 24-6A)  On the previous four games on the “Game of the Week” List, KrunkDaddy has taken you 6A Football fans from the center of the DFW, to the heart of Central Texas, to far West Texas and to San Antonio.  It only makes sense that THE “Game of the Week” would be in the GHA.  We travel to League City for a 24-6A matchup between Friendswood and Clear Springs.  Clear Springs is 5 – 0 in district play and has the home field advantage.  The Chargers are already in the playoffs but a win this weekend would clinch the outright 24-6A championship.  If Friendswood wins though then there is a 3-way tie going into the final weekend of district play with Friendswood, Clear Springs and Dickinson at 5 – 1.  No team wants to share a championship title with another team.  In this case you would have three teams arguing over bragging rights.  That means that Clear Springs is in control of their destiny this weekend.  The Chargers have a huge task ahead of them.  Friendswood has average over 54 points a game since losing to Dickinson back in September.  The Mustangs are a sassy bunch that likes to run it up on opponents.  Clear Springs is a tough team that is well coached.  The Chargers play mistake free football and they don’t beat themselves.    This game will be a nail biting slobber knocker.   This game is almost too close to call.  KrunkDaddy is leaning towards Clear Springs due to the home field advantage.  Clear Springs will squeak by with a 28 to 26 victory over Friendswood this weekend.

KrunkDaddy Top 10 – Week #10 No Change in the Rankings as All of the Top 10 Roll

It is that time of the year where teams are vying for the last few playoffs spots left.  As for the ranked teams, their playoffs fate has been pretty much determined.  Eight of the Top 10 teams have secured their titles as district champs and all of the teams are in the playoffs.  With the playoffs secured, the ranked teams can go out and have fun at their games which means they are loose and relaxed.  Generally teams that are loose and relaxed play at their best.  That is exactly what happened last weekend as all of the Top 10 teams came away with impressive victories.  This weekend it is pretty much the same for all of the teams except for #5 San Angelo Central and #9 Converse Judson.  Central has a big game with Midland to determine the 2-6A championship and Judson plays at Smithson Valley to determine playoff seeding for both teams.  The rest of the teams have cake walks for games this weekend.

#1  Allen Eagles  (6-6A)  8 – 0      Allen continues to march to the playoffs.  Last weekend, Allen destroyed McKinney by a score of 59 to 7.  This week, the Eagles travel to Plano to take on Plano East.  Plano East has a very respectable 5 – 3 record and is led by 4-star linebacker Anthony Hines.  Hines is the best defensive player in District 6-6A.  Unfortunately, Hines alone can’t stop the Eagles offense.  Led by QB Mitchell Jonke, the Allen offense is scoring at will.  Allen will run up the score again this weekend.  Allen wins by five touchdowns.

#2A  DeSoto Eagles  (7-6A)  8 – 0               Last weekend, DeSoto played a very good Duncanville Panther squad.  KrunkDaddy had this matchup on his “Game of the Week” List and he took Duncanville in an upset.  Boy was KrunkDaddy wrong making that pick.  DeSoto won convincingly in Duncanville, 41 to 17.  The Eagles have clinched the District 7-6A championship and is the higher seeded DII team in the playoffs from their district.  People are starting to debate over who is better in the DFW.  Allen or DeSoto???  Unfortunately, we will not find out in the playoffs.  Allen is the top seeded DI team from 6-6A.  That is a shame because an Allen vs. DeSoto matchup in the playoffs would be epic.  This weekend DeSoto has a warm up game for the playoff run against Irving Nimitz.  DeSoto will win by seven touchdowns.

#2B  Lake Travis Cavaliers  (25-6A)  7 – 1                Over the past two weeks, Lake Travis has destroyed their district opponents by an average score of 66 to 0.  Lake Travis has wrapped up the District 25-6A championship and is the top seeded DI team in their district.  This weekend, Cedar Park Vista Ridge is the Cavaliers next victim.  Vista Ridge might score on Lake Travis but the Cavaliers will rack up another lopsided victory this weekend.  The Cavaliers win by seven touchdowns.

#4  The Woodlands Highlanders  (12-6A)  7 – 0                  The Woodlands are the best team in the GHA and the top team in Region II.  The Highlanders coasted to a 42 to 7 victory last weekend against Conroe.  Their defense has allowed only 16 points in the last three district games while the offense is averaging 54 points a game over the same three games.  The Woodlands are the District 12-6A champs and the top seeded DI team in the playoffs from 12-6A.  The Highlanders appear to be headed to a state semifinal showdown with Allen.  There is still a lot of football to be played before the semifinals but KrunkDaddy will be hoping to make that game if Allen and The Woodlands meet.  This weekend The Woodlands take on Montgomery High.  Montgomery is a solid team with a 6 – 2 record.  Record aside, Montgomery will fall to The Woodlands.

#5  San Angelo Central Bobcats  (2 – 6A)  8 – 0                    Central had a big victory last weekend against Odessa Permian.  Any time a team can go into Ratliff Stadium in Odessa and beat Permian at home then that is a victory that the winners should be proud of.  The Bobcats did just that last week.  They beat Permian 28 to 14.  Even though Central only scored 28 points, this win was huge for the Bobcats.  This win sets up a District 2-6A showdown this weekend.  The 7 – 1 Midland Bulldogs travel to San Angelo to play the Bobcats for the district championship and the top D1 seed in the playoffs.  Midland and Central are the top two teams in West Texas and they both have high scoring offenses, so this game should be a shoot out.  Midland is anxious to make a statement in this game but Central is too tough at home.  KrunkDaddy will take Central by a touchdown in a 42 to 35 game.

#6  Round Rock Cedar Ridge Raiders (13-6A)  9 – 0            Cedar Ridge had their hands full last weekend against Pflugerville High.  Cedar Ridge was down 21 to 17 at the half but the Raiders defense rose to the occasion in the second half.  Cedar Ridge shut down Pflugerville in the 3rd and 4th quarters to win 38 to 21.  Cedar Ridge has a bye this weekend and then they play Round Rock Montwood in the district finale.  Cedar Ridge has won the District 13-6A championship and appears to be headed into the playoffs as the top seeded DI team.  The Raiders can suit up the drill team and cheerleaders against a mediocre Montwood squad and give the starters a rest till the playoffs.  They are going to need it because it appears that the Raiders are headed to a second round playoff matchup against Klein Collins in a few weeks.

#7 Galena Park North Shore Mustangs (21-6A)  7 – 1       North Shore crushed Channelview last weekend 68 to 0.  North Shore’s defense appears to be rounding into playoff form and the Mustangs offense seems more potent than last year’s state championship squad.  This weekend North Shore travels to Goose Creek to take on Goose Creek Memorial.  This game will be over by half-time.  Coach Kay will use this game to rest his starters and to prepare his squad for the playoffs.  It appears that the Mustangs are looking at a Region III showdown in the DI bracket with Katy in the 3rd round of the playoffs.  As for this weekend’s game, look for another blow out victory for the Mustangs against Goose Creek Memorial.

#8  Cibolo Steele Knights (27-6A)  7 – 1                  If Las Vegas was picking Texas High School football games, the odds makers would be scratching their heads with this year’s Cibolo Steele squad.  One week they play awful and the next week they play like the second coming of Vince Lombardi’s Green Bay Packers.  Two weekends ago, the Knights barely squeaked by with a 21 to 14 victory against a one win New Braunfels Canyon squad then last weekend Steele crushed San Antonio East Central 62 to 3.  It is a crap shoot as to which Knights squad will show up.  Unbelievably, Steele has clinched the 27-6A championship and is the top seeded DII team in the playoffs from the district even though #9 Converse Judson and Smithson Valley appear t be playing better football.  This weekend, Steele takes on San Antonio Wagner who are 0 – 5 in district play.  Steele may win by 9 touchdowns or they may have to kick a last second field goal to win.  Either way, KrunkDaddy is taking Steele over Wagner.

#9  Converse Judson Rockets (27-6A)  7 – 1          Judson is coming off a big win against a tough Schertz Clemens Buffalo squad.  The Rockets had to come from behind at the half to win 31 to 24 against a very good Buffalo team.  This win puts Judson in the driver’s seat to be the higher seeded DI team in the playoffs from district 27-6A.  A victory this weekend will clinch that higher seed but that victory will not come easy for Judson.  The Rockets have to travel to Smithson Valley to take on the Smithson Valley Rangers.  The Rangers are playing great football right now and they can clinch a playoff spot with a win this weekend.  Judson will have their hands full in Smithson Valley.  This game will probably be a carbon copy of the Rocket’s win over Clemens.  Judson will win but the game will be close.  KrunkDaddy is taking Judson over Smithson Valley by a score of 24 to 17.

#10  Southlake Carroll Dragons (5-6A) 7 – 1          Carroll is peaking right now.  Since their victory over Trinity on Sept. 30th, the Dragons have defeated Lewisville, F.M. Marcus and upstart Byron Nelson High by an average score of 42 to 14.  Carroll did take a bad hit last weekend when their top defensive player and 4-star DB, Robert Barnes, went down with an injury.  Barnes is expected to miss this week’s game against L. D. Bell but that is not of a concern right now.  Carroll is the district champs and will be the top seeded DII team in the playoffs for 5-6A. The  Bell game will serve as a warm up for Carroll as the Dragons coast into the playoffs.  Carroll will win big by a score of 49 to 7.

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.