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.

KrunkDaddy Top 10 – Week #6 The Eagles Are Flying High Over the State of Texas

Last week, KrunkDaddy was promoting the Converse Judson Rockets as a team on the rise in 6A Football.  KrunkDaddy felt that if the Rockets put on a show in their game with Cibolo Steele last weekend (which was the KrunkDaddy “Game of the Week” for Week #5) that the Rockets would soar past the Allen Eagles into the #1 spot on the KrunkDaddy Top 10.  Well that didn’t happen.  What happened instead; was the Rockets crashed and burned.  They got their butts kicked at home and lost to Cibolo Steele 31 – 7.  This week it’s the Eagles that soaring high above all of Texas 6A Football instead of the Rockets.  The Allen Eagles are still the #1 team and they are joined by the #2 DeSoto Eagles who move up after an impressive win over Cedar Hill.  There were other impressive wins by teams on the KrunkDaddy Top 10. Read on to see who else moved up.

  1. Allen Eagles (6-6A)  4 – 0              The Eagles rolled over McKinney Boyd last weekend 69 – 17.  QB Mitchell Jonke led a balanced offensive attack and the Eagles defense was very good.  Allen is in the cupcake part of their season the next two weeks.  The Eagles face a very underwhelming Plano Wildcats team on the 7th of Oct. and they play an under matched Plano West team this coming weekend.  The only challenge that Allen will face before the playoffs appears to be Denton Guyer on Oct. 14th.  Look for Allen to crush Plano West by at least 6 touchdowns and to roll into the playoffs as the #1 team on the KrunkDaddy Top 10.
  2. DeSoto Eagles (7-6A)  4 – 0         DeSoto looked very impressive in their 33 – 18 victory over Cedar Hill last weekend.  This game was billed as the “Battle of Beltline”.  Beltline Road is the main thoroughfare between Cedar Hill and DeSoto.  Well this game wasn’t much of a battle.  All the Eagles did was load up on the bus, travel to Cedar Hill, embarrass the Longhorns at home and then load back up on the bus to enjoy a short but pleasant bus ride back to DeSoto.  The Eagles offense which was led by Shawn Robinson was firing on all cylinders but it was the DeSoto defense that was the dominant force on the field.  The Eagles D held Cedar Hill on downs three times during the game, twice on goal line stands.  Now DeSoto is in the driver’s seat for the District 7-6A championship and the #1 seed in the DII bracket from the district.  Next up for DeSoto is Irving MacArthur.  DeSoto will win this game by at least six touchdowns.
  3. Lake Travis Cavaliers (25-6A)  3 – 1           Lake Travis continues to play like a well oiled machine.  The Cavaliers crushed Buda Hays 50 – 7 in last weekend’s game.  Now Lake Travis has a bye week before they play Austin Westlake.  Westlake will probably have their star quarterback, Sam Ehlinger back from injury for this game.  Westlake is going to need him because Lake Travis looks very strong.
  4. Cibolo Steel Knights (27-6A) 3 – 1             KrunkDaddy was concerned about the Knights going into last weekend’s game against Converse Judson.  Steele did not look good in their contest leading up to last week’s game and the Knights had not fared well on the road.  Cibolo Steele proved KrunkDaddy wrong in a big way though.  Coach Lehnhoff had his Steele squad ready to play and they embarrassed Judson at home.  Now the Knights are the team to beat for the district 27-6A championship and the top seed in the DII bracket from the district.  Cibolo Steele makes a big move from #7 in last week’s Top 10 to #4 in this week’s poll.  Steele gets the weekend off to enjoy their win over Judson and their move back up the polls with a bye this week.
  5. The Woodlands Highlanders (12-6A)  4 – 0           The Highlanders are the top team from the GHA in the KrunkDaddy Top 10.  The Woodlands were off last weekend with a bye and now the Highlanders take on their toughest district foe.  This weekend The Woodlands travel to the piney woods of East Texas to play the Lufkin Panthers in their house.  This game will make the KrunkDaddy “Game of the Week” list for sure.  The Panthers are 4 – 1 this season and they are very tough at home.  The Woodlands has been impressive so far this season with wins over George Ranch, Katy, Spring and Cy-Fairbanks.  Lufkin is every bit as good as these other Highlanders opponents though.  Look for this game to be an exciting one.  KrunkDaddy is going with The Woodlands by less than a touchdown.
  6. San Angelo Central Bobcats (2 – 6A)  4 – 0            Last week, KrunkDaddy said that the only thing that has stopped the Bobcats was the West Texas weather.  KrunkDaddy was wrong.  The weather is not the only thing that can stop the Bobcats because they were scoreless this past weekend.  What stopped Central last weekend was their bye week on their schedule.  They were off.  Central may have the best offensive team in all of Texas 6A football and their next opponent is one of the worst teams in all of West Texas.  San Angelo Central travels to Odessa to take on the Odessa Bronchos.  This game is going to be ugly.  Central will be up by at least 6 touchdowns by halftime.  The Bobcats will cruise to an easy victory and could score over 70 points in this game.
  7. Euless Trinity Trojans (5-6A)  4 – 0            KrunkDaddy warned of a possible let down for the Trojans in last weekend’s matchup against a good Lewisville Farmers team.  He was very wrong.  Trinity came off their bye week rested and ready to play.  They crushed the Farmers 41 -7.  Many feel that the Trojans were holding back in the game because they did not want to give anything to their opponent this week.  The Trojans now have to travel to Southlake to take on the Carroll Dragons.  This contest has “Game of the Week” written all over it.  The Trojans – Dragon contests of the past have all been nail biters and this one should be no different.  The winner of this game will be the District 5-6A champions.   Carroll is very tough to beat at home but this year’s Dragon squad has looked flat at times.  Trinity on the other hand seems to be shaping into the typical Trojan ground and pound playoff football squad that we have come to expect out of Trinity.  This game is going to be a slobber knocker and KrunkDaddy is taking the Trojans to win by a field goal in a hard fought game.
  8. Galena Park North Shore Mustangs (21-6A) 3 – 1             The Mustangs are not a flashy, sexy team.  They don’t try to win with a high scoring spread offense.  Instead, North Shore just goes out and beats you by playing tough, disciplined smash mouth football.  North Shore did just that last weekend by beating a good Baytown Sterling team 29 -0.  Look for more of the same this weekend.  The Mustangs take on a winless King High School.  North Shore will coast to 6 touchdown victory.
  9. Converse Judson Rockets (27-6A) 3 – 1     Judson fell from the verge of being the #1 team on the KrunkDaddy Top 10 list to #9 in the poll.  The Rockets had their butts handed to them last weekend.  Everything went wrong for the Rockets against Cibolo Steele.  Judson looked like a bunch of freshmen playing against Cibolo Steele.  They were never in the game.  Now the Rockets have the week off to figure out what went wrong and to get ready for the rest of district 27-6A play.  KrunkDaddy knows one thing is certain.  Coach McAuliffe will have his squad ready to play for the rest of the season.  Even though the Rockets cannot win their district championship they will be a tough team to beat from here on out.
  10. Round Rock Cedar Ridge Raiders (13-6A) 5 – 0   With Cedar Hill getting thumped by DeSoto, that means the Longhorns drop out of the Top 10.  KrunkDaddy didn’t have a hard time trying to figure out who would replace Cedar Hill.  He proudly welcomes the Round Rock Cedar Ridge Raiders into the poll at the #10 spot.  The Raiders are the only team in the Top 10 that is 5 -0.  They have convincingly beaten the likes of (5A) Temple, Killeen Shoemaker and Waco Midway which are all playoff contending teams.  Last weekend Cedar Ridge opened district play by destroying Pflugerville Hendrickson 42 – 7.  Austin area teams like Bowie, Westlake and Lake Travis had better watch out because Cedar Ridge is all that and a bag of chips.  This weekend the Raiders will play Round Rock McNeil.  Cedar Ridge will cruise to a 5 touchdown victory.

Half Way Through the Regular Season – Random Thoughts and Comments

We are now at the half way point of the season.  It has been pretty crazy so far.  Katy has lost more games this season than they have in the previous two seasons.  There has been constant churn in the KrunkDaddy Top 10 with teams like Austin Westlake, Southlake Carroll, Cibolo Steele, Converse Judson, Lake Travis, Galena Park North Shore, Houston Lamar and Cedar Hill losing.  The Woodlands is the top rated team from the GHA.  The injury bug has been a full blown epidemic for quarterbacks with the likes of Sam Ehlinger, Chris Robinson, Avery Davis, Connor Blumrick and Jacob Palisch going down to injuries.  It has been one crazy first half of the season.  KrunkDaddy can’t wait to see what is in store for the second half of the regular season.  Here is some more Random Thoughts and Observations.

  • In today’s fast paced world of spread offenses where teams throw the ball all over the field, it was interesting to look at the stats of the Rockwall Heath – Rockwall game from this past weekend. Rockwall Heath never attempted a pass in their 34 – 27 victory over Rockwall this past Friday night.  All Heath did was pound the ball down Rockwall’s throat all night long.  Rockwall had a chance to tie the game late but the YellowJackets threw an interception while trying to score a touchdown.  It just goes to show you that big time passing game offenses are fun to watch but you win the game by running the ball.
  • 4-star QB Sam Ehlinger did suit up for this weekend’s Austin Westlake game but he didn’t play for the Chaparrals. Todd Dodge kept his prized quarterback on the sidelines and he probably got an ulcer doing it.  Westlake nearly lost to Austin Vandergrift this past weekend.  The Chaparrals just barely squeaked by to a 17 – 10 victory.  Westlake has been nothing but mediocre without Ehlinger.  Look for Coach Dodge to start working his 4-star QB back into the rotation this weekend against Buda Hays.  Coach Dodge is going to need Ehlinger to knock the rust off pretty quick because Westlake plays Lake Travis on Oct. 7th.
  • Congratulations to Spring Westfield and Dallas Skyline on their first victories of the season. Westfield looked like the playoff contender that Texas 6A football fans expected them to be this past weekend as the Mustangs destroyed Spring High 46 – 13.  Skyline on the other hand looked like anything but a playoff team this past weekend.  The Raiders had to go to double overtime against a one win Dallas White team to win 52 – 45.  Skyline has been awful so far this season.
  • Last week, KrunkDaddy listed Arlington Bowie as one of the more overrated teams in the state this season. It appears that KrunkDaddy may be wrong.  The Volunteers took care of business on Friday night and defeated Arlington Martin 12 – 10.  This was a shocker to KrunkDaddy.  Bowie is now undefeated and they look like they may be the team to beat in district 4-6A.
  • Another team that KrunkDaddy listed as overrated did not do anything to negate KrunkDaddy’s prediction of mediocrity this past weekend. Odessa Permian lost to Wolfforth Frenship 40 – 28 just as KrunkDaddy predicted.  Permian was up by three touchdowns at halftime and then had a complete meltdown.  Permian lost their MOJO in the second half as Frenship ran off 33 unanswered points.  Now Permian is 0 – 1 to start district play.  It doesn’t get any easier for the Panthers over the next 3 games.  Permian is off this weekend then they play Midland at home, travel to play at Amarillo Tascosa and then play San Angelo Central at home.  Four weeks from now, Permian could be 0 – 4 in District play and out of the playoff picture.
  • How does L.S.U. head coach Les Miles’ firing affect recruiting in Texas? Miles was a very good recruiter and he was notorious for his recruiting raids in Texas while hanging on to recruits in Louisiana.  This year has not been any different for L.S.U. so far.  They have the #4 ranked recruiting class in the country with 20 commits.  Five of the L.S.U.  4-star commits are from Texas.  WR Mannie Netherly, OG Edward Ingram, CB Kary Vincent, OT Austin Deculus and WR Jhamon Ausbon are left scratching their heads wondering what to do now that Miles is gone.  Look for Texas schools like A&M, U.T., T.C.U. and Houston to start calling the Texas recruits as well as the other 16 committed to the Tigers.  The recruiting scene in Texas just got crazier with Miles getting the boot this weekend.

Even More Random Thoughts and Observations – Week #5

Going into Week #5, there is more happening than KrunkDaddy can keep up with.  He is as busy as a one legged man in a butt kicking contest. Here is some more Random Thoughts and Observations for Week #5.

  • Austin Westlake fans are excited and the Texas coaching staff is worried because it appears that Sam Ehlinger’s will be returning to the football field soon. Ehlinger had some minor surgery to fix some damage to one of his knees.  He could be back as early as this weekend.  This definitely has the Chaparral fans jumping for joy but U.T. head coach Charlie Strong can’t be too happy.   Ehlinger is committed to the Longhorns and his competitive nature and leadership is definitely needed on the Longhorns.  KrunkDaddy would bet that Charlie Strong would like to see Austin Westlake sit Ehlinger for a few more games to make sure his knee is completely healed.
  • Coach Heath at Pearland must feel that his team is snake bit. To be more specific, Coach Heath has to feel his Quarterbacks are snake bit.  The Oilers 3-star QB, Connor Blumrick went down to a season ending knee injury on the third play of the season opener.  His backup went down later in the opening game.  The third string QB had a season ending injury in the 2nd game of the season.  The Oilers tried to bring back Connor Blumrick’s backup but he went down again and appears to be out for the season.  Pearland is down to playing their fourth string QB going into district play.  It is rumored that Coach Heath sacrificed a bag of new Rawlings footballs to appease the Football Gods because he may have to play a cheerleader or a tuba player from the band at quarterback if his fourth stringer goes down.
  • We are going into the 5th weekend of the season and it is time to see if there are any teams that are coming in under the radar. Last year, Denton Ryan and Flower Mound Marcus were killing opponents at this time of the season and no one including KrunkDaddy saw that coming.  It is still early in the season but there appear to be three teams that are on the verge of being crowned “Watch out” teams.  KrunkDaddy feels that Round Rock Cedar Ridge (13-6A), Klein Collins (15-6A) and San Benito (32-6A) have a look about them that sends shivers up and down the spine of opposing coaches.  KrunkDaddy is going to bet that no one is going to want to play these three teams come playoff time.
  • KrunkDaddy is hearing rumblings from some Texas 6A football fans that the U.I.L. should implement a “Mercy Rule”. A Mercy Rule goes into effect when a winning team takes a lead after halftime that is so insurmountable that the game should then end.  In 1A football in Texas there is such a rule in effect but 1A plays 6-man football which is totally different from 11-man football.  The thought of some 6A fans is that a team that is losing by 50 points at any time after halftime should be spared the embarrassment and humiliation and the game should end.  Presently, the U.I.L. has a “Continuous Clock” if a game gets out of hand.  If both coaches agree the game is out of hand then the refs will allow the game to continue but the clock never stops.  KrunkDaddy is opposed to the Mercy Rule for a couple of reasons.  First, the fans paid to see a game and they should see a full game.  Second, the players prepared all week to play in the game then they should play the full game.  Lastly and most importantly, what lesson are you teaching the players by calling the game.  The winners should learn to be gracious winners and the losers should learn from losing.  In business and in life there is no mercy rules so there should not be one on the football field in Texas 6A Football.

KrunkDaddy “Game of the Week” for Week #5

Now it is time for the KrunkDaddy “Game of the Week” for week #5.  The five games that KrunkDaddy has chosen take us from far West Texas to deep in the valley to the DFW to the GHA and Central Texas.  These five games are all opening games in district play for the ten teams involved and these games will go a long way in clearing up the playoff picture for each team.

#5   Odessa Permian Panthers 4 – 0 @ Wolfforth Frenship Tigers 2 – 2   Permian is undefeated coming into this District 2-6A match up but that is misleading.  The Panthers haven’t exactly played any top notch competition and in a couple of the games they have had to rely on the Permian MOJO instead of their football prowess.  In other words, Permian is lucky to be 4 – 0.  Now Permian goes up against a tough Wolfforth Frenship team that wants to prove they belong in the “Little Southwest Conference”.  This game will be played at Frenship which is just outside of Lubbock.  That means Permian has to take a 3 hour bus ride to the game.  Home field advantage has not exactly been good news for the Frenship.  The Tigers two losses have been at home but KrunkDaddy feels that the Tigers will ratchet it up for this battle.  KrunkDaddy is taking Wolfforth Frenship over Permian in a close game.

#4   San Benito Greyhounds 3 – 0 @ Los Fresnos Falcons 2 – 1    San Benito is looking very good in the early part of their season.  On opening weekend the Greyhounds traveled to Laredo and beat Laredo United at home.  Laredo United has been a top notch program in South Texas for years and this year’s team is very good.  For the Greyhounds to go into Laredo and beat United and then beat two other good South Texas teams in S. A. East Central and McAllen Memorial is an impressive feat.  Especially since San Benito only returned 5 starters from last year’s team.  Now the Greyhounds begin district 32-6A play against Los Fresnos in Los Fresnos.  The Falcons are also an established program in South Texas and a potential playoff contender.  The Falcons will be looking to hand San Benito their first loss of the season but KrunkDaddy feels that the Greyhounds will be looking to make a statement in this game.  Look for the Greyhounds to win big in Los Fresnos.

#3   #3 DeSoto Eagles 3 – 0 @ #9 Cedar Hill Longhorns 2 – 1          This game is being labeled the “Battle of Beltline”.  DeSoto and Cedar Hill are just down the road from one another in South Dallas County.  To get to the game all DeSoto fans have to do is get on Beltline Road and head west for 13 miles.  These two teams are in KrunkDaddy’s Top 10 and they are both loaded with talented recruits.  Each one of these teams have passionate fan bases which means that this game is a sellout.  Each of these teams are determined to win this game so they can lay claim as District 7-6A champs and be the top seeded DII team in the playoffs.  The loser of this game will be the lower seeded team in DII and will have to listen to the other team brag about being 7-6A champs for a year.  As if all of this wasn’t enough, DeSoto and Cedar Hill do NOT like each other.  This game is a bitter rivalry.  KrunkDaddy feels that this will be a close game at the half but DeSoto has too much talent on offense for Cedar Hill’s defense to stop.  The Eagles will pull away in the second half and win by two touchdowns.

#2  Friendswood Mustangs 3 – 0 @ Dickinson Gators 3 – 0           This is the game that KrunkDaddy had as the “Game of the Week” last weekend before he realized that he had his dates mixed up.  Well now KrunkDaddy has his calendar fixed and this matchup is one of the best in the state.  This game will go a long ways in determining the 24-6A champion.  Dickinson was a DI Region III finalist last year in the playoffs and the Gator’s are determined to go deep in the playoffs this year.  Friendswood was a DII Region III semifinalist last year and they too are anxious to go far in this year’s playoffs.  This game is going to be a hard fought slobber knocker.  The Gators will have the home field advantage in this matchup but Dickinson is inexperienced.  Graduation gutted the Gators this year.  Friendswood on the other hand returns 19 starters from last year’s playoff team.  In games like this, experienced teams usually win.  KrunkDaddy is going to take Friendswood over Dickinson in a close game.

Week #5   Game of the Week                    #7 Cibolo Steele Knights 3 – 1 @ #2 Converse Judson Rockets 4 – 0   How can any game beat out DeSoto vs. Cedar Hill or Friendswood vs. Dickinson for the Game of the Week???  Well how about pitting two bitter rivals that are ranked #7 and #2 in the Top 10 against each other.  That is what you have this weekend in this 27-6A matchup.  This game will determine the district champions.  District championship aside this game is against two district rivals that define their seasons on whether they can beat each other.  That is what you have in #7 Cibolo Steele against #2 Converse Judson.  The Knights have been the kings of district play for several years now over Judson.  The Rockets have had good teams but they just have not had what it takes to dethrone the Knights.  This year is different.  No team in the state is playing better football than the Rockets this season.  Judson has a young, talented team that is determined to make their mark on the Texas 6A Football.  Steele has been shaky over the past few weeks but they too are very talented and they do not want to lose a district championship to Judson.  This game will be a high scoring game.  Steele has more seniors than Judson in this game but Judson has the home field advantage.  This game will come down to coaching and KrunkDaddy has to go with Coach McAuliffe of Judson over Coach Lehnhoff of Cibolo Steele.  Judson will pull away in the second half and look for Rockets will win big over the Knights.

KrunkDaddy Top 10 – Week #5

There are very few changes to the Top 10 this week due to several of the teams having bye weeks.   The top six teams in the Top 10 are playing very well and seem solid locks to remain in the Top 6 for the remainder of the season.  The bottom four teams in the Top 10 are not so solid.  There could be some churn in the bottom part of the Top 10 if Cibolo Steele, G.P. North Shore, Cedar Hill and Euless Trinity don’t play well.  With the likes of Austin Westlake (3 – 1), Klein Collins (2 – 1), Dickinson (3 –0 ), Friendswood (3 – 0), Southlake Carroll (2 – 1) and  Round Rock Cedar Ridge (4 – 0) all playing well, there could be some new teams in the Top 10 next week.  For now, here is the KrunkDaddy Top 10 for week #5.

  1. Allen Eagles (6-6A) 3 – 0               Allen had a bye week last weekend.  The Eagles have looked impressive in their first three wins of the season but they had better look out.  Converse Judson is rolling and if the Rockets beat Cibolo Steele this weekend then they can make a convincing argument that they are the #1 team in Texas 6A.  Allen needs to step it up.  The Eagles open district play against McKinney Boyd.  Look for Allen to roll and win by at least 4 touchdowns.
  2. Converse Judson Rockets (27-6A) 4 – 0 Converse Judson is really hot right now.  The Rockets are 4 – 0 with a young offense full of playmakers and a defense that just gets better every week.  That defense had better be at its best this weekend because the #7 Cibolo Steele Knights are coming to Converse.  This matchup will be a “Game of the Week” nominee for sure.  The winner of this game will be district champs.  Home field will be a huge advantage for the Rockets in this game.  Steele did not look very good on the road last weekend against Smithson Valley.  Judson is too talented, too well coached and too hot right now to let any team come into their house and beat them.  The Rockets will win convincingly against the Knights this weekend.
  3. DeSoto Eagles (7-6A) 3 – 0          The Eagles are coming off a bye week after a scare in Midland two Fridays back.  Some 6A prognosticators felt that DeSoto was caught napping against the Midland Bulldogs but KrunkDaddy says that those so called judges of Texas 6A football are full of prunes and potato chips.  The Midland Bulldogs are a very good team and DeSoto had to travel over 5 hours to play the Bulldogs.  The Eagles went into a tough game against a tough opponent and got the job done.  Now the Eagles have had an extra week to prepare for their opening game in district against their toughest district foe.  DeSoto will travel to Cedar Hill to take on the #9 Longhorns.  KrunkDaddy is taking the Eagles in this nominee game for “Game of the Week” .    DeSoto is just too good and they will win by at least two touchdowns.
  4. Lake Travis Cavaliers (25-6A) 3 – 1            Lake Travis is turning into a machine.  After going 1 – 1 in their first two games against #2 Converse Judson and #6 Cibolo Steele, the Cavaliers have crushed Dallas Jesuit and Pflugerville Hendrickson over the last two weekends.  Now Lake Travis opens district play and they are rolling.  The Cavaliers travel to Buda to play the Buda Hays Rebels.  Lake Travis will just keep playing like a well oiled machine and crush Buda Hays this weekend.
  5. The Woodlands Highlanders (12-6A)  4 – 0           The Highlanders are coming off of an impressive two weeks in their non-district schedule.  Two Fridays ago, The Woodlands dominated the Katy Tigers who are the reigning 6A DII state champs in a 26 – 3 home win.  A lot of 6A fans felt that The Woodlands might let the Katy victory go to their heads in last weekend’s matchup against Richmond George Ranch Longhorns which just happens to be the reigning 5A DI state champs.   All the Highlanders did last weekend was travel to Richmond and beat the Longhorns like an old rented Army mule.  The Highlanders crushed George Ranch 42 – 14.  Now The Woodlands have a bye week before starting district play.  Next up for The Woodlands is Lufkin on Sept. 30th.
  6. San Angelo Central Bobcats (2-6A) 4 – 0                                In West Texas, you do not want to deal with a Bobcat.  They are quick, fierce and mean.  That is exactly what San Angelo Central has been in their first 4 games of the season.  The Bobcats have crushed their opponents by an average score of 60 – 19.  Now Central has a bye week before they begin District 2-6A play.  Next up for the Bobcats is the Odessa Bronchos on Sept 30th.  That game will be over by the end of the first quarter.
  7. Cibolo Steele Knights (27-6A) 3 – 1          Cibolo Steele fell from #6 to #7 in the KrunkDaddy Top 10 this week because of a lackluster effort last weekend against Smithson Valley.  The Knights were lucky to come out of last week’s game with a win.  Steele players were probably looking past Smithson Valley because this weekend the Knights travel to Converse to play #2 Judson Rockets at home.  This game is a KrunkDaddy “Game of the Week” nominee and for two good reasons.  Both of these teams are KrunkDaddy Top 10 teams and the winner of this game will probably be the district champs in 27-6A.  Cibolo Steele is a good team but they just don’t seem as well prepared or as hungry as the Rockets are right now in the season.  KrunkDaddy is taking Converse Judson in this matchup.  The Rockets will put a serious whooping on the Knights and they will win convincingly by at least three touchdowns.
  8. Galena Park North Shore Mustangs (21-6A)        North Shore is coming off a bye week after their traditional non-district “Bataan Death March” schedule.  Coach Kay at North Shore is not interested in racking up victories in non-district play.  He is more interested in honing his team into a tough squad by scheduling the toughest opponents he can in non-district play.  This tough schedule prepares the Mustangs for district play and the playoffs.  After a tough 2 – 1 start, North Shore is now an experienced and hardnosed football team that is ready to dominate in district.  The Mustangs travel to Baytown to take on the Sterling Rangers this Thursday night.  KrunkDaddy feels the Mustangs will win big on Thursday night.
  9. Cedar Hill Longhorns (7-6A) 2 – 1              KrunkDaddy has not hidden his disappointment in Coach McGuire’s Cedar Hill squad this season.  The KrunkDaddy #1 team in week one has not been very impressive in its first three games.  The Longhorns were crushed on opening weekend against Las Vegas (NV) Bishop Gordon and just barely squeaked by with a victory in week two against Mansfield.  Cedar Hill’s defense has allowed more holes to run through than a block of Swiss cheese in their first three games.  This has put the offense in catch up mode way to many times.  After a bye week this last week, Coach McGuire had better have found some answers to his defensive problems because the #3 DeSoto Eagles are coming to Cedar Hill this weekend to open district play.  This KrunkDaddy “Game of the Week” nominee is big because these two teams do not like each other.  Throw in that the winner of this game will more than likely be district champs.  That would make the loser of this game the lower seeded DII team in the playoffs from district 7-6A.  Put all these factors together and you have the makings of one big game.  KrunkDaddy feels that Desoto’s offense is too good for Cedar Hill’s defense and the Eagles will win by at least two touchdowns in a shoot out.
  10. Euless Trinity Trojans (5-6A) 3 – 0             Trinity is another Top 10 team that is coming off of a bye week.  After cracking the Top 10 last week, Trinity has had an extra week to prepare for their first district game against a sneaky good Lewisville Farmer team.  Trinity is a well coached and talented team but they have a history of not playing well when coming off of a bye week.  The Trojans also seem to play up or down to the level of their competition in district play.  This game is ripe for an upset if the Trinity players do not have their minds right with ball. KrunkDaddy feels that the Trojans will win this weekend but it will be a closer game than some might think.  Look for Trinity to be 4 – 0 next weekend but they may fall from the Top 10 if they don’t play well.

The Biggest Player, Game of the Year Nominee and KrunkDaddy Stepped In It – Random Thoughts and Observations for Week #4

  • There is an old saying that goes “Watch where you are walking while in the barn yard or you might step in something messy” and KrunkDaddy is guilty of not heeding this advice. KrunkDaddy “stepped in it” while making his Game of the Week projections last weekend.  The Friendswood vs. Dickinson Game was not this last weekend.  It is next weekend.  KrunkDaddy should have been watching the dates a little closer.  You can bet KrunkDaddy will be watching his step a little better this coming week.
  • San Angelo Central finally had a game where there offense was slowed down. This past weekend against Killeen Shoemaker, the Bobcat offense was shut down.  It was not the Shoemaker defense that was able to get the Central offense off the field without scoring.  It was the weather that shut down the Bobcats.  The Central – Shoemaker game was delayed for over two hours because of a lightning delay.  When the Bobcats and Shoemaker resumed play, Central rolled to a 53 – 13 victory. Watch out West Texas.  It seems that divine intervention is the only thing that can slow down the Bobcats.
  • KrunkDaddy in the last “Random Thoughts and Observations” noted that there are a lot of really good 6A teams that were winless. After this weekend, KrunkDaddy thinks there are several teams in 6A football that should feel fortunate to be undefeated.  Arlington Bowie (4-6A), McKinney (6-6A), Beaumont West Brook (12-6A) and Odessa Permian (2-6A) should all take a knee and pay homage to the football Gods for not having a blemish on their records.  These teams should also get ready for a big reality check because those winless records will not last with this group of teams.
  • Speaking of being fortunate, Cibolo Steele should also take a knee and pay homage to the football gods for making it out of Smithson Valley with a win this past weekend. Steele scored the winning touchdown late in the game to walk away with a 24 – 17 victory over Smithson Valley.  Smithson Valley is a good football team but they are by no means in the caliber of Cibolo Steele.  The Knights had better count their blessings and regroup because this coming weekend they travel to Converse to play the Judson Rockets.
  • We have the first nomination for the Krunky Award’s “Game of the Year”. The Rockwall YellowJackets vs. Tyler John Tyler Lions game was an incredible nail biter.  John Tyler appeared to be unstoppable in the game.  The Lions had over 719 total yards of offense in the game.  With their offense rolling , John Tyler was up by 17 points late in the third quarter at home before Rockwall came back to win 59 – 58.  Leading the comeback for the YellowJackets was WR Sam Crawford.  Crawford exploded in the second half with 9 catches for 200 yards and 4 touchdowns.  Crawford scored the last touchdown of the game with 3:13 left in the game.  It was then that the YellowJackets went for and got the 2-pt. conversion to take the lead.  Rockwall then held on to earn their first win of the season.  John Tyler has no reason to hang their heads in shame but this loss has to hurt.    What a way to start district play for both teams.  Congratulations to Rockwall on their first victory of the season.
  • They say that everything is bigger in Texas. That normally applies to football players too.  There are some big old boys that line up on the football field every weekend in the Grand Old State.  KrunkDaddy has learned that Texas does not have the biggest high school kid playing this year.  Senior Lake Shore High in New York has the biggest in Brave Williams.  Williams is 7’ 1” tall and weighs in at 400 lbs.  He is not only big, Williams is very athletic for a kid that size.  I don’t know what Brave’s parents fed him as a kid but they should bottle it.  7’ 1” & 400 lbs and STILL GROWING!!! WOW!!!

KrunkDaddy 6A Top 10 – Week #4

Week #4 is going to be a boring week for a lot of KrunkDaddy 6A Texas Football fans.  A majority of the teams in 6A are not playing this weekend.  There are whole districts where all of the teams have elected to make week 4 their week to have a bye.  That means that next week’s KrunkDaddy Top 10 will probably look about the same.  There have been some changes in the Top 10 for this week.  The Woodlands moves up to #5 in the KrunkDaddy Top 10 after an impressive win over Katy.  That Highlanders victory over the Tigers gives Katy a 1 – 2 record and drops Katy completely out of the Top 10.  With Katy out of the Top 10 that leaves a spot open.  Euless Trinity moves in to the Top 10 at #10 after their 35 -21 victory over 5A Colleyville Heritage.

  1. Allen Eagles (6-6A) 3 – 0       The Eagles handled up on their business last week in an impressive 42 – 20 victory over a very good Coppell Cowboys team.  This was a close game going into the 4th quarter before Allen’s defense made some key plays to take control of the game for Allen.  This is a good sign for Allen fans and bad news for Allen opponents because the defense had question marks going into the season.  Allen has a Bye week this week.  Next game for Allen will be on 09/23 against McKinney Boyd.
  2. Converse Judson Rockets (27-6A) 3 – 0       Judson just continues to roll.  Last weekend the Rockets crushed San Antonio Roosevelt 66 – 20.  Coach McAuliffe has this team focused and committed to win championships.  Judson offense is explosive and they are playing shut down defense.  The scariest thing about this team is they are a very young team with a majority of the team returning next year.  Next victim for Judson will be the New Braunfels Unicorns this weekend in Converse.
  3. DeSoto Eagles (7-6A) 3 – 0       DeSoto had a major scare last weekend against the Midland Bulldogs in Midland.  DeSoto was down 43 – 42 to the Bulldogs with less than a minute left in the game.  QB Shawn Robinson then led the Eagles to score the winning touchdown with less than 12 seconds in the game to beat the Bulldogs 49 – 43.  A lot of people are questioning the Eagles after this game but KrunkDaddy feels this was monumental win for DeSoto.  The Eagles had to travel almost 400 miles the day of the game to play a Midland Bulldog team that is very underrated by many.  The Bulldogs are for real.  So are the DeSoto Eagles.  DeSoto has a bye week.  There next game will be on 09/23 against #9 Cedar Hill Longhorns.  This game will be on the Game of The Week List.
  4. Lake Travis Cavaliers (25-6A) 2 – 1       Lake Travis took care of business last weekend.  After a murderous opening two games to the season against Converse Judson and Cibolo Steele, the Cavaliers traveled to Dallas to play the Dallas Jesuit Rangers.  The game started off slow for the Cavaliers but Lake Travis took control of the game in the 2nd  Lake Travis coasted to a 42–21 victory over the Rangers.  Next up for the Cavaliers is the Pflugerville Hendrickson Hawks. Look for Lake Travis to continue to take care of business and win big against Hendrickson.
  5. The Woodlands Highlanders (12 – 6A) 3 – 0       The Woodlands does not play pretty style of football.  The Highlanders do not have a high scoring run and gun offense like most other 6A teams.  They prefer to play hardnosed defense and physically grind on their opponents.  They just wear opponents down and force mistakes that their offense can capitalize on.  Last week The Highlanders wore down the Katy Tigers and walked away with a very impressive win.  The Woodlands beat the reigning 6A DII state champs 26 – 3.  The Woodlands is not the top team in the GHA.  They have a tough game this weekend when they have the opportunity to beat the reigning 5A DI state champions.  The Woodlands travels to Richmond to take on the George Ranch Longhorns.  Look for the Highlanders to grind the Longhorns into hamburger.
  6. Cibolo Steele Knights (27-6A) 2 – 1       Cibolo Steele rebounded last weekend with a 42 – 21 win over San Antonio O’Connor.  Steele went into the O’Connor game stinging after a disappointing home loss the previous weekend to Lake Travis.  The Knights licked their wounds and took the field last weekend to thoroughly dominate against O’Connor.  Next up for the Knights is a tough road game against Smithson Valley Rangers.  This game will be a close one but Cibolo Steele will do what it takes to walk away with the victory.
  7. San Angelo Central Bobcats (2-6A) 3 – 0       There was some bad news and some good news that came out of the San Angelo Central victory last weekend over Kerrville Tivy.  The bad news is the Bobcats offense had a down game.  After scoring 63 & 72 points in their first two games, the Bobcats offense could only score 52 points last weekend.  You’re probably asking if ONLY scoring 52 points is the bad news then what is the good news?  The Bobcats defense had a shutout.  If you are a Bobcat fan then you have to be excited that the Bobcats defense is playing at level that is comparable to its offense.  If you are a Bobcat opponent you have to be depressed.  Next up for the Bobcats is a road game to Killeen Shoemaker.  This game will be a blow out for San Angelo Central.
  8. Galena Park North Shore Mustangs (21-6A) 2 – 1       North Shore had to be smarting after a humbling loss to 5A Manvel in week #2.  The Mustangs had to be motivated to show that their loss to Manvel was a fluke.  Last weekend the Mustangs took on a very good Spring Westfield team.  Westfield was also very motivated to show that their 0 – 2 record was a fluke.  All North Shore did was dismantle Westfield and walk away with a 36 – 16 win.  North Shore is now back on track and focused to win another state championship.  Next up for North Shore is Baytown Sterling.  The Mustangs will crush Sterling.
  9. Cedar Hill Longhorns (7-6A) 2 – 1       If there was a team that needed a bye week in Texas 6A football it has to be the Cedar Hill Longhorns.  The Longhorns were anything but impressive in their first two games.  Last weekend the Longhorns offense rolled against Mesquite Horn but their defense still struggled.   Now the Longhorns have an extra week of practice to get their defense fixed.  They better take advantage of every minute of practice because the Longhorns next opponent is #3 DeSoto Eagles.  This game will more than likely determine the district champs in District 7-6A.
  10. Euless Trinity Trojans (5-6A) 3 – 0       Trinity is finally back in the KrunkDaddy Top 10.  The Trojans are a team in transition.  Coaching legend Steve Lineweaver retired after the 2014 season and long time Lineweaver assistant, Chris Jensen is now head coach.  Coach Jensen is working on establishing his identity on the team while still carrying on with the Trojan tradition of smash mouth football.  The offense is throwing more and the defense is taking more risks.  This has some fans scratching their heads but it appears that Coach Jensen is beginning bring some different twists to Trojan football that will make Trinity an even more dominant team in the future.  Last weekend the Trojans won convincingly 35 -21 against one of the finest offensive teams in the state in 5A Colleyville Heritage.  The Trojans have a bye week this weekend before starting district play against Lewisville on 09/23.

Random Thoughts and Observations & the Game of the Week – Week #4

We are now 4 weeks into the season and 6A teams are preparing to start district play.  This is a very peculiar week because the teams that have 8 teams in their district have completed their non-district schedule.  The rest of their games before the playoffs are district games.  What makes this weekend’s schedule so peculiar is most teams have taken this week off.  Whole districts have chosen to make week #4 a bye week.  A lot of KrunkDaddy 6A football fans are going to the movies this weekend because their favorite team is off and they can’t find a game close by that is worth the drive to see.  That just means that Week #5 will be a crazy busy weekend.  Here are some more Random Thoughts and Observations.

  • Where would Manvel be ranked if they were still in 6A? Manvel is now in 5A after spending the past two years as a 6A powerhouse.  In the past two weekends of non-district play, the Mavericks defeated then #4 ranked G.P. North Shore and an undefeated Pearland team.  Not only did Manvel beat North Shore and Pearland, the Mavericks won convincingly over these powerhouse teams.  In the past few years Manvel had a label of under achievers even though they were ranked in the KrunkDaddy Top 10 for 6A.  Now as a 5A powerhouse, Manvel seems to be shedding that under achieving label while soundly beating some of 6A’s very best in the GHA.  KrunkDaddy would definitely have them in the top five of his rankings if they were still in 6A.
  • There is a long and surprising list of teams that KrunkDaddy has picked to make the playoffs that are 0 -3. It is shocking to see the likes of S. A. Northside Brennen, Dallas Jesuit, Dallas Skyline, Irving MacArthur, Rockwall and Spring Westfield winless.  Last year, Rockwall started out the season 0 -3 and then went on a ten game winning streak to the Region II DII finals in the playoffs before losing.   Don’t let these 0 – 3 records fool you.  These are very good teams.
  • Last Thursday evening The Woodlands Highlanders junior varsity team was playing the Katy Tompkins Falcons junior varsity. The game was a close one with The Woodlands behind 29 – 28.  The Cavaliers J.V. got the ball with less than a minute left in the game and drove the ball the length of the field.  With 12 seconds left the Cavaliers completed a pass that was stopped by Tompkins player at the one yard line.  This is when tragedy struck.  The Tompkins player that made the tackle at the one yard line received a serious neck injury.  The player had to be transported to the hospital by a LifeFlight medivac helicopter.  While waiting for more than 40 minutes for the medivac helicopter, players on both sides gathered together, consoled one another and prayed together.  Tears were shed by players, coaches and fans.  The injured player was finally loaded onto the helicopter and it was time to resume the game.  This is when The Woodlands JV coach did a magnanimous thing.  With his team on the verge of scoring the winning touchdown, Coach David Colshen of The Woodlands instructed his offense to take a knee.  Instead of winning the game he chose to show class and respect to the Tompkins players, coaches and fans.  Coach Colshen’s noble gesture of respect taught his team that there are some things in life greater than winning a football contest.  Here is to Coach Colshen.  We need more people like you in the world.

Even though the majority of the teams in 6A are in a bye week this weekend that does not mean there aren’t any good games being played.  Here are KrunkDaddy’s Top 5 Games of the Week for Week #4.

Game #5              Mesquite Horn Jaguars (2-1) 11-6A vs. Longview Lobos (2-1) 11-6A          Top to bottom, District 11-6A is the most competitive district in all of the 6A.  Every game counts in this tough district.  The Jaguars and the Lobos are both very good teams that need to win this game.  The game will be played in Longview and the Lobos are very tough at home but 4-star QB Chris Robinson returns from injury to start for the Jaguars this weekend.  KrunkDaddy is taking the Jaguars over the Lobos in a close one.

Game #4              #5 The Woodlands Highlanders (3-0) 12-6A vs. Richmond George Ranch Longhorns (2-1) 23-6A                 The Woodlands are the real deal so far this year.  Last weekend, the Highlanders soundly defeated Katy.  This weekend the Highlanders travel to Richmond to take on the George Ranch Longhorns.  The longhorns are the reigning 5A DI state champs and now are in 6A District 23-6A.  George Ranch has not looked very impressive the last two weeks but they should not be taken lightly.  KrunkDaddy is taking The Woodlands in this game but it will not be a blow out.  The Highlanders will win a tough, hard fought victory over the Longhorns.

Game #3              Austin Westlake Chaparrals (2-1) 25-6A vs. Austin Bowie Bulldogs (3-0) 14-6A The Chaparrals and the Bulldogs know each other very well.  Both Westlake and Bowie played each other in district play the past few years when Westlake was still in Region II.  In the past Westlake has owned the Bulldogs but this year Westlake appears to be vulnerable without their 4-star quarterback, Sam Ehlinger.  Ehlinger led the Chaparrals to an impressive opening win against Katy before going down to knee surgery.  Without Ehlinger, Westlake has not impressed.  Bowie on the other hand is 3-0 and would love to beat Westlake.  The game will be played on the Bulldogs home field and KrunkDaddy is feeling an upset is going to happen in this game.  KrunkDaddy is taking Austin Bowie to upset Westlake at home.

Game #2              Tyler John Tyler Lions (3-0) 11-6A vs. Rockwall YellowJackets (0-3) 11-6A   We are now back in district 11-6A for the opening of district play for John Tyler and Rockwall.  John Tyler looked very impressive last weekend when they crushed New Orleans (LA) Warren Easton 41-0 in Shreveport, LA.  Now the Lions get to face a 0-3 Rockwall squad that is hungry for a victory.  Rockwall has been here before.  Last year they nearly made it to the state 6A DII semifinals after starting 0-3.  Coach Rodney Webb will have his YellowJackets ready for this game.  This battle will be fought in Tyler which means the Lions will be at home.  That is usually a big advantage for the Lions but KrunkDaddy feels that Coach Webb and his YellowJacket squad have John Tyler right where they want them.  KrunkDaddy is taking the YellowJackets over the Lions.

Game of the Week – Week #4  Friendswood Mustangs (3-0) 24-6A vs. Dickinson Gators (3-0) 24-6A                       If you are in the G.H.A.  and you want to see a great game this weekend then you need hop on I-45 and head south to Dickinson because the two top teams from District 24-6A open district play this Friday night.  The Dickinson Gators will host the Friendswood Mustangs.  Even though this is the opening game of district play for both teams, this game will probably decide who will be district champs for 24-6A.  Both teams are full of talent and very well coached.  Both teams went deep in the playoffs last year and are hungry to do the same this year.  Even though this game is being played on Dickinson’s home field, KrunkDaddy is taking Friendswood to win.  The Mustangs return 19 starters from last year’s Region II DII semifinalist team.  The Gators lost all 11 starters on offense from last year’s Region II DI finalist team.  Experience wins out in games like this.  Friendswood will beat Dickinson in great game.

KrunkDaddy Pre-Season Prediction Tour – District 19-6A Houston I-10 Corridor

District 19-6A

District 19-6A is home to the Katy Tigers (3,297) .  Over the last 10 years, very few teams have been as dominant in district play as Katy H.S.  The Tigers have lost only once since 2005 in district play.  The Katy Tigers own 19-6A.  There is a good reason for this dominance.  Coach Gary Joseph has put together an incredible program that produces a brand of football that is very difficult to beat.  The Katy Tigers are disciplined, hard working and confident.  Add to this equation for success is the fact that Katy produces some of the most gifted running backs in the state of Texas year and year out.  This year is no different with Soph. RB Deondrick Glass taking over for last year’s all-state RB Kyle Porter.  Look for Deondrick Glass to be the next big playmaker for Katy High at running back.

District Champs                                 Katy Tigers (3,297)

Team to Watch Out For                    Houston Strake Jesuit Crusaders (2,032)

District MVP                                       RB Deondrick Glass (Soph), Katy Tigers

Top Recruits                       DE Blake Kuithe (Katy Cinco Ranch), DE Corey Bethey (Katy), OT Kenneth Pleasant (Katy Seven Lakes), DL Max Wright (Katy Taylor), DL Cameron Horry and LB Brandon Pinkerton (Katy Tompkins)

Katy High (3,297) will be the district champs again this year but things are different this year than from years past.  Katy High has grown in attendance over the past two years while other schools in the district have seen their attendance decline.  What this means is Katy will be playing in the DI bracket of the 6A playoffs this year instead of the DII bracket.  Katy has been a DII bracket fixture over the years and this has been an advantage for the Tigers.  Traditionally, the stronger teams in Region III other than Katy have been larger schools that played in the DI bracket.  Now Katy will have to face some of the stronger powerhouses from Region III to make it the semifinals of the playoffs.  Teams like Houston Lamar, G.P. North Shore, Dickinson and Pearland will be waiting for Katy in Region III of the playoffs.  This year, Katy is really going to have to work very hard to earn another state championship.

There are other teams that are worthy of respect on the football field in District 19-6A.  Houston Strake Jesuit (2,032) is one of them.  The Crusaders are a small private school that produces some to the best talent in the G.H.A.  This year is no different.  Most of the returning talent from last year’s DII Region III semifinalists is on the defensive side of the ball.  The Crusaders will be salty on defense which is good because the offense is breaking in 8 new starters including quarterback.  As young as the offense will be for the Crusaders this year, look for Jesuit to be strong when district play comes round.  Strake Jesuit will be the top seeded team from 19-6A in the DII bracket of the playoffs.

Strake Jesuit will be joined in the DII bracket of the playoffs by Katy Cinco Ranch (3,172) .  The Cougars would probably be able to brag about dominating in District 19-6A if Katy High was not in the district.  Coach Don Clayton has his Cougars ready to play every year.  Coach Clayton knows how win and his Cougars believe in him and his system.  Unfortunately, this year’s Cinco Ranch team in one of the youngest that Coach Clayton has fielded in a long time.  Only 6 starters return from last year’s playoff team.  Look for Cinco Ranch to be a bit overwhelmed early.  Cinco Ranch will come together during district play and they will be the lower seeded team from 19-6A in the DII bracket of the playoffs.

The Mavericks of Katy Morton Ranch (3,639)  will be the last playoff representative from 19-6A.  Morton Ranch is also an inexperienced team with only 7 returning starters.  The Mavericks do have talent especially in the defensive backfield.  Safety DeAndre Allen and CB Davien Young have the talent and leadership to make the Mavericks defense a strong unit.  On offense the return QB Nick Hernandez who showed flashes of being a playmaker last year.  Hernandez will lead the Mavericks to the playoffs and the lower seeded team from 19-6A in the DI bracket.