Week three has been marked down for me since the schedules came out, and since last year’s thriller between Frenship and Lubbock-Cooper that resulted in a Ronald Awatt touchdown with 37 seconds left to win the game, 21-16. Amarillo and Tascosa also renew their 50+year rivalry Friday night as well with Amarillo bragging rights on the line for the winner of the most intense rivalry in the Panhandle. Also, post takes on Coleman’s Bluecats in a big 3A versus 2A match-up. Here are the top five games coming in week three for 806 football. There are other games, such as Abernathy versus Dimmitt, and Estacado versus Caprock that also sparked some interest. Levelland versus Andrews also will be good!
FRENSHIP (2-0) VS LUBBOCK-COOPER (1-0)
FRI. 7:00PM WOLFFORTH, TX
The game we all have been waiting for since the last game ended in 2015. Frenship lost Ronald Awatt and Broderick Harrell to UTEP, but replace those two stars with a couple more in Scooter Garcia and Garrison Johnson; the Trinity Christian transfer who has rushed for 569 yards and eight touchdowns in two games! Lubbock-Cooper has the IronMan in Jarret Doege returning this year for his Senior Season along with players like Elijah Boyd, Zyketh Campbell, and Reagen Schulte back for 2016’s campaign. Jarret found his stride late in the first quarter against Randall and heated up for three touchdown passes in the second quarter of their win, 34-21 over the Raiders. Frenship has had two close games that the Tigers have pulled away in late to secure double-digit wins over El Paso Montwood, and El Paso El Dorado. This contest will come down to who can slow the other’s offense down, or at least make one more stop than the other team. Can the Pirates contain Garrison? Will the Tigers’ secondary be able to cover those receivers all night?
PREDICTION: PICK ‘EM
AMARILLO (1-0) VS TASCOSA (2-0)
FRI. 7:30PM DICK BIVINS STADIUM, AMARILLO TX
The largest game in the Panhandle is here again for Amarillo and Tascosa and this year’s edition shouldn’t disappoint as both teams are very good and on the borderline of being great. The Rebels have some serious Division One material on their squad which is led by Bert Morris Junior; a wide receiver/cornerback that can do it all for Tascosa and King Doerue who has stepped in and continued a vicious running attack that Tascosa is known for under Coach Plunk. Amarillo is starting to throw the ball down the field more frequently and it is opening up their running lanes for the Sandies’ rushers. If Amarillo can slow the pace down of this game, they will win. But, if the Rebels get to firing, it could be over early at Dick Bivins.
Prediction: PICK ‘EM
POST (2-0) VS COLEMAN ( 2-0)
FRI. 7:30PM POST, TX
Post gave up 28 points in their win last week against Tahoka…WHAT??? They only gave up 59 points total last year in 10 games so that was a surprise that the Antelopes gave up four scores in one game. With that said, they put up 74 points in their win too! Folks.. 74 points is a basketball score! AJ Reed had over 400 yards of total offense and seven touchdowns in the game and was the small school player of the week in the 806. Coleman comes into this contest with revenge on their mind after being one of Post’s shut-out victims last year, 21-0. The Bluecats come in at 2-0 with wins over Jim Ned and Comanche and a lot of confidence. Will it be enough to beat a state title contender in Post? No..
Prediction: Post 34 Coleman 13
BROWNFIELD (0-2) VS MULESHOE (1-1)
FRI. 7:30PM, BROWNFIELD, TX
Brownfield has fallen on hard times early in the season, but the Cubs can bounce back. Part of bouncing back will be finding some defense in a hurry due to Brownfield averaging 55 point a game given up on defense. If their defense can hold teams down for a little period of time, they could score with, and beat anyone on their schedule. Muleshoe has found their stride and will be a force from here on out. Beto Diaz accounted for seven touchdowns in the Mules’ 54-21 win over Snyder Friday. Beto will have lanes to run and throw as he will look for Villa and Jason Florez to exploit the Cubs’ secondary. Can Muleshoe lay a hand on Nolan? Will Brownfield get to Beto and the fellas???
Prediction: Muleshoe 45- Brownfield 41
CANADIAN(1-1) VS PERRYTON (1-1)
FRI. 7:30PM, CANADIAN TX
Canadian and Perryton both come off of wins in week two after losing their opening weekend games to Bushland and Dumas, respectively. It looks like Canadian has found a tailback as Chris Jones rushed for 174 yards and two scores last week in the Wildcats’ 44-7 win over River Road. Manny Ramsey made an impact on the field and on special teams as he played outstanding on Friday. Perryton also bounced back with a 30-0 shutout of Weatherford, Oklahoma on Friday. Dalton Rigdon played outstanding as he displayed multiple talents in the receiving games, punt return, and defensively as the cornerback. Will Canadian have enough points for Perryton? How do the Rangers deal with the Wildcats with a full allotment of weapons??
Prediction: Canadian 34, Perryton 24