Regular season has ended and the TownTalk Sports family has six teams in the Texas High School Football Playoffs.
We will begin with the Greenwood Rangers who dominated District 1-4A Div.II going 6-0 and 8-2 overall. The Rangers have been a Region I 4A-Div.II favorite with some sports enthusiasts predicting a Regional Championship and a trip to the State Semi-finals. Greenwood began the season with a 21-12 win over Big Spring, then took a two-week dive with a 47-10 loss to Hereford and a 55-24 loss to top-rated Shallowater who is now 10-0 and might win Region I in 3A Div.I.
The Rangers, however, have taken their last seven games by storm by outscoring their opponents in the last seven games 297 to 102. Since the two losses, Greenwood has been averaging 42 points a game. The Rangers will travel to Dimmitt and take on a 2-8 Perryton team. Perryton only had one win in district and that was the last regular season game against 1-9 Borger squad. Greenwood will begin their playoff run with some flare.
Greenwood 56, Perryton 7
The Brownfield Cubs have stood the test of time this season. With a new head football for the third straight season to some key injuries, the 7-3 Cubs have really fared well. They began the season with a solid 28-12 win over Post who is usually decent in football. The next game was a 57-20 loss to Slaton, which coincidently is the team they match-up with tonight in the Bi-District round. Coach Toliver said, “we did not execute what we needed to.” Also, there were several players out. The Cubs went on to a 2 game winning streak with wins over Tahoka 40-29 and Muleshoe 39-0. By this time Brownfield was one better win than last season.
The Cubs then met up with Shallowater, who according to MaxPreps is #1 in the state, Texas Football has them at #4 and the coaches poll at #7. Either way, you look at it, the Mustangs are a top ten team, and they showed their talent in a 58-8 win over the Cubs. Brownfield went on to beat Lake View 34-27 and upset Seminole 29-28. The Cubs took a week off and then began district play. Starting with Denver City, the Cubs were missing Center Roman Arenivar and Quarterback Brock Sires, and a game filled with over 30 penalties, both offenses could not get it going, with DC scoring the only points of the 3-0 over the Cubs. Brownfield took care of business with the rest of district play beating Tornillo 54-0 and Kermit 42-20. The Cubs now get a rematch against the Tigers and look to win a Bi-District Championship. Slaton has too much speed.
Slaton 35, Brownfield 28
The Mustangs looks to capitalize on their District Championship with them being a #1 seed. Denver City will get another chance to beat Littlefield again. However, this is not the full story. DC has had a similar season like their District foe Brownfield. Coming into the playoffs 7-3 and with that top seed out of District 1, they stand a better chance to progress in the playoffs. The Mustangs did have some troubling losses this season with the first coming in the season opener where Pecos nipped the Stangs 27-26. Another loss they took to the chin was to Idalou 20-14 and an old rival Seminole 33-7
Denver City has learned a lot from those mistakes and has capitalized on them becoming the District Champs. DC will take on Littlefield one more time and hopefully get another golden ball to match the one they received last week.
Denver City 38, Littlefield 14
Plains will come into the playoff as a four seed, after taking down longtime rival Seagraves 30-14 in the regular season finale, they look to make past Bi-District. The Cowboys come in 4-6 with some decent games under their belt. The head coach had to change some scheduling and they ended up taking on Cross Plains and losing 21-7. Then the next week met up with at the time #5 Clarendon and losing that one as well 47-0. District began on a high note for the Cowboys when they beat a 4-1 Springlake-Earth team who’s one loss came from Ralls 17-14. Then the Cowboys met up for three weeks in a row losing to the power three Bovina 49-7, Farwell 48-0, & Sudan 54-13.
Plains will take on McCamey who early in the season wasn’t a bright spot in the Southwest, however, they turned it around during district taking down the perennial power and #10 Iraan 12-6. The Badgers won the district outright and are looking to meet up with Iraan again. If the Cowboys could exploit the weaknesses they had during pre-district, they might have a fighting chance.
McCamey 49, Plains 7
The Tahoka Bulldogs have found themselves in the playoff for the third straight year and really want a different outcome from the past two post-seasons they’ve had. Tahoka is 6-4 and the runner-up in District 4-1A Div. II and don’t let those four losses make you think they are weak. Those four losses came from Brownfield & Littlefield who are 3A Div. I, Sundown who is a #10 2A Div. I and their district foe Ralls, only losing by seven. That did not deter the Bulldogs as they won their last two district games pretty handily.
Tahoka will now get to travel north tomorrow evening for an 8 o’clock match-up against Vega. Both teams have only one opponent in common and that is Crosbyton. Vega gave the Chiefs their first loss 27-7 in the season opener, whereas the Bulldogs gave them their 7th straight loss 55-0 in seven games. According to the coaches, there’s not much to look at when you are comparing and contrasting trying to get ready to play. Tahoka is very hungry for a post-season victory. Prepare for some good’ole fashion smash-mouth football in a cold autumn night.
Tahoka 28, Vega 21
On to our only six-man playoff game, there were high hopes for the Ropes Eagles this season and they did perform and performed well in district, not so much in pre-district going 2-3, and the Eagles missed playing Ira because of weather issues. However, whatever they learned from their mishaps in weeks 2, 4 & 5, because they took district by storm going undefeated and employing the mercy rule upon all four district opponents bringing their overall regular season record 6-3.
The Eagles will travel to Borden County tonight to take on an 8-2 Grady squad that has surprised most six-man fans. Both teams did not have a common opponent this season, so it will be difficult for both squads to learn each other. One thing Grady has on Ropes is that they just played last Friday evening at Borden County, so there might be a bit of familiarity for them. This game will go all four quarters.
Ropes 70, Grady 60