Friday's week six prep football previews
Oct. 11, 2013 at 5:11 a.m.
(All games start at 7:30 p.m. unless noted)
Calhoun Sandcrabs at Gregory-Portland Wildcats
• Last year: Calhoun, 46-15.
• Notes: Calhoun (5-1, 1-1) travels to Ray Akins Wildcat Stadium in Portland to play Gregory-Portland (3-3, 1-1). Calhoun has won six of its last seven games against Gregory-Portland. Calhoun bounced back from a district-opening loss to Calallen and beat Tuloso-Midway 56-14 last week. Gregory-Portland opened district with a win over Beeville but lost 56-48 to Victoria East last week. Gregory-Portland's Devin Bisby has rushed for a district-leading 1,135 yards and 14 touchdowns. Calhoun's Cory Williams has rushed for an area-leading 965 yards and 13 touchdowns, and Hunter Boerm has rushed for 676 yards and five touchdowns.
• Radio: KITE, 93.3 FM.
Royal Falcons at El Campo Ricebirds
• Last year: El Campo, 63-21.
• Notes: Royal (0-5, 0-2) travels from Pattison to play El Campo (3-1, 0-1). El Campo had its 16 straight regular-season winning streak end in a 24-21 loss to Bellville last week. El Campo was playing its first game in three weeks. Royal has lost 22 of its last 25 games, including district losses to Sealy and Columbus this season. El Campo's defense has yielded an average of 235.3 yards per game. Royal's Kaleb Mathews has passed for a district-leading 923 yards and seven touchdowns. El Campo's B.J. Flagg has rushed for 610 yards and six touchdowns.
• Radio: KULP, 1390 AM.
Wharton Tigers at Columbus Cardinals
• Last year: Wharton, 39-22.
• Notes: Wharton (6-0, 2-0) and Columbus (4-1, 2-0) square off for the outright district lead. Wharton is trying to go 7-0 for the first time since 1973. Wharton has taken district wins over Needville and Sealy, and Columbus has defeated Bellville and Royal. Wharton's defense has yielded a district-leading average of 222.3 yards per game. Wharton's Toney Rogers has rushed for 546 yards and 10 touchdowns, Joseph Krenek has passed for 908 yards and eight touchdowns, and Dontay Bell and Leeshad O'Neal have combined for 32 receptions for 628 yards and seven touchdowns. Columbus' Tyson Simcik has passed for 807 yards and 10 touchdowns, and Detri'yon Carter and Royce Caldwell have combined to rush for 642 yards and five touchdowns.
La Grange Leopards at Gonzales Apaches
• Last year: La Grange, 35-34.
• Notes: La Grange (4-0) went on from its one-point win over Gonzales (4-1) last season and won the district championship. Gonzales missed out on the playoffs. La Grange and Gonzales have played 13 times since 1998. La Grange holds a 10-3 advantage, although 12 of those were non-district games. La Grange is coming off an open week and is averaging a district-leading 453.3 yards per game. Gonzales is coming off a 36-0 win over San Antonio Sam Houston, and its defense is limiting opponents to a district-leading 224.8 yards per game. La Grange's Dillon Davis has passed for 557 yards and nine touchdowns, and Rodney Filmore has rushed for 587 yards and six touchdowns. Gonzales' Alyas Ramirez has rushed for a district-leading 902 yards and 13 touchdowns.
• Radio: KBUK, 104.9 FM and KCTI, 1450 AM. Internet: kvlgkbuk.com.
Giddings Buffaloes at Cuero Gobblers
• Last year: Giddings, 41-28.
• Notes: Cuero (3-1) comes off its bye week and opens district against Giddings (2-2). Giddings beat Caldwell 34-7 last week. Cuero rebounded from its loss to Giddings last season and made the playoffs. Giddings failed to make postseason play. Giddings is coached by former Refugio coach Chris Jones. Cuero will induct former quarterback Brad Goebel into its athletic Hall of Fame at halftime. Giddings' Kyle Jones has passed for 482 yards and three touchdowns, and Deon Blue has a district-leading 19 catches for 222 yards and two touchdowns. Cuero's D'Anthony Hopkins has rushed for 606 yards and eight touchdowns.
• Radio: KBAR, 100.9 FM.
Smithville Tigers at Yoakum Bulldogs
• Last year: Yoakum, 27-24.
• Notes: Smithville (0-4) and Yoakum (1-3) come off of their bye weeks and open district play. Yoakum went on from its win over Smithville and made the playoffs. Smithville missed out on the playoffs last year. Yoakum and Smithville have struggled defensively. Yoakum is yielding a district-worst average of 460.8 yards per game. Smithville has surrendered an average of 444 yards per game. Smithville's Khalil McCathern has rushed for 467 yards and four touchdowns. Yoakum's Tre'vontae Hights has rushed for 673 yards and 11 touchdowns and passed for 298 yards and two touchdowns.
DISTRICT 14-2A, DIVISION I
Hallettsville Brahmas at Palacios Sharks
• Last year: Hallettsville, 49-15.
• Notes: Hallettsville (5-0) seeks its fourth straight win over Palacios (1-3) as the teams open district play. Hallettsville is coming off its bye week and has won a school-record and area-best 18 straight regular-season games. Hallettsville is ranked No. 7 in the state Class 2A poll. Palacios is coming off a 57-7 loss to Stafford. Hallettsville's defense has limited opponents to a district-best average of 174.6 yards per game. Palacios is yielding a district-worst 481.5 yards per game. Hallettsville's Nate Kowalik has passed for a district-leading 920 yards and 10 touchdowns, and Trent McGee has a district-leading 18 receptions for 312 yards and six touchdowns. Hallettsville's Jimario Grounds has a district-leading four interceptions. Palacios' Cameron Sides has passed for 543 yards and three touchdowns.
• Radio: KTXM, 99.9 FM. Internet: texasthunderradio.com.
Edna Cowboys at Hempstead Bobcats
• Last year: Edna, 49-35.
• Notes: Edna (2-2) makes the 104-mile trip to Hempstead (2-2) to open district. Edna ended a two-game losing streak to Hempstead last season in a game that would decide second place in district. Edna and Hempstead are coming off their bye weeks. Hempstead's offense has produced a district-leading average of 386.3 yards per game. Hempstead's Will Smith has rushed for a district-leading 689 yards and seven touchdowns and passed for 536 yards and five touchdowns. Edna's Marquis Broussard has rushed for 497 yards and nine touchdowns and has scored a district-leading 72 points.
• Radio: KIOX, 96.1 FM.
Industrial Cobras at Rice Consolidated Raiders
• Last year: Rice Consolidated, 28-7.
• Notes: Industrial (1-3) travels from Vanderbilt to Altair to open district against Rice Consolidated (0-4) with both teams coming off their bye weeks. Rice Consolidated has defeated Industrial five straight times dating back to 2007. Rice Consolidated has surrendered 217 points in its four losses. Industrial has scored a total of 50 points, and 28 of them came in its win over Rockport-Fulton. Industrial's Jay Rubio has passed for 556 yards and one touchdown and rushed for 250 yards and two touchdowns. Rice Consolidated's Jordan Johnson has passed for 728 yards and nine touchdowns and rushed for 462 yards and six touchdowns.
DISTRICT 13-2A, DIVISION II
Van Vleck Leopards at Tidehaven Tigers
• Last year: Van Vleck, 13-7.
• Notes: Van Vleck (2-3, 1-1) and Tidehaven (2-4, 1-1) renewed their Matagorda County rivalry last season when they moved into the same district. Tidehaven has won 14 of the last 23 meetings between the teams. Van Vleck began district with a win over Hitchcock before losing to Danbury. Tidehaven opened district with a loss to East Bernard before defeating Brazos. Van Vleck's Trustin Norris and Montrell Brown have combined to rush for 902 yards and seven touchdowns. Tidehaven's Brandon Litzau has passed for 668 yards and two touchdowns, and Eric Villarreal has 453 yards rushing and three touchdowns and 329 receiving yards and one touchdown.
DISTRICT 14-2A, DIVISION II
Schulenburg Shorthorns at Blanco Panthers
• Last year: Blanco, 22-21.
Notes: Schulenburg (4-1, 2-0) makes the 119-mile trip to Blanco (2-3, 0-1) looking to erase some bad memories from last season. Schulenburg lost to Blanco, Rogers and Lexington by a combined 22 points and missed the playoffs as a result. Schulenburg currently shares the district lead with Rogers and Jarrell. Blanco has lost three straight games, including last week's district opener against Rogers. Schulenburg's Ross Bludau has passed for a district-leading 1,081 yards and nine touchdowns, and Jeffrey Lara and Tyler Thompson are 1-2 in the area in receiving with 25 and 22 catches, respectively, for 781 yards and six touchdowns.
DISTRICT 15-2A, DIVISION II
Bloomington Bobcats at Dilley Wolves
• Last year: Dilley, 48-0.
• Notes: Bloomington (1-4, 0-2) makes the 181-mile trek to play Dilley (3-2, 2-0). Bloomington is coming off perhaps its most difficult setback during its 60-game district losing streak. Karnes City kicked a 22-yard field goal with five seconds left in the fourth quarter to claim a 29-27 win. Dilley has defeated Stockdale and Nixon-Smiley in district play. Bloomington's John Mendez has rushed for 771 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Cotulla Cowboys at Karnes City Badgers
• Last year: Karnes City, 19-7.
• Notes: Karnes City (2-3, 1-1) and Cotulla (1-4, 1-1) battle to remain in contention in the district race. Karnes City's Ronnie Kinney kicked a 22-yard field goal with five seconds left in the fourth quarter in a 29-27 win over Bloomington last week. Cotulla was shut out by Poth a week after it shut out Natalia. Karnes City's Paul Kinney has rushed for 493 yards and six touchdowns, and Dylan Wright has rushed for 437 yards and four touchdowns.
• Radio: KAML, 990 AM.
Nixon-Smiley Mustangs at Stockdale Brahmas
• Last year: Stockdale, 34-7.
• Notes: Nixon-Smiley (3-2, 1-1) and Stockdale (2-3, 1-1) play for the 14th time since 1998. Stockdale holds a 9-4 edge during that span. Nixon-Smiley's two district games have been decided by seven points or less, including a win over Karnes City and a loss to Dilley. Stockdale lost to Dilley and defeated Natalia. Nixon-Smiley's Jared Van Auken has rushed for 443 yards and four touchdowns.
DISTRICT 16-2A, DIVISION II
Refugio Bobcats at Taft Greyhounds
• Last year: Refugio, 80-0.
• Notes: Refugio (4-1, 2-0) and Taft (4-1, 2-0) play for the 61st time to determine first place in district. Refugio leads the series 43-14-3. Refugio is ranked No. 9 in the state Class 2A poll and has won 39 straight district games. Refugio quarterback Travis Quintanilla set a state record in last year's game by throwing 10 touchdown passes. Refugio has defeated Riviera and Freer in district play, and Taft has downed Banquete and Santa Gertrudis Academy. Refugio's Quintanilla has passed for an area-leading 1,423 yards and 15 touchdowns, and Devon LaFrance, J.B. Brown and Tyler Castellano each have 15 catches for a combined 713 yards and eight touchdowns. Refugio's Jaylon Mascorro has an area-leading five interceptions.
DISTRICT 13-1A, DIVISION I
Holland Hornets at Flatonia Bulldogs
• Last year: Holland, 40-17.
• Notes: Holland (5-1) and Flatonia (4-1) begin district play on winning streaks. Holland has won five straight games since losing its opener to Jarrell. Flatonia has won four consecutive games since dropping its season opener to Nixon-Smiley. Flatonia has allowed a total of 35 points in the four wins. Flatonia's defense is yielding an average of 202.8 yards per game.
Weimar Wildcats at Thorndale Bulldogs
• Last year: Weimar, 27-9.
• Notes: Weimar (2-2) begins defense of its district title against Thorndale (3-2). Weimar has lost its last two games against Hallettsville and Schulenburg. Thorndale is coming off a 49-10 win over San Saba. Weimar is limiting opponents to an average of 252.8 yards per game but is averaging 205 yards per game on offense.
DISTRICT 15-1A, DIVISION I
Kenedy Lions at Shiner Comanches
• Last year: Shiner, 33-6.
• Notes: Shiner (3-2) goes for its third straight win over Kenedy (2-2) as the team's open district play. One of those wins came in the 2011 bi-district playoffs. Shiner has won two straight games against Class 1A teams after going 1-2 against 2A opponents. Kenedy has played one game in the last three weeks - losing 27-26 to Junction - after having games against Woodsboro and San Antonio Hawkins canceled. Shiner leads the district in offense, averaging 329.8 yards per game, and defense, yielding an average of 209 yards per game. Kenedy's Dominic Cruz has passed for a district-leading 531 yards and seven touchdowns, and Jacob Asebedo has a district-leading 17 catches for 215 yards and four touchdowns. Shiner's Marcus Coleman, Jacob Stafford and Chad Neubauer have combined to rush for 1,254 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Yorktown Wildcats at Three Rivers Bulldogs
• Last year: Three Rivers, 43-32.
• Notes: Yorktown (2-3) and Three Rivers (3-2) come off of their bye weeks and open district play. Yorktown's last game was a 29-19 win over Pettus, which ended a three-game losing streak. Three Rivers has lost its last two games against George West and Falls City. Three Rivers' Robert Moreno, Paul Almendarez and Jesse Perez have combined to rush for 1,111 yards and seven touchdowns.
Runge Yellowjackets at Woodsboro Eagles
• Last year: Runge, 14-13.
• Notes: Runge (4-0) and Woodsboro (5-0) open district with undefeated records for the second consecutive season. Runge is coming off a bye, while Woodsboro beat Benavides 51-14 last week. Runge's win last season allowed it to finish second, while Woodsboro finished third. Runge's four wins have been by an average of more than 32 points. Woodsboro's five wins have been by an average of more than 26 points. Each team has one shutout. Runge's Corey Barnes has rushed for 557 yards and three touchdowns. Woodsboro's Lionel Brown has rushed for 637 yards and seven touchdowns.
TAPPS DIVISION II, DISTRICT 3
St. Joseph Flyers at Austin Regents Knights, 7 p.m.
• Last year: St. Joseph, 19-9.
• Notes: St. Joseph (1-4, 1-1) looks for a repeat of last season when it upset and undefeated Regents (5-0, 2-0) team. St. Joseph's lone victory was a 31-9 decision over San Antonio Cornerstone Christian. St. Joseph has not scored in its four losses. Regents has scored at least 41 points in every game and has not allowed more than 22 points in any game. St. Joseph's Harrison High and Adam Konarik have three interceptions each.
TAPPS DIVISION III, DISTRICT 5
St. Paul Cardinals at John Paul II Guardians
• Last year: St. Paul, 44-20.
• Notes: St. Paul (0-4, 0-1) travels from Shiner to Schertz seeking its first win when it plays John Paul II (3-1, 0-0). St. Paul is trying to bounce back from a 56-14 district-opening loss to Bryan Brazos Christian. John Paul II has played once in the last three weeks and lost to Marble Falls Faith Academy 28-21. St. Paul's T.J. Bell has rushed for 531 yards and three touchdowns.
• Radio: KYKM, 94.3 FM. Internet: texasthunderradio.com.
Compiled by Mike Forman