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Game of the week for Friday, November 16, 2018

By Reece Waddell | Published Wednesday, November 14, 2018
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Slipping Away

SLIPPING AWAY – Decatur running back A.J. Martinez eludes a tackler during a game against Mineral Wells. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Decatur vs. Dumas
7 p.m.
Southwestern Oklahoma State University Weatherford, Okla.
Harris Line: Dumas by 10

After a crushing 49-48 loss to Gainesville in the regular season finale, Decatur will try to bounce back quickly for its 4A Region I bi-district game against Dumas.

The two will square off at 7 p.m. Friday at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, OK.

The Eagles ended the season 4-6 overall and were fourth in District 4-4A Division I. Gainesville jumped Decatur to finish third after its win over the Eagles last week.

It was the Leopards’ first win over Decatur since 2013.

“I expected to win it,” said Decatur coach Mike Fuller. “We had so many chances to make plays.”

Hauling It In

HAULING IT IN – Decatur receiver Beau Bedford catches a pass along the sideline during a game against Springtown. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Dumas is 8-2 overall and won District 3-4A I. It is on a seven-game winning streak.

“They’re really good on defense and play really hard,” Fuller said. “Offensively, they get after it. The strength of their team is defense. They’re a good, solid team.”

Dumas’ opponents are averaging just 18.2 points. The Devils blanked Borger 57-0 and Big Spring 55-0.

Fuller said Decatur will have to take advantage of their opportunities this week against a Dumas team that makes few mistakes.

“They have a good nose guard and two good linebackers – a free safety that’s a stud,” Fuller said. “The biggest thing about them is they don’t beat themselves.”

Decatur is 0-5 away from Eagle Stadium. They did not win a road game in the regular season.

Junior quarterback Roman Fuller ended the year with 3,214 yards, 31 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. Leading receiver Beau Bedford hauled in 83 passes for 1,238 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Fuller said junior running back A.J. Martinez is questionable to play. He’s missed the last two games with a high ankle sprain.

Opponents have scored 50.9 points per game against the Eagles.

“We have to play our best,” Fuller said. “We can’t beat ourselves. We have to make plays.”

Looking for Room

LOOKING FOR ROOM – Boyd’s Nick Taylor carries the ball during a game against Whitesboro. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

BEST OF THE REST

Boyd vs. Eastland
7:30 p.m.
Newton Field at Graham High School

The Boyd Yellowjackets will look to win their first playoff game since 2015 when they take on Eastland in the 3A Region I Division I bi-district round.

Boyd knocked off Brady 33-12 in 2015 before falling to Shallowater in the area round. The Yellowjackets are 6-4 overall and finished second in the highly competitive District 4-3A I.

Eastland took third in 3-3A I and is 7-3 overall. The Mavericks are averaging 31.9 points.

Boyd is putting up 26.9 points per game

Harris Line: Eastland by 2

Wichita Falls at Northwest
7 p.m.
Northwest ISD Stadium

After cruising to its first district title in school history, Northwest will host Wichita Falls in the 5A Region I Division II bi-district round of the playoffs.

The Texans went undefeated in 4-5A II and finished the season 8-2. The Coyotes finished fourth in 3-5A II and were 4-6.

Northwest won its six league games by a combined 366-53. The Texans’ last playoff win came in 2016 when they beat Denton 31-29.

Northwest has won seven straight games dating back to September.

Harris Line: Northwest by 14

Breaking Free

BREAKING FREE – Alvord quarterback Corbyn Cornell turns upfield during a game against Chico. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Alvord vs. Winters
7 p.m.
Indian Stadium at Comanche High School

The Alvord Bulldogs will try to build on their strong end to the regular season when they square off with Winters in the 2A Region I Division I bi-district round.

Alvord knocked off rival Chico and routed Olney 54-6 in the finale to end the year on a two-game winning streak. The Bulldogs are averaging 33 points this year.

It has been three years since Alvord’s last playoff win. The Bulldogs beat Boles in the bi-district round in 2015.

Harris Line: Winters by 8

Tripped Up

TRIPPED UP – Chico running back Nico Starnes is tackled during a game against Seymour. Messenger photo by Mack Thweatt

Chico vs. Hawley
7:30 p.m.
Jacksboro ISD Stadium

Chico will try to play spolier against heavyweight Hawley when the Dragons meet the Bearcats in the 2A Region I Division I bi-district round.

Hawley went 9-1 this season and 4-0 in District 3-2A I. The Bearcats’ lone loss came to Hamlin.

Chico finished 5-5 overall and fourth in 4-2A I. It is the third straight year the Dragons have made the playoffs.

Harris Line: Hawley by 27

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