Game of the Week for Friday, October 26, 2018

By Richard Greene | Published Wednesday, October 24, 2018
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Slipping By

SLIPPING BY – Boyd’s Boone Eustace tries to escape a Pilot Point tackler during the Yellowjackets’ win Friday. Photo courtesy Chance Kirby

Bowie at Boyd

7:30 p.m.
J.G. Cartwright Field at Yellowjacket Stadium
Harris Line: Boyd by 14

The Boyd Yellowjackets’ playoff hopes took a big leap forward Friday night with a win over the Pilot Point Bearcats on soupy Massey Stadium field.

The Yellowjackets and quarterback Kody Risenhoover made just enough plays in the passing game, two touchdowns on just four completions, for the 20-14 victory to move to 3-0 in District 4-3A Division I.

FULL-SPEED AHEAD – Boyd’s Boone Eustace runs up field against Pilot Point Friday. Photo courtesy Chance Kirby

“The field was in standing water. It was tough to play,” said Boyd coach Brandon Hopkins. “We weren’t able to throw much because of the conditions. We hit a couple of big plays.

“The defense really stepped up. After their first score, they only crossed midfield when they scored late.”

Boyd (5-2, 3-0) limited Pilot Point to just 230 yards.

After the big win Friday, Boyd faces another critical matchup this week at home against the Bowie Jackrabbits. Boyd follows that matchup with games against league co-leader Brock and Whitesboro.

“We have Bowie and then two of the top teams in Brock and Whitesboro,” Hopkins said. “We have a lot of work to do. In this district, three wins might not be enough to get in [the playoffs] and it could come down to a tiebreaker. This is really a playoff game here.”

Boyd has not had much luck against the Jackrabbits lately. Bowie has won three straight against the Yellowjackets, including a 34-20 victory last season.

“They do a good job and always present some matchup issues,” Hopkins said.

Bowie (2-5, 1-2) is coming off a big 63-21 victory last week over Ponder behind a big performance from quarterback Payton Price. The dual-threat signal caller was 13-for-19 for 204 yards and three touchdowns through air. He added 69 yards and two scores rushing.

“He can run and throw. He also has 6-7 and 6-4 weapons on the outside at receiver,” Hopkins said. “We’ll definitely have our hands full.”

Out of Reach

OUT OF REACH – Decatur’s Zane Hickey dives for a Springtown runner during the Eagles’ loss Friday. Messenger photo by Joe Duty


Mineral Wells at Decatur

7 p.m.
Eagle Stadium

After beating Wichita Falls Hirschi in the District 4-4A Division I opener, the Decatur Eagles took a step backward last week in a 75-35 loss to rival Springtown.

At 1-1 in league play, the Eagles must prove to have a short memory this week when the red-hot Mineral Wells Rams invade Eagle Stadium.

Mineral Wells (6-1, 1-1) rebounded from its lone loss, 42-21 to Springtown, with a 30-17 win over Burkburnett last week. The Rams piled up 421 yards against Burkburnett, including 351 rushing. Senior Khalil Thompson ran for 282 yards and four scores. For the season, Thompson has 1,240 yards and 16 touchdowns.

Decatur (2-5, 1-1) had trouble last week trying to wrap up Springtown’s Cameron Rickett, who ran for 338 yards and five touchdowns. Springtown racked up 650 yards.

The Eagles had 510 yards with quarterback Roman Fuller throwing for 283 yards and three touchdowns.

Harris Line: Pick

Bridgeport at Vernon

7 p.m.
Lion Stadium

The Bridgeport Bulls challenged District 3-4A Division II favorite Graham last week but couldn’t hold off the Steers in a 35-17 loss.

The Bulls (5-2, 1-1) look to get back on track Friday as they head west to take on the Vernon Lions.

Against Graham, quarterback Jadon Maddux ran for 163 yards and threw for a pair of touchdowns. Bridgeport managed 260 yards against the Steers.

The Bulls defense had its struggles slowing Graham, which had 521 yards.

The Bulls will look to slow down Vernon’s dual-threat quarterback BT White. The sophomore has thrown for 668 yards and three scores and run for 749 yards.

After opening the season with a 28-21 win over Gainesvile, Vernon dropped four straight before beating Aubrey (30-14). Vernon fell to rival Iowa Park 28-14 last week.

Harris Line: Pick

Alvord at Lindsay

7 p.m.
Henry B. Schroeder Knight Field

The Alvord Bulldogs’ three-game winning streak came to an end Friday with a 23-0 loss at home against District 4-2A Division I favorite Seymour.

The Bulldogs hit the road for the first time in league play to battle the Lindsay Knights.

Alvord (4-3, 0-1), which had scored more than 60 in two straight games, was shutout against Seymour. Alvord managed only 179 yards.

The Bulldogs face a Lindsay squad that had a breakout night offensively last week in a 65-6 win over Olney to improve to 4-4 and 1-1 in district. The Knights had been held to 12 points or less in three straight losses against Celeste, Collinsville and Chico.

Harris Line: Lindsay by 1

Olney at Chico

7 p.m.
Dragon Stadium

With a week of rest on the heels of a massive 15-12 win against distirct foe Lindsay under their belts, the Chico Dragons will return home to face Olney in its homecoming Friday.

Chico coach Clayton Sanders said the contest against Lindsay two weeks ago was a ‘signature’ win. After discovering their ability against one of the district’s best teams, Chico will look to stay focused against one of the worst in the area.

Olney has stuggled to start the season, dropping it’s past six games. Last week, Lindsay rolled past the Cubs 65-6.

Chico is coming off its biggest win of the season coming into the game with 4-3 record and is 1-0 in district play.

After racking up 103 yards against Lindsay, Chico back Nico Starnes will look to have another big night against Olney. He enters the game with 1,206 yards and five touchdowns on the ground.

Harris Line: Chico by 33

Pilot Point at Paradise

7:30 p.m.
Panther Stadium

The Paradise Panthers return to action after a week off Friday, looking to get back in the District 4-3A Division I playoff picture against the Pilot Point Bearcats.

Paradise (4-3, 1-2) went into its break off a 28-7 loss to rival Boyd. The Panthers have dropped two of three after starting the year 3-1.

The Panthers will try to revive an offense that managed only 150 yards and a touchdown against Boyd.

Pilot Point (5-3, 2-3) suffered a 20-14 loss to Boyd last week. The Bearcats were limited to 230 yards. The Bearcats have suffered a rash of injuries in the backfield in recent weeks.

Harris Line: Pilot Point by 28

Victory Christian at Westlake Academy

7 p.m.

The Victory Christian Patriots enjoyed a break last week and took a chance to regroup.

The Patriots (2-3) went into the break off a 70-24 loss to Heritage Christian Academy.

Victory Christian catches a strong Westlake squad that is 4-2.

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