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We’re nearing the halfway mark of the Texas high school football season and as teams start district play, there are more and more intriguing matchups on deck. Here are some of the games to watch in Week Five in Central Texas.

Milford​ ​at​ ​Aquilla

Milford​ ​is​ ​coming​ ​into​ ​this​ ​game​ ​4-0,​ ​with​ ​impressive​ ​wins​ ​over​ ​Bryson​ ​and​ ​Jonesboro.​ ​The
Bulldogs​ ​offense​ ​is​ ​averaging​ ​53.5​ ​points​ ​per​ ​game​ ​and​ ​the​ ​defense​ ​has​ ​forced​ ​12​ ​turnovers​ ​on the​ ​season.​ ​Aquilla​ ​is​ ​also​ ​undefeated​ ​and​ ​the​ ​Cougars​ ​have​ ​outscored​ ​their​ ​opponents​ ​205-13. The​ ​Aquilla​ ​defense​ ​will​ ​face​ ​their​ ​toughest​ ​offense​ ​yet​ ​and​ ​it​ ​will​ ​be​ ​interesting​ ​to​ ​see​ ​if​ ​they​ ​are for​ ​real.

Last​ ​Meeting​ (​2016):Milford​ ​61​, Aquilla​ ​12

Eustace​ ​at​ ​Groesbeck

The​ ​Goats​ ​are​ ​coming​ ​into​ ​this​ ​game​ ​2-1,​ ​after​ ​an​ ​ugly​ ​loss​ ​to​ ​rival​ ​Mexia​ ​36-8.​ ​Groesbeck​ ​willneed​ ​to​ ​put​ ​some​ ​points​ ​on​ ​the​ ​board,​ ​the​ ​Goats​ ​are​ ​only​ ​averaging​ ​16.3​ ​points​ ​per​ ​game​ ​and have​ ​49​ ​total​ ​points​ ​on​ ​the​ ​season.​ ​The​ ​strength​ ​of​ ​the​ ​team​ ​is​ ​their​ ​defense,​ ​who​ ​has​ ​forced​ ​7 turnovers​ ​on​ ​the​ ​season​ ​and​ ​average​ ​2​ ​interceptions​ ​a​ ​game.​ ​

Eustace​ ​is​ ​currently​ ​3-0​ ​and​ ​the Bulldogs​ ​have​ ​won​ ​2​ ​of​ ​those​ ​games​ ​on​ ​the​ ​road.​ ​The​ ​Bulldogs​ ​offense​ ​is​ ​averaging​ ​29​ ​points per​ ​game​ ​and​ ​they​ ​like​ ​to​ ​pound​ ​the​ ​ball​ ​with​ ​their​ ​rushing​ ​attack.​ ​Eustace​ ​has​ ​gained​ ​839​ ​total yards​ ​on​ ​offense​ ​this​ ​season​ ​and​ ​688​ ​of​ ​those​ ​yards​ ​are​ ​rushing.

Last​ ​Meeting​ (​2016): Groesbeck​ ​18​, Eustace​ ​15

Cameron​ Yoe ​at​ ​McGregor

The​ ​Yoe​men ​have​ ​found​ ​themselves​ ​in​ ​a​ ​very​ ​unusual​ ​predicament​ ​facing​ ​a​ ​1-3​ ​start​ ​on​ ​the​ ​season. The​ ​record​ ​in​ ​somewhat​ ​deceiving​ ​however,​ ​as​ ​they​ ​have​ ​lost​ ​to​ ​2​ ​of​ ​the​ ​best​ ​4A​ ​programs​ ​in Central​ ​Texas.​ ​The​ ​Cameron​ ​offensive​ ​approach​ ​is​ ​very​ ​balanced​ ​gaining​ ​751​ ​yards​ ​rushing and​ ​755​ ​yards​ ​passing,​ ​so​ ​far​ ​this​ ​season.​ ​The​ ​Yoe​ ​defense​ ​is​ ​very​ ​aggressive​ ​as​ ​well,​ ​with​ ​9 forced​ ​turnovers,​ ​3​ ​sacks,​ ​and​ ​16​ ​QB​ ​hurries.​ ​

McGregor​ ​is​ ​currently​ ​2-2,​ ​with​ ​losses​ ​to Groesbeck​ ​and​ ​Mart.​ ​The​ ​Bulldogs​ ​offense​ ​takes​ ​a​ ​run​ ​first​ ​approach,​ ​but​ ​the​ ​team​ ​has​ ​lost​ ​4 fumbles​ ​in​ ​the​ ​process.​ ​This​ ​is​ ​the​ ​first​ ​district​ ​game​ ​for​ ​these​ ​teams​ ​and​ ​both​ ​will​ ​want​ ​to​ ​get that​ ​first​ ​win,​ ​to​ ​help​ ​earn​ ​a​ ​playoff​ ​birth.
Last​ ​Meeting​ (2016): Cameron​ Yoe ​44​, McGregor​ ​20

De​ ​Leon​ ​at​ ​Crawford

The​ ​Bearcats​ ​of​ ​De​ ​Leon​ ​might​ ​be​ ​one​ ​of​ ​the​ ​best​ ​kept​ ​secrets​ ​in​ ​the​ ​state​ ​of​ ​Texas.​ ​De​ ​Leon​ ​is currently​ ​4-0​ ​and​ ​has​ ​outscored​ ​their​ ​opponents​ ​182-25.​ ​Last​ ​season​, ​the​ ​Bearcats​ ​were​ ​11-3 before​ ​falling​ ​to​ ​guess​ ​who,​ ​Crawford​ ​41-14​ ​in​ ​the​ ​quarterfinals.​

​Crawford​ ​is​ ​currently​ ​3-1​ ​on​ ​the season,​ ​after​ ​a​ ​slow​ ​start​ ​and​ ​cost​ ​them​ ​the​ ​game​ ​against​ ​Clifton​ ​21-20.​ ​The​ ​Pirates​ ​are​ ​a physical​ ​group​ ​that​ ​like​ ​to​ ​run​ ​the​ ​ball​ ​down​ ​hill.​ ​This​ ​will​ ​be​ ​the​ ​first​ ​district​ ​game​ ​for​ ​these​ ​two and​ ​De​ ​Leon​ ​will​ ​be​ ​looking​ ​to​ ​make​ ​a​ ​statement.​ ​Crawford​ ​can’t​ ​sleep​ ​on​ ​the​ ​Bearcats​ ​or​ ​they will​ ​swab​ ​the​ ​deck​ ​with​ ​the​ ​Pirates.

Last​ ​Meeting​ ​(2016): Crawford​ ​41​, ​De​ ​Leon​ ​14

Killeen​ ​Shoemaker​ ​at​ ​Killeen​ ​Ellison

This​ ​matchup​ ​is​ ​very​ ​interesting,​ ​not​ ​only​ ​because​ ​it’s​ ​a​ ​district​ ​game​ ​and​ ​rivalry​ ​game,​ ​but
because​ ​we’re​ ​not​ ​sure​ ​who​ ​either​ ​of​ ​these​ ​teams​ ​really​ ​are.​ ​Shoemaker​ ​is​ ​currently​ ​0-4,​ ​but​ ​the Grey​ ​Wolves​ ​have​ ​played​ ​an​ ​extremely​ ​difficult​ ​non-district​ ​schedule.​

​Ellison​ ​is​ ​currently​ ​2-2,​ ​but the​ ​competition​ ​isn’t​ ​anywhere​ ​as​ ​strong​ ​as​ ​Shoemaker’s.​ ​This​ ​game​ ​is​ ​honestly​ ​up​ ​in​ ​the​ ​air and​ ​neither​ ​team​ ​will​ ​have​ ​home​ ​field​ ​advantage,​ ​because​ ​they​ ​share​ ​the​ ​same​ ​stadium.
Last​ ​Meeting​ ​(2016): Ellison​ ​24​, ​Shoemaker​ ​21


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