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If you have limited knowledge about six-man teams, it can be difficult to choose a game. Every week there are several poor match-ups that end early because of the mercy rule. Based on spreads provided by Sixmania, these games are expected to be barn-burners.

Garden City Bearkats vs Balmorhea Bears

7:30 pm Friday @ Balmorhea

It’s impossible to ignore a game between top ten teams- especially when it’s expected to be an eight point game. Garden City is the underdog, but they will be looking to redeem themselves for last season’s 45-35 loss to Balmorhea.

Coach’s Take

Balmorhea head coach Vance Jones
“It should be an interesting hard fought football game. They don’t have all the superstars they had last year but they still have a pretty solid team they are pretty well coached.”

Garden City head coach Jeff Jones
“We are looking forward to this game mainly for the fact Balmorhea will show us parts of the game we need to work on.  They can expose weaknesses, and that’s really what we need during non-district.  This is always a very competitive game between two programs that respect the heck out of each other, and I’m sure it’s a fun games for football fans to sit back and enjoy.”

Oakwood Panthers vs Coolidge Yellow Jackets

7:30 pm Friday @ Oakwood

Both teams are 2-1 on the season, but Oakwood is a 12 point favorite. Coolidge’s loss came at the hands of powerhouse Calvert. Oakwood lost to a strong Zephyr team. The Jackets will need to build a lot of momentum to overcome Oakwood’s home field advantage.

Coach’s Take

Coolidge head coach Wayne Ware
“We will have a hard time slowing down the high powered Oakwood offense, a team averaging 57 points a game- led by #10 Ethan Edgemon and #1 Key’undre Davis.  Not only must we figure out how to slow Oakwood down but we have to figure out how we can score on their defense, who is only giving up 18 points a game. They pitched 2 consecutive shutouts and they are playing with alot of confidence.”

Oakwood head coach Chris Kuykendall
“Coolidge is a well coached and talented team.  They always play Oakwood with their A game and I will expect nothing less Friday.  Hoover and Brown are both great backs and if not contained can open a game up.”

Brookesmith Mustangs vs Trent Gorillas

7:30 pm Friday @ Trent

With a single point spread, this should be a battle from start to finish. Both teams will be looking for their first win of the season. Brookesmith is picked to win, but Trent has more on the line- it’s their homecoming game.

Coach’s Take

Trent head coach Mark Weaver
“Brookesmith is a good athletic team that will be tough for us.  They are a well coached team. I know this personally through my time at Mullin, when Coach Edmonson was at Blanket. This is a big week for us- its our homecoming and our boys have had a good week of practice. We are both 0-3 and looking for our first win. What better time to get your first win than on homecoming. I know it will be a hard fought battle and be a good game for fans to watch.”

Brookesmith head coach Scott Edmonson
“I am looking forward to the game this week, it should be a great match-up. Two young teams that are hungry for a win. I know Coach Weaver will have them ready to come after us. He is a great young coach with a lot of six man football knowledge. We will have to be very prepared.”

McDade Bulldogs vs Gustine Tigers

7:00 pm Thursday @ Gustine

This is McDade’s first full season of varsity play, and they are currently 1-1.  They suffered a mercy rule loss to Buckholts last week, and will be looking for a win. 
Gustine is a 17 point favorite, but in six-man that’s not even a comfortable lead.  The Bulldogs have struggled for several years- they have only won eight games since 2012. At 0-3, they need a win to stay motivated.

Coach’s Take

Gustine head coach Jack Graves
“It should be a hard fought game between two teams trying to adjust to new coaches.”

McDade head coach Cory Shwartz
“I’m really looking forward to taking the team to the heart of six-man country and showing the kids the six-man culture. It should be a competitive game.”

 

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