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Rockdale​ ​at​ ​Little River Academy

The​ ​Academy​ ​defense​ ​will​ ​have​ ​their​ ​hands​ ​full​ ​with​ ​Rockdale​ ​dual​ ​threat​ ​quarterback ​Torry​ ​Locklin. Locklin​ ​has​ ​passed​ ​for​ ​458​ ​yards​ ​and​ ​two ​touchdowns​ ​this​ ​season,​ ​but​ ​where​ ​he​ ​is​ ​most​ ​effective is​ ​on​ ​the​ ​ground.​ ​The​ ​senior​ ​has​ ​51​ ​carries,​ ​342​ ​yards,​ ​and​ ​four touchdowns to go with averaging nearly seven ​yards​ ​a​ ​carry.​ ​

The​ ​Bumblebees​ ​will​ ​need​ ​to​ ​swarm​ ​to​ ​the​ ​ball​ ​and​ ​put​ ​some​ ​points​ ​on​ ​the board.​ ​The​ ​most​ ​points​ ​the​ ​Academy​ ​offense​ ​has​ ​put​ ​up​ ​this​ ​season​ ​is​ ​17,​ ​in​ ​a​ ​36-17​ ​loss​ ​to Whitney.

Last​ ​Meeting​ ​(2016): Rockdale​ ​56​, ​Academy​ ​13

Franklin​ ​at​ ​Cameron​ ​Yoe

This​ ​matchup​ ​is​ ​intriguing​ ​because​ ​both​ ​teams​ ​have​ ​losses​ ​to​ ​4A​ ​programs​ ​and​ ​we​ ​really​ ​don’tknow​ ​who​ ​these​ ​guys​ ​are​ ​halfway​ ​through​ ​the​ ​season.​ ​Cameron​ ​is​ ​off​ ​to​ ​the​ ​worst​ ​start​ ​in​ ​a very​ ​long​ ​time​ ​at ​1-4 ​and​ ​have dropped four in a row.

Franklin​ ​is​ ​currently​ ​3-2,​ ​with​ ​a​ ​key victory​ ​over​ ​Lorena​ ​27-26.​ ​The​ ​Yoe​men ​dropped​ ​their​ ​district​ ​opener​ ​last​ ​week​ ​to​ ​McGregor​ ​31-25 and​ ​will​ ​be​ ​looking​ ​to​ ​avoid​ ​an​ ​0-2​ ​district​ ​start,​ ​while​ ​Franklin​ ​will​ ​be​ ​looking​ ​to​ ​improve​ ​to​ ​2-0​ ​in district​ ​play.

Last​ ​Meeting​ ​(2016): Cameron​ ​Yoe 42​, ​Franklin​ ​38

Elkhart​ ​at​ ​West

This​ ​battle​ ​of​ ​3-1​ ​teams​ ​will​ ​be​ ​won​ ​by​ ​the​ ​team​ ​who​ ​can​ ​stop​ ​the​ ​running​ ​game.​ ​The​ ​Elks​ ​are averaging​ ​300​ ​rushing​ ​yards​ ​per​ ​game​ ​with​ ​16​ ​rushing​ ​touchdowns​ ​and​ ​over​ ​1,200​ ​total​ ​rushing yards​ ​on​ ​the​ ​season.​ ​The​ ​Trojans​ ​are​ ​averaging​ ​207.5​ ​rushing​ ​yards​ ​per​ ​game​ ​with​ ​12​ ​rushing touchdowns​ ​and​ ​830​ ​total​ ​rushing​ ​yards​ ​on​ ​the​ ​season.​

​These​ ​teams​ ​are​ ​almost​ ​identical,​ ​in their​ ​three ​wins​ ​West​ ​averaged​ ​44​ ​points​ ​per​ ​game,​ ​but​ ​in​ ​their​ ​loss​ ​to​ ​Mart​ ​they​ ​were​ ​held​ ​to​ ​12 points.​ ​Elkhart​ ​averaged​ ​38​ ​points​ ​per​ ​game​ ​in​ ​their​ ​three ​victories,​ ​but​ ​were​ ​held​ ​to​ ​seven ​points​ ​in​ ​a loss​ ​to​ ​Troup.

Last​ ​Meeting​ (​2016): West​ ​23​, ​Elkhart​ ​16

Hico​ ​at​ ​De​ ​Leon

After​ ​coming​ ​off​ ​an​ ​impressive​ ​38-18​ ​victory​ ​on​ ​the​ ​road​ ​against​ ​Crawford​ ​last​ ​week,​ De Leon is ​no​ ​longer​ ​under​ ​the​ ​radar.​ ​The​ ​Bearcats​ ​are​ ​currently​ ​5-0​ ​and​ ​all​ ​the key​ ​pieces​ ​to​ ​make​ ​a​ ​run​ ​come​ ​playoffs.​ Quarterback and safety​ ​Kevin​ ​Yeager​ ​is​ ​remarkable​ ​and​ ​can make​ ​plays​ ​all​ ​over​ ​the​ ​field.​ ​

Running back ​Anthony​ ​Rangel​ ​has​ ​big​ ​play​ ​abilities​ ​as​ ​well​ ​and can​ ​hide​ ​behind​ ​the​ ​offensive​ ​line​ ​and​ ​burst​ ​long​ ​runs​ ​at​ ​anytime.​ ​The​ ​Hico​ ​defense​ ​will​ ​need​ ​to bring​ ​their​ ​A​ ​game​ ​in​ ​order​ ​to​ ​slow​ ​down​ ​the​ ​Bearcats​ ​quick​ ​strike​ ​offense.
Last​ ​Meeting​ (​2016): Hico​ ​34​, ​De​ ​Leon​ ​32

A&M​ ​Consolidated​ ​at​ ​Temple

A&M​ ​Consolidated​ ​is​ ​currently​ ​5-0, 1-0​ ​in​ ​district,​ ​but​ ​last​ ​week​ ​the​ ​Tigers​ ​struggled​ ​at​ ​home​ ​with Waco​ ​High,​ ​before​ ​securing​ ​the​ ​victory​ ​35-31.​ ​Temple​ ​is​ ​sitting​ ​at​ ​3-2, 1-0​ ​in​ ​district,​ ​with​ ​losses to​ ​Waco​ ​Midway​ ​and​ ​Round Rock​ ​Cedar​ ​Ridge.​ ​Temple​ ​is​ ​currently​ ​averaging​ ​40​ ​points​ ​per​ ​game​ ​and their​ ​defense​ ​has​ ​forced​ ​5​ ​turnovers.​ ​A&M​ ​Consolidated​ ​is​ ​currently​ ​averaging​ ​39​ ​points​ ​per game​ ​and​ ​their​ ​defense​ ​has​ ​forced​ ​12​ ​turnovers.​ ​

The​ ​Tigers​ ​quarter ​Caden​ ​Fedora​ ​is​ ​78-for-114,​ ​1,134 yards,​ ​and​ ​10​ ​touchdowns​ ​on​ ​the​ ​season and has a number of playmakers to turn to, with five​ ​players​ ​with​ ​rushing​ ​touchdowns on​ ​the​ ​season​ ​and​ ​six​ ​players​ ​with​ ​receiving​ ​touchdowns.​ ​The​ ​Wildcats​ ​are​ ​very​ ​balanced​ ​on offense​ ​lead​ ​by​ ​QB​ ​TJ​ ​Rumfield​ ​who​ ​is​ ​50-83,​ ​827​ ​yards,​ ​and​ ​10​ ​touchdowns.​ ​Temple​ ​also​ ​has 4​ ​players​ ​who​ ​have​ ​rushed​ ​for​ ​touchdowns​ ​on​ ​the​ ​season​ ​and​ ​WR​ ​Xavier​ ​Johnson​ ​has​ ​hauled in​ ​8​ ​receiving​ ​touchdowns.

Last​ ​Meeting​ (​2016): Temple​ ​34​ ​A&M​ ​Consolidated​ ​22


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