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Swinging over into the western part of the state, there are still plenty of teams from Class 4A on down riding undefeated records. Quite a few of them as a matter of fact are taking each other on this week:

Alpine (2-0) vs. Pecos (2-0) (9/15) Buck Stadium

Alpine has been firing on all cylinders so far, scoring 65 and 60 points in their two games, and shutting out both opponents. Pecos’ defense however has stepped up when needed, especially in last week’s 23-21 nailbiter against Kermit. Can it pass this test?

Last Result: Pecos 42, Alpine 18 (2016)

Tuscola Jim Ned (2-0) vs. Anson (2-0) (9/15) Indian Stadium

Anson quarterback Drew Hagler is already one of the more dynamic players in west Texas; the sophomore signal-caller has guided the Tigers offense well, playing a big role in 35 and 47 point wins this season. Jim Ned’s defense so far has shut out Coleman in the season opener, and held Goldthwaite to 18 points last week. Can the unit shut down Anson’s powerful offensive attack?

Last Result: Anson 40, Tuscola Jim Ned 20 (2016)

McCamey (2-0) vs. Iraan (2-0) (9/15) Badger Stadium

Iraan seems to not be skipping a beat, so far continuing their dominance of the regular season. The Braves have scored 86 total points in two games, while holding Crane and Ozona to 21 and 19 points respectively. McCamey meanwhile is one step behind, having scored 28 and 46 points in their first two games, and allowing a total of 32 points. But can the Badgers stop Kyle O’Bannon and Iraan’s powerful run game?

Last Result: Iraan 48, McCamey 7 (2016)

Sundown (2-0) vs. Seagraves (2-0) (9/15) Slaughter Field

Seagraves started out a little slow, but have still won both games, including last week’s 10-7 struggle against Floydada. On the other hand, Sundown’s offense has been dynamic so far, scoring 46 and 69 points in their two games. Can the Roughnecks defense continue their stout performance from last week, or will Seagraves kick things into gear?

Last Result: Seagraves 8, Sundown 6 (2016)

Marfa (2-0) vs. Balmorhea (2-0) (9/15) Martin Field

Perhaps one of the more underrated teams on the Bears schedule, Marfa dominated in their first two games, and have weapons. There is however no denying, Balmorhea is the team to beat. Their first two opponents were unable to, and the Bears scored a total of 121 points in those contests. Marfa does have the added bonus of familiarity, having scrimmaged with Balmorhea before the start of the season.

Last Result: Balmorhea 56, Marfa 8 (2016)

Borden County (2-0) vs. Calvert (2-0) (9/15) @ Zephyr’s Bulldog Field

Borden County’s defense has been solid so far, pitching shutouts in both games. Calvert’s offense meanwhile has been dynamic, scoring 66 and 74 points in their two games, with an additional test from a feisty Coolidge bunch last week. However make no mistake, Borden County’s offense is no pushover; the Coyotes have so far scored a total of 106 points against a preseason favorite and one of the top private school programs last season. Nevertheless, both the Calvert defense and BC offense will be put to the test in this contest.

Last Result: Calvert 62, Borden County 60 (2016)

Hermleigh (2-0) vs. Lueders-Avoca (2-0) (9/15) Cardinal Stadium

Hermleigh and Lueders-Avoca are fairly similar teams at this point: Both are starting the season with back to back wins, already an improvement on their 2016 campaigns. Both teams started the season with a sizeable win, but followed their season openers with close contests last week. Defense is likely key to this game, as both teams can score in buckets, and have the endurance to engage in a track meet.

Last Result: Hermleigh 64, Lueders-Avoca 52 (2016)

Ira (1-1) vs. Anton (2-0) (9/15) Bulldog Stadium

A very young but talented Ira team earned their first win of the season last week, topping New Home 72-46. With this game being in New Home, and the Bulldogs competing in the Jaybird Classic, this week’s contest is technically Ira’s home opener. The young offense performed well last week, but Ira will need their young defense to step up before the home crowd. Anton survived a 66-64 shootout with Amarillo San Jacinto last week, but also defeated Spur 45-7 in the season opener. While the offense is a threat, it’s about the same as it was at this time last season. The defense however has improved from this time in 2016.

Last Result: Ira 52, Anton 6 (2016)

 

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