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The​ ​Center​ ​Texas​ ​area​ ​now​ ​has​ ​an​ ​idea​ ​of​ ​what​ ​to​ ​expect​ ​of​ ​teams​ ​after​ ​their​ ​games​ ​last​ ​week. Here​ ​is​ ​a​ ​preview​ ​of​ ​the​ ​best​ ​games​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Central​ ​Texas​ ​area​ ​for​ ​week​ ​1.

Mart​ ​at​ ​West

Coming​ ​off​ ​a​ ​Week​ ​1 ​loss​ ​to​ ​Lexington​ ​40-38,​ ​the​ ​Mart​ ​Panthers​ ​will​ ​be​ ​seeking​ ​their​ ​first​ ​win​ ​of the​ ​season​ ​as​ ​they​ ​head​ ​to​ ​West.​ ​The​ ​West​ ​Trojans​ ​are​ ​coming​ ​into​ ​the​ ​game​ ​on​ ​a​ ​high​ ​note after​ ​beating​ ​Rockdale​ ​42-24​ ​to​ ​open​ ​the​ ​season.​ ​This​ ​game​ ​will​ ​be​ ​a​ ​2A/3A​ ​matchup​ ​and​ ​Mart isn’t​ ​used​ ​to​ ​starting​ ​the​ ​season​ ​with​ ​a​ ​losing​ ​streak.

Last​ ​Meeting​ (​2016): Mart​ ​26​, West​ ​13

Killeen​ ​at​ ​Waco​ ​High

This​ ​game​ ​is​ ​6A/5A​ ​matchup​ ​of​ ​familiar​ ​foes.​ ​The​ ​Lions​ ​beat​ ​SA​ ​Roosevelt​ ​41-17,​ ​while​ ​Killeen lost​ ​to​ ​Round Rock​ ​Stony​ ​Point​ ​42-21​ ​in​ ​Week​ ​1.​ ​Waco​ ​High​ ​had​ ​an​ ​outstanding​ ​defensive​ ​performance forcing​ ​six ​turnovers. ​The​ ​Kangaroos​ ​will​ ​need​ ​to​ ​take​ ​care​ ​of​ ​the​ ​ball​ ​in order​ ​to​ ​score​ ​and​ ​their​ ​defense​ ​will​ ​need​ ​to​ ​force​ ​more​ ​three​-​and​-​outs.

Last​ ​meeting​ ​(2016): Waco​ ​34​, ​Killeen​ ​7

Jonesboro​ ​at​ ​Milford

Jonesboro​ ​is​ ​coming​ ​off​ ​the​ ​school’s​ ​first​ ​trip​ ​to​ ​the​ ​state​ ​championship,​ ​where​ ​they​ ​fell​ ​to Borden​ ​County​ ​60-12.​ ​The​ ​Eagles​ ​beat​ ​the​ ​Iredell​ ​Dragons​ ​30-0​ ​to​ ​start​ ​the​ ​2017​ ​season. Milford​ ​opened​ ​the​ ​season​ ​up​ ​in​ ​Hico,​ ​where​ ​they​ ​won​ ​a​ ​shootout​ ​out​ ​with​ ​the​ ​Bryson​ ​Cowboys 51-50.​ ​These​ ​two​ ​teams​ ​have​ ​no​ ​love​ ​lost​ ​and​ ​with​ ​Jonesboro​ ​winning​ ​the​ ​last​ ​couple​ ​of​ ​games, Milford​ ​is​ ​determined​ ​to​ ​get​ ​the​ ​W.

Last​ ​Meeting​ (​2016): Jonesboro​ ​34​, Milford​ ​16

Gatesville​ ​at​ ​Cameron​ ​Yoe

Last​ ​season​ ​the​ ​Hornets​ ​found​ ​themselves​ ​in​ ​a​ ​rebuilding​ ​process,​ ​however​ ​the​ ​Hornets​ ​had plenty​ ​of​ ​sting​ ​in​ ​week​ ​1,​ ​as​ ​the​ ​beat​ ​Waco​ ​Connally​ ​38-14.​ ​The​ ​Yoe​men ​had​ ​by​ ​their​ ​standards​ ​a down​ ​season​ ​as​ ​well​ ​in​ ​2016,​ ​but​ ​wasted​ ​no​ ​time​ ​resuming​ ​their​ ​winning​ ​ways​ ​defeating Bellville​ ​40-14.​ ​Cameron​ ​had​ ​a​ ​balanced​ ​offensive​ ​performance​ ​leading​ ​to​ ​six ​touchdowns​ ​and 468​ ​total​ ​yards.​ ​The​ ​Hornets​ ​defense​ ​will​ ​need​ ​to​ ​play​ ​well​ ​again​ ​this​ ​week​ ​in​ ​order​ ​to​ ​come​ ​out the​ ​victors.

Last​ ​Meeting​ ​(2016): Cameron​ Yoe ​69​, Gatesville​ ​31

Waco​ ​Midway​ ​vs​ ​Round Rock ​Cedar​ ​Ridge

Midway​ ​found​ ​themselves​ ​in​ ​a​ ​dogfight​ ​in​ ​week​ ​1 ​with​ ​Cedar​ ​Park.​ ​The​ ​Panthers​ ​were​ ​able​ ​to pull​ ​off​ ​the​ ​huge​ ​win​ ​on​ ​the​ ​road​ ​35-28.​ ​Cedar​ ​Ridge​ ​defeated​ ​the​ ​New​ ​Braunfels​ ​Canyon 46-14,​ ​so​ ​both​ ​teams​ ​will​ ​be​ ​looking​ ​to​ ​stay​ ​undefeated.​ ​Midway​ ​star​ ​QB​ ​Tanner​ ​Mordecai​ ​was 12-27​ ​for​ ​199​ ​yards​ ​with​ ​two​ ​touchdowns​ ​and​ ​one interception.​ ​Cedar​ ​Ridge​ ​will​ ​need​ ​to​ ​stay​ ​in​ ​position​ ​in the​ ​secondary​ ​and​ ​tackle​ ​in​ ​numbers,​ ​in​ ​order​ ​to​ ​slow​ ​down​ ​the​ ​Panthers​ ​offense.

Last​ ​Meeting​ (​2016): Round Rock Cedar Ridge ​52​, Waco Midway ​3

Fans​ ​will​ ​have​ ​plenty​ ​of​ ​games​ ​to​ ​choose​ ​from​ ​across​ ​the​ ​state​ ​this​ ​week,​ ​but​ ​if​ ​you​ ​are​ ​a casual​ ​fan​ ​looking​ ​for​ ​a​ ​matchup​ ​in​ ​Central​ ​Texas​ ​these​ ​are​ ​a​ ​few​ ​to​ ​consider.

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