Week two of district action is one of the more intriguing across Texas. Teams either continue their momentum from the district opener, making them an immediate contender for the district title, while others seek a rebound win and fight hard for their postseason chances. Texoma was no different, with a handful of intriguing storylines appearing from this past weekend’s contests. Here are some of the more key games from week eight:
District 4-4A DI
Wichita Falls Hirschi 69, Decatur 36
McKinney’s Matt Gadek broke the UIL 11-man record for single game rushing yards Thursday night with 599 — that record was nearly broken by Hirschi’s Daimarqua Foster the next night, who torched the Decatur defense with 580 rushing yards, propelling the Huskies to a win on the road and a 2-0 mark in district. Foster carried the ball 31 times, averaging 18.7 yards per carry and recording five touchdowns.
Mar’tez Vrana was stellar at the quarterback position as well, completing eight passes for 130 yards and four touchdowns. Hirschi returns home to host Burkburnett but travels to Argyle to possibly determine a district champion the following week.
District 4-3A DI
Breckenridge 32, Bowie 6
It was a close game at the half, with Bowie trailing 7-6. However, the Breckenridge offense powered through with 25 unanswered points to hand the Jackrabbits their first district loss. Dillon Swaim hauled in a catch from Matthew Wallace, but a 2-yard run by the Buckaroos’ Lonnie Hinson as the second quarter was expiring put Breckenridge on top.
A rebound game won’t be easy for Bowie as the dynamic Brock Eagles come to town next week.
District 5-3A DI
Van Alstyne 53, Howe 27
The Panthers rebounded nicely from their district-opening one point loss to Whitesboro, led by the strong performance of quarterback Rhett Gallagher. The junior signal-caller racked up 307 yards and four touchdowns on 17 completions, as well as 162 yards and a pair of scores on the ground.
Receiver Dylan Porter hauled in eight passes for 122 yards and a pair of scores, while Chase Wilson added 95 yards and a touchdown on six catches. Van Alstyne returns home next week to host Callisburg.
District 5-3A DII
Holliday 45, Wichita Falls City View 0
All of Holliday’s touchdowns were scored on the ground, and three different rushers tallied triple-digit rushing yards to move the Eagles to 2-0 in district. Justin Jones led the way with 164 yards and three touchdowns on 12 carries. Tristin Boyd and Connor Key tallied a touchdown each to go with 134 and 107 yards respectively. Rounding out the scoring was a touchdown by Kade Patterson.
Holliday returns home for week nine to host Henrietta.
Jacksboro 38, Nocona 14
The Tigers run game once again leads them to an impressive win; the unit as a whole recorded 375 yards in the contest, with Hunter Hackley leading the way for 120 yards and two touchdowns. Three different Hunters tallied touchdowns in this contest: Hackley’s two scores, Jacksboro’s Hunter Jackson tallying an 86-yard scoop-and-score in the first quarter, and Nocona’s Hunter Fenoglio hauled in a 20-yard touchdown pass from Jeremy James in the third quarter.
Jacksboro is on the road next week, traveling to Millsap.
District 12-1A DI
Bryson 70, Newcastle 16
Bryson scored in buckets to earn their first win over Newcastle since 2007, dashing the Bobcats hopes of an eighth straight district title. Brayden Houser completed 12 passes for 178 yards and three touchdowns, but the Cowboys run game was tremendous in the win. Ethan Robinson and Paul Davidson each tallied three touchdowns to go along with 147 and 116 yards on the ground, respectively; Houser added a touchdown and 63 yards rushing.
Bryson travels to Saint Jo next week for a game against the Panthers.
Forestburg 54, Saint Jo 45
Saint Jo led their county rival 26-18 at the half, but a strong and persevering second half by Forestburg eventually put them ahead in a contest that went down to the wire.
Forestburg takes their bye week this upcoming week but travels to Bryson the following Friday to possibly determine the district champion.