The Watchlist: 4 Games To Keep Your Eye On In Thursday’s Playoff Games

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By: Hunter Cooke
November 10th, 2016

 

Midland vs. El Paso El Dorado

Midland’s been better than expected this year, but how will they react traveling all the way to El Paso to take on El Dorado? The Aztecs are 8-2 with a terrifyingly good offense, and if Midland isn’t careful, they might face an earlier exit than they were expecting.

I think San Angelo Central is one of the unquestioned best teams in 6A. This game will show us what they and DeSoto are made of in a roundabout way, as Midland’s only two losses are to them.

Seagraves vs. Bovina 

Seagraves was projected as one of the top teams in 2A with their blistering offense. Three losses, two of them in district play, put a damper on those hopes, but they’re not all gone yet. First, they have to get past 8-1 Bovina, who’s likely chomping at the bit to get a piece of the Eagles.

Bovina isn’t to be counted out of this race, but this matchup likely would’ve occured later in the playoffs if not for the meteoric rise of Hamlin and Roscoe, both of which beat Seagraves. I still think the Eagles are one of the most talented teams in 2A, but the road ahead is very tough.

Poth vs. Odem

Odem’s rocking a 9-1 record coming into this one, boasting only a loss to George West. Poth has two losses, to Stockdale and Nixon-Smiley. Odem’s a team I can see making a deep playoff run, and it’s a bummer that they drew Poth so early. This deserves a later matchup for both teams, but it’ll be a treat for the fans.

I’m high on Odem making it pretty far this year. I think their defense is beginning to solidify and that they’re a solid bet coming into this year.

Dumas vs. Abilene Cooper

Dumas is sitting pretty at 8-2. Abilene Cooper made a dramatic run through their tough district to finish at 6-4. Both are looking solid coming in, and those that can make it out to Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock are in for a treat.

This is the first of many games where we’ll see exactly how tough district 4-5A actually was. There were, at one time, three undefeated teams in Lubbock. They either beat each other, or Abilene Cooper beat them. West Texas districts can be tough to predict against other competition, and this is the first of a series of games that will show us just how difficult this district was.

 

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