Week 8 Games To Watch In Central Texas

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Rockdale at Cameron Yoe

The Tigers and Yoe men have been squaring off against one another for the Battle of the Bell for over 60 years. This season marks the 63rd edition of the rivalry, as Cameron Yoe will be seeking revenge after falling to Rockdale last season.

The series is 5-5 over the past decade and the winner of the bell secures bragging rights for their community throughout the year.

Last Meeting (2016): Rockdale 80 , Cameron Yoe 54

Burnet at Gatesville

Gatesville has been the surprise team of 4A D1 district 13, in 2017 sitting at 6-0,1-0. The Hornets are lead by stud quarterback Jett Truss (87/142, 1,384 passing, 16 touchdowns,4 INT; 59 car, 429 rushing yards,6 TDs). Burnet is currently 4-2, 0-1, and will be in a dogfight with Liberty Hill and Lampasas, for the final playoff spot in the district.

Last Meeting (2016): Burnet 38 , Gatesville 35

Waco High at Temple

These two programs are historical titans in Central Texas and have built up a nice rivalry over the years. The programs have combined for seven State Championships and sent numerous players to the next level. They have played on fields honoring coaching legends, like Paul Tyson and Bob McQueen, now in 2017, they meet again for a playoff berth.

Waco High’s 4-2,1-1 in district play and the Lions will test the Wildcats defense with a strong rushing attack all night. Temple’s 5-2,3-0 and will test the Lions secondary with a quick strike passing attack.

Last Meeting (2016): Temple 48, Waco 45

Belton at Waco Midway

The Tigers and Panthers have played three common opponents on the season with Belton sitting at 2-1 and Midway 3-0 in those matchups. The thing that stands out in those games are the points scored by the opponents.

Belton has allowed 29 points per game, while Midway allowed 15.6. The Tigers defense will have their hands full with the offensive firepower of the Panthers, behind quarterback Tanner Mordecai, running back James Fullbright, and receiving duo Clayton Williams and Demarcus Degrate.

Last Meeting (2016): Waco Midway 49, Belton 42

China Spring at Waco La Vega

If this matchup doesn’t get your attention, I’m not sure what else will. The Cougars and Pirates have established themselves as two of the best programs in Class 4A and are lead by two of the best head coaches in the state, in Willie Williams and Mark Bell. Since the 2014 season, these teams have played each other 5 times, with La Vega leading the series 3-2. La Vega has outscored China Spring 91-83 in those matchups, with the largest margin of victory for either team has been a 13-point Pirates win in the 2015 quarterfinals.

This game has decided the district championship, since realignment and they have met twice in the quarterfinals to decide who’s playoff run would continue. La Vega is currently 6-0 and China Spring is 5-1. Once again this game has district championship implications on the line, as well as bragging rights in the Waco area.

Last Meeting (2016) State Quarterfinals: China Spring 21, Waco La Vega 10


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