Aquilla (7-1,2-0) at Coolidge (5-2,1-0)
This game will likely determine the winner of District 14-1A D1. Aquilla has been fantastic this season, with their only loss coming against juggernaut Milford. Coolidge has been playing well also, with their only losses coming to powerhouse programs Calvert and Jonesboro. These teams pride themselves in putting up points and holding their opponents at bay with sound defense.
Last Meeting: Coolidge 69, Aquilla 22 (2016)
Goldthwaite (4-3,3-0) at Crawford (6-2,3-1)
Goldthwaite started the season 0-3, but the Eagles have regrouped to win four straight. Crawford has made the best of an unfortunate situation, with great coaching and living by the term “next man up”. The Pirates lost star RB Garrett Dutchsmann during their loss to Clifton with broken ribs and Casen Ewing was asked to carry the load.
Goldthwaite hasn’t played the toughest teams in district yet, so this game will be a measuring stick for the Eagles. Crawford has already faced the best team in district 7, De Leon and now Goldthwaite and Hico are the only teams with a chance to block the Pirates from earning runner up in district play.
Last Meeting: Crawford 34, Goldthwaite 9 (2016)
McGregor (4-3,2-1) at Rockdale (5-2,3-0)
Rockdale is coming off an emotional victory against nemesis Cameron Yoe for the Battle of the Bell, 63-34. The Tigers had their way with the Yoemen and secured their first back-to-back wins in the series since 1977.
McGregor rode the legs of Jonathan Phenix and used physical defense to dominate Jarrell last week for a 42-10 win to grab their second district victory. The Bulldogs will need to bring that same physicality with them this week to knock off the Tigers.
Rockdale will look to their senior leader quarterback Torry Locklin, to help guide them to victory with his dual threat capabilities. The Tigers are currently tied with Franklin for the lead in District 10-3A D1 and Franklin has already defeated McGregor 17-10.
Last Meeting: Rockdale 41, McGregor 34 (2016)
West (6-1,4-0) at #5 Malakoff (7-0,4-0)
The Trojans have already surpassed their total wins from last season and avenged losses against Rockdale and Carrollton Ranchview. West will now be looking to avenge another loss from last season, as they head to Malakoff for a shot at the district championship. The Tigers haven’t had a losing season since 2008 and they made themselves comfortable in big game scenarios.
Malakoff started the season off with three close games, with two of those games being won 29-27 and 49-47. The Trojans have an explosive offense, that is currently averaging 35.4 points per game and their defense has forced 11 turnovers on the season. Malakoff will be the toughest opponent that West has faced since Mart and the Trojans lost that game 42-12.
Last Meeting: Malakoff 42, West 0 (2016)
Gatesville (7-0,2-0) at China Spring (5-2,1-1)
The Cougars are coming off a district loss at rival La Vega 20-10. China Spring’s star receiver Tyrick James was taken completely out of the game by the Pirates defense. Gatesville is one of the biggest surprise teams of the season and the Hornets haven’t shown any signs of slowing down. The Hornets have outscored their two district opponents, Burnet and Lampasas, 96-20.
The Cougars haven’t lost back-to-back district games since 2014 and they haven’t lost to Gatesville since 2011. These two teams are very similar in their style of play and great defense has been the blueprint for success.
Last Meeting: China Spring 46, Gatesville 21 (2016)
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