Week nine is one of the more important weeks of the season at the six-man level — district competition begins for many, either to continue their strong non-district play or to hope for a turnaround; while others continue district play, some with more urgency to fight for their postseason chances.
Now would be a good time to check out this fast-paced action, and here are some of the best to catch:
White Deer (6-1) vs. Happy (7-0) (10/27) at Buck Stadium
The Happy Cowboys are a force to be reckoned with in six-man football, and this season could be their year to go all the way. First for the Cowboys however is a stacked 1-1A DI, beginning with a road contest against White Deer and their simply absurd defense. The Bucks lost by 10 to Follett in week six, but won all other games with shutouts — that’s right, the 24 points allowed to Follett were the only points allowed by White Deer all season. The offense hasn’t been too shabby either, scoring an average of 50.8 points per game.
The Bucks defense will get a strong test this week when the Happy offense comes to town — the unit has lit up scoreboards all across the Panhandle, scoring an astounding average of 80 points per game. The fewest points scored in a game by the Cowboys is 70; can the Bucks tremendous defense shrink this number down for a momentous win? Or will Happy be left grinning?
Last Result (2016): Happy 52, White Deer 0
Evant (6-1) vs. Zephyr (7-0) (10/27) at Elk Stadium
Evant has been one of the more surprising teams in 2017; after finishing 4-6 last season the Elks have turned things around, sporting a 6-1 record with a steady offense averaging 52.14 points per game.
Zephyr meanwhile continues to be a steady force, on pace to qualify for the playoffs for the fourth straight year. The Bulldogs offense has been outstanding this season, averaging 70.14 points per game. The Elks defense has allowed an average of 20.4 points per game, but can they hold firm against this powerful offense?
Last Result (2016): Zephyr 66, Evant 16
Imperial Buena Vista (5-1) vs. Marfa (5-1) (10/27) at Longhorn Stadium
Out in West Texas, a district champion may eventually be determined in this week’s 7-1A DI marquee matchup. Marfa was rolling through the 2017 season, scoring an average of 61.75 points per game up until a rough 54-6 loss to a strong Garden City team two weeks ago.
The Shorthorns took their bye week for additional preparation for an always potent Buena Vista squad; the Longhorns are eyeing their fourth straight postseason appearance, and may have the offense to pull it off.
Last Result (2016): Imperial Buena Vista 78, Marfa 32
Jonesboro (6-1) vs. Blanket (5-2) (10/27) at Pruitt Field
Despite a setback to Milford in week two, the Jonesboro Eagles haven’t skipped a beat, eyeing another appearance at the state title game. The offense has averaged 58.8 points per game so far, and that offense will continue to be needed as Jonesboro enters district play in a stacked 10-1A DI.
Blanket is no pushover, outside of their two losses (to quality May and Strawn teams) the Tigers scored an average of 49.8 points, and pitched three shutouts as well. Blanket should be a good first test for district action this season, but could they take the extra step against Jonesboro in 2017?
Last Result (2016): Jonesboro 54, Blanket 6
Knox City (5-2) vs. Rotan (6-1) (10/27) at Greyhound Field
Since entering six-man in 2012, Rotan hasn’t reached the playoffs or recorded a winning season — the Yellowhammers are making noise in 2017 however, on pace to do both. The offense has been decent so far, averaging 43.8 points per game and leading Rotan to wins over Jayton and Lueders-Avoca, preparing the team well for 4-1A DI play.
Up first for the Yellowhammers is a strong test with Knox City, a solid team despite the record. The Greyhounds endured losses to always potent Crowell and May teams, but are scoring an average of 53.7 points per game still. KC had decent competition in their wins as well, downing Throckmorton for their first win over this opponent since 1999, while also holding Newcastle to six points. Can Rotan make a major program-statement win? Or will Knox City’s offense dominate once again?
Last Result (2016): Knox City 78, Rotan 29
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