Week Three Games To Watch In Central Texas

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Waco Midway​ ​at​ ​Temple

The​ ​Midway Panthers​ ​and​ Temple ​Wildcats​ ​face​ ​off​ ​in​ ​one​ ​of​ ​the​ ​most​ ​highly​ ​anticipated​ ​games​ ​in​ ​the​ ​state​ ​​this​ ​week.​ Both squads enter this ​game​ ​undefeated​ ​and​ ​neither​ ​​will​ ​want​ ​to​ ​come out​ ​with​ ​a​ ​loss.​ ​Midway​ ​has​ ​been​ ​explosive​ ​on​ ​offense,​ ​led​ ​by​ ​Oklahoma​ ​commit​ ​Tanner Mordecai​ ​at quarterback and​ ​​running back ​James​ ​Fullbright.​​The​ ​Panthers​ ​have​ ​averaged​ ​451.5​ ​yards​ ​of​ ​offense​ ​per game​ ​this​ ​season.​ ​

Temple​ ​has​ ​been​ ​firing​ ​on​ ​all​ ​cylinders​ ​on​ ​offense as​ ​well​ ​this​ ​season,​ ​lead​ ​by​ ​quarterback ​TJ ​Rumfield.​ ​The​ ​Wildcats​ ​have​ ​averaged​ ​538.5​ ​yards​ ​of​ ​offense and​ ​11​ ​touchdowns​ ​this​ ​season.​ ​The​ ​key​ ​to​ ​whoever​ ​wins​ ​this​ ​game​ ​will​ ​likely​ ​fall​ ​on​ ​which team’s​ ​defense​ ​is​ ​able​ ​to​ ​step​ ​up​ ​and​ ​slow​ ​down​ ​the​ ​opposition’s​ ​offense.

Last​ ​Meeting​ (​2016): Waco Midway​ ​26​, Temple​ ​20

Cameron​ Yoe ​at​ ​China​ ​Spring

Both​ ​of​ ​these​ ​teams​ ​are​ ​coming​ ​off​ ​upset​ ​losses​ ​at​ ​home​ ​from​ ​Week 2. Cameron Yoe​ ​fell​ ​to Gatesville​ ​and​ ​China​ ​Spring​ ​was​ ​beat​ ​by​ ​Huntsville.​ ​These​ ​two​ ​programs​ ​aren’t​ ​accustomed​ ​to losing​ ​games​ ​in​ ​the​ ​regular​ ​season​ ​and​ ​neither​ ​will​ ​want​ ​to​ ​drop​ ​multiple​ ​games​ ​in​ ​a​ ​row.​

​The Yoe​men ​are​ ​averaging​ ​428​ ​yards​ ​and​ ​33​ ​points​ ​per​ ​game​ ​so​ ​far​ ​this​ ​season.​ ​The​ ​Cougars​ ​are averaging​ ​432​ ​yards​ ​per​ ​game​ ​and​ ​their​ ​defense​ ​has​ ​only​ ​allowed​ ​24​ ​points​ ​to​ ​opponents.​ ​The key​ ​matchup​ ​in​ ​this​ ​game​ ​will​ ​be​ ​the​ ​China​ ​Spring​ ​defense​ ​versus​ ​the​ ​Yoe​ ​offense.

Last​ ​Meeting​ (​2016):China​ ​Spring​ ​63​, Cameron​ Yoe ​13

Lorena​ ​at​ ​Franklin

Lorena​ ​is​ ​coming​ ​into​ ​his​ ​game​ ​with​ ​a​ ​0-2​ ​record​ ​and​ ​the​ ​Leopards​ ​have​ ​been​ ​outscored​ ​69-7 in​ ​their​ ​first​ ​two​ ​games.​ ​Franklin​ ​is​ ​currently​ ​1-1​ ​and​ ​the​ ​Lions​ ​have​ ​been​ ​outscored​ ​93-77​ ​in those​ ​games.​ ​At​ ​a​ ​glance​ ​you​ ​might​ ​say,​ ​this​ ​isn’t​ ​a​ ​matchup​ ​Franklin​ ​will​ ​light​ ​up​ ​the scoreboard,​ ​but​ ​remember​ ​Lorena​ ​has​ ​lost​ ​to​ ​China​ ​Spring​ ​and​ ​La​ ​Vega,​ ​the​ ​two​ ​best​ ​4A​ ​teams in​ ​the​ ​area​ ​and​ ​two​ ​of​ ​the​ ​best​ ​in​ ​the​ ​state.​

​Franklin​ ​hasn’t​ ​exactly​ ​played​ ​a​ ​cupcake​ ​schedule themselves,​ ​the​ ​Lions​ ​beat​ ​Navasota​ ​in​ ​the​ ​season​ ​opener​ ​and​ ​fell​ ​to​ ​a​ ​solid​ ​Caldwell​ ​team​ ​in​ ​a shootout​ ​last​ ​week.​ ​The​ ​Franklin​ ​offense​ ​is​ ​going​ ​to​ ​score​ ​in​ ​this​ ​game​ ​that’s​ ​a​ ​given,​ ​but​ ​the key​ ​to​ ​the​ ​game​ ​will​ ​be​ ​if​ ​the​ ​Lorena​ ​offense​ ​can​ ​wake​ ​up​ ​and​ ​score​ ​on​ ​a​ ​defense​ ​that​ ​has allowed​ ​93​ ​points​ ​this​ ​season.

Last​ ​Meeting​ ​(2016): Franklin​ ​34​, Lorena​ ​21

Waco​ ​High​ ​at​ ​Harker​ ​Heights

Both​ ​of​ ​these​ ​teams​ ​are​ ​off​ ​to​ ​a​ ​great​ ​start​ ​this​ ​season​ ​and​ ​both​ ​are​ ​2-0.​ ​Waco​ ​High​ ​has​ ​been flying​ ​under​ ​the​ ​radar​ ​around​ ​town,​ ​with​ ​all​ ​eyes​ ​on​ ​Midway,​ ​La​ ​Vega,​ ​and​ ​China​ ​Spring.​ ​Harker Heights​ ​currently​ ​has​ ​the​ ​best​ ​record​ ​of​ ​any​ ​school​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Killeen​ ​area,​ ​including​ ​Belton​ ​and Copperas​ ​Cove.​ ​The​ ​Lions ​offense​ ​is​ ​on​ ​fire​ ​right​ ​now​ ​averaging​ ​46.5​ ​points​ ​per​ ​game and​ ​doing​ ​it​ ​the​ ​old​ ​fashioned​ ​way​ ​running​ ​it​ ​down​ ​teams​ ​throats.​ ​

Harker​ ​Heights​ ​has​ ​had​ ​to​ ​dig deep​ ​and​ ​show​ ​grit​ ​to​ ​win​ ​their​ ​games​ ​this​ ​season,​ ​the​ ​Knights​ ​have​ ​won​ ​both​ ​games​ ​by​ ​a​ ​total of​ ​9​ ​points.​ ​The​ ​key​ ​to​ ​this​ ​game​ ​will​ ​be​ ​the​ ​Harker​ ​Heights​ ​defense​ ​slowing​ ​down​ ​the​ ​Waco High​ ​run​ ​game.

Last​ ​Meeting​ (​2016): Waco​ ​High​ ​28​, Harker​ ​Heights​ ​12

Trinidad​ ​at​ ​Coolidge

Coolidge​ ​is​ ​coming​ ​off​ ​a​ ​second​ ​half​ ​meltdown,​ ​where​ ​they​ ​allowed​ ​Calvert​ ​to​ ​score​ ​over​ ​30 points​ ​in​ ​route​ ​to​ ​a​ ​74-38​ ​victory.​ ​Trinidad​ ​had​ ​a​ ​new​ ​sheriff​ ​in​ ​town,​ ​with​ ​head coach Chad ​Satcher​ ​and he’s​ ​lead​ ​the​ ​Trojans​ ​to​ ​a​ ​2-0​ ​record​ ​this​ ​season.​ ​

Trinidad​ ​had​ ​a​ ​close​ ​call​ ​last​ ​week,​ ​but​ ​came away​ ​with​ ​a​ ​39-35​ ​victory​ ​over​ ​Johnson​ ​County​ ​Sports​ ​Association.​ ​The​ ​key​ ​in​ ​this​ ​game​ ​will​ ​be which​ ​teams​ ​defense​ ​can​ ​force​ ​the​ ​most​ ​three-​and​-​outs.

Last​ ​Meeting​ (​2016): Coolidge​ ​46​, ​Trinidad​ ​0


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