Week Two Small School Games To Watch In The Panhandle

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Photo via John Glaser, TexasHSFootball.com

Week one is in the books now in Texas. Teams all across the state now have a good idea of where they are most skilled, and where improvement is needed. As we enter another week of fine tuning, here are some of the top games in the Panhandle region for week two:

Perryton (0-1) vs. Pampa (1-0) (9/8) Ranger Field

Perryton’s season opener was a rough one, as the Rangers dropped a 42-7 contest to 5A Dumas. Steven Hernandez scored the only touchdown for Perryton last week, and look to lead the team to an improvement against a fellow 4A opponent.

Brandon Steward contributed majorly in Pampa’s 49-12 season opening win against Littlefield, completing 27 passes for 401 yards and five touchdowns; two of them to Justin Thomas, and another two to sophomore Derruis Williams.

Last Result: Perryton 56, Pampa 29 (2016)

Springlake-Earth (1-0) vs. Clarendon (1-0) (9/8) Wolverine Stadium

Springlake-Earth rallied behind the performance of RB Isaiah Solis, who rushed for 152 yards and three touchdowns in the Wolveriens 22-12 win over Vega. After a two yard run by Vega’s Colby Lester with 11:24 to go in the second quarter, Solis punched it in from three yards out, and converted the two points for an 8-6 lead late in the first half.

Clarendon also enters week two 1-0, having topped Shamrock 26-13 last week.

Last Result: Clarendon 28, Springlake-Earth 7 (2016)

Panhandle (1-0) vs. Childress (1-0) (9/8) Panther Stadium

Fans at Dick Bivins Stadium in Amarillo kicked off the season last week in entertaining fashion, wowed by the Friday afternoon contest between Panhandle and Tulia, won by the former in overtime 34-27. Facing a 21-21 tie in the third, Panhandle’s Houston Heck reached paydirt from the one yard line, but the missed extra point kept the game at 27-21. Fortunately, after a 36 yard passing touchdown, Tulia also missed the extra point, sending the game into overtime. It was here when Thane Adams completed a three yard rush for the game winner.

Not many football games at the high school level end with baseball scores in this era, but Childress and Wellington did play to one, with Childress’ Jeffery Lucido kicking the game winning 29 yard field goal with 7:41 to go to come out on top 9-8. Childress opened the scoring with 4:33 to go in the first, as Luke Latimer rushed 66 yards for the score. Wellington responded in the third quarter, with Arturo Tellez completing a five yard run and ensuing two point conversion to put the Skyrockets up 8-6. Lucido then came up clutch for Childress in the fourth quarter.

Last Result: Childress 42, Panhandle 0 (2016)

Wellington (0-1) vs. Stinnett West Texas (1-0) (9/8) Powell Field

Wellington came up short in the aforementioned nailbiter in Childress last week, but performed well despite the fact. The Skyrockets booted one less punt than their opponent, and was penalized less often than the Bobcats. As a whole, Wellington tallied 106 total yards of offense.

West Texas’ contest against Gruver last week was called after three quarters, but it was still plenty of time for the Comanches to dominate, claiming a 38-19 win.

Last Result: Wellington 38, Stinnett West Texas 32 (2016)

Anton (1-0) @ Welch Dawson (0-1) (9/8) McCauley Field

Anton was firing on all cylinders from the start, scoring 38 points in the first quarter in last week’s matchup against Spur, and soon thereafter claiming a 54-7 win by way of the 45 point mercy rule. Elija Alafa led the way for the Bulldogs, scoring a pair of rushing touchdowns as well as a 55-yard punt return for a score.

Dawson is looking for a rebound after a rough 80-38 loss to Grandfalls-Royalty in their season opener.

Last Result: Welch Dawson 67, Anton 60 (2016)

Borden County (1-0) vs. Austin Veritas Academy (0-1) (9/8) @ Zephyr’s Bulldog Field

Veritas struggled in their season opener against Garden City, falling 70-26. The Defenders had no answers for GC quarterback Trent McMillan, who tossed five touchdown passes in the contest.

Veritas’ swing against the top UIL six-man programs continues with this week’s contest against Borden County, who move up to 1-0 after a 46-0 shutout over Petersburg.

Last Result: N/A (First Meeting)

White Deer (1-0) vs. Hart (1-0) (9/8) Buck Stadium

White Deer closed out their contest against Lefors early, scoring 20 points in the first quarter, then an extra 29 in the second to win 49-0 at the half. The Bucks ground game was especially dominant: Gage Freeman rushed for 157 yards and three touchdowns, while Kason Vigil also tallied three scores with 147 yards rushing.

As White Deer did, Hart’s ground game also led the Longhorns to a season opening victory at halftime, topping Kress 55-8. Junior running back Alejandro Guevara led the way, rushing for 120 yards and three touchdowns. Ramon Martinez contributed a pair of scores as well on 90 yards rushing.

Last Result: White Deer 42, Hart 12 (2016)

Nazareth (1-0) vs. Ropesville Ropes (1-0) (9/8) Swifts Stadium

Nazareth made a statement in their season opener, defeating Guthrie 62-13 as part of the Jaybird Classic in Jayton. Quarterback Traytan McLain filed a monstrous performance for the Swifts, completing seven passes for 224 yards and five touchdowns, also rushing for 93 yards and a pair of scores. Three of

McLain’s passing touchdowns were tossed to Jake Gerber, who added 142 receiving yards onto the statsheet.

Behind a strong performance by Isaac Salas, Ropes rallied to take a 71-35 win against a quality Throckmorton team. Salas rushed for five touchdowns in the contest, adding a receiving touchdown as well. Jackson Heisel recorded three scores for the Eagles, a 70 yard run in the first quarter, and a pair of receiving touchdowns from Kaiston Terry.

Last Result: Nazareth 74, Ropesville Ropes 58 (2016)

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