There are a several big-time match ups in East Texas high school football this weekend, but here are just a few to keep your eye on:
John Tyler Lions at Tyler-Lee Raiders: The Lions of are looking to get on track after a 1-1 start to the season and are relying on the golden arm of senior quarterback Greg Ward to continue his pace of 262 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions in 2012. The cross-town rival Raiders have a different plan up their sleeves after a disappointing 0-2 start to the year.
Wylie East Raiders at Denton-Ryan Raiders: Also at 1-1, the Raiders have their work cut out for them against Ryan, a team fresh off a loss in the state title game and a shocking loss to Wichita Falls-Rider last week.
Frisco Raccoons at Lucas-Lovejoy Leopards: The story of 1-1 teams continues with the Frisco on the road to take on the Leopards, who are looking to take control of District 13-4A with a 3-0 record on the legs of junior running back Dan Sefcik.
Highland Park Scots at Sherman Bearcats: Highland Park’s only loss came at the hands of perennial powerhouse Aledo, so the Scots are looking to get back on track against undefeated Sherman. If Bearcats senior quarterback Dru Smith eclipses his season average of 397.5 passing yards and 5.5 touchdowns, this one might not be a contest at all.
Coppell Cowboys at Rockwall Yellowjackets: The Cowboys put the rest of the state on notice with a 41-8 trouncing of Longview in Week 0 and then a 31-6 stomping of Boyd last week. Now they’re looking to take control of the Dallas-Forth Worth Metroplex with a win over the Yellowjackets. If Coppell gets up early, this one could be over by halftime.
Mesquite Horn Jaguars at Duncanville Panthers: Also undefeated are the Jaguars, who are led by senior running back Treyvon Marsh. The Panthers need to stop Marsh early or Duncanville will fall to 0-3 to start the season.
New Boston Lions at Pittsburg Pirates: The Lions (2A) are undefeated and looking to make a statement against the Pirates (3A). Perennial powerhouse Gilmer is responsible for Pittsburg’s only loss, so look for a very physical contest in “The Pitt.”
Pleasant Grove Hawks at Tatum Eagles: In another 2A vs. 3A matchup, the Eagles are looking to start the season 3-0 once again while beating up on the larger-class Hawks. Tatum seems to have too much speed for Pleasant Grove, but the Hawks have found away to shut down fast teams before.
Queen City Bulldogs at Linden-Kildare Tigers: Former District foes, the Tigers are weaker than norma this season while the Bulldogs are 2-0 for the first time in over a half-decade. If Queen City’s quarterback-running back duo of Drew Davenport and Darryl Shepard can continue their streak of big plays, QC will be 3-0 for the first time in well over a decade.
Daingerfield Tigers at Clarksville Tigers: Usually two small-school powerhouses, both teams of Tigers are 1-1 this season after upset wins at home in Week 0. Now in a highly-touted 1A vs. 2A clash, these two recent state champs will undoubtedly light up the scoreboard for at least four quarters.
Hughes Springs Mustangs at Redwater Dragons: After a couple of down years, the Mustangs are a powerhouse once again and looking to prove that to themselves in an upstart against Redwater. The Dragons have other plans, though, as fifth-year head coach Tommy Graf wants to make sure his recent run of success was no fluke.
Tenaha Tigers at Alto Yellowjackets: This class of 1A powerhouses will be very interesting as the defending state champion Tigers are looking to cement their status as an elite team once again after a loss to 2A Joaquin. The Yellowjackets are in the same boat, but have a different plan: knock Tenaha off the mountaintop.