— Weatherford vs. North Crowley
Time: 7:30 p.m., Friday
Site: Kangaroo Stadium
Type: District 3-5A contest (Homecoming Night)
Last year: North Crowley 20, Weatherford 17
North Crowley Panthers (1-6, 0-4)
Last season: 3-7 overall, 3-4 in District 3-5A
Last week: Lost to Arlington Martin, 45-8
Players to watch: QB Given Tippens-Hill (6-1, 160, 4.7); RB Kris Barnes; RB Tony Tunstall (5-10, 165, 4.5); DB James Battley (5-9, 160, 4.5); LB Darren Giles (5-10, 175, 4.5); DL Robert Brown (6-2, 300, 5.0).
Weatherford Kangaroos (0-7, 0-4)
Last season: 3-7 overall, 2-5 in District 3-5A
Last week: Lost to FW Paschal, 54-35
Players to watch: OL Jace Ford (6-2, 310, 5.6), OL Keegan Dement (6-4, 265, 5.1), QB Grant Werts (6-2, 205, 4.6) SR Chris Whitling (5-9, 165, 4.6), SR Fred Brownlee (5-8, 165, 4.4), DL James Robinson (6-4, 260, 5.3), RB Jeuqwan Brownlee (5.9, 185, 4.5).
Game notes: North Crowley will continue to depend on its run game this week, as the passing game (3 TDs, 9 INTs) has been a liability in giving up field position and points. Running back Kris Barnes comprises nearly half of the Panthers’ offensive output, which should allow the Roo defense to populate the box most of the night. But despite the dubious passing numbers, NC has sufficient speed in its receiver corps to keep Roo defensive backs from cheating up too close to the line.
Giving up 42 points per game, the Panther defense has been as harried as Weatherford’s this season. Winning the turnover battle could be the pendulum swing that decides who will get their first district win, as crunching the numbers on paper results in a virtual wash.
If a close game does ensue, the Roos look to depend on the leg of placekicker Trey Rich, who has been very consistent in splitting the uprights and is the second highest scorer for WHS despite a lone field goal on the season. Weatherford has had to forego several logical field goal attempts this season to try to get back into games by going for first downs instead of settling for three points.