Weatherford vs. Richland

Time: 7:30 p.m., Friday.

Site: Richland

Type: District 3-5A match.

Last year’s result: Did not play.

Richland Rebels (3-0, 7-0)

Last season: 5-5 overall, 3-4 in district play.

Last week: Beat Paschal 53-3.

Players to watch: ATH Phil Gonzales (5-11, 178, 4.5), LB Casey Savage (6-1, 214, 4.6), RB Steve Collins (5-9, 160, 4.5), WR Phil Anderson (5-11, 172, 4.6), LB Ryan Tice (5-11, 176, 4.7), G Kyle Kettner (6-0, 235, 5.2), QB Tyler Cotton (5-10, 165, 4.7).

Weatherford Kangaroos (1-2, 1-6)

Last season: 3-8 overall, 3-8 in District 4-5A

Last week: Lost to Haltom, 41-35.

Players to watch: RB/QB Mitchael Rucker (5-11, 185, 4.6), WR Dakota Abernathy (6-3, 200, 4-6), QB Chris Jackson, LB Jordan Ellington.

Game notes: The Kangaroos are coming off an intense overtime loss against Haltom last week, dropping a half game behind the Buffalos in the district standings. Despite the loss, Weatherford had very positive results otherwise, gaining more than 400 yards on the ground in the contest and, though putting the ball on the turf a few times, had no turnovers for the first time this season. On the downside, the Roos suffered several injuries in the game, and are scrambling to plug the holes in their lineup. Slotback Shawn Roberson had a breakout game, running for nearly 150 yards, providing a nice compliment to the Roos leading rusher QB/FB Mitchael Rucker. Weatherford will need a repeat offensive performance this week, and a stellar effort from the defense as they meet the undefeated, high-scoring Rebels.

Richland only returned five total starters this year, but have the core of skill players on offense that were so productive for the Rebels in the 2007 season. Junior quarterback Tyler Cotton is the primary focus of the offense, completing more than sixty percent of his passes on the year for more than 1,700 yards. Focus becomes a watch word for Richland this week, as they will try to concentrate on the task at hand, Weatherford, before they take on Abilene in what figures to be a contest for the district title on Halloween Night. The Rebels are averaging 38 points per game this season while giving up less than two touchdowns per contest.

Aledo vs. Springtown

Time: 7:30 p.m., Friday

Site: Aledo

Type: District 6-4A match.

Last year’s result: Did not play.

Aledo Bearcats (4-0, 7-0)

Last season: 11-3 overall, 5-2 in District 8-4A

Last week: Beat Saginaw, 22-7.

Players to watch: LT Daniel Meyer (6-4, 290, 5.5), CB Joel Hasley (6-0, 191, 4.6), RT Christian Miller (6-5, 295, 5.5) and QB Tanner McDonald (6-3, 195, 4.8).

Springtown Porcupines (4-3, 1-3)

Last season: 4-7 overall, 4-2 in District 6-4A

Last week: Beat Brewer, 27-26.

Players to watch: LB Matt Pierce (6-2, 180, 4.5), OLB Trace Pawelek (6-1, 195, 4.5), OL Chad Hoffman (6-0, 320, 5.5), WR Clayton Cooper (6-2, 190, 4.5), RBs Xavier Sanchez and Dylan Gathings.

Game notes: The Bearcats defense has given up a mere 14 points through four district contests, providing 15 of the team's 22 points last week in the victory over Saginaw. While Aledo's offense has averaged more than 36 points per game, the defense has provided a nice insurance for temporary productivity lapses over the past couple of weeks. The Bearcats share the driver's seat of District 6-4A with Birdville, who also sports an unblemished district record and may well provide a showdown in the making ion the last week of the regular season. Freshman running back Johnathan Gray has carried the load quite well for the Bearcats with teammate Joel Hasley on the mend and Austin Stockon working back to top form.

After his defense provided a blocked PAT at the end of the game to preserve a win over Brewer, Springtown head coach Brad Turner feels that the Porcupines need to win two of the last three contests left on the schedule to slip into postseason play. A win over Aledo would provide a hefty boost toward that goal, a formidable task at Bearcats Stadium. Pojo's offense has been up in the air the past two weeks, as they have struggled with a running game that was one of the area leaders earlier in the season. The Porcupines will try to recapture their balanced attack while hoping that the defense will provide enough protection throughout to keep the game close at the end.

Millsap vs. Paradise

Time: 7:30 p.m., Friday

Site: Millsap

Type: District 9-2A match.

Last year’s result: Paradise won, 35-0.

Paradise Panthers (2-0, 7-0)

Last season: 4-6 overall, 2-3 in District 10-2A

Last week: Beat Chico, 61-19.

Players to watch: RB/LB Nick Pike (5-11, 205, 4.8), OT Cody Webber (6-2, 215, 5.0), DE C.J. kerr (6-1, 195, 4.7), QB P.J. Fuller (6-0, 170, 4.8), LB Scotty Lancaster (5-9, 170, 4.9), RB Jonathan Lee (5-9, 175, 4.6).

Millsap Bulldogs (4-1, 0-0)

Last season: 2-8 overall, 0-5 in District 10-2A

Last week: Lost to Jacksboro, 46-0.

Players to watch: LB Matt Varnado (5-5, 145), RB/LB Jacob Young (6-2, 175), QB Trey Matthews, WR Ryan Van Gundy.

Game notes: After a brisk start to its season, Millsap finds itself looking for its first district win, a formidable task as the undefeated Panthers come to town. The Bulldogs look to find their offense this week after failing to put up any points against Jacksboro last Friday. Millsap has had its best results with a mixed attack and will try to use that formula to figure out the Paradise defense. Home field advantage can play a role if the Bulldogs can keep the Panthers' offense at bay, and enter the fourth quarter with a chance to win. 

Paradise returns seven starters from last year's defense, and has been effective, yielding an average of less than 10 points in its two district matches. The Panthers offense has been strong all year, and lit up the scoreboard with 96 points in the past two contests.

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