Howe (2-1) at Quinlan Ford (2-1)
Without question, the two biggest tasks facing the Howe football coaching staff this week will be getting the team re-focused after the big homecoming win over Muenster and getting the injured players back on the field.
The Ford Panthers posted a 57-22 win over Venus last week and they also have a week one win over Emory-Rains on their resume'. Their one loss was a 29-12 decision to Winnsboro.
The Panthers, much like our Bulldogs, prefer the running game. Against Venus, Darion Rodriguez (#7) picked up 119 yards on 10 carries.
He also had four touchdowns in that contest. Blane Burch (#10) and Dillon Harris (#15), both seniors, are other backs who have put up some numbers this year. Harris carried 14 times for 154 yards in the Venus game, and Burch had 57 yards in 10 totes. Each scored a touchdown against Venus. Burch had 104 yards in the win over Emory-Rains.
This will be the first extended road trip of the season and should be a good test for the Bulldogs.
Community (1-2) vs Van Alstyne (2-1)
The Braves (we assume the teams still use that sobriquet, unless the PC police have forced a change) won their opener over Leonard, then lost to Farmersville and Sunnyvale in their next two.
Quarterback Brock Price has had a roller coaster ride in the early going.
In the first two games Price (#3) has four touchdowns and four interceptions. In the week one win over Leonard Parker Elliott (#8) had 131 yards rushing on 31 carries. Andrew Cobb (#26) caught six balls for 107 yards in that game.
Another very good receiver, judging by his name, is Walker Armstrong (#18), a truly gifted player. He had two catches against Leonard, both for touchdowns. Sunnyvale, a team the Panthers know quite well, blasted the Braves, 49-3.
Van Alstyne will look to rebound from the week three loss to Anna.
Let's celebrate homecoming with a big win.