CLASS 3A GRIDIRON GRADES: Week 3

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Defending state champion Grandview remains undefeated in Class 3A, DI; Lexington climbs in the  Class 3A, DII rankings

As the defending Class 3A, Division I state champion, the second-ranked Grandview Zebras continue to stomp through opponents from larger classifications with a resounding 41-7 victory over Class 4A, DII Godley last Friday night to remain undefeated.

On the flip side, the Lexington Eagles continue to climb the ranks in the Class 3A, DII poll by knocking off highly-touted teams, this time taking down Class 3A, DI Rockdale in a wild 35-34 shootout.

After entering the season as Class 3A, DII’s 21st-ranked team, the Clifton Cubs took on a murder’s row of three straight larger opponents to open the season. But each time, the Cubs have come up short in the fourth quarter, falling to the undefeated Class 3A, DI Maypearl Panthers, 17-7, last Friday.

And unfortunately, the novel coronavirus COVID-19 struck in the Heart of Texas last week as the Lorena Leopards at Gatesville Hornets game was cancelled due to pandemic concerns. Lorena ISD announced that the cancellation was due to “a positive COVID-19 test for one of our players. The district was notified after 5 p.m. Friday, and in abundance of caution and in order to begin contact tracing, decided to refrain from playing the game.”

ROGERS 47, WHITNEY 12

ROGERS – Opening the season as the Class 3A, DII’s 14th-ranked squad, the Rogers Eagles finally looked like a playoff contender by soaring past the Class 3A, DI Whitney Wildcats, 47-12, last Friday night.

Scoring 20 unanswered points going into the locker room at halftime, Rogers (1-2) took control of the game before putting it away with 13 more in the third quarter. The Eagles capitalized on three interceptions to build a commanding advantage before intermission.

McGREGOR 56, JARRELL 35

McGREGOR – Winless and picked to finish last in District 11-3A, DI, the McGregor Bulldogs shocked the Class 4A, DII Jarrell Cougars, 56-35 last Friday night.

McGregor senior quarterback VeAndre McDaniel tossed three touchdown passes and ran for two more the Bulldogs built a 35-20 lead by halftime and put Jarrell away in the fourth. As both teams combined for 933 yards of total offense, McDaniel thrilled the home crowd with an electrifying 97-yard touchdown in the second half on his way to a team-high 180 yards rushing while completing six of nine passes for another 96 yards.

Junior running back Chad Lorenz also broke the 100-yard mark, scoring twice on his way to 126 yards on 15 attempts. Senior receiver Ashton Vining caught two touchdown passes to finish with three catches for 69 yards. Jarrell junior running back Derrick Warren rambled for a game-high 266 yards on 25 carries for two touchdowns in the losing effort.

Within the Heart of Texas region, THE SPORTS BUZZ will be covering nine Class 3A schools spread out across four districts in two divisions. Be sure to check back every week for district standings, scores and upcoming matchups for all nine Class 3A teams in the area.

So be sure to check in with THE SPORTS BUZZ every Sunday for the Class 3A Gridiron Grades and Friday Night Flashback from the Heart of Texas region.

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