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District competition moves into full swing for Class 3A & 2A teams in the Heart of Texas while six-man squads face final tune-ups

As Class 3A and 2Ateams from across the Heart of Texas move past the midway point of the 2020 Texas high school football regular season this week, district competition moves into full swing. But for the region’s Class 1A six-man squads, this week represents one more opportunity to tune up for a run at a postseason berth.

In Class 3A, Division I, the second-ranked Grandview Zebras (1-0 in district, 4-0 overall) host the Whitney Wildcats (1-0, 2-3), the team that denied them the District 7-3A, DI title on their way to a state championship in 2019.

In the 66th Annual Battle of the Bell, the Cameron Yoemen (1-0, 3-1) will visit the Rockdale Tigers (0-1, 2-3) in a key District 11-3A, DI matchup, while the Lorena Leopards (1-0, 3-1) visit the Troy Trojans (0-0, 2-2) and the McGregor Bulldogs (1-0, 3-2) host the Little River-Academy Bumblebees (0-1, 4-1).

While District 5-3A, DII takes an open week before beginning league play next week, three teams at the top of District 13-3A, DII will take on squad looking for a district win as the undefeated Buffalo Bison (1-0, 5-0) travel to take on the Florence Buffaloes (0-0, 0-4), the Riesel Indians (0-1, 2-3) host the seventh-ranked Franklin Lions (1-0, 2-2), the Clifton Cubs (1-0, 2-3) visit the Rogers Eagles (0-1, 1-4).

In Class 2A, DI, the seventh-ranked Crawford Pirates (4-0) come out of an open week to begin District 7-2A, DI competition by hosting the Tolar Rattlers (1-0, 1-4), while the Hamilton Bulldogs (1-0, 3-2) visit the Valley Mills Eagles (0-1, 2-3), and the Rio Vista Eagles (0-1, 4-1) hit the road to take on the Itasca Wampus Cats (0-1, 1-2).

The Axtell Longhorns (0-4) will be looking for their first win of the season as they open District 8-2A, DI against the Cayuga Wildcats (1-3), while the Bruceville-Eddy Eagles (0-0, 1-2) will open District 12-2A, DI competition hosting the Thrall Tigers (1-0, 3-2).

In Class 2A, DII, district competition begins this week in the Heart of Texas as the Meridian Yellowjackets (2-2) will be contending for a playoff berth when they visit the Albany Lions (3-1) in the District 8-2A, DII opener, while the Hico Tigers (1-4) play host to the Cross Plains Buffaloes (4-1).

And in District 10-2A, DII, the top-ranked Mart Panthers (4-0) will begin their title defense visiting the Chilton Pirates (3-2), while the Hubbard Jaguars (3-1) will host the Wortham Bulldogs (2-2).

Although Class 1A six-man football will still be on non-district mode, the Heart of Texas will feature some intriguing matchups as Division I’s 13th-ranked and defending state champion Blum Bobcats (2-2) visit the 25th-ranked and undefeated Abbott Panthers (5-0), while Division II’s 15th-ranked Morgan Eagles (3-1) take on the powerful Johnson County Sports Association homeschoolers from Joshua (4-1) of TAIAO Division 2.

Once again this season, THE SPORTS BUZZ provides award-winning coverage of the 2020 Texas high school football season, focusing on Class 3A, 2A and 1A schools in the 10-county Heart of Texas region — which includes Bosque, Comanche, Coryell, Erath, Hamilton, Hill, Hood, Johnson, McLennan and Somervell counties.

Be sure to check in with THE SPORTS BUZZ every week to find the complete schedule for teams from the Heart of Texas region. And be sure to tune late Friday for our as-soon-as-they-become-final updated scoreboard.

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