WEEK 7: District races heat up as West surges past Whitney in defensive struggle while McGregor outlasts Troy in high-scoring affair
While three Class 3A teams in the Heart of Texas region remain undefeated following Week 7 of the 2020 Texas high school football season, only the Division I defending state champion Grandview Zebras can claim to be among the state’s top 10 rankings. In the meantime, two area Division II squads made the grade as the Franklin Lions stand at seventh followed by the Lexington Eagles at No. 8.
Nearly hitting the century mark, the Class 3A, DI’s second-ranked Grandview Zebras had the scoreboard spinning like a pinball machine in an unstoppable 91-0 victory over the Dallas A+ Academy Knights at home last Friday night. But the featured game in District 7-3A, DI saw the West Trojans slip by the Whitney Wildcats, 14-6 on the road.
In District 11-3A, DI, the McGregor Bulldogs hung on to edge the Troy Trojans in a wild 58-57 scoring marathon. Speaking of wild, the district race looks like it will go down to the wire as five teams stand at the top with only one loss three weeks into the schedule as Rockdale more than doubled up at Caldwell, 55-26, while Cameron Yoe Yoemen rebounded from its disappointment in the 66th Annual Battle of the Bell to sink Little River-Academy, 37-19.
Opening District 5-3A, DII play last Friday, the Comanche Indians remained undefeated with a convincing 38-6 victory at the Dublin Lions. And District 13-3A, DII produced no surprises as the Lexington Eagles clawed the Riesel Indians, 42-7, Franklin clipped the Roger Eagles, 52-35, and the Clifton Cubs ran away with a dominating 41-3 victory over Florence on Homecoming Night.
As THE SPORTS BUZZ Game Of The Week, be sure to watch the video highlights of the Florence at Clifton game here: https://www.facebook.com/SCrossCreative/videos/330895471458377/, or watch Clifton head coach Chuck Caniford’s post-game interview on THE SPORTS BUZZ On The Air here: https://www.facebook.com/SCrossCreative/videos/3375828969178351/.
WEST 14, WHITNEY 6
WHITNEY — West senior running back Trey Janek scored twice and survived a late fourth quarter rally as the Trojans wore down the Whitney Wildcats for a 14-6 road victory in a key District 7-3A, DI clash last Friday night.
Scoring early and standing strong late, the Trojans (2-0 in district, 5-1) never trailed in the defensive struggle as West deflated the vaunted Whitney (1-2, 2-5) air attack. Wildcat junior quarterback Garrett Peacock rushed for Whitney’s only score, but completed 15 of 28 passes for only 110 yards and two interceptions.
After winning the last two meetings between the two arch rivals, Whitney never crossed midfield in the first half. But Peacock two-yard touchdown run with 6:46 left on the clock made it a one-score game in the fourth quarter. Peacock finished with a team-high 63 yards rushing on 13 carries.
MCGREGOR 58, TROY 57
McGREGOR — In a key District 11-3A, DI matchup with postseason implications, McGregor running back Chad Lorenz broke through for a touchdown run and caught a two-point conversion pass as the Bulldogs pounded past the Troy Trojans, 58-57, in a wild scoring marathon last Friday night.
Although Troy running back Zach Hrbacek rushed for 386 yards and seven touchdowns, it wasn’t enough as Lorenz rushed for 270 yards three scores while McGregor quarterback DeAndre McDaniel ran for another 125 yards and three touchdowns while completing 13 of 21 passes for 256 yards and two more scores.
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.
Within the Heart of Texas region, THE SPORTS BUZZ covers nine Class 3A schools spread out across four districts in two divisions. Be sure to check back every week for our Friday Flashback roundups, district standings, scores and upcoming matchups for all nine Class 3A teams in the area.
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