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September 30, 2021

GRIDIRON GURUS: WEEK 6

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PUTTING IT ON THE LINE: Picking Heart of Texas high school football games, NCAA college football games in Texas, as well as the Cowboys & the Texans

With a full slate of games scheduled at all levels of high school college and professional football, THE SPORTS BUZZ Gridiron Gurus pick’ems panel will begin sizing up the high school district races across the Heart of Texas.

Throughout the rest of the 2021 football season, THE SPORTS BUZZ Gridiron Gurus pick’ems panel will test their luck picking a slate of high school football games across the Heart of Texas, a selection of Texas college football games, as well as matchups involving the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans.

Joining THE SPORTS BUZZ Gridiron Gurus pick’ems panel this season will be Toney Rogers, a local business owner in the Heart of Texas, while Don Nicholas, Field Representative for U.S. Congressman Roger Williams (TX-25), Meridian Yellowjacket football head coach Wade Morton and The Sports Buzz’ Brett Voss return from last year.

Congrats go to Don (30-9) for winning the week for the first since joining the pick’ems panel in 2020. He pulled it off with a couple of exclusive picks in the college ranks, including the Colorado School of Mines over West Texas A&M, Sul Ross State over Texas Lutheran, and being on the right end of several split decisions. Those two exclusive picks enabled him to best Brett (29-10) by a single game, while both Toney (24-15) and Wade (24-15) struggled through rough weeks.

Rogers, owner of Armadillo Prints, NeTex Entertainment Agency as well as T-3 Business Consulting & Marketing, has served as an announcer for various high school to professional sporting events for several years, such as being the Voice of Crawford Lady Pirate Softball and announcing for UBU Bodybuilding Expos, while serving as Marketing Director for the Waco Tornado indoor football team and Marketing Director for North Texas Falcons Pro Football Team.

In addition to being involved in the entertainment industry for more than 40 years as a professional musician and a booking agent, Rogers has also been involved in several community organizations such as Clifton Park Board President, Legacy Park Board, Entertainment Director for Clifton’s Fallfest, CISD Advisory Board and a member of Lions Club of Bosque County.

Join us every Thursday throughout the 2021 football season as THE SPORTS BUZZ Gridiron Gurus pick their winners for a select group of the week’s high school games, your favorite college teams from the NCAA Div. I, Div. II and Div. III, as well as the state’s two NFL teams, the Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans.

Be sure to make your picks as well!

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GRIDIRON MATCHUPS: WEEK 6

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Most Heart of Texas teams playing district games under the Friday night lights in Class 3A, 2A & 1A action, The Sports Buzz Game of the Week features Meridian seeking first win on homecoming night

As we head into Week 6 of the 2021 Texas high school football season, most of the Heart of Texas’ teams will be involved in district competition or taking the week off before opening district under the Friday night lights, while some will be playing their final non-district games.

Under the Friday night lights, THE SPORTS BUZZ Game of the Week will turn its focus on the Class 2A, Division II’s Meridian Yellowjackets (0-5) hosts the Waco Texas Wind (1-3) in their final non-district matchup seeking their first win of the season on homecoming night in Meridian at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The Sports Buzz On The Air will be on location in Meridian shooting video highlights to be posted Saturday.

But while all six-man teams continue to play non-district games across the region this week, the marquee matchup features Class 1A, DII’s undefeated Oglesby Tigers (5-0) hosting the TAPPS, DII’s top-ranked Waco Live Oak Classical Falcons (6-0) at 7:30 p.m. Friday night.

In Class 2A action, DI’s  fourth-ranked Crawford Pirates (4-0) open their quest to capture the District 7-2A, DI title by visiting the Tolar Rattlers (1-0 in district, 4-1 overall) at 7 p.m. Friday. Class 1A, DII’s top-ranked Mart Panthers (5-0) will have an open date before opening District 10-2A, DII competition Oct. 8, while the Hico Tigers (2-3) will be looking to even their record before district when they host the Frost Polar Bears at 7 p.m. Friday.

But when it comes to Class 3A action, three of the four Heart of Texas districts will be duking it out among themselves.

In District 7-3A, DI matchups, the seventh-ranked West Trojans (1-0, 5-0) will host challenger Dallas Madison (0-1, 2-3), while the eighth-ranked Grandview Zebras (1-0, 4-1) will entertain Dallas Life Oak Cliff (0-1, 3-2). In District 11-3A, DI action, the10th-ranked Lorena Leopards (1-0, 3-2) will host the Troy Trojans (0-0, 0-4), while the Clifton Cubs (0-1, 0-5) will try to get into the District 13-3A, DII race when they host the Rogers Eagles (1-0, 3-2).

Once again this season, THE SPORTS BUZZ will provide award-winning coverage of the 2021 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 Thursday to find the complete schedule for teams from the Heart of Texas region. Then follow THE SPORTS BUZZ for up-to-the-minute final scores as they become available throughout the weekend.

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