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October 2021

DO-OR-DIE TIME

in Football

Despite disappointing loss at Cross Plains, Meridian Yellowjackets still alive in District 8-2A, DII battle for postseason berths

MERIDIAN – Getting an open week in the 2021 Texas high school football schedule could not have come at a better time for the Meridian Yellowjackets as they get ready for the stretch run in the District 8-2A, Division race.

Coming off the high of claiming their first win of the season with a convincing 47-19 victory over the Waco Texas Wind on Homecoming Night at Jacket Stadium Oct. 1, Meridian suffered its worst lost in recent memory at the hands of Class 2A, DII’s fourth-ranked and undefeated defending district champion Albany Lions, 84-7, to open district competition.

With that one out of the way, the Jackets used the open week to heal some nagging injuries and focus on what needs to be done to claim Meridian’s first postseason berth since 2017.

“The bye week allowed for us to get healthy with some players that were injured,” Meridian head coach Wade Morton. “And now, they will be able to come back to help us compete.”

Despite suffering a disappointing loss coming out of their open week, the Jackets still have plenty to play for during the final two weeks of the 2021 Texas high school football season. Hoping to quickly put their decisive 60-12 loss to the Cross Plains Buffaloes in District 8-2A, Division II action last Friday night behind them, the Jackets (0-2 in district, 1-7 overall) turn their attention to this week’s crucial showdown against the Hico Tigers at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Jacket Stadium.

After posting a surprising 14-6 victory over Cross Plains, Hico (1-2, 4-5) comes into this week’s clash on the heels of back-to-back losses to the Class 2A, DII’s fourth-ranked and undefeated Albany Lions (2-0, 8-0), 57-0, and the second place Santo Wildcats (2-0, 8-0), 34-14.

“Hico is senior heavy and have seasoned players on their team,” Meridian head coach Wade Morton said.  “With very few seniors the last three years, we have young, seasoned players, and we’re looking for them to step up this week.”

Coming into last week’s game, the Jackets felt good about their chances against Cross Plains (1-2, 5-3). But it turned out to be a tough night for the Meridian against one of the district’s pre-season favorite to return to the playoffs.

“We played well,” Morton said. “Cross Plains is good and a lot like us four years ago. Coach Purvis and his staff do a good job and have been given time to build the program.”

Offensively, the Jackets threw the ball more against Cross Plains than any other game this season. Quarterback Matthew Jones completed 13 of 22 passes for 140 yards and a touchdown, connecting with Brayden Wehmeyer for the score, while Brady Taylor led the Jackets with seven receptions for 90 yards. John Bernal made up most of the Meridian ground game, gaining 84 yards on eight carries with a touchdown.

“We have a young quarterback, so it all comes down to what he can handle and absorb,” Morton said.  “We’ve been able to open it up with his confidence getting stronger.” 

But with the Buffaloes putting 60 points on the scoreboard, the deficit proved to be more than the Jackets could overcome. Bernal led Meridian with eight tackles, followed by Jose Martinez with seven as well as Dustan Bowers, Alejandro Rodriguez and CJ Gentry with four each.

“Defensively, we’re there to make plays,” Morton said. “Defense, along with tackling, is a want too. And we’re getting better, but need more.”

Going into the final two games of the regular season, Bernal leads the Jackets in rushing with 708 yards on 104 carries and five touchdowns and in receiving with 14 catches for 77 yards. But before getting injuries in the third game of the season, Brady Taylor averaged 136.3 yards rushing per game with five touchdowns. Wehmeyer has rushed for 439 yards and four touchdowns while completing 11 of 19 passes for 56 yards, while Jones has completed 14 of 33 passes for 140 yards.

Defensively, Alejandro Rodriguez leads Meridian with 40 tackles and an interception, followed by Wehmeyer with 23 takedowns, and Bernal with three interceptions.

Despite the dominating, imposing and undefeated teams fielded by Albany and the Santo Wildcats, at the top of the district, the rest of the pack does not appear as formidable. With a real chance to challenge for a playoff berth, the Jackets must win against Hico to stay in contention before closing out the regular season at Santo Nov. 5.

“Our district is formidable enough,” Morton said. “And the fact that Cross Plains had lost back to back games before playing us just gave them even more motivation to take care of business at home.With us being the closest to full strength as possible since week two, it should be ready to compete. We can only focus on getting in the win column at the end of the night Friday. There is no looking ahead.”

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GRIDIRON SCOREBOARD: WEEK 9

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Class 3A, 2A & 1A high school football scores from the Heart of Texas region

(FINAL UPDATE: 11:35 p.m., Friday, October 22, 2021)

Here are Friday’s final scores for the Class 3A, 2A and 1A Texas high school football games from around the Heart of Texas region.

Be sure to check back with THE SPORTS BUZZ for up-to-the-minute updates throughout the weekend for scores from the 2021 Texas high school football postseason.

On location for the Game of the Week in Walnut Springs this weekend, THE SPORTS BUZZ provides award-winning coverage of the 2021 Texas high school football season every week, 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.

Don’t forget to check in with THE SPORTS BUZZ every Friday night for the complete scoreboard from games across the Heart of Texas region.

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GRIDIRON GURUS: WEEK 9

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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 attempt to sort out the high school district races across the Heart of Texas, solve the puzzle of college teams bouncing up and down the national rankings, and figure out which NFL team will win on any given Sunday.

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 to Toney for having a great bounce back week (34-6) after struggling for several weeks, tying Brett (34-6) for last week’s top spot with both Don (31-9) and Wade (31-9) close behind with very good showings as well. While THE SPORTS BUZZ prognosticators were practically knotted up after the high school games, Toney only missed two of 23 college picks to seize the day.

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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POSTSEASON BOUND

in Volleyball

Clinching their first Class 3A volleyball playoff appearance since 2014, the Clifton Lady Cubs riding three-match win streak during stretch run

CLIFTON – Claiming their first playoff berth in eight years, the Class 3A Clifton Lady Cubs volleyball can start looking ahead to the postseason riding a three-match win streak after totally dominating the Waco Harmony Academy Lady Tigers, 25-2, 25-4, 25-11, for a District 17-3A victory Tuesday evening in the Clifton High Gymnasium.

“Waco Harmony was a great win for us,” Clifton volleyball head coach Paige Poth said. “The girls did a great job again focusing on minimizing errors and pushing through every play. It was an exciting night for us. Winning this game sealed us into the top four teams in the district and getting that playoff spot. I was very proud of their focus that game and overall proud of how they have done this season.”

Now, Clifton (7-5 in district, 20-15 overall) will wrap up the regular season with two more home games, hosting Riesel (2-10, 15-19) at 4:30 p.m. Friday before closing out the district schedule against 14th-ranked Troy (10-2, 26-5) next Tuesday. Class 3A’s sixth-ranked Lorana (12-0, 32-4) remains at the top of the district standings, while previously state-ranked West (10-2, 26-6) stands deadlocked with Troy for second.

After opening the stretch run last week with an important win over arch-rival Whitney, the Lady Cubs volleyball team left no doubt they’re deserving as they swept past the McGregor Lady Bulldogs, 25-17, 25-11, 25-12, for a convincing win last Friday to wrap up a week that saw back-to-back wins.

Junior Carley Caniford led the Lady Cubs with 15 kills, followed by senior Ava Anderson and sophomore Kate Humphreys with nine each. Senior Kamryn Zint contributed a team-high 12 digs and 12 service receptions, while sophomore Sydney Fullerton handled 33 assists.

“Friday was a fantastic win, and it was a great way to finish off the week,” Poth said. “We got out and competed. But most importantly, they focused on the team they are capable of being and played their best. I was very proud of how they handled the week. It was an important week, especially for us to ensure we secure our spot in the top four teams.”

In a battle for the fourth place playoff berth in district, the Lady Cubs swept past the four teams that stood in their way during the first round of district competition. And by knocking off Harmony (0-12, 0-19), McGregor (3-9, 5-20), Whitney (5-8, 9-18) for a second time, the Lady Cubs secured their first postseason appearance since 2014.

“With those three wins, we have secured that fourth place spot in the district,” Poth said. “But this week, we still have Riesel to take care of. We are working to ensure that we are taking care of what needs to get done as we head into the playoffs.”

Snapping a three-match losing streak while three of the best teams in the state perched at the top of District 17-3A, the Lady Cubs swept the Whitney Lady Wildcats in straight sets, 25-22, 25-15, 25-18, on the road last Tuesday.

Anderson led Clifton with 13 kills and 15 service receptions, followed by Carley Caniford with nine and Humphreys with five. Fullerton contributed a team-high 14 digs, 27 assists and two service aces, Zint came up with 13 digs and 14 service receptions, while senior Kasandra Gaona delivered a team-high three service aces.

“It was a hard fought game,” Poth said following the match. “This group has been very disciplined in executing a game plan. And the thing is; our girls don’t quit. They don’t give up on any play, on any ball, or any game. Friday night against McGregor, we have to go in with the same mentality and same energy as we did against Whitney.”

And that’s exactly what the Lady Cubs did.

“The opportunity was present,” Poth said. “In the first round, we proved that we can get the job done. The teams we played were tough, but we have proven that we are able to play with those state-ranked teams. It has taken all of us, but I had no doubt that the girls would get in and get the job done.”

Photos by SIMONE WICHERS-VOSS

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GRIDIRON MATCHUPS: WEEK 9

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With Heart of Texas Class 3A, 2A & 1A district races turning down the home stretch, some heavyweights will battle under the Friday night lights this week

As we head into Week 9 of the 2021 Texas high school football season, the Class 3A, 2A and 1A district races across the Heart of Texas begin heading down the home stretch in the final three weeks with some pivotal matchups between heavyweights this week.

In Bosque County, the Friday night spotlight remains on six-man football as the five teams in a league all their own begin scrambling to stay alive in the battle for District 12-1A, Division II’s two postseason berths.

This week in the Battle for the Bosque, the 2020 district runnerup Walnut Springs Hornets (1-1 in district, 3-5 overall) will host the rejuvenated Iredell Dragons (1-0, 3-2) in a key showdown for positioning, the Kopperl Eagles (0-2, 0-6) will visit the defending district champion Morgan Eagles (0-1, 0-5) to determine which team stays alive in the race, while the surprising district-leading Cranfills Gap Lions (2-0 in district, 5-3 overall) have an open date.

In other Heart of Texas six-man action, the Class 1A, DI’s third-ranked Jonesboro Eagles (1-0, 8-0) hosts the winless Zephyr Bulldogs (0-1, 0-8) in District 15-1A, DI play while the co-district leading Lometa Hornets (1-0, 6-1) visit the Evant Elks (0-1, 4-3).

Other key matchups include the fourth-ranked Abbott Panthers (7-0) visit the Coolidge Yellow Jackets (4-3) for the top spot in District 12-1A, DI, the Oglesby Tigers (5-2) host the Mount Calm Panthers (3-3) for District 14-1A, DII supremacy, and the Sidney Eagles (2-0, 3-4) will try to hold off the visiting Blanket Tigers (1-0, 6-1) in District 14-1, DII.

In Class 2A action, DI’s fourth-ranked Crawford Pirates (3-0, 7-0) will host the 2020 district runner-up the Bosqueville Bulldogs (3-0, 5-2) in a crucial District 7-2A, DI showdown, and the Tolar Rattlers (2-1, 5-2) will try to stay in the driver’s seat of the playoff hunt when hosting the Rio Vista Eagles (1-3, 3-4), while the Class 2A, DII’s top-ranked Mart Panthers (2-0, 7-0) will host the cellar-dwelling Frost Polar Bears (0-2, 2-5) in the District 10-2A, DII action.

But when it comes to Class 3A action, DI’s seventh-ranked West Trojans (4-0, 8-0) will enjoy an open date in the schedule while the seventh-ranked Grandview Zebras (4-0, 7-1) visit the challenging Whitney Wildcats (2-1, 3-4) in District 11-3A, DI, while the eighth-ranked Lorena Leopards (3-0, 5-2) hosts the resurgent perennial powerhouse Cameron Yoemen (3-1, 3-5) in District 11-3A, DI action.

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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LION PRIDE OF BOSQUE

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Looking for second District 12-1A, DII title in three years, Cranfills Gap Lions take control of six-man football Battle for the Bosque

After winning the District 12-1A, Division II title in 2019, the Cranfills Gap Lions just barely survived numerous injuries and Covid shutdowns to complete the unprecedented 2020 Texas high school football season. With that in mind, most prognosticators did not expect the Lions to challenge for a playoff berth, let alone the district crown.

Boy, were they ever wrong.

Scheduled to open the 2021 District 12-1A, DII play by facing the defending district champion Morgan Eagles and the runner-up Walnut Springs Hornets in back-to-back weeks, Cranfills Gap posted two convincing victories to take control of the six-man football Battle for the Bosque.

CRANFILLS GAP 42, MORGAN 28

Featuring a balanced offensive attack by scoring three rushing touchdowns and three more times through the air, the surprising and resurgent Cranfills Gap Lions dominated the defending district champion Morgan Eagles on their way to an impressive 42-28 victory at home last Friday night.

Sophomore Trenton Roberson powered his way to two rushing touchdowns and caught a scoring strike while senior Cruz Flores ran for one score and threw for another to give the Lions (2-0 in district, 5-3 overall) sole possession of first place in District 12-1A, DII. Flores finished with 214 yards rushing while completing four of six passes for 40 yards to dethrone the Eagles (0-1, 0-5).

“We knew Morgan would be a tough team even though they came in without a win,” Cranfills Gap head coach Adam Carroll said. “We know the kind of talent they have and we knew it would be a tougher game than the spread had it. But the boys were ready and they stepped up.”

After a defensive struggle in the first half results in an 8-0 lead for Cranfills Gap at intermission, the Lions opened things up in the third quarter. Junior Aiden Doty tossed two touchdown passes while completing four of eight for 69 yards, while junior Case Koehler hauled in three passes for 42 yards and a touchdown, Roberson completed a 42-yard catch-and-run for a score, and junior Haydn Kirby pulled down a 10-yard scoring strike.

“Our defense was playing very good holding them to zero points at halftime,” Carroll said. “Our offense was having problems with communication and blocking at the line. We finally got it figured out in the second half, and it opened up some things.”

Defensively, freshman Eli Whitmer led the Lions with 13 tackles and a forced fumble, followed by Flores with 12 takedowns, sophomore Blake Allen with eight tackles and a fumble recovery, as well as senior Elias Marquez Peter with seven tackles and two fumble recoveries.

Morgan senior Manuel Muniz scored three touchdowns and junior Kason Sims tossed two touchdown passes in the losing effort for the Eagles.

“Our team is going through adversity that we have put upon ourselves,” Morgan head coach Edward Aviles said. “The team hasn’t had the leadership it requires to be successful. Injuries keep us puttering along and with a small window to make the postseason. I am hoping we can finish on a high note by having the right players step up and making the contributions they need to have the team have some success.”

WALNUT SPRINGS 52, KOPPERL 6

Bouncing back from a disappointing district opening loss to Cranfills Gap, the Walnut Springs Hornets took care of business by grounding the young and inexperienced Kopperl Eagles, 52-6, on the road last Friday night.

Taking advantage of three first quarter Kopperl turnovers, the Hornets (1-1 in district, 3-5 overall) quickly built a 22-0 lead and never looked back. Diego Muniz scored three touchdowns while Jordan Ontiveros added two more to lead the win over Kopperl (0-2, 0-6).

“This win seemed like a long time in coming, but it puts us back in the playoff picture,” Walnut Springs head coach Lonnie Flippen said. “We understand we have to win out, and that won’t be an easy task. But it gives us something to shot for.”

Muniz rushed for one touchdown, caught a 25-yard pass for another, and added a 42-yard kickoff return for a score. Jordan Ontiveros scored on a 22-yard run and hauled in a touchdown pass from his younger brother Josue Ontiveros. Bryan Chavez threw another scoring strike and Luis Fraire closed out the Hornets scoring late in the second quarter.

Offensively for Kopperl, Anthony Johnson ran for the Eagles’ lone score, while Christian Falk completed eight of 13 passes for 43 yards, and Isaac Payen hauled in four receptions for 28 yards. Mikey Ensor, a regional qualifier in cross country, led Kopperl defensively with three tackles.

“Although the score didn’t reflect it, we played much better this week,” Kopperl football first-year head coach Aaron Maxwell said. “Every week is a learning experience for us and the guys were able to put a few things together this week.

“Unfortunately, we turned it over three times in the first quarter and put ourselves in a hole. We are proud of their continued growth and fighting spirit.”

Flippen walked away from the game impressive by the effort given from Kopperl’s youthful squad loaded with sophomores and freshmen.

“I would like to send out a word of praise to the young Kopperl team and Coach Maxwell,” Flippen said.  “Those young men never gave up and played until the final play. They will be a team that will be in contention in a year or two.”

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WELL WORTH THE WAIT

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Thrilling a packed homecoming night crowd, the Clifton Cubs score in final seconds to capture first District 13-3A, DII win by downing Buffalo, 33-32

CLIFTON – It may have been a long time coming, but when the Clifton Cubs finally claimed their first victory of the 2021 Texas high school football season, it proved well worth the wait. And during Homecoming Night at Cub Stadium, the thrills and chills along the way gave the hometown faithful plenty to cheer about.

Sophomore Riley Finney scored the tying touchdown and junior Trent Guinn nailed the game-winning extra point with 14 seconds on the clock as the Cubs came from behind for a dramatically thrilling 33-32 District 13-3A, Division II victory over the Buffalo Bison last Friday night at Cub Stadium.

While that first win repeatedly proved elusive during a series of narrow losses, the Cubs (1-3 in district, 1-7 overall) found a way to win and remarkably climb back into the postseason conversation going into their open week with two district games remaining.

“I am so happy and proud for our kids,” Clifton head coach Chuck Caniford said. “This group of young men has continued to fight every week and has never given up, and that persistence paid off in a big way for them on Friday night. To do it in the manner that they did in front of a big crowd on homecoming was a great experience for them and will be something that they remember for a long time.”

After battling to a 14-14 deadlock going into intermission, the Cubs surrendered two touchdowns during a 44-second span to open the third quarter to quickly fall behind, 26-14. Bison junior Craig Shannon returned the second half kickoff 71 yards for the first score, before Buffalo (1-2, 2-5) capitalized on a Clifton interception when senior Ethan Williams darted 33 yards for another touchdown.

Despite the demoralizing adversity, the Cubs promptly responded with back-to-back scoring drives to tie the game back up going into the fourth quarter as the power running of senior Will Simmons produced touchdown runs of 39 and 18 yards.

But with the score still tied 26-26 midway through the fourth quarter, Caniford decided to go for it on fourth down and five from the Clifton 39-yard line, and Finney’s run on the fake punt came up short. On the next play, Bison junior quarterback Zayne Johnson connected with junior wide receiver Kyle Harrison on a 40-yard scoring strike. Finney sacked Johnson on the two-point conversion attempt, leaving Buffalo with a 32-26 lead with 6:08 remaining.

On their next possession, the Cubs mounted a drive deep into Bison territory, but fumbled to give Buffalo the ball on their own 16-yard line with 2:05 on the clock. With time running out, the Clifton defense came up with a big stop to give the Cubs one last chance to pull out the win. Finney led the Cubs with nine tackles, followed by Tunnell with seven as well as junior Makail Brandenberger, junior Jackson Newton and senior Carlos Villarreal with six each.

“I thought we played much better defensively,” Caniford said. “We came up with some big stops throughout the night, with none more important than the last stop that gave us the ball back with a minute to play. We did some different things this week defensively, and I was really proud of the way that our coaches and kids responded.”

Taking over at the Bison 49-yard line with 1:06 remaining, the Cubs mounted a remarkable eight-play drive as senior quarterback Robert Goodman ran and passed Clifton into the red zone before Simmons broke through up the middle for 15 yards down to the Buffalo three. Two plays later, Finney sliced into the end zone standing up for the score.

Offensively, the Cubs received a huge game running the ball from Simmons, who finished with 171 yards and two touchdowns, while sophomore Parker Tunnell scored twice on big plays in the first half. Goodman completed seven of 15 passes for 87 yards and a score while rushing for 62 more. But most importantly, the Cubs scored when they had to for the game-winner.

“We continue to get better offensively every week,” Caniford said. “Will and Riley have both done a great job for us all year. Parker and Alex (DeLaHoya) have both done a really nice job for us spelling both of those guys, and we had a package this week for Parker that came up big. We tell kids all the time that it doesn’t matter how many opportunities you get, what matters is what you do with those opportunities. Parker definitely came up big.”

This week, the Cubs will have an open date in the schedule before closing the regular season out with two more games, a trip to Franklin Oct. 29 and a home game against Lexington Nov. 5. With Class 3A, DII’s top-ranked Franklin (4-0, 8-0) leading the pack and Rogers (3-1, 5-3) close behind, the district’s other five teams – Florence (1-2, 4-3), Riesel (1-2, 3-3), Lexington (1-2, 3-4), Buffalo and Clifton – all head into the home stretch with only one win each.

“We have to get healthy going into the last two games,” Caniford said. “We’ve given ourselves a chance to get back into the playoff conversation, and our district is going to be crazy in the end. Franklin and Rogers are solidly in the first and second spots, but the rest of us all have one district win, so it’s going to be a mess down the stretch. We just have to focus on what we can control. And that’s getting healthy and getting better this week.”

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GRIDIRON SCOREBOARD: WEEK 8

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Class 3A, 2A & 1A high school football scores from the Heart of Texas region

FINAL UPDATE: 12:15 a.m., Saturday, October 16, 2021

Here are all of Friday’s final scores for the Class 3A, 2A and 1A Texas high school football games from around the Heart of Texas region.

Be sure to check back with THE SPORTS BUZZ for up-to-the-minute updates throughout the weekend for scores from the 2021 Texas high school football postseason.

On location for the Game of the Week in Cranfills Gap this weekend, THE SPORTS BUZZ provides award-winning coverage of the 2021 Texas high school football season every week, 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.

Don’t forget to check in with THE SPORTS BUZZ every Friday night for the complete scoreboard from games across the Heart of Texas region.

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GRIDIRON GURUS: WEEK 8

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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 must sort out the high school district races across the Heart of Texas, solve the puzzle of college teams bouncing up and down the national rankings, and figure out which NFL team will win on any given Sunday.

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.

After suffering through back-to-back rough weeks, Wade (31-11) came roaring back to win the week on the strength of an impressive run picking the college football games, missing on only four of 21 selections. With Wade reclaiming the overall runner-up spot, Brett (28-14) stayed on top after a strong week picking the high school games with Don (27-15) nipping at his heels and Toney (23-19) struggling.

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 8

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With Heart of Texas Class 3A, 2A & 1A district races heating up under the Friday night lights, The Sports Buzz Game of the Week features surprising Cranfills Gap hosting Morgan in District 12-1A, DII showdown

As we head into Week 8 of the 2021 Texas high school football season, the district races for Class 3A, 2A and 1A squads across the Heart of Texas begin to take shape and heat up with some crucial matchups this week.

Under the Friday night lights, THE SPORTS BUZZ Game of the Week will turn its focus on the all-Bosque County District 12-1A, Division II six-man football battle as the youthful and surprising Cranfills Gap Lions (1-0 in district, 4-3 overall) host the 2020 district champion Morgan Eagles (0-4) at 7 p.m. Friday. Injuries have plagued Morgan throughout the non-district schedule, but the Eagles should be at full strength to take on the frontrunning Lions. The Sports Buzz On The Air will be on location in Cranfills Gap shooting video highlights and interviewing the winning coach to be posted Saturday.

In other Heart of Texas six-man action, the Class 1A, DI’s third-ranked Jonesboro Eagles (7-0) will open District 15-1A, DI play with a road trip to face the challenging Evant Elks (4-3).

In Class 2A action, DI’s fourth-ranked Crawford Pirates (2-0, 6-0) visits the Rio Vista Eagles (1-2, 3-3) in a District 7-2A, DI matchup, while the Valley Mills Eagles (1-2, 3-4) visit the Bosqueville Bulldogs (2-0, 4-2), and the Hamilton Bulldogs (2-1, 5-2) host the Tolar Rattlers (1-1, 4-2). Class 2A, DII’s top-ranked Mart Panthers (1-0, 6-0) will visit the Bremond Tigers (1-0, 2-4) in the District 10-2A, DII action.

But when it comes to Class 3A action, DI’s seventh-ranked West Trojans (3-0, 7-0) hosts the undefeated Whitney Wildcats (2-0, 3-3) in the first showdown of the District 11-3A, DI top dogs, while the eighth-ranked Grandview Zebras (3-0, 6-1) travel to Dallas to take on the A+ Academy Knights (0-2, 1-5), while the 10th-ranked Lorena Leopards (2-0, 4-2) visit the McGregor Bulldogs (0-3, 2-4) in District 11-3A, DI action.

In Division II, the Clifton Cubs (0-3, 0-7) will try to keep their slim postseason hosts alive when they host the Buffalo Bison (1-1, 2-4) in a District 13-3A, DII matchup on homecoming night at Cub Stadium.

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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