Highlanders touch the Stone of Destiny for good fortune before every game. Photo by Glenn Sattell
Heading into the homestretch of the 2013 high school football season, Week 8 provides some crucial District 14-5A matchups both at Woodforest Bank Stadium as well as up the road at Buddy Moorhead Stadium.
Oak Ridge War Eagles (7-0, 3-0) vs. A&M Consolidated Tigers (5-2, 3-1)
Up Next: The War Eagles host A&M Consolidated in a key District 14-5A game at 7:30 p.m. Friday. It’s a rare site for an Oak Ridge home game, Conroe’s Moorhead Stadium.
Last Week: The War Eagles ran away from Conroe, 41-18, while A&M Consolidated defeated College Park, 41-7.
What to Watch For: The different offensive styles from the two teams. Oak Ridge likes to run it with triggerman Braden Letney, who along with Kwami Etwi, have combined for more than 1,000 yards rushing. Each has 11 rushing touchdowns. Conversely, the Tigers will throw it 30 times with senior quarterback Kobe Miller, who has already passed for more than 2,000 yards and 17 touchdowns.
Analysis: If the War Eagles’ running game can methodically wear down the Tigers’ defense, similar to the way The Woodlands did a few weeks back, keep the ball away from them and finish by putting points on the board, the win streak could continue at Oak Ridge.
The Woodlands Highlanders (5-2, 3-0) at Bryan Vikings (2-6, 0-4)
Up Next: The Highlanders hit the road for a District 14-5A game at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Bryan.
Last Week: The Woodlands had a bye week while Bryan suffered a 31-19 loss at Lufkin.
What to Watch For: The Woodlands wearing down of opponents in the second half. The Highlanders defense has not allowed a point in the second half over the last four games. Outside of Conroe tallying two points on a safety, the Highlanders have pitched shutouts in the second half of consecutive victories over Monterrey Tech, Conroe, A&M Consolidated, and Lufkin.
Analysis: With victories over A&M Consolidated and Lufkin in back-to-back weeks, this is no time to exhale. The Highlanders must keep their foot on the gas to avoid the upset. Bryan has lost five consecutive games but would make its season with a victory on Friday.
College Park Cavaliers (4-3, 1-2) vs. Lufkin Panthers (2-5, 1-2)
Up Next: The Cavaliers host Lufkin at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Woodforest Bank Stadium.
Last Week: College Park suffered a 41-7 loss to A&M Consolidated. Lufkin got into the win column for the first time in district play with a 31-19 victory over Bryan.
What to Watch For: The desire of both teams will be on display Friday. Which team wants it more? Both are better than their records indicate and the winner will have taken a big step towards making a playoff bid. Can the Cavaliers defense return to form? Tristan Newman, Eric Harrell, Jayvon Jackson, Greg Biehn, Roosevelt Henderson and Ryder Lucas lead the team in tackles this season.
Analysis: Lufkin has a little momentum heading into the game, having snapped a five-game skid, but lost wide receiver Jamal Jeffery - Texas A&M commit - in the process, while the Cavaliers took it on the chin last week and must bounce back if they hope to make a playoff run.
The Woodlands Christian Academy Warriors (5-2, 2-0) vs. Cypress Christian Warriors (2-5, 1-1)
Up Next: The Warriors host Cypress Christian for a 7 p.m. Friday TAPPS District 6 Division III game.
Last Week: The Warriors rolled to a 79-0 victory in Galveston over O’Connell while Cypress Christian blanked Legacy 35-0.
What to Watch For: The Woodlands Christian Academy’s unyielding defense, which has shut out the last three opponents, against a Cypress Christian offense that rolled up a season-high 35 points last week.
Analysis: With continued solid defensive play, coupled with a ball-control offense led by running back Luke Hudson – averaging more than 100 yards rushing per game this season – The Woodlands Christian Academy is in position to extend its win streak.
The John Cooper School Dragons (5-3) at St. Mary’s Hall Barons (4-3)
Up Next: The Dragons visit San Antonio to face St. Mary’s Hall for a 7 p.m. Friday game.
Last Week: The Dragons had a five-game win streak snapped with a 15-0 loss to St. Stephen’s Episcopal in a weather-shortened Homecoming Game. St. Mary’s Hall defeated Savio, 35-14.
What to Watch For: The Dragons offense looks to get back on track after being shut out in a weather-shortened game.
Analysis: The Dragons will try and keep the Barons on their rollercoaster ride of a season that has included a loss following a win in every game so far.