DISTRICT 16-4A INSIDER: Week 2
Without a doubt the biggest game of the week pits Waco High, ranked No. 1 in the area and No. No. 2 in the TPI Statewide rankings, against Corsicana, who checks in at No. 8 in TPI’s DFW A to Z Rankings in Class 4A. Other games in the district have area No. 2 and state ranked Copperas Cove facing Killeen Shoemaker, Brownwood traveling to Burnet, Killeen facing rival Harker Heights, Midway taking on Crowley, and University facing Waxahachie.
MATCHUPS & PICKS (ranking is TPI area rank)
Corsicana (2-0) at No. 2 Waco High (2-0)
This is the second game in very tough four game stretch for Waco High. If they can get their backfield platoon of Jared Salubi, Bronshae Dugas, and Charles Sillmon to keep making big plays, then the Lions should move to 3-0 against another quality opponent. JEFF’S PICK: Waco High by 12
No. 2 Copperas Cove (2-0) at 5A Killeen Shoemaker (1-1)
The Bulldawgs defense has been outstanding thus far allowing just seven points through their first two games and giving up only 264 total yards. Expect that trend to continue against the Grey Wolves, a hard luck loser to Killeen last week. JEFF’S PICK: Cove by 19
No. 3 Brownwood (2-0) at Burnet (1-1)
The Lions easily dispatched Sweetwater last week 55-7 and will look for a 3-0 start against a Burnet team that is coming off of a 34-17 loss to rival Liberty Hill. Expect the Lions to get the win, but it will be their toughest test of the season to date. JEFF’S PICK: Brownwood by 8
5A Harker Heights (0-1) at No. 6 Killeen (2-0)
The Roos are trying to make it 3-0 against the 5A K.I.S.D. foes and they are coming off of a hard faught victory over Shoemaker last week. Heights will look to show better than they did in a Week 1 34-point loss to Cedar Park, and this is a rivalry game, but the Roos have too much firepower on offense. JEFF’S PICK: Killeen by 17
Crowley (0-1) at Hewitt Midway (1-1)
The Lions picked up their first win of the week last week 31-16 over Cedar Park Vista Ridge behind three touchdowns from John Hubert. This one should be close, but the Panthers should move to 2-1. JEFF’S PICK: Midway by 4
Waco University (1-1) at Waxahachie (1-1)
Behind the running of Randy Price and Marquis Hughes, the Trojans nabbed their first win of the season over Lampasas last week. This week, they can not afford to have a repeat performance of six turnovers and a slew of penalties if they have any hopes of beating the Indians. JEFF’S PICK: Waxahachie by 20
PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Casey Pachall, QB, Brownwood
One of the state’s top junior prospects, Pachall played brilliantly in the Lions’ win over Sweetwater going 11-for-18 for 163 yards and four touchdowns and also had a touchdown run.
DISTRICT MVP CANDIDATES:
1. Jared Salubi, RB, Waco High – had another big game against Ennis (142 yards, two touchdowns)
2. Robert Griffin, QB, Cove – continues to lead a powerful Bulldawg offense
3. Casey Pachall, QB, Brownwood – showing that he is just as effective of a runner as he is a passer.
KEY INDIVIDUAL MATCHUP THIS WEEK
Victor Johnson vs. Omarius Hines – the Scout.com four-star receiver will be seeing a lot of Johnson, who had a 57-yard fumble return for a touchdown against Ennis. Hines has offers from the likes of Florida, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, and Texas Tech while Johnson has recently named Miami (Fl) and Oklahoma State as his leaders.
DISTRICT TEAMS IN AREA RANKINGS:
No. 1 Waco High
No. 2 Copperas Cove
No. 3 Brownwood
No. 6 Killeen
LAST WEEK’S RESULTS:
Copperas Cove 36, Corpus Christi Tuloso-Midway 7
Brownwood 55, Sweetwater 7
Waco High 38, Ennis 20
University 28, Lampasas 14
Midway 31, Vista Ridge 16
Killeen 17, Shoemaker 14
PROJECTED PLAYOFF SEEDINGS:
Division I: Copperas Cove
Division II No. 1 Seed: Waco High
Division II No. 2 Seed: Brownwood
PROJECTED PLAYOFF MATCHUPS (vs. District 15-4A):
DI: Copperas Cove vs. Waxahachie
DII: Waco High vs. Ennis
DII: Brownwood vs. Corsicana
DISTRICT STOCK REPORTS:
Stock Up: Troy Vital, Copperas Cove
The Houston pledge has been huge at running back for the Dawgs thus far and had another big game with 137 yards and a touchdown last week.
Stock Down: University’s turnovers
The Trojans have been one of Central Texas’ worst at turning the ball over with 15 turnovers in their first two games.