And For The Grand Finale…

By Chris Boothe
Messenger Sports

10 weeks are down in the books. In the final week of the football season, some teams find themselves playing for pride, while others are preparing for the third part of the season. With seeding on the line in a pair of games, including a district championship, there is still plenty to play for in the grand finale of the regular season. Here is a look at this week’s action.

#7 Grapeland Sandies (8-1, 5-0) vs. Legacy School of Sport Sciences Titans (8-0, 1-0)
Friday, November 9, 7:00 pm
Sandie Stadium, Grapeland, TX

With a undefeated district championship in tow, the Grapeland Sandies could have gone into this week and coasted on their second bye in three weeks after Sabine Pass forfeited the remainder of their season. Instead the Sandies will keep the train rolling and look to keep momentum rolling with a non-district finale against the Titans from the Legacy School of Sport Sciences.

Legacy enters Friday’s contest with a perfect 8-0 record on the season, all of which are road wins, as the Titans do not have a home stadium. With no seniors, there is plenty of youth on the Titans squad, as their leading rushers will all be back for another season. Currently PJ Smith leads the charge on the ground for a team that averages 120 yards rushing a game. Along with junior quarterback Quincy Ivory, the Titans have a dynamic duo in the backfield the Sandies will be forced to slow down.

Crockett Bulldogs (7-2, 4-1) vs. #4 Franklin Lions (7-1, 5-0)
Friday, November 9, 7:30 pm
Hedrick Field, Franklin, TX

In the first of big games for the area, the Crockett Bulldogs will hit the road on Friday night as they look to clinch a share of the district championship against the fourth ranked Franklin Lions. The Lions, who took down Diboll by two touchdowns a week ago, will look to complete a perfect run through district play and clinch the outright title on their home field.

The Lions again are a talented squad with depth across the field. Franklin still runs a punishing ground attack that wears down opposing teams for four quarters. One thing the Lions have going for them is depth in the backfield.

With a rotation that goes about five or six deep, Franklin will continue to run fresh legs on to the field. Franklin will also possess plenty of size and ferocity in the trenches, something Crockett will have to control if looking to snare part of the district championship.

#9 Lovelady Lions (6-2, 4-1) vs. Evadale Rebels (6-1, 4-1)
Friday, November 9, 7:00 pm
Rebel Field, Evadale, TX

Another game that will play a huge role in playoff seeding will be deep in southeast Texas when the Lovelady Lions travel to face the Evadale Rebels. With both teams locked into the playoffs, this game is strictly for seeding, as the winner will enter the playoffs as the #2 team, with the loser taking the third seed into the playoffs.

Lovelady will be playing just their second game in three weeks, as the Lions were unable to find a replacement for Sabine Pass, who forfeited their district schedule. Evadale enters the game on a four-game district winning streak since falling to Grapeland in their opener.

Since that loss the Rebels have taken off, using the legs of junior Will Farr to pace the offense. Farr currently leads the Rebels with 1399 yards and 15 touchdowns this season, and is one of two players with over 100 yards rushing this season (Parker Moye – 167 yards).

Palestine Wildcats (2-7, 0-4) vs. Chapel Hill Bulldogs (1-8, 0-4)
Friday, November 9, 7:30 pm
Wildcat Stadium, Palestine, TX

Officially eliminated from playoff contention, the Palestine Wildcats are looking to play for pride in their season finale. Their opponent? A team that has struggled just as much through district play. Chapel Hill is also 0-4 in district play and has lost five straight this season.

The Bulldogs have given up 39 points a game this year, while scoring just 11 points themselves. Chapel Hill likes to throw the ball with junior Tanner Rudd passing the ball for 990 yards and seven touchdowns this season. The Bulldogs leading receiver is Keyjun Thomas with 22 catches for 462 yards. Robbie Williams is no slouch on the edge with 31 catches for 373 yards of his own.

 

 

Westwood Panthers (1-8, 0-5) vs. Coldspring Trojans (2-7, 2-3)
Friday, November 9, 7:30 pm
Panther Stadium, Palestine, TX

With their fate sealed, the Westwood Panthers will look to play spoiler on Friday night against the Coldspring Trojans. Coldspring slipped past Elkhart on Friday night to get into the playoffs, and locked in as the fourth place team, will look to end their regular season on a high note. Westwood on the other hand will honor their seniors and send them off with a final win before ending their careers.

Coldspring is a running team with a physical defense. Contavius Parker-Harden along with David Fulcher, Trey Higgens, and Jeromy Harden will pace the Trojans offensive attack. The Trojans managed just 20 points in their win over Elkhart and will look to improve that and fine tune their offense in their regular season finale.