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2022 District 8-5A DIV II Football Thread


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I'm (21-7) thus far this season....... let's get district picks started.......

Hallsville Vs. Texas High:  I honestly think Hallsville may have the best offense in the district.....but their defense has given up 137 points.  Only Nac has given up more (168).  That's 34.2 PPG.  But the Bobcats haven't faced a Frisco Lone Star, a Longview, a Lufkin, a Colleyville Heritage, or a Carthage calibered team.  They've given up 41 to a (1-3) Terrell team, 35 to an (0-4) Henderson team, and 40 to a (2-2) Kilgore.  Texas High will no doubt miss their starters, but THS has proven through the years they have depth and they probably have the best coaching staff in the district.  I think the Tigers keep the Hallsville offense on the sidelines and they grind out a win with a strong running game and a stingy defense.

Pine Tree Vs. Marshall:  Marshall fans are trying to gauge exactly where their team is.  In their wins over Tyler and Henderson they dominated from start to finish.  The Mav offense ran wild in both games and the QB was efficient with over 100 yards passing.  Mav starting defense held Henderson to and JT to less than 200 yards.  BUT...in their losses to #1 Longview and #1 Carthage the Mav offense was grounded to less than 200 yards and the defense struggled to get off the field in both games.  Meanwhile PT has struggled to an 0-4 start with a schedule completely filled with 4A teams that have a combined record of (7-9).  They are giving up 29.7 PPG and scoring only 16.5.  I think the Marshall running game comes back to life this week and PT's offensive struggles continue.

Whitehouse Vs. Nacogdoches:  Nac has given up the most points (168) in non-district play of all the teams in 8-5A.  That's an eye-popping 42 PPG.  To make matters worse.....they have the lowest scoring offense in the district with only 54 points scored.  That's an average of only 13.3 PPG.  Meanwhile Whitehouse is averaging 50.5 PPG in offense and only surrounding 24.  This could get really ugly for the Dragons.  Looks like the Wildcats will be coasting to their fifth straight win.


Mount Pleasant- BYE:  MP wins by 2 over bye.

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Week 5 Scores
Texas High beat Hallsville 56-31
Marshall beat Pine Tree 36-7
Nacogdoches beat Whitehouse 34-23
Mount Pleasant- BYE

Standings
Texas High (1-0), (4-1)
Marshall (1-0), (3-2)
Nacogdoches (1-0), (1-4)
Mount Pleasant (0-0), (1-3)
Whitehouse (0-1), (4-1)
Hallsville (0-1), (3-2)
Pine Tree (0-1), (0-5)

Hallsville/Texarkana:  Texas High spotted Hallsville a 7-0 lead thanks to a botched punt at the THS 3.   yardline.  It looked like a battle at 14-10 Tigers.....and then Texarkana took over.  The Tigers took a 35-10 lead into the lockeroom at the half.  They each traded a pair of scores in the third for a 49-24 Tiger lead.  Tigers wrapped up the win 56-31.

Pine Tree/Marshall:  The Mavs rolled up 400 yards of offense while holding PT to 172.  The Marshall defense upheld a 14-0 lead in the first half.  The Mav offense finally came alive in the second half exploding for 22 points.

Whitehouse/Nacogdoches: Dragons got the biggest upset of the night with their win over Whitehouse.  Nac ran the ball at will most of the night against the Wildcat defense and used several turnovers to keep WH at bay.

Mount Pleasant- BYE

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COMING UP NEXT
Marshall Vs. Hallsville
Nacogdoches Vs. Pine Tree
Texarkana Vs. Mount Pleasant
Whitehouse- Bye

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10 hours ago, Mavchamp said:

Week 5 Scores
Texas High beat Hallsville 56-31
Marshall beat Pine Tree 36-7
Nacogdoches beat Whitehouse 34-23
Mount Pleasant- BYE

Standings
Texas High (1-0), (4-1)
Marshall (1-0), (3-2)
Nacogdoches (1-0), (1-4)
Mount Pleasant (0-0), (1-3)
Whitehouse (0-1), (4-1)
Hallsville (0-1), (3-2)
Pine Tree (0-1), (0-5)

Hallsville/Texarkana:  Texas High spotted Hallsville a 7-0 lead thanks to a botched punt at the THS 3.   yardline.  It looked like a battle at 14-10 Tigers.....and then Texarkana took over.  The Tigers took a 35-10 lead into the lockeroom at the half.  They each traded a pair of scores in the third for a 49-24 Tiger lead.  Tigers wrapped up the win 56-31.

Pine Tree/Marshall:  The Mavs rolled up 400 yards of offense while holding PT to 172.  The Marshall defense upheld a 14-0 lead in the first half.  The Mav offense finally came alive in the second half exploding for 22 points.

Whitehouse/Nacogdoches: Dragons got the biggest upset of the night with their win over Whitehouse.  Nac ran the ball at will most of the night against the Wildcat defense and used several turnovers to keep WH at bay.

Mount Pleasant- BYE

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COMING UP NEXT
Marshall Vs. Hallsville
Nacogdoches Vs. Pine Tree
Texarkana Vs. Mount Pleasant
Whitehouse- Bye

Is Nac better than we thought or is WH worse? This complicates the last two playoff spots for some teams. Can Nac keep it going? 

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37 minutes ago, tomlandry said:

Is Nac better than we thought or is WH worse? This complicates the last two playoff spots for some teams. Can Nac keep it going? 

Nac had a tougher non-district schedule no doubt.  They could very well be better than we thought. That Palestine loss was the one that jumped out at me.

There have been a lot of folks on SDC that felt like WH had an inflated self worth with their powder-puff non-district schedule.  It seemed to hurt some people's feelings when you pointed it out.  I guess we will know in the coming weeks if that comes to roost.

It's only week one....no one can be overlooked.  

Pine Tree looks to have had the most lop-sided loss.....and I'll be the first to tell anyone.... if you overlook the Pirates... they will BEAT YOU.  They have some skill guys and as always, they have athletes all over the field.  Their running back (Robinson) has some serious jets.  He can move the ball.  If their WR's and their QB ever get on the same page.... their passing game will be dangerous.  And TBH.... PT's defense looks better than Hallsville's and Whitehouse's thus far...at least statistically.

Hallsville and WH can't be overlooked because their offenses mean business.  Yeah....their defenses have been shaky....but when you can score from anywhere on the field... that kind of forgives a little.  Would not be wise to overlook either of them.

Nac won....but clearly they've shown they can be beat.  So they aren't stellar.  So they can't let up any in spite of their loss.

Marshall's one dimensional offense is worrisome for some of us.  Our defense has been stellar outside of the Carthage and Longview games....but those two teams have made everyone look bad.  Our running game has been succesful in each game except Carthage.  We even managed some real estate against Longview.  But our absent passing game definitely makes us beatable.

Texas High is the 300lbs gorilla in this district..... they are scoring lots of points in spite of being without the services of their starting QB or their starting RB.  However... their defense has given up a goof amount of points too.  Definitely a chink in the armor.

All to say this.... every team has their strengths and every team has their weaknesses.  I don't think anyone in this district is good enough to overlook anyone or take a game for granted.

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3 hours ago, tomlandry said:

Is Nac better than we thought or is WH worse? This complicates the last two playoff spots for some teams. Can Nac keep it going? 

Maybe both!!!

 

Nac, did things yesterday they haven't done all year. We started our senior QB and ran the Shotgun wishbone Veer. We didn't turn the ball over, other than an INT to end the half. Nac played great defense and kept Whitehouse off the field. 

Whitehouse on the other hand was 4-0 playing a less than stellar non-district schedule. Now, they did what they were supposed too and won big. WH seemed to have a very simple offense but they execute everything out of the hurry up offense so you have to keep their offense off the field. Their QB struggled to connect on anything other than the swing pass out in the flat. Everything down the field was broken up or intercepted. 

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