Four games to focus on in Week 6
Thursday, 29th September 2022 - 5:47AM

Garrett Ross

The winds of change heading into Week 6 not only introduced Fall, but the start of games that have playoff implications. District play has begun across the state, which makes the stakes a lot higher this week. Here are some of the best Texas high school football games to keep an on this week.

Stephenville (5-0) vs Brownwood (4-1)

When these two rivals meet this week it will be a battle of Top-10 powers in Class 4A DI, as the defending state champions from Stephenville rank No. 1 and Brownwood ranks No. 9 according to Dave Campbell’s. Stephenville is coming off their second one-point victory of the season over WF Rider, while Brownwood defeated Waco Connally 52-21.

Stephenville’s offense has no problem finding the end zone, but their defense can’t seem to keep opposing offenses at bay. The Yellowjackets are averaging 52.4PPG, while allowing 45.6PPG.

Brownwood has relied on the play of their defense to lead the charge this season, as they’ve only allowed more than 21-points once this season. The Lions offense is currently averaging 36.2PPG, while the defense is allowing 18PPG.

Location & Time:
7:30 p.m. Friday at Stephenville’s Memorial Stadium

Academy (3-2) vs Lorena (3-2)

After dropping their first two games of the season to rival Rogers and Lago Vista, Academy has reeled off three consecutive victories over Hillsboro, Salado, and Troy. The Bumblebees offense is beginning to hit its stride, which is very beneficial given the slate ahead.

Academy’s offense is currently averaging 36.4PPG, while their defense is holding opponents to 28.8PPG. The Bumblebee’s are currently in third place in the District 11 3A DI following last week’s 45-29 victory over Troy.

Lorena entered the season as the defending 3A DI state champions, but find themselves 0-1 and in fourth place in District 11 3A DI play after falling to Cameron Yoe last week 48-44. The Leopards only other loss this season came to defending 4A DII champs China Spring 38-20 during their season opener.

Offensively, the Leopards are averaging 31.4PPG, while allowing 27.4PPG on defense. Despite the loss last week, 2024 Baylor commit Jaden Porter hauled in three receptions for 114-yards and 2TD.

Location & Time:
7:30 p.m. Friday at Academy’s John Glover Stadium

Jasper (3-2) vs Hampshire-Fannett (4-1)

Jasper is loaded with talent and speed once again this season. The Bulldogs two losses have come against Class 3A DII No. 3 Newton 20-6 and Class 3A DI No. 1 Franklin 41-35.

Offensively, Jasper is averaging 24.4PPG and their defense is allowing 20.8PPG. The Bulldogs are ranked second in District 9 4A DII following last week's district opening victory over Liberty 21-14.

Hampshire-Fannett was able to crack the Top-10 rankings to No.9 following their 34-0 rout of Bay City last week in their District 9 4A DII placing them in first place. The Longhorns lone loss this season came in their opener against Lumberton 38-31.

Offensively, the Longhorns are averaging 41.2PPG, while holding opposing offenses to 10.6PPG. Hampshire-Fannett is currently 0-4 all-time against Jasper, with the last meeting resulting in a 49-14 defeat in Bi-District play in 2018.

Location & Time:
7:30 p.m. Friday at Jasper’s Bulldog Stadium

Harker Heights (4-1) vs Midway (1-4)

There is no love lost between these former district foes, who once again have been reunited in District 12 6A. Harker Heights fell to Midway 17-14 the last time these squads played in 2019.

Heights is coming off a 21-14 victory over Pflugerville Weiss to open up district play, and currently sit second place of the district rankings. The Knights offense is led by RB Re’Shaun Sanford, a Houston commit, and OL Jaydon Chatman and Texas commit. Offensively, the Knights are averaging 27PPG and they are holding opponents to 16.4PPG.

Midway is coming off their first district-opener win in two years over Hutto 48-37 last week. The Panthers have spent the past two seasons in the “District of Doom” with the likes of Duncanville, Desoto, and Cedar Hill, but have now returned to a district with teams of their caliber.

After starting the season 0-3, Midway made a QB change from Reid Tedford to Junior Thornton, and it had made the Panthers a lot more explosive over the past two weeks. Thornton had a career night last week against Hutto with 6 of 11 for 158 yards and 2 passing TDs, 2 pt conversion; 18 carries for 210 yards and 3 rushing TDs; 1 reception for 43 yards and a TD.

Location & Time:
7:30 p.m. Friday at Killeen’s Leo Buckley Stadium
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