Week Zero is almost over. As we head to Texas Stadium for the final stanza of opening weekend, I thought it would be a good time to recap some of the highlights.
As I mentioned earlier, it started for us Thursday in Abilene for the Odessa Permian win over Duncanville. The play of the Permian Panthers certainly lived up to our early ranking but the biggest surprise for me was what I have to say is some very suspect play calling. Rather than being content to salt away the clock, Permian was throwing passes into the flat (incomplete – stopping the clock) and into the endzone (intercepted.) The old saying “act like you’ve been there before” comes to mind. Rather than an impressive opening game, they end up with a narrow escape.
Next up, Eric and I took the trip to 3A Cuero as the Gobblers opened the season against the 4A Beeville Jones Trojans. Both teams started a bit rusty, but in no time at all, Cuero took control. The bottom line on this game was the play of the O and D lines. The Gobblers pushed Beeville around all night although there was some discussion that Trojans RB Val Valdez was injured prior to the game. He didn’t see much action until late in the game when he started getting carries. One of the standouts for Cuero was LB Jake Rangnow who was in on nearly every tackle plus came in on offense for several key runs.
Audio – Cuero Gobblers vs Beeville Jones Trojans
Mike and Tony joined half the Houston area at the home of the Galena Park North Shore Mustangs as they played host to defending State Champion, the Katy Tigers. What was on the line for GPNS? Just a chance to keep alive their hopes of breaking the regular season winning streak record. After 70 straight, the Mustangs certainly weren’t afraid to take on the big boys. My read on this game is that it says as much about Katy’s dropoff as it does about Galena Park’s readiness to step up to the elite in the state.
Audio – Katy vs Galena Park North Shore
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