Area round Texas Panhandle High School football predictions


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Head coach Dan Sherwood and the Randall Raiders take on Brownwood in the Class 4A Division I area round at 7 p.m. Friday at Rangers Stadium in Midland Greenwood. [Roy Wheeler/ Press Pass Sports]

Thursday’s games 

Class 3A
Division I 

Brock (8-3) vs. Muleshoe (9-2), 5 p.m. San Angelo Stadium 
The Mules have had a superb season and have really come a long way in recent years, but the Eagles are a Texas Panhandle killer. … Brock 45, Muleshoe 16 

Bushland (10-1) vs. Whitesboro (6-5), 6 p.m. Leo Brittain Field at Lions Stadium, Vernon
This is a rematch the Bearcats won in Childress two years ago. The Falcons haven’t forgotten that loss and are ready to dish out some payback. … Bushland 42, Whitesboro 20 

Class 2A 
Division II 

Morton (6-5) vs. Wellington (8-3), 4 p.m. Happy State Bank Stadium
Give the Indians credit under first-year head coach and Bushland graduate Keith Mauldin. Morton has exceeded expectations; however, it will be difficult for the Indians to matchup with a potent Skyrocket squad. … Wellington 46, Morton 8 

Clarendon (8-3) vs. Seagraves (6-5), 7 p.m. Tyer Stadium, Floydada
Let’s make it nine straight wins and a trip to the third round for the Broncos. … Clarendon 43, Seagraves 13 

Ralls (8-3) vs. Gruver (9-2), 7:30 p.m. Happy State Bank Stadium 
The nightcap of a fun Thursday doubleheader ends with the Greyhounds feasting on Jackrabbit a week before turkey day. … Gruver 40, Ralls 14 

Class 1A 
Division II 

Silverton (9-2) vs Balmorhea (9-2), 6:30 p.m. Coyotes Stadium, Borden County
After a month off, the Owls didn’t show any rust by upsetting a higher ranked Amherst team last week. The next test is coach Vance Jones, who has four state titles to his name with the first coming in 1976. One thing you don’t have to guess on is Silverton standout Sawyer Francis. Last week he gained over 200 yards and he’s the difference this week in a back-and-forth affair. …Silverton 72, Balmorhea 66

Friday’s games 

Class 5A
Division I 

Tascosa (5-5) vs. Justin Northwest (9-2), 7 p.m., Anthony Field at Wildcat Stadium, Abilene Christian University
Tascosa proved last week it’s playing its best football of the season knocking off district champ Del Valle. Justin Northwest is a different beast with losses only to No. 1 ranked Aledo and highly-regarded Denton Ryan. Tascosa does have this upset in them, but without a passing game against these metroplex teams comes up short. … Justin Northwest 35, Tascosa 21

Class 4A 
Division I 

Canyon (9-2) vs. Lubbock Estacado (9-2), 7 p.m. Buffaloes Stadium, West Texas A&M
Canyon’s playoff mortality received a surprising test last week against Wichita Falls, as the Eagles fell behind by 17 points to a 2-8 team in the first half before roaring back with 42 unanswered points in a 51-33 win. The Eagles continued to run the ball well, as all-purpose Christian McGuire ran for four touchdowns and Ryan Rivera led Canyon with 166 yards rushing. Estacado crushed El Paso Bowie to advance, but homefield should give Canyon the edge in an extremely close game. … Canyon 28, Estacado 27

Randall (7-4) vs. Brownwood (10-1), 7 p.m. Rangers Stadium, Midland Greenwood
Randall jumped on Burkburnett early and rolled to a 49-28 victory to give coach Dan Sherwood his first playoff victory at the school. Quarterback Tryston Sanchez had an outstanding dual threat game, throwing and rushing for over 100 yards each and accounting for four touchdowns. Things figure to be a lot tougher against Brownwood, who crushed San Elizario 56-0 last week. The Raiders will have to run the ball well to have a chance but won’t do so well enough to win. … Brownwood 34, Randall 21

Class 4A 
Division II

West Plains (10-1) vs. Graham (10-1), 7 p.m. Fair Park Stadium, Childress
The records indicate that it might seem a little too early in the postseason for these two teams to meet, as they won their two games by a combined 83 points last week. West Plains continues to defy labels as a second-year school with 10 straight victories, and the Wolves are looking to advance past the area round for the first time. They’ll face arguably their toughest test of the season so far in what could be the game of the night, but to storybook beginning will continue. … West Plains 30, Graham 24

Perryton (4-7) vs. Glen Rose (7-4), 7 p.m. Hawks Stadium, Iowa Park
The change to Cooper Schilling at quarterback has Perryton picking up steam, and it appeared to peak in last week’s 58-27 win over Fort Stockton, which entered the playoffs with only one loss. Schilling had a game for the ages, throwing for 461 yards and seven touchdowns. It will be a major challenge for Schilling and the Rangers to keep up such productivity again this week. Chances are they won’t, but they’ll still keep it interesting for four quarters. … Glen Rose 38. Perryton 28

– Lee Passmore
Last week: 8-0 (1.000)
Season: 50-11 (.820)

Class 3A
Division I 

Dalhart (8-3) vs. Paradise (9-1), 6 p.m. Leo Brittain Field at Lions Stadium, Vernon
The Golden Wolves are no strangers to being an underdog. They’ve been given that monicker most of the season and use it as fuel. With nothing to lose, look for QB Kyler Read and his team to leave it all on the field. But will it be enough. … Paradise 38, Dalhart 19 

Class 3A
Division II

Wall (9-2) vs. Childress (8-3), 7 p.m. Redman Memorial Stadium, Post
Don’t look for the ball to go to the air many times in this game. Both teams have a reputation of the ground and pound, though the Bobcats are a little more balanced. For Childress to pull the upset, the Bobcats will need their best defensive effort and RB Da’Reon Mathis going over 100-yards. … Wall 30, Childress 23

Canadian (11-0) vs. Early (6-5), 7 p.m. Peoples Bank Stadium, Frenship High School
The Wildcats are clicking on all cylinders right now and seem hard to stop. … Canadian 49, Early 12 

– Kale Steed
Last week: 5-2 (.714)
Season: 57-11 (.838)

Class 2A
Division I

Stratford (11-0) vs. Stamford (9-1), 7 p.m. First United Park, Lubbock-Cooper High School
This was the round the Elks fell in last year to Cisco and they haven’t forgotten it. The Bulldogs are very solid, but they don’t have QB-LB Bryce Braden. He’s a gamechanger. … Stratford 35, Stamford 21 

Hawley (9-2) vs. Panhandle (10-1), 8 p.m. PlainsCapital-Park Lowrey Field, Lubbock
Here’s a rematch of last year’s area round when the Bearcats embarrassed the Panthers 72-26 on the way to a state championship. This is a more complete Panhandle team than a year ago, but the defense has to play much better than last week against Tahoka for Panhandle to have a chance. … Hawley 41, Panhandle 28 

Sonora (10-1) vs. Farwell (8-3), 7 p.m. Tigers Stadium, Snyder
Don’t be surprised to see the Steers still playing on Thanksgiving weekend. … Farwell 29, Sonora 26 

Class 2A 
Division II

New Home (11-0) vs. Sunray (9-2), 7 p.m. Happy State Bank Stadium
This is a matchup more suited for a regional championship but with a stacked region here we are. The Leopards held off the Bobcats on the way to a regional title last year. Sunray is much better this year, but we need to see this talented team put four quarters together. … New Home 35, Sunray 30

– Kale Steed
Last week: 8-0 (1.000)
Season: 76-12 (.863)

Class 1A
Division I

Miami (11-0) vs Springlake-Earth (8-3), 7 p.m. Titus Stadium, Matador
If you compare records this looks like another victory for the Warriors. Haiden Thompson is a true dual-threat and will look to take advantage of a good but vulnerable Wolverines defense while Miami’s defense has been impressive all season long. However, Springlake-Earth is battle tested, losing in this round a year ago, and their three losses were too Happy, Amherst and Whiteface by a total of 22 points. In a tight one, look for the mild upset. …Springlake-Earth 44, Miami 40

Happy (10-1) vs Knox City (11-0), 7 p.m. Buffaloes Stadium, Petersburg 
These two teams met at this same spot last year with the Cowboys grabbing a 50-0 win. While the names have changed considerably for Happy, the Greyhounds bring back the exact same roster. The Cowboys have looked impressive at times, but they have been unable to put good teams away. That’s the type of play that gets you beat in the playoffs with Knox City the best team they have faced all season. With a chip on their shoulder and Happy’s inconsistent play, the Greyhounds get revenge on last year’s loss. …Knox City 48, Happy 24

– Craig Sperry
Last Week: 5-0 (1.000)
Season: 78-12 (.866)

Saturday’s game 

Class 5A
Division I

Amarillo High (6-5) vs. Red Oak (11-0), 2 p.m., Memorial Stadium, Wichita Falls
Looking at records and ranking – Red Oak ranked No. 5 by DCTF – this looks like an absolute butt whipping. Not going to happen. Red Oak struggled with Centennial in bidistrict winning 35-32 and is banged up with injuries to key players. AHS is on an absolute roll playing with confidence on both sides of the ball and QB Will Flamming is guiding scoring drive after scoring drive. Would love to see – and call – the upset here. But 11-0 is 11-0. … Red Oak 38, AHS 31

– Lance Lahnert 
Last week: 3-0 (1.000)
Season: 43-9 (.826)

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