H.S. Football predictions for the Texas Panhandle


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Darius Sanders (18) and the Tascosa Rebels battle Lubbock Coronado at 7 p.m. Thursday for the outright District 2-5 Division I title. [Trevor Fleeman/ Press Pass Sports]

Class 5A

Thursday’s game

Lubbock Coronado (9-0, 5-0) at Tascosa (7-1, 5-0), 7 p.m. Dick Bivins Stadium: It’s finally arrived, the game of the year in 2-5A.

The winner is the district champ, hey, hey, hey.

No. 6 Coronado loves the pass, while Tascosa’s passion is the run.

Despite all this awesome offense, a defensive stop decides this one. … Tascosa 42, Coronado 40

Friday games

Lubbock High (2-7, 0-5) at Caprock (1-8, 0-5), 7 p.m., Dick Bivins Stadium: Caprock was idled by COVID the last two weeks,

So a win to help the off-season is what these Longhorns seeks.

The winner of this one escapes the 2-5A cellar,

Caprock’s defense will be the difference says this storyteller. … Caprock 21, Lubbock High 13

Palo Duro (2-6, 2-3) at Lubbock Monterey (3-5, 2-3), 7 p.m., Plains Capital Stadium, Lubbock: Lookie, lookie what do we have here,

A classic with the winner in the playoffs, the loser gone, oh dear!

I can’t figure these Dons out after that AHS rout,

My heart says PD, but unfortunately on the road I have a doubt. … Monterey 38, Palo Duro 17

Class 4A Division I

State quarterfinals

Canyon (11-1) vs. Springtown (11-2), 7 p.m., Grande Communications Stadium, Midland: State quarterfinal games are rarely easy to predict,

I mean, you get this far things have really clicked.

Canyon put a whoopin’ on Decatur last week,

Springtown lost to district rival Decatur, so that’s my sneak peek. … Canyon 24, Springtown 21

— Lance Lahnert

Class 5A

Last week:  2-0 (1.000)

Season:  27-4 (870)

Class 4A

Last week: 1-1 (.500)

Season: 38-9 (.808)

Class 3A Division II

State quarterfinals

Childress (10-2) vs. Canadian (12-1), 7 p.m. Happy State Bank Stadium, Canyon: It’s a district rematch from a month ago where the Wildcats tamed the Bobcats, 63-13. Expect Childress to bring the house, but will it be enough against an extremely talented Canadian team. … Canadian 42, Childress 20

Class 2A Division II

State quarterfinals

McCamey (11-1) vs. Wellington (12-0), 7 p.m. Lubbock-Cooper: This should be a dandy of a state quarterfinal matchup. The Badgers are balanced, and play great defense. The Skyrockets bring playoff experience, a tough defense, and a punishing ground game. … Wellington 28, McCamey 24

— Kale Steed

Last week: 2-4 (.333)

Season: 151-29 (.838)

Class 1A

State semifinal

Groom (12-1) vs. Balmorhea (10-1), 6 p.m. Friday, Borden County: Balmorhea has been the favorite to win the Six-man Division 2 state title all year long, but here come the Groom Tigers. There’s a reason the Tiger offense has only been held to under 50 points once this year. Groom is going to force the Bears to do the impossible, slow Gunnar Lamb down. Combined with a defense that continues to improve every week, Groom is poised to steal the show Friday night. … Groom 64, Balhmorhea 52.

— Tommy King

Last Week 2-0 (1.000)

Season 82-12 (.872)

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