Weatherford Sports

Football preview: Roos on road at historic Abilene

Lane Gilley
Lane Gilley Weatherford Star-Telegram

Weatherford Kangaroos (1-6, 0-3 in District 3-6A) vs. Abilene Eagles (6-1, 3-0)

7:30 P.M. Friday, Shotwell Stadium, Abilene

▪ Last week: Keller Timber Creek 44, Weatherford 19. Abilene 24, Keller Central 6.

▪ Last season: Weatherford 5-5; Abilene 7-4, Division II bidistrict.

▪ Returning starters: Weatherford 4 offense/6 defense, Abilene 6 offense/5 defense.

▪ All-time series: Abilene leads 8-0.

▪ Last meeting: Abilene 33, Weatherford 14 in 2009.

▪ Weatherford notable: Since becoming the starting quarterback two games ago, Lane Gilley has completed 62 percent of his passes for 398 yards, three touchdowns and a pair of interceptions. The Kangaroos had averaged 40 yards rushing through their first six games, but had 167 against Timber Creek, led by Jake Spooner's 83 with a touchdown.

▪ Abilene notable: The Eagles are one of the most historic programs in Texas with seven state championships, the most recent being 2009. Quarterback Peyton Killam is completing 76 percent of his passes for 958 yards, but has only three TD with five interceptions. Running Back Abram Smith has 813 yards and 18 scores.

Eagles facing long road trip

Willow Park Trinity Eagles (6-1, 3-0 in TAPPS Division III District 1) at Amarillo San Jacinto Patriots (0-6, 0-2)

7:30 p.m. Friday

▪ Last week: Willow Park Trinity 15, Muenster Sacred Heart 14.Lubbock Trinity 32, San Jacinto 22.

▪ Last season: Trinity 9-2, TCAF six-man bidistrict; San Jacinto 1-9.

▪ Returning starters: Willow Park 8 offense/7 defense, San Jacinto NA.

▪ All-time series: First meeting.

▪ Willow Park notable: In their first season of 11-man football, the Eagles are enjoying extreme success. Quarterback Calib Guynes has passed for over 800 yards and four TD, along with rushing for over 600 and 12 TD. Defensive backs Caleb Chesney and Nathan Chesney have 54 and 46 tackles, respectively, while linebacker Chase Gunter also has 46.

▪ San Jacinto notable: Since 2011 the Patriots are 8-43. Quarterback Braeton Taylor is averaging 100 yards passing this season.

Bearcats go for 65th straight league win

Aledo Bearcats (6-0, 3-0 in District 6-5A) vs. Haslet Eaton Eagles (1-5, 0-3)

2 p.m. Saturday, Northwest ISD Stadium

▪ Last week: Aledo 69, Azle 0. Saginaw Chisholm Trail 59, Eaton 47.

▪ Last season: Aledo 13-2, Class 5A Division I state semifinals; Eaton is a first-year varsity program.

▪ All-time series: First meeting.

▪ Returning starters: Aledo 8 offense/5 defense, Eaton NA.

▪ Aledo notable: The Bearcats are approaching a decade straight without losing a district game (2007) with 64 straight wins. Try finding a more balanced offense as Aledo has rushed for 1,678 yards and passed for 1,673. Quarterback Dillon Davis has 19 TD and three interceptions, completing 68 percent of his passes. Running back Jase McClellan has 518 yards and seven TD, Michael Jordan has 423 yards and seven TD, and Donnie Evans has 11 scores. Wide receiver Preston Jefferis has 455 yards and six scores, Logan Bridges has 395 and four TD, and Jeffrey Carter has five scores. Defensively, ends Michael Arlt and Colt Ellison are averaging about a sack per game.

▪ Eaton Notable: In their first varsity game ever, it all came together for the Eagles in a 55-0 win over Denton Braswell. Since, however, while they have produced on offense, they have struggled on defense. Quarterback Riley Taylor has almost 1,400 yards passing with 12 touchdowns and six interceptions. Running back Titus Swen has over 600 yards with seven TD, and receiver Tre King has almost 400 yards.

Brock at upstart Paradise

Brock Eagles (6-0, 1-0 in District 4-3A Division I) at Paradise Panthers (3-3, 0-1)

7:30 p.m. Friday

▪ Last week: Brock 56, Ponder 6. Breckenridge 28, Paradise 21.

▪ Last season: Brock 16-0, Class 3A Division I state champions; Paradise 2-8.

▪ Returning starters: Brock 5 offense/7 defense, Paradise 6 offense/5 defense.

▪ All-time series: Brock leads 2-0.

▪ Last meeting: Brock 66, Paradise 7 in 2015.

▪ Brock notable: The Eagles, with 22 straight wins, have scored 52 or more points in five of six games this season and 42 in the other. Defensively, they have three shutouts. Running back Tyler Gray has 740 yards and a dozen touchdowns and is averaging 11 yards each carry. Quarterback Tren Corcorran (23-33, 7 TD, 1 int.) and wide receiver Hayden Waller (12 catches, 253 yards, 3 TD) lead the passing game.

▪ Paradise notable: After three wins in the previous three seasons combined, the Panthers are in position to challenge for the postseason. Getting closer this week will, however, be a monumental task.

Bulldogs hope to even league mark

Henrieta Bearcats (4-2, 1-0 in District 5-3A Division II) at Millsap Bulldogs (3-3, 0-1)

7 p.m. Friday

▪ Last week: Henrietta 31, Jacksboro 14. Wichita Falls City View 48, Millsap 7.

▪ Last season: Henrietta 12-2, Division II regional finals; Millsap 1-9.

▪ Returning starters: Henrietta 7 offense/10 defense, Millsap 9 offense/8 defense.

▪ All-time series: Henrietta leads 5-0.

▪ Last meeting: Henrietta 65, Millsap 13 in 2015.

▪ Millsap notable: After back-to-back wins, the Bulldogs got off to a rough start in league play. Jeff Morlen leads a strong running game with 354 yards and four TD. Linebacker Kody Wages and defensive end Cole Tipton each have three fumble recoveries.

▪ Henrietta notable: With 31 wins over the past three-plus seasons, the Bearcats have enjoyed success like never before in the program's history. Also, after surrendering 72 points in the first three games, the defense is now living up to its billing.

Lions host six-man toughie Pioneers

Granbury North Central Texas Academy Pioneers (3-3) at Weatherford Christian Lions (2-4)

7:30 p.m. Friday

▪ Last week: NCTA open. WCS 56, Brownwood Victory Life 8.

▪ Last season: NCTA 9-2, TAPPS Six-Man Division III semifinals; WCS 10-3, Texas Christian Athletic Fellowship Six-Man finals.

▪ Returning starters: NCTA NA, WCS 2 offense/2 defense.

▪ All-time series: First meeting.

▪ NCTA notable: The Pioneers have advanced deep each postseason since 2011. This season has literally been up and down for the Pioneers, who won their second, fourth and sixth games and lost their first, third and fifth. They are averaging 50 points and surrendering 55.3.

▪ WCS notable: The lions ended a four-game losing streak with their rout of Brownwood Victory. Quarterback Jackson Floyd has thrown for 587 yards, nine TD and three interceptions, with Austin Norman (377 yards, 6 TD) his favorite receiver. Running back Manning Marsh (690 yards, 7 TD) is averaging 9 yards per carry.

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