Weatherford Sports

Football preview: Bearcats go for 67th straight district win

Aledo’s Donnie Evans (27) avoids an attempted tackle by Eaton’s Frank Yandall in Saturday’s game at Northwest ISD Stadium. Aledo won 59-14.
Aledo’s Donnie Evans (27) avoids an attempted tackle by Eaton’s Frank Yandall in Saturday’s game at Northwest ISD Stadium. Aledo won 59-14. Special to the Star-Telegram

Brewer Bears (2-5, 1-3 in District 6-5A) at Aledo Bearcats (7-0, 4-0

7 p.m. Friday

▪ Last week: Brewer 34, Saginaw Chisholm Trail 7. Aledo 59, Haslet Eaton 14.

▪ Last season: Brewer 6-5, Division II bi-district; Aledo 13-2, Class 5A Division I state semifinals.

▪ All-time series: Aledo leads 14-2.

▪ Last meeting: Aledo 59, Brewer 14 in 2011.

▪ Returning starters: Brewer 7 offense/6 defense, Aledo 8 offense/5 defense.

▪ Brewer notable: The Bears run a lot more than they pass, averaging 215 yards on the ground and 46 through the air. Running back Curtis Taylor is picking up almost 7 yards per carry (394, 4 TD).

▪ Aledo notable: The last time the Bearcats lost a district game, the first iPhone had just hit the market in 2007. Now, 66 straight league wins later, they are approaching a ninth consecutive district championship. Quarterback Dillon Davis has completed almost 70 percent of his passes and has a TD-interception ratio of more than 7-1 (22-3). Running backs Jase McClellan (603 yards, 8 TD) and Michael Jordan (597, 9 TD) will both likely top 1,000 yards if the Bearcats have the expected deep playoff run, as could receivers Preston Jefferis (20 catches, 481 yards, 6 TD) and Logan Bridges (22-459, 6 TD). The Bearcats are averaging around 303 rushing and 260 passing yards with a litany of players who can break a play open at any time. The defense is equally balanced, with linebacker Cullen Johnson and tackle Wes Harris each registering seven tackles per contest. The Bearcats are also forcing opponents into three turnovers per game.

Kangaroos hope to play spoiler in home finale

Haltom Buffaloes (4-4, 1-3 in District 3-6A) at Weatherford Kangaroos (1-7, 0-4)

7:30 P.M. Friday

▪ Last week: Keller Timber Creek 29, Haltom 21. Abilene 58, Weatherford 13.

▪ Last season: Haltom 1-9, Weatherford 5-5.

▪ Returning starters: Halton 9 offense/6 defense, Weatherford 4 offense/6 defense.

▪ All-time series: Haltom leads 7-4.

▪ Last meeting: Weatherford 28, Haltom 20 in 2011.

▪ Haltom notable: With a strong finish the Buffs could post their first winning season since the late 1990s. Their balanced offense averages 176 rushing and 176 passing yards. Running back JQ Reed is rushing for well over 100 yards per game (880, 7 TD) and 6.4 yards with each carry, while QB Cole Hays is completing nearly 60 percent of his passes, but has six interceptions to offset his seven TD. Linebacker Quenton Banks registers eight tackles per game, leading a defense that is averaging over a sack each contest.

▪ Weatherford notable: Quarterback Lane Gilley is completing over 60 percent of his passes, and the Kangaroos have begun to show a tendency to run more. On defense, end Zach McKinney is making 10 tackles per game and safety Winston Griffith eight.

Eagles chasing district title

Willow Park Trinity Eagles (7-1, 4-0 in TAPPS Division III District 1) at Fort Worth Calvary Conquerors (3-5, 1-3)

7:30 p.m. Friday

▪ Last week: Trinity 55, San Jacinto 7. Lubbock Trinity 62, Calvary 14

▪ Last season: Trinity 9-2, TCAF six-man bi-district; Calvary 0-10.

▪ Returning starters: Willow Park 8 offense/7 defense, Calvary 10 offense/10 defense.

▪ All-time series: First meeting.

▪ Willow Park notable: The Eagles continue their magical first season of 11-man football as they are still chasing a district championship. Quarterback Calib Guynes is making the most of his completion percentage of around 50 percent with a touchdown-to-interception ratio of almost 4-1. He is also averaging over 90 yards rushing and could score 20 touchdowns while surpassing 1,000 yards in both passing and running. On defense, cornerback Caleb Chesney is averaging 10 tackles, while linebackers Landry Smith and Chase Gunter are averaging nine and eight, respectively.

▪ Calvary notable: After losing 20 straight games dating to 2014, the Conquerors won three straight. However, they are now back on a two-game skid.

High-scoring Brock seeks 24th consecutive victory

Bowie Jackrabbits (3-4, 1-1 in District 4-3A Division I) at Brock Eagles (7-0, 2-0)

7:30 p.m. Friday

▪ Last week: Breckenridge 26, Bowie 14. Brock 36, Paradise 6.

▪ Last season: Bowie 6-6, Division I area round; Brock 16-0, Class 3A Division I state champions.

▪ Returning starters: Bowie 3 offense/9 defense, Brock 5 offense/7 defense.

▪ All-time series: Brock leads 2-0.

▪ Last meeting: Brock 56, Bowie 19 in 2015.

▪ Bowie notable: The Jackrabbits are once again in the playoff mix for a sixth berth in nine seasons, despite their most victories in that span being seven in 2008 and 2011. The loss to Breckenridge ended a three-game winning streak.

▪ Brock notable: The Eagles, with 23 straight wins, are scoring at more than 50 points per contest. Running back Tyler Gray has 893 yards and averages a first down each time he touches the ball. He also has not fumbled all season on 88 carries. The defense, which struggled for a couple of early games, has surrendered two touchdowns in the past four contests and features all-everything linebacker Zane Young.

Bulldogs, Tigers face must-win matchup

Millsap Bulldogs (3-4, 0-2 in District 5-3A Division II) at Jacksboro Tigers (4-3, 0-2)

7 p.m. Friday

▪ Last week: Henrietta 40, Millsap 6. Nocona 26, Jacksboro 14.

▪ Last season: Millsap 1-9, Jacksboro 4-6.

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

▪ All-time series: Jacksboro leads 5-2.

▪ Last meeting: Jacksboro 48, Millsap 0 in 2015.

▪ Millsap notable: The Bulldogs won three of five before district but have hit a snag in league play, having been outscored 88-13. They rush for over 180 yards and pass for less than 20 per game. Spencer Mitchell and Jeff Morlen are each averaging close to 50 yards rushing. On defense, safety Lane Rich and linebacker Kody Wages are each making six tackles per game. Also, the Bulldogs are forcing opponents into two lost fumbles each outing.

▪ Jacksboro notable: The Tigers run about twice as often as they pass, but there is no standout runner. Hunter Jackson leads, averaging 56 yards per game. Hunter Drennan is averaging eight tackles on defense. The Jackrabbits are forcing opponents into three turnovers per contest, including two interceptions each game.

Lions seek to get back on winning track

Arlington Flint Academy Falcons (0-2) at Weatherford Christian Lions (2-5)

7:30 p.m. Friday

▪ Last week: Flint idle. Granbury North Central Texas Academy 73, WCS 28.

▪ Last season: Flint 2-4 in Texas Christian Athletic Fellowship Six-Man; WCS 10-3, Texas Christian Athletic Fellowship Six-Man finals.

▪ Returning starters: Flint 2 offense/3 defense, WCS 2 offense/2 defense.

▪ All-time series: WCS leads 1-0.

▪ Last meeting: WCS 49, Flint 0 in 2015.

▪ Flint notable: The Falcons are struggling in only their second season of existence, having been outscored 125-0.

▪ WCS notable: The lions' first season in TAPPS has not been an easy one. However, quarterback Jackson Floyd is passing for over 100 yards per game (730) with a TD-interception ratio of around 10-4. Running back Manning Marsh is on pace to top 1,000 yards rushing (846, 10 TD) and is averaging 11 tackles as a safety, as is cornerback Austin Norman, who is also the leading receiver (31 catches, 505 yards, 6 TD).