Weatherford Kangaroos (5-4, 3-3 in District 4-6A) at Arlington Bowie Volunteers (5-4, 4-2 in District 4-6A) Preview
▪ When: 7 p.m. Thursday
▪ Players to watch: Weatherford - WR Ruben Molina. DB Kole Parsons. Bowie RB DeAndre Cook, DL Kylan Jones.
▪ Outlook: It's very simple, really, for the Kangaroos to garner their first playoff berth since 2007 they have to defeat the Volunteers by at least 11 points to win a tiebreaker between themselves, Arlington and Bowie (unless Arlington is shocked by Paschal, then a win would simply suffice). Molina (6 catches, 131 yards) may be emerging as a late-season standout after hauling in three catches for 94 yards in last week's 41-14 loss to Arlington Lamar. Cook is not only one of the area's top runners (1,653 yards, 16 TD), but can also catch passes (13-187).Whereas the Kangaroos are almost 2-1 pass-rush offensively (214 pass per game, 106 rush), the Volunteers are the exact opposite (290 rush, 137 pass). Turnovers could play a factor as Weatherford has done a pretty good job of holding onto the ball this season, while Bowie has turned it over 20 times opposite 16 takeaways (13-9 in district).
The Volunteers, seeking a 10th straight playoff berth, are 9-0 all-time against the Kangaroos, winning 63-19 last season. Whatever the outcome, the Kangaroos have already clinched their first non-losing season since 2009. A win would also give them their first winning season since 2005.