Week 7 Texoma High School Football Previews

Jason Della Rosa
Herald Democrat
Tom Bean's Lance Pauler and the Tomcats will travel to Lindsay for District 5-2A (I) action on Friday.

Note: All games are non-district and begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday unless otherwise indicated.

Saginaw at Sherman

Where: Bearcat Stadium

Broadcast: KMAD 102.5 FM; www.shsbearcats.net/broadcasts

Records: Saginaw 0-2; Sherman 0-2

Last week: Saginaw lost 42-35 against Saginaw; Sherman lost 24-7 against Mount Pleasant

Series: First meeting

Players to watch: Saginaw: RB Kyle Kennard, DL Jordan McDaniel; Sherman: WR Jacoby Hunt, DB Jeff Banks

Notable: Sherman is looking to avoid an 0-3 start for the first time since 2015 … The seven points last week were the lowest point total by the Bearcats in 20 games and just the third time in single digits in the last five years … Saginaw has allowed at least 36 points in each of its losses.

Van Alstyne at Krum

What: District 4-4A (II)

Where: Bobcat Stadium

Broadcast: mixlr.com/va-panther-football

Records: Van Alstyne 2-4; Krum 2-2

Last week: Van Alstyne lost 34-27 against Bullard; Krum won 63-29 against Venus

Series: First meeting

Players to watch: Van Alstyne: QB Gavin Montgomery, LB Caden Whitley; Krum: QB Cagen Clark, DL Jake Ellingwood

Notable: Three of Van Alstyne’s last four games have been decided by seven points or less … The Panthers have not been in a district this small (five teams) since 2011 … Krum has played only four games because of two COVID-19 cancellations.

Brock at Whitesboro

What: District 4-3A (I)

Where: Bearcat Stadium

Broadcast: www.whitesboroisd.org

Records: Brock 5-0, 2-0; Whitesboro 1-4, 1-1

Last week: Brock won 60-21 against Paradise; Whitesboro lost 33-13 against Boyd

Series: Brock leads 2-0

Last meeting: 2019 (Brock won 38-3)

Players to watch: Brock: RB Cash Jones, DB Luke Dillingham; Whitesboro: WR Major Ledbetter, LB Sterling Gartin

Notable: A loss by Whitesboro would be its first 0-2 district start since 2010 … The last time the Bearcats were 1-4 at the half-way point was in 2016 … Brock is ranked No. 1 in this week’s Class 3A Division I statewide poll.

Commerce at Pottsboro

What: District 5-3A (I)

Where: Jim Henderson Memorial Stadium

Broadcast: KZRC 96.1 FM; www.citylinktv.com/channel/durant-mix-tv/

Records: Commerce 3-1, 1-1; Pottsboro 3-1, 2-0

Last week: Commerce lost 45-20 against Mount Vernon; Pottsboro won 63-24 against Rains

Series: Commerce leads 7-6

Last meeting: 2019 (Pottsboro won 63-14)

Players to watch: Commerce: QB J’den Wilson, LB Gauge Wilson; Pottsboro: WR Jude Bentley, LB Landon Dunaway

Notable: The 63 points scored in the meeting last year set the school record and was matched six games later against Kemp, and again last week vs. Rains … The Cardinals have won five straight in the series … Commerce has not had a winning record since 2014.

Rains at Howe

What: District 5-3A (I)

Where: Bulldog Stadium

Records: Rains 3-2, 0-2; Howe 0-5, 0-2

Last week: Rains lost 63-24 against Pottsboro; Howe lost 56-7 against Winnsboro

Series: Rains leads 2-0

Last meeting: 2019 (Rains won 55-28)

Players to watch: Rains: QB Luke Sheppard, LB James Hinch; Howe: RB Cooper Jones, LB Matthew Hayes

Notable: Howe is trying to avoid its first 0-6 start since 2017 … Last week was the fourth time the Bulldogs were held to eight points or fewer … Rains scored a season-low 24 points against Pottsboro last week, all of it coming in the first half.

Gunter at Leonard

What: District 8-3A (II)

Where: Tiger Stadium

Broadcast: www.guntertexas.com

Records: Gunter 5-1, 2-0; Leonard 2-1, 0-1

Last week: Gunter won 41-7 against Bells; Leonard did not play

Series: Gunter leads 14-0

Last meeting: 2017 (Gunter won 70-0)

Players to watch: Gunter: WR Cole Lemons, DL Lane Dophied; Leonard: QB D.J. Brown, LB Bryce Baker

Notable: The last meeting is the most points Gunter has scored since 1987 … Gunter has won 30 straight district contests … Leonard had the district bye after opening 8-3A (II) play with a 41-14 loss to Bells.

Lone Oak at Whitewright

What: District 8-3A (II)

Where: Tiger Stadium

Records: Lone Oak 1-4, 0-1; Whitewright 4-2, 1-1

Last week: Lone Oak lost 41-19 against S&S; Whitewright won 41-7 against Blue Ridge

Series: Lone Oak leads 4-1

Last meeting: 2017 (Lone Oak won 47-0)

Players to watch: Lone Oak: QB Adrian Gudgel, DB Aaron Porter; Whitewright: QB Kayden Carraway, DL Jeremiah Ballard.

Notable: Whitewright’s only victory over Lone Oak was in the 2001 season-opener … A win by the Tigers will match their win total from last year and give them back-to-back non-losing seasons for the first time since 2010-11 … Lone Oak has not had a winning season since 2016.

Blue Ridge at Bells

What: District 8-3A (II)

Where: Panther Stadium

Records: Blue Ridge 3-3, 1-1; Bells 4-2, 1-1

Last week: Blue Ridge lost 41-7 against Whitewright; Bells lost 41-7 against Gunter

Series: Bells leads 10-8

Last meeting: 2019 (Bells won 33-14)

Players to watch: Blue Ridge: QB Casey Walls, DB Lucas Jenkins; Bells: RB Bo Baker, DL Cooper Smith

Notable: The teams have played every year since 2012 and all but the first two have been district games … Bells was held to a season-low 168 rushing yards last week and it was only the second time since 2016 the offense was held to single digits … Blue Ridge had a three-game winning streak snapped last week.

Tioga at Collinsville

What: District 5-2A (I)

Where: W.L. Stephenson Sports Complex

Records: Tioga 1-5, 0-2; Collinsville 3-3, 0-2

Last week: Tioga lost 76-12 against Lindsay; Collinsville lost 23-20 against Alvord

Series: Series tied 6-6-1

Last meeting: 1948 (Collinsville won 20-0)

Players to watch: Tioga: QB Logan Westbrook, DL Dalton Stanley; Collinsville: RB Colin Barnes, DB Carter Scott

Notable: Of the 13 total meetings, 3 of them had the winner awarded by forfeit … The loser of this game will be in a precarious spot to get a playoff berth … The last time Collinsville started district play 0-3 was 2015.

Tom Bean at Lindsay

What: District 5-2A (I)

Where: Knight Stadium

Records: Tom Bean 1-4, 0-2; Lindsay 6-0, 2-0

Last week: Tom Bean lost 46-18 against Trenton; Lindsay won 76-12 against Tioga

Series: Lindsay leads 15-7

Last meeting: 2017 (Lindsay won 43-0)

Players to watch: Tom Bean: WR Corbin Ramey, LB Gage Moore; Lindsay: QB Kolt Schuckers, LB Andrew Schully.

Notable: Tom Bean has lost seven straight meetings against the Knights … The Tomcats last started 0-3 in district play in 2015 … Lindsay is ranked No. 4 in this week’s Class 2A Division I statewide poll and averaging 55 points per game.

Grayson Christian at Texoma Christian

Where: TCS Field

Records: Grayson Christian 0-3; Texoma Christian 0-1

Last week: Grayson Christian did not play; Texoma Christian did not play

Series: First meeting

Players to watch: Grayson Christian: RB Lucas Webster, LB Josiah Meeks; Texoma Christian: RB Hayden Turner, LB Thomas Barnett

Notable: A loss would give TCS its first 0-2 start since 2016 … The Eagles are playing on campus starting this season instead of at the Center Street Athletic Fields … Grayson Christian has allowed at least 59 points in each game.