Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

November 7, 2012

Golden Circle Football: Week 10 Preview

From Staff Reports
Corsicana Daily Sun

Corsicana — Dawson at Wortham

7:30 p.m. Friday

At Bulldog Stadium

RECORDS: Class 1A Dawson is 0-9, 0-3 in District 9-1A DII. Wortham is 3-6, 1-2.

PLAYERS TO WATCH: Dawson: OL/LB Jake Strother, WR/DB Marvin Manning, OL/DE Mark Martinez, RB/DB Alex Ruiz. Wortham: RB Tyvon Freeman, RB/P Shane Sykora, NT Cameron Lewis, RB/DB Kyle Goener.

UPDATE: Dawson travels to Wortham to finish the regular season in a showdown between two struggling Bulldog teams … Dawson lost its Battle of Highway 31 contest against Hubbard, 70-0, a week ago while Wortham had a bye … it’s been an uphill battle for both squads this year, as they have posted the two lowest totals in the Golden Circle in both total offense and points scored … Wortham holds the edge in each of those categories, however … Dawson has scored 68 fewer points in 2012 than this week’s foe … Friday night’s matchup holds playoff implications, with the final postseason position still up for grabs in 9-1A DII, and Wortham looking like the favorite to claim it … in 2011 Wortham downed Dawson, 49-6, behind an 82-yard rushing performance by RB Freeman … it was the lone win of the season for the Bulldogs in blue and white … Wortham racked up 265 yards on the ground, and scored 35 points in the first half to claim that victory … Dawson was held to just 78 yards of offense in the loss … RB Dalton Long scored the lone touchdown for the black and gold Bulldogs in that meeting.

— James Ratliff

Scurry-Rosser at Mildred

7:30 p.m. Friday

At Asby Field

RECORDS: Class 2A Scurry-Rosser is 5-4, 4-2 in District 6-2A DII. Mildred is 8-1, 6-0.

PLAYERS TO WATCH: Scurry-Rosser: QB Mason Alexander, WR/DB Jalen Blanton, L Brandon Morris, WR/LB Thomas Tilford. Mildred: C Jasper Marshall, RB/LB Nathan Childress, WR/DB Graham Coker, L Keanu Fathal.

UPDATE:  Mildred scored at least 70 points for the third time in four games in a 72-0 win over Oak Cliff Life last week … Scurry-Rosser also scored 70 last week, beating Millsap, 75-7 … the Wildcats won three games last year, one in district, but would clinch a playoff spot with an upset win over Mildred (or a Blooming Grove loss to winless Millsap) … Scurry-Rosser boasts a solid passing game with Alexander, Blanton and Tilford … Alexander threw for 289 yards and two TDs against Blooming Grove three weeks ago, with Blanton and Tilford both topping 100 yards receiving … the Wildcats average 31.2 points per game, and allow 27.6 … Childress is third on the team with two fumble recoveries for Mildred … Eagles RB/DB and primary returner Draylon Sterling is three TDs away from 30 for the season … the Eagles have run for 253 yards or more in all but one game (107 in a 70-22 loss to Centerville) and have only passed for more yards in a game twice (Centerville, and 336-329 in a 62-0 win over Blooming Grove).

— Raymond Linex II

Dallas Life at Rice

7:30 p.m. Friday

At Bulldog Stadium  

RECORDS: Dallas Life is 1-8, 1-5 in District 6-2A DII. Rice is 3-6, 2-4.

PLAYERS TO WATCH: Dallas Life:  OL/DL Quinton Carroll, QB/LB Derek Lee, WR/DE Montrell Williams, OL/DL Richard Rodriquez.  Rice: WR/DB Eddie Pena, QB/DB Dalton Pike, RB/LB Ragan Henderson, OL/DL Jorge Hernandez.

UPDATE: This will be the third meeting between the Rice Bulldogs and the Life Lions, with Life winning both of the previous meetings in 2006 and 2007…  Last week, Rice dropped a road game to Tolar, while Life lost to district leader Mildred… With a win, the Bulldogs look to equal last season’s win total despite moving up to Class 2A… Rice senior running back Ragan Henderson closes out his stellar career with a chance to surpass the 2000-yard barrier of total offense.  Henderson currently has 1720 yards of total offense… Rice punter Junior Pena averaged over 35 yards per punt last week at Tolar… Pena and Noah McBryde had big third-down catches last week… Rice quarterback Dalton Pike had his first rushing touchdown of the season last week… Derek Lee had 67 yards rushing against Mildred last week for the Lions… Life is averaging over 21 points per game offensively this season, but giving up twice as many on defense.

— Jim Pitts

Meridian at Hubbard

7:30 p.m. Friday

At Jaguar Field

RECORDS: Class 1A, DII Meridian is 2-7, 1-2 in District 9-1A. Hubbard is 7-2, 3-0.

PLAYERS TO WATCH: Meridian: RB/DB John Lira, QB Nick Prestwood, TE/LB Chad Crawford, RB Adrian Rapoz. Hubbard: RB Bradley Walker, TE/DE Hudson Alderman, WR/DB Casey Jones, OL Jessie Cummings, LB Ashton Hawthorne.

UPDATE: Meridian lost 34-7 at home to Frost last week ... Hubbard rolled over winless Dawson on the road 70-0 ... Meridian’s only two wins are a 26-0 victory over Itasca and a 20-6 district win over Dawson ... Hubbard’s Trey Henderson has been the most consistent factor in the Jags’ offense with 1,123 yards rushing while scoring nine TDs ... Hubbard has already clinched at least a tie for the district title and will represent 9-1A as the first-place team in the playoffs due to its 44-27 win over Frost ... A win over Meridian will propel the Jaguars to their second straight district title after a 0-10 campaign just two years ago ... The Yellowjackets can still make the playoffs with a win over Hubbard and a Wortham loss to Dawson ... Even with a loss, Meridian could still finish in a three-way tie for third place if Dawson upsets Wortham ... Hubbard all-state RB Bradley Walker looked healthy in last week’s win at Dawson as he rushed six times for 123 yards and a score ... In its seven wins this season, Hubbard has allowed just 43 points with four shutouts.

— Don A. Sims

Blooming Grove at Millsap

7:30 p.m. Friday

At Bulldog Stadium

RECORDS: Class 2A Blooming Grove is 6-3, 3-3 in District 6-2A DII. Millsap is 0-9, 0-6.

PLAYERS TO WATCH: Blooming Grove: QB Jayd Kirby, RB/LB Tyler Morris, RB/DB Travis Whiteside, RB/DB Brandon Hays, WR/K Tyler Ellis. Millsap: L Payton Vanderver, WR/DB Shawn Harper, RB Kristian Martinez, LB/L Tim Newberry.

UPDATE: Blooming Grove missed a chance to clinch a playoff spot last week, falling to Rio Vista 44-30 last Friday ... Millsap fell to Scurry-Rosser 75-7 ... Kirby continues a great season, rushing for 1,386 and passing for 1,082 ... Kirby has accounted for 27 TDs ... Morris is the leading rusher with 371 yards and TDs ... Whiteside has rushed for seven TDs and he had 14 tackles in last week’s loss to Rio Vista ... Ellis made his fifth field goal of the season ... Ellis and Whiteside have both returned kickoffs for touchdowns this season ... the Lions are second in the Golden Circle in total offense averaging 414.8 yards per game ... Millsap is averaging four points per game while allowed 52.8 points per game ... Martinez had 91 yards for Millsap in a loss earlier this season to Rice ... QB Michael Rogers connected for a 75-yard TD pass to Kaden King in that game.

— Todd Wills