Blooming Grove at
Red Oak Life
7:30 p.m. Friday
At Billy Goodloe Stadium
RECORDS: Class 2A DII Blooming Grove was 7-4 in 2012. Class 2A D II Red Oak Life was 2-8.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Blooming Grove: RB/LB Travis Whiteside, RB Tyler Morris, QB Tyler Ellis, WR Brandon Hays. Red Oak Life: DB Nick Forde, LB Adrian Cooper, DT Tracy Hightower, RB Kaine Blake.
UPDATE: Blooming Grove started its playoff-bound season with an opening night 33-8 romp over Red Oak Life at home last year ... Hays had three touchdowns in that game, running for two and catching a TD pass from All-Golden Circle QB Jayd Kirby … Kirby is gone... but Ellis, who did a little of everything for the Lions last year, takes over at QB ... Ellis, one of the top kickers in this part of the state, had a 42-yard field goal against Red Oak Life …Whiteside (358 yards rushing, 571 yards receiving and 124 tackles, including 23 for losses) leads the Lions …Morris (564 yards rushing, 183 receiving) gives them versatility … Red Oak Life is led by two all-state players …Forde (70 tackles, 5 interceptions) was picked by Texas Football as the preseason Defensive MVP of District 12-2A DI …Cooper (175 tackles, 18 for losses) is a force on both sides of the line.
— Mike Phillips
Frost vs. Chico
7:30 p.m. Saturday
At Pennington Field in Bedford
RECORDS: Class 1A Frost was 12-2 in 2013. Class 1A Chico was 6-4 in 2013.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Frost: OL Chris Belcher, OL Raymundo Hernandez, RB/LB Woody Woods, RB/DB Robert Worley. Chico: WR/DB Matt Carter, RB Justin McBee, OL Tyler Melton, LB Darrion Riggs.
UPDATE: Last year, Frost opened its school record-tying 12 wins state quarter-finalist season with a 42-19 victory over Chico at Pennington Field …Frost is 4-1 playing season-openers at Pennington Field since 1999 …Coach Eric Blenden must replace seven award-laden seniors from last year’s squad …Worley (1,345 total yards) and Woods (820 total yards) will lead the offense with Zach Terry at QB …Seniors Hernandez and Colton McGill will anchor the O-line …Senior LB Colton Clayton (66 tackles, 5 tfl, 6 sacks, 6 qb pressures, fumble recovery) will spearhead the defense …Chico: Carter led the Dragons receiving corps (52-796-8) and had 6 picks as a DB …Riggs (95 tackles, 7 sacks) and LB Marshall Anderle (100 tackles, 2 INTs) lead five returning starters on defense.