Wortham at Hubbard
7:30 p.m. Friday
At Jaguar Field
RECORDS: Class 1A Wortham is 3-5, 1-1 in District 9-1A DII. Hubbard is 5-2, 1-0.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Wortham: RB Tyvon Freeman, RB/P Shane Sykora, NT Cameron Lewis, RB/DB Kyle Goener, DE Steven Hutson. Hubbard: FB/LB Trey Henderson, WR/DB D’Warren Simmons, QB Casen Martin, OL/DL Kenyon Mathis, LB Alex Jimenez.
UPDATE: Wortham dropped a 49-13 decision at home to Frost last week ... Hubbard had the district’s open week after taking a tough 44-27 road win ... the Bulldogs actually scored first against Frost before the Polar Bears turned three second-quarter turnovers into scores ... In their win at Frost, the Jaguars rebounded from a 15-12 halftime deficit with four TDs in the second half ... Wortham has switched QBs with Brandon Campbell throwing for 540 yards and 4 TDs ... Hubbard WR D’Warren Simmons had a huge game at Frost with four receptions for 168 yards and 2 TDs ... RBs Trey Henderson and Logan McClinton split rushing duties in the Jags’ last game in the continued absence of all-state RB Bradley Walker who is still nursing an injury suffered in the Bosqueville loss on Sept. 7 ... Hubbard leads the all-time series 24-5 between the two clubs and is 10-2 since 2000 when the two opponents have met every year ... Wortham’s last win in the series was a 35-8 home victory in 2010 when Hubbard finished 0-10.
— Don A. Sims
Kerens at Cross Roads
7:30 p.m. Friday
At Rock Tower Stadium
RECORDS: Class 1A Kerens is 3-4, 1-1 in District 6-1A DI. Cross Roads is 1-6, 0-2.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Kerens: QB Nate Betts, RB Rayvon Faulk, WR Brett Anderson, LB Mike Kline, WR/DB Lane Green. Cross Roads: LB Shawn Himes, OL Seth McGlaun, DB Taylor Johnson, DL Chase Lopez, WR Chad Sherrell.
UPDATE: Kerens evened its district record with a 28-6 victory over Dallas Gateway ... the Bobats average 356 yards per game on offense ... Betts continues to improve in the passing game, completing 45.5 percent of his passes ... Betts is fourth in the Golden Circle in passing with 557 yards .. he has 11 interceptions, also the most in the area ... Anderson continues to put up spectacular numbers with 20 receptions for 440 yards and seven TDs ... Kerens’ defense allowed only 173 yards and is sixth in the area giving up 292 yards per game ... the Bobcats forced three more turnovers for 15 takeaways this season ... Cross Roads lost to Italy 49-2 last week ... the Bobcats have a new coach, Brad Wallace, who replaced former Kerens assistant Steve Almuete ... Cross Roads’ lone win came in the season opener against winless Dawson 36-34.
— Todd Wills