Corsicana — — Dan Lunsford
7:30 p.m. Friday
At Longhorn Stadium
RECORDS: 1A-Wortham 3-2, Class 1A-Axtell 3-2
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Axtell: RB Michael Milburn, FB Dylan Harlenson, OL J.D. King, OL Garrett Wilson, Wortham: L Steven Hutson, L Blake Hutson, RB Dalton Dunnahoe, QB Witty Busby, Rudy Miller
UPDATE: Wortham is coming off a thrilling win over Itasca at the Dog Pound, 27-24 last week ... Daniel Trantham caught a 5-yard pass from QB Witty Busby with 4:53 left in the game for the go-ahead score and the win to keep improving from his WR position ... senior QB Busby continued to pad his stats on the season with 233 yards on the ground and 4 total TD's ... the Wortham defense, led by defensive linemen Angus Worcester, looked great last week limiting Itasca to just 34 yards on the ground ... Axtell took a hard loss last week against Bremond by a score of 62-14 ... Axtell will run a Flex-Bone offense against the Bulldogs Friday night ... RB Milburn is back this year for Axtell, after posting 428 yards rushing and 5 TD's last year ... Axtell is riding a three-year playoff streak, the longest in school history ... the teams look evenly matched on paper ... This is the final non-district game for both teams.
— Joey Snowden
Normangee at Dawson
7:30 p.m. Friday
At Ed Mitchell Field
RECORDS:Class 1A Normangee is 2-3. Class
1A Dawson is 0-5.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Dawson: WR/DB Jared Gray, WR/DB Robert Ruiz, TE/LB Cody Kennedy, OL/DL Brian Simmons. Normangee: QB Elijah Eastern, RB/LB Bryson Cornish, RB/DB Shane Conrad, WR Exavier Brooks.
UPDATE: Dawson will be entering this game after a tough 54-0 loss to Bosqueville in the previous week ... the Normangee Panthers are coming off of a tough loss to New Waverly with a final score of 38-24 ... Dawson’s last game against Bosqueville was littered with mistakes as the Bulldogs lost two fumbles and had too many other mistakes that led to Bosqueville’s picking up turnovers ... that will certainly be a focus point for the Bulldogs this week against Normangee ... another focal point for Dawson will be preventing the big play as the Bulldogs gave up 7 plays that were more than 20 yards ... the Bulldogs have basically been losing games in the first quarter, as in last week’s game when they gave up 32 points in the first quarter ... so coming out of the gate strong will be essential for the Bulldogs.
— Luke Dotson