Malakoff at Kerens

7:30 p.m. Friday

At Bobcat Stadium

RECORDS: Class 3A DI Malakoff (2-0). Class 2A DI Kerens ( 2-0).

PLAYERS TO WATCH: Malakoff-QB Stephen Wolf, RB/DE Marcus Dowell Jr.,RB/LB Clay Gaddis, WR/CB Kendrick Hornbuckle. Kerens- QB/S Zach Duncan, WR/S Nate Betts, TE/S Samuel Williams, OL/DL Dadrion Tolliver.

UPDATE: This is the 76th meeting in the rivalry ... Malakoff won last year 40-8 ...  Malakoff broke into the AP Top 10 for the first time since 1990 at No. 10  after dismantling powerhouse  Daingerfield, 39-14 ... Kerens grounded Mildred 47-6, rushing for 488 yards without throwing a pass ... Duncan ran for 182 yards on 10 carries ... Kerens is averaging 52 points a game, besting Malakoff's 45-points a game ... the Bobcats have allowed only six points ... Malakoff has given up 25 ... every player and coach knows the long history between these two towns.

                                                               — Joey Snowden

Hubbard at Bremond

7:30 p.m. Friday

At Tiger Stadium

RECORDS: Class 2A DII Hubbard (1-1).   Class 2A DII Bremond (2-0) is ranked No. 5 in AP poll.

PLAYERS TO WATCH: Hubbard: WR Ty Graves, OL Austin Englehardt, DL Shane Sykora, RB/LB Jordan Green.  Bremond: RB James Jones, QB Rashauud Paul, DB Evan Sargent, OL J.R. Rocha.

UPDATE:  Hubbard is coming off a 21-16 home loss to Bosqueville after leading 16-7 at the half ... Bremond routed Class 3A Hearne  40-8 in Week 1 and ripped Class 2A power Thorndale 54-28 last week … Bremond returns 25 letterman and seven starters on both sides of the ball from a squad that finished 12-1 in 2013 with its only defeat coming in a 24-7 playoff loss to Tenaha in the Regional Finals … Hubbard has struggled on offense ... QB Braydyn Gillham is 6-of-28 for 89 yards ... James Jones (32 carries for 289 yards, 5 TDs), and QB Paul (182 yards and 3 TDs and 10-17 for 171 yards, 3 TDs) have led Bremond.

                                                              — Don A. Sims

Rice at Brock 7:30 p.m. Friday

At Eagle Stadium

RECORDS:Class 3A DII Rice (2-0). Class 3A DI Brock (1-1).

PLAYERS TO WATCH: Rice: OL/DL Trey Smiley, OL/DL Jon Ortiz, OL/DL Dustin Shortnacy, RB/LB Max Mena. Brock: RB/LB Leddy French, RB/LB Keaton Green, RB/DB Tyler Gray, QB/LB Seth Boleman.

UPDATE:  First ever meeting between the two schools … Rice beat rival Frost last week, 41-13, while Brock christened its  new stadium with a 47-6 win over Early … with a 2-0 start for the second time in modern school history, the Bulldogs are off to their best start since 2004… Rice  DL Daniel Briones had 12 tackles and combined for a sack and Dustin Shortnacy had 7 tackles last week … Chris Atchley scored four times last week and leads the Golden Circle in rushing yards and touchdowns … Boleman (164 yards in the air, 2 TDs) led Brock last week ... Gray has 4 TDs in two games to lead Brock in scoring.

                                                                      — Jim Pitts

Mildred at

Elkhart

7:30 p.m. Friday

At Elkhart Stadium

RECORDS: Class 3A D II Mildred (0-2). Class 3A D I Elkhart (1-1).

PLAYERS TO WATCH: Mildred: RB/DB Jeremy Humphries, OL/DL Ricky Zamora, OL/DL Hunter Freeman, DL Danny Smith, Elkhart: QB Austin Sheridan, WR Cullen Adams, RB Zach Gray, LB Chris Box.

UPDATE:  Mildred is looking for its first win ... Elkhart will be looking to rebound after being routed by Leon a week ago … Mildred looks to improve  on offense behind QB Wesley Huitt  and need to limit turnovers ... the Eagles have given up 97 points over the last two games … Elkhart is led by their prolific QB Sheridan with multiple threats all over the field … WR Chad Taylor is coming off a huge game with 119 receiving yards … the Elks defense is led by Box and Tanner Tunstall, who combined for 27 tackles last week … the Elks passing offense might have a field day with Mildred’s young secondary .. the game could be a shootout.

                                                                    -- Jacob Rash

Frost vs. Axtell

7:30 p.m. Friday

At Bedford’s Pennington Field

RECORDS: Class 2A Div. II Frost (0-2). Class 2A Div. I Axtell (1-1)

PLAYERS TO WATCH:  Frost:  LB Brandon Folmar, P/CB/WR Leonel Hernandez, OL/DL Alexis Lopez, DL Diego Torres.  Axtell:  OL/DL Tanner Coone, QB Tanner Fields, OL/DL J.D. King, OL/DL Jason Marroquin.

UPDATE: Frost lost to Rice 41-13 … Isaiah Belcher ripped off a 91-yard TD run and has 102 yards on 10 carries this year ... Folmar, a freshman, had 7 tackles including 1 for a loss ... Hernandez is developing into a weapon for field position with a  32.8-yard punting average …Lopez, Torres, and their line mates will have to get gritty in the trenches against Axtell, which is led by upperclassman Coone, King, Marroquin, and Johnny Rodriguez … Axtell is coming off a 28-21 win against Bruceville-Eddy… RB Dylan Haralson (28-193 yards and 3 TDs) led the Longhorns.  

       — Dan Lunsford

Blooming Grove

at Italy

7:30 p.m. Friday

At Willis Field

RECORDS: Class 3A DII Blooming Grove (2-0). Class 2A D I Italy (0-2) .

PLAYERS TO WATCH: Blooming Grove: LB Jody Kirby, DE Ricky Linton, TE Keller Southard, DE Dalton Thornton. Italy: QB Joe Celis, OL/DL Colin Newman, TE Cody Boyd, RB Hunter Merrimon.

UPDATE:  Italy, a tradition power, has been shocked in its first two games, losing to Kerens 54-0 and Maypearl 56-0 and will be looking to score its first points of the season against a Lions defense that has given up 159 yards in two games, holding teams to -18 yards on the ground ... Tyler Ellis (19-23-272 yards, 4 TDs) is the top QB in the Golden Circle and Brandon Hays (11-118) is the top receiver in the GC ... this is the third road game in a row for the Lions ... It’s Italy’s first home game ... the Lions are 25-29-3 all-time against Italy, which has won the last two meetings.

      — Mike Phillips

Oak  Cliff Life

at Wortham

7:30 p.m. Friday

At Bulldog Field

RECORDS: Class 2A DII Wortham (1-1), Class 3A DI Life (0-2).

PLAYERS TO WATCH: Wortham:LB Corey Cox, DL Cole Jendel, DE Jordan Lansford, LB Ethan McCoslin. Life: QB Cleophus Brook, RB Jakeem Patrick, RB/FS Ahmad Muhammad, WR Desmond Martin.

UPDATE: After losing to Cushing 53-0 last week, Wortham first-year Coach Michael Widenor said: “I need to have a heart-to-heart talk with my team,”  and he believes the Bulldogs will rebound against a bigger class team from Dallas ... Life lost 54-14 to Maypearl in the opener and was hammered by Blooming Grove 47-12 last week ... Life has rushed for a total of 96 yards in two games ... Patrick (13-59) and Muhammad (8-56) are the leading rushers ...  the Bulldogs have been led by QB Zach Jones, TE/DE Daniel Trantham and RB/LB Dalton Dunnahoe.

— Mike Phillips

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