A peek at tonight’s schedule reveals no Tigers’ football this week. Kind of makes you want to kick back, go grab a five-dollar footlong -- on the house would be nice -- and re-watch Season 2 episodes of Friday Night Lights.

But alas, that’s not on my schedule. No sirree. Thought I’d drive down to Dawson and get a taste of the Slot-T offense the Bulldogs run, and see what running back Alex Shaw is all about.

At least for a half anyway before it’s back to Daily Sun headquarters to put Saturday’s newspaper to bed.

Here’s what else I’ll be looking for on a Friday night without the Tigers hogging the stage:

• Can Blooming Grove handle an explosive Grandview offense? Looking at this game on paper, it appears the Lions and quarterback Darius Harris will need to put points on the board. The Zebras have earned their stripes on the road. Could another last-second field goal be the difference for the Lions?

• I’m going with Hubbard to get its first win of the season. It’s Homecoming Night -- like it will be in Kerens, Rice and Dawson -- and that should motivate the Jaguars to snap their three-game losing streak.

• Wortham is another team I’m picking to gets its first victory. Quarterback Jake Jones and the entire Bulldogs’ offense need to rebound from a rough week in Mildred when they had less than 100 yards of offense.

• I also picked Frost to get its first win, but the Polar Bears do face an undefeated Perrin-Whitt team. Frost has had Perrin Whitt’s number, so don’t count out the Bears. The Pirates have proven they can make big plays which is worrisome.

• I want to see Mildred win on the road. The Eagles have won two staight home games after the opening-night loss to Waco Reicher. I like Mildred’s chances if it can add to its plus-6 turnover margin.

• Dawson played Cayuga pretty tough last week, and that should bode well for the Bulldogs the rest of the season. De Leon is 3-0 and that should provide Dawson with a big test. I’ve got Shaw for 175 yards this week.

• Kerens stumbled last week to a 32-19 loss to Chilton, so this will be an interesting test against 3-0 Cayuga. The Bobcats’ defense had been tough until last week. They need to rebound and get back to playing suffocating defense.

• And Rice. The Bulldogs go for two in-a-row against Dallas Life Charter. Rice has never beaten Dallas Life and that should provide more than enough motivation.

So, hey down in Dawson, save me a cheeseburger off the grill, maybe some popcorn and let’s enjoy some small-town football.

And save Tim Riggins and Lyla Garrity for another night.


Golden Circle gameday

(All games at 7:30 p.m.)

Dallas Life at Rice: The Bulldogs go for two straight heading into 14-2A schedule.

Grandview at Blooming Grove: The Lions will have their hands full vs. 3-0 Zebras.

Cayuga at Kerens: Bobcats, Wildcats likely to produce shootout.

Mildred at Maypearl: Red-hot Eagles will be tested by upstart Maypearl. 

De Leon at Dawson: Bulldogs’ Alex Shaw already has 468 yards and seven TDs.

Bartlett at Hubbard: The Jaguars have their best chance at first victory.

Frost at Perrin-Whitt: The Polar Bears are 4-0 all-time vs. Perrin-Whitt.

Buffalo at Wortham: The Bulldogs hope to crank up offense after being shut out at Mildred.

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