H.S. Football predictions for the Texas Panhandle


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Happy and White Deer captains meet before a District 1-1A Division I contest last Friday at the Cowboy Corral. [Trevor Fleeman/ Press Pass Sports]

Class 5A

Thursday’s game

Tascosa (3-1, 0-0) vs. Palo Duro (0-3, 0-0), 7 p.m.

These two teams first met way back in 1958;

This city rivalry has seen some good and some great;

Tascosa has speed galore and riding high after beating MOJO;

Palo Duro is young and this one could be oh no! … Tascosa 55, Palo Duro 14

Friday games

Amarillo High (2-1, 0-0) vs. Caprock (1-3, 0-0), 7 p.m.

This city rivalry first played out in 1963;

The Rock and Sandies many times have been a must see.

Caprock plays some serious D but the O turns it over a bit much;

AHS opens district with backup QB Wade finding the right touch. … AHS 31, Caprock 17

Lubbock Cooper (3-1, 0-0) at Randall (2-2, 0-0), 7 p.m.

A district opener and a title game as well?

That’s what I see, the winner ringing the district bell.

Man, oh, man, these two are so familiar with each other;

The question, can Randall put the Cooper offense on smother? … Cooper 35, Randall 28

Class 4A

Thursday games

Pamp (7-0, 0-0) at Canyon (6-0, 0-0), 7 p.m.

This one we have waited all year to arrive;

That’s because both teams thrive, thrive, thrive;

Pampa has elusive Landers and scores points like crazy;

Canyon’s D has three shutouts and doesn’t know the word lazy. … Canyon 42, Pampa 35

Perryton (2-4, 1-0) at Lubbock Estacado (2-6, 1-1), 7 p.m.

Coach Hab and the Rangers started oh and four;

That’s old news having kicked down that Levelland door;

Estacado’s season has been surprisingly rough;

Looks like to me Perryton has mo and is too tough. … Perryton 24, Estacado 21

Friday games

Dumas (6-1, 0-0) at Hereford (3-3, 0-0), 7 p.m.

This is a district opener for these two playoff teams;

But both need a win if a title is in their future dreams.

Dumas and Coach Dunnam roll on winning 19 of its last 21;

Hereford will claw, but this is Dumas’ moment in the sun. … Dumas 42, Hereford 13.

Borger (1-7, 1-1) at Seminole (2-5, 0-1), 7 p.m.

How bout those ‘Dogs ending a 15-game losing streak!

Borger DB Wilkinson was an absolute freak.

But this is a new week and a new challenge to face;

Hey, Borger’s got this and can you say playoff race? … Borger 28, Seminole 24

— Lance Lahnert


Last week:  2-0 (1.000)

Season: 8-2 (.800)


Last week: 2-1 (.666)

Season: 21-4 (.840)

Class 3A

Dalhart (5-2, 1-0) at Bushland (5-2, 2-0), 7 p.m. Here’s a Week 9 battle that is more than likely for the District 2-3A Division I crown. The Golden Wolves are in a tough spot trying knock off rust after a 21-day layoff against a Falcons team that’s hot. … Bushland 38, Dalhart 24

River Road (3-5, 0-2) at Muleshoe (2-4, 0-1), 7 p.m. The winner of this game keeps themselves in good standing for a playoff spot. For the Wildcats to win they need to play with a sense of urgency. … River Road 21, Muleshoe 18

Canadian (6-1, 3-0) at Friona (5-2, 2-1), 7 p.m. The Chieftains are a solid football team but the No. 1-ranked Wildcats are on a different level right now. … Canadian 46, Friona 13

Childress (6-1, 2-1) at Tulia (4-3, 1-2), 7 p.m.

Not many teams have the balance offensively as the Bobcats right now. Don’t look for them to slow down Friday night. … Childress 44, Tulia 14

Spearman (6-1, 2-1) at Dimmitt (0-8, 0-4), 7 p.m. Look for the Lynx to take the frustration of not playing in 28 because of COVID concerns out in Dimmitt. … Spearman 50, Dimmit 8

Class 2A

Boys Ranch (0-7, 0-2) at Panhandle (5-2, 2-0), 7 p.m. It’s going to be a very difficult task for the Roughrider defense to stop the juggernaut that is the Panthers offense. …

W.T. High (3-4, 1-1) at Farwell (6-1, 2-0), 7 p.m. Here’s one of the better Week 9 matchups featuring two teams with completely different styles. This game will come down to the Steers defense vs. the Comanches offense. … Farwell 21, WT High 14

Sanford-Fritch (0-7, 0-2) at Olton (4-3, 1-1), 7 p.m. The Mustangs put themselves in very good playoff position with a victory. … Olton 35, Fritch 12.

Smyer (4-3, 1-0) at Bovina (3-4, 2-0), 7 p.m. How bout those Mustangs. After a rough nondistrict schedule, Bovina has finally started putting it all together. … Bovina 33, Smyer 21

Booker (2-5, 0-2) at Vega (5-2, 1-0), 7 p.m. The Longhorns are a tough team to come back from a 21-day layoff and face. Booker has to get off to a fast start. … Vega 41, Booker 12.

Stratford (3-4, 1-0) at Gruver (2-6, 1-1), 7 p.m. Look out for the Elks who seem to have it going in district action. … Stratford 48, Gruver 14

Wellington (6-0, 2-0) at Clarendon (6-1, 1-0), 7 p.m. A lot of eyes will be on one of the top small school games in the state. Can the Broncos make noise, or will the Skyrockets keep a stronghold on the district. … Wellington 32, Clarendon 20

Wheeler (6-1, 1-0) at Memphis (3-5, 0-2), 7 p.m. The Mustangs stable of backs is going to be tough for the Cyclones to stop. … Wheeler 34, Memphis 15

— Kale Steed

Last week: 10-0 (1.000)

Season: 94-18 (.839)

Class 1A

Thursday’s game

Darrouzett (0-7, 0-2) at Follett (7-0, 1-0), 7 p.m. ​Follett keeps on winning. … Follett 56, Darrouzet 13

Friday games

Happy (6-1, 1-0) at Valley (6-0, 2-0) 7 p.m. The battle tested Cowboys take on the undefeated Patriots. In a battle of two Six-man titans, the Cowboys come away with another huge win. … Happy 68, Valley 53

Claude (2-6, 0-2) at McLean (2-5, 0-1), 7:30 p.m. ​McLean gets over the hump and wins their first district game. … Mclean 47, Claude 32

Kress (4-4, 1-1) at Nazareth (3-4, 0-1), 7 p.m. ​Can the Swifts turn the ship around and get going on the right track for a playoff spot? Nazareth’s Luke Betzen is the difference. … Nazareth 53, Kress 44

Springlake-Earth (3-3, 1-0) at Petersburg (5-3, 2-0), 7:30 p.m. ​This district seems up in the air at this point, but this game is important for just how it will finish. Can the new guys, Earth, make the plunge, or will Petersburg subdue them. … Petersburg 78, Springlake Earth 55

Miami (4-3, 1-0) at Lefors (1-6, 0-2), 7:30 p.m. ​Coach Clint Linman has the Warriors are on the right track now after their first district win. Expect another great victory, and a sneaky good Miami team to contend for the district crown. … Miami 62, Lefors 31

Hart (1-5, 0-0) at Groom (6-1, 0-0), 7:30 p.m. ​The Tigers take the next step on their way back to state title contention. … ​Groom 67, Hart 18

Silverton (1-6, 0-0) at Wildorado (6-1, 0-0), 7:30 p.m. ​It’s the Mustangs first district game in program history. I expect them to get the win on the back of a hefty defensive display. … Wildorado 55, Silverton 20

— Tommy King

Last Week: 6-0 (1.000)

Season 55-10 (.846)

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