H.S. Football predictions for the Texas Panhandle


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Panhandle quarterback Wes Jones (8) delivers a pass against Hale Center during a Class 2A Division I bidistrict game last week. [Ben Jenkins/ Press Pass Sports]

Class 5A

Thursday’s game

Amarillo High (4-3, 2-2) vs. Palo Duro (1-5, 1-2), 7 p.m. Dick Bivins Stadium, Amarillo: The first time these two met was way back in 1955,

This winner is playoff bound, the loser still alive.

The Sandies are ticked off after a pair of losses;

Palo Duro will be feisty, but in the end AHS has too many TD tosses. … Amarillo High 35, Palo Duro 20

Forfeit games

Lubbock Coronado (8-0, 4-0) at Caprock (1-7, 0-3)

Caprock forfeits to Coronado because of COVID issues. Records are updated with forfeit included.

Tascosa (6-1, 4-0) at Lubbock Monterey (2-4, 1-2)

Monterey forfeits to Tascosa because of COVID issues. Tascosa clinches playoff berth. Records are updated with forfeit included

Friday games

Randall (4-4, 2-2) at Wichita Falls Rider (6-1, 3-0), 7 p.m. These days Randall is playing some really good ball;

But to knock off Rider is no walk in the mall.

Rider’s QB, TE and DE each are D-I commits;

Randall will give Rider all it wants, but not enough I must admits. … Rider 42, Randall 21

Area round games

Class 4A

Thursday games

Dumas (10-1) vs. Andrews (8-3), 7 p.m., Greg Sherwood Memorial Stadium, Plainview: Not sure what falling behind 27 was all about;

The Demons showed guts scoring 37 unanswered, no doubt;

We know Andrews is legit from non-district games around here;

But Dumas is wide awake, with Williams and Co. it’s no fear. … Dumas 31, Andrews 14

Fort Stockton (5-5) vs. Canyon (9-1), 7 p.m., Peoples Bank Stadium, Wolfforth: Fort Stockton on paper at 5-5 looks like Cupcake City,

But Canyon’s vet team knows better to fall for that ditty.

Last week the Eagles defense pulled off a playoff shutout.

I don’t see a goose egg this week, but Canyon wins, no doubt. … Canyon 35, Fort Stockton 13

Perryton (5-5) vs. Graham  (8-1),  7 p.m., Peoples Bank Stadium, Wolfforth

Who back in August thought Perryton would be in round two?

Nobody I tell ya, except first-year Coach Hab and his crew.

Graham has won seven in a row scoring 51.4 points per game;

Perryton will run it and play D, but Graham is too good, no shame. … Graham 45, Perryton 18.

— Lance Lahnert

Class 5A

Last week:  3-1 (.750)

Season: 23-4  (.851)

Class 4A

Last week: 4-1 (.800)

Season: 34-8 (.809)

Class 3A

Thursday’s game

Crane (8-1) vs. Childress (8-2), 7 p.m. Shallowater: It should be another competitive game for the Bobcats, but Childress moves on. … Childress 27, Crane 20

Friday games

Bushland (8-2) vs. Wall (7-3), 7 p.m. Snyder: These two programs are no strangers to each other meeting up over the years in the playoffs. The Falcons are playing well and are hard to stop. … Bushland 28, Wall 22

Jim Ned (9-1) vs. Dalhart (8-3), 7 p.m. Levelland: The Golden Wolves will need to play their best game to date. Dalhart needs to use Brennan Lloyd as much as possible on offense and play extremely physical on defense against a talented Indians team. … Jim Ned 38, Dalhart 24

Ballinger (10-1) vs. Spearman (10-1), 7 p.m Floydada: A fast-paced athletic Lynx team going up against a physical Bearcats squad. Ballinger will be a tough test but Spearman passes. … Spearman 42, Ballinger 34

Canadian (10-1) vs Bangs (9-1), 7 p.m. Leo Brittain Field Lions Stadium, Vernon: No one is playing the level of the No. 1 Wildcats at the moment. … Canadian 42, Bangs 14

Class 2A

Thursday’s game

Vega (9-2) vs. Bovina (4-6), 7 p.m. Happy State Bank Stadium, Canyon: It will be a long night for Bovina if its defense can’t slow down QB Ryan Grawunder and company. … Vega 44, Bovina 16

Friday games

Panhandle (9-2) vs. San Saba (8-2) 7 p.m. Henrietta: The Panthers are peaking at the right time, especially on offense. The question will be can San Saba slow down QB Wes Jones and a potent Panhandle offense. … Panhandle 38, San Saba 28

McCamey (9-1) vs. Wheeler (9-2), 7 p.m. Abernathy: The Mustangs need a heavy dose of Hesston Marshall and Daniel Rascon if they want to keep playing playoff football. … Wheeler 26, McCamey 23

Smyer (8-3) vs. Stratford (6-5), 7 p.m. Happy State Bank Stadium, Canyon: The Bobcats are having a year for the record books but the Elks are a proven, battle-tested program. … Stratford 40, Smyer 21

Wellington (10-0) vs. Wink (9-1), 7 p.m. Mustang Bowl, Sweetwater: Here’s an interesting matchup. The Wildcats are solid on both sides which will provide a good challenge for the No. 3 Skyrockets. … Wellington 32, Wink 18

— Kale Steed

Last week: 14-0 (1.000)

Season: 140-24 (.853)

Regional semifinals

Class 1A

Friday games

Happy (10-1) vs. Knox City (7-2), 7 p.m. O’Donnell: The Happy Cowboys are on top of their game, and will be hard to beat. The Greyhounds will keep it close. … Happy 83, Knox City 65

Borden County (9-2) vs. Springlake-Earth (7-3), 7 p.m. Slaton: The Wolverines sent a message to the state with their dominant victory over White Deer last week. Borden County has always been great, but this years team doesn’t deal well with physicality, a Wolverine specialty. Borden County barely survive an upset. … Borden County 68, Springlake Earth 60.

Follett (11-0) vs. Anton (11-0), 7 p.m. Chillicothe: Both teams are without a loss on the season, but that all changes Friday night. Follett has looked outstanding this season and rolled Wildorado in the opening round. Can they keep the momentum rolling against Anton. … Follett 58, Anton 45.

Klondike (11-0) vs. Groom (10-1), 7 p.m. Sudan: Every game this week will be a dog fight, but this one is the one I’ll be keeping my eye on. These two teams are impressive with the winner as coming away as the favorite to win the region. It’s close, but Groom has been battle tested all year long, I’ll ride with the Tigers. … Groom 72, Klondike 66

— Tommy King

Last Week 3-1 (.750)

Season 76-12 (.864)

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