H.S. Football predictions: The Press Pass Sports team predicts Week 3 small school games


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A beautiful sunset settles over Rangers Stadium in Perryton during a Week 1 matchup against Dalhart. [David Erickson/ For Press Pass Sports]

Class 4A

Borger (0-2) at Pampa (2-0), 7 p.m. One of the great rivalries in all of the Texas Panhandle unfolds in this homecoming game at Pampa. Pampa has the gunslinger in QB Jack Studebaker along with an underrated defense. Ever-improving Borger wants this upset in the worst way and spoil the Harvesters festivities. … Pampa 38, Borger 14.

Estacado (0-2) at Canyon (1-0), 7 p.m. What a way to open renovated Happy State Bank Field (formerly The Bro). Canyon Open 2020 last week like a house on fire scoring 31 points in the first quarter. Estacado is definitely eye-opening at 2-0 but the two losses are to legit teams in Greenwood and Dumas. Hold on this one is going to be a wild ride and down to the last quarter. … Canyon 38, Estacado 28.

Perryton (0-2) at Dumas (2-0), 7 p.m. Dumas is ranked No. 4 in the state and that may be too low. The Demons are THAT good. Perryton is still finding its way under coach Hab in his first year. Dumas is a rattlesnake at home owning a 10-game winning streak. Make it 11. … Dumas 42, Perryton 14.

— Lance Lahnert

Last week: 3-2 (.666)

Season: 7-2 (.777)

Class 3A

Canadian (1-1) at Bushland (1-1), 7 p.m. This has become one of the premiere matchups over the past eight years in the Texas Panhandle. Both have explosive, up-tempo offenses that move up and down the field and defenses that fly to the football. … Canadian 30, Bushland 21.

Stamford (1-1) at Childress (2-0), 7 p.m. The Bobcats offense has been a bright spot in the early going. Don’t expect them to slow down against the Bulldogs. … Childress 35, Stamford 16.

Spearman (2-0) at Dalhart (1-1), 7 p.m. Speed, speed and more speed. That’s what the Lynx bring to the table, but they haven’t ran into a physical or talented football team as they will against the Golden Wolves. This will be a good one. … Spearman 28, Dalhart 19.

Sunray (2-0) at Dimmitt (0-2), 7 p.m. It’s the battle of the Bobcats taking place in Dimmitt. Sunray has been quite the surprise so far as they look to keep its winning ways going. … Sunray 34, Dimmitt 13.

Friona (2-0) at Muleshoe (1-1), 7 p.m. The Battle of two former district rivals is drawing major interest for the first time in years. This is a major test for both teams. Can the Mules prove they are moving forward, or will the Chieftains stay unbeaten. … Friona 23, Muleshoe 21.

Wellington (1-0) at River Road (1-1), 7 p.m. It was an impressive opener for the Skyrockets during a home win against New Deal last week. The Wildcats will have to match that toughness to get a second straight W. … Wellington 28, River Road 14.

Tulia (2-0) at S. Fritch (0-2), 7 p.m. The Hornets have played outstanding defense that has earned them two wins to start the year. They’ll need some more offensive firepower as the season rolls on, but should be safe Friday. …. Tulia 26, Sanford-Fritch 12.

Class 2A

Highland Park (0-2) at Shamrock (2-0), 7 p.m. Coach Jarrett Vickers team has shown improvement in 2020. Expect the Irish to double down on some more trick plays against a Hornets squad still looking for an identity. … Shamrock 27, Highland Park 13.

Clarendon (2-0) at Bovina (1-1), 7 p.m. The Broncos have too much firepower for the Mustangs to keep up with. … Clarendon 34, Bovina 14.

Lockney (1-0) at Boys Ranch (0-2), 7 p.m. A hungry Roughriders squad has shown improvement during the early portion of the schedule. I see Boys Ranch hanging around till the end with the Longhorns. … Lockney 21, Boys Ranch 16.

Farwell (2-0) at Sudan (1-1), 7 p.m. The Steers are off to a strong start while the Hornets have lost some buzz from a year ago. … Farwell 28, Sudan 18.

Gruver (0-2) at WT High (0-2), 7 p.m. A year ago both teams were 2-0 and ranked in the Top-10 of their respective divisions. Fast forward to today and it’s two teams that are trying to figure out who they are. Comanches QB Avian Cruz is the difference. … WT High 33, Gruver 13.

Memphis (2-0) at Hale Center (2-0), 7 p.m. The upbeat Cyclones would love nothing more to leave the South Plains with a victory. But head coach Jeff Smith’s Owls will provide a tough task to make that happen. … Hale Center 33, Memphis 20.

Vega (2-0) at Panhandle (1-1), 7 p.m. The Longhorns are a talented football team but do they have what it takes on defense to slow down a Panthers offense averaging 57 points a game. … Panhandle 38, Vega 20.

Stratford (1-1) at Lakin, Kan. (1-0), 7 p.m. How much better did the Elks look against West Texas High last week. If Stratford repeats that performance they’ll leave Kansas with a W. … Stratford 30, Lakin 14.

Quanah (1-1) at Wheeler (1-1), 7 p.m. Wheeler is back home primed to rebound from a frustrating loss at River Road. The Indians are a solid team, but Hesston Marshall and the Mustangs prevail. … Wheeler 26, Quanah 20.

— Kale Steed

Last week: 16-2 (.888)

Season: 30-6 (.833)

Class 1A

Friday’s games

Nazareth (1-1) at Groom (1-1), 7:30 p.m.​ This may be the closest game of the night in the Texas Panhandle. These teams on paper stack pretty close together. In the end however, the Swifts defense will be the difference maker. … Nazareth 56, Groom 44.

Happy (2-0) at Springlake-Earth (2-0), 7 p.m. ​Happy is one of the most established names in Six-man football, while Springlake-Earth is the new kid on the block. It will be interesting to see where the Wolverines are at early in their new season, but I expect the Cowboys to roll. … Happy 72, Springlake-Earth 34.

Vernon Northside (2-0) at Hedley (2-0), 7:30 p.m.​ One of the surprise stories of the season so far is the Hedley Owls winning their first two games since 2005. Can they continue on this historic run? I think so. … Hedley 55, Vernon Northside 50.

White Deer (1-1) at Lefors (0-2), 7:30 p.m.​ The Bucks took a shot to the gut last week in their loss to No. 1 Rankin. Now they are ready to dish it out, and unfortunately for the Pirates, they are the next line. …​ White Deer 60, Lefors 20.

Kress (2-0) at Miami (1-1), 7:30 p.m.​ The Warriors picked up a solid road victory last week in McLean and are on an upward trend. I expect it to continue that way this week against a tough Kangaroo team. … Miami 47, Kress 36.

Guthrie (0-2) at Silverton (0-2), 7:30 p.m. ​The Owls are coming off of two losses by a combined total of 18 points, they break through for their first win of the season. … Silverton 51, Guthrie 33.

Valley (2-0) at Meadow (0-2), 7:30 p.m. ​The Patriots find themselves unbeaten heading into Week 3, and they are sending a message to stop overlooking them. Valley will continue its undefeated streak for another week. … Valley 52, Meadow 26.

–– Tommy King

Last Week: 6-3 (.667)

Season: 13-4 (.765)


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