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H.S. Football predictions for the Texas Panhandle

Updated: Sep 25


The Clarendon Broncos run out before their game with Hale Center last Friday. [ Tom Carver/ Press Pass Sports]

Friday’s games

Class 5A

Amarillo High (0-0) at Midland Lee (0-0), 7 p.m. Amarillo High draws a rattlesnake to open 2020. Lee is my pick to win its 6A district. AHS is a legit top 10 team in 5A. But I think this one is too much to ask this early in the season. ... Lee 38, AHS 28


Tascosa (0-0) at Abilene High (0-0), 7 p.m. Rebs begin their non-district run against 6A foes. Tascosa has team speed across the board that is frightening and will be the difference in this one. ... Tascosa 35, Abilene High 14


Caprock (0-0) at Lubbock Cooper (0-0), 7 p.m. The Rock is going to better than most people believe. But Cooper is just what everybody believes - ready for a deep playoff run. .. Cooper 42, Caprock 28


Randall (0-0) at Palo Duro (0-0), 7 p.m. Randall head coach Gaylan Selman goes against his high school alma mater. Both these teams have big shoes to fill from graduation. Go with Randall in the first 2020 football game in Dick Bivins. ... Randall 37 Palo Duro 10

— Lance Lahnert

Last week: 0-0

Season: 0-0


Class 4A

Midland Greenwood (2-1) at Canyon (3-0), 7 p.m. Big time matchup here. Greenwood will be chomping at the bit having two weeks to prepare for this one. Canyon’s offense can beat you in the passing and rushing game. But how ‘bout that Eagles defense allowing 3 points the last two games?. ... Canyon 31, Greenwood 21


Plainview (0-0) at Hereford (1-2), 7 p.m. If this isn’t a 2020 game I don’t know what it is. Here we are six days from October and this is Plainview’s opener. Herd has struggled the last two times out but with three games under its belt and a home will be the difference. ... Hereford 28, Plainview 24


Pampa (4-0) at Levelland (1-3), 7 p.m. Pampa owns a prolific offense averaging 51.5 points a game snd coming a 73-point effort against Denver City. District 3-4A continues to be rough on Levelland. Last week it was Dumas this week it’s Pampa. ... Pampa 55, Levelland 31.

— Lance Lahnert

Last week: 3-0 (.1000)

Season: 13-2 (.866)


Class 3A

Childress (3-0, 0-0) at Spearman (4-0, 0-0), 7 p.m. What a way to kickoff District 3-3A Division II play. A clash between two teams undefeated and ranked in the top 10 in Class 3A II. Both teams can score but who will make the plays on defense. ... Spearman 41, Childress 28


Friona (3-1, 0-0) at Dimmitt 0-4, 0-0), 7 p.m. The winner of this one keeps themselves in line for a playoff spot in a very competitive District 3-3A DII. ... Friona 38, Dimmitt 13


Tulia (3-1, 0-0) at Highland Park (0-4, 0-0), 7 p.m. It’s the battle of Hornets in a District 3-3A DII opener. Tulia is one play from being undefeated, however, at the end of this night they’ll be unbeaten where it counts with a district W. ... Tulia 40, Highland Park 12


Borger (0-4) at Dalhart (2-2), 7 p.m. Dalhart has been up and down this season while the Bulldogs are glad to not be seeing Dumas or Canyon. This will be a competitive matchup between two old rivals. ... Dalhart 30, Borger 20


Seminole (0-4) at Muleshoe (2-2), 7 p.m. Don’t let the record fool you, the Indians have played a gauntlet of a nondistirct schedule so far while implementing a new offense. The Mules are very much improved but Seminole gets off the schneid. ... Seminole 34, Muleshoe 24


River Road (1-3) at Sanford-Fritch (0-4), 7 p.m. Sometimes a devastating loss can bring a team more together than tearing them further a part. The Wildcats are down but not out by any means with plenty of time to salvage their season. ... River Road 26, Sanford-Fritch 12


Class 2A

Memphis (3-1) at Booker (0-3), 7 p.m. The surprising Cyclones keep their winning ways going on the road at Booker. ... Memphis 30, Booker 14


Bovina (1-3) at Vega (2-2), 7 p.m. A two-game losing skid comes to an end for the Longhorns taking on a bruised up Mustangs squad. .... Vega 36, Bovina 13


Clarendon (4-0) at Quanah (1-3), 7 p.m. Clarendon is a sneaky good team with the talent to make a run in Division II. Once they put it all together they’ll be scary. ... Clarendon 28, Quanah 12


Sundown (3-1) at Farwell (3-0), 7 p.m. Here’s one of the better matchups of the night. The Steers are a quiet 3-0 with solid offense and stingy defense. This is going to be a great test to see where they are at against the roughnecks. ... Sundown 27, Farwell 22


Gruver (0-4) at Shamrock (4-0), 7 p.m. The script has flipped from a year ago for two programs that are going in the opposite direction. The Greyhounds play extremely hard, but the Irish are hot. ... Shamrock 32, Gruver 20


Stratford (2-2) at Panhandle (2-1), 7 p.m. The Panthers are looking to snap a long losing skid to rival Stratford dating back to 1987. ... Panhandle 48, Stratford 40


Wheeler (3-1) at Sunray (3-1), 7 p.m. Despite a loss to WT High, the Bobcats showed they are far improved from 2019. This game comes down the fourth quarter and which star player makes a difference late. ... Wheeler 28, Sunray 26.


Wellington (3-0) vs. Jacksboro (3-1), 7 p.m. in Vernon. Wellington puts its unbeaten record up against its toughest opponent to date. ... Jacksboro 30, Wellington 20.

— Kale Steed

Last week: 9-3 (1.000)

Season: 55-9 (.859)


Class 1A

Balmorhea (3-1) at Nazareth (2-2), ​7 p.m.​ ​The Swifts had to scramble to find an opponent this week after Valley’s cancellation. The replacement is Division II, No. 1 Balmorhea. Naz have been right there against quality opponents, but the Bears may be too much this week. ... Balmorhea 65, Nazareth 38


White Deer (3-1) at Springlake-Earth (2-1), ​7 p.m. ​Give credit to the Wolverines. This is a team new to Six-man, and they have been scheduling the best of the best in this area. Earth will hang around, but the Bucks will run wild. ... White Deer 58, Springlake-Earth 24


Claude (1-3) at Darrouzett (0-4), 7:30 p.m. ​Neither team has enjoyed much success from the first four weeks of the season with a combined record of 1-7. But Claude is well advanced at this stage and it will show. ... Claude 61, Darrouzett 23


Groom (3-1) at McLean (2-2), ​7:30 p.m. ​It’s time to crown the Texas Panhandle’s Tiger King. There may be no Joe Exotic, but do expect plenty of Gunner Lamb and the high-powered Groom offense. ... Groom 58, McLean 27


Hedley (2-2) at Lazbuddie (3-0), ​7:30 p.m. ​The Owls are losing the momentum that they collected when they started the season 2-0, now they head to Lazbuddie and try to contain the Longhorns offensive attack. I think Hedley has its hands full in this one. ... Lazbuddie 73, Hedley 45

Silverton (1-3) at Miami (2-2), ​7:30 p.m. ​The Warriors have been on a rollercoaster to start the season at 2-2, but they are on the upward slope now. ... Miami 58, Silverton 50.


Wildorado (3-1) at Amherst (2-1), ​7:30 p.m. ​The Mustangs took a beating for their first loss of the season against Follett in Week 3. Amherst will be another great road test for coach Ty James and his squad. If the strong defense of Wildorado is back, the Mustangs get the W. ... Wildorado 64, Amherst 52.

–– Tommy King

Last Week: 7-1 (.875)

Season: 26-8 (.765)



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