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H.S. Football predictions for the Texas Panhandle


Caprock head coach Dan Sherwood looks on as the sun sets over Pirates Stadium at Lubbock Cooper High School last Friday. [John Moore/ Press Pass Sports]

Class 5A

Thursday games

Caprock (0-1) at Randall (1-0), 7 p.m. The Rock opened eyes with a strong defensive effort in loss to Lubbock Cooper but failed to score. Randall cruised in its opener. Hmmm. .. Randall 17, Caprock 14


Plainview (0-1) at Palo Duro (0-1), 7 p.m. Both teams gave up hefty points in its opener. This one should be interesting as both believe this is a great chance for a W. I think Plainview has more offense. ... Plainview 35, Palo Duro 24


Friday games

Midland Lee (1-0) at Tascosa (1-0), 7 p.m. Oh my, an early season showdown by two district favorites. Can Tascosa contain Lee’s stud QB Mikey Serrano? I don’t think so. But Lee can’t contain Tascosa’s flexbone. Craziness here. ... Tascosa 48, Lee 45


Amarillo High (0-1) at Midland High (0-1), 7 p.m. Amarillo High saw a lot of good in its opening season loss to talented Midland Lee. The second straight week in Midland ends on a happy note. ... AHS 49, Midland 21

—Lance Lahnert

Last week: 4-0

Season: 4-0


Class 4A

Levelland (1-4) at Canyon (4-0), 7 p.m. Canyon has been so impressive opening the season. But the stat standing out is no touchdowns allowed in the last 12 quarters and outscoring those three opponents 126-3. What the heck, make it 16 quarters. ... Canyon 38, Levelland 0


Hereford (2-2) at Andrews (4-1), 7 p.m. The Herd secured a nice win last week over Plainview in a shootout. Andrews is a step up from Plainview and has too much offense. ... Andrews 45, Hereford 14


Perryton (0-3) at Pampa (5-0), 7 p.m. Perryton returns from a COVID break and it’s no picnic against one of the hottest offenses in the state. Pampa is averaging 59 points a game the last three wins. ... Pampa 42, Perryton 17


Borger (0-4) at Ulysses, Kan. (1-3), 7 p.m.

Borger heads north to the Sunflower state due for a win. The Bulldogs have hung tough despite a tough schedule and it pays off Friday. ... Borger 28, Ulysses 20

— Lance Lahnert

Last week: 3-1

Season: 16-3


Class 3A

Spearman at Canadian, cancelled: This battle of top 10 Class 3A DII powers was suppose to be one of the biggest matchups of the 2020 season that fans were clambering for. But, like 2020 has shown nothing goes as planned as the game was cancelled by Spearman due to coronavirus issues. ... COVID-19 sucks.

Canadian (2-1) at Hugoton, Kan. (2-2), 7 p.m. Canadian head coach Chris Koetting picked this game up Thursday morning. This will be big for the Wildcats who haven’t taken a meaningful snap in 21 days. ... Canadian 35, Hugoton 20.


Highland Park (1-4, 1-0) at Childress (4-1, 0-1), 7 p.m. The Hornets put it all together last week for their first win, but will they have the firepower to stay with a sound Bobcats team. ... Childress 38, Highland Park 16


Dimmitt (0-5, 0-0) at Tulia (3-2, 0-1), 7 p.m. The winner of this district contest keeps themself in the playoff conversation. ... Tulia 30, Dimmitt 10


Lubbock Estacado (1-4) at Bushland (2-2), 7 p.m. Two talented teams square off a Falcons Stadium still trying to find their stride. On paper, it’s an even matchup but Bushland must contain DI talent T.J. Steele. ... Estacado 27, Bushland 24


WT High (2-2) at River Road (2-3), 7 p.m. Lance Welps vs. Avian Cruz highlights this showdown of QBs. The Road gained confidence last week at Fritch, while the Comanches are riding a two-game hot streak. ... River Road 29, WT High 27


Class 2A

Dalhart (3-2) at Stratford (2-3), 7 p.m. It has been a rough going of late for the Elks and the schedule doesn’t get easier with smash mouth Dalhart coming to Sam Bass. This will be a good one. ... Dalhart 30, Stratford 23


Vega (3-2) at Clarendon (5-0), 7 p.m. It’s the No. 6 Broncos biggest nondistrict test before opening a very competitive district schedule. The Longhorns can mash, and score in multiple ways. Look for Clarendon to use its speed and limit mistakes. ... Clarendon 28, Vega 22


Wheeler (4-1) at Gruver (1-4), 7 p.m. This is a better game than some might think. The Greyhounds are improving by the week. Hesston Marshall at QB, getting the touches maybe hard for Gruver to contain in the end though. .... Wheeler 25, Gruver 12


Wellington (4-0) vs. Valley View (0-4), at W.F. City View, 7 p.m. The Skyrockets grew up a ton with a hard fought physical win against Class 3A Jacksboro a week ago. ... Wellington 34, Valley View 18


Lockney (4-0) at Memphis (3-2), 7 p.m. Here’s a battle of two teams that have definitely turned heads thanks to vast improvement. ... Lockney 29, Memphis 19.


Eastland (1-3) vs. Panhandle (3-1), 7 p.m. at Post.. Panhandle found this game two weeks ago to replace Shallowater. Don’t let the Mavericks record fool you, Texas Tech QB commit Behren Morton can sling it. Watch out for points. ... Panhandle 52, Eastland 35


Shamrock (4-1) at Sunray (3-2), 7 p.m. Both teams are in need of a win after recent losses. It will be up to The Rock’s defense to slowdown Tate DeBord and the Bobcats offense. ... Sunray 30, Shamrock 20.


Booker (1-3) at Boys Ranch (0-3), 7 p.m. Boys Ranch is back on the field for the first time in two weeks after COVID-19 issues. They’ll compete hard but the Kiowas come away with a W. ...


Farwell (4-0) vs. Italy (3-0), 6 p.m. in Munday.. This contest was a late pickup by the Steers and wow. Though they are meeting in the middle these two towns are separated 459 miles. What a year. ... Farwell 22, Italy 20.

— Kale Steed

Last week: 8-5 (.625)

Season: 63-14 (.818)


Class 1A

Thursday’s game

Guthrie (1-4) at Hedley (2-3), 7:30 p.m. ​The Owls​ ​are in the midst of a three game losing streak after starting the year 2-0. They have a chance now to get on a positive run with a W this week. ... Hedley 47, Guthrie 42


Friday games

Nazareth (2-3) at White Deer (4-1), 7 p.m.​ This is the Six-man game of the night. White Deer came into the season as a favorite to win the region, but have looked vulnerable at times. The Swifts have the size that White Deer usually considers a strength compared to other teams. These two teams match up very well, but give me the Nazareth upset. ... Nazareth 68, White Deer 64


Meadow (0-4) at Happy (4-1), 7 p.m. ​The Cowboys fell short in their matchup with No. 2-ranked Sterling City in a good one last week. Happy is on the cusp of where they want to be, and are ready to get there. Everyone else should steer clear. ... ​Happy 63, Meadow 20


Lefors (0-4) at Valley (3-0), 7 p.m. ​The Patriots make their way back to the field after the two-week COVID hiatus. Before the stoppage Valley was rocking on both sides of the ball. I expect coach John Stanaland and company to be right on par with where they left off. ... Valley 58, Lefors 31


McLean (2-3) at Wildorado (4-1), 7 p.m. ​The Mustangs won a close one last week and may need some late game heroics this week. McLean has struggled this season, but they won’t go down easy. ... Wildorado 45, McLean 39


Follett (5-0) at Silverton (1-4), 7:30 p.m. ​Follett has established itself as one of the teams to beat in Division II. They’ll do what they do best on the road in Silverton. ... Follett 61, Silverton 20


Miami (3-2) at Groom (4-1), 7:30 p.m. ​The Tigers have put together a pretty impressive four-game winning streak since a season-opening loss at Happy. Groom extends its streak in a big win at home. ...​ Groom 67, Miami 34


Claude (2-3) at Amherst (3-2), 7:30 p.m. ​Amherst gave Wildorado a run for its money but fell short in the final minutes, I don't expect that to happen again. ... Amherst 59, Claude 46

–– Tommy King

Last Week: 8-1 (.888)

Season: 34-9 (.791)


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