The Perfect 10: Ten Texas Panhandle teams still standing with undefeated records
The Dumas Demons run onto Dick Bivins Stadium against Caprock earlier this season. [Ben Jenkins/ Press Pass Sports]
Three weeks into the 2019 football season and 10 teams remain with perfect records across the Amarillo-area
A handful of teams are right where many thought they’d be why there have been some unexpected surprises.
When breaking down by districts, the strength is shown in 3-4A Division I, 3-3A Division II and 1-1A Division I.
Here’s a look at all 10 unbeaten teams.
The Canyon defense swarms Randall running back Jordan Norton during a nondistrict game earlier this year. [Mackenzie Teal/ Press Pass Sports]
Canyon (3-0): The Eagles have picked up where they left off last season. In three wins, the Canyon defense has allowed only 160 yards a contest. Offensively, running back Aidan Hildinger has been hard to stop with 420 yards and six touchdowns in three wins.
Dumas linebacker Cade Cox (7) and head coach Aaron Dunnam celebrate a big play against Perryton earlier this year. [Provided photo]
Dumas (3-0): The Demons have shown balance on offense but it’s their defense that’s turning heads. Dumas blanked Class 5A Wichita Falls High in a grinding, 7-0 victory Friday night. On the year, the Demons are allowing 171 yards a game and just 35.6 yards a game on the ground.
Bushland wide receiver Skyler Jaco goes up for a touchdown grab against Childress earlier this year. [Mackenzie Teal/ Press Pass Sports]
Bushland (3-0): It’s been a fast start for a Falcons team that can score points. Bushland is averaging 42.6 points a game. Quarterback Jared Thomas is on a roll to start the year with 712 passing yards and 12 TD tosses.
Canadian running back Hayze Hufstedler strolls in for a touchdown against Perryton on Friday. [Michael Kerrigan/ For Press Pass Sports]
Canadian (3-0): Despite being banged up the No. 3-ranked Wildcats are exactly where fans expected them to be. The offense has taken a different shape, however, an aggressive defense has been stingy of late, shutting out Perryton on Friday.
Friona runs on to the field to face rival Muleshoe on Friday. [Ruben Flores/ For Press Pass Sports]
Friona (3-0): The Chieftains are another team flying way under the radar so far but anyone in their way has suffered the same fate. Coach Jimmy Arias has a squad that can score points — putting up over 60 points in three games — and a defense that’s allowing 8.6 ppg. What a combo.
Spearman’s Brenen Thompson (11) runs away from Sunray defenders for a touchdown on Friday. [Ernie Bowen/ For Press Pass Sports]
Spearman (3-0): It’s a quite 3-0 start to the year for Spearman. The Lynx have yet to get into the teeth of their schedule, but they beating who they’re suppose to. In victories over Memphis, Sanford-Fritch and Sunray, Spearman is averaging 50 points a game.
FILE— Panhandle’s Houston Heck runs the ball in a game last year. [Emily Jones/ For Press Pass Sports]
Panhandle (3-0): What a start for the Panthers and coach Dane Ashley. Panhandle is physical, disciplined and has the pieces for a deep playoff push. A 54-8 route of Childress opened eyes to many across the state.
Vega running back Riley Tiemman scores a touchdown against Highland Park on Friday. Johnette Stribling/ Press Pass Sports]
Vega (3-0): This maybe the best team coach Jason Porton has put on the field in his seven years. The ground attack is the Longhorns bread and butter for an offense putting up a whopping on opponents, averaging 65.6 points on the year.
McLean’s Ben Crockett runs for big yards against Blum earlier this season. [Bobby Brown/ For Press Pass Sports]
McLean (3-0): The defending Class 1A Division I state champions have picked up where they left off last season. Through the first three games, running back Ben Crockett and his team has rolled over Blum, Groom and Johnson City, extending the Tigers win steak to a Texas Panhandle-best 18 straight.
The White Deer Bucks run onto the field before a game earlier this year. [Bobby Brown/ For Press Pass Sports]
White Deer (3-0): The Bucks have been tagged with tagged the No. 1 ranking by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football state-wide ranking. The ranking hasn’t had an effect in the first couple weekswith impressive wins over Spur and Paducah.