COVER1 PREGAME SHOW | Can Concho Valley Schools Bounce Back After Rough Week 3
CENTRAL (1-2) @ BELTON (3-0) KICKOFF AT 7:00 P.M.
Ryan Chadwick (11-7) - The Bobcats have a lot to prove this week after another close loss last week against Abilene Cooper. The Offense continues to progress smoothly, and Coach Crane will have his guys ready to go on offense again on Friday against Belton. The difference in the game will be whether or not this young defense can step up and stop the Tigers. Central dominated this matchup a season ago and can do it again. Look for English and company to have another big game. PICK: Central 45 - Belton 28
Matt Trammell (9-9) - Another week, another coin-flip game to decide the fate of the Bobcats. This week will likely be no different. Belton has won their last three games by one score, and since Central loves to play till the last second, don't expect a much different outcome. Belton and Central love to see who scores last; unfortunately for Central, Belton has yet to be beaten this year while doing it. I think that will continue tonight. PICK: Belton 35 - Central 27
James Boulginy (15-3) - Central goes up against another good team in the Belton Tigers, who boast an experienced, senior-heavy team. Tiger’s quarterback Reese Rumfield has put up decent numbers in a balanced attack. Two runners, Shaun Snapp, and Rumfield, have over 100 yards on the ground, and five others have rushing attempts. Three receivers have about 150 yards apiece, and Rumfield looks like he spreads the ball well with a fourth wideout at 92 yards.
Defensively, Belton is a sack machine with ten total on the season, six quarterback pressures, and 19 tackles for loss, so the Bobcat’s offensive line is going to have to be ready. Junior linebacker Kegan Sherwood and senior ‘backer Wyatt Butler have 25 and 31 tackles, respectively, and 24 and 20 solo tackles as well. The Tigers have one interception, nine passes defended, and six fumble recoveries.
The Bobcats are going to have to be as sharp as ever in this one. Bobcat quarterback Christian English had quite a game against Abilene Cooper, putting up over 400 yards of offense alone. He has been really impressive, as have wideouts Colton Hill and Alex Lindsey.
Defensively, Central has three interceptions and could stand to get to the quarterback a little bit more, but playing sound defense is going to be paramount in this one. They do have quite a few players with double-digit tackles, so they’re always around the ball. Overall, Central still needs to gain more experience, especially going up against a team like Belton, who is senior-heavy, but the Bobcat’s young guns aren’t going down without a fight.
BELTON 38 – CENTRAL 31
OTHER PICKS: Scott Menchaca (14-4) - Central | Yantis Green (13-5) - Central | Ernesto Rodriguez (13-5) - Belton | Arleen Castillo (11-7) - Central | Lexi Dykes (10-8)
LUBBOCK HIGH (1-2) @ LAKE VIEW (1-2) KICKOFF AT 7 P.M.
Trammell - It is now time for the fans of Lake View to find out what kind of football team the Chiefs have this year. Lubbock has played and lost to Levelland and Big Spring this year. Lake View will have to beat both of them, but for sure, Big Spring if they want a spot in the playoffs. Unfortunately for the North Side, this game will be tough after losing a number of players to injuries last Friday. Sorry, fans. PICK: Lubbock High 28 - Lake View 13
Bouligny - The Lubbock Westerners have a freshman in Dallas Tevino at quarterback. He has put up a decent number of yards but hasn’t collected many touchdowns. He has one touchdown and one interception. Da’Zaun Jones has over 100 yards rushing so far this season, and senior weapon Trini Tijerina has played all over. On defense, Zeke Rodriguez has 20 tackles and is leading the team. The Westerners have gotten to the quarterback three times and have snagged three interceptions.
The Chiefs have a good quarterback in Auston Perez and a stout running back in Ian Cortez. They also have a great receiver room with Wyatt Henry, Adrian Flores, Michael Duran, and Braylon White.
Defensively, Esaias Salazar, Elijah Stone, Noah Rios, and Damien Luna have double-digit tackles. Diego Paez has one sack, and Duran has an interception. Please note that MaxPreps hasn’t been updated, so their stats may not reflect actual stats on the season.
The Chiefs are fired up after dropping two straight games, but they are going to get back in the win column.
LAKE VIEW 28 — LUBBOCK 21
Chadwick - The Chiefs come into a matchup against a 5A School after a lopsided loss a week ago. Lake View won this matchup a season ago, but it is hard to get a read on the Chiefs this season. Coach Guevara said this week that if the guys just do their jobs, then they will be fine. I say Lake View rights the ship this week. PICK: Lake View 35 Lubbock High 28
OTHER PICKS: Scott Menchaca (14-4) - Lubbock High | Yantis Green (13-5) - Lake View | Ernesto Rodriguez (13-5) - Lake View | Arleen Castillo (11-7) - Lake View | Lexi Dykes (10-8)
DUBLIN (0-3) @ BRADY (0-3) KICKOFF AT 7 P.M.
Bouligny - The Brady Bulldogs are going to get in the win column this week finally. They put up a helluva fight against the Coleman Bluecats last week. Despite the scores, this defense has been making plays. Sophomore quarterback Sean Jacoby stepped up into the quarterback role and has had a rough season so far, but he will put it all together this week. Running backs Daryl Adair and Zeke Jones are thunder and lightning for this offense. The defense had several turnovers against Coleman and got all 11 men on the field to the football. If they bring the same mindset against Dublin, they’ll get a huge first win for head coach Jaron Roberts.
Dublin’s quarterback Kaden Gaitan is a playmaker but hasn’t turned it into touchdowns, but he does protect the ball. Francisco Garcia has over 100 yards, and senior wideout Cameron Patton has one touchdown catch. The Lion’s defense has had a rough season so far, with three tackles for loss, one interception, one fumble recovery, and no sacks.
The Bulldogs will get their first win of the season, and they’ll make a statement.
BRADY 42 — DUBLIN 21
Chadwick - The Bulldogs put themselves through a gauntlet to start the 2023 season, and now it’s time to see Coach Robert’s team show the growth they’ve put together over the first three weeks. If, and it's a big IF, the Bulldogs limit the turnovers that plagued the first several games this season, then Brady should win. Look for Zeke Jones to have a big game. PICK: Brady 28 Dublin 14
Trammell - The battle of the beatens. It doesn’t sound like an exciting game to watch, right? Wrong! These two teams have been whooped up on by some of the best teams in the State of Texas. Dublin by state champs Albany and a strong Anson ball club. Of course, for Brady, it hasn’t been easy with Mason, Coleman, or Comanche. But now that both teams are battle-tested, who comes out on top? My guess is whoever defense will hold up. That may not bode well for Zeke Jones and the rest of the Brady bunch. PICK: Dublin 29 - BRADY 28
OTHER PICKS: Scott Menchaca (14-4) - Brady | Yantis Green (13-5) - Dublin | Ernesto Rodriguez (13-5) - Brady | Arleen Castillo (11-7) - Brady | Lexi Dykes (10-8)
PEASTER (1-2) @ WALL (2-1) KICKOFF AT 7:30 P.M.
Chadwick - The matchup between Wall and Peaster was an easy pick for me this week. After falling to Jim Ned in overtime last week, the Hawks looked mad, mean, and laser-focused at practice. I talked to Coach Guy at Wall, and he said that the coaching staff made some changes to the makeup of both the offense and defense this week. We will see if those changes increase the Hawks’ lethality going into a matchup that Wall should win. PICK: Wall 42 Peaster 6
Trammell - This was the easiest pick of the week. Our guys went out to Wall this week, and let's just say there isn't a smiling face on the gridiron after last week's loss to Jim Ned. This one is going to get ugly, so expect a large crowd of people in green to be at St. Ambrose on Sunday morning asking for forgiveness. PICK: Wall 35 - Peaster 6
Bouligny - The Hawks are coming in hot off a loss to the Jim Ned Indians. Peaster is 1-2 on the season so far and has quite a drive ahead of them. Wall’s defense will have to wrangle quarterback Ty Steedley, running back Lafe Bringman, and receiver Rhett Steen. But the Hawks have the Four Horsemen in Will Scherr, Logan Thomas, Brylan White, and Ethan Michalwiz. Wall also has a very experienced defense who loves their coordinator, Craig Slaughter.
Expect Wall to zero in this week against the Greyhounds and come out on top.
WALL 28 — PEASTER 14
OTHER PICKS: Scott Menchaca (14-4) - Wall | Yantis Green (13-5) - Wall | Ernesto Rodriguez (13-5) - Wall | Arleen Castillo (11-7) - Wall | Lexi Dykes (10-8)
INGRAM MOORE (3-0) @ TLCA SAN ANGELO (2-1) KICKOFF AT 7:00 P.M.
Trammell - The Eagles may be down a head coach, but the morale in southwest San Angelo cannot be higher. Coming off a near 30-point win against Winters, the Eagles know they have what it takes to beat the undefeated Warriors. Expect a lot of points in this one by the Eagles, and my guess is those Warriors just won't be able to keep up. PICK: TLCA San Angelo 48 - INGRAM MOORE 27
Bouligny - TLCA San Angelo had a bunch of drama last week when they fired their first-year head coach, Paulo Gonzalez, only a few months on the job and only two games into the season. But no head coach, no problem, as quarterback Layne Honea threw for 350 yards and five touchdowns, beating the Winters Blizzards 62-35. Wide receiver Jaidden Villanueva was his go-to guy, with eight catches for 162 yards and two touchdowns. On defense, Jeremiah Bullingor had three sacks, an interception, and 20 tackles. Natavian Sykes had 13 tackles and two sacks.
This Ingram Moore team has a workhorse on offense in dual-threat quarterback Kye Hightower. He has put up 745 combined passing and rushing yards and has seven touchdowns. He is the gear that makes the Warriors go. Sophomore Bowden Zipp and senior Zephaniah Priddy have locked down the defensive side of things for Ingram Moore.
The Warriors spread the ball around and are not the same team they were a couple of years ago. TLCA San Angelo could be in for a rough night if they can’t stop Hightower.
INGRAM MOORE 35 — TLCA SAN ANGELO 28
Chadwick - TLCA has impressed everyone with how the Eagles’ have dealt with the adversity that comes with a Week 2 coaching change. After back-to-back victories, TLCA now faces a solid team in Ingram Moore. While I believe the game will be close, I think TLCA will lose this one but continue to grow as a football team. PICK: Ingram Moore 38 TLCA 35
OTHER PICKS: Scott Menchaca (14-4) - Ingram Moore | Yantis Green (13-5) - TLCA San Angelo | Ernesto Rodriguez (13-5) - Ingram Moore | Arleen Castillo (11-7) - TLCA San Angelo | Lexi Dykes (10-8)
ALPINE (1-2) @ SONORA (3-0) KICKOFF AT 7:00 P.M.
Bouligny - Sonora’s Edgar DeLuna is a monster at running back with 747 yards and 11 touchdowns. Juan Castillo, who has filled in very well at quarterback, has thrown for 371 yards, two touchdowns, and, more importantly, no interceptions. Elijah Sameniego and Jacob Martinez anchor the Sonora offensive line. Defensively, DeLuna has 35 tackles, six for loss, one sack, one interception, and two forced fumbles. Overall, the Broncos have four interceptions and six sacks on the season so far.
Alpine might have a DeLuna Jr. on their side in running back Logan Smith, who has 394 yards and two touchdowns so far. While there isn’t a lot of passing, with 19 completions going into Week Four, six different players have receptions, so they like to spread it around.
Sonora is going to do what Sonora does in this one.
SONORA 49 — 28
Chadwick - The boys from Alpine make the trek to Sonora to a feisty Broncos team that continues to roll through their schedule. Deluna will have another big game and Sonora might have even more surprises in store. Sonora wins this one. PICK: Sonora 35 Alpine 14.
Trammell - Another week. Another win for Sonora. Simple as that. PICK: Sonora 56 - Alpine 12
OTHER PICKS: Scott Menchaca (14-4) - Sonora | Yantis Green (13-5) - Sonora | Ernesto Rodriguez (13-5) - Sonora | Arleen Castillo (11-7) - Sonora | Lexi Dykes (10-8)