What to Watch For in Week 2 of the High School Football Season
SAN ANGELO—Week one of the 2017 high school football season was a Pandora's Box filled with surprising storylines. Irion County upset Christoval, a playoff team in 2016, 33-26 behind junior quarterback Nathan Chacon, Wall annihilated Monahans in a lopsided 50-13 victory, and Grape Creek was surprisingly shutout by Alpine in a 65-0 loss for the Eagles.
Week two may also present some quality games. Here are some of the storylines you need to look for in week two.
Irion County goes for two:
Last year, the Hornets won one game all season. After week one, they've already matched their win total from 2016. Irion County will have a chance to double their 2016 win total when they travel to Big Lake to square off with the Reagan County Owls (0-1). A win against Reagan County could be a sign of changing times for a team, and community, aching for a return to the playoffs.
Two badly beaten teams square off:
Grape Creek and Ballinger both lost in week one by massive margins. As I mentioned in the opening, Grape Creek got walloped 65-0 by Alpine. Ballinger watched Comanche put up 55 points in the Bearcats shutout loss to open the season. Losses like that are tough on a team and practice the following week can be a drag. This game is intriguing because of just that. Who will be able to bounce back from such a bad beat? Which new head coach will get his first win at his new school?
Central makes home debut:
Plenty of fans made the trip to P.E. Shotwell Stadium to watch Central get their first win of the season against Abilene. But, there's just something special about playing in front of your home fans. Plus, there's a guarantee that many fans who didn't make that trek to Abilene last week will come out for Friday's 7:00 p.m. game against the DFW Metroplex upstart Byron Nelson. Friday will be their first chance to see the new look Bobcats in action. Maverick McIvor and crew looked solid in their debut 42-28 win over Abilene last week.
Harvey ravaged Refugio takes the field for the first time:
Hurricane Harvey almost decimated parts of the Texas coastline. The town of the first ranked Refugio Bobcats was right in the path of the historically devastating storm. Robert Lee High School and Angelo State alum Jason Herring, Refugio's Head Coach, has been leading the recovery effort in the small coastal town. He, as well as the entire 2,833 residents of Refugio, will get a much needed break from the clean up in Harvey's wake when the Bobcats travel to Goliad this Friday at 7:30. Football may be just a game to many, but this one will carry more meaning for a town that lost so much.
Friday Night LIVE! coverage returns tomorrow! The Wall Hawks travel Cisco in our LIVE! Game of the Week. We'll also have live coverage of Central and Miles' home opener this Friday.