PREVIEW: Ballinger Travels to Clayton Weishuhn Field for District Matchup Against Wall


WALL- The Wall Hawks are taking on the Ballinger Bearcats Friday at Clayton Weishuhn Field in their second district game of the year.

Last week, the Grape Creek Eagles were run over by the Hawks to the tune of 68-0. Wall’s running backs put up 525 yards and 10 touchdowns. They were led by Nathan Pepper who had 113 yards on seven carries and three scores.

Watch out for freshman Haygn Barbee who had nine solo tackles, two assists for 11 totals with four of those going to loss. While Wall did not record any sacks, Matthew Steen, Brylan White, and Ryan Allen were all credited with a quarterback hurry and Mason Snowden did have one interception.

Ballinger (0-6, 0-1) vs Wall (5-1, 1-0)

Unsurprising to everyone in the Concho Valley, the Wall Hawks have been great on the ground having 2,001 yards in six games and collecting 24 rushing touchdowns. The Hawks are led by junior Nathan Pepper and sophomore Garrett Guy who have a combined 129 carries for 978 yards and 10 touchdowns. Dane Reynolds, Gunner Dillard, Canyon McCabe, and Jayden Sellers account for 700 yards and eight scores.

Other players that have a few yards to add are Matthew Steen, Landon Beeles, Haygn Barbee, Will Scherr, Briggs Jones, Luke Kemp, and Logan Thomas. If you look at the Hawks roster, the future is bright as Sellers and Reynolds are the only seniors who have carried the ball for the Hawks. Everyone else is a sophomore or junior with the exemption of Barbee who is a freshman.

Defensively, Dylan Gidney, Brylan White, Caleb Valles, and Ryan Allen have 30 or more total tackles. Gidney is a game wrecker with seven sacks and 13 hurries. White is the only other Hawk with multiple sacks and double-digit hurries as seven players (Sellers, Weiblen, Pritz, Allen, Thomas, Wilde, and Valles) each have one and 23 hurries between them.

As a team, the Hawks have seven interceptions, two from Jones and Scherr and one from Pepper, Snowden, and Allen. Valles and White have one fumble recovery and Grayson Tanner has two.

The defense is also young as Thompson, Sellers, Gilchrest, Justin Allen, Tanner, Ryan Andrews, and Pierce Jameson are the seniors.

Scoring wise, the Hawks have put up 177 total points for an average of 29.5 points per game and have only given up 53 total points to opponents. That’s a little under nine points a game. One thing Coach Houston Guy isn’t doing is looking past Ballinger who may not have a win this year but have played some tough teams.

The Bearcats have played Sonora, Coleman, Stamford, Clyde, Mason, and Early so far. Those teams are a combined 27-10 with Stamford being undefeated and Sonora only having one loss and Coleman is ranked 10thin 2A-D1 football.

Also, all those teams will be playoff teams as Sonora is currently first in their district. Coleman is third due to being 2-1 in district but have the second most wins behind Tolar. Stamford is also third and have Cisco and Hawley in their district. Clyde is fourth and have sixth ranked Breckenridge and Jim Ned in district. Mason has yet to play a district game and Early is second behind Wall.

Ballinger has had a difficult time scoring as they’ve only put up 40 points this season and have been shut out in three different games. They have given up 241 points to some really good teams. Also, Bearcat head coach Ty Lang is in his first year at Ballinger. 

The Beatcat’s stats are not updated in Maxpreps.

Wall is focused on Ballinger and the Hawk’s coaching staff will not let the team look past the Bearcats, but this game should look like the one Wall played last week.

Other games from this district last week include:

  • Early over Ballinger 36-0
  • Brady over San Angelo TLCA 49-6

Other game this week include:

  • Brady (3-3, 1-0) vs Early (3-3, 1-0)
  • San Angelo TLCA (2-4, 0-1) vs Grape Creek (0-6, 0-1)

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