Wall's Week 2 Top Ten Matchup Gets Game of The Week Honors
WALL, TX-- Under Houston Guy, the Wall Hawks have been a tough team to beat. That's why last week's win over 4A state ranked Monahans wasn't a surprise to the green and white and their fans. What was surprising, however, was the margin of victory in the 50-13 Hawks triumph. The Hawks face another ranked Lobo team, this week, as they travel to Chesley Field in Cisco for this week's Friday Night LIVE! Game of The Week.
Both the Hawks and the Loboes enter week two with 1-0 records. Cisco defeated Breckenridge 20-6 in Breckenridge last week in a solid defensive outing. The Hawks absolutely annihilated Monahans with a lethal one-two punch from their offense and defense. The Hawks rocked the Loboes of Monahans with 491 total yards of offense while the Hawk's defense held an explosive Monahans unit in check. Cisco has also only lost once in the last eight years at home. That loss came at the hands of Wall back in 2015. The Hawks are 2-1 against Cisco over the last three years.
Offense: Advantage Wall
The Hawks have a three, if not four, headed monster operating the run oriented triple-option offense. Seniors Casey Braden and Brock Rosenquist combined for 329 yards, which was over two-thirds of the Hawks offensive production. Add in Tymber Carr (94 yards, 2 TDs vs Monahans) and you have the making of one of the most potent offensive squads throughout Texas, regardless of classification. Drake Hollifield is another running back that has potential for the Hawks, but didn't see much time in the win over Monahans.
Cisco struggled last week offensively, tallying just 262 yards of total offense against Breckenridge. For the Loboes, 200 of those yards came on the ground. Cisco also returns just five offensive starters from a year ago, so there may also be some growing pains felt in the Lobo camp. If Cisco wants to keep pace with the Hawks on Friday night, they'll need to see drastic improvement in all facets of their offense.
Defense: Advantage Wall
Coming in to 2017, it was no secret that Wall's defense would be tremendous. The thwarting of Monahans' offense, however, showed us how dominant this unit truly is. The Hawks stopped Monahans in the backfield five times (3 tackles for a loss, 2 sacks). Wall also only allowed one touchdown in that game while the result was still in question. Wall's defensive unit has nine returning starters compared to Cisco's five. Wall Head Coach Houston Guy expressed the importance of the experience this unit has and how key they'll be to making another run at state in 2017.
Cisco's defense had a fairly good test against Breckenridge in week one, but it may not have been enough to prepare for an offense like Wall's. As mentioned before, Cisco returns five defensive starters in 2017 and may not be prepared to go up against the Hawks.
These two teams have history together and it's been entertaining history with average margin of victory in the last three contests being just under five points. Not saying this game won't be entertaining like in the past, but it looks like Wall has the gas pedal all the way through the floor on the early road of the 2017 season.
Prediction: Wall 45, Cisco 10.