Week 3 Previews and Predictions: How Does Central Handle Tough Test with New QB?
SAN ANGELO, TX-- Week 3 of high school football is upon us. Only a handful of teams will be in the Concho Valley Friday night.
That doesn’t mean there aren’t marquee matchups for teams in the area.
Here are previews and predictions for area teams.
Sonora Broncos (2-0) @ No. 2 Mason Punchers (2-0); Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Much like Mason’s season opener at Wall, this game will be a hot ticket.
The Broncos have started out hot with 17 returning starters.
Senior Brian Van Winkle has settled in nicely to his starting quarterback role. He’s been helped by Brock Aschenbeck and Wesley Dutton in the receiving corps. That duo has combined for 413 of Sonora’s 572 receiving yards. They also have seven of the Bronco’s nine touchdown catches this season.
They’ll have to deal with what may be the toughest defense they face in the regular season, however.
The Puncher defense has picked up right where they left off, allowing just 27 points through two games. They allowed 21 of those in their win against Wall.
Mason also has a balanced offense between their physical backfield and their receivers. The Punchers have completed roughly 60% of their passes so far this season. Throwing the ball a lot hasn’t been Mason’s m.o. in the past, but they’ll do what they have to in order to win.
Klay Klaerner, who won San Angelo Live Player of the Week honors after the win at Wall, has stepped up to give Mason a lethal 1-2 punch at fullback with Jake Cockerham. Otto Wofford has shown incredible poise in Mason’s first two games.
Sonora 34, Mason 28
Central Bobcats (2-0) @ Cedar Park Timberwolves (0-2); Friday, 7:00 p.m.
All eyes in San Angelo will be on this game.
Bobcat fans want to see how sophomore Malachi Brown will rise to the challenge of leading this team after losing senior Maverick McIvor for the season.
He’ll be thrown into the fire immediately with a test against a tough Cedar Park team. Here’s the good news: that fire won’t burn the sophomore or the Bobcats.
It’s a nondistrict game, meaning nothing, except pride, is on the line. That will be big for the development of the sophomore quarterback and the team as a whole.
Expect Brown to do well. The coaches will put him in positions where he can succeed. He has a good receiving corps highlighted by Philip Lupton and Jackson Timme to compliment a tough backfield with Sam Goodloe and Bobby Pena.
Their defense should not be overlooked, either. The Bobcat defense has allowed just 10 points this season and held Del Rio to just 125 yards of offense last week.
Daylon Green and Jashon Hall have stepped up as leaders on this defense and will be relied on to give Central a chance in this game.
However, do not be surprised if Central experiences a few growing pains this week.
Cedar Park 31, Central 24
Lake View Chiefs (1-1) @ Snyder Tigers (2-0); Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Lake View is on the up and up. The Chiefs have shown tremendous signs of growth through the first two games of the season.
Kendall Blue threw for over 300 yards in last week’s win over Fabens. He also has a great receiving corps led by Ahmad Daniels.
That win may have been the moment the Chiefs turned the corner.
However, Snyder looks really good, beating Littlefield and Brownwood to open the season.
Their balanced offense has kept defenses on their heels early this season.
Logan Greene has completed 27-of-39 passes for 356 yards and four touchdowns. On the ground, Snyder has run the ball 51 times for 285 yards and four touchdowns.
The Chiefs will need their defense to step up like they did last week. With their upward trend, that shouldn’t be a problem.
Lake View 42, Snyder 28
Other games across the area:
- Colorado City @ Ballinger
- Ballinger 38, Colorado City 14
- Wall @ Midland Christian
- Wall 34, Midland Christian 21
- Balmorhea @ Garden City
- Garden City 72, Balmorhea 50
- Ozona @ Reagan County
- Reagan County 35, Ozona 21
- Cross Plains @ TLCA
- Cross Plains 28, TLCA 21
- Van Horn @ Christoval
- Christoval 51, Van Horn 14
- Menard @ Iraan
- Menard 28, Iraan 24