The 2018 season is about to start and I’m excited. There are a few big games that have the potential to effect rankings at the top of the list. A few others are worthy of attention for different reasons. Here are six games you should consider watching, and why they are on my list.
1. #10 McLean vs #1 Strawn
8:00 PM Saturday Sept. 1 in Jayton
Strawn is expected to be THE powerhouse in six-man this season. The Greyhounds are the defending division II champions, and return a load of experienced players, but they won’t underestimate McLean. The Greyhounds will be fast, physical, and well coached.
In 2017, McLean made it past the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 1990. The Tigers earned a reputation as a physical team last year, and they return almost everyone. They are hungry, and ready to test themselves.
Our system has Strawn winning by 41, but I think McLean keeps it tighter than that. Expect some hard-hitting football.
2. #2 Borden County vs #14 Union Hill
8:00 PM Friday Aug 31 in Jayton
Back to back division I champion Borden County graduated several key players from last year’s team, but they have enough experienced players returning to keep them near the top of the rankings.
Big things were expected of Union Hill last season, but they weren’t able to put everything together at the right times. They have a good group of senior leaders with big game experience.
The spreads say Borden County by 41. I think this will likely be accurate, but the final score won’t tell the whole story about this one.
3. Dell City vs Fort Davis
7:30 PM Friday Aug 31 in Dell City
Some will think I’ve lost my mind for including this game, but they don’t look at things the way I do. I love competitive games and our predicted spread on this one is Dell City by 2. What more do I need to say?
4. Coolidge vs Zephyr
8:00 PM Saturday Sept 1
If you’ve read my stuff in the past, you know I love the underdog. In this case, Coolidge is a 9 point favorite, but I have a feeling that Zephyr gets the win. If you want a competitive game between perennially strong teams, this one is for you.
5. Leakey vs Rochelle
5:00 PM Thursday Aug 30 in Rochelle
This will be Leakey’s first sixman game in decades. Our ranking system has them as 45 point favorite. With the talent they have that could be possible- if they have gotten past some of their crowded field habits. If they haven’t, Rochelle’s sixman experience may be enough to get a win.
6. #9 May vs #11 Richland Springs
7:30 PM Friday Aug 31 in May
Richland Springs is in a position they aren’t accustomed to- they are the underdogs. It’s not a large spread, May is favored by 6, but it will be interesting to see what happens. Personally, I think May gets the win, but a six point spread is anybody’s game.