With my six game format, I can’t get every game I want to mention, so I’m doing two this week- one for Texas, and one for the other states.
1. Dell City vs El Paso FAITH
7:30 PM Friday Sept 21 at El Paso FAITH
I’m a little partial to teams that never seem to give up, and the Dell City Cougars fall into that category. They aren’t contenders for the title, but they have been competitive.
El Paso FAITH’s only game this season was a mercy rule loss to Grandfalls-Royalty.
Dell City is a one point favorite, but I’m going out on a limb and picking the Cougars by 45.
Dell City Head Coach Joey Czubinski
“We played well offensively in our first game and we played well defensively in our second game. This week we’ll be looking for a complete package. We only have ten players, so hopefully we don’t get gassed before it’s over. Faith has a good passing game, so we will have to play well defensively to win.”
2. Crowell vs Motley County
7:30 PM Friday Sept 21 at Crowell
Both of these teams are traditional powerhouses, but they are also down a little from recent years. They have faced off more than fifty times, the first time I know of was in 1930, and Crowell has won more than two-thirds of the time. This year, Crowell is once again the favorite and I believe the seven point spread will be reasonably accurate.
Crowell Head Coach Tom McVey
“Games between these teams are always great. Both teams lay it all on the line every meeting. It should be an exciting game for fans to watch and for us to participate in!”
Motley County Head Coach Mike Bigham
“We are a young team and this will be a big challenge for us, but we’re looking forward to the journey.”
3. Follett vs Happy
7:30 PM Friday Sept 21 at Happy
Happy was a top tier team last year, but they lost a lot to graduation. While still good, they don’t seem to be able to match their former glory. They have squared off against Follett eleven times since 2000, but they have only won two of those.
Follett is almost always in the conversation when high quality six-man teams are being discussed. This season they have been exceeding my expectations. The spreads have them as a four point favorite, but I believe they will get a decisive victory over Happy.
4. Gorman vs Zephyr
7:30 PM Friday Sept 21 at Gorman
The Gorman Panthers have been reasonably strong since joining the six-man ranks in 2015. In fact, they earned playoff spots in both 2016 and 2017.
Zephyr is a name most Texas six-man fans know. A perennial powerhouse, the Bulldogs have been in the playoffs fifteen times in the last 20 years. They are a six point underdog according to our rankings, but I’m predicting a different outcome. I think Zephyr wins by 16+.
Zephyr Head Coach Brent Williamson
“Each week we have improved on both sides of the ball and we’re hoping to continue that this week. Gorman is fundamentally sound and has some speed. Coach Dixon will have a great game plan for us coming in.”
Gorman Head Coach Jeb Dixon
“Zephyr is a perennial power. We will have to control the line of scrimmage and tackle well. We are beat up so we need some kids to step up.”
5. Hermleigh vs Ropes
7:30 PM Friday Sept 21 at Hermleigh
These schools are only two hours apart, so I was surprised when I couldn’t find a record of them every playing one another. Both are consistently solid competitors who should never be underestimated. By the numbers, Ropes is favored by six. Personally, I give seven points for home field advantage in games expected to be close- which makes Hermleigh a one point favorite. This game has the potential to be a slobber-knocker, and if fans are lucky it will go into overtime.
Hermleigh Head Coach Sammy Winters
“After the way we played last week, which was the most physical game I have seen us play in five years, we expect the boys to play like that the rest of the year. Everyone was flying to the football and bringing once they get there. We are learning and getting better each week. They come ready to work and learn every day. We’re hoping that Ropes is a stepping stone towards doing everything right and taking care of business. Ropes is a great quality opponent that will give us tests and fits so we hope to do things right against them. Our players are hungry for the playoffs and know this is a game that will get us ready for it. We’re excited for Friday.”
Ropes Head Coach Lane Jackson
“I think this will be the best team we’ve played so far. They’re coming off a loss to Sterling City, so they will be more focused. We will have to play excellent defense and execute well with a balanced offense to get the win.”
6. Union Hill vs Aquilla
7:30 PM Friday Sept 21 at Aquilla
I had a hard time deciding if I should include this game. Union Hill is a 45 point favorite, but my thoughts on Aquilla should help you understand why I chose to add it.
Union Hill has been a contender since Shane Mallory took over the program. They didn’t live up to expectations last season, but this is a new year and the Bulldogs seem to be hungry.
Shad and I have labeled Aquilla as the most inconsistent team in six-man football. The Cougars seem to struggle in games they should easily win, but play extremely well against teams ranked well above them.
Since this is the type of match-up Aquilla seems to do well in, I expect the Cougars to have a great game. I do see Union Hill winning this one, but I think they win by less than 20.
Union Hill Head Coach Shane Mallory
“It should be an interesting matchup. Aquilla is huge up front and have really good backs to run behind them. Both teams play physical football, and have been improving from week to week. It will be a good test for both teams to see where we are as we get closer to district play.”
Aquilla Head Coach Josh Ball
“It’s going to be a tough game. Union Hill is going to test the limits of our offense and defense. They are a solid team and our key to success will be eliminating mistakes and working together.”
Underdog Pick of the Week
Covington over Morgan
Sixmania rankings have Morgan as a 24 point favorite.