A Note From Cowboy

This is normally an exciting time of year for me.  I haven’t missed an opening week game since 2010.  This year is different.  For those who didn’t already know, I have several health issues including a couple of autoimmune disorders.  My doctor is afraid that the rona will kill me because of my weak immune system.
The vaccine makes your body produce antibodies.  My body won’t do that, so I’ll be getting antibodies by IV.  Three hours with a needle in me- I’m not liking the idea, but I have to get cleared for games somehow! 
There is a small chance that I’ll be allowed to attend a game next week, but it will likely be week 3.  Until then, weekends won’t feel right. 
Please say a little prayer for me and send me final scores. sixmanianation@gmail.com or text them to (254) 659-7340

West Defeats East in DII TSMCA All-Star Game

By Garrett Ross

Adversity has a unique way of testing your limits and it can come in multiple forms and there was no shortage of adversity at the 2021 TSMCA Division II All-Star Game in Wichita Falls.

Calvert’s Davien Flentroy missed most of the first half after an unsportsmanlike penalty, but he was able to bounce back in the second half with a tremendous performance that gave the East an opportunity to get the win.

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As the West controlled the momentum late in the fourth quarter, Flentroy got an interception in the red zone and returned it nearly 40-yards to set the East up with great field position.

The East had four opportunities to punch it into the end zone and take the lead, but multiple dropped passes and a fumble sealed the deal, as the West came away with a 38-34 victory.

The West set the tone early from a physicality standpoint, but the East got on the board first, as Richland Springs’ Landon Burkhart connected with Calvert’s Billy Thompson. The PAT was no good, making the score 6-0.

The West would respond with 3:57 remaining in the first quarter, as Jayton’s Pecos Smith broke loose from 60-yards out. The PAT was good and the West held a 8-6 lead.

After forcing a turnover on downs, the West would strike again. Groom’s Gunner Lamb weaved his way through the East defense and put the West up 16-6 with :34 remaining in the first quarter.

The East was able to establish a rhythm on offense, but a fumble by Burkhart in East territory was recovered by the West. Blackwell’s Cameron Coldiron would reap the rewards as he punched it into the end zone to extend the West’s lead 24-6 with 7:11 remaining in the second quarter.

Despite being behind the eight ball, the East put together another successful drive, but penalties continued to be an issue. Burkhart broke loose for a touchdown, but a penalty would get it called back.

A strong defensive stand for the East gave them the ball back with an opportunity to close the gap before halftime. Strawn’s Luke Eli threw a dart to Blanket’s Tyler Simpson and the East cut the lead 24-12 entering halftime.

The West would receive the ball to begin the second half and got a quick score early in the third quarter to extend their lead 32-12, but then

it was time for redemption.

Flentroy returned to the game and made an immediate impact as he returned a kickoff for a touchdown to put the East back in business with 6:51 remaining in the third quarter.

The remainder of the third quarter would be a defensive slugfest and neither team was able to score, but the West held a 32-20 lead entering the fourth quarter.

The East struck first in the fourth quarter, as Thompson punched it in from 3-yards out and Oglesby’s Nash Shaw connected on the PAT bringing the score to 32-28 West with 9:55 left in the game.

After another strong defensive tilt, the West would extend their lead with 5:09 remaining in the game, as Smith crossed the pylons from 4-yards out to give the West a 38-28 lead.

Iredell’s Hunter Sheffield got the final score of the game on a 9-yard touchdown run that brought the score to 38-34 with 4:35 remaining.

Once the dust settled both teams were rewarded with metals for their efforts and a few players from both sides earned scholarships to help them going forward as they head to college.

Cowboy’s Sixshooter Reviewing My Preseason Top Ten

It’s almost time for the Texas UIL championship games, so I decided to look back at my preseason top ten in each division. Some finished outside of the top, while teams I had “on the outside looking in” climbed the ladder. Overall, I didn’t do too bad.
The preseason rankings listed are my own, not official Sixmania rankings. The current rankings listed are Sixmania rankings.

Division I

McLean Tigers
Preseason #1, currently #1
The Tigers graduated loads of talented players last year, but others stepped up and filled the positions well. They haven’t been as dominant this season, but winning by one point or forty five earns the same trophy.

Milford Bulldogs
Preseason #2, currently #19
Milford finished the season at 7-4. A district loss to Avalon, a bi-district loss to Union Hill, and not covering the spread in other games nearly pushed the Bulldogs out of the top twenty.

White Deer Bucks
Preseason #3, currently #4
The Bucks finished the season at 9-3. Two of those losses came at the hands of district foe McLean- once in district, the other in the quarter-finals.

Balmorhea Bears
Preseason #4, currently #5
The Bears were on a roll until a district loss to Rankin. They earned a solid win over Garden City in the first round, but fell hard to Borden County in the second round.

Ira Bulldogs
Preseason #5, currently #10
Ira finished the season at 11-1, falling to White Deer in the second round of the playoffs.

Leakey Eagles
Preseason #6, currently #13
Leakey lost a close game to Nueces Canyon in district, giving them a tougher playoff road. Bi-district was another tough week for them- falling to Jonesboro 40-36.

Sterling City Eagles
Preseason #7, currently #8
The Eagles went 9-2 this season. Their first loss was to rival Garden City. The last was a bi-district loss to Rankin- a team the beat earlier in the year.

Borden County Coyotes
Preseason #8, currently #3
Borden County had an outstanding season. They defeated Balmorhea in round two, and finished the season at 12-1 after a heartbreaking loss to Rankin in the quarter-finals.

Blum Bobcats
Preseason #9, currently #7
The Bobcats started a little slowly this season, losing to McLean week one and Jonesboro week two. Since then, they haven’t lost a game. In the semi-finals, they got some retribution for the loss to Jonesboro. Now they have the chance to redeem themselves for the week one loss.

Garden City Bearkats
Preseason #10, currently #9
Garden City only had three loses this season. Two of those were to Balmorhea, the other to Rankin.

Rankin Red Devils
Preseason- outside looking in, currently #2
This was one of my biggest oversights this year. How did I not have them in my preseason top ten? I don’t have an answer for that, but I can say congratulations to the Red Devils. A two score semi-final loss to McLean is nothing to be ashamed of.

Spur Bulldogs
Preseason- Dark horse, currently #6
Having my dark horse team finish in the top ten helps me look like I somewhat know what I’m talking about. Unfortunately, their season came to a brutal end- with a mercy rule loss to McLean.

Jonesboro Eagles
Preseason- overlooked, currently #12
Jonesboro may have finished outside the top ten, but a semi-final team still deserves a mention.

Division II

Strawn Greyhounds
Preseason #1, currently #8
The 9-5 Greyhounds struggled a little during the season, but that didn’t stop them. They fought through adversity and made it to the semi-finals.

Jayton Jaybirds
Preseason #2, currently #4
Jayton dominated nearly every opponent this season. Blackwell gave them their only loss- 62-54 in the quarter-finals.

Richland Springs Coyotes
Preseason #3, currently #1
The Coyotes have had some close games this year, but nobody has beaten them. They punched their ticket to AT&T with a 62-14 win over Strawn.

Oakwood Panthers
Preseason #4, currently #10
Oakwood struggled with injuries throughout the season, but still managed to make it to the quarter-finals.

Grandfalls-Royalty Cowboys
Preseason #5, currently #5
The Cowboys only lost two games this year- the first to Balmorhea, and the other to Jayton in the second round.

Motley County Matadors
Preseason #6, currently #2
In my preseason write-up I said I didn’t see anyone keeping the Matadors out of the semi-finals. They proved me right and then some. Nobody could keep them out of the finals.

Blackwell Hornets
Preseason #7, currently #3
Blackwell surprised me a little. I knew they would be good, but I didn’t realize how good. They were 13-0 going into the semi-finals- where Motley County gave them their only loss of the season.

Calvert Trojans
Preseason #8, currently #7
Calvert had a slow start to the season, losing three of their first six games. They pulled things together after that, and didn’t lose again until the second round of the playoffs- a 34-29 final against Richland Springs.

Blanket Tigers
Preseason #9, currently #13
After a couple of regular season losses, the Tigers got things under control and won six in a row before losing to Oakwood in round two.

Groom Tigers
Preseason #10, currently #6
In my preseason predictions, I said the Tigers “could easily be a quarter-final team”. I was correct about that, but Motley County ended Groom’s season there.

Gordon Longhorns
Preseason- overlooked, currently #9
The division II surprise team of the year, the Longhorns defeated rival Strawn in district play. Unfortunately, Strawn returned the favor in the third round.

Perseverance Advances Aquilla into Playoffs over Rival Abbott by Garrett Ross

Abbott- Kadyn Johnson was able to break loose early in the fourth quarter and put Abbott
ahead of Aquilla 44-35 after a Maurizio Bauer PAT; it would be the last lead of the game the
Panthers would see.
“Once Abbott took the lead on us we kept our composure and told our kids to keep their heads,”
said Aquilla Head Coach Josh Ball. “We asked the kids to keep battling and lean on one another
and go get a score of our own.”
Aquilla looked towards their senior leader, Connor McCurdy, to elevate them past Abbott in his
final opportunity to play in this rivalry.
McCurdy helped close the gap to 44-43 on the Abbott lead, with his fourth touchdown of the
game from five yards out, but he wasn’t finished.
The Cougars put together a nice drive as the clock ticked under three minutes remaining in the
Once again, McCurdy was able to capitalize on the moment, with a 29-yard touchdown run that
gave Aquilla a 49-44 lead with 2:25 remaining in the game.
“Connor is a difference maker for us in so many ways. It truly is a great feeling having a kid that
will give everything he has to make his team successful,” said Ball. “He is the one that wants the
ball in his hands when the game is on the line and he wants to carry the weight.”
Nothing ever comes easy when these two teams get together and when playoff implications are
on the line, that amplifies the atmosphere.
“It’s always a fight between Aquilla and Abbott, it’s the biggest game of the year, despite what
the records or anything else,” said Ball. “It’s truly a blast not only to have played in this rivalry,
but to coach in it as well.”
Coming into this game, Aquilla needed to win outright in order to claim runner-up in District 10
1A DI behind Blum. The Cougars have now claimed a playoff berth and will face Saint Jo in the
Bi-District round, with a date, time and location TBD.

Cowboy’s Sixshooter Six Weeks and Thousands of Miles

This has been a busy season for me. In six weeks I have logged 3500 miles and covered sixteen games.

I started my season at Jayton, and watched several top ranked teams. Weeks two and three I covered some of the little guys- teams that are largely ignored by the media. Mullin vs Trent and Morgan vs Three-Way were both fun games to watch. None of these teams are championship contenders, but they played hard and renewed my love for underdogs.

Week four Brandi and I traveled to Weskan Kansas and Kit Carson Colorado. We chose them because they are only 45 miles apart. Both towns made us feel extremely welcome.
I didn’t realize I would get to see a top ranked team from each state. Moscow, now at #2 in Kansas, used a strong running game to defeat Weskan. It was homecoming for Kit Carson , #1 in Colorado, and they destroyed rival Eads.

We followed underappreciated teams again week 5. Thursday night was Cranfills Gap at Bynum. Gap won by mercy rule, but Bynum put up a good fight. I think both of these teams have a good chance at winning their respective districts.
Friday we made the short trip to Gholson for the Wildcats homecoming game against Buckholts.

Week 6, Brandi and I continued our trend of following teams that don’t get much attention. We started our weekend at Prairie Lea. The Indians fell to Oglesby, but are showing a vast improvement over last season. Oglesby looks solid and should have a shot at second place in their district.
Saturday found us in Dime Box. This was one of the most interesting days I’ve had. When we arrived, the coaches were using sand to fill cracks in the baseball field. Yes, you read that correctly. Dime Box doesn’t have a football field so they painted lines on the baseball field.
A player arrived on a horse, then after I talked to the team, they got in a truck to be in the town parade.
There was no scoreboard or clock so both were kept by officials. During halftime I hung out at my truck with the officials, deputies, and Dime Box fans. The game ended with Dime Box winning 64-32.

For the first time this season, Brandi and I will be going to different games this week. I’ll be at the Evant vs Leakey game, and she will be at Milford’s homecoming. I’ll try to find time to recap the game I attend.

Johnson Looks to Change Culture at Prairie Lea

By Garrett Ross

A 2-2 record before the bye might not seem like much for some teams, but for Prairie Lea it shows signs of promise.

The Indians haven’t seen very many victories over the past two seasons, in fact, they have more wins in 2019 than the previous two seasons combined.

First year head coach Josh Johnson isn’t a stranger to turning programs around, in fact, he actually has a knack for it.

“I would consider myself a strong motivator and really relatable to student athletes, just in my experiences in different walks of life. The hardest part of turning a program around is getting the athletes to buy in. Once you get them bought in, the job becomes much easier,” said Johnson. “The kids here at Prairie Lea are some of the hardest working kids that I have coached. Our job as a staff now is to make sure that continue to change the culture and mindset of a program that has struggled in years past.

Johnson took the job at Prairie Lea after guiding Wichita Christian to a 6-4 record in 2018. Wichita Christian was very similar to Prairie Lea prior to the arrival of Johnson.

From 2009-2013, Wichita Christian won a total of ten games. Johnson took over the program in 2015 and immediately made an impact. The Stars opened the 2015 season with back-to-back 50-0 victories over Benjamin and Gold-Burg and finished the season 7-5.

During his tenure at Wichita Christian, Johnson had an overall record of 25-19. Johnson had similar success at Heath Fulton from 2010-2014.

Heath Fulton, like Prairie Lea, had just one victory in two seasons prior before Johnson took over. In 2010, Johnson guided Heath Fulton to a 5-6 record, then in his second season Heath Fulton went 9-3.

Johnson turned the Heath Fulton program around and finished with an overall record of 32-15 as their head coach. Prior to his arrival, Heath Fulton was 1-39 in four seasons of play.

Johnson also coached one season at Clovis Christian in New Mexico and he won a state championship in 2009 at Duncan Life Christway as the OC.

“Every time I step into a program, I plan for and treat that program like I’m going to have a long future there. With that being said, I’m always open to the call of the Lord and where he might need me or my family,” said Johnson. “ My wife also coaches so decisions to move are never just based on just my job. We have a son that is in 4th grade and as he approaches JH and HS, we would like for him, and our older daughter, to have stability at one school for his jh/Hs career.”

Every coach seems to have a calling to the profession and most have been inspired by fellow coaches along the way. Johnson is no different and he has had two people in particular who have provided that inspiration.

“I have two coaches that have had the biggest influence on me. My two offensive coordinators in college, Robert Clyde (from 2003-2005) and Alexander Wright (2006), at Southwestern AG,” said Johnson. “Coach Wright was actually one of my idols growing up as he is a former Cowboys, Raiders and Rams WR. They both very high character coaches that held me extremely accountable on and off the football field.”

The numbers don’t lie, Johnson knows what it takes to create a winning culture. Johnson is currently in his 13th season as a head coach and his overall record is 61-39.

Prairie Lea seems to be the perfect place for Johnson to try his magic in the public school setting. The Indians are no strangers to adversity and if Johnson can turn this program around then the possibilities are endless.

“I consider myself a builder and a rebuilder. Prairie Lea seemed like the perfect opportunity for this. I really felt the Lord placing me in a school like Prairie Lea for this season in my life. Football for me is more than x’s and o’s and I felt/feel like I could really make an impact here,” said Johnson. “I had known the AD at Prairie Lea for a few years now and she was a big part of me wanting to join this community. We also really like the Hill Country Area as we vacation in New Braunfels a lot.”

Prairie Lea will resume play on October 4, 2019 as they host an Oglesby team who is reeling. The Indians play four of their next six games at home and are looking to end their playoff drought.

Johnson is confident that playing at home will help provide a boost of energy for Prairie Lea.

“Playing at home probably gives us a little bit more confidence as we know we will have more community when we are playing in town.”

Changing the culture of a program is something that takes time and it doesn’t begin at the varsity level.

When you look at the programs across the state who have consistent success, it’s because the kids in elementary and junior high have bought in and understand what’s expected of them before they enter high school.

Johnson is fully aware of this concept and believes that with time he can implement that mindset at Prairie Lea and turn the Indians into playoff contenders.

“Coaching staff stability, continuous buy in and improvement of our JH programs across the board are what it’s going to take to get Prairie Lea in playoffs.”

Cowboy’s Sixshooter 2019 Dark Horse

Last year, I picked Leakey as my dark horse team, and it proved to be a wise decision. Hopefully I’ll do as well this time.

My dark horse this year is from the West, and their overall team speed is impressive. In fact, the coach decided to use F.A.S.T. as their team slogan. Not only does it describe their athletic strong point, it also stands for
Family, Attitude, Sacrifice, Toughness.
Some of you will have figured out who I’m talking about. For those that haven’t, it’s the Spur Bulldogs. They finished last season with a 7-3 record- a ten point loss to Aspermont ended their chances of a playoff spot. This year, it looks like team chemistry has improved and I think that, combined with their talent and drive, will give them the potential to be giant slayers.
I spoke with Coach Clark about his team. “We barely missed out on a playoff spot in a tough district last year. This season, we are hoping to get better each week and prove to ourselves we are capable of being an elite group.”

Keep an eye on this team, I they may shake things up a bit.

Cowboy’s Sixshooter UIL Division I Top Teams

I could be way off, but here’s my thoughts on the preseason top 10.
I have 11 teams listed because I believe there is a tie for the number ten spot.

1. McLean Tigers
In 2018, the Tigers were the single most dominant team in six-man. Graduation removed a lot of top-notch talent from their roster, but that doesn’t mean they’re done. Ben Crockett will be back for another season, and he has proven that he can’t be easily stopped. McLean also has several players ready to step into starting positions and prove themselves.
Before two-a-days began, Coach Linman told me “we’ll have six good kids on the field”. A knowledgeable friend attended McLean’s second scrimmage and verified it. In his words “they are scary this year. I don’t think there’s anyone in D1 that is going to challenge them.”

2. Milford Bulldogs
Milford finished last season in the number two spot, losing the championship game to McLean. The loss of Smith and Schrotke will have an impact on the Bulldogs, but there are still enough talented players who can fill their spots. If this team can become fundamentally disciplined, they’ll have a shot at winning it all this year.

3. White Deer Bucks
The Bucks had a good season in 2018, unfortunately district foe McLean had a better season. White Deer lost twice to McLean- once in district and again in the quarter-finals.
White Deer returns the bulk of a very talented squad, and will be looking to redeem themselves. This is definitely a team to keep an eye on.

4. Balmorhea Bears
If you follow Texas six-man, you know Vance Jones has turned Balmorhea into a perennial powerhouse. The Bears have been a quarter-final, or better, team since 2015. Every year they lose high end talent to graduation, but someone always seems to step up and fill the spot. I don’t expect this year to be any different.

5. Ira Bulldogs
Ira is consistently a playoff team, but they don’t seem to be able to get past the quarter-finals. Coach Goodwin hopes he can lead his team over that hump this season, and with five returning starters on both sides of the ball he may be able to do it. The Bulldogs’ experience will help, but they’ll need to be fundamentally sound to get where they want to be.

6. Leakey Eagles
Leakey was my dark horse team last year, and they didn’t disappoint me. The players bought into Coach Williams program, and were rewarded with a trip to the semi-finals their first year in six-man. The Eagles will be returning enough experienced players to give them a good shot at returning to the semis, but don’t expect them to be satisfied with stopping there. They will be hoping for a trip to AT&T Stadium.

7. Sterling City Eagles
Sterling City finished 2018 at 9-2. They return five offensive and four defensive starters. If they can stay healthy, and improve every week, they should be able to win a district title- and make a good playoff run.

8. Borden County Coyotes
The Coyotes only made it two rounds deep last year, and will have just three starters returning. I’m including them in the top ten because of tradition and coaching, but they will have to really step up if they hope to make a deep run this year.
Coach Richey sounded optimistic about his team. In his words “I really like our team chemistry and work ethic. This has been a very good preseason working group.”

9. Blum Bobcats
I asked Coach Thornhill if there was anything he wanted to say about the upcoming season, and he outdid himself. “We have five starters returning on both sides of the ball. This group has worked extremely hard from Nov 23 of last year. When you have a group that comes in the Monday after a loss and genuinely asks what they need to do to not have to ride the bus home as a loser, you know it is step in he right direction. After the first step comes the work, and we were 96 percent attendance this summer. These kids work and they work hard. We have as much talent as anyone in the state and work as hard than any of them. The only problems will be can we stay healthy and continue to our work people during the week? Can we keep this train on the track through the storms that develop through the year with 16 year old young men? We will be noticed but I’m not sure if they will be worried about us- we will see Saturday on the largest stage of the week.


10. Garden City Bearkats
Garden City only has one returning starter, but they have ten seniors who have been waiting for their chance to shine. Like many of the other teams in this list, coaching and tradition keep them among the top teams. Coach Jones verified my thoughts. “We are confident that a few of these seniors will step in and fill those spots.”

10. Gorman Panthers
The Panthers will have three returning players on each side of the ball- including an All-state player on both sides. Coach Dixon put things into fewer words than I would have. “Both of my All-staters will have to have big years, and some young guys have to step up for us. We will learn a lot the first two weeks- we start the season with Milford and Strawn.”

Cowboy’s Sixshooter

Top Teams in Texas UIL Division II

The season is drawing closer, so I decided it was time to dust off the sixshooter. As always, these are my opinions.

1. Strawn Greyhounds
The Greyhounds lost a load of talented players to graduation, but that doesn’t mean they’re done. They still have several battle tested young men who are ready to prove themselves. They also have some other attributes of a number one team- tradition, program, and top-notch coaching. I will keep the back-to-back defending champions at number one until they give me a reason to move them down the list.

2. Jayton Jaybirds
Last season didn’t start well for Jayton, but they obviously learned from their mistakes. They turned things around and made it to the semi-finals.
The Jaybirds return the majority of their starters so I expect them to have a better start this year. They will face some tough tests along the way, but I expect to see them at AT&T Stadium in December.

3. Richland Springs Coyotes
The Coyotes made it to the quarter-finals last season, and they are loaded once again. This team will be hungry for a ninth championship win. Tradition, talent, and the return of a proven coaching staff will make them contenders. They won’t have an easy playoff run, but a trip to the big dance is possible.

4. Oakwood Panthers
Coach Tritz summed it up well when I asked about Oakwood’s returning starters and their expectations for the upcoming season. ” We only return three starters from last season, but they are talented, dependable on-field leaders. (Davis, Sargent, and Edgemon) Our expectations are to return to the semi-finals and give ourselves a chance at winning a State Championship. We know it won’t be easy, we’ll have to face quality teams, but I have faith in my boys.”
There’s really not much I can add to that.

5. Grandfalls-Royalty Cowboys
The Cowboys finished 10-3 last season, losing to Jayton in the quarter-finals. They return a host of good players who will remember that heartbreaking loss. They have the potential to get some upset victories this season, and a rematch against Jayton is possible.

6. Motley County Matadors
Any discussion about perennial powerhouses has to include the Matadors. 2006 was the last time they weren’t in the playoffs. Coach Bigham led his team to the quarter-finals last season, but lost to state runner-up Follett.
Coach Bigham’s take on the upcoming season- “Expectations are high as usual here at Motley County!! We will be young another year but we will have the kids playing hard for their school!”
I don’t see anyone stopping this team before the semi-finals.

7. Blackwell Hornets
In 2018 I predicted that Blackwell would face Strawn for the Division II title, but Jayton took them out in the second round. The Hornets will still be a very good team, but they won’t have an easy time in the playoffs.

8. Calvert Trojans
The Trojans always seem to be loaded with talent, but lack the fundamentals to win the tough playoff games. Coach Ashley has been trying to change that, and if he can Calvert will likely start working their way up in the rankings.

9. Blanket Tigers
Blanket was reasonably strong last season, but a key player was recovering from an injury. This year, everyone looks to be healthy. It’s hard to predict how far they will go without seeing how they do with all starters playing, but I’m expecting a top ten performance.

10. Groom Tigers
Groom should take the district title this year, which will give them a much better road in the playoffs. This could easily be a quarter-final team, but they’ll need to play mistake free to go farther than that.

Cowboy’s Sixshooter Texas Finals

Other states, and the Texas private school leagues, have crowned their champions.  That leaves us with only two games this year- UIL Texas.  Both games will be played at AT&T Stadium in Arlington on Wednesday December 19.  Division II will kick off at 11:00 AM, Division I at 2:00 PM.


Division II
#1 Strawn vs #3 Follett

Saying that the Strawn Greyhounds are battle tested would be an understatement.  They are the defending Division II champions, and they haven’t had an easy road this year.  Six of the teams they played are in the top fifteen in Texas, and two of them will be facing off for the Division I title.
The Greyhounds have a multi-threat offense.  Follett will have trouble deciding who to key on when Villanueva, Fraga, Hodgkins, Ruiz, and several others are capable of making big plays.  Strawn is strong on the defensive side as well.  No team outside of the top ten has scored more than one touchdown against them.

Follett is the surprise team this year.  Not many people considered the Panthers to be a contender, but they proved us wrong.  Their quiet advancement to the finals has been impressive.
Barber is obviously the stud of the team, but Follett has several other weapons in their arsenal.  All six offensive starters have scored this year.  Barber, Howard, Loya and Stuart tend to stand out, but Rohan and Gregory play vital roles.

There is no doubt that Follett is a quality team, but I feel Strawn is on another level.  The Panthers won’t give up, but Strawn will be more than they can handle.  I’m predicting that the Greyhounds win by 45.


Division I
#1 McLean vs #3 Milford

This one has the potential to be great, but I’m not sure that it will be.
Ta’ron Smith is the first name fans think of when talking about Milford, but he isn’t the only stud on the team.  The Bulldogs are loaded with raw talent.  Ricky Pendleton stepped up big in the semi-final game against Leakey, but he is the only Milford player that did.  The Bulldogs’ lackluster performance last week has me doubting their desire to do what will be needed to compete with McLean.

McLean is Milford’s polar opposite.  The Tigers don’t have as much natural athleticism, but they have something better.  They have Ben Crockett and a group of above average athletes who are driven and willing to work to reach their goals.  The Tigers’ intensity may be more than Milford can handle.

I’m taking McLean by 30, but if Milford shows up hungry for the win, they can make it a battle.