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H.S. football: Week 5 scouting report

September 27, 2018

Express-News staff writer Terrence Thomas sets the stage for what to watch for this weekend:

Key storyline

Area powers’ struggles: Steele and Smithson Valley have been among the area’s standard-bearers for more than a decade, each synonymous for its success and consistency.

At this stage of the season, the conversation surrounding the two programs usually is about coming off a big win or the prospects of another deep playoff run.

The script has been flipped.

Smithson Valley is 0-3 for the first time since 1988, when it opened with losses against West Campus, Floresville and Leander, and has lost three straight during the same season for the first time since 1995, when it dropped consecutive games to Marble Falls, New Braunfels Canyon and Lockhart.

The Rangers have lost four in a row dating to last year’s loss to Austin Westlake in the second round of the Class 6A Division II playoffs heading into Friday’s District 26-6A home encounter vs. New Braunfels Canyon. They have won 15 straight vs. Canyon.

Smithson Valley’s three losses to Midland Lee (24-23), Madison (17-14) and Clemens (19-13) have been by a combined 10 points.

Steele is 2-2 following last week’s 37-point setback versus top-ranked Judson and is trying to avoid a 0-2 start in district for only the second time and the first since its inaugural season in 2006.

The Knights play Clemens at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Lehnhoff Stadium. Steele has won eight in a row vs. the Buffaloes, including 14-13 a year ago when it scored the game-winning TD with less than two minutes remaining to play.

Key matchup

Brennan defense vs. Brandeis QB Jordan Battles: The sophomore signal-caller has thrown for 589 yards and eight touchdowns and rushed for 525 and four more TDs and paces an offense that averages 50.5 points and 555.8 yards per game.

Brennan, led by linebacker Anziah Williams, is yielding 22.3 points and 272.5 yards a contest. Williams had 25 tackles two weeks ago in a win vs. Jay.

Under the radar games

Reagan vs. Churchill, 7:30 p.m. Friday at Comalander: The Rattlers opened District 27-6A play by topping Johnson. They now face their biggest rival Churchill, who they have defeated 11 straight times.

Corpus Christi Calallen at Floresville, 7:30 p.m. Friday: Phil Danaher, the state’s winningest coach with 447 victories, brings his Wildcats to Wilson County for their District 15-5A-II opener.

tthomas@express-news.net

Twitter: @en_terrence

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