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E-N Game of the week

September 19, 2018

Steele vs. Judson Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Rutledge StadiumRadio: KLUP 930 AME-N Area rankings/records: Class 6A No. 4 Steele (2-1 overall, 0-0 District 26-6A); No. 1 Judson (2-0, 0-0).Coaches: David Saenz (11-6 in two seasons, all at Steele); Sean McAuliffe (44-12 in six seasons, all at Judson).Series: Steele leads 7-1Last meeting: Judson won 35-28 in 2017Steele breakdownSetting the scene: After opening the season with a 21-14 loss against O’Connor, the Knights rebounded with victories against Reagan (35-30) and Churchill (30-20). Last week, Steele built a 23-0 first half against Churchill before closing it out.Key to victory: Play with poise. The game is expected to have a playoff atmosphere, and it won’t be easy notching a road victory over the area’s top-ranked team.Statistical leaders: Passing — Wyatt Begeal 31-50-2, 452 yards, 5 TDs; rushing — De’Quavion Thomas 46-277, 1 TD; receiving — Daniel Jackson 18-336, 5 TDs; tackles — Zion Ruffin 43; sacks — Warren Carter 1 1/2; interceptions — Chace Cromarte 1.Judson breakdownSetting the scene: Judson will be playing for the first time in two weeks after their game last Friday at Harlingen was canceled because of bad weather. The Rockets, ranked No. 5 in the Associated Press’ Class 6A state poll, outlasted rival Wagner 35-28 in the Hammer Bowl on Sept. 8, their last outing.Key to victory: Establish its defense. Headed by defensive lineman and Texas A&M pledge DeMarvin Leal, the Rockets are loaded on defense. They must force Steele’s sophomore quarterback Wyatt Begeal to make plays. Begeal, who started nine games a year ago, didn’t face Judson last year.Statistical leaders: Passing — Mike Chandler 16-34-1, 279 yards, 4 TDs; rushing — Chandler 15-203, 2 TDs; receiving — Amarea Bailey 5-152, 1 TD; tackles — DeMarvin Leal, Kevin Wood Jr. 23; sacks —Leal, Payton Watters 1; interceptions — Wood, Michael Washington II 1.E-N prediction: Judson 28, Steele 21dhinojosa@express-news.netTwitter: @hinojosa_david

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