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H.S. football: Week 4 scouting report

September 20, 2018

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

Key storyline

District-opening showdowns: Although some coaches might suggest otherwise, district championships usually aren’t decided during the first week of league competition.

But taking a peek at this weekend’s schedule, one would be justified if they feel as if that is the case. Judson vs. Steele. Smithson Valley vs. Clemens. Johnson vs. Reagan. Boerne Champion vs. Kerrville Tivy. Those matchups highlight the area’s slate of games — and they are all district openers.

Judson hosts Steele in a District 26-6A opener — and the Express-News Game of the Week — while Smithson Valley travels to Clemens in hopes of recording its first win after losing its first two games by a combined four points.

Johnson unseated Reagan last year as 27-6A champion, prevailing 21-14 for its first league title.

Key matchup

Jay QB Jacob Zeno vs. O’Connor DB Grant Rustan: Zeno, a Baylor commit, looks to rebound after throwing four interceptions in last week’s loss to Brennan. It won’t be easy against O’Connor’s secondary, which limited Warren to 56 passing yards, with Rustan returning an interception 50 yards for a touchdown.

Under the radar games

New Braunfels at New Braunfels Canyon, 7:30 p.m. Friday: The Unicorns have won 14 of the last 18 against Canyon, including four straight, heading into this year’s Wurst Bowl and District 26-6A opener.

Holy Cross and Antonian, 7:30 p.m. Friday: These private-school foes meet for the first time since 2015 in a series that began in 1966 and includes five playoff meetings. Holy Cross leads the series 33-21 but the Apaches have won the last five.

By the numbers

50: Times that MacArthur and Roosevelt have squared off entering Saturday’s District 27-6A contest. Roosevelt leads 28-22 in a series that began in 1966 and has since been played annually, except for in 2000 and 2001 when Roosevelt dropped in classification.

tthomas@express-news.net

Twitter: @en_terrence

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