H.S football: Week 6 scouting report

October 5, 2018

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

Key storyline

A light schedule: During some weeks, the area schedule might be littered with several must-see games. In others, there might be one high-profile contest.

Because of an anomaly in the scheduling, none of the area’s Class 6A schools — including ranked teams Judson, O’Connor, Reagan, Steele, Brandeis, Warren, Brennan, Johnson, Madison and Clemens — are playing this week.

Which means this could be a good opportunity for football purists to load up the vehicle and head out to experience the grandeur of small-town football under the Friday night lights.

Under the radar game

Cornerstone at Midland Christian, 7:30 p.m. today: Since leaving TAPPS in August, the Warriors have had to look long and hard for opponents, even playing a team last week from California. They head to the Permian Basin for a game that could feature a nice quarterback duel between Cornerstone sophomore General Booty and Midland Christian junior Riggs McDonald.

By the numbers

3: Consecutive shutouts by Wagner heading into its District 13-5A-I game vs. Brackenridge at 7:30 p.m. today at the SAISD Complex.

Coach Charles Bruce and his Thunderbirds (4-1 overall, 3-0 in district) opened league play with lopsided wins over Sam Houston (55-0), Lanier (56-0) and Edison (69-0) and haven’t allowed a point in 148 minutes, 57 seconds. Wagner last yielded a score with 4:57 to play vs. Judson on Sept. 8.

Brackenridge is No. 2 in 13-5A-I in scoring offense (36.4 points per game), rushing offense (208.6) and total offense (1,712 yards).

681: Combined coaching wins for Corpus Christi Calallen’s Phil Danaher and Somerset’s Sonny Detmer. The longtime coaches will be on opposite sidelines when Somerset (4-0, 1-0) visits Calallen (3-1) for a District 15-5A-I game at 7:30 p.m. today.

Danaher, the state’s winningest coach, and Detmer are coaching against one another for only the third time and the first during the regular season. Danaher is 2-0 in the matchup, winning 55-28 over Southwest — which featured quarterback Ty Detmer, Sonny’s son and the 1990 Heisman Trophy winner at BYU — in a 4A second-round encounter in 1985 and 57-14 vs. Somerset in 5A Division II bidistrict in 2014.


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