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H.S. football: Week 3 scouting report

September 14, 2018

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

Key storyline

Mother Nature strikes

The weather is as much a part of high school football as touchdowns. But now it has somewhat taken center stage.

As of Thursday afternoon nearly a dozen games involving area schools have either been cancelled or moved up a day.

The alterations stem from a tropical disturbance located in the Gulf of Mexico that is forecasted to bring heavy rain to South Texas.

Top-ranked Judson (2-0) was supposed to travel to play at Harlingen (2-0) Friday but the contest was cancelled. The Rockets are 3-0 vs. Harlingen, with all three wins coming in regional finals in 1989, 1994 and 2005.

Key matchup

Reagan WR Konnor Fox vs. Clemens secondary: Fox has been Reagan quarterback Travis Sthele’s top target through two games with nine receptions for 137 yards and four touchdowns. The Buffaloes have allowed 186 yards passing and one TD.

Reagan faces Clemens at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Comalander Stadium. The Buffaloes are 4-0 vs. Reagan, but the schools haven’t played since 2003.

By the numbers

59: Distance of field goal made by Kerrville Tivy’s Jared Zirkel in last week’s 57-41 win against Fredericksburg, an area record.

The previous mark was 58 yards, shared by Judson’s Earl Kaufman, New Braunfels Canyon’s Richard McDonald and Reagan’s Jake Wilcox.

1932: The first year that Jefferson and Brackenridge played each other. The Eagles have won 15 of the last 17 games, but Jefferson won 14-2 in 2017.

Under the radar games

Madison at Smithson Valley, 7:30 p.m. Friday: Former district foes square off for the first time in three years in a series that developed into one of the area’s best.

The Rangers (0-1) have won 10 of 13 meetings - including the last four - and two of three playoff games. Smithson Valley won 28-27 in the state quarterfinals in 2002 and 50-20 in 2005. Madison (0-2) prevailed 38-35 in overtime in the same round in 2007, overcoming a 21-point fourth-quarter deficit.

Medina Valley at Hondo, 7:30 p.m. Friday: This rivalry is nearly dead-even heading into its 60th meeting, with Medina Valley leading 30-28-1. Four of the last five games were decided by a touchdown or less.

tthomas@express-news.net

Twitter: @en_terrence

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