Friday Night Five: Is it time to worry about Cameron Yoe’s 1-3 start?
THERE ARE HUNDREDS OF RESULTS EVERY FRIDAY NIGHT DURING FOOTBALL SEASON, BUT WE'LL SPOTLIGHT FIVE EACH WEEK THAT MADE HEADLINES.
It was a week for statement wins, and it started on Thursday with Manvel’s 24-21 win over Galena Park North Shore, and Denton Ryan’s 28-21 win over Frisco Lone Star. It kept rolling on Friday night, and here are five in particular that really stood out.
1. Cameron Yoe loses 30-29 to Bay City in overtime, falling to 1-3
Cameron Yoe was our preseason pick to win the 3A DI state championship this season, and typically, future state champions don’t start 1-3. Before anyone panics, though, let’s take a closer look at the year so far. An opening 40-14 win over Bellville was everything you’d expect. Since then, the Yoemen have lost three straight to 4A DI teams (Gatesville, China Spring and Bay City) by an average margin of 4.3 points. Those 4A DI teams are 11-1 to start the season, and two divisions larger than Yoe. No team wants to start the season 1-3, but this start needs perspective. If you bought Yoe stock in July, don’t cash out. There’s still plenty of reason to believe the payday is coming down the road.
2. Mason thumps a very good Iraan team 58-7
Over the summer, Mason head coach Cade Burns talked about wanting his team to beef up ahead of the 2017 season to compete better with programs like Refugio. Despite being a 2A DII program, Iraan is a great measuring stick for that progress, as Braves head coach Mark Kirchhoff builds his squads from the lines up. A year ago, Iraan won a nail biter 24-21. We expected no less this year, and got something very different. It’s hard not to be excited about what the Punchers might be building.
3. Argyle cruised by Abilene Wylie 56-7
In last year’s playoffs, Wylie knocked off the Eagles 35-14 and eventually wound up in the state title game. On paper, Friday night’s clash looked to be another great edition of one of the state’s better budding rivalries. But Wylie was missing its starting QB, RB and top receiver. They certainly would have made a difference, but let’s be real, the people saying this may be the best Argyle offense ever just may have a point. The Bulldogs had zero answers for QB Jon Copeland, RB Don Williams, TE Bryson Hudgens and the Eagles’ bevy of sure handed receivers. They sliced their way down the field, and will be a huge problem for the rest of 4A DI this year.
4. Katy smothers Cinco Ranch 30-0
Last week, the Tigers rallied to beat The Woodlands. The week before, they were helping their community recover from Hurricane Harvey. Gary Joseph’s squad dealt with more important things before their season got rolling, but once they hit the field, it was business as usual. That continued Friday night with an emphatic result against a program that really emerged as a tough out last season. Consider this result as less of a surprise (Katy being great is anything but that) and more of a warning for everyone else on the schedule. With just a handful of starters back from last year’s campaign, the Tigers have started well and should grow from here.
5. Cibolo Steele is off to a 1-3 start since the first time…ever?
Smithson Valley took down Steele 43-20 on Friday night, compounding the frustration for the Knights early in the 2017 campaign. Steele plays a very tough schedule, and after a 36-3 win over San Antonio Madison to start the year, the Knights have fallen 34-31 to Lake Travis, 42-30 to San Antonio O’Connor and again to the Rangers. What makes this loss sting more, though, is that it’s the district opener with future playoff implications. Looking back through the 2006 season (Steele was formed in 2005), it doesn’t appear the Knights have ever started as badly as they have this year. It doesn’t get easier, either. Judson, our No. 1 team in 6A DI, is up next.