Inside Six-Man Football: Garden City blossoms, Coolidge soars in 1A action

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Each week, six-man football insider Leman Saunders shares his news and notes from the Class 1A action across Texas. Be sure to follow Leman on Twitter @lemansaunders.

Garden City defeated Strawn 34-23 in a matchup between two of the states premier six-man football programs.  The Bearkats defense was all over Strawn and the greyhounds just could never find answer for it as their high powered offense was held to just three touchdowns.  Cesar Chavez recorded 20 tackles for Garden City to lead the Bearkats’ defense in this great defensive battle.

In a year where Borden County appears beatable, Garden City has emerged as the clear favorite in the division one West.  Looking ahead I must say I am excited for the top 10 showdown between old rivals and district foes Garden City and Sterling City (6-0).

White Deer edged out Follett 52-32 in another showdown between top ranked teams in division one and two.  Bucks quarterback Graysen Freeman led the charge going 5-7-1 for 191 yards throwing four touchdowns in the win.  While Strawn’s schedule is unquestionably the hardest in class 1A, White Deer has a pretty tough one as well as they have played Borden County, Follett and next week highly ranked DI Union Hill Saturday in Bryson.

Union Hill only defeated DII top ten team Oakwood last week 84-36 as their star player Keelon Caffey rushed for 435 yards, 6 TDs and threw for 114 more yards and five more TDs in the win.

In still another game that pitted a top ten DI school verses a top ten DII school.  DI Coolidge topped DII Calvert 28-19.  Coolidge jumped out to an early 20-6 lead that held over till the second half.  Calvert then mounted a comeback and brought the game to 20-19 early in the fourth quarter.  However, Coolidge’s defense held up late and Colton Carter picked off the Yellowjackets fourth pass of the night and returned it back for the game’s final touchdown putting the nail in the Calvert come-back coffin.  Carter ended the game as his team leading tackler with 19 on the night.

Borden County got right last week after losing two straight as the Coyotes defeated Carrolton Texas Association of Christian Athletes 62-6 in Trent on Friday night.  Incidentally, it was Trent’s homecoming, but the Gorillas were forced to cancel their homecoming game against Rising Star due to losing to many players to injuries and academic issues.  This is the first time that I can recall a school having a homecoming football game that didn’t involve a team representing their own school.

An interesting thing happened in Westbrook’s game vs Sands.  The Wildcats won easily 46-0, but it was a mere one-yard touchdown run that deserves to be noted.  Westbrook’s Kylee Matos, a female player, scored on a one-yard run becoming the first female in Westbrook’s history to score a touchdown in a varsity football game.

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