Inside Six-Man Football: Wild Week 11 awaits in Class 1A

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-Follett traveled to Groom for a huge DII district one showdown and the home crowd was fired up!  The Tigers came out hot and matching Follett score for score until the Panthers recovered fumbles on back to back kickoff returns and turned both those possessions into points and Groom could never get back on top after that.  The nail in the coffin was a 75 yard pick six for Follett in the fourth quarter.  Groom was impressive in the loss, but Follett with their size, physicality and ball control emerged from the game as the favorite to win out in region one as we get ready for the playoffs.

-Milford had very little trouble handling Coolidge in their big DI district 11 matchup as the Bulldogs won 76-42.  The Bulldogs jumped out to a 24-0 lead early and that great start was too much for Coolidge to overcome as the game wore on.  Taron Smith was 15-25 throwing for 342 yards and seven touchdowns and ran for 101 yards and a score as well in the victory.  Corbin Schrotke lead both teams in tackles recording 13.

-Lueders-Avoca pulled off what was the biggest upset of week 10 as they edged Jayton 46-42.  LA held a 30-6 lead at halftime and a slim lead into the fourth quarter, but Jayton took a 42-38 lead with 33 seconds left in the game.  On the Raiders ensuing possession and facing a fourth and long Daquan Brown threw across field to an open Jacob Jarvis who broke several tackles as he scored a 35-yard game winning touchdown with 10 seconds left in the game.  Luedres now faced Rule in the final week and a win will give the Raiders their first district title since 2011 and second since 1969.

-Jonesboro out lasted Zephyr winning 86-78 in double overtime in their DI district 15 battle.  Jonesboro is now in the driver’s seat at 2-0, Zephyr is 1-1 and Evant beat Lometa to move to 1-1 in district play.  Jonesboro plays Evant and Zephyr Lometa in the final week and barring something crazy, Jonesboro should represent the champion and Zephyr the runner-up.  Ethan Lilljedahl had a big night for Jonesboro as he rushed for 375 yards and six touchdowns on 26 carries and was 6-10 passing for 114 yards and two more touchdowns.  Freshman Ian Shoak recorded 16 tackles for the Eagles, rushed for two TDs and caught a touchdown pass as well.

-In DI district 10 Blum defeated Abbott 54-6 and the win moves Blum to 4-0 in district play and gives the Bobcats the district title as they are idle in week 11.  Abbott sits at 1-2 and are eliminated from playoff contention.  Aquilla defeated Gholson in another big district game 61-12 moving them to 2-1 in district play while Gholson falls to 1-2.  Aquilla faces arch rival Abbott in the final week of the season and a Cougar win will lock them in as the district runner-up.

-DII District three we knew would be a hotly contested one and it has not disappointed!  Week 10 action saw Paducah beat Crowell 87-59 and Knox City defeat Chillicothe 64-0.  Paducah, Crowell and Knox City have all played each other now and all have lost one game:  Crowell to Paducah by 28, Knox City to Crowell by 22, and Paducah to Knox City by 4.  In the final week Paducah plays Northside, Crowell plays Chillicothe and Knox City is idle; Paducah and Crowell are heavy favorites to win those games and if they do that means the district is in a three-way tie for the championship and based on point spreads Paducah would be the champion, Crowell the runner-up and Knox City staying home at third.

-Whitharral won another big game this week defeating Anton 46-22 to move to 4-0 in district play, winning the DII district three title and finishing the regular season undefeated at 9-0-1.  The Panthers are the most underrated and least talked about undefeated team in all of TXHSF and they will be looking to make some noise in the playoffs in that tough DII region one.

-In a tough tough district Ira defeated Aspermont 48-40 to remain undefeated on the season in a game that decided the champion and runner-up for DI district four.  Anthony Coy had a big night for Ira as he rushed for 156 yards and three touchdowns, caught a 41-yard TD pass, returned a kickoff for a touchdown and recorded 12 tackles.


Other big news from week 10:

-Morton defeated Wellman-Union 50-30 to secure a playoff berth in DI district five in their first full season of six-man football.

-Eden defeated Veribest 80-32 to knock the Falcons out of playoff contention in DI district 13 and set up a district championship game with Robert Lee next week.

-In DII district 5 Grandfalls-Royalty defeated Buena Vista 72-44 to lock in the district championship.  Buena Vista will now travel to Sierra Blanca in what will determine the district runner-up next week.

-In DII district 14 play McDade beat Oglesby 58-8 securing a playoff berth in their first year of UIL football and sets up a district title game with Calvert next week.

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