Thursday night full of intriguing Texas high school football matchups across the state

Amarillo High School football (Photo by Bobby Thomas)

Can’t until Friday? Here are some intriguing Thursday night games to catch.

El Paso Franklin vs El Paso Coronado

The annual Westside Bowl kicks off at the Sun Bowl. Franklin looks to regain its mojo after a surprising loss last week to Americas. The Cougars (5-1, 0-1) had cruised through the first five weeks of the season led by quarterback Danny Walther, receivers Michael Haack and Gabe Stonewall and linebacker David Powers. Coronado looks to spring the upset and jump-start a season that’s seen the Thunderbirds win just once.

Amarillo vs Amarillo Palo Duro

After a 1-2 start, Amarillo has turned things around with three straight wins. The Sandies look to make it four straight and remain among the undefeated leaders in District 2-5A-1. Will Maynard leads the Sandies’ attack with 1,134 yards and 11 TDs through the air. Palo Duro looks to rebound from last week’s loss at Abilene Cooper and remain in the thick of the playoff race. Caleb Bernal has been a tackling machine for the Dons.

Mission Veterans Memorial vs PSJA Southwest

Mission Vets looks to stay perfect in District 16-5A-1 against a PSJA Southwest team that has lost three in a row, including a 24-21 loss to Brownsville Lopez, after winning three straight to open the season. Art Villa and Miguel Garza are key cogs in a balanced rushing attack. The Patriots have won five straight after a season-opening loss and travel to PSJA Southwest having shut out their last two opponents. AJ Gonzaque has nine touchdowns among his 29 receptions to leads the offense, and Sergio Farias has four sacks and 10 tackles for loss to pace the defense.

6A No. 23 Klein Oak vs Conroe Oak Ridge, NFHS Network

Klein Oak continues to roll along with four straight District 15-6A wins. The Panthers have shown a penchant for winning close games, having won three of four games decided by four points or less. Their lone loss: 31-28 to Klein on Sept. 12. Dwight McGlothern Jr. continues to terrorize opposing secondaries. The Panthers’ leading receiver has at least one touchdown grab in six straight games. Adrian Murdaugh and Alton McCaskill helped Oak Ridge jump out to a 14-point lead over The Woodlands College Park only to see CP reel off 28 consecutive points to turn things around.

Weslaco East vs Edinburg North

A Thursday battle for the District 31-6A lead sees the Wildcats, unbeaten in district play, take on the Cougars, who’ve won two of three district games after an 0-4 start to the season. Weslaco East will try to dominate with their rushing attack that features Russell Garza (701 yards, 9 TDs) and Ramsey Vasquez (526 yards). Quarterback Michael Rodriquez leads the Cougars.

6A No. 6 Southlake Carroll vs Keller Fossil Ridge

Second-year coach Riley Dodge has his alma mater flying high again. After a gritty win over Denton Guyer, the Dragons flew past Byron Nelson 49-0 and look to extend that run against Fossil Ridge. The Dragons have won 16 straight regular season games. In fact, it’s been since 2003 that Carroll has lost a regular season game with a coach named Dodge. Carroll’s Quinn Ewers averages 300 yards per game passing and has 19 touchdowns with just one interception. Fossil Ridge’s defense has been improving. The Panthers haven’t given up more than 15 points in three straight weeks.

Dallas Madison vs. Kemp

Madison bounced back from its only loss with a 48-0 thrashing of Dallas A+ Academy to open District 6-3A-1 play. The Trojans look to continue their roll by taking the sting out of a Kemp team that topped Eustace to open district play. The Yellow Jackets are finding their offensive stride after being shut out in each of their first three games.

New Diana vs Ore City

New Diana looks to rebound from last week’s District 11-3A-2 loss to front-running Paul Pewitt. Zane Freeman leads the Eagles’ ground game with 587 yards and nine scores. He’s also caught two touchdown passes and intercepted a pass on defense as well. Ore City has struggled in district play and have dropped five straight since a season-opening win. The Rebels have allowed at least 42 points in every district game.

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