Midland, Texas is a warm and inviting West Texas city, conveniently located on Interstate 20, halfway between Fort Worth and El Paso. Easily accessible, it boasts Midland International Air & Space Port, serviced daily by American, Southwest, and United Airlines and is the closest airport to Big Bend National Park. This is the perfect destination to begin a West Texas road trip, a tour of the Big Bend region, host your meeting, sporting event, or family reunion.
It’s also home to some exciting Texas high school football! Throughout the season, Dave Campbell’s Texas Football will spotlight some can’t-miss Texas high school football matchups in the Midland area. Check back in this space for our preview of every matchup, and our thoughts on who will put on a show. And while you’re here, make sure you see our picks for the best places to eat, shop and play!
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2021 SPOTLIGHT GAMES
Odessa (2-2) at Midland (1-3)
Odessa High makes the short trip east on I-20 into the Tall City as it opens up District 2-6A play against Midland High. This one looks to be a fascinating opener featuring two teams with new head coaches who have shown signs of turning the corner after a couple of difficult seasons. Odessa High, which is led by first-year head coach Dusty Ortiz, lost a heart-breaker to state-ranked Wichita Falls Rider, 47-43. QB Diego Cervantes was sensational for the Bronchos throwing for 392 yards and a touchdown, while also adding three touchdowns on the ground. Odessa High was driving for the game winning score, but was stopped on the game’s final play. Home-standing Midland High, which is under first-year head coach Thad Fortune, who come to MHS from Odessa Permian, has shown improvement. But the Bulldogs were hit with the turnover bug in last week’s 42-17 loss to Lubbock Coronado, which put the defense in some tough spots. The previous two weeks, in close losses to Amarillo High and Lubbock Monterrey, the Bulldogs were in it until the final whistle, so it’s clear this team has made some major steps forward while trying to learn new schemes. Look for this one to be a nail-biter as both teams know this is a key game to get a win in if they want to remain in the playoff race. Odessa’s offense has been a bit too explosive early in the year, so give the edge to the Bronchos.
Stepp’s Pick: Odessa High by 6
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