Area football previews: Rusk and Wills Point to duke it out for 7-4A-II crown

One of the most consistent place kickers this season has been Eddie Rojo of Troup. In last week's 52-0 rout over Winona Roja drilled a field goal and went 7-for-7 on point after touchdown attempts. Troup, who has already clinched a playoff berth, will visit Arp on Friday to wrap up the regular season.

Rusk Eagles (3-6, 3-0) vs. Wills Point Tigers (5-4, 2-1)

7:30 p.m. Friday at Eagle Stadium in Rusk

What to Watch For — High drama will be on display in this regular season finale, as the winner will walk away the district champion. Rusk is looking to repeat and earn back-to-back outright district crowns for the first time in school history. The Tigers last nabbed a district crown in 2017. Wills Point will have to prevent Rusk from making big plays, both from scrimmage and on special teams, which the Eagles have made a living off of in district. Eagle quarterback Jaylon Hall has being playing with a “whatever it takes” mindset in conference play and he will have to be accounted for at all times. The Tigers are averaging 241 yards rushing per game and have three running backs who have rushed north of 500 this season. The Eagle defense will have to prevent Wills Point front reeling off long-sustained drives that end in a touchdown. At least one national prediction service has the Eagles a two-point favorite, so this game is shaping up to be a real barnburner.

 

Bullard Panthers (2-7, 1-2) vs. Canton Eagles (2-7, 1-2)

7:30 p.m. Friday at Panther Stadium in Bullard

What to Watch For — The Panthers control their own fate. A win and Bullard will be heading to a bi-district game next week. A loss, and the season will come to a close. Canton and Bullard are both 1-2 in conference play and Brownsboro, who has already wrapped its regular season, is 1-3 and has a win over Bullard. The Panthers should be ready to deliver a good effort on Senior Night. Canton is an improving team that gave league-leading Rusk all it could handle in a 12-7 loss last week. Another game that looks like it could go down to the wire.

 

Troup Tigers (5-4, 4-2) at Arp Tigers (2-7, 2-4)

7:30 p.m. Friday at Bill Herrington Tiger Stadium in Arp

What to Watch For — Troup is the third place representative out of District 10-2A-II, and that will not change, regardless of the outcome of Friday's game. Troup has won four-consecutive games, while Arp has lost its last four. Anything can happen when these two geographical rivals lock horns on the gridiron.

 

Alto Yellowjackets (9-0, 4-0) vs Union Grove Lions (4-5, 1-3)

7:30 p.m. Friday at Cam'Ron Matthews Field at Yellowjacket Stadium

What to Watch For — An Alto win will enable the Mean Sting to wrap up an undefeated regular season for the first time in 12 years. The Yellowjackets are playing top-notch schoolboy football on offense and defense. The Yellowjackets should win with ease. Look for the Lion offense to struggle against a nasty Yellowjacket defense.

 

Brook Hill Guard Guard (7-2, 2-1) at Cedar Hill-Trinity Christian Tigers (8-1, 3-0)

7:30 p.m. Friday at Charles Baldwin Stadium in Cedar Hill

What To Watch For — The Tigers have defeated their TAPPS II-2 rivals by an average score of 49-8, while Brook Hill has knocked off the same group of teams by an average score of 26-16. Both teams have clinched playoff spots. While the Tigers are the favorite, if TC does not respect Brook Hill, the Guard certainly are capable of beating them.

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