Area Football Previews: Rusk, Bullard, Troup face key district tests

Seth Moss (12), a two-way starter for Brook Hill, will be playing his last regular season game inside Herringtaon Stadium on Friday. The Guard host Houston Pro Vision Academy at 7:30 p.m. in a non-district outing. Moss had two interceptions in last week's win over McKinney Christian.

Rusk Eagles (2-8, 2-0) at Canton Eagles (2-6, 1-1)

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

What to Watch For — Rusk needs a win this week to keep its hopes of winning a second-straight district championship alive, while Canton, who will come into play this week tied with Bullard for third place, needs a win to improve its playoff chances. Canton has allowed the second most points against (344) out of all the teams in the district. Rusk's overall team speed could be the determining factor in this one. The Red and Black should be able to collect the win this week, if they can avoid beating themselves.


Bullard Panthers (2-6, 1-1) vs. Brownsboro Bears (2-7, 0-3)

7:30 p.m. Friday at Bear Stadium in Brownsboro

What to Watch For — Coming out of its bye week, the Panthers should be fresh for game. A win will clinch a playoff spot for Bullard. The Bears piled up 451 total yards in a nine point loss to Rusk last week. Brownsboro will have to do a better job at finishing off drives this week. The Bears' defense has allowed an average of 42 points a game in district while the Bullard defenders have given up just 24 points a game in league tests. The Panthers appear to have the better team, but the Bears should be ready to give them a whale of a fight as this is the regular season finale for Brownsboro.


Troup Tigers (4-4, 2-2) vs. Winona Wildcats (5-3, 3-2)

7:30 p.m. Friday at Tiger Stadium in Troup

What to Watch For — Two red-hot football clubs, Troup and Winona are set to square off Friday in a game that will have a strong impact on the District 10-3A-II race. Troup is 4-4, 3-2 and has won its last three games will be facing a pack of Wildcats that are 5-3, 3-2 and have won two in-a-row. Winona features the best defense in the loop, so the Tiger offense will have a real challenge on its hands this week. This game should be one a close one, so the team that can do the best job of taking care of the football could have the advantage.


Alto Yellowjackets (8-0, 3-0) vs. Hawkins Hawks (3-5, 3-0)

7:30 p.m. Friday at Cam'ron Matthews Field at Yellowjacket Stadium in Alto

What to Watch For — With all due respect to the Hawks, their three conference wins have been against the weaker teams in the league. So, even though Alto and Hawkins are tied atop the 10-2A-I standings, the Yellowjackets and the Hawks are vastly different football teams. Alto has an array of proven weapons on offense that should keep the Hawkins defense guessing. Defensively, the Mean Sting are playing at an amazing level right now. After beating Cushing 61-0 last week, the Mean Sting could be set for another blowout on Friday.


Brook Hill Guard (5-3, 2-1) vs, Houston ProVision Academy (4-4, 2-0)

7:30 p.m. Friday at Young Field at Herrington Stadium in Bullard

What to Watch For — A talented group of Guard seniors will be playing their final game inside Herrington Stadium on Friday as Brook Hill steps out of district play to host the Warriors from Houston Pro Vision Academy (PVA). The Warriors will present a balanced offensive attack — PVA is averaging 119 yards per game rushing and 89 per game by air. The Warriors lost to Grace Community, 25-24, in early Oct., while the Guard stopped Grace Community 33-28 late last month. If Brook Hill can avoid this being a trap game for them — the Guard play league-leading Trinity Christian-Cedar Hill next week to close out regular season play — they will have a decent chance of coming away with a win this week.


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