Area Football Previews: Rusk wraps up non-district with a trip to Pittsburg

Alex Evans (64) of Bullard an offensive lineman for Bullard, is seen in action during a game against Chapel Hill late last month. Bullard is slated to entertain Gilmer at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Rusk Eagles (0-5) at Pittsburg Pirates (2-3)

7:30 p.m. Friday at Pirate Stadium in Pittsburg

What to Watch For: Both outfits should improvement last week when the Pirates upset Kilgore, 13-12, and Rusk fell, 38-32, to one-loss Henderson. With No.1-ranked Pleasant Grove and Gilmer coming up in the next two weeks for the home team, the Eagles could catch the Pirates, who beat Rusk 53-24 last year, looking ahead. Rusk will need a win on Friday to avoid going winless in non-district play for the second-consecutive season.


Gilmer Buckeyes (3-2) at Bullard Panthers (1-4)

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

What To Watch For: Bullard is 0-9 all-time against the Buckeyes. In the last four meetings between the two schools the Panthers have been held to an average of seven points a game. Gilmer has played a brutal non-district schedule so far, with its opponents owning a combined 17-6 record. The Buckeyes ended Newton's 33-game winning streak last week with a 16-0 win. A case could be made for Gilmer to be a little bit down this week coming off that huge victory. The Panthers led for most of the game a week ago in a narrow road loss to Athens.


Troup Tigers (1-3, 0-1) at Harmony Eagles (1-3, 1-0)

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

What To Watch For: The Eagles picked up their first win of the season last week in opening 10-3A-II play with a 56-26 triumph over Alba-Golden. Troup didn't make out as well in losing, 29-26, to Grand Saline in front of the home faithful. The Eagles could feed off of the momentum of winning last week and in playing in the friendly surroundings of Eagle Stadium. Troup will need to stay in the game early to have its best chance at winning.


Brook Hill Guard (3-1) at Willow Park-Trinity Christian Eagles (0-5)

7:30 p.m. Friday at Aledo Field in Aledo

What To Watch For: Last week the Guard's defense tossed its first shutout of the year in a 49-0 triumph over Flower Mound Coram Deo. The only real question is this game is can Brook Hill do it again. The TAPPS Division III Eagles are winless this year and have scored only one touchdown and one safety all year. Three of Trinity Christian's five losses have been by shut out.


NOTE: Alto is idle this week.


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