Area Football Roundup: Alto vs. New Diana a compelling match up

The Alto Yellowjackets will host New Diana in a battle of undefeated teams on Friday night. Kick off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Rusk Eagles (0-2) vs. Palestine Wildcats (0-2)

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

What to Watch For — Two teams hurting for a win will lock horns in Rusk on Friday. The Eagles will have to handle Palestine's wing-t offense and not allow the Wildcats to get too far ahead in the first half. Palestine has wore down significantly in the second half in losses to Waco Connally and Jacksonville. This game could come down to conditioning, with the team having the most gas left in its tank in the fourth quarter the one that will walk away with the win.


Bullard Panthers (1-1) vs. Hallsville Bobcats (1-1)

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

What to Watch For — The Bullard offense rolled up 414 total yards, including 333 on the ground, in its win over Spring Hill last week. In that game Bullard ran 70 plays to Spring Hill's 47. The Bobcats will have to stop the run and keep Panther QB Tristen Shewmake bottled up to have a chance at victory. Hallsville is averaging 28.5 points a game, and that probably will not be enough to beat Bullard. Panthers have to be ready for the Bobcats in the second half. Hallsville, who beat Terrell 33-21 in Week 1, does most of its damage in the third and fourth stanzas, so a fast start by Bullard would benefit the team.


Troup Tigers (1-1) vs. Elkhart Elks (2-0)

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

What to Watch For — The Elks will come in undefeated and should be a bit tougher than your traditional homecoming opponent. The Elks have notched wins over Centerville and Frankston, both of whom are still looking for the first win. The Tiger offense found traction last week and could improve off of that effort. Tigers should be playing with confidence and ready to thrill the homecoming crowd.


Alto Yellowjackets (2-0) vs. New Diana Eagles (2-0)

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

What to Watch For — This game should be highly competitive and one of the more entertaining matchups in Week 3. The Eagles' balanced offensive attack — New Diana averages 221 yards per game rushing and 171 yards per game passing — could put the Mean Sting defense to the test. Alto will have to find a way to try to stop running back Zane Freeman (40-249, 4 TDs, 6.2 yards per carry). Defensively Alto's Cayle Irvin and Harmon West are averaging 11 tackles apiece per night. The Eagles' Carson Willeford averages 13 stops a game. Alto won last year's meeting, 32-14.


Brook Hill Guard (1-1) vs. Huntington Red Devils (0-2)

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

What to Watch For — Look for the Guard to rebound, after last week's loss to Plano-Pope John Paul II, against a struggling bunch of Red Devils. Huntington has lost its first two games by an average score of 44-8.

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