SAN ANTONIO – We are now in the thick of district play with several San Antonio area schools jockeying for playoff position. Here’s a look at this Friday’s big games.
Smithson Valley vs. Clemens, 7:30 p.m. at Lehnhoff Stadium
As one of my Twitter followers (@KSATRJ) wrote me a few weeks back, it's time to get your popcorn ready in District 27-6A.
This matchup is the first of many big games down the stretch in the district.
Clemens is 3-0 in district play while Smithson Valley is 2-1 with the Rangers only loss being a close defeat to Steele.
The game also features playmakers all over the field. Senior quarterbacks Frank Harris and Josh Adkins are two of the best in the area and both squads feature junior impact players in Trevon Moehrig-Woodard and Tommy Bush.
A loss isn’t the end for either team’s playoff chances, but this will definitely be a “get your popcorn ready” game at Lehnhoff Stadium.
Edison vs. Lanier, 7:30 p.m. at Alamo Stadium
Lanier is 4-0 in District 28-5A, and has proven it is for real after last week’s thrilling win over Sam Houston.
Junior quarterback J.D. Boone (7 TDs) and sophomore Christian Cervantes (564 yards rushing) lead a solid Lanier running game, and the Voks defense has played well during the team’s 4-game win streak.
The Edison Golden Bears offense is one of the best in the district and will test the Voks defense.
Edison QB Danny Cadena has thrown for nine touchdowns with only one interception this season and Matthew Garcia has already rushed for over 1,000 yards. This should be a great game at the “Rockpile.”
Brennan vs. Brandeis, 7:30 p.m. at Farris Stadium
The two favorites in District 28-6A Zone A square off with both schools riding win streaks.
Brennan has won three straight after an 0-3 start, and dominated Holmes in their district opener. Brandeis has won five straight after an 0-2 start, and is rolling on both sides of the ball.
Brennan’s Jahmyl Jeter has rushed for over 800 yards while the Broncos feature three offensive standouts in Mason Corbett, Marlon Flores and Ryan McGowen.
Assuming neither school slips up the rest of way, these will be the two playoff participants from Zone A, but whoever wins Friday gets breathing room while the other will have no room for error.
District 27-6A Madness: Churchill vs. Madison, Roosevelt vs. MacArthur
District 27-6A was turned upside down last week with two big upsets.
Reagan has been the only team to solidify its place atop the district while three other playoff spots are up for grabs.
Churchill is coming off a big win over Johnson and Madison is coming off a disappointing loss to MacArthur.
Both schools need this one to stay in the upper half of the district and the playoff picture.
Roosevelt is 0-2 in district and can not afford another loss. MacArthur is 1-2 after its upset win over Madison.
A win by either the Rough Riders or Brahmas would put both back into the playoff picture. A loss would be tough to overcome.
This is also a matchup of two of the top quarterbacks in the area, Roosevelt’s Bryson Carroll and Mac’s Tyler Vitt.
Dripping Springs vs. Boerne Champion, 7:30 p.m.
This week’s under-the-radar matchup is a heavyweight pairing in District 26-5A, where three teams are still unbeaten in league play. Two of those squads will take on one another Friday.
The Dripping Springs Tigers are unbeaten overall (6-0) while Champion’s only defeat this season is a three-point loss to Brandeis.
The Chargers are led by standout junior QB Davis Brin, who has thrown for 15 touchdowns this season.
Neither team has yet to play Alamo Heights, the third unbeaten team in the district, so this finish should be fun to watch.