SAN ANTONIO – There are two weeks left in the Texas high school football regular season. I repeat, two weeks.
That includes this weekend, which features several games with playoff implications.
Here’s a look at this week’s big games across the San Antonio area.
Judson vs. Smithson Valley, 7:30 p.m.
This week’s “SEC West,” I mean District 27-6A big matchup is between Judson and Smithson Valley.
The Rockets and Rangers are both 4-1, tied for second in the district.
Judson beat Clemens in a thriller last Friday while Smithson Valley beat Canyon.
Julon Williams and Josh Adkins are two of the best quarterbacks in the area.
Defensively, look for big plays by Smithson’s Trevon Moehrig-Woodard, Judson’s Demarvin Leal, Darren Thomas and Harold Watson.
This game will be physical and most likely won along the offensive and defensive lines.
The Rockets beat the Rangers in last year’s playoffs and a similar atmosphere is expected in Spring Branch.
New Braunfels vs. Clemens, 7:30 p.m. at Lehnhoff Stadium
Don’t look now, but New Braunfels is on the verge of making the playoffs in the aforementioned District 27-6A.
The Unicorns are 3-2 in district and tied with Clemens for the league’s final playoff spot.
New Braunfels has won two straight games behind junior quarterback Ryan Redding.
Clemens is reeling a bit after a tough loss to Judson and an injury to all-area quarterback Frank Harris.
If Harris cannot play, the Buffaloes still have a number of offensive playmakers, including Kamren Baker and Tommy Bush.
This essentially amounts to a playoffs play-in game.
Alamo Heights vs. Boerne-Champion, 7:30 p.m.
The Mules and Chargers play Friday in another heavyweight matchup in District 26-5A.
Alamo Heights lost a wild game last week to Dripping Springs 64-54, and Champion blanked Kerrville-Tivy to stay atop the district.
Both schools are led by big time quarterbacks in Heights’ Will Chaney and Champion’s Davis Brin.
A Champion victory gets it at least a share of the district title.
A loss by the Mules knocks them out of the district title race, but not out of the playoffs.
Eagle Pass Winn vs. Floresville, 7:30 p.m.
The Tigers and Mavericks face one another in a battle for first place in District 29-5A.
Winn is 3-0 in league play while Floresville is 2-1 after a 56-53 upset win last week over Uvalde.
Floresville is led by its quarterback, running back combo of Darian Mayberry and Kent Lima.
Eagle Pass has won five straight games, and is 7-1 overall with its only loss of the season being to rival Eagle Pass.
Pleasanton vs. Somerset, 7:30 p.m.
Two of the four teams tied for first place in District 15-4A-I meet when Pleasanton takes on Somerset.
The game features two of the top 4-A area quarterbacks in Bulldogs junior Zadock Dinkelmann and Eagles sophomore Johnny Zamora.
Both teams have explosive offenses and this is expected to be a high scoring game.
The other two schools tied for first are La Vernia and Beeville Jones. This district title race is one to watch down the stretch.
Reagan vs. Madison, 7 p.m. at Heroes Stadium (Saturday)
Reagan’s quest for an undefeated District 26-6A title continues Saturday with a showdown against Madison.
A win over the Mavs gives the Rattlers at least a share of the title. It’s been another impressive season for Coach Wetzel, Cade Bormet and Marquis Duncan after the loss of all-area quarterback Kellen Mond.
The Mavs on the other hand are in a tight race to make the playoffs. Madison is holding onto the district’s final playoff spot. A loss would not eliminate Madison, but put them in a tough spot with one league game remaining.
District 28-6A zone play madness
This district deserves its own article, but here’s the Cliffs Notes version of the league’s current playoff scenario.
Brennan and O’Connor are first in their respective zones and on course to play one another for the district title next week.
This week’s Taft-Holmes Zone A game is an elimination game with the winner facing Warren next week for a playoff berth.
Clark and Stevens are currently tied for third in Zone B. Whoever finishes third after this weekend plays Brandeis next weekend for a playoff berth.
Clark plays O’Connor and Stevens plays John Jay on Friday.