Week 1 of the high school football season was chock full of big plays and dramatic moments from start to finish, and Week 2 of Big Game Coverage (BGC) promises to be just as enticing. Friday night alone features a pair of marquee matchups in Austin and at Lehnhoff Stadium.
We’ve got a full breakdown of both games and all of this week’s action on the Big Game Coverage Preview show.
KSAT 12 Instant Replay producer Daniel P. Villanueva gets Sports Director Greg Simmons and Anchor Larry Ramirez together in studio every Thursday to discuss the week’s matchups, 12′s Top 12 rankings and which players to watch on the gridiron. This week’s show features a special guest!
Let’s take a closer look at our Game of the Week:
No. 3 Steele vs. No. 4 Reagan
Once again, No. 4 Reagan will have their hands full in the spotlight, this time against another perennial power: No. 3 Steele.
Both teams bring dynamic quarterbacks to the gridiron in Britton Moore (Reagan) and Connor Vincent (Steele), but the offenses are rooted firmly in a smash-mouth style of play. This battle will undoubtedly be won in the trenches by the offensive and defensive lines. Steele proved they could wear an opponent down in their home-opener, erasing a 14-7 halftime deficit with a 28-point, second-half onslaught to defeat Pflugerville Hendrickson 35-14. Reagan also trailed 14-7 in their matchup against Brennan and showed they could hang with the best team in the area, but they eventually fell to the Bears by the same margin, 35-14.
The Knights lead the all-time series against the Rattlers 4-1, including a pair of playoff victories in 2011 and 2013. The Rattlers won the most recent matchup last season at Heroes Stadium 23-20, the narrowest margin of victory between these two teams.
If Steele wins, they boast a 2-0 record and continue building momentum into the start of their district schedule in Week 4. If Reagan wins, they get their season back on track with strong results against two of the toughest teams in the area before District 28-6A play begins in Week 3. It’s all on the line when the game kicks off at Lehnhoff Stadium on Friday night at 7.
Here’s an in-depth look at some of the other games to watch in Week 2:
Anchor Larry Ramirez and photographer Eddie Latigo once again hitch a ride northeast of the Alamo City for our weekly BGC Road Trip, this time traveling along I-10 for stops in Seguin, Geronimo and Navarro!
Here’s the list of games they are covering in order:
- New Braunfels (1-0) vs. Seguin (0-1) - The Unicorns have won nine of their last 10 matchups against the Matadors. Seguin’s most recent victory in this series came in 2013, 38-31.
- La Vernia (0-1) vs. Navarro (0-1) - These two teams have only faced each other three times since 2014, and the Bears hold a 2-1 edge in those matchups. La Vernia defeated Navarro in their most recent meeting last season 28-19. The home team has won every game.
- Goliad (1-0) vs. Marion (1-0) - The Bulldogs and Tigers have evenly split all six games they’ve played against each other over the past decade. Marion snapped a three-game losing streak to Goliad last season with a 24-23 road victory.
As always, you can keep with all of the action throughout the weekend with our Scores & Schedules page, which is dedicated to listing every game’s date, kickoff time and location. It will be updated with live scores throughout the night so you can track every game in progress.
Time for the experts to weigh in on Week 2′s slate of games!
I must say, I really enjoyed the first week of the high school football season, and I would like to thank the fans that joined us on the Nightbeat for Big Game Coverage, as well as following us on Twitter and on the BGC app. We had so many views thanks to our new partnership with Texas Sports Productions and their live broadcasts.
The game I’m looking forward to this week is Judson vs. Lake Travis. This is the same team that knocked the Rockets out of the playoffs three years in a row. The last time these two teams met was in 2019 in the state quarterfinals in the Alamodome. The starting QB was Hudson Card, the same Hudson Card who is about to start at quarterback for the Texas Longhorns this Saturday.
Week Two of Big Game Coverage will see the road trip visit Seguin, Navarro, and Marion.
This will be my first game-day experience at the new Matador Stadium. Seguin ISD opened the new stadium last season in 2020, which I didn’t get to see in person due to COVID-19 prohibiting me from doing the BGC Road Trip. Bigger and brighter, the new stadium, built on the same land as the old stadium, replaces the old venue where the Matadors played for more than 60 seasons. The new stadium has more of a college football feel to it, which the players told us they love.
The game on Friday also marks the second game for the Matadors’ new head football coach Craig Dailey, a Seguin High School alum. He played baseball and was the starting quarterback at Seguin, graduating in 2000. Dailey started his football coaching career at Seguin High School in 2004 as a wide receivers coach. He was quarterbacks coach from 2005-2006 and helped the Matadors win a district championship in 2006. He since held coaching jobs at Katy High School and most recently at Clear Spring High School before returning to Seguin.
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Andrew Cely, KSAT 12 Sports Producer and Reporter
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