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Friday Football Preview! Week 3.

Staff Writer
Runnels County Register
Winters senior quarterback Alex Salas carries teh ball up the middle against Anson in week 1. Tonight the Blizzards will face the Bangs Dragons in Winters.

It’s Football Friday! Let’s get some quick peeks into the games tonight!

Winters vs Bangs

The Winters Blizzards (0-2) will host the Bangs Dragons (2-0). Last season the Blizzards blew into Bangs and left with a 41-27 loss. Bangs is a tough 3A team so the Blizzards will have to play flawless football to stay in the game. Winters veteran quarterback, Alex Salas, sat out of the Blizzards’ 51-19 loss to Eldorado last week. Salas is the key to any chance of success for the Blizzards.

The Blizzards have had some flashes of brilliance, something that their 0-2 record might not reflect. They put up 22 points against a 2-0 Anson Tigers team that has been, and continues to be, a traditional powerhouse. The Blizzards had some solid plays against Eldorado, but fell to that potent Eagles’ air attack, 51-19.

Blizzards have a loaded backfield with 9 different players who have rushed the ball this season. They put up 269 yards against Anson and 261 yards against Eldorado, respectively. Winters is averaging 3 turnovers per game. Any turnovers against a team like Bangs can result in the Blizzards falling behind quickly. Bangs defeated Early (1-1) 28-0 in week 1. Last week the Dragons breathed fire onto the Florence Buffaloes (0-2), stampeding them 55-0.

This is Homecoming for the Blizzards and should give Winters some added incentive to send Bangs home with a loss.

Miles Bulldogs @ Roscoe Plowboys

The Miles Bulldogs (0-2) will travel to Roscoe to take on the Plowboys (0-2).The Bulldogs fell in week 1 to the Coleman Bluecats (1-1), 32-0. In week 2, the Bulldogs hosted the 3A Coahoma Bulldogs (2-0) and fell 49-0.

Miles is trying to piece together a puzzle that includes new head coach Jayson Wilhelm, a new quarterback and a new system. The Bulldogs went 7-4 in 2019, while the Plowboys went 1-9, including a 49-28 loss on the Bulldogs home field. The Plowboys’ air attack suffered a setback with the graduation of experienced signal-caller, Junior Martinez, in May. Just as with Miles, the Plowboys are a team trying to get their feet under them with a new quarterback. Both teams, like all teams, didn’t have a spring or the typical summer workouts to get the wrinkles ironed out before the season started.

Roscoe lost to Hawley (1-1) in week 1, 61-7. In week 2, they fell to the Stamford Bulldogs (1-1), by the score of 27-0. Miles needs to have a solid, all-around game, on both sides of the ball, to help tune things up. The Bulldogs have a great opportunity to help get everything hitting on all cylinders this week and next week, as they go to Munday to play the Moguls (1-1) in week 4. In 2019 the Moguls won 2 games. The Moguls lost on their home field to the Bulldogs, 53-41.

The game against the Plowboys should be interesting as both teams look to get their programs moving in the right direction. Miles’ starting running back, Brayden Dunlap, sat out the week 2 game against Coahoma with an injury. Dunlap is expected to return tonight and will provide the Bulldogs’ defense some firepower.

Ballinger Bearcats host Colorado (City) Wolves

The Bearcats (2-0) started the season ranked #12 in the state. They didn’t wait to prove that they deserved that ranking, as they defeated the powerful Jim Ned Indians (1-1), 20-13, in week 1. In week 2 the Bearcats hosted the Breckenridge Buckaroos (0-2) and saddled them with a 13-0 loss behind the strong, fundamental play.

Tonight the Bearcats welcome the Colorado City Wolves (0-2) to Bearcat Stadium. As if the winless Wolves needed any additional challenges, it’s Homecoming for Ballinger.

Ballinger has overcome the injury bug this season with a “next man up,” approach. Bradyn Bowman went down with a catastrophic knee injury before the season ever began during a scrimmage against Anson. Against Jim Ned, starting quarterback Tyler Vaughn went down with a shoulder injury and sat out the week 2 win against Breckenridge. In Vaughn’s place, junior Carter Arrott has stepped up and taken the reins of the offense. Arrott has performed on a high level since he has been helming the offense. Additionally, Balllinger standouts WR/DB Weston Rollwitz and RB/LB Garrett Dixon have done outstanding jobs on both sides of the ball.

The Bearcats should be able to earn another win tonight. In 2019 the Bearcats traveled to Colorado City and handed the Wolves a 49-14 loss. It would seemingly take a Herculean effort for the Wolves to put 2 touchdowns on the board against the powerful Bearcats defense tonight.

Ballinger's Garrett Dixon, the Runnels County Register's Player of the Week for Week 2, scored the only 2 touchdowns against the Breckenrdige Buckaroos in week 2. The Bearcats have enjoyed excellent run-blocking from their offensive line this season. Tonight is the Bearcats Homecoming as they host the Colorady (City) Wolves.