2014 Top Match Ups: Week 5

By David Robinett | drobinett@ktab.tv

Published 07/11 2014 03:35PM

Updated 07/11 2014 07:24PM

Abilene High, Cooper, Stamford, and Hamlin are featured in the Top Match Ups in Week 5 of the 2014 season.

The Abilene High Eagles continue their history of tough non-district games with a match up with the Southlake Carroll Dragons. The Eagles and Dragons have never been in the same district, but the rivalry is there none the less. The schools have met 4 times in the playoffs during the Steve Warren era with Carroll coming out on top 3 times. The Dragons are ranked 5th in the state while the Eagles are unranked heading into the 2014 season and are expected to just barely sneak into the post season. The state of Texas will have it's eyes on Southlake in Week 5.

Cooper faces one of it's toughest tests in non-district in Week 5. The Cougars welcome former district rival Midland Lee to town. The Rebels have been a thorn in the side of the Cougars over the year, and this year they present a challenge again this year. Graduation hit the Rebels hard, but any James Morton coached team is tough to face. Cooper is looking for a bit of revenge after last season's disappointing loss, and they will lean heavily on their offensive line that is anchored by Hunter Hawkins and Jonathan Nicholson. This should be a barn burner at Shotwell Stadium.

Stamford and Hamlin are set to renew their rivalry in a great match up in Class 2A. Every season teams look different, but the strength of the Hamlin and Stamford programs doesn't seem to change. New Stamford coach Ronnie Casey lost 16 starters from last season's state championship team, but the Bulldogs are still expected to challenge for another district title and are ranked 8th to start the year. Hamlin is primed for a deep run in the playoffs as the 9th ranked team in Division II. Quarterback Caymon Georges is one of several starters that are back from last year's area finalist team.

2 other games earn a spot in Top Match Ups for Week 5 as honorable mentions. The Clyde Bulldogs are set to get tested by the 5th ranked Wall Hawks, and in Jones county, the the Hawley Bearcats are set to host Colorado City at Forrester Field.

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