The Abilene High/Cooper game is the game most of the Abilene looks forward to every year, and it's become a game that the state of Texas is watching. Abilene High won last years game with a touchdown with 3 seconds to go in the game, and they've won this match up 8 of the last 9 years. Cooper, on the other hand, leads the overall series with 31 wins and they are the favorite to win the Little Southwest Conference this year. Cooper comes into the season with the most experience in this game. The Cougars return 9 starters from last year. Abilene returns 6. The quarterback advantage goes to Cooper with the return of Lorenzo Joe. This is his 3 Crosstown Showdown. Abilene High's Jake Scott will have just 5 games under his belt as the starter before meeting Cooper. The winner of the Crosstown Showdown in 2013 is expected to win the district championship, again.
The Bangs Dragons travel to Wall for one of the Top Match Ups of Week 6. The Dragons and Hawks are picked to finish 1 and 2 in District 3-2A Division I. Wall is picked to win it, Bangs is the runner up. That means Wall is expected to win this one. The 2013 match up is interesting one for the quarterbacks. Bangs quarterback J.T. Newton was the district MVP in 2012 with 3,000 total yards. Wall quarterback Luke Dacy is the Preseason offensive MVP.
Ballinger is the sight of the other Top Match Up for Week 6. The Bearcats and the Colorado City Wolves meet to open District 4-2A Division II play. Both teams are expected to go to the playoffs, so this game should be a good gauge as to where they stand heading into district. The Wolves are picked to finish 2nd. Ballinger is picked to finish 4th. Both need to win this one, to keep pace with district favorite Cisco. >>
Honorable mention, in Week 5, Clyde and Breckenridge open district play at Buckaroo Stadium. In Week 6, the Winters Blizzards try to knock off Stamford, and Sweetwater visits rival Snyder to open District 4-3A play.