Estacado entry

Estacado gets the Friday slate of games started at 4 p.m. when the Matadors play host to Clint at Plains Capital Park.

Lubbock High-Palo Duro helmets

DISTRICT 2-5A DIVISION I

Lubbock High at Palo Duro

WHEN: 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Dick Bivins Stadium in Amarillo

RADIO: KFYO 790-AM & KFYO 95.1-FM

RECORDS: Lubbock High 1-4, 0-1 District 3-5A; Palo Duro 2-3, 0-1

LAST MEETING: Palo Duro 54, Lubbock High 13 in 2018.

Last week

Coronado 45, Lubbock High 14

Caprock 35, Palo Duro 14

BREAKDOWN

After a steady rise for four weeks, Lubbock High took a few big steps backward in the first half against Coronado last week with numerous defensive breakdowns opening the door for a huge Mustang explosion. The Westerners did show some spunk in the second half, anchored by freshman running back Keith Ramirez and a more engaged defense and that is something they need to build from this week. Ramirez continues to carve a place as a reliable back, which can only help quarterback Brandon Smith’s confidence in coach Shane Stephen’s scheme. Palo Duro has struggled to create consistent offense and averages a district-worst 229.2 yards a game. The Dons have also been touched up defensively at times. Lubbock High and Palo Duro share two common non-district opponents: The Westerners lost to Borger and Plainview, while the Dons beat both.  

Clint-Estacado helmets

NON-DISTRICT

Clint at Estacado

WHEN: 4 p.m.

WHERE: Lowrey Field at Plains Capital Park

RADIO: KKAM 1340-AM

RECORDS: Clint 3-1, Estacado 5-0

LAST MEETING: Estacado 28, Clint 0 in 2018.

Last week

Clint 49, Chaparral (NM) 6

Estacado 45, Wichita Falls High 3

BREAKDOWN

The Matadors come off as dominant a defensive performance as imaginable after allowing 0 total yards in a 45-3 win over Wichita Falls High last week. They encounter a Lions team that runs almost exclusively and averages 291.8 yards on the ground per game, led by Isaac Rosales’ 261 yards on 34 carries. By contrast, Clint has put up only 19 passes all season with 8 completions -- 3 for touchdowns. Estacado has a nice counter option with speedy senior Jermiah Dobbins, who leads the city with 1,134 rushing yards. He gashed the Coyotes for 260 yards on only 13 carries last week with 5 TD runs and figures to handle the ball a lot this week. Clint’s three wins have come against Monahans (27-12), El Paso Irvin (35-14) and last week vs. Chaparral from New Mexico (49-6). The Lions lost to El Paso Austin (20-7).

Lubbock Christian-Tulia helmets

Lubbock Christian at Tulia

WHEN: 7 p.m.

WHERE: Younger Field in Tulia

LIVESTREAM: www.JackDaleSportsline.com

RECORDS: Lubbock Christian 5-0, Tulia 3-1

LAST MEETING: Tulia 56, Lubbock Christian 36 in 2018.

Last week

Lubbock Christian 51, Haskell 13

Tulia 34, Sunray 7 (Sept. 20)

BREAKDOWN

The Eagles haven’t been pushed and prodded much in 4½ games this season, but that figures to end against the Hornets – the most talented crew Lubbock Christian has tangled with so far. Tulia will have its hands full trying to slow down the Eagles, who average 429.4 yards a game and have scored 45 points or more in every game. Junior quarterback Alex Lack has made an already purring engine rev even more since he stepped in for injured teammate Alex Timmons. Now Timmons may be back behind center, which gives the Eagle coaches more opportunity to diversify. The Hornets have won three games in a row since opening with a humbling 66-12 loss vs. Panhandle and they have been impressive doing so – outscoring their three opponents 113-58. Tulia operates at a fast pace when it has the ball, which will be a good test for the LC defense. The Eagles are allowing a city-low 212.8 yards a contest with 12 turnovers – 6 interceptions and 6 fumbles. Linebacker Zeke Lott is the ringleader on that side of the ball with 54 tackles and 3 takeaways.

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Other games

Friday

Non-district

Whiteface at All Saints, 5 p.m.

Trinity Christian at New Deal, 7 p.m.

Saturday

Non-district

Lubbock Titans vs. Stephenville Faith, 1:30 p.m. (Aspermont HS)

Thursday

Amarillo High 49, Monterey 30