Area 6-man teams facing tough tests

By: 
Ron Howell
Sports Editor

For Blackwell (4-0) and Highland (3-1) things have gone well to date on the football field.
Blackwell gave Highland its only loss, 27-24, in Week 2. Coach Clint Lowry’s Hornets, in fact, have won 15 of their last 16 games after an 11-1 season in 2017, the lone loss against a very good Balmorhea team in the regional semifinals to end last year.
And Highland’s coach, Kyle Jeffrey, has also done a very respectable job as his Hornets have gone 18-8 and made two playoff trips since the start of 2016.
Both of the local six-man teams ended their games early over the past two weeks due to the 45-point mercy rule, but face tough foes today as Highland will host Robert Lee (4-0) and Blackwell visits 2-2 Hermleigh, which despite its record is No. 14 in sixmanfootball.com’s Division I poll.
Blackwell is ranked No. 13, but the Hornets play in D-II and are 31-point under-dogs according to the poll. However, Blackwell is favored by other prognosticators in the area.
Sixmanfootball.com also has Highland a slight underdog, but other forecasts favor Highland to win.
The local six-man teams don’t start district play until Oct. 26, just two weeks before the regular season ends. And neither is guaranteed to reach the postseason despite their excellent starts. Unlike in 11-man football, where the top four teams in each district advance, only the top two teams in six-man (Class 1A) districts will advance to the playoffs in November.
Speaking of 11-man football teams, Roscoe (2-2) is getting an open date this week before resuming play Oct. 5 when it faces Gruver to end non-district action. Sweetwater (0-4), meanwhile, visits Midland Greenwood (2-2) to open District 1-4A, D-II action with kickoff at 7 p.m.

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