Following a bye week for Kaufman and Crandall and a 38-28 loss to Edgewood for Scurry-Rosser, high school football teams across the county have reached the halfway point of their regular seasons. And for any of them to see the postseason, the second half of the regular season will need to go better than the first.
Of the three teams, the Kaufman Lions have had the toughest time so far. As part of the massive 5A-2 Region II District 8 bracket, the Lions only got two pre-district games which consisted of a 45-10 loss to Lindale on the road and a 48-0 loss to rival Crandall at home. Beginning district play against Ennis on Sept. 13, the Lions haven’t fared much better; the team dropped its district opener 49-14 before going on to lose to Corsicana 40-7 and its homecoming game against Greenville 24-7.
Now, after a week off, the Lions still face the bulk of their district season starting with North Forney this Friday. With an 0-3 district record, the Lions are the only winless team in the district, but four of the five remaining teams in Kaufman’s path only have a single district win under their belts. Now that Kaufman has gotten district leaders Corsicana and Ennis out of the way, the team’s best hope will be to start racking up wins, particularly focusing on the 2-1 Royse City Bulldogs who the Lions will square off against on Oct. 25.
Similarly to Kaufman, Scurry-Rosser will also be searching for its first district win when the Wildcats face off against Blooming Grove on Friday. Both Blooming Grove and Scurry-Rosser’s subsequent opponent Gateway Charter Academy are similarly winless in district, setting the stage for the Wildcats to put together two wins and get back on track before taking on rival Palmer, Rice and Buffalo to close out the district schedule. With an undefeated record, Palmer currently sits atop the district pile, but with the vast majority of district games yet to play out, the Wildcats are still within striking distance of a top spot.
Competing in a significantly smaller district than their geographical neighbors, the Crandall Pirates’ district season has yet to begin. That will change this Friday as the Pirates take the field against Mabank this Friday night in the district opener in Crandall. Mabank is currently favored to lead the district as it remains the only team still undefeated at a 5-0 record. The next three teams, Life Waxahachie, Ford and Athens all have four wins to their names against Crandall’s three. However, Crandall only needs to slip by one in order to make the playoffs, so there remains a solid chance that the Pirates will return to the postseason before the year is out.