Early district races headline Wilner's Weekly Watch
ABILENE, Texas - Week 8 for Texas football coming up on Friday means just 4 more weeks left in the regular season, and even more urgency to get key district victories. Post Antelopes (5-1, 0-0) at Stamford Bulldogs (5-2, 1-0): First up for this week's Wilner's Weekly Watch, a district-leading match-up between the Antelopes of Post, and Stamford Bulldogs which is also the KTXS "Football Friday Night" Game of the Week. The Bulldogs, who were preseason picked last in 4-2A DI, got a huge opening win over Anson last week on the road and now look to take full control over the district if they can notch a win over a Post team who shared the district title with Anson a year ago. Ronnie Casey's bunch, riding a 4 game win streak, have a spring in their step coming into a huge battle at home. Lubbock Cooper Pirates (5-1, 1-0) at Cooper Cougars (4-2, 0-1): But here in Abilene, the Cooper Cougars need to respond as they return back home to Shotwell hosting Lubbock Cooper. Todd Moebes's team started hot, and now rides a two-game losing streak - its only two losses all year long after starting 4-0 and with a Crosstown Showdown win. The Coogs know to get back to having a shot at another slice of the district 4-5A title, they must showcase that same high level of play against a Pirate program already with 1 district win and weapons to shut down the Coogs' red-hot offense. Anson Tigers (4-3, 0-1) at Hawley Bearcats (5-2, 1-0): But in my last key game to look at, we go back to district 4-2A DI where Hawley, and their back-to-health QB Quay Stokes, host rival Anson. Fresh off that opening loss at home to Stamford, Chris Hagler's Tigers needs this one to keep in the hunt, but will do so without electric runner Elijah Mosley who went down with an injury in the loss to Stamford. For Hawley, who destroyed Forsan last week, they needs a win to keep pace with Stamford and are in good position to do so, with a healthy team, and QB who provides that dangerous dual threat. That makes both teams hungry, and almost desperate, to come out on top. Those games plus a few Big Country showdowns in 3A, highlight a busy week 8 for area football.