Showdowns at Eastland, Wylie headline Wilner's Weekly Watch for week 2
ABILENE, Texas - Week 2 of Big Country high school football doesn't get any easier this Friday, as Wilner's Weekly Watch takes us to a few match-ups you may want to pay attention to. Clyde (1-0) at Eastland (1-0) First up out east, the Clyde bulldogs head into Maverick country in an always-exciting showdown with Eastland. Both teams had an impressive week 1, with Eastland showcasing its size in its win over Merkel, while a younger Clyde team scored 35 unanswered in a comeback win over Brownfield. And heading into this week, these two teams always seem to make it interesting. 2016 saw a dog fight that ended in a 20-15 re-match win for Clyde, after the Bulldogs fell on a last second TD in that 2015 overtime thriller. So historically, this match-up once again will prove this week may just be each team's biggest test of the non-district season. Hawley (1-0) at Bangs (0-1) Down south, Hawley travels to Bangs in a 2A versus 3A match-up. But it's a big one for the Bearcats. Last week, senior QB Quay Stokes went down with an ankle injury in the win over Munday. Stokes then had surgery on Monday afternoon, and looks to be out for some time. The senior had been Hawley's QB1 since he was a freshman, and was approaching the 10,000 pass/rush yard mark for his high school career. So for the first time in four years, how will Hawley perform without its leader? Bangs will hopefully try to capitalize on inexperience, after a disappointing 39-point loss to Early last week in which the Longhorns ended a winless drought that spanned over a year. Lubbock Monterey (0-1) at Wylie (1-0) But then our KTXS Football Friday Night "Game of the Week" takes us back to Abilene, and Bulldog Stadium. Wylie will host Lubbock Monterey - the same team who handed Hugh Sandifer's Bulldogs its only loss of the season until the state championship game in 2016. Reloaded again, Monterey will come out hungry after a heartbreaking loss last week that came on the final special teams play of the game. Their size, and skill players will certainly bring the heat, as Wylie's weapons will be tested in somewhat of a revenge game. Hugh Sandifer isn't quite calling it a redemption match-up, seeing as its only non-district - but the seniors of last season remember that feeling, and will plan on returning the favor when the lights come on this Friday. Those three games, plus Abilene High in almost a must-win against Midland Lee, and Cooper on the national stage at home against Grapevine -- it's about to be a big week 2 on Friday night.