Week 4 sparks battles of ranked teams on Friday night


ABILENE, Texas - High school football gets started a bit early this week in the Big Country. And while Abilene High and Odessa meet Thursday night at Shotwell, my Wilner's Weekly Watch for week 4 is all about some high-profile games for local programs,

#10 Wylie (2-1) vs. #4 Argyle (3-0):

We start in Argyle with the annual clash of titans in class 4A as the Wylie Bulldogs will visit the Eagles this year, after last season's weather-cancelled regular season event at Bulldog stadium.

These two are almost a given to meet again in the postseason, just like in 2016, where Wylie took down Argyle in a defensive showcase en-route to a state finals berth at AT&T Stadium.

This season, Wylie comes off the heels of an upset loss to Denison, while Argyle hopes it can avenge last year ' s playoff loss in this 10 vs. 4 state ranked match-up. And anything can happen when these two rivals meet.

#4 Wall (3-0) vs. Eastland (3-0):

Closer to home, Eastland is also taking on state-ranked firepower in week 4, welcoming in the Wall Hawks to Maverick Stadium.

The Hawks are perennial state favorites once again this season, and sit 4 th in the AP rankings. But Eastland isn't going to back down - also unbeaten so far and averaging 37 points a game.

James Morton ' s ground-and-pound attack should match up well with Wall's stingy defense, in a game with playoff-like implications.

Anson (2-1) vs. #6 Albany (3-0):

Finally, travel up 351 to the home of the Lions, where Albany has another date with Anson in a 2A showdown.

It wasn't a result Chris Hagler's team wanted against Jim Ned last week, resulting in its first loss of 2017, but in the run to district - this chance to face a team that's been to state twice in the last three years, may just be what the doctor ordered.

Anson ' s quick tempo offense will challenge Albany ' s defense, as both programs are used to success this time of year.

But Denney Faith's Lions haven ' t been phased yet, continuing to claw through the non-district portion of its schedule, showing they're once again the team to beat on the road to hopefully another state final trip.

So lace up folks, teams are going to have to earn it here in week 4 .

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