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FOOTBALL PREVIEWS: Panthers, Braves and Longhorns

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• Riverside (El Paso) at Fort Stockton, 7:30 p.m.

It is the first time since 2014 that the 4A-Div. 2 Panthers have opened the season with two wins. Both of those wins have come against 3A-Div. 1 teams.

The Panthers will now host the 5A-Div. 2 Riverside Rangers from El Paso Friday at 7:30 p.m. Riverside (0-2) is coming off a 41-6 loss to Burges last Friday night.

“They are big,” head coach Mike Peters said. “It will be a lot like Del Rio (a scrimmage opponent).”

Riverside presents Fort Stockton with its second consecutive option offense. Peters said the key will be seizing the scoring opportunities and not letting Riverside control the clock.

The Panthers have now scored 60 points through two games and are almost half way to equally their scoring total of 139 points from last season.

Quarterback Nick Johnson said that the team has a different attitude and drive this year.

“After two victories we’re not saying: ‘we can chill now, we’re good,’” Johnson said. “My teammates in the locker room are hungry for more. Every day in practice, it’s more intense. We know that when you start winning, people start to expect you win. It puts more pressure on you.”

• Menard at Iraan, 7:30 p.m.

The Braves are back home Friday for a 7:30 p.m. game against fellow 2A-Div. 2 Menard, which rebounded form a season-opening 6-0 loss to Cross Plains to defeat Baird 40-18.

The Braces are 2-0 with a 27-7 win over Crane and a 35-15 win over Ozona last week in a game where the Braves did not attempt and pass and saw their defense score 15 points.

“They’re physical and come at you – nothing fancy,” said head coach Corby Maurer. “If you can’t control the trenches, it’s going to be a long night.”

Maurer said the Yellowjackets run a traditional offense with a tight end and two backs in the “I” formation.

“They’re not trying to fool anybody,” Maurer said. “They’re heavy on the run.”

Defensively, the team runs a 3-4 scheme.

• Rankin at Buena Vista, 7:30 p.m.

The Buena Vista Longhorns fell to 1-1 on the season after a 50-0 loss at Sterling City.

The Longhorns return home for a Friday night matchup against undefeated Rankin.

Rankin has defeated the Lubbock Titans, 60-8, and Klondike, 71-20.

Buena Vista plays in 1A-Div. 2. Both Rankin and Sterling City are 1-A Div. 1 schools.

Kickoff Friday is 7:30 p.m.

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