Here are previews of tonight's high school football games for Fort Stockton, Iraan and Buena Vista. Please see Thursday's print edition of The Pioneer for complete coverage:
• Fort Stockton at Alpine, 7:30 p.m.: Alpine, a 3A-Div. 1 program, is coming off a 49-2 win over Tornillo. They present a challenge in running an option offense – something that the Panthers only see when they face the Bucks and is incredibly difficult to run with a practice squad in the week leading up to the game.
“You can try to run it, but even if you do, you can never do it up to the speed that Alpine does,” head coach Mike Peters said.
The Panthers are coming off a 33-0 win over Kermit.
If there was a concern for Peters in the Kermit game, it rested with the offense not cashing in on all of its opportunities.
“If we have the ball inside the opponent’s 40, we have to put points on the board,” Peters said. “We didn’t score every time in the red zone.”
• Iraan at Ozona, 7:30 p.m.: The Ozona Lions will mark the second consecutive week the Braves are playing above their 2A-Div. 2 class. Ozona lost its opening 34-19 to Sonora. Iraan beat Crane, 27-7, last week.
Head coach Corby Maurer said Ozona has good size and lots of speed.
“They had their chances to win in Sonora,” Maurer said.
Maurer said the team will have to play at a fast pace from the beginning of the game.
“ I think the key will be our kids playing at a good tempo and pace and understanding what’s going on and playing faster,” Maurer said.
• Buena Vista aat Sterling City: The Longhorns should have a better test Friday at Sterling City than they did in its 61-7 win over West Texas Home School .
“They’re a good, well-coached team,” head coach Dale Pustejovsky said. “… They run a lot of spreads. They kind of mix it up – they have several different formations.”
The Eagles finished 6-5 last season and lost in the first round of the playoffs.
Sterling City edged the Tribe Warriors of Bastrop, 28-24, last week.