Coming up in Hays County football for Oct. 27

Hays Rebels (3-5, 2-2) at Vista Ridge Rangers (4-3, 2-1)

When: Friday, Oct. 27 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Gupton Stadium, Cedar Park
Last week: Hays 43, Leander 0; Vandegrift 42, Vista Ridge 0
Last meeting: Vista Ridge 46, Hays 43

Postseason dreams are on the line in Cedar Park Friday as Hays and Vista Ridge battle to determine who will take the final playoff spot in 25-6A. Hays enters Friday’s contest riding a two game win streak where they outscored Lehman and Leander 88-20. The Rebel offense, led by RB Thai Mayberry and a dominant offensive line, could continue to find success against a Vista Ridge defense that conceded 49 points and over 560 yards of offense to Vandegrift last week. On the season, Vista Ridge has given up 34 points per game. However, Vista Ridge’s offense could be its best defense. While held scoreless last week, Vista Ridge has averaged 30 points per game and has eclipsed the 40 point mark twice. Hays’ secondary will contend with dual threat QB Jacob Taute and RB Joe Goodwin. Fans should see plenty of emotion in what could be one of the more exciting games in the area this week.

Dripping Springs Tigers (7-0, 4-0) at Alamo Heights Mules (5-2, 3-1)

When: Friday, Oct. 27 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Oren Stadium, San Antonio
Last week: Dripping Springs 60, Boerne Champion 21; Alamo Heights 28, Lockhart 21
Last meeting: Dripping Springs 64, Alamo Heights 54

Another key district test is on the horizon for a Dripping Springs Tigers team eager to keep its AP state ranking and unblemished record intact. They’ll have to do so against an equally hungry Alamo Heights program that’s also in the thick of the district title chase. Dripping Springs stingy defense faces one of its toughest challenges to date in a high-flying Heights pass attack. QB Reed Andersen has thrown for over 1,600 yards and 17 TD’s; helping Andersen is a variety of weapons, including WR Nik Proctor. On the opposite side, Dripping Springs’ offense will take on a Heights defense that has been inconsistent at times. Heights conceded 97 total points in its three non-district contests, but only 78 points in four district games. It could mean success for Tiger QB Trevor Greenman and his options at wide receiver. With a pair of explosive offenses on the field, expect some fireworks in this one.

Wimberley Texans (7-1, 2-0) vs. Geronimo-Navarro Panthers (7-0, 1-0)

When: Friday, Oct. 27 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Texan Stadium
Last week: Wimberley 45, Llano 7; Navarro was idle
Last meeting: Navarro 35, Wimberley 14

For all intents and purposes, the 13-4A, DII title will be on the line Friday as rivals Wimberley and Navarro square off at Texan Stadium. In fact, 2017 could prove to be the fourth year in a row where the winner of this game claims the title of the district the two teams are in. Navarro, fresh off a bye week, brings its old-school power run attack that heralds up to five legitimate threats. Leading the charge is QB Will Eveld and RB Chris Gomez, who have combined for over 1,200 rush yards on the year. Adding to the challenge will be a downright stingy Panther defense that’s given up an average of only 17 points over seven contests. Wimberley will attempt to break through with the arm of QB JoJo Weeks, who has amassed close to 2,400 yards and 27 touchdowns to only one interception. Behind weeks is RB Thomas Carruthers and his 719 yards on the ground. The last five games between these two teams have been defensive slugfests. This year’s game could follow suit.

Lehman Lobos (1-7, 0-4) vs. Westlake Chaparrals (7-0, 3-0)

When: Friday, Oct. 27 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Bob Shelton Stadium
Last week: Lake Travis 56, Lehman 0; Westlake was idle
Last meeting:  Westlake 45, Lehman 6

A tough road doesn’t get much easier for the Lehman Lobos as they take on district leading Westlake Friday. The Chaparrals, fresh off of a bye week, bring a viable one-two combination consisting of QB Taylor Anderson and RB Nakia Watson. Throw in a wide array of options at wide receiver and the odds seem stacked against a Lobo team that’s been outscored 215-34 in its four district games. In order to pull off a major upset, Lehman must rely on the play of QB Bryant Lewis and RB Kaleb Priestly. The challenge will be if the Lobos can kick-start an offense that’s averaged 150 or so yards in its last four games.

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