Coming up in Hays County football for Nov. 17

Dripping Springs Tigers (10-0) vs. LBJ Jaguars (7-3)

When: Friday, Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Kelley Reeves Athletic Complex, Round Rock
Last week: Dripping Springs 34, Marble Falls 14; LBJ 55, Crockett 15
Last meeting (2004): Dripping Springs 59, LBJ 0

After completing a historic 10-0 regular season, Dripping Springs’ reward will be a first round playoff matchup against a formidable LBJ Jaguar squad with the potential to throw a wrench in the Tigers’ engine. LBJ, which finished second in a competitive 25-5A, has a variety of playmakers on offense starting with QB Aaron Green, who has thrown for over 1,300 yards and has 18 touchdowns. LBJ has also found success with its run game which has four players with 200 or more rushing yards. It could be one of the biggest tests for a Dripping Springs’ defense that’s only allowed an average of 14 points per game. Meanwhile, Dripping Springs’ prolific offense, which has racked up over 5,000 yards, could be too much for an LBJ defense that’s given up 22 points per game. With high expectations following the Tigers, all signs point to a potential trap game. Expect plenty of big plays and sensational moments in what could be a closer-than-expected contest.

Wimberley Texans (9-1) vs. Carrizo Springs Wildcats (3-7)

When: Friday, Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Harlandale Memorial Stadium, San Antonio
Last week: Wimberley 50, Hondo 0; Carrizo Springs 30, Pearsall 6

All signs point to a possible first-round playoff blowout as Wimberley takes on a Carrizo Springs squad that narrowly made its way into the postseason. The Texan “Code Red” defense will be tasked with stopping a Wildcat offense that’s put up an impressive 2,000-plus yards rushing on the year. Junior RB Dylan Alfaro highlights a Carrizo Springs offense that’s been mostly one-dimensional. The x-factor in the contest will be Wimberley’s high-powered, high-flying offense led by QB JoJo Weeks. It could be too much for a Carrizo Springs’ defense that’s given up an average of 25 points per game and 30 or more points in four of its seven losses.

Hays Rebels (4-6) vs. San Antonio Reagan Rattlers (8-2)

When: Friday, Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Comalander Stadium, San Antonio
Last week: Vandegrift 31, Hays 20; SA Reagan 52, SA Roosevelt 0
Last meeting (2017): Reagan 31, Hays 21

Fifty-six days have passed since the Hays Rebels fell to the Reagan Rattlers in a non-district affair at Comalander Stadium Sept. 22. However, the stakes will be much higher when the two teams lock horns for the second time this season at the same venue. Hays, which is making the program’s first playoff appearance in four seasons, brings with them an offense predicated on the ground game. QB’s Xavier Martinez, RB’s Thai Mayberry and Cade Powell have churned out over 2,000 rushing yards on the season. Mayberry is less than a 100 yards away from being the first Rebel rusher to surpass the 1,000 yard mark in several seasons. Hays goes up against a Rattler defense that held the Rebels to zero first half points in their earlier meeting. Reagan has forced 17 total turnovers on the year. The Rebel defense, which has struggled at times this season, must find a way to stop a balanced Rattler attack. QB Travis Sthele and RB John Carrington III both lead the charge for the Rattlers. Ball security, primarily on the Rebel side, could be the factor Friday. Reagan is +11 in turnovers, while the Rebels are -7.

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