By TONY EIERDAM
Santo, Perrin, Gordon, Millsap and Community Christian School will each be in action this week in area high school football action.
Strawn, which fell to Ira on Saturday, will enjoy an open date this week.
The Santo Wildcats are coming off a 69-8 win over Ranger in last week’s season opener. Santo head coach Randy Thornton said his team is confident coming off a season-opening win, and added his staff and team are excited to play in refurbished W.A. Lewis Field which includes new
dressing room facilities and a covered concession pavilion.
The ‘Cats will host Meridian today with a 7:30 p.m. kickoff. Meridian is looking for its first win of the young season.
“We have new facilities and this will be the first time we are able to use them, so we are excited to say the least,” Thornton said. “We will have to play well to beat Meridian.
“Last week we ran the ball well and played great defense. We will have to do the same this week and not turnover the ball to have success.
“We hope to build on the momentum gained last week. Any time you can win the opener it sets a positive tone for the rest of the season.
“And it’s always fun to win that first game.”
Perrin (1-0) will play its last home opener in its existing stadium as the Pirates will play in a new stadium in 2014 that is being built adjacent to the current field. The Pirates and the Gorman Panthers (0-1) will kick off at 7:30 p.m. today at Pirate Stadium.
Perrin is coming off a 14-7 win over Meridian, while Gorman is not only seeking its first win, but also its first points as it fell 47-0 to Electra last week.
Pirates head coach Brad Hutton said his new starting quarterback, Chase Akin, settled in after a rough first half against Meridian.
“Chase played a little tight in the first half last week,” Hutton said. “But he and the team settled down in the second half. Hopefully, he can get off to a clean start (today).”
Gordon (0-1) hopes to rebound after a season-opening loss to No. 2 Dallas The Covenant last Saturday. The ‘Horns will host Stephenville Faith, normally a private six-man power, at 7:30 p.m. today at Longhorn Stadium.
The contest will be a battle of two teams each seeking their first win of the season as Faith fell 72-26 to Lometa in its opener.
Millsap (0-1) is seeking its first win and will play at Dublin at 7:30 p.m. today. Millsap head coach Kyle Coker is pleased with the Bulldogs’ work ethic and feels it will translate to a win soon.
Dublin (0-1) is coming off a 48-23 loss to Hico.
“If we keep working hard,” Coker said, “good things will happen. There is no quit in our kids, no give up, and I expect the same (today).”
CCS (0-1), coming off a season-opening loss to Johnson County home school, is also seeking its first win. The Warriors will host Dallas Tyler Street Christian Academy at 7 p.m, today at Miller Stadium.
“What you saw in Johnson County was a team that knows how to win,” CCS head coach Bryan Horton said. “They’ve got seniors that have been winning for three years now: state championship games, state semifinals. That’s not where we’ve been the last couple years.
“I think (my team) saw what it is they lack and have an idea of what they need to correct. We’ll go out against Tyler Street, another good team, and see if we can get that fixed.”
Index staff writer Clint Foster also contributed to this report.