Here’s a look at how area football teams are stacking up as most teams are preparing for district play next week. Only three area teams hit the gridiron Friday night as the tendency for many schools is now to now take a bye week one week before league play.

Perrin Pirates

Perrin starts District 9-1A play next week and will be looking to improve on last year’s 5-4 record that left out of the playoffs when the Pirates were left with a 1-3 league mark.

Things appear much different for the Pirates this year as they have established a 4-1 record and entertain New Castle Oct. 11. New Castle handed the Pirates a 70-24 thumping last season, but Perrin can’t be worried about revenge as much as making sure it takes care of business.

Newcastle is coming into the contest with a 2-3 record, but those losses have come against Jonesboro, Gordon, and Blackwell, which are a combined 13-2. 

Perrin has topped Woodson, 48-6, Bynum 52-0, Gold-Burg 60-6, and WF Notre Dame 40-34. If early predictions hold up, Nov. 8 is the date to circle on the Pirate’s schedule as they travel to Saint Jo for what could be a district-title tilt. 

Santo Wildcats

Santo’s only blemish is a road loss to Valley Mills, and Coach Devonn Mann feels it was a good lesson for his Wildcats to learn before play begins in District 6-2A D2.

Mann wants his players focused, and that wasn’t what Santo accomplished against the Eagles. Right now it’s all about “E-T-S,” aka “End The Streak” of 25 years without a district title. Things slipped away last year against Windthorst in the final 16 seconds of the game.

Windthorst has a respectable 3-2 record and a suspect defense after losing to Hawley 73-20 and 40-27 to Holliday. Santo at 4-1 is the front-runner and in control of its destiny, which means the Wildcats need to add “T-C-B,” aka “Taking Care (of) Business,” to their theme music during weight lifting.

“T-C-B,” in this case is taking care of Electra and Archer City first before hosting the Trojans in an Oct. 25 game.

Strawn Greyhounds

Back-to-back state champion Strawn has had a buzz-saw of a schedule was 4-1 heading into Friday’s game against No. 9 D2 Garden City. The Greyhounds’ only loss was to Class 1-A D1’s top team Borden County 55-26.

Since that time, Strawn’s schedule has been littered with wins against D1s Gorman, Bryson, and Milford. If that wasn’t enough the Greyhounds also topped No. 2 TAPPS New Braunfels Christian 65-56.

When true six-man fans looked at Strawn’s schedule, they must have shuddered and said no-way on a three-peat. Coach Dewaine Lee in typical “coach-speak” downplayed his team’s chances at the start of the season. 

The Greyhounds are for real. Fort Hancock 1988-91 (4) and Richland Springs 2010-12 (3) are the only teams to win three or more straight titles. 

Winning a third-title is no lock, but it’s a fair bet to say this year’s state title runs through Strawn.

Gordon Longhorns

It will be a surprise if Coach Mike Reed’s Longhorns don’t have a little say in Strawn’s title run, and Gordon is capable of making a deep run. The Longhorns’ only loss was to Waco Methodist Children’s Home, the No. 1 team in TACF 44-41.

Since that season-opening loss, the Longhorns have ripped off four wins downing Newcastle 66-64, Walnut Springs 52-0, Iredell 56-6, and Blanket 64-16. The Longhorns hosted Zephyr (1-4) Friday night after the press deadline but should come out on top based on the strength of schedule.

CC Warriors has shared a little love for Mineral Wells’ Community Christian School as Coach Bryan Horton’s Warriors are ranked No. 13 in the TCAF poll this week. 

The Warriors at 3-2 are proving a first-year program can hit the road and have some success. Community Christian is road-bound again Saturday with a 2 p.m. game against 

Wylie Prep, and a victory just might put them into the top 10.

Millsap Bulldogs

Coach Jake Johnson’s Bulldogs ran into a tough Santo squad dropping their homecoming contest 19-10 as mistakes, and the Wildcats’ defense generated turnovers in the area’s best game last week.

That game is in the past, and there’s little chance of getting the Bulldogs to look past their next opponent, the Rio Vista Eagles. It’s a home contest for Millsap, and a win would put them out front before traveling to Comanche.

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