If things hold as expected, the District 10-A D2 football title is going to be decided November 8 in Gordon when the No. 4 Longhorns play host to No. 6 Strawn.
This football season has been a reversal of fortunes between the two teams as Longhorns started the season ranked No. 15 and have slowly worked their way up the rankings after a season-opening 44-41 loss to TCAF No 1. Waco Methodist Children’s Home (6-0).
The Longhorns are 6-0 since their opener and have outscored their competition 351-92. Gordon’s defense has pitched two shutouts and limited two other opponents to six points.
Strawn also opened the season with a 55-26 loss to D1 Bordon County. There was no shame there as Bordon County is unbeaten and ranked No. 4 in the larger six-man classification.
Coach Dewaine Lee picked a rough schedule for his hounds to follow, and with scatback
JW Montgomery at the helm went 4-0 after the opening loss downing Gorman, Bryson, New Braunfels Christian and Milford.
It was against Milford that Montgomery broke his wrist, and without him in the lineup, the Greyhounds have been one-dimensional on offense and in need of an aerial attack.
Since Montgomery has been on the sideline, Strawn has dropped two straight contests and got outscored 78-32 against Garden City and 71-30 by May. Turnovers have plagued the Greyhounds in both those games.
Lorenzo Garcia, Jett Golden, Speedy Lopez, Max Hopkins and Blaze Duncan have been putting up the Greyhounds rushing numbers the past two weeks. The combination looks like its good enough to get past Bluffdale and Gustine and get to a district title game in Gordon.
When Strawn gets into that matchup, they will find a team Coach Mike Reed has worked hard to balance offensively.
Early in the season, Reed worried about his team being physical, and since that time, the Longhorns have responded by getting more seasoned with each game.
Players like Hoss Rouse, Morgan Mahan, Brandon Mahan, Charles Mowles and Tyler Wyatt have been showing up in the scoring summaries and are recording statistics that include 68-yard runs, 86-yard interception returns and catch-em with their pants-down pass plays.
Gordon’s fanbase has been waiting for this resurgence for a while now as Strawn has been enjoying a two-time state championship run and even has a CBS-TV documentary crew in tow as it looks for a threepeat.
Both teams still need to win their remaining games with Strawn hosting both Gustine and Bluffdale while Gordon plays Bluffdale on the road and entertains Gustine at home.
Gustine appears to be the potential spoiler to a Strawn-Gordon title tilt with a 5-2 season record; however, the Tigers’ wins have come against some weak teams. A 1-5 Oglesby team managed to hang in against Gustine 94-62, and three of the Tigers wins are against one-win teams and a Penelope JV team.
If the stars align and you’re a six-man football fan, you’d better circle Nov. 8 on your calendar. Kickoff is at 7:30