All three Nolan County area high school football teams face opponents tonight they had little success against in 2012, and only Roscoe plays at home.
The Plowboys â€” 0-1 after losing to De Leon 34-21 in their opener â€” entertain Irion County in their home opener at 7:30 p.m. Highland, also 0-1 after losing to Motley County 62-59, travels to Sterling City.
Finally, Blackwell â€” 1-0 after beat Westbrook 52-0 last week â€” goes to Jayton.
Those three opponents won last yearâ€™s games by an average of nearly 39 points, but things should be better this time around.
Roscoeâ€™s 21 points in its season opener equalled its second-highest total from last year, when it went 2-8. Highland also did much better against Motley County in its opener than in 2012, when the Hornets were convincingly defeated 60-12.
Blackwell goes to Jayton hoping for a 2-0 start after closing out Westbrook at the half by the 45-point rule. It faces a team that won last yearâ€™s game 56-30.
Jayton is also 1-0 after winning its opener, but should be challenged by a Blackwell team that is much more confident than the first time the teams played.
The game is considered a tossup â€” Jayton is a 1-point favorite according to sixmanfootball.com. Jayton is ranked 18th in the web siteâ€™s poll this week; Blackwell is ranked 19th. However, the Hornets entered the season ranked No. 10 in Division II by Texas Football magazine â€” one spot behind district rival Robert Lee â€” while Jayton did not crack the magazineâ€™s top 10.
Sterling City, Highlandâ€™s opponent, knows quite a bit about Jayton after losing to the Jaybirds, 54-7, in its opener. Because of that and Highlandâ€™s strong showing in its opener, Highland is ranked a 41-point favorite by sixmanfootball.com.
Roscoe faces an Irion County team that is 1-0 but just barely. The Hornets needed an extra period to beat Roby last week by a score of 26-20.