'Friday Night Lights': Great Pumpkin Harvests Frighteningly Good Matchups

Week 8, Halloween week, brings some truly scary matchups. Taylor Field in Seguin, where No. 8 Westlake tries to hold off the charging Seguin Matadors and monstrous linebacker Marcus Richardson, last week's TexasFootball.com's Player of the Week for his frighteningly complete performance (16 tackles, one sack, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery) in Seguin's 28-20 win over Austin High? A Seguin win basically hands them the 25-5A title. Or perhaps House Park, a house of horrors tonight for either Elgin or McCallum, who come in with identical 6-1, 5-0 records, tied for the top spot in 17-4A? Up north, Cedar Park, one of two remaining unbeatens in Central Texas, tangles with 14-5A surprise Westwood (6-1, 3-1) at Round Rock ISD Stadium, and minus RB Taylor Smith to boot.

Lake Travis visits Connally as the two top teams in 25-4A get into it. Down south, No. 14 Hays entertains No. 20 Scherz Clemens at Bob Shelton Stadium in Buda in the de facto 26-4A championship game, and Bastrop, technically still alive in the 25-5A snake pit, visits San Marcos, one of three teams sitting at 3-1 in district play (actually two, with Austin's 43-7 pasting of Akins last night). In 3A, which has the most Top 20 Central Texas teams with four, undefeated No. 3 Giddings visits Caldwell, No. 5 Wimberley finally starts 25-3A play with a trip to Bandera, and No. 11 Hutto travels up Texas 29 to face down No. 17 Liberty Hill in the Panthers' den. By the way, the playoffs start in three weeks. Now there's a scary thought. (All games at 7:30pm; rankings based on TexasFootball.com's poll.)

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for over 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

More Friday Night Lights
ATX Television Festival Goes Free to View
ATX Television Festival Goes Free to View
RSVP for Stateside shows at the TV gathering

Richard Whittaker, June 1, 2013

Candidate Sack
Candidate Sack
Friday Night Lights' Peter Berg bites back at Romney campaign

Kimberley Jones, Oct. 12, 2012

More by Christopher Gray
Margaret Moser Tribute: Alvin Crow
Alvin Crow
Summer camp with the kids

June 30, 2017

Margaret Moser Tribute: The Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones
That Margaret Moser, she’s a rainbow

June 30, 2017


Friday Night Lights

One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

Eric Goodman's Austin FC column, other soccer news

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle