DQ Blog

Aug 29, 2009

What Week 0 Really Means

On paper, you could award Amarillo High the District 2-5A championship, write off Randall and declare this a down year for the Permian Basin with Week 0 results in.

But paper is worth almost nothing these days, and there are still nine games left to play for everybody, so let's not get too carried away with what's happened the last two days and nights.

While we're at it, though, we should give the Sandies props for an inspiring opening night performance in thumping Randall 56-0. Amarillo High was in midseason form defensively, as coach Brad Thiessen liked the way his team swarmed to the ball, as the defense perfected what is called the "Sandie Swarm". If the Sandies play that well defensively in the offensive-minded 2-5A, they'll have a good chance to break the Midland-Odessa stranglehold on the district's four allotted playoff berths.

Having spent well over a decade covering Permian Basin football, it was a mild shock that all four Midland and Odessa teams lost their openers (and a major shock that Odessa High lost to El Paso Montwood). Yet, OHS and Midland High in particular have tremendous offensive talent which will be challenge for teams from the north to stop. Regardless, things start counting in 2-5A on Thursday when Tascosa travels to Lubbock Monterey.

As for Randall, there's four weeks for the Raiders to right the ship before play in 3-4A. New coach Bryan Wood will surely use this loss as motivation for his team to improve and be a factor in district play.

See you next weekend.

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