It only took us to the halfway point of the season, but it’s actually starting to feel like football season. Don’t get me wrong, the stands have been packed, it “feels” like football every Friday. But it’s actually starting to feel like football season.
This Friday night, all three Hopkins County teams will be in action, and by kickoff, the weather should be nice, and by the end of the game temperatures could even drop to the low 60’s/high 50’s. I think I speak for all football fans when I say, we dreamed of times like these.
Last week, Como-Pickton was the only Hopkins County school in action, as Sulphur Springs and Cumby both received bye’s at the midway point in the season. This week, all three schools are once again in action, and looking to pick up district wins and help their postseason chances.
Sulphur Springs vs Community
The Sulphur Springs Wildcats enter district play in a great position, coming off back-to-back wins and with a 4-1 record. Their only loss this season comes to the hand of 5A Hallsville, and in their four wins they have outscored their opponents 124-44, winning those games by an average of 20 points.
This week, the Wildcats will host Community, who are also riding a two-game winning streak. After winning just one of their first three games, Community bounced back, beating Farmersville 43-14 in week four, and beating Dallas Lincoln 41-20 in week five.
Both teams enter district play on two-game winning streaks, and both of them were able to do so, by beating their opponents by 20 or more points. Dave Campbell’s currently has Sulphur Springs as a 15-point favorite at home.
The Wildcats are currently 2-0 this season when predicted to win, and will be looking to keep that streak going this week. They also will be looking to get one step closer to clinching a playoff berth, and winning the district opener would go a long way towards doing that.
Sulphur Springs will also be looking to pick up a win in their district opener for the first time since 2018.
Como-Pickton @ Cooper
The Como-Pickton Eagles are back on the road for the fourth time this season, this time to face the preseason favorites to win District 9-2A, the Cooper Bulldogs. Cooper has lived up to the expectations so far, going 6-0 to open the season and outscoring their opponents 260-83.
The Bulldogs have been led by a rushing attack, which relies heavily on the junior duo of Canon Ingram and Markell Smith, who was named the preseason offensive MVP of the district. The duo have combined for just shy of 1,400 rushing yards and 20 rushing touchdowns.
Como-Pickton will be looking to snap a four-game losing streak, and get back in the win column, like they were able to do in their 38-14 win over Detroit. While they have struggled to score in recent games, the Eagles have shown their ability to get offense rolling, with a 38-point outing against Detroit and an 18-point showing against Tom Bean.
Dave Campbell’s has Como-Pickton as one of the biggest underdogs of the week, though they have won a game already this season while being the underdog. Will the Eagles be able to turn things around and get their season back on track with a huge upset victory this week?
Cumby @ Detroit
Much like Como-Pickton, Cumby is once again on the road, for the fourth time in just six games. While they haven’t been able to pick up a road victory yet, this week could serve as a great chance for them to pick up their first win on the road.
After going 2-3 to start the season, the Trojans are looking to start district play off with a bang. Last year, Cumby was only able to win one game, but it came in the season finale, against Detroit.
Detroit has had a rough start to the season, going 0-4 and managing to score just 38 points along the way. They allowed 185 points so far, and have only been able to hold their opponent to less than 40 points once.
Cumby, on the other hand, has shown their ability to score points, even outscoring their opponents 136-108, despite being 2-3. Only once have the Trojans scored less than 20 points, and all but one of their losses have been by single-digits.
The Trojans are currently a 10-point favorite according to Dave Campbell’s, a position they’re familiar being in. Cumby has been picked to win five of their six games so far, and have done so to a record of 2-2. This week, they will be looking to get over the .500 mark in that regard, and will be looking to open district play with a win.
After losing their district opener a season ago, the Trojans will be looking to grab a win in the district opener for the first time since 2020. They were also able to do so in 2019, meaning they will be looking to win the district opener for the third time in the last four seasons.