Comanches open district play, hosting the Roughriders

Back in the 1980s and 1990s, the 5A football district in the Permian Basin area was nicknamed “The Little Southwest Conference” due to the district being loaded with some of the top football programs in Texas.This year. perhaps District 1-1A Division I needs to be called the “SEC Light” due to having four of the five teams ranked inthe top 25 of football poll and the fifth team just on the outside looking in.Due to the district being loaded top to bottom, it means two quality football teams will not earn a playoff berth come November. That means every district contest will be deserving of being called a “must-win game” from now until the first week of November.The fun in District 1-1A Division I gets underway tomorrow night with the Boys Ranch Roughriders coming to Stinnett to take on the West Texas High Comanches.Outside of a hiccup to Spearman and a second half scare against Electra, the Comanches have done a great job rolling over opponents, including last week in the 42-7 win over Claude, on their way to a 5-1 record.Through six games, the Comanches running attack has gained 2155 yards, while the defense has just given up 984 yards of total offense during the same stretch.As good as the Comanches have looked, there is no question they will have a tougher time racking up a lot of yards against a solid Roughriders team.The Roughriders enter district play with an identical 5-1 mark as the Comanches. But instead of racking up big yards and high scores, the Roughriders have relied on their defense to help the team hang on in close games.Gone from the Roughriders is dominate lineman LaQuan McCowan. But the Roughriders still have a good nucleus of talent led by running back Alton Killian, quarterback Kato Robinson, receiver Kavaun Bailey and linemen Hayden Jones.The Comanches and Roughriders like to move the ball on the ground to control the clock and tempo, which could make for a quick ball game. It also means both teams will need to do a good job hanging on to the football and take advantage of the opportunities given to them.There are a lot of games to be played in district play. But there is no question a win puts one of the teams in driver’s seat for one of the three playoff spots, while a loss will lead to a big mountain to climb in district play.Kickoff between Boys Ranch and West Texas High is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. tomorrow night in Stinnett.