Smithson Valley attempts to avenge loss to SA Reagan
Updated: December 4, 2008
One of the great matchups that Mike Wright drew attention to a few days back was the rematch of district 26-5A foes, Smithson Valley (12-1) vs. SA Reagan (11-2) 7:30 p.m. Friday, at the Alamodome. As he pointed out, Reagan took that match 10-7 back in Week 2. Since the LSG crew will be at that game, recording audio, shooting video and LIVE blogging, I thought it would be a good idea to break it down ahead of time.
These two teams are very similar in terms of defense - which is to say that both are GREAT at defense. A reason that people point to the outcome of this one being different, is that Smithson Valley is a MUCH better team than they were in Week 2. Sure, SA Reagan has improved as well, but not nearly as much as the Rangers. Take that, combined with the fact that the earlier victory by the Rattlers was not indicative of the final score, and you have yourself a Smithson Valley team moving forward.
The wild card in this whole affair is Reagan QB, Derrick Walls. Having watched several of his games this year and as their earlier victory over Smithson Valley proves, he is the X-factor in this game. If Walls puts on another of his amazing pull-it-out-of-your-@@@ plays, anything can happen. It isn't hard to beat the Rattlers on one play - it is impossible though to stop them on EVERY play. For that reason alone, many fans are expecting Reagan to repeat their success against Smithson Valley
If you're a fan of teamwork and good coaching over individual skills, you love Smithson Valley in this one. If you're a fan of one guy taking a team on his back and leading them, you love SA Reagan in this one. If you're a fan of both and just want to watch great football, you win either way.
In the end, this is about as tough a matchup as possible to pick, but as my preseason bracket correctly shows both of them making it to this match, I am going to stick with my prediction back then and say Smithson Valley moves on to face what I now to be the Katy Tigers. Smithson Valley by 3