Big Purple Cat Fight in Geronimo This Friday
Updated: September 15, 2016
Clash of Centex Titans
Purple Panthers Host Purple Leopards
The La Grange Leopards (purple & yellow) will continue their murders row of a schedule Friday with Geronimo Navarro (purple & black.) Taking in to consideration that two of the Leopards three opponents so far are ranked in the Lone Star Gridiron Super Teams Rankings, the 2-1 record they bring with them is somewhat impressive. More impressive is the fact that in their 14-8 loss to #1 4A DI Argyle, La Grange not only out gained Argyle in total offense, the Leopards took the lead 8-7 with just 1:51 left in the game. While the defense put up an impressive performance, the unit could not hang on in the last minute of play as Argyle quarterback Hayden Clearman scored on a keeper to take the 14-8 Argyle victory.
Things will not get easier for La Grange as Friday night’s contest will pit them against our 4A Division 2 # 2 ranked Geronimo Navarro Panthers. Geronimo has been equally impressive during their 3-0 start. The Panthers made quick work of the Gonzales Apaches 55-11 last week but the most impressive win on their resume was their season opening win over a very good Giddings team, who checks in at #7 in our 4A DII rankings, 37-21.
Before the start of the season many had the assumption this game would be an offensive show down. With the injury to La Grange’s standout running back and Ohio State commit J.K. Dobbins, the La Grange offense might not be what it was coming in to the season, but make no mistake about it, Coach Matt Kate’s offense has had three weeks to find their way and this could show Friday night in Geronimo.
Navarro quarterback Will Eveld directs the Panther Slot-T offense about as well as any Slot-T quarterback in the state. This offense relies heavily on three outstanding runners in Jared Leal, Jake Wright, and Tanner Law. The three have over 700 yards rushing combined in just three games. Eveld is proficient enough in the passing game, almost 300 yards passing so far, to keep defenses from stacking the box to stop the run.
This game will likely come down to who’s defense brings their “A” game Friday. That team will likely walk away the winner. The Navarro defense has given up just 39 points so far which is an average of 13 points per game. The La Grange defense, which has a smaller sampling due to the fact that their opener against Liberty Hill was called shortly after kickoff, has only given up the 14 points to Argyle and only allowed La Vernia running back Parker Beck 34 yards rushing and quarterback Matthew Helinski 36 yards passing last week. The question is can that La Grange defense stop the running game of Navarro? One thing is for certain, I will be in Geronimo Friday night to check this one out as I consider this a can’t miss game. See ya there!
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By Grant Goodwin