#11 1A DI Stratford Elks @ #2 2A DII Canadian Wildcats
2013 Week 1 Texas High School Football Game Of The Week
Canadian leads this all-time series 13-7-1
Last 12 Games (Canadian leads 8-4)
2012 Stratford 13, Canadian 12
2011 Canadian 27, Stratford 17
2010 Canadian 21, Stratford 7
2009 Canadian 35, Stratford 28
2008 Stratford 17, Canadian 7
2007 Canadian 27, Stratford 20
2006 Stratford 19, Canadian 14
1999 Canadian 46, Stratford 0
1998 Canadian 24, Stratford 19
1997 Canadian 41, Stratford 6
1996 Stratford 34, Canadian 25
1995 Canadian 26, Stratford 7 (Bi-District Playoffs)
Stratford beat Friona 29-18
Canadian beat Amarillo River Road 48-21
- Mike Says: Stratford won this game last year on their way to the Quarterfinals. This year though, we have Canadian picked to play in the 2A Division II Championship game. Last week, Stratford’s defense recorded 6 sacks and 3 INTs. They will need that kind of performance again to stop Canadian’s pass/catch duo of QB Ben Arbuckle and WR Boston Hudson. Stratford’s Head Coach Eddie Metcalf needs 1 more win to be all-time winningest coach at Stratford (95-28-0) to pass Brad Thiessen 1994-2003 (95-26-0). Sorry coach but it will not happen this week. The WILDCATS win it 21-14!!
- Chris Says: Normally, when there are two top teams separated by just one classification level, it doesn’t matter a lot. Whether you are 2A or 1A doesn’t matter much for the teams at the top of their game. The big difference here is not the fact that Canadian is Class 2A and Stratford is Class 1A. The big difference is frankly, Ben Arbuckle. This quarterback is one of my favorite from the class of 2014. He is a game-changer. Arbuckle will lead Canadian to 2-0. The WILDCATS grab the win 35-24!!!
- LSG Intern Zach Says: Hard to root against a guy making history, which Stratford coach Eddie Metcalf will do if his Elks steal the win. But unless he is locking down Boston Hudson himself, there is not much he can do about Canadian QB Ben Arbuckle going out and doing his thing. He was killer last week (19/23, 337 yards, 4 TD) and stays hot to lead the Wildcats to victory. Wildcats 38-21.