The Estacado Matadors (9-2) will travel to face the Canyon Eagles (9-2) in the second round of the 2023 UIL 4A D1 Texas State Football Championships on Friday, November 17th at 7pm ET at West Texas A&M in Canyon, TX.
What it is: Texas High School Football
Matchup: Canyon Eagles vs. Estacado Matadors
Time: Friday Nov 17, 2023, 7pm ET
Game Type: Playoffs
Bracket: 2023 UIL 4A D1 Texas State Football Championships
Round: Second Round
Locations: West Texas A&M, TX
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The Matadors are coming off a first-round bye in the playoffs. They are led by running back Bobby Ross, who has rushed for 121.7 yards and 10 touchdowns this season. Ross is also a threat in the passing game, with 300 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns.
The Matadors have a balanced offense, averaging 410.9 total yards per game. They are also a good defensive team, allowing only 37.8 points per game. The Matadors are led on defense by linebacker Kei’sean Harris, who has 9.3 tackles and 0.6 sacks this season.
The Eagles are coming off a hard-fought victory over the Dalhart Golden Wolves in the first round of the playoffs. They are led by running back Christian Mcguire, who has rushed for 82.1 yards and 9 touchdowns this season. Mcguire is also a threat in the passing game, with 300 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns.
The Eagles have a balanced offense, averaging 400.0 total yards per game. They are also a good defensive team, allowing only 28.5 points per game. The Eagles are led on defense by linebacker Rece Davis, who has 8.6 tackles and 0.5 sacks this season.
The Estacado Matadors and Canyon Eagles have never met on the football field before.
The Estacado Matadors are the favorites in this game. They have a better offense and a better defense than the Canyon Eagles. The Matadors are also playing at a neutral site, which gives them a slight advantage.
The Canyon Eagles will need to pressure Johnson and force him into making mistakes. They will also need to find a way to slow down Ross and the Matadors’ running game.
In the end, I predict that the Estacado Matadors will win a close game, 35-28.
The key to this game will be which team can force the other into making mistakes. The Estacado Matadors have a better defense and a more experienced team, so they have the edge in this category.
The Canyon Eagles will need to play a perfect game to have a chance to win. They will need to protect Johnson and give him time to throw the ball. They will also need to find a way to slow down Ross and the Matadors’ running game.
I predict that the Estacado Matadors will win a close game, 35-28. The Matadors are the better team and they have the experience to win.