The Westwood Panthers (9-2) will travel to Corsicana Tiger Stadium to face the Lorena Leopards (9-2) in the second round of the 2023 UIL 3A D1 Texas State Football Championships on Friday, November 17th at 7pm ET.
What it is: Texas High School Football
Matchup: Lorena Leopards vs. Westwood Panthers
Time: Friday Nov 17, 2023, 7pm ET
Game Type: Playoffs
Bracket: 2023 UIL 3A D1 Texas State Football Championships
Round: Second Round
Locations: At Corsicana Tiger Stadium, TX
Live stream: Watch here
The Panthers and Leopards are evenly matched teams, both with high-powered offenses and solid defenses. The Panthers are led by running back Jordan Williams and quarterback Kavian Bryant. Williams has rushed for 774 yards and 10 touchdowns this season, while Bryant has thrown for 1,787 yards and 20 touchdowns.
The Leopards are led by running back Braylon Henry and quarterback Kaden Roberts. Henry has rushed for 1,751 yards and 25 touchdowns this season, while Roberts has thrown for 1,700 yards and 23 touchdowns.
The Panthers’ defense is led by linebacker Benjamin Lina and defensive end Joseph Ihry. Lina has 50 tackles and 8.0 sacks this season, while Ihry has 40 tackles and 6.5 sacks.
The Leopards’ defense is led by linebacker David Russell and defensive end Matthew Wilson. Russell has 55 tackles and 10.0 sacks this season, while Wilson has 45 tackles and 7.5 sacks.
This game is expected to be a close one. Both teams have the ability to score points and both teams have the ability to stop the other team from scoring points. The key to the game will be which team can make the fewest mistakes.
I predict that the Westwood Panthers will win a close game, 35-31. The Panthers have a slight edge in terms of experience and they have the ability to make big plays on offense and defense.
The Panthers will need to find a way to slow down Henry and the Leopards’ running game. If the Leopards are able to establish their running game, it will take pressure off of Roberts and open up the passing game.
The Leopards will need to find a way to get pressure on Bryant and force him into making mistakes. If Bryant is able to have time to throw, he will be able to pick apart the Panthers’ secondary.
This game is sure to be a thriller. Both teams are evenly matched and both teams have the ability to win. It will come down to which team can make the fewest mistakes and which team can make the biggest plays.