The second week of high school football, technically "Week One" on the UIL schedule. We have your highlights from Bowie at Westwood, Victoria East at San Marcos and Lampasas at Travis. The Bulldogs, the Rattlers, and the Rebels come out on top in this week's Thursday games.
On Friday, YNN heads to Hendrickson for the Game of the Week, as they host the Leander Lions. Last season, the two faced off also in the second game of last season, when the Lions took the victory 35-0 over the Hawks. This season may be a different story, with Leander having a new quarterback after losing Caleb Woodward, as well as a new head coach. The Hawks however return a slough of starters, including Oklahoma commit, Samaje Perine.
"They're a great team. They're the most balanced team we've seen, and they're a lot different than they were last year, with Coach Bridges coming in, and much more diversified in their run-pass, so we expect a good game," said Hendrickson Head Coach Chip Killian about their opponent Leander.
"Defensively we have to play aggressively and be sure tacklers. It's not a one-person tackle on either of their backs, especially not [Samaje]. He's so strong and fast that if you miss him on the line of scrimmage, he's going to be difficult to get," said Lee Bridges, first-year Head Coach at Leander about the Hawks.
Jerritt Elliott and his National Championship team host the Nike Big 4 Tournament at Gregory Gym this weekend. Penn State, Stanford, and Florida head into town to take on the Longhorns in the non-conference tournament, which is already sold out for Saturday. Elliott spoke with YNN's Joaquin Sanchez about losing in the team's first non-conference tournament in Hawaii, and says this weekend will be a big test as the now sixth ranked Longhorns face the first and second ranked teams in the nation, in Penn State and Stanford.
"We scheduled [the Nike Big 4 Tournament] four years ago, and this is our turn to host it. When you get to host, you get to choose who you want to play, so I chose potentially two National Championship teams to be here at our gym, to put ourselves in a position to be challenged. It's going to be a great environment, potentially a preview of the Final Four," Elliott mentioned about this weekend's matches.
All that plus the YNN team's picks for wins around prep football this week, on Thursday's rendition of Your Sports Now.