This weekend will mark the halfway point of October. This month sure is flying by. Another thing flying by is the 2021 football season. This weekend is week eight of the high school football season, week seven of college football and week six of the NFL season. There are just three weeks remaining in the high school regular season, five weeks remaining in the college regular season and 12 weeks left in the NFL regular season. (They’ve gone to a 17- game schedule over 18 weeks this season.)
At each level of football things are getting exciting. Here locally on the high school level the Poteet Aggies are sitting atop the standings of district 14-3A-1 with a 3-0 record and 6-1 overall. The Aggies will be in Cotulla this Friday. Poteet took the top spot by beating Jourdanton last Friday night. The Indians are 3-4 overall on the season and 2-1 in district. Jourdanton hosts Randolph this Friday.
Pleasanton fell to Boerne in overtime in their district opener last weekend. The Eagles (0-1 district, 5-2 overall) went toe-totoe with one of the heavyweights of District 14- 4A-1, but came up short. Pleasanton is on a bye week this week, but the Eagles could make some noise in the final three games of district.
Charlotte fell in a tough game to Sabinal last week. The Trojans sit at 1-4 overall and 0-1 in district with a trip to La Pryor on Friday.
As for my alma mater behind the pine curtain in East Texas, it hasn’t been a good season for the Lufkin Panthers. They are 2-5 and it is looking likely that this will be the first time Lufkin does not make the playoffs in football since the 1997 season.
Thank goodness for my collegiate alma mater. UTSA has started the 2021 season 6-0. This is the first time a Roadrunner football team has started a season 6-0. The Roadrunners reached 6-0 by out-gunning the air-raid offense of Western Kentucky in Bowling Green last weekend, 52-46.
Now the Roadrunners will return to the friendly confines of the Alamodome to take on the Rice Owls. Prior to this season the best start by a Roadrunner team had come in 2012 when that year’s version of the Roadrunners started 5-0. Their first loss that season came at Rice. I’m hoping history doesn’t repeat itself. Hopefully the Roadrunners move to 7-0 for the first time in their short football history.
All-in-all it has been a good season for most of the 12 universities in Texas that play in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). Nine of the 12 schools in Texas have a winning record. The three below .500 are three rivals of UTSA: Rice, Texas State and UNT.
Last weekend was either a great weekend or a rough weekend depending on what the school you root for did. For those Aggies in my life (including lifelong friends and my sister-in-law) congratulations on beating Alabama. For those who support UT-Austin, my condolences. The Longhorns became just the second team this season to lose a game after being up by 21 points.
The other team that accomplished that dubious distinction was the Memphis Tigers. Memphis blew a 21-0 lead in a 31-28 loss to UTSA last month.
In terms of my family’s teams it was a good weekend. Our teams went 3-1. The aforementioned Roadrunners and Aggies won. The Houston Cougars beat Tulane last Thursday night in the Bowl of Gumbo. (That’s not the name of that rivalry, but maybe it should be, with Tulane located in New Orleans.) The only family team to lose was my brother’s alma mater. Texas Tech lost to TCU.
At the NFL level I am enjoying a sabbatical from the Texans as they go search for themselves a coherent plan. I have shifted my fandom to team number 1B, the New Orleans Saints. They have a lot going for them. They have a former UTSA Roadrunner and a former Lufkin Panther. They also are a well-run football team.
At this point in the season that’s all anyone can ask for.