Canadian Wildcats meet Hale Center Owls In Opening Round of 2015 Playoffs
The Canadian Wildcats and The Hale Center Owls will open the playoff season Thursday night, November 12, at Dick Bivins Stadium in Amarillo for the first round Bi-District Title. Hale Center enters the game as the fourth seed from District 2-2A with an overall season record of 5-5 after having missed the playoffs in 2014, while Canadian is the District Champion from 1-2A with a 10-0 record and defending 2014 Class 2ADI State Champion team on a 25 game win streak.
Hale Center, like Canadian, will spread out the field with a passing game from QB D.J. Dunn (1,839 yards passing) to his two most productive receivers, Anthony Borjas (543 yards) and Trey Buxton (767 yards). The Owls will, however, need to figure out a way to protect Dunn from one of, if not the fastest defensive lines in Class 2A, which returns defensive ends Cory Chidester (11 sacks) and Cooper Trolinger (6 sacks), not to mention the defensive backfield of Cameron Copley, Nick Dumbauld, Manny Ramsey, and Chance Cook who have totaled 10 interceptions and several pick-six INTs and a scoop and score (by Mario Flores) produced by this defense through the season.
Canadian’s fast-to-line-up-quick-snapping offense has been a subject of discussion among sports writers and broadcasters for several years now, led by Sr. QB Tanner Schafer (2.568 yards passing, 75% completions). The “Air Canada” offense (as named by a Fox Southwest broadcaster) is not only a threat with a prolific passing game, but RB Chance Cook has balanced the Wildcat’s offensive attack to the tune of 1,313 yards rushing this season. Cook is not only a threat from the line of scrimmage, but also on special teams returning punts and kickoffs along with WR Cameron Copley.
The Owls have tall order to fill shutting down a Wildcat offense that averages 48.9 points per game this season and also be able to fulfill their own 24.3 point average against the highly rated Canadian defense, giving up an average of only 5.5 points per game. Harris Ratings calls the game a no line favoring Canadian.
Get out and support your favorite high school teams and/or players, because after this weekend half of the entire 2ADI playoff bracket will not have “next week”.
By Jerry Brunson, Canadian Wildcat Correspondent
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