Evan's 11 games worth traveling for in 2017
Evan Ren, Abilene Reporter-Newshttp://www.reporternews.com/story/sport ... 539131001/
Every year, while helping to put together our football preview, I get to scan the football horizon and speculate.
Where will I be going through 11 Friday nights of high school football? At this point, it’s pure guesswork, and it almost always changes once it's determined who the surprises and disappoints are.
Nonetheless, this column still serves a purpose, and has evolved over the years into a preliminary roadmap of sorts, helping others to get a rough idea of what games may be worth driving to.
Yes, those people are out there, and in surprising numbers.
I’m talking about people who are willing to drive 100 miles to see one of the best football games of the week. They want to see several different teams each year and several different styles. But first and foremost, they want good football.
If I didn’t do this for a living, I would be among them anyway, searching the area for the best game I could find.
So this annual letter to them — Evan’s 11 — continues to my kindred spirits.
That said, let’s take a look at what appear to be the top games worth traveling to in 2017. Keep in mind, of course, that nothing is set in concrete.
All is subject to change as the surprises emerge.
I’ll see you on the road.DE LEON AT CRAWFORD
Not only is this a candidate for Big Country Game of the Week, but it could be the game of the year, if everything holds together in the health department.
De Leon, with highly touted quarterback Kevin Yeager, is expected to have one of its best teams in the last 20 years. And in all likelihood, this matchup with an excellent Crawford team will decide the district title.
The Bearcats fell to Crawford twice last year by lopsided margins (once with Yeager hurt). But with 15 of 22 starters back for De Leon and Crawford only returning eight, one can expect things to tighten up considerably this time around.ALSO WORTH A DRIVE
Albany at Cisco; Iraan at Colorado City; Sweetwater at Pecos; Eastland at Comanche; Coleman at Clyde; Anson at Roscoe; Hawley at Mason; Munday at Seymour; Stamford at Hamlin; Blackwell at Moran; Guthrie at Knox City
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