Week 7 preview

St. Pius X's Burke Battenfield carries the football against Dallas Bishop Lynch on Sept. 10. The senior has rushed for 250 yards over the last three weeks, and will likely be key on Friday as SPX takes on San Antonio Antonian Prep. (Photo by Wayne Donnelly)

The St. Pius X Panthers have been slowly trying to work their way back to the top of the TAPPS Division I football standings over the last few seasons, winning just two games in 2019 before amassing four wins during a truncated 2020 campaign.

SPX is one win away from matching its 2020 win total halfway through the current campaign, and will look to turn last week’s victory into a springboard for the regular season’s final month when they travel to face San Antonio Antonian Prep this Friday.

Burke Battenfield has been a force on both sides of the football this season for the Panthers (3-2, 1-1 district), and he will look to continue his exploits this week. The senior has become one of SPX’s primary running backs in amassing 250 rushing yards over the last three weeks, including two efforts of at least 90 yards. His 50 tackles from the safety position on defense rank second on the team, while he has added two fumble recoveries along with one pass breakup.

Here are some others local players and matchups to watch this week:

Heights (2-4, 2-0 District 18-6A) at Chavez (1-4, 0-1) – Heights LBs David Nico/Brice Chevalier/Jaylon Bihms:

The Bulldogs’ offense might get a lot of the attention in this space, but the defensive unit – specifically the linebacking corps – has also been a key factor in Heights’ two-game winning streak to begin District 18-6A competition, and will look shine once again this Saturday. This trio has combined for 31 tackles, two passes defended and one fumble recovery over the last two weeks. Nico leads the team with 43 total tackles and two fumble recoveries, while Chevalier and Bihms each have 28 tackles.

Booker T. Washington (3-2, 1-1 District 11-4A) at Kashmere (1-4, 0-2) – Washington RB Derrick Brimsey:

Brimsey is one of the Golden Eagles’ most heavily-used skill players through the first five games, and has shined in the role. He has rushed for 533 yards and seven touchdowns so far this season, with three 100-yard games in the process. He will likely be heavily involved again on Friday against a Rams defense giving up nearly 30 points per game.

Alpha Omega Academy (2-3) at Lutheran High North (0-4) – Lutheran High North WR/DB Demarcus Grant:

The senior wide receiver and defensive back has been one of the few bright spots for the Lions during their 0-4 start to the season. Grant has caught 18 passes for 192 yards and amassed 259 all-purpose yards on offense. Defensively, he is second on the team in tackles (22) while also intercepting a pass and causing two fumbles. He will look to be a determining factor as the Lions seek their first win of the year on Friday.

This Week’s Schedule

Thursday

Waltrip vs. Madison, 7 p.m., Delmar Stadium

Scarborough vs. Yates, 7 p.m., Dyer Stadium

Friday

Booker T. Washington at Kashmere, 7 p.m., Delmar Stadium

St. Pius X at San Antonio Antonian Prep, 7 p.m.

Alpha Omega Academy at Lutheran High North, 7 p.m.

San Antonio Christian at St. Thomas, 7 p.m.

Saturday

Heights at Chavez, 6 p.m., Barnett Stadium

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