It’s time to count the marbles for 17-5A teams

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The football schedule for Texas high schools is usually divided by pre-district and district games. The first few games are designed to prepare squads for the district race and a potential spot in the playoffs.

The District 17-5A teams turn the corner Friday, Oct. 13. Following a week of inactivity, all six schools will be in action to open loop competition.

Jacksonville finished atop the pre-district standings with a 4-1 mark, followed by Whitehouse and Lindale at 3-2, Corsicana and Ennis at 2-3 and Nacogdoches at 1-4. The pre-district records only mean something if the teams used the competition to prepare for the race for the district crown.

That race begins this week. Right out of the starting blocks, Whitehouse will host Ennis. Texas Football magazine predicted Ennis to finish first in the final district standings, followed by Whitehouse in second. There will be four more weeks of competition, but Friday’s game could be a determining factor for the title.

Corsicana will host Jacksonville and Nacogdoches will host Lindale. A good start, a win, will go a long way for the teams that hope to make it to the playoffs.

The 17-5A teams recorded the following pre-district results:

Whitehouse – 27-10 win over Hallsville; 28-14 win over Chapel Hill; 42-20 loss to Carthage; 28-6 win over Sulphur Springs; 56-13 loss to Kennedale.

Ennis – 29-28 loss to South Oak Cliff; 27-23 loss to John Tyler; 42-28 loss to Waxahachie; 82-7 win over Kimball; 17-13 win over Del Valle.

Corsicana – 41-0 win over Red Oak; 42-15 loss to Tyler Lee; 41-23 loss to Lancaster; 22-19 win over Marshall; 38-35 loss to Manor.

Jacksonville – 21-12 win over Pine Tree; 31-26 loss to Palestine; 15-14 win over Hallsville; 34-18 win over Mt. Pleasant; 26-12 win over Alvarado.

Lindale – 19-14 loss to Kaufman; 30-17 win over Forney; 41-17 loss to Van; 35-17 win over Terrell; 20-10 win over Gladewater.

Nacogdoches – 35-21 loss to Kilgore; 45-28 loss to Lufkin; 41-19 loss to Tyler Lee; 31-14 win over Hallsville; 51-49 loss to Gilmer.

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