Pleasant Grove is running the gauntlet during the 2020 preseason.
Last week the Hawks ran all over a good Nashville team. This week Pleasant Grove will be missing four running backs. Even more significant is that Argyle is invading Hawk Stadium.
“This might be one of the three hardest matchups we’ve had since I’ve been at Pleasant Grove,” said Hawk mentor Josh Gibson. “I’d like this matchup if it was four weeks down the road. Our depth issue will force a lot of kids to play both ways. We’ve got 34 healthy bodies, and Argyle has 81.”
Argyle coach Todd Rodgers boasts this might be his deepest football team ever. Only time will tell if it’s the best team he’s had. The Eagles, like Pleasant Grove, are loaded with DI recruits.
Argyle also loaded with talent
Tight end/defensive lineman Jasper Lott (6-6, 255) is Argyle’s version of Landon Jackson. He was selected to Dave Campbell’s Super Team like Jackson, but is going to be a Texas Longhorn. The Eagles also have three other offensive linemen that stand 6-5 or taller and weigh 300 pounds. Running back Tito Byce is being heavily recruited by Air Force and other DI schools. Wide receiver Cole Kirkpatrick is back after catching 68 passes for 1,695 yards and 29 touchdowns. That’s not a typo.
“If I just knew Landon, Corie Phillips, Cameron Weekly and Nick Martin could go 100 percent both ways,” said Gibson. “It’ll be hard for their bodies to hold up this early in the season. I still feel really good about this team. We’ll be prepared, but it’s a tall task.”
Gauntlet continues next week
The gauntlet resumes next week at Paris, then Silsbee and Carthage. District follows with Gilmer, Pittsburg, and Liberty-Eylau.
Can’t remember the last time the Hawks weren’t picked up win in this column. Don’t like Argyle at all, but the Eagles are the pick, 28-27.
LIBERTY-EYLAU at Jefferson — If Leopards can just clean up their game they win this week, 26-21.
WINNSBORO at Hooks — It looks like a slow start for the Hornets. Winnsboro wins, 20-18.
REDWATER at New Diana — Dragons need this one badly for some confidence, 22-14.
NEW BOSTON at DeKalb — Apologies to the Lions, who are apparently much improved. This is a big rivalry, and New Boston remains unbeaten, 21-20.
HUGHES SPRINGS at Harmony — Looking like it’s a good week to be playing on the road. Going with the Mustangs, 41-12.
CLARKSVILLE at Linden-Kildare — This is a hard one to pick. Like Clarksville in nail-biter, 13-12.
Union Grove at QUEEN CITY — Bulldogs go to 2-0, but tough part of the schedule is still ahead.
Maud at TRENTON — Numbers game favors Trenton, but Cardinals are more than capable of the upset. Take Trenton, 26-20.
HAWKINS at James Bowie — Sorry Pirates, Hawkins looked pretty sound last week. Hawks prevail, 21-6.
Last week’s picks were made by my dog Stormie. I fired her after only going .500. Like to think I started out at rock bottom.