No.4 Johnson meets No.8 Brandeis in an undefeated team battle; BGC Road Trip presents Alamo Heights vs. Wimberley; Carrizo Springs, Marion leaves for historic debut
When the final whistle blows on Saturday night, we’ll have officially hit halfway through the 2021 high school football season, and several clashes in week 5 will dramatically change the landscape in the region. Big Game Coverage (BGC) kicks off Thursday night with a wild game between undefeated teams at Ranger Stadium, then intensifies Friday night with another undefeated team battle at Heroes Stadium.
Before the action kicks off, the KSAT 12 sports team details everything on the weekly Big Game Coverage Preview show.
Instant Replay producer Daniel P. Villanueva brings athletic director Greg Simmons and host Larry Ramirez in the studio every Thursday to discuss the games of the week, top 12 rankings, and players who stand out from the crowd. A a new guest appears this week, and Larry congratulates Carrizo Springs, who is 4-0 this season!
>> SEE BGC OVERVIEW HERE
Our Game of the Week features a classic rivalry:
BRANDEIS AGAINST. JOHNSON
Over the past decade, Brandeis and Johnson have traditionally met in the first week of the season. In 2016, the game was officially dubbed the Peanut Butter Bowl, a community food drive that now spans 10 different games and two cities. Last year, the two teams became district rivals due to UIL’s realignment, and their rivalry was reserved for Week 4.
This year, the two meet again at Heroes Stadium – this time in Week 5 – as undefeated teams looking to stand out from the season.
Johnson (4-0, 2-0) comes into this game with a ton of momentum after scoring 45 more points in three straight games. Their closest victory came in Week 1 against an uncompromising Wagner side, 21-13. Running back Benjamin McCreary has been the focal point of the Jaguars offense, scoring three touchdowns in consecutive games, but don’t overlook wide receiver Canaan Fairley who has three touchdowns to his name. Johnson certainly earned their spot as the No.4 team in the KSAT 12 Top 12.
Brandeis (4-0, 2-0) rallied to survive an upheaval against Clark last week, and their offense was searing, scoring 45 points or more in straight weeks. Christopher Rodriguez went over 100 rushing yards with wins over MacArthur and Clark, while Julian Yzaguirre leads a dynamic body of wide receivers with 218 yards and two touchdowns.
Since 2011, Brandeis has a 6-4 lead over Johnson in their 10 regular-season games, and the Broncos have won two of their three playoff games against the Jaguars in that span. In 2020, Johnson beat Brandeis 19-7, the most recent example of extreme contestation in this series. Their 13 games combined were decided by an average of five points per game.
Will the Jaguars dominate the Broncos for the second year in a row and go 5-0? Or will Brandeis take control of District 28-6A? We’ll know when these two meet on the grill at Heroes Stadium. Kick-off is scheduled for Friday at 7 p.m.
Thursday night MeTV Game of the Week features a big showdown in District 27-6A between two undefeated teams: Smithson Valley vs. New Braunfels! To hear from the teams before kick-off Thursday night, click here!
Host Larry Ramirez and photographer Adam Higgins hitchhike northeast, where they’ll visit games in Dripping Springs, Wimberley and Blanco!
Here is the list of games they cover in order:
McCollum (2-2, 0-1) vs. Dripping Springs (4-0, 1-0) – This will be the Cowboys’ first game against Dripping Springs in District 12-5A Division I. Both were scheduled to play last year, but the game has been called off due to COVID-19.
Alamo Heights (4-0) vs. Wimberley (3-1) – The undefeated Mules face an impressive Texans before the two teams start the district game next week.
Trois Rivières (3-1) v Blanco (1-3) – The Panthers are aiming for their second win of the season at home against a Three Rivers team who have scored 40 or more points in back-to-back games.
Be sure to keep up with the latest updates by visiting our Scores & Schedules page! There you can find the date of each match, the kick-off time and the location. It will be updated with live scores throughout the night so you can follow every match in progress.
>> You can find the full schedule and scores for week 5 here!
What do the experts have to say about the week 5 schedule?
We’re halfway through the season and have some really good games to look forward to in week 5. No. 3 Smithson Valley vs. No. 9 New Braunfels Thursday night in an unbeaten battle in District 27-6A. The Unicorns have already upset Judson at Converse to drop the Rockets to 1-3 while the Rangers roughed up Wagner.
Then Friday night is another battle of the undefeated when No.4 Johnson takes on No.8 Brandeis in District 28-6A at Heroes Stadium. It turns out that this is the “Big Game” in our Big Game Friday night coverage.
This week’s BGC Road Trip is one that I don’t remember having done before! He has McCollum in Dripping Springs, Alamo Heights in Wimberley and Three Rivers in Blanco. Alamo Heights (District 15-5A-II) is ranked number 6 in the top 12 out of 12 and will surely get a tough test of Wimberley (14-4A-II). Heights starting quarterback James sobey works with local quarterback coach Yale Vannoy, so I know this young man can play ball.
McCollum started the season 2-0, which included the program’s first win since October 2018, breaking a 17-game slippage. These young men are playing hard and believe that head coach Carl Klann has pointed them in the right direction. Coach Klann told us Dripping Springs has more numbers, like more players, but his guys will do their best to make up for that. The coach also said he was proud of his team’s effort. During their two-game slide they made mistakes, but he said the effort and desire to win never faltered. At the end of the day, that’s what every football coach really wants.
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Andrew Cely, producer and sports reporter KSAT 12
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