High school football game preview: Del Valle vs. Anderson


GAME OF THE DAY

Del Valle (2-0) vs. Anderson (1-1)

7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nelson Field

Quarterback: Elijah Washington has impressed in his first full season as Del Valle’s starting quarterback with 206 yards rushing, 197 yards passing and five total TDs. … Anderson’s Scott Del Bosque replaced the injured Carsten Groos in last week’s 25-20 win over Rouse, and he helped the Trojans rally from a 14-0 deficit. Anderson coach Daniel Hunter says Groos will miss Thursday’s game. Edge: Del Valle

Other offense: Del Valle RBs Tavierre Dunlop and Marcus Barr have totaled 360 yards rushing for a team that averages almost 300 yards on the ground per game. … Dynamic RB Coy Fullmer has 217 yards from scrimmage and a team-high four touchdowns for the Trojans. Edge: Anderson

Defense: Del Valle held Connally to 46 yards rushing on 23 carries in a 26-21 win last week, and the Cardinals have already forced five turnovers. … Anderson’s bend-but-don’t-break defense has given up 336 yards per game but just 41 total points. Edge: Del Valle

Special teams: Extra points have been an adventure for Del Valle; the Cards have failed to convert three point-after attempts so far this season … Anderson has averaged less than 25 yards per punt this season, and the Trojans missed an extra point and a pair of two-point conversion attempts last week. Edge: Even

Intangibles: While Del Valle hasn’t had a winning season since 2009, Anderson has proven a reliable win for the Cardinals, who have won five of the past six meetings between the District 25-6A rivals. … Hunter, Anderson’s first-year coach, picked up his first career win last week. Edge: Del Valle

— Thomas Jones



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