High school football: Elkhart, Grapeland play HoCo games

Elkhart High School football coach Jason Fiacco talks to his players after a Sept. 28 victory over Westwood in District 11-3A-I action. Tonight marks Homecoming in Elkhart, with Trinity as the opposition. 

ELKHART — Both the Elkhart and Grapeland High School football teams will play their Homecoming games tonight in the area.

And both Elkhart head coach Jason Fiacco and Grapeland skipper Wayne Mahaffey have different approaches to the games. The Elks will play host to Trinity in District 11-3A-I while the Sandies are home for Colmesneil in 12-2A-II.

“We've been emphasizing to the kids to stay focused, and to take care of business,” said Mahaffey, whose Sandies are off to a 5-1 start.

Fiacco told the Elks to embrace the celebration, to enjoy this moment — after all, Homecoming takes place just once a year.

Expect to see Trinity in a spread offense and a 3-4 defense. The Tigers will run the ball more than throw it.

Trinity's players to watch are quarterback/middle linebacker Grisham Vaught and outside linebacker Jace Stout. Stout compiled 53 tackles in district games alone during the 2017 season.

Fiacco said the Elks must eliminate mistakes — Elkhart advanced the ball into the red zone twice versus powerhouse Franklin last week — only to come up with no points. The coach is concerned with the Tigers' speed, epsecially with their skill players and linebackers.

Offensive efficiency and keeping a keen eye on the Tigers' balanced attack are keys to victory.

Colemesneil (1-4) at Grapeland (5-1)

GRAPELAND — Grapeland is a team that's meshing well on all cylinders, winners of three in a row.

“We're playing with an extremely high level of confidence.” Mahaffey said.

Colmesneil employs a Wing-T offense, and a split front defense. The Bulldogs are more concerned about getting their rushing attack going — and stopping your team from running it.

Grapeland, ranked ninth in the Dave Campbell's Texas Football Magazine Conference 2A-Division II poll, is averaging 421.2 yards per game thanks to quarterback Rick Frauenberger (1,414 passing yards, 15 TD).

The Sandies have yielded just 51 points through six games, forcing 16 turnovers (fumbles and interceptions combined). Opponents have been allowed just 73 pass yards per contests thanks to talented defenders like Cooper Sheridan (77 tackles), Josh Ackley (73), James Coleman (56) and Lane Dreher (54).

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