(Spring Branch, TX) – The Smithson Valley Rangers are rolling, having won three straight games and are on the verge of clinching yet another playoff berth as they host the Canyon Cougars Friday night at Ranger Stadium.
Smithson Valley (4-2/3-1) is coming off of its most impressive game of the season, a 45-21 win at Clemens last week. The Rangers outgained the Buffaloes in total yards 474 to 233 and held Clemens’ explosive offense to just seven points over the final 40:32 of the game. Smithson Valley quarterback Josh Adkins outplayed his highly touted counterpart, Clemens’ Frank Harris, by completing 14 of 20 passes for 231 yards and five touchdowns. Harris had his lowest output of the season, finishing with just 151 yards of total offense.
The Rangers checked several boxes in their win over the Buffaloes: avenging last year’s loss at Clemens while also snapping the Buffaloes’ 5-game winning streak and handing Clemens its first district loss of the season. Smithson Valley’s win also kept the Rangers within arms’ reach of the 27-6A title as they sit in a three-way tie with Clemens and Judson for 2nd place, each team a game back of 1st place Steele.
Smithson Valley’s opponent Friday night, Canyon, most recently played Steele and the Cougars played the Knights tough in a 21-14 loss at Cougar Stadium last week. Canyon (1-6/1-3) knocked Steele starting quarterback Xavier Martin out of the game and limited the Knights, ranked 5th in the state, to their lowest scoring output of the season. Offensively, the Cougars were led by running back Isaac Lamar who scored both of Canyon’s touchdowns, including a 51-yard rushing score in the 4th quarter.
Lamar represents Canyon’s biggest threat on offense as he leads the Cougars with 505 yards rushing and five touchdowns this season. Canyon’s offense has struggled as a whole however, averaging just 16 points per game while getting shutout twice. The Cougars have only eclipsed 20 points twice this season, in their only win of the season over Wagner (29-13) and in a loss to New Braunfels (42-35). However, Smithson Valley is expecting Canyon to play one of its better games of the season as the Cougars are looking to build upon their strong showing against Steele and keep their fading playoff hopes alive.
The Rangers won last year’s meeting against the Cougars 33-14 at Ranger Stadium. A much more competitive game than the final score indicated, the Rangers and Cougars were tied at 14-14 late in the 2nd quarter until Smithson Valley scored on a trick 6-yard touchdown pass from Matt Sandoval to Derek Housler with just 13 seconds left in the 1st half. The score remained 21-14 at the end of the third quarter until the Rangers were able to pull away in the 4th quarter. Smithson Valley has won 13 straight overall against Canyon, a streak that goes back 20 years. The Cougars’ last win over the Rangers was in 1995.
Kickoff for Friday’s game is at 7:30 and live radio coverage will be available here on RangersNetwork.com starting at 7:15. The televised replay will first air this Sunday night at 6:00 p.m. from Max’s Roadhouse and will also be made available online. For more updates on Ranger Football and Smithson Valley athletics, text the word: RANGERS to 42828.