By Craig Martin
This week’s High School Game of the Week is being played in San Antonio, as undefeated and No. 8* San Antonio Madison is lining up against the also unbeaten and No. 19* Smithson Valley Rangers at 7:00 this Thursday at Comalander Stadium.
Madison has had an impressive start to the season as they beat previously top 5 ranked Steele in a Week 1 thriller before trouncing Kerrville Tivy and New Braunfels, putting up a combined 83 points over the last two weeks. Smithson Valley, not to be outdone, has put up an astonishing 104 points so far in September.
Behind senior quarterback Cody Ennis’ 16 total touchdowns after three games this year, Madison’s offense has been near unstoppable behind the dual-threat playmaker. With weapons like Texas Tech commit Byron Daniels, speedy wide out Ja’Michael Brown, and a steady running game powered by safety-turned-running back Dominique Daniels and cut-and-go back D.J. Smith, it’s easy to see why the Maverick offense has averaged 43 points a game this season. Defensively, overlooking the 460 yards they gave up to Cibolo Steele in the shootout of a season opener, the Mavericks defense has held teams to 24 and 13 points respectively. Last week alone the Mavericks recorded eight sacks, with game-changing defensive end Kelvon Pointer-Patterson accounting for three by himself.
Attacking from all angles, Smithson Valley dual-threat quarterback Garret Smith is the most dangerous when he is outside the pocket. This was in full evidence in Week 1, as he rushed for 115 yards and 3 touchdowns, and added one through the air on 288 yards passing. In the fist meeting between teams from El Paso and San Antonio, Smithson Valley crushed El Paso’s finest team, Montwood, 55-15. The Rangers dominated, with the special teams adding kickoff return TDs of 78 and 69 yards. In addition to Smithson Valley’s stout special teams, its stingy defense was also on display as the Rangers were able to shut out a talented Montwood team in the second half.
With this week’s showcase game shaping up to be a shootout, the key to this San Antonio showdown comes down to how well both defenses make adjustments to the opposition’s tempo and scheme. While most spread-run based offenses capitalize on spreading defenders out to power or zone run inside the tackles, with both squads boasting mobile quarterbacks look for both Smith and Ennis to change the momentum of the game with their legs. While this looks to be a close game I’m picking Madison to come out on top, 41-38.
If you are interested in checking out the action live the game is being held at Comalander Stadium, which is located at 2002 Jones Maltsberger Road in San Antonio.
*=All Rankings Come From the Max Preps Top 25 poll as of 9/16