SHREVEPORT, La (KMSS/KTAL) – On this week’s Friday Night Blitz, we head into week five in Texas and Arkansas, while Louisiana rolls into week four. Wesley Boone will look to retain his lead in our KTAL Sports Pick ‘Em contest. Rankings reflect our KTAL Sports Power Rankings in Texas and Louisiana.
Re-Bath Game of the Week: Newman at (#2) Many
The future of college football is arriving in the town of Many Louisiana on Friday night. Texas commit and #1 overall quarterback prospect in the class of 2023 Arch Manning leads the Newman Greenies into town to face #1 inside linebacker prospect Tackett Curtis and the USC commit’s Many Tigers. This very well could be the toughest test Manning has faced at the high school level, facing a secondary that also includes 4-star defensive back Tylan Singleton. The Many defense has only allowed one touchdown to their three opponents this season, while Newman has yet to score less than 35 points in a contest this year.
PREDICTION: I think the Many offense is the difference in this one. Newman isn’t used to seeing it and it will give the Tigers the edge in a game of the year candidate.
MANY: 30 NEWMAN: 28
(#5) Parkway at Haughton
Year three of the Brotherton Bowl features Coy Brotherton’s best Parkway squad yet against an improved Haughton team from the year before. Each Brotherton has one win under their belt since Coy took over the Parkway program a season ago. The Panthers haven’t allowed a point in two weeks while Haughton is coming off their toughest offensive night of the year against Many, falling 35-3. Since 2020, the Bucs are 4-2 following a loss.
PREDICTION: The Bucs will bring their A-game into an emotional matchup Between the Pines, but Parkway’s athletes will get the job done.
PARKWAY: 35 HAUGHTON: 24
Hallsville at (#5) Texas High
One of the best stories out of East Texas this year has been the Hallsville Bobcats. After a 3-7 2021, Hallsville is off to a 3-1 start, suffering their first loss last week to Kilgore 40-20. Texas High has been led by a high-powered offensive attack averaging 38.5 points per game this year. Last week the defense was the story as for the first time in 2022 the Tigers didn’t allow a touchdown in a 27-3 win over Tyler Legacy.
PREDICTION: This is a big moment for Hallsville, going on the road with a chance to pull one of the upsets of the year. The Tigers will pull away late after a strong Bobcat start.
TEXAS HIGH: 41 HALLSVILLE: 14
FRIDAY NIGHT BLITZ TEAM SELECTIONS
TEAM MEMBERWEEK FOUR RECORDSEASON RECORDWesley Boone9-240-5Sam Rothman10-137-8John Sartori8-334-11
MATCHUPJOHN SARTORI’S PICK WESLEY BOONE’S PICKSAM ROTHMAN’S PICKNewman at (#2) ManyManyManyMany(#5) Parkway at HaughtonParkwayHaughtonParkwayHallsville at (#5) Texas HighTexas HighTexas HighTexasBTW at WoodlawnWoodlawnWoodlawnWoodlawnHaynesville at GlenbrookGlenbrookGlenbrookGlenbrookArkansas High at (#3) MagnoliaArkansas HighMagnoliaMagnoliaAirline at (#9) BentonBentonAirlineBenton(#4) North Desoto at MindenNorth DesotoNorth DesotoNorth DesotoMansfield at LogansportMansfieldLogansportLogansportBossier at EvangelEvangelEvangelEvangelNatchitoches Central at SouthwoodNatchitoches CentralNatchitoches CentralNatchitoches CentralLoyola Prep at Red RiverLoyola PrepLoyola PrepLoyola Prep
TThe Friday Night Blitz begins at 10:15 on KTAL, 10:30 on KSHV, 11:00 on KMSS, and 11:37 on KTAL.