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STRATFORD ELKS 2016 FOOTBALL PREVIEW AND SCHEDULE: IT’S (TITLE) TIME…

The Elks of Stratford, one of the most historic programs in the state of Texas. They have clearly been the second-best team in 2A for the last two years but could not get by the back-to-back champions from Canadian. Well, times have changed. With the new realignment that came out earlier this year, Stratford is now out-of-the-way of the Wildcats and clearly a favorite to make it to Dallas and represent the 806 for a title shot in 2A DI. What lies ahead for the Elks in 2016? Can they continue their dominance and steamroll everyone until they most likely meet Post in the 2A DI Regional Semifinal in December, or will they surprisingly falter to another team before they get there. Here is the Elks’ 2016 football preview.

STRATFORD ELKS

Stratford

HEAD COACH: MATT LOVORN

KEY PLAYERS: GAGE BROOKS, PARKER HANNA, FERNANDO JACQUEZ, KADE McBRYDE

DISTRICT: 1-2A DI: STRATFORD, PANHANDLE, SUNRAY, SANFORD-FRITCH, WEST TEXAS, BOYS RANCH

PROJECTED FINISH: REGIONAL FINAL: TOSS UP BETWEEN THE ELKS AND POST’S ANTELOPES

Stratford’s schedule is built pretty tough out of district this fall as they will face River Road, Guymon, and have a week off to prepare for their rivals as they will travel to Canadian; a game that has been named DQ’s game of the week for September 16th. In district play, they should not have a hard game at all, unless Panhandle can give them a test with their improved team that went to the playoffs and made some noise last year. In the playoffs, they probably will see Sundown in the bi-district round and have an easy time up until they face Post or Crawford. This is their year; this should be the year that Stratford finishes the season with a state title. Here is their 2016 schedule below.

AUG. 13TH VS DALHART (SCRIMMAGE) 9:00AM

AUG. 19TH VS PERRYTON/CHILDRESS @PERRYTON (SCRIMMAGE) 4:00PM

AUG. 26TH VS RIVER ROAD 7:00PM

SEP. 2ND @ GUYMON(OK) 7:00PM

SEP.9TH OPEN

***SEP. 16TH @ CANADIAN (FOX DQ GAME OF THE WEEK) 7:30PM***

SEP. 23RD VS LITTLEFIELD 7:00PM

SEPT. 30TH VS BORGER 7:00PM

OCT. 7TH VS SUNRAY 7:00PM

OCT. 14TH VS PANHANDLE 7:00PM

OCT. 21ST @ SANFORD-FRITCH 7:00PM

OCT.28TH VS WEST TEXAS 7:00PM

NOV. 4TH @ BOYS RANCH 7:00PM

*BOLD INDICATES DISTRICT GAMES*

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