Where: 7:30 p.m. Friday at Lowrey Field at Plains Capital Park, Lubbock

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Players to Watch: QB/LB Brayden Boggs-Rushing, RB James Bednorz, RB Zyrell Murga, WR Oliver Ortiz, CB Emmanuel Ibanez, DE Cannon Speck, LB Aurelio Medrano, LB Angel Quiroz, DE Jaydan Jara (Dumas) – QB Dominic Aguilar, RB Corbin Luna, WR/DB Isaiah Garcia, LB Jordan Franco, LB Daren Ureste, LB Jaydrien Ramirez, DB Devon Rodriguez, DE Zane Hodges (Fort Stockton).

The Rundown

The Dumas Demons (8-2) knocked off the Decatur Eagles 45-24 last week to extend their winning streak to six games and advance to the area playoffs. The Fort Stockton Panthers (9-2) pounded the Mountain View Lobos 47-8 in bi-district playoff action and have won six of their last seven games.

Coach Aaron Dunnam’s squad outscored Decatur 45-7 after falling into an early 17-0 hole. Dual-threat quarterback Brayden Boggs-Rushing ran for two touchdowns and passed for two more scores. The talented senior has accounted for 11 touchdowns in his last three outings.

Senior James Bednorz is the top rushing threat for a Dumas offense that is averaging 41.6 points over its last six games. The 5-foot-9 senior torched the Eagles for 141 yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries and has tallied 1,047 yards and 15 scores in 10 games.

Senior wideout and big-play threat Juan Romero has three catches for 118 yards and two touchdowns since returning from injury in the regular-season finale. The speedster snagged a team-high 58 catches for 969 yards and 12 touchdowns during his junior campaign.

Junior Oliver Ortiz, another speedy receiver, has posted a team-best 25 receptions for 452 yards and five scores.

Junior middle linebacker Aurelio Medrano and junior defensive end Jaydan Jara headline a Dumas defensive unit that has allowed a meager four rushing touchdowns over its last 24 quarters. Medrano leads the Demons with 71 tackles and Jara has tallied a team-high 11 sacks.

Senior defensive end Cannon Speck has put together a productive season with 43 tackles, six sacks, and one interception while junior Sabien Perry has collected 57 tackles and six sacks.

Senior cornerback Hunter Coaly leads the Dumas secondary with five interceptions, and juniors Emmanuel Ibanez (44-2) and Parker Dunnam (61-1) have combined for 105 tackles and three picks.

Fort Stockton is led by senior dual-threat quarterback Dominic Aguilar, who has passed for 1,171 yards and rushed for 1,689 yards. The 5-foot-10 signal-caller is averaging 10.6 yards per carry and has tallied 2,860 total yards and 35 touchdowns.

Sophomore running back Corbin Luna averages 6.3 yards per carry and is the Panthers’ second-leading rusher with 888 yards on 140 carries and seven scores.

Wideouts Isaiah Garcia and Devon Rodriguez are the top receiving weapons. Garcia, who has posted 73 tackles and four interceptions on defense, is averaging 27.1 yards per catch on 20 catches for 542 yards and eight touchdowns. Rodriguez has hauled in 20 balls for 287 touchdowns and three scores and also has picked off three passes on defense.

The Panthers’ defense is paced by a trio of junior linebackers – Jordan Franco, Daren Ureste, and Jaydrien Ramirez. Franco has tallied a team-high 88 tackles with three sacks, while Ureste (86-2) and Ramirez (78-1) have combined for 164 tackles and three sacks.

Junior defensive end Zane Hodges has posted a team-best 6.5 sacks to go along with 48 tackles, including 12.5 tackles for loss.

Outlook

The Demons will face their stiffest test of the season against a Fort Stockton squad that has rushed for 300-plus yards in eight games this season and is averaging 8.5 yards per carry. The Panthers’ defensive secondary struggled mightily in their two losses which bode well for Dumas pass catchers. The Demons should contain Aguilar and the Panthers’ rushing attack, but the key to success for Dumas will be their ability to pass the ball.

Prediction: Dumas 42, Fort Stockton 27