The Marshall Buffs will stampede through District 11-5A-DII

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The FB Marshall Buffs stole the headlines last season reaching the Class 5A DII state title game. While they fell to Aledo, the experience was a tremendous learning experience. The year prior, Manvel reached the state finals from this district. That just shows how good this district is. While the power is up top; the next two playoff spots are up for grabs.

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Rankings

FB Marshall

Manvel

Sterling

Northside

Willowridge

Waltrip

Madison

Milby

Sharpstown

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VYPE PRESEASON AWARDS

MVP

Devon Achane, FB Marshall

Co-OFFENSIVE MVP

Frank Brown, Sterling

Malik Hornsby, FB Marshall

DEFENSIVE MVP

Warren Robinson, FB Marshall

BREAKOUT PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Tucker Yarbrough, Manvel

SLEEPER TEAM

Northside

Fort Bend Marshall Buffs

What a season for FB Marshall. They ran the table all the way to state, but also had a tragedy along the way with the death of a teammate. It was a tremendous learning experience that could propel the Buffs to another state run. Quarterback Malik Hornsby, who played only half the regular season before being cleared to join the team, returns to run a fast-break offense after a first-team selection a year ago. Hornsby passed for nearly 2,000 yards and rushed for another 700 last year. A full offseason and fall in the system should help tremendously. Devon Achane is a blur. He was the District MVP and can score whenever he gets the ball in his hands. Achane had 42 touchdowns and rushed for more than 1,300 yards on the year and is a major DI prospect. The OL is pretty solid with Daylan Malveaux and Larry Moore (Texas Tech-commit) in the trenches. The defense is fast and furious led by all-stater Warren Robinson (77 tackles, 12 sacks), who comes from the edge. Frank Miller and Sylvester Labome, Jr. are also notable defenders. Opposing offenses can't forget about Norman Baker (141 tackles) either. Avery Helm (Florida-commit) hopes to make a big return at DB after an ACL injury kept him out much of last season.


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Martin Truex Jr. won his 2nd race of the season last week. Photo via: Wiki Commons.

NASCAR returns to the Commonwealth of Virginia for the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway. This is the first of two races here at this track as they will race on Sunday afternoon. This will be different from the normal night race they usually have here as this will definitely affect the racing surface considering how much the sun could make the track slick. It should be a fun race come Sunday.

Last week, Martin Truex Jr. passed Denny Hamlin to capture his second win of the season after rain moved the race to Sunday. He became the first driver to win multiple races after a fierce battle with his teammate Denny Hamlin. The race was filled with tons of wrecks including a fifteen car pileup including Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch. It was one of the better races of the season as there was lots of beating and banging.

The race was not without controversy but not the kind you would expect. Early in the race Rick Ware Racing teammates Cody Ware and James Davison were involved in an altercation. The two were battling towards the back of the pack when Ware decided to drive through his teammate in turn four. The race got much worse for Cody Ware as he was involved in three more cautions all throughout the race. Many people around the sport were quite perturbed by his antics including broadcaster Mike Joy as he was audibly annoyed after Ware spun out later in the race. Many have questioned if the fifth-year driver should even be in the car and overall I can understand why some of those people think that. In his five years of driving, he has finished on the lead lap one time. I hope that he is able to figure it out and find success in the future, but this was not a good look.

The slump continues for two-time champion Kyle Busch

Throughout the race, Busch was running okay for the most part but towards the closing laps of the race he and Chris Buescher got together triggering a fifteen car pileup. Despite all this, he was able to rebound to a respectable tenth place finish. This has been more than likely the toughest stretch of his career since his championship in 2019. Many would say that the omission of Practice and Qualifying has really affected his performance. Whatever the issue is, this team really needs to find some speed, or he could be in danger of missing the playoffs. I look for this team to bounce back considering how talented he is.

Prediction

The driver that I have winning this week is Kyle Larson. This has been an incredible rebound season for Larson as he currently sits fourth in points. He is also second in laps led only to Denny Hamlin. Richmond has been a great track for him as it fits his driving style perfectly as he can run the outside line and find grip where others can't. This track is also rather sentimental to him considering he won his first pole award here during his rookie season in 2014. While he may not have the results he would want he has always been extremely fast here and even won back in 2017. I look for him to capture his second victory of 2021 come Sunday.

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