Heading to the zone

George Ranch senior running back Davion Jenkins runs the ball against Clements.

George Ranch Longhorns (2-3) vs. Elkins Knights (1-3)

Saturday, November 14, 2020 — 6 p.m. — Guy K. Traylor Mem. Stadium


Last week’s key contest against Ridge Point did not go as planned for the George Ranch Longhorns.

The Longhorns were nearly held scoreless in the second half before a final score came with 23 seconds remaining to tighten the score against the Panthers.

But there is still plenty of football remaining to play for the Longhorns, starting with a final zone game against Elkins.

George Ranch was initially scheduled to play the Knights to open District 20-6A play, but the Knights needed to reschedule after a positive test of COVID-19 in the program. District 20-6A switched to zone play shortly after.

The Longhorns and Knights will play Saturday at Traylor Stadium. Kick-off is scheduled for 6 p.m.

The Knights will be another high-powered offense for the Longhorns to stop.

Elkins has the No. 2 offense in District 20-6A entering Week 12, averaging 316 yards per game.

The majority of that has come through the air; the Knights have averaged 188 yards per contest.

Senior Jonathan Rhodes is second in passing with 573 yards passing at a 53% completion rate (47x88).

Rhodes has been aggressive with his attempt, throwing seven interceptions compared to one touchdown.

It has been the reason that the Knights went with senior Jason Wood for 20 attempts in their last game in Week 7. Woods completed 70% of his passes (14x20) for four touchdowns in a win against Clements.

No matter the quarterback, the No. 1 target is senior Savion Sims. Sims has caught 27 passes for 397 yards and four touchdowns; he leads the district in receiving yards.

Senior Jordan Robertson is also in the Top 10 for receiving yards among 20-6A with 15 receptions for 193 yards.

George Ranch also faces the No. 1 defense in 20-6A on Saturday; the Knights allow 235.5 yards per contest.

The Longhorns will be seeking their third win at home this season, which would match the Longhorns’ total number of home wins under head coach Nick Cavallo’s tenure over the past two seasons.

A key to getting that third win at home in 2020 will be finding the explosive passing game again. The Longhorns has one pass connect over 20 yards last week against Ridge Point.

Senior Javon Gipson, a Baylor commit, was held to two catches for 19 yards and a touchdown.

George Ranch will need more plays downfield to find success against Elkins.

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