Zero Week revelations and Week One predictions

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Here’s what we learned during Zero Week from our coverage teams.

•  Carroll will still be good but Allen appears to be at another level.

•  Justin Northwest’s offense looks pretty diversified.

•  Keller is breathing a sigh of relief.

•  Colleyville Heritage’s defense won’t enjoy practice this week.

•  Grapevine has a lot of work to do.

•  Byron Nelson needs to find an offensive identity.

•  Keller Central needs to find an offensive identity (that’s not a misprint).

•  Keller Fossil Ridge has reason to be encouraged.

•  Keller Timber Creek discovered there’s life after Cedric Dale.

That being written, it’s time to move on to Week 1 of the regular season and another round of predictions. We caught a break with Keller hanging against Prosper when the Eagles missed the extra point. But we missed on Colleyville Heritage – no one saw Duncanville putting up 70 coming in – and Keller Central Saturday morning.

Last week: 5-2

Season: 5-2

Colleyville Heritage (0-1) at Denton Guyer (0-1), 7 p.m. Thursday, C.H. Collins Complex, Denton: If it’s played (in doubt because of the tragic death of Denton Guyer fullback Nathan Maki), both teams will look to rebound after getting into blowouts. Guyer doesn’t want to repeat its 2012 start, when it lost its first two games. Or maybe it does. The Wildcats won the last 14 to win capture the 4A Division I title. Colleyville Heritage’s defense needs to take major strides. But against Guyer QB and Texas commit Jerrod Heard, that’s hard to see.

Prediction: Denton Guyer 45, Colleyville Heritage 30

Byron Nelson (1-0) at Frisco (1-0), 7 p.m. Friday, Frisco ISD Memorial Stadium: I think this Nelson defense has a little spunk to it and Brian Polk has felt that way throughout the offseason. Frisco overwhelmed North Forney. Hard game to call, but I think the Bobcats offense will improve. The coaches wanted to take it slow with QB Esteban Ortega.

Prediction: Byron Nelson 22, Frisco 16

Justin Northwest (1-0) at Grapevine (0-1), 7:30 p.m. Friday, Mustang-Panther Stadium, Grapevine: Texans quarterback Jesse Drummer started quickly as the offense rolled up well in excess of 400 yards. Now, the defensive play is something that Bill Patterson isn’t happy with. Grapevine had four turnovers against Keller Fossil Ridge and will pay for it if that happens again.

Prediction: Northwest 38, Grapevine 10

Jesuit (0-1) at Keller Fossil Ridge (1-0), 7:30 p.m. Friday, Keller ISD Athletic Complex, Keller: The Panthers found some life offensively in the opener but probably get a better test against the Rangers, who opened with a 48-27 loss to a team from Pennsylvania last week. Fossil Ridge’s Ryan Parker may become one of the most versatile players you’ll get to know this year because he can throw, run and catch. I think the Panthers may have enough here.

Prediction: Fossil Ridge 23, Jesuit 20

Keller Central (0-1) at Saginaw Boswell (0-1), 7:30 p.m. Friday: The Pioneers surrendered 35 points to Haltom, which isn’t considered to be very good, and that may give the Chargers some hope. They just need something good to happen to them offensively after a flat performance against Flower Mound.

Prediction: Keller Central 17, Boswell 14

Keller Timber Creek (0-1) at Midlothian (1-0), 7:30 p.m. Friday: This looks like a mismatch, because there appears to be a good talent flow coming through Midlothian. The Panthers just hung 49 on a decent 4A Waxahachie team on the road. I don’t think the Falcons can keep up.

Prediction: Midlothian 42, Timber Creek 17

Mansfield (0-1) at Keller (1-0), 7 p.m. Thursday, Keller ISD Complex, Keller: The Tigers held their own against a very talented Arlington Bowie team in a 24-9 loss. They also play in monster district (7-5A) that features DeSoto and Cedar Hill. Keller has a little confidence but needs this game to validate the direction it’s going.

Prediction: Mansfield 27, Keller 20

Midland Lee (1-0) at Southlake Carroll (0-1), 7:30 p.m. Friday: The Rebels beat up El Paso Coronado, 48-21, in the opener. Carroll has to find a way to put the Allen game behind it. Quarterback Ryan Agnew knows a 50 percent completion percentage has to improve. The Dragons should rebound at home because Lee’s rushing defense is questionable.

Prediction: Carroll 34, Midland Lee 20

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