Star-Telegram and dfwvarsity.com editor Eric Zarate, left, and reporter Travis L. Brown of the High School Huddle sound off on the games of the week. Visit dfwvarsity.com to catch the show and to find photo galleries from many area games.
Arlington (1-1) vs. Lewisville (1-2)
7:30 p.m. Friday at Lewisville’s Max Goldsmith Stadium
Eric: The Arlington Colts were pounded by Mansfield Timberview last week, 36-3, and four turnovers were the killer. Lewisville did beat previously undefeated Irving, as well. But I expect Arlington to be ready for this final tune-up before District 3-5A play begins, so the Colts will win.
Travis: After a great first win over Flower Mound Marcus, 35-14, Arlington hit a big speed bump against Timberview last week. Lewisville should be just what the Colts need to spark their offense again. Quarterback Michael Gray has an arsenal of receiving targets to hit and will surely increase on the 205 yards and three touchdowns he tallied in the first two games. It’s a home game for Lewisville, but Arlington wins.
DeSoto (3-0) vs. Cedar Hill (2-1)
7:30 p.m. Friday at Longhorn Stadium
Eric: Cedar Hill’s loss was to the state’s No. 1 team, Allen, two weeks ago. No shame there. Cedar Hill is No. 9 in the state, and they have talented junior quarterback Justin McMillan. He’s very good, but not like DeSoto’s Desmon White. The Longhorns must play a perfect game and deny the Eagles at least a couple of opportunities. That’s a tall order, so DeSoto should win.
Travis: I learned my lesson in Zero Week: don’t bet against DeSoto. Cedar Hill has a great team this year, and has proved us wrong by showing they reloaded and are not rebuilding. However, DeSoto has skated through one of the toughest pre-district schedules in the area and routed teams like Arlington Martin and Euless Trinity. Cedar Hill will put up a fight, but in the end, DeSoto picks up its first District 7-5A win of the season.
Euless Trinity (0-2) vs.
Bentonville, Ark. (1-1)
7 p.m. Friday at Bentonville’s Tiger Stadium
Eric: The Bentonville Tigers’ loss to Broken Arrow, (Okla.) last week snapped a 35-game regular-season win streak. Trinity’s losses are to DeSoto and 2-0 Jenks, Okla. I just don’t see Trinty handing Bentonville a second straight loss. The Trojans will be hard-pressed to avoid an 0-3 start to 2013.
Travis: Yes, it is printed correctly. Euless Trinity is off to an 0-2 start. That being said, they probably have the toughest pre-district schedule in North Texas. The Trojans hope to find that first win out of state, as they face Arkansas powerhouse Bentonville. Until the Trojans’ game this season with Jenks out of Tulsa, Okla., Trinity has been solid against teams outside of Texas. I always have a hard time going against the size and power of Trinity and I think this will be a turn around game for the Trojans as they enter district play.
Birdville (2-1, -0-1) vs.
Fort Worth Dunbar (3-0, 1-0)
7:30 p.m. Friday at Fort Worth’s Clark Stadium
Eric: Birdville was upset by Saginaw Boswell last week, the Hawks’ first regular-season loss since Week 9 in 2011 — the night the Texas Rangers lost Game 6 of the World Series. I expect Dunbar to get up for this big District 6-4A game, perhaps the biggest for the Wildcats. It will be Dunbar’s biggest test so far this season. Still, Birdville learned from its mistakes against Boswell, and I expect the Hawks to get back on track.
Travis: Dunbar has separated itself as a team to beat in FWISD, but has yet to face a program as strong as Birdville. It will be a true test on just how good this team is, especially the defense’s ability to stop Birdville running back Xavier Turner. In Birdville’s second game of the season, a 46-32 win over Richland, Turner ran for 264 yards and seven touchdowns. The next week, Saginaw Boswell was able to contain Turner to just 173 yards, but more importantly no touchdowns, handing Birdville its first loss of the season. In theory, the formula to beat the Hawks is relatively simple, but actually containing the standout senior running back is a whole different story; one I don’t think Dunbar will be able to complete.
Argyle (3-0) vs. Kennedale (1-2)
7:30 p.m. Friday at Kennedale’s Wildcat Stadium
Eric: Argyle is the No. 4 Class 3A team in the state. Kennedale’s two losses are to undefeated 4A teams Crowley and Mansfield Legacy, and now the Wildcats get one of the best teams in their own classification. Even though they are at home, I don’t see Kennedale pulling off the upset.
Travis: Kennedale has had a rough start to the season, taking on the challenge of two 4A opponents in the first three games. They have great potential running the ball, with three backs who have already tallied over 100 yards. However, Argyle is one of the state’s top 3A schools for a reason. Quarterback Brandon Boyzuick already has 509 yards passing in three games, most notably in a 38-0 win over a typically strong Abilene Wylie team. Argyle should move to 4-0 without too much trouble this week.
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