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 Martin (2-1) vs. Arlington (1-2)
7:30 p.m. Friday at Maverick Stadium, Arlington
Eric: Arlington High has lost its last two games, including a 4-point loss at Lewisville last week. Martin’s won their last two, and they’re coming off a bye week. Arlington can’t lose five fumbles like that did in the losses, and they have to figure out how to avoid Martin’s defensive star Myles Garrett. He already has 11 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks. Martin also has two solid sophomores in quarterback Eric Walker (429 passing yards) and running back Nic Smith (267 rushing yards). Martin takes this one.
Travis: Arlington fell victim to windy conditions last week, otherwise the Colts would be 2-0. Behind quarterback Michael Gray (374 yards, 4 TDs passing; 175 yards, TD rushing), Arlington’s offense has no problem rolling down the field. However, Martin has the answer in Garrett, and has faced a much more challenging schedule to date and tallied two wins. Martin takes this cross-town rivalry.
Colleyville Heritage (2-1) at Euless Trinity (1-2)
7:30 p.m. Friday at Pennington Field, Bedford
Eric: Heritage has one win on the field and another by forfeit. The Panthers’ passing game has accounted for 800-plus yards, but receivers need to find the end zone more often. Trinity beat Arkansas’ best last week after losing to Oklahoma’s best two weeks ago followed by nearby DeSoto. Trinity’s rushing game has seven ball-carriers with significant yardage. Expect that to improve in a win this week against Heritage.
Travis: This has been the premiere district matchup for these teams, but it doesn’t hold the same luster as last year. Surprisingly enough, Heritage enters with the better record of the two, but did not face the gauntlet of top-tier out of state teams that Trinity took on so far this season. Trinity picked up its first win last week in Arkansas and will be riding that high at home this week.
Justin Northwest (3-0) at Keller (3-0)
7:30 p.m. Friday at Keller ISD Athletic Complex
Eric: Northwest’s wins are against teams that are a combined 3-8. Keller’s wins are against teams that are a combined 6-4. Strength of schedule means a lot to me. Keller’s run-first offense will test a Texans defense that allows 305 yards a game. The Keller Indians will win.
Travis: Really, one game separates one team from the other in my mind and that’s Keller’s 20-0 win over a quality Hurst L.D. Bell team Sept. 13. This game could be an offensive shootout, but I look for Keller to own time of possession with running back Dalton Mills (333 yards, 4 TDs). That combined with a home game equals a Keller win.
Richland (1-2) at Keller Fossil Ridge (2-1)
7:30 p.m. Thursday at Keller ISD Athletic Complex
Eric: Richland has lost two straight, and the defense has to improve for that trend to stop. Fossil Ridge has the top 5A passer in the area, Jacob Gnacinski, with 902 yards and nine touchdown passes. Fossil Ridge wants to contend for a playoff spot, and this is one game they won’t let get away.
Travis: Let the losses be your guide on this matchup. Yes, Richland’s two hiccups came from a good Birdville squad and an even better Rockwall-Heath team, but Keller Fossil Ridge’s only loss came from one of the top teams in the area, Hebron, who gave defending state champion Allen a scare. Fossil Ridge’s defensive backs should make Richland’s offense one-dimensional and will take this District 4-5A opener.
Granbury (3-0) at Fort Worth South Hills (3-0)
7:30 p.m. Friday at Scarborough-Handley Field
Eric: Neither team has really been tested. South Hills’ wins are against teams that are a combined 2-7. Granbury has beaten teams with a 2-8 mark. South Hills has a better passing game, but Granbury’s offensive balance -- 508 rushing yards, 598 passing -- should make the difference.
Travis: This will be a battle of the quarterbacks, Granbury’s Ryan Suitt vs. Tracin Wallace. Wallace has begun the season very efficient, throwing for 631 yards and 8 touchdowns with 3 interception. Suitt has the edge on him, throwing for 598 yards and 5 touchdowns with no picks. This game will be a really close game, but Granbury should remain undefeated when the whistle blows.
Eric Zarate (left) and Travis Brown present High School Huddle Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at the Star-Telegram in Fort Worth, TX.
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