Texans once again in one of the best matches on the card

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District openers are in the books. We are not at the separation point for anyone. But you can get an idea of who has a chance to be really good and who probably won’t contend.

By contending, I mean teams who can make a run for a playoff spot. In District 4-5A, 6-5A and 5-4A, everyone acknowledges the district champion favorites are Carroll, Euless Trinity and Denton Guyer until proven otherwise.

Personally, I think your 4-5A playoff teams joining Carroll are Justin Northwest, Keller and Keller Fossil Ridge. You 6-5A playoff teams joining Trinity are Colleyville Heritage, Hurst L.D. Bell and Irving.

Now, 4-5A is a bit of tougher. While I believe Byron Nelson is right there, there are a couple of other teams that may be their equal.

We went 6-1 last week to improve to 24-7. Here we go for the fifth week of selections:

Carroll (3-1, 1-0 in 4-5A) at Keller Timber Creek (1-3, 0-1), 7 p.m. Thursday, Keller ISD Athletic Complex, Keller: When Carroll introduces new and hungry running backs into its offense, it continues to speak to the ridiculous depth on this team. Amon Lindsay is a nice running back for the Falcons, but there’s just not enough for the Falcons to keep pace.

Prediction: Carroll 49, Timber Creek 7

Keller Central (1-3, 0-1 in 4-5A) vs. Keller (3-1, 0-1), 7:30 p.m. Friday, Keller ISD Athletic Complex, Keller: Maybe the Indians weren’t ready for the spotlight against Northwest. Falling behind 21-0 was a bit of a shocker. But the Indians will learn from this. Now, inter-district rivalry games are interesting, because you never know. That said, I think Keller RB Dalton Mills has a solid game.

Prediction: Keller 28, Central 20

Grapevine (0-4, 0-1 in 6-5A) vs. Colleyville Heritage (2-2, 0-1), 7:30 p.m. Friday, Mustang-Panther Stadium, Grapevine: Grapevine got the quick start it wanted against Hurst L.D. Bell but just couldn’t find a way to stop the Blue Raiders. It’s going to be rough for the Panthers with Griffin Pickler’s status unknown. This game will be more competitive, but Colleyville Heritage still gets the edge.

Prediction: Colleyville Heritage 26, Grapevine 21

Fossil Ridge (3-1, 1-0 in 4-5A) at Northwest (4-0, 1-0), 7:30 p.m. Friday, Northwest ISD Stadium, Justin: For the second consecutive week, this is the best game on the card. Fossil Ridge’s defense may be the best that Northwest will see to this point. Plus, Panthers quarterback Jacob Gnacinski really has a good feel for the offense. The Texans are home for the first time in nearly a month. And give this defense credit for setting the tone throughout the season. I’m giving Northwest the nod because it may be a little stronger with the defensive line, and the running game is a bit better.

Prediction: Northwest 29, Fossil Ridge 22

Byron Nelson (3-1, 0-1 in 5-4A) at Lake Dallas (4-0, 1-0), 7 p.m. Friday, Falcon Stadium, Corinth: The Bobcats won this game at home last year. But they now have to find a way to get it done on the road against a Falcons team averaging 43 points per game and featuring a quality dual-threat quarterback in Dagain Haehn. I do think the Bobcats are a better team than last year. And with Esteban Ortega at quarterback, that settles things. To be a really good team, you have to find a way to win a pivotal district game on the road. I think the Bobcats can do it. They will be the best team Lake Dallas has played this year.

Prediction: Byron Nelson 33, Lake Dallas 30

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