High school football insider: Blowouts abound in mismatches that accompany start of district play

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One thing is usually inevitable once district play begins: mismatches. Fort Worth Dunbar, Aledo and Birdville each coasted to lopsided district wins last week.

Dunbar (5-0, 3-0 District 6-4A) beat Fort Worth Polytechnic 67-7; Aledo (4-0, 2-0 District 7-4A) took care of Fort Worth Arlington Heights 84-7; and Birdville (3-2, 1-2 District 6-4A) beat Fort Worth Carter-Riverside 72-7.

Aledo coach Tim Buchanan said the key for the Bearcats wasn’t not overlooking the opponent but simply focusing on their own game.

“We talk a lot about not worrying about things you can’t control,” Buchanan said. “We really stress getting better, individually. It doesn’t matter if we’re playing Stephenville or Denton Guyer or Arlington Heights.”

Birdville bounced back from a 49-44 loss to Dunbar the week before. Birdville’s Xavier Turner rushed for 325 yards and six touchdowns against Carter-Riverside.

Dunbar, coming off one of its biggest wins in recent history, started last Thursday’s game “flat,” according to coach Todd Lawson. And it showed, as Dunbar trailed 7-0 early before heading into the second quarter still tied with the Parrots at 7-7.

But the Wildcats’ explosive offense came to life, aided by the ground game of Taylor Martin, who rushed for 184 yards and three touchdowns.

Record performance

Birdville’s offense gained 900 yards in the Carter-Riverside win, placing them No. 3 on the single-game list, according to the National High School Sports Record Book.

Mississippi team Bay St. Louis St. Stanislaus gained 937 yards against Poplarville in 2012, and Happy Camp, Calif., had 912 against McCloud in 1967.

Defensive gem

It’s rare enough for a defensive player to score a touchdown in a game. Mansfield Legacy’s Everett Williams did it twice last week.

Williams’ two fumble returns for scores helped the Broncos to a 44-30 win over Lancaster after trailing 30-14 with a little more than 10 minutes left in the third quarter.

“I had never scored two touchdowns in one game,” the senior linebacker said. “That barely ever happens for a defensive player to even score one.”

The win kept Legacy (4-0) undefeated and put them at 1-0 in District 15-4A. And it came against a team that reached the state championship game last season.

“We just want to keep the ball rolling,” Williams said. “Our expectation is to win it all right now.”

Points aplenty

Stephenville’s 64-42 win Saturday in Snyder against Amarillo had the most points since the Yellow Jackets beat El Campo 70-35 last year for the Class 3A Division I title.

Highly touted junior quarterback Jarrett Stidham threw for 344 yards and four touchdowns while rushing for 132 yards and a score. Interest from colleges “is pretty cool and everything like that, but at the same time, I have a state championship to win first,” he said.

Seniority rules

Haltom (3-1, 1-1 District 4-5A) enjoyed a 10-point halftime cushion against Keller Timber Creek and held the Falcons to a second-half field goal in a 24-17 Buffalos win.

Haltom is one of the more experienced teams in the area, led by 38 seniors. Buffs coach Scot Hafley said it’s the most in his seven years at Haltom.

“There’s not really a superstar — they’re just a group of 38 kids that love coming to practice,” he said. “More than anything else, they enjoy the process of preparing for a game.”

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