Pivotal game looming as Panthers set to take on Indians

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Keller Central is the most frustrating team to figure out. The Chargers are such a workmanlike team – a credit to Bart Helsley – that you can’t zero in on what makes them tick. So when I looked at their matchup with Keller last week, I just thought that Keller would be more explosive.

And then the Chargers turn around and have two 100-yard rushers and win the game with a late field goal, 23-20. That’s a big win for them. Also, the elephant in the room is that Keller Fossil Ridge should be considered the second-best team in District 4-5A. Not only did the Panthers win at Northwest, they really didn’t even give the Texans a chance to look at the game. Credit goes to them in the 28-10 victory.

So it wasn’t a robust week for the picks. We finished only 3-2 – thank you, Byron Nelson, for winning at Lake Dallas – and so we are now 27-9 going into this week’s picks. There are more games on the card.

Let’s go:

Keller Timber Creek (1-4, 0-2) vs. Keller Central (2-3, 1-1); 7 p.m. Thursday, Keller ISD Athletic Complex, Keller: What to do. What to do. Timber Creek has really struggled to score points this year. It just really appears that the loss of Cedric Dale takes a dynamic away from this team. Central’s K.T. Smeby had a big run in the win against Keller. That win gives the Chargers some momentum.

Prediction: Keller Central 24, Keller Timber Creek 15

Southlake Carroll (4-1, 2-0) at Richland (2-3, 1-1); 7:30 p.m. Friday, Birdville Fine Arts & Athletic Complex, North Richland Hills: Just like last year, the Dragons are in a different stratosphere than the rest of 4-5A. That’s not a fair fight. QB Ryan Agnew continues to mature. RB A.J. Ezzard seems to be at full strength. The defense has allowed nine points in district play. Richland is coming off a nice win over Haltom, but the Rebels just won’t be in this game.

Prediction: Southlake Carroll 49, Richland 7

Justin Northwest (4-1, 1-1) at Haltom (3-2, 1-1); 7:30 p.m. Friday, Birdville Stadium, Haltom City: Well, that was a stunner from the Texans in the way they were just owned by Fossil Ridge. But now is not the time for them to feel sorry for themselves. This is still a solid team. Haltom wants to run the football and can’t throw it. The Texans should bounce back.

Prediction: Justin Northwest 31, Haltom 10

Keller (3-2, 0-2) vs. Keller Fossil Ridge (4-1, 2-0); 7:30 p.m. Friday, Keller ISD Athletic Complex, Keller: The oldest rivalry in the KISD renews and some of these games have been heart-stoppers in the final seconds. But the last two meetings haven’t been that way, with blowouts going to each. Now, this becomes a game of desperation for the Indians. Lose it with Carroll still to play and the postseason chances look dire. Each team has really good players. But I just think Fossil Ridge may be starting to peak.

Prediction: Keller Fossil Ridge 33, Keller 20

Grapevine (0-5, 0-2) at Irving (3-2, 1-1), 7:30 p.m. Friday, Irving Schools Stadium, Irving: Combined, these teams totaled seven points in their games this past week. Yikes. I really feel for Dave Henigan. He’s a good coach. I know his kids are working their tails off. Unfortunately, they are just playing teams that are better and deeper than them. Irving is a decent team. Grapevine needs so many things to go right to pull out this win.

Prediction: Irving 29, Grapevine 13

Irving MacArthur (2-3, 1-1) at Colleyville Heritage (3-2, 1-1); 7:30 p.m. Friday, Mustang-Panther Stadium, Grapevine: A very interesting game for the Panthers because the Cardinals can play a little bit and can score. Colleyville Heritage is still not in sync offensively, but I think it gets the edge at home.

Prediction: Colleyville Heritage 32, Irving MacArthur 27

Denton Guyer (3-2, 2-0) at Byron Nelson (4-1, 1-1), 7 p.m. Northwest ISD Stadium, Justin: Goliath comes to town as the Wildcats feature Texas quarterback commit Jerrod Heard. And all he’s done is account for nearly 1,500 all-purpose yards and 15 touchdowns. But don’t worry about that. We may have a quarterback issue re-developing with the Bobcats with Preston Haire finally over his injury and getting quality playing time. He directed the comeback win at Lake Dallas. There is so much pressure on Nelson’s offense to keep pace. It can, for a little while.

Prediction: Denton Guyer 48, Trophy Club Byron Nelson 21

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