Happy upsets help our picks to 6-1 showing as district rolls on

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You had to feel really good for Grapevine coach Dave Henigan and Keller Timber Creek’s Kevin Golden. Each coach’s team has suffered through an unbelievably difficult season.

Before last Friday, the two programs had combined for one win. But by about 10:30 p.m,. smiles abounded over at the Birdville Fine Arts and Athletic Complex and Mustang-Panther Stadium. Each of the struggling teams had won.

Timber Creek upended Richland, 30-24, to move to 2-5. Grapevine won for the first time, defeating Carrollton R.L. Turner, 52-21.

“It definitely beats the alternative,” Henigan said.

Those two teams rewarded our faith in last week’s picks. We went 6-1. And of course, the one loss was dreaded Keller Central, which faced off against Fossil Ridge and beat the Panthers, 13-9. Anyone see that coming?

As we hit week eight of the season, we are now 40-10. Let’s keep it rolling.

Justin Northwest (5-2, 2-2) at Keller Timber Creek (2-5, 1-3); 7 p.m. Thursday, Keller ISD Athletic Complex, Keller: Well, what we feared could happen to the Texans against Carroll did happen. Now, Bill Patterson’s kids have to put that behind them and realize that focusing on the playoffs is what matters. Friday’s win over Richland was a big night for the Falcons. But if the Texans get back mentally, they should be OK.

Prediction: Northwest 32, Timber Creek 18

Richland (2-5, 1-3) at Keller Central (4-3, 3-1); 7:30 p.m. Friday, Keller ISD Athletic Complex, Keller: Get this – the Chargers are in control of their destiny and could finish second in 4-5A. But they’ve earned it. They barely had more than 100 yards of total offense against Fossil Ridge last week but forced five turnovers. Personal note to Bart Helsley: I’m picking you guys. Don’t mess this up.

Prediction: Keller Central 17, Richland 10

Keller Fossil Ridge (5-2, 3-1) at Haltom (3-4, 1-3); 7:30 p.m. Friday, Birdville Stadium, Haltom City: Now, we’ll see how well this Panthers team responds. Yep, Fossil Ridge played a stinker last week. And if this was looking ahead to Carroll on Halloween, that’s a big no-no. The key is limiting the damage Haltom inflicts with its running game. Should the Panthers do that and play like they normally do, they will be fine.

Prediction: Fossil Ridge 34, Haltom 20

Keller (4-3, 1-3) at Southlake Carroll (6-1, 4-0); 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dragon Stadium, Southlake: The gap between Carroll and District 4-5A is widening by the week. Carroll’s point totals are 59, 77, 48 and 63. Note to the UIL for realignment 2014 – do something different with the Dragons. I don’t see how the Indians are remotely in this game.

Prediction: Carroll 49, Keller 7

Irving Nimitz (3-4, 2-2) at Colleyville Heritage (5-2, 3-1); 7:30 p.m. Friday, Mustang-Panther Stadium, Grapevine: Funny thing about the Vikings is that they are just kind of hanging around for that fourth playoff spot in District 6-5A. That said, maybe we saw the real Colleyville Heritage last week. Best performance of the year by far. They’ll keep it rolling this week.

Prediction: Colleyville Heritage 36, Irving Nimitz 13

Grapevine (1-6, 1-3) at Euless Trinity (5-2, 4-0); 7:30 p.m. Friday, Pennington Field, Bedford: The Mustangs’ euphoria is short-lived now that they have to deal with the Trojans, who haven’t lost a district game since Highway 183 was still three lanes on either side. No disrespect to the Mustangs, but this is a major mismatch.

Prediction: Trinity 49, Grapevine 7

White Settlement Brewer (3-4, 0-4) at Northwest Byron Nelson (5-2, 2-2); 7 p.m. Friday, Northwest ISD Stadium, Justin: A long time ago, the Bears were 3-0 because they beat three Fort Worth ISD teams. Then reality set in when 5-4A play began. The Bobcats made a big defensive stand at the end of last week’s 17-14 win at Wichita Falls. With Brewer, Azle and Denton to finish the season, Nelson has its playoff fate in its own hands.

Prediction: Byron Nelson 27, Brewer 12

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