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.
Aledo (7-0, 4-0 District 7-4A) vs. Fort Worth Southwest (5-2, 3-1)
7:30 p.m. Friday at Fort Worth’s Clark Stadium
Eric: With a week of national news behind them since the bullying allegations after the 91-0 defeat of Fort Worth Western Hills, I’m sure Aledo will be glad to get back on the the football field. The Bearcats on a roll and little will stop them. Quarterback Luke Bishop and backs Daythan Davis, Ryan Newsome and Jess Anders lead an offense that averages almost 600 yards a game, but they're almost ashamed about it. The Southwest Raiders are one of the best Fort Worth ISD teams, but they stumbled last week at Granbury, 49-40. Coach Lanny Trammell believes his team can compete with Aledo. Still, I’m picking Aledo 56-21.
Travis: Aledo will win this game, but that’s not really the question everyone is now wondering. In the aftermath of the bullying report filed against Aledo coach Tim Buchanan after last week, the real speculation is in how many points will Aledo put up against another Fort Worth ISD school. Setting the over-under at 69.3, the Bearcat’s average points per game, I’ll take the under; but just barely. Fort Worth Southwest is certainly one of the better teams in District 7-4A, but aren’t better than Highland Park, which gave up 44 points to Aledo in the first game of the season. Put Aledo down for the win, scoring in the high 50s. But just a disclaimer, Aledo and Coach Buchanan have gone through their season playing with sportsmanship at the forefront of their minds and in no way do I believe they’re bullies. They just have one of the state’s most dominant teams.
Hurst L.D. Bell (5-2, 3-1 District 6-5A) vs. Irving MacArthur (2-5, 1-3)
7:30 p.m. Friday at Irving Schools Stadium
Eric: The Bell Blue Raiders badly need to shake off last week's 55-0 rout by rival Euless Trinity. Bell's offense was limited to 216 last week, almost 200 belore their average. MacArthur has lost three straight and really can't afford another if they hope to make the playoffs. Bell should win this one.
Travis: Bell is coming off an always emotional 55-0 loss to Euless Trinity in the Pennington Field rivalry, but they still have a very productive offense behind quarterback Colson Romano, who has thrown for 1,345 yards and 10 touchdowns this season. MacArthur just isn’t the team they have been in past seasons and Bell should take this one.
Mansfield Timberview (6-1, 3-1 District 7-5A) vs. Cedar Hill (5-2, 3-1)
7:30 p.m. Friday at Mansfield's Newsom Stadium
Eric: Two weeks ago, Timberview showed early flashes of a possible of upset of DeSoto on the road. Timberview’s run-first offense makes tough to catch up from large deficits, and Cedar Hill is the kind of offense that can pile up points in a hurry. The Longhorns only losses are to the Allen and DeSoto, the Nos. 1 and 2 teams in the state. Cedar Hill will have to work for this win, but they’ll get it.
Travis: Cedar Hill should have the slight edge as the favorite in this game, in my opinion, but I have Timberview taking this one with one stipulation. If Timberview can force a few turnovers in the game, especially toward the beginning, and take advantage of those turnovers in the form of points, they should be able to take the district matchup. An quick start to scoring points is key for Timberview in this game.
Arlington Seguin (5-2, 3-1 District 15-4A) vs. Mansfield Legacy (6-1, 3-1)
7:30 p.m. Friday at Mansfield's R.L. Anderson Stadium
Eric: Two weeks ago Legacy was the surprise team in District 15-4A. Then they got trounced last week by first-place Ennis, 56-18. Now it’s Seguin that’s the surprise team, with three consecutive wins after a 29-22 loss to Ennis a month ago. I think momentum will be a huge factor in this one, and I’ll go with Legacy getting the breaks when they need them.
Travis: Mansfield Legacy took it’s first loss of the season last week in a lopsided loss to Ennis at Lion Memorial Stadium in Ennis. Ennis now remains the only undefeated team in District 15-4A play, so put that game aside. Legacy has been one of the hottest teams in North Texas this season and that streak should continue over Seguin this Friday.
Plano Prestonwood (7-1, 4-0 TAPPS Div. I Dist. 1) vs. Nolan Catholic (5-2, 3-0)
7:30 p.m. at Nolan’s Doskocil Stadium
Eric: Both teams have built their early-season success and struggles on playing public-school programs. Nolan’s non-district opponents are 17-11, including a Vikings’ loss to 3A state-ranked Argyle, 44-21. Prestonwood’s non-district opponents are 11-17, including a Lions loss to 3A state-ranked Gilmer, 66-32. Noaln’s worked more for this one, and they’re at home. A Vikings win.
Travis: This has been a state championship matchup in TAPPS Division I several times over the years, so this year’s edition in regular season play should again be a great one. Prestonwood seemed to be down as the season began, but I have quickly changed my mind with a 44-33 win over Addison Trinity Christian last week. Nolan beat Addison, but by just a point in a 43-42 barnburner. This game has become a toss up for me, but give me Nolan at home.
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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