High School Huddle: Previewing Week 2

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Reporters Ryan Osborne and Travis L. Brown of dfwVarsity and the High School Huddle break down the biggest football matchups of the week.

Arlington Bowie (1-0) at Cedar Hill (1-0)

7:30 p.m. Friday, Longhorn Stadium, Cedar Hill

Ryan: I would hate to be keeping stats for this one. It’s going to be very high-scoring, very fast. There’s plenty of players on both teams on both sides of the ball who either are committed to an FBS school or are getting interest from one. Cedar Hill will win this one. The combo of QB Justin McMillan and WR Damarkus Lodge makes the Longhorns one the top two or three teams in the state. But it’ll be a good measuring stick for a Bowie team coming off a wild win over Dallas Jesuit.

Travis: Bowie’s offense is certainly the real deal this year, putting up 72 points and 875 total yards on a good Dallas Jesuit team last week. Senior quarterback Tony James also proved that he can be more than just a running quarterback, throwing for 459 yards and six touchdowns. The real question in this game is whether Bowie’s defense can step up to the same level of play as the offense against the defending 5A Division II state champion Cedar Hill. Bowie will give Cedar Hill a run for its money, but this should ultimately be Cedar Hill’s ballgame.

Dallas Skyline (1-0) vs. Arlington Martin (0-1)

5:30 p.m. Friday, AT&T Stadium, Arlington

Ryan: I’m going with Martin. I don’t think they had as good of a showing against DeSoto as they might have hoped (losing 55-30), but DeSoto has been one of the best two teams in the state the last few years. Skyline has also been in the same class as Martin, and even beat the Warriors last year. But I see Martin QB Eric Walker sharpening up this week and the Martin rushing attack in Jalum Bouldin and Nic Smith continuing to eat up yards.

Travis: Dallas Skyline always has the best football athletes in DISD. This year is no different with quality weapons at all the offensive skill positions. That being said, Martin is a good team. The starters have several years of experience together and, under the direction of coach Bob Wager, Martin is very polished. In its opening matchup against DeSoto, Martin made it through the game without committing a penalty. This will be a close game throughout, but Martin’s chemistry and discipline will prevail.

Keller Central (1-0) at Arlington Lamar (1-0)

7:30 p.m. Friday, Cravens Field, Arlington

Ryan: Not much flashy about Central, but they always seem to give good teams problems. They challenged Martin in the first round of the playoffs last year. They came back on L.D. Bell for a big season-opening win last week. I’m still picking Lamar, though. The Vikings had a so-so performance in a win over Richland last Friday. But in an closely matched game, it’s hard to pick against the team with Shane Buechele at quarterback. He’s among the best in DFW.

Travis: Keller Central is typically a team that quietly gets the job done when needed and did exactly that against Hurst L.D. Bell last week, 48-29. What will put Lamar ahead of Keller Central this week is one of the best quarterbacks in the area in Buechele, who threw for 258 yards and a touchdown last week. Should the offensive line continue to prove that it is a force and provide Buechele the time he needs to distribute, Lamar should continue its roll through nondistrict play with a win.

Southlake Carroll (1-0) vs. Tulsa Union (0-0)

8 p.m. Friday, AT&T Stadium

Ryan: Carroll squeaked by Austin Westlake last week, which really isn’t anything to be ashamed of, especially this early in the season. Carroll’s offense should be in more of a rhythm than last week, but I’m picking Union in an evenly matched game.

Travis: Carroll almost suffered a Week 1 scare to Austin Westlake, but pulled out a 17-14 win. I think we’ll see that Westlake was a much more formidable opponent than once thought. I’ll take Carroll to move to 2-0 this week.

Mans. Timberview (1-0) at Midlothian (1-0)

7:30 p.m. Friday, Midlothian Multi-Purpose Stadium

Ryan: Timberview beat No. 2 Ennis last week and should continue its winning ways against a solid Class 6A team in Midlothian. Quarterback Devin Williams adds a passing element Timberview didn’t consistently have last season.

Travis: Watch out for Williams to have a big game after throwing for 191 yards and rushing for 94 last week. Timberview over Midlothian.

Trophy Club Nelson (1-0) vs.

San Angelo Central (1-0)

11 a.m. Saturday, AT&T Stadium

Ryan: Nelson is a team on the rise and beat Flower Mound to open the season last week. They’ll win this one, too. Running back Courtney Miles ran for more than 300 yards against Flower Mound and should be a steady offensive option for the Bobcats.

Travis: Nelson began its season with some momentum in a 42-35 win over Flower Mound and can really become one of the hot teams in the Metroplex with the talent it boasts. Nelson over Central at AT&T.

Justin Northwest (1-0) vs. Prosper (1-0)

8 p.m. Saturday, AT&T Stadium

Ryan: This should be one of the better games of the weekend. I’ll go with the Texans of Northwest. They won big over Corsicana 34-14 last week.

Travis: Justin Northwest is the better team, but Prosper is coming off a shocking 41-20 win over a good Birdville team. I’ll take Prosper in another upset.

Predictions

MatchupRyanTravisEric Zarate
Arlington Bowie vs. Cedar Hill Cedar HillCedar HillCedar Hill
Dallas Skyline vs. Arlington Martin MartinMartinSkyline
Keller Central vs. Arlington Lamar LamarLamarCentral
Mansfield Timberview vs. Midlothian TimberviewTimberviewTimberview
Southlake Carroll vs. Tulsa Union CarrollCarrollCarroll
TC Nelson vs. San Angelo Central NelsonNelsonCentral
Rockwall vs. Hurst L.D. Bell RockwallRockwallRockwall
Euless Trinity vs. Rockwall-Heath TrinityTrinityTrinity
Justin Northwest vs. Prosper ProsperNorthwestNorthwest
FW South Hills vs. FW Paschal South HillsSouth HillsPaschal
Last week10-05-57-3

Ryan Osborne, 817-390-7760 Twitter: @RyanOsborneFWST

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