Well, that was more like it.
After what could be considered only a pathetic showing for Week 9, we had a week that was something that we’re accustomed to having in Week 10.
Now, the truth of the matter is that there were some games that were pretty much no-brainers. On the 50-50 games, we came out on the good side, with Northwest V.R. Eaton upending Saginaw and Keller Central defeating Keller Timber Creek.
We fell short on Northwest Byron Nelson winning at Flower Mound Marcus and finished 11-1.
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Here’s where we’re at with the playoff situation:
Clinched a berth: Carroll, Colleyville Heritage, Grapevine, Keller Central, Keller Timber Creek, Keller Fossil Ridge, Justin Northwest and Richland.
Still with playoff hopes: V.R. Eaton, Byron Nelson, Euless Trinity and Birdville
Eliminated from postseason contention: Haltom, Hurst L.D. Bell and Keller.
We’ll get to whys in these Week 11 picks. Everybody is in action. Here we go.
Last week: 11-1
Season/Percentage: 88-22 (.800)
Hurst L.D. Bell (3-6, 1-5) at Northwest Byron Nelson (3-6, 3-3); 7 p.m. Thursday, NISD Stadium, Justin: It’s pretty simple for the Bobcats and their playoff hopes. Win, and they’re in the postseason. A loss makes things really interesting with other games involving Flower Mound Marcus and Flower Mound. But we don’t think it’s going to come to that.
Prediction: Byron Nelson 26, Hurst L.D. Bell 21
Flower Mound Marcus (5-4, 3-3) at Euless Trinity (6-3, 3-3); 7 p.m. Thursday, Pennington Field, Bedford: Another game of “the winner is in and the loser has to hope for some breaks.” The Trojans are not the team they have been in previous years. They’ve been up and down. But that’s the same story with the Marauders. This is where the Trinity tradition has to mean something.
Prediction: Euless Trinity 27, Flower Mound Marcus 20
Keller Central (5-4, 4-1) at Haltom (4-5, 1-4); 7 p.m. Thursday, Birdville FA/AC, North Richland Hills: Bart Helsley’s Chargers are one of the three hottest teams in the area besides Carroll and Richland. They already know they’re the top seed in Division I for the playoffs and will face either Arlington Martin or Arlington Lamar. This game means little. It doesn’t mean they won’t act like it’s the playoffs.
Prediction: Keller Central 35, Haltom 20
Abilene (8-1, 5-0) at Keller Timber Creek (6-3, 3-2); 7 p.m. Thursday, Keller ISD Athletic Complex, Keller: The Eagles know they are going into the playoffs as the No. 1 seed in Division II. They will play Arlington at Shotwell Stadium. Timber Creek is the No. 2 seed in Division I. The Eagles are simply the best team in this district.
Prediction: Abilene 38, Keller Timber Creek 28
Keller (1-8, 1-4) at Keller Fossil Ridge (6-3, 3-2); 7:30 p.m. Friday, Keller ISD Athletic Complex, Keller: The oldest rivalry in the KISD renews. These have always been pretty tight games. The Indians close their season Friday night and would love nothing better than to find that extra to knock off the Panthers. In rivalry games, you never discount the underdog. The Panthers shockingly struggled against Weatherford last week. But W’s all count the same.
Prediction: Keller Fossil Ridge 34, Keller 24
Lewisville Hebron (7-2, 5-1) at Southlake Carroll (8-1, 6-1); 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dragon Stadium, Carroll: The Dragons are looking for an outright district championship. The Hawks have quietly gotten better each week and would like to share it. The win over Euless Trinity sealed their place as one of the top teams in Dallas-Fort Worth. Carroll seems to adapt well with the season ending injury loss of Robert Barnes.
Prediction: Southlake Carroll 36, Hebron 21
Justin Northwest (8-1, 5-1) at Azle (2-7, 2-4); 7 p.m. Friday, Hornet Field, Azle: The Texans already know their playoff situation, so this game against the Hornets carries no significance. However, Northwest has never won nine games in any season, ever. So that’s something. The Hornets are out of the playoff race. And they really have no chance in this one unless the Texans are just in a mental fog following the loss to Aledo.
Prediction: Justin Northwest 44, Azle 23
White Settlement Brewer (3-6, 2-4) at Northwest V.R. Eaton (3-6, 2-4); 7 p.m. Friday, NISD Stadium, Justin: This is it. The winner is in the playoffs. The loser it out. So this is its own playoff game. It’s hard to believe that a first-year varsity program can even be playing for a spot. But here the Eagles are. I’d love to pick Eaton. They can win this game. But the biggest concern is that Brewer’s running game is pretty physical, and I’m not sure if the Eagles have enough muscle to stop them. It would be the story of the 2016 season if they did it, though.
Prediction: White Settlement Brewer 37, Northwest V.R. Eaton 34
Colleyville Heritage (6-3, 5-1) at Richland (9-0, 6-0); 7:30 p.m. Friday, Birdville FA/AC, North Richland Hills: These are going to be the two representatives in Division I for District 8-5A. This game is for the top seed along with some district championship implications involved. The Panthers have the talent. But when it’s come to stand-up games, they’ve fallen short. In certain weeks, we’ve wondered if the Rebels were ripe to fall. They haven’t been.
Prediction: Richland 39, Colleyville Heritage 30
Birdville (5-4, 3-3) at Grapevine (9-1, 5-1); 7:30 p.m. Friday, Mustang-Panther Stadium, Grapevine: They only hope the Hawks have of making the playoffs is if they upset the Mustangs – who will be the top seed in Division II in District 8-5A – and then hope one-win Fort Worth Poly can miraculously upset Fort Worth Dunbar. Neither is going to happen. The Mustangs should be pretty steamed about their lackluster performance against Fort Worth Eastern Hills last week. They definitely want to make amends.
Prediction: Grapevine 38, Birdville 16
Let’s win them all!
Editor’s note: This has been corrected to reflect that Colleyville Heritage and Richland are in Division I.