Richland took down Grapevine in a battle of District 8-5A unbeatens in last week. Colleyville Heritage gets its shot to keep pace with front-runner Richland this week.
Heritage (5-2, 4-0 in District 8-5A) takes on Grapevine (6-1, 3-1), 7:30 p.m. Friday at Mustang-Panther Stadium, while Richland (7-0, 4-0) meets Fort Worth Carter-Riverside (3-4, 1-3) on Saturday.
The Panthers have had Grapevine’s number of late with six-straight wins in the series, but more impressive is the way they’re beating the Mustangs.
Last year’s 27-0 shutout was no fluke. The Panthers have blanked the Mustangs three times in the past six meetings and have allowed just 37 points during that span.
Grapevine quarterback Alan Bowman continues to shine with 270 yards and five touchdowns last week in the Richland loss, giving him 27 touchdown passes on the year. Receivers David Clayton and Cale Dow both caught two touchdowns, giving the Mustangs more weapons along with Zack Carnes and Dylan Gonzales.
Heritage has been getting healthier the past few weeks, starting with quarterback Cam Roane (15 TDs, 1 INT) and All-state receiver Ke’Von Ahmad (19.8 yards per catch, 7 TDs). The duo missed time in September, but returned two weeks ago in a 51-17 rout of Birdville.
The Panthers keep the streak alive 28-24.
Lake Ridge vs. Legacy
Mansfield Lake Ridge (5-2, 3-1 in 10-5A) faces Mansfield Legacy (5-2, 3-1), 7:30 p.m. Friday at Newsom Stadium.
These two teams are under the radar. Lake Ridge, last year’s 5A Division I runner-up, graduated play makers Jett Duffey and Duke Carter, but that hasn’t stopped the Eagles drive to another playoff berth.
Junior quarterback Jason Bean threw for 370 yards and three touchdowns last week against Midlothian. He leads 10-5A passing with 1,644 yards and 16 touchdowns.
Legacy upset state-ranked Waxahachie and nearly beat Aledo earlier in the season. The Broncos are led by Kendall Catalon (25 total TDs), Kameron Session (1,154 rushing yards, 9 TDs) and Jalen Catalon, who has a whopping 96 tackles - 50 more than the next Bronco defender.
The Broncos get it done again 45-40.
Nelson vs. Carroll
Don’t look now, the Trophy Club Nelson Bobcats are tied for a potential playoff spot after back-to-back wins.
Nelson (2-5, 2-2 in 5-6A) got 433 yards passing and five touchdowns from quarterback Eli Rusche and receivers Tyler Milliken (207 yards, 4 TDs) and Pascal Mondombo (187 yards, TD), and dominated the Lewisville secondary in 38-21 victory last week.
Southlake Carroll (6-1, 4-0) lost its season opener, but has limited opponents to 16.7 points per game since then. Running back Audricke Gaines (810 yards, 12 TDs) has rushed for 100 or more yards in his past four games.
Gaines makes it five-straight as Carroll wins again 38-28.
Crowley vs. Seguin
Crowley (6-1, 4-0 in 9-5A) continues to have its best start since 2013 after the Eagles took care of Joshua 57-3. Running back Jamerian Biscoe ran for 148 yards and four touchdowns.
The Eagles have allowed 31 points in the past three games. They get to face another defensive team in Arlington Seguin (5-2, 3-1).
Seguin, which is allowing 16.5 points per game, has 402 yards from running back Mykelti Carelock the past two weeks.
Crowley wins a defensive battle 19-12.
Euless Trinity (5-2, 2-2 in 5-6A) plays Hebron (5-2, 3-1). Trinity is in a four-way tie for third, looking up at Hebron and Southlake Carroll. The Trojans need a win because a playoff spot behind Hebron likely means a first-round trip to Allen.
A rematch of last season’s TAPPS Division II state semifinal takes place Friday at Barrow Field in North Richland Hills when No. 4 Grapevine Faith (6-2, 1-1) visits No. 2 Fort Worth Christian (7-1, 1-0).