There’s being hot. There’s being red hot. There’s being white hot.
However, there’s nothing that compares to being #TLN high-school-football-picks hot. It might be unprecedented, the start that we have enjoyed as the 2017 season is two weeks young. But when you have 28 games and select 26 of them correctly, then you either really know these teams or you’re really lucky.
It’s probably both. Admittedly, we took a chance with Hurst L.D. Bell winning at North Crowley. That was back and forth before the Blue Raiders emerged victorious. That’s a great win for Mike Glaze’s program. Grapevine had a tough finish at Abilene Cooper. Despite the loss, the Mustangs should be fine. Cooper is a really good team. We missed on Carroll at Arlington Martin. Defensively, the Dragons had no answer.
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However, we’re not as hot as Justin Northwest junior running back Demareus Hosey, who was off-the-charts crazy good with a school-record 406 yards in the 56-46 win over McKinney North.
For most of Northeast Tarrant County, this is the final week of the non-district season. District 3-6A is a seven-team district, so that weekly rotation will begin next week. Everybody else will be off.
Back to the mines we go.
Last week: 13-1
Season: 26-2 (.929)
Arlington Lamar (0-2) at Keller Central (1-1); 7 p.m. Thursday, Keller ISD Athletic Complex, Keller: A compelling game between two programs that have struggled to score. Neither has broken past 20 points in each of its first two games. The Chargers will always grind out 48 minutes. They just need some momentum before District 3-6A play begins.
Prediction: Keller Central 21, Arlington Lamar 15
Frisco Independence (1-1) at Haslet V.R. Eaton (1-1); 7 p.m. Thursday, NISD Stadium, Justin: Another interesting game between two programs who are better. But these four quarters should tell them how much better each is. Eaton RB Titus Swen is off to a hot start. It’s going to come down which defense can make enough stops.
Prediction: Haslet V.R. Eaton 27, Frisco Independence 24
Justin Northwest (2-0) vs. Trophy Club Byron Nelson (0-2); 7 p.m. Friday, NISD Stadium, Justin: It is a great thing that these two programs play each other despite staying in different classifications. It brings the NISD community. Nelson coach Travis Pride has to wonder how his defense can slow down the Texans offense. So far, it is allowing 42 points per game.
Prediction: Justin Northwest 45, Trophy Club Byron Nelson 17
Birdville (0-2) at Saginaw Boswell (2-0); 7 p.m. Friday Pioneer Stadium, Saginaw: The Hawks are another team that has yet to break 20 points in its first two games. They also might be the most snake-bitten team falling to Keller Central and Burleson Centennial each by one point. They are facing a Pioneers squad that is solid in all three facets and ready to make a run back to the playoffs.
Prediction: Saginaw Boswell 29, Birdville 20
Grapevine (1-1) at Frisco Heritage (0-2); 7 p.m. Friday, Memorial Stadium, Frisco: The Mustangs have to have a short-term memory after losing to Abilene Cooper last week, 41-37. Heritage has struggled this season and was blown out last week by Colleyville Heritage, 49-14. Grapevine bounces back.
Prediction: Grapevine 35, Frisco Heritage 18
Keller Timber Creek (2-0) at Flower Mound (1-1); 7 p.m. Friday, Wilson Stadium, Flower Mound: This is the Jaguars’ home opener. The Falcons defense has been better, posting six consecutive scoreless quarters. But Flower Mound is the best opponent they will see in non-district play. Timber Creek is going to have to play at a higher level.
Prediction: Keller Timber Creek 33, Flower Mound 30
Colleyville Heritage (1-1) at Euless Trinity (1-1); 7:30 p.m. Friday, Pennington Field, Bedford: The most interesting game on the card this week. Both teams rebounded from opening week disappointments with big wins last week. This is going be decided by two things: Colleyville Heritage’s ability to stop the run and Trinity’s ability to limit big plays in the Panthers passing game.
Prediction: Colleyville Heritage 33, Euless Trinity 26
Keller Fossil Ridge (2-0) at Saginaw (0-2); 7:30 p.m. Friday, Rough Rider Stadium, Saginaw: This is a mismatch. The Panthers have far too many athletes and too many weapons for the Rough Riders to surround and shut down. This game could be over at halftime.
Prediction: Keller Fossil Ridge 45, Saginaw 7
Hurst L.D. Bell (1-1) at Keller (0-2); 7:30 p.m. Friday, Keller ISD Athletic Complex, Keller: One team (Bell) is looking for some momentum to take into the District 5-6A season. The other (Keller) is just looking for something good to happen. The Indians are in a must-win or else they are looking at another campaign where everything could get away from them.
Prediction: Hurst L.D. Bell 35, Keller 30
Richland (2-0) vs. Haltom (1-1); 7:30 p.m. Friday, Birdville Fine Arts/Athletics Complex, North Richland Hills: The annual battle of Fossil Creek renews. Ged Cates’ team isn’t perfect, but the defense has been playing pretty solid so far. The Buffalos feel better after manhandling Dallas Sunset last week, 65-0. Haltom will need a perfect game.
Prediction: Richland 38, Haltom 21
Rockwall (1-1) at Southlake Carroll (1-1); 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dragon Stadium, Southlake: Expect this to be a high-scoring affair. The Yellow Jackets knocked off Highland Park in the season opener 53-49 and followed up with 41 last week in a loss to Rowlett. Carroll was stunned as its defense couldn’t stop Arlington Martin and surrendered 50 points. Rockwall’s offense is going to stress the Dragons defense. This game could say a lot about where Carroll’s season is headed.
Prediction: Carroll 45, Rockwall 42
Let’s win them all!