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Enjoyable football season has been hard to predict

Really, it was just a coin flip when it came to the Carroll-Euless Trinity matchup. I called heads. The game finished tails.

But it was another epic meeting between those two proud and storied programs. Both teams will move on and make their push toward the playoffs.

Speaking of playoffs, this is the weekend where you could see some playoff positions clinched. That may seem a little odd, because there will be two more weeks remaining.

Aside from Carroll, we also missed on Keller Fossil Ridge against Denton Ryan. But we went with our gut and thought Justin Northwest would find a way against rival Byron Nelson. The Texans did, but had to survive a missed field goal at the end.

This is not a great season as far as the picks go. It seems like we’re good for two losses each week. But we just have to keep plugging along.

Last Week: 4-2

Season: 36-18

Fort Worth Carter-Riverside (3-5, 0-4) at Grapevine (1-6, 1-2); 7 p.m. Thursday, Mustang-Panther Stadium, Grapevine: This spells nothing but win for the Mustangs. Despite their frustrations in a 60-40 loss to Fort Worth Dunbar, Carter-Riverside won’t present the near the challenge. Plus, the return of Grapevine quarterback Sam Barry should put this team in a great frame of mind.

Prediction: Grapevine 45, Fort Worth Carter-Riverside 10

Keller Fossil Ridge (5-2, 2-2) vs. Keller Central (4-3, 2-2); 7 p.m. Thursday, Keller ISD Athletic Complex, Keller: Yikes! This is a tough one. The Panthers have been reeling after a rough two weeks against the Denton schools. Central had its own problems against Denton Guyer last week. Plus, this game is pretty important from a playoff positioning standpoint. Both offenses can move the ball. Who can make the necessary stops in this toss up game?

Prediction: Keller Fossil Ridge 44, Keller Central 40

Denton Guyer (6-1, 4-0) at Byron Nelson (2-5, 1-3); 7 p.m. Friday, Northwest ISD Stadium, Justin: There is no stopping Guyer quarterback Shawn Robinson, who has accounted for nearly 2,200 rushing and passing yards and led an offense that has scored no fewer than 40 points in any game this year. Nelson running back Courtney Miles is having a marvelous season (1,332 yards, 16 TD). But the Bobcats don’t have enough answers for the Wildcats.

Prediction: Denton Guyer 46, Byron Nelson 30

Keller (4-2, 3-1) at Denton Ryan (5-2, 3-1); 7 p.m. Friday, C.H. Collins Complex, Denton: No doubt, the Indians are a hot team. They’ve won three consecutive games and played some pretty sound football in the process. Quarterback Caleb Griffin and running back Tyler Tutt have developed into a nice combination. But it’s hard to go against the Raiders, since the game is at their place.

Prediction: Denton Ryan 34, Keller 27

Justin Northwest (3-4, 1-3) at Keller Timber Creek (3-4, 0-4); 7 p.m. Friday, Keller ISD Athletic Complex, Keller: We know the Texans can score. Quarterback Jesse Drummer has thrown for 1,826 yards and 22 touchdowns. The Falcons could struggle to pick up another win this year. They haven’t come within two scores in any of their district games.

Prediction: Justin Northwest 38, Keller Timber Creek 16

Carroll (7-0, 3-0) at Colleyville Heritage (4-3, 2-1); 7:30 p.m. Friday, Mustang-Panther Stadium, Grapevine: Carroll could be in line for a little bit of flat play following their emotional 10-6 win over Euless Trinity. But Carroll’s tradition speaks for itself. Carroll has won four of its seven games by four points or less. Colleyville Heritage is improving and has a good defensive line. But the Dragons defense is pretty tough to face.

Prediction: Carroll 28, Colleyville Heritage 14