Weatherford Kangaroos (2-7, 1-4 in District 3-6A) vs. Keller Fossil Ridge Panthers (5-3, 2-2)
7 p.m. Thursday, Keller ISD Stadium
▪ Last week: Weatherford 39, Haltom 24; Keller Central 49, Fossil Ridge 28.
▪ Last season: Weatherford 5-5; Fossil Ridge 5-6, Division II bi-district.
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▪ Returning starters: Weatherford 4 offense/6 defense, Fossil Ridge 6 offense/9 defense.
▪ All-time series: Tied 2-2.
▪ Last meeting: Fossil Ridge 45, Weatherford 7 in 2001.
▪ Weatherford notable: The Kangaroos played their best game of the season last week behind senior quarterback Lane Gilley, who accounted for five touchdowns in a variety of ways. He threw for 293 yards and a pair of TD, ran for 99 yards and two TD, and caught a 15-yard TD pass. Since taking over as the starter four games ago following a season-ending injury to junior Corban Campbell, Gilley is completing over 60 percent of his passes. With 169 yards, he is also their top rusher. Fifteen different receivers have caught a pass for the Kangaroos this season. Junior Dominic Davi entered Friday's win with five catches and one TD all season, but hauled in five passes for for 91 yards and two touchdowns. Junior linebacker Ethan Irsik, junior end Jake Beaird and senior end Zach McKinney are each averaging a tackle for a loss.
▪ Fossil Ridge notable: The Panthers have a chance to have a 2,000-yard passer and 1,000-yard rusher in senior quarterback Max Akin (1,468 yards, 12 TD, 11 int. passing; 761 yards, 9 TD rushing) and a 1,000-yard rusher in running back senior Anthony Smith (993 yards, 12 TD). Fossil Ridge is chasing a fourth consecutive playoff berth. Junior linebacker/defensive end Francis Nnadozie is averaging 13 tackles.
Trinity playing for district championship
Lubbock Christian Eagles (7-1, 4-0 in TAPPS Division III District 1) at Willow Park Trinity Eagles (8-1, 5-0 in TAPPS Division III District 1)
7:30 p.m. Friday
▪ Last week: Lubbock Christian 68, Fort Worth Lake Country 14; Willow Park 36, Fort Worth Calvary 0.
▪ Last season: Lubbock Christian 5-5; Trinity 9-2, TCAF six-man bidistrict.
▪ Returning starters: Lubbock Christian 6 offense/0 defense, Willow Park 8 offense/7 defense.
▪ All-time series: First meeting.
▪ Lubbock Christian notable: They are preparing for their fifth playoff berth in seven seasons. Senior quarterback Jaden Fowler (665 yards, 6 TD, 3 int. passing; 473 yards, 14 TD rushing) leads a balanced offense. Defensively, they are averaging two sacks per game.
▪ Willow Park notable: The Eagles' first season of 11-man football could result in a district championship with one more victory. Behind the play of senior quarterback Calib Guynes (950 yards, 18 TD, 4 int. passing; 604 yards, 13 TD passing), Trinity is averaging over 40 points. Freshman linebacker Marshall Tovar has four sacks and sophomore cornerback Caleb Chesney had 17 tackles in last Friday's win (16 unassisted).
Bearcats put long league winning streak on line
Aledo Bearcats (8-0, 5-0 in District 6-5A) vs. Northwest Texans (8-0, 5-0)
7 p.m. Friday, Northwest ISD Stadium
▪ Last week: Aledo 67, Brewer 24; Northwest 57, Saginaw Chisholm Trail 14.
▪ Last season: Aledo 13-2, Class 5A Division I state semifinals; Northwest 1-9.
▪ All-time series: Aledo leads 3-2
▪ Last meeting: Aledo 31, Northwest 10 in 2003.
▪ Returning starters: Aledo 8 offense/5 defense, Northwest 6 offense/7 defense.
▪ Aledo notable: The Bearcats, winners of 67 straight district games dating to 2007, face a real challenge to that streak. Senior quarterback Dillon Davis has a TD-interception ratio of 27-3 and has passed for 1,999 yards. Running backs Jase McClellan, freshman, (623 yards, 10 TD) and senior Michael Jordan (677, 10 TD) will both likely top 1,000 yards. Fifteen players have scored at least one touchdown for the Bearcats this season, led by junior running back Donnie Evans with 13. Aledo has scored 499 points. On defense, 14 players have a tackle for a loss, led by senior tackle Wes Harris and senior linebacker Will Trawick with six each.
▪ Northwest notable: The Texans are enjoying a remarkable turnaround. Like Aledo, the Texans feature an accurate quarterback in junior Prince Mavula (2,185 yards, 25 TD, 3 int.). They also have a 1,000-yard rusher, Syrus Moore (1,262 yards, 14 TD) and a 1,000-yard receiver in Gavin Holmes (58 catches, 1,126 yards, 13 TD). The Texans are averaging 47 points per game.
Eagles go for 25th straight victory
Brock Eagles (8-0, 3-0 in District 4-3A Division I) at Boyd Yellow Jackets (0-8, 0-3)
7:30 p.m. Friday
▪ Last week: Brock 45, Bowie 0; Breckenridge 49, Boyd 0.
▪ Last season: Brock 16-0, Class 3A Division I state champions; Boyd 4-7, Division I bidistrict.
▪ Returning starters: Brock 5 offense/7 defense, Boyd 3 offense/3 defense.
▪ All-time series: Brock leads 2-0.
▪ Last meeting: Brock 68, Boyd 7 in 2015.
▪ Boyd notable: Despite only two winning seasons since 2008, the Yellow Jackets have reached the postseason six times. However, a five-year playoff streak is coming to an end.
▪ Brock notable: The Eagles are on a 24-game winning streak and closing in on another district title, their third straight. The defense has surrendered 12 points in the past five games and has four shutouts. Senior running back Tyler Gray has 109 carries for 1,035 yards and 15 TD - and he has not fumbled. Brock doesn't throw much, but when they do the Eagles are accurate with quarterbacks Tren Corcorran, junior (24-of-34, 412 yards, 8 TD, 1 int.) and sophomore Tripp Jones (25-38, 461, 5 TD, 0 int.).
Bulldogs seek first league win
Millsap Bulldogs (3-5, 0-3 in District 5-3A Division II) at Holliday Eagles (5-3, 2-1)
7 p.m. Friday
▪ Last week: Jacksboro 48, Millsap 0; Henrietta 26, Holliday 14.
▪ Last season: Millsap 1-9, Holliday 4-7, Division II bi-district.
▪ Returning starters: Millsap 9 offense/8 defense, 6 offense/6 defense.
▪ All-time series: Holliday leads 6-0.
▪ Last meeting: Holliday 38, Millsap 16 in 2015.
▪ Millsap notable: The Bulldogs rush for over 220 yards per game but pass for less than 25. Six runners are averaging over 5 yards each carry, led by seniors Jeff Morlen (8.4) and Kolten Davis (7.6), along with sophomore Raymond Pacheco (7.0).
▪ Holliday notable: Though no running standout, the Eagles have three running backs with over 300 yards and another with over 200. They also have eight players averaging more than five tackles and are enjoying their best season since 2011 (10-3).
Fort Worth Hill Hawks (1-6) at Weatherford Christian Lions (2-6)
7:30 p.m. Friday
▪ Last week: Fort Worth Covenant 50, Hill 0; Tioga 56, Weatherford Christian 18.
▪ Last season: Hill 0-8 in Texas Christian Athletic Fellowship; WCS 10-3, TCAF Six-Man finals.
▪ Returning starters: Hill NA, WCS 2 offense/2 defense.
▪ All-time series: First meeting.
▪ Hill notable: The Hawks had back-to-back winning seasons in 2008-09, going 13-8. Since then they are 6-51.
▪ WCS notable: Freshman quarterback Jackson Floyd has passed for 730 yards with 10 TD and 4 interceptions. Sophomore running back Manning Marsh is on pace to top 1,000 yards rushing (846, 10 TD) and is averaging 11 tackles as a safety, as is senior cornerback Austin Norman, who is also the leading receiver (31 catches, 505 yards, 6 TD).