1. What I noticed: Haltom and Azle are for real.
I need to apologize to the fans of Haltom and Azle. Not only did I pick against you in Week 7, but I was waiting for a signature win to see if you were legit this season.
Emphasis on the Buffalos, but they proved me and everyone outside of Haltom wrong. The Buffalos led 14-0 early then went on to beat No. 9 Euless Trinity 48-34 on Friday at Pennington Field during the Trojans’ homecoming.
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I predicted Haltom would lead in the third quarter, but Trinity would overcome it to win. Half of that was true and the Trojans had their moments, but the Buffalos punched back.
Now the Buffs are 6-0 for their best start in 21 years. They went 11-1 in both 1996 and 1997 when they won playoff games against Arlington Martin and DeSoto.
Haltom quarterback Michael Black didn’t put up his biggest numbers, but he appeared to have his best managed game. He extended plays, scored twice on the ground and threw a 21-yard TD to Decorian Mitchell, who by the way ran back a kick for an 82-yard TD in the first half.
Trinity was predicted to win District 3-6A by many. just as Boswell was in 3-5A Division I.
But Azle beat the Pioneers at home 41-27 to “Take the Lake.” The Hornets, who were picked sixth in district, are 6-1 overall and 5-0. Quarterback Drey Owen accounted for over 300 yards and all 6 TDs.
2. Biggest Upset: Haltom 48, Trinity 34
We’re going to stay on the Haltom train for this one too. The Buffalos’ 48 points were the most Trinity had given up since 61 in a playoff game against DeSoto in 2013.
Trinity scored on two 1-play drives – both runs by Brandon Theus – while Haltom had the advantage in time of possession.
The Trojans brought it to a one-score game when Mitchell returned the ensuing kickoff. They were building momentum on another drive, but the Buffs forced a fumble in the end zone and recovered it thanks to Johnny Smith-Rider for a touchback.
3. Best Win: FW Paschal 35, Trimble Tech 6
The win gave the Panthers their first district victory since Oct. 2, 2014 when they beat Weatherford 52-45 in overtime, snapping a 27-game losing streak.
Paschal allowed only two first downs and 14 yards of total offense.
4. Best Offensive Performance
QB Cade Rhodes (Grapevine): Rhodes completed 24 of 40 passes for 314 yards and 5 TDs vs. Denton. The Mustangs improved to 5-1 overall and 2-1 in district. Rhodes threw TDs passes of 1, 6, 11, 11 and 39 yards.
RB Jordan Williams (Lamar): Ran 31 times for an area-leading 400 yards (also an Arlington ISD record) and 4 TDs vs. North Crowley. The Vikings stayed undefeated on the season. Williams scored on runs of 17, 20, 49 and 61 yards. Lamar scored 5 TDs in the first quarter.
WR Cody Akers (Azle): In his first game back from injury, Akers made five catches for 128 yards and 4 TDs vs. Boswell. He made TD catches of 6, 31, 40 and 45 yards. Akers had 3 TDs in the first half.
5. Best Defensive Performance
LB Jayvieon Moore, Lamar:The 2020 linebacker recorded a game-high 24 tackles (6 solo, 18 assisted) vs. North Crowley. He added 2 tackles for loss and 1 sack. Moore came in with 57 tackles in the first five games.
1. How many rushing yards/TDs will Quintan Jackson have? The Benbrook senior RB rushed for 329 yards as the Bobcats came back to beat Dunbar 29-28 to improve to 6-1 this season. Jackson leads DFW with 2,255 yards rushing and 27 TDs. He continues to rank third in the nation in yards, but the top two runners have rushed for more yards in more games. Jackson is second in the country with 322.1 yards per game. He said his goal is 3,000 yards and 30 TDs.
2. Reunion in Crowley: The Eagles host FW South Hills on Friday in a reunion between head coaches. Crowley’s JJ Resendez spent the previous eight seasons with South Hills before taking the new job in the spring. His offensive coordinator for seven of those years was current Scorpions head coach Mika Harp. Resendez went 54-30 at South Hills, including a 42-12 record the last four years. The Scorpions were a playoff team each of the past four seasons after not making the postseason since 2006. The Scorpions posted 10-0 regular seasons the past two years, the first time a Fort Worth ISD school won 10 games in back-to-back seasons since 1979.
3. Summit in first place: People were high on Cedar Hill and the Longhorns may still be, but they hit a bump after the Jaguars won 7-3. Yes 7-3! The Jaguars are 4-2 and 3-0 in 7-6A, winning the past three games. They will make it four on Friday against South Grand Prairie at RL Anderson. Summit was predicted to finish sixth in district standings. They’re tied with Lake Ridge (the two teams play in Week 11 on Nov. 9). The Jags are allowing 17 points per game, nine during the streak.
4. Can Keller finally beat Denton Guyer? The Indians have never beaten the Wildcats (0-4) while being outscored 179-111, but Keller has improved since last season – having already matched last year’s win total (5-1). The Indians and Wildcats are tied with Fossil Ridge for second in 5-6A. Ridge plays Southlake Carroll on Friday. Keller is winning by an average margin of 40-20 this season.
5. Undefeated teams: There are 7 unbeaten programs in the Fort Worth area; Haltom, Arlington, Lamar, Southlake Carroll, Aledo, Birdville and Grapevine Faith. If they keep winning Arlington will face Lamar on Nov. 8 while Birdville faces another DFW undefeated Denton Ryan on Nov. 9. Faith plays undefeated Carrollton Prince of Peace on Friday.