High School Sports

Hated rivals square off in Week 9; This area TAPPS team is also undefeated

Colleyville Heritage running back Caleb Murphy (6) tries to break a tackle from Grapevine defensive back Robert Acosta (10) early in Friday’s game at Mustang-Panther Stadium in Grapevine.
Colleyville Heritage running back Caleb Murphy (6) tries to break a tackle from Grapevine defensive back Robert Acosta (10) early in Friday’s game at Mustang-Panther Stadium in Grapevine. Special to the Star-Telegram


1. What I noticed: District 7-6A is really the District of Doom

Lake Ridge and Summit had a chance to go to 4-0, but Cedar Hill and South Grand Prairie had other plans. The latter two would win big and, along with DeSoto, forced a five-way tie for first place in the District of Doom.

With three games left, all five teams own a 3-1 district record.

Cedar Hill looked like the favorite at the start of the season, but Summit won its matchup, leap frogging them and Lake Ridge in title contention.

But Summit suffered its first loss and injury caught up to the Eagles.

Things will become clearer after Week 9 as Summit and Desoto face off and SGP travels to Cedar Hill. Lake Ridge should beat Mansfield – which will create a three-way tie with two to play – but the Tigers finally put up some points against Waxahachie, so the Eagles can’t take them lightly.

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The Cedar Hill football crowd 35 minutes before Friday’s game against DeSoto. Matt Stepp Special to the Star-Telegram

2. Biggest Upset: The Colony 21, Lone Star 14

The Rangers were ranked No. 6 in Class 5A and 18 seconds away from another win, but the Cougars pulled off a successful hook-and-ladder to take the lead with eight seconds.

3. Best Win: Byron Nelson 31, Timber Creek 14

The Bobcats snapped a seven-game losing streak to pick up their first win of the season. Top prospect Calvin Wiggins caught a 59-yard TD pass and Tre’Jon Henderson ran in a 92-yard score.

Byron Nelson’s Calvin Wiggins (15) grabs a touchdown catch to put Nelson up 23-7 during a high school football game at Keller ISD Stadium Friday, Oct. 18, 2018. Byron Nelson defeated Timber Creek 31-14. (Special to the Star-Telegram Bob Booth) Bob Booth Bob Booth

4. Best Offensive Performance

QB Velton Gardner (Skyline): The Kansas State commit threw for 495 yards on 23 of 33 passing and 6 TDs over Richardson. He added 12 carries for 88 yards and a TD as Skyline gained 903 yards.

QB Cameron Griffin (Glen Rose): Griffin threw for a school record 7 TDs as the Tigers improved to 6-1 over Ferris. Griffin also ran for 100 yards and 2 TDs.

RB Laderrious Mixon (Birdville): The Hawks improved to 7-0 thanks in large part to Mixon, who rushed for 251 yards and 3 TDs and also caught two TD passes.

WR Trejan Bridges (Hebron): How about this stat line for the Oklahoma commit? Career high 115 yards rushing, career-high 164 yards receiving, 4 total TDs and his first career INT.

5. Best Defensive Performance: Da’Quan Thompson, Burleson Centennial

Thompson set a school record with three INTs and added a pick-six as the Spartans improved to 7-1 following a 42-0 shutout against Waco University.

High School Huddle Podcast Ep. 30

Paying tribute


1. Heated rivalry Part 1 when Grapevine takes on Colleyville Heritage on Friday at Southlake’s Dragon Stadium. CHHS has had its struggles this season, but in a rivalry game this big, it could go either way. The Panthers have won 7 of the past 8 years.

2. Heated rivalry Part 2 when Haltom and Richland play Friday from Birdville FAAC. Richland opened in 1961 and the original Birdville High School was renamed Haltom High School. The schools since have met on the gridiron, where the Rebels have dominated of late, winning the past five years and 10 of 14. Haltom won in 2004, 2005, 2009 and 2012.

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Richland’s Kyle Itoka, left, grabs Haltom’s Jeffon Evans from behind. Bob Haynes Special to the Star-Telegram

3. Please keep winning Birdville, Ryan, Lamar and Arlington so we can have TWO undefeated district championship games in Week 11. This week it’s Birdville vs. Newman Smith; Ryan vs. Turner; Lamar vs. Sam Houston; Arlington vs. North Crowley.

4. Watch out for Grapevine Faith as the Lions handled Carrollton Prince of Peace 58-3 in a battle of unbeatens. The Lions had two 100-yard rushers in Mark Saunders and Malik Caper. They get Southwest Christian and Fort Worth Christian to end the season.

5. At least one area undefeated matchup on Friday when TC-Cedar Hill (7-0) travels to Dallas Christian (7-0). TC-CH comes in having outscored opponents 305-95 and riding a 16-game winning streak. DC has outscored opponents by nearly 200 points and has only allowed 58 points on the season. TC-CH won this matchup, 27-14, last year.

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