Ryan Osborne and Travis L. Brown break down the week’s biggest stories in the High School Huddle, including Arlington Lamar’s win over Arlington Bowie and the Keller Fossil Ridge-Denton Guyer matchup.
Fossil Ridge (5-0, 2-0) at Denton Guyer (4-1, 2-0)
7 p.m. Friday, C.H. Collins Athletic Complex, Denton
Ryan: While it’s no surprise Guyer can put up points in a hurry, the Wildcats – despite being a top 10 team in 6A – can give up points just as quickly. Keller and Northwest both posted scores in the 30s against Guyer the last two weeks. Fossil Ridge and Keshawn Mitchell should be able to run the ball, as they have all season. The key will be how well QB Bryce Baccarini can stretch the Guyer defense, particularly in the vertical passing game. I say they do that and get what most will deem an upset.
Travis: For Keller Fossil Ridge, which has coasted through the season under the radar and undefeated, the key is running back Keshawn Mitchell. He leads the team with 934 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns, averaging 7.9 yards per carry. Add his 208 receiving yards and two touchdowns and Mitchell is one of the most dangerous offensive threats in the area. He has 41 yards passing as well. If he can bust loose against Guyer, which is the District 5-6A favorite, things could go very well for Fossil Ridge in this game. That said, give me the favorite, Guyer, to take this by the closest of margins.
Trimble Tech (4-2, 1-1) vs. South Hills (5-0, 1-0)
7 p.m. Thursday, Scarborough-Handley Field
Ryan: Trimble Tech might be what Southwest was last year: a Fort Worth team that can score and keep games competitive. But South Hills is the class of FWISD this year and the highest scoring team in the state. I don’t see Trimble Tech slowing the Scorpions’ roll.
Travis: South Hills quarterback Tracin Wallace has been unreal this season, throwing for 1,081 yards and 19 touchdowns with just one interception, while also leading his team in rushing with 616 yards and 10 touchdowns. While Trimble Tech has jumped out to a great start at 4-2, the Bulldogs don’t have the defense that can stop this high-octane South Hills offense.
Everman (3-2, 1-1) at Aledo (4-1, 2-0)
7:30 p.m. Friday, Bearcat Stadium, Aledo
Ryan: Aledo adjusted well in the second half against an old-school Burleson Centennial offense last week, cruising to a comfortable win. Everman, meanwhile, remains a mystery on offense. The Bulldogs have a star RB in Kierre Crossley, but virtually no passing game. If they can diversify their offense, I’d give them a chance in this one. But I don’t see that happening Friday, especially against an Aledo team that is hitting its stride offensively.
Travis: While it’s selling Everman short to call this a trap game for Aledo, it’s one that can certainly get away from the Bearcats if they get off to a slow start and allow Everman an early lead. In my mind, Aledo is certainly the favorite in this game and if the offense clicks from the beginning, led by running back Jess Anders and wide receiver Ryan Newsome, things should go well for Aledo.
Arlington (3-2, 2-0) vs. Sam Houston (3-2, 0-2)
7 p.m. Thursday, Wilemon Field, Arlington
Ryan: Two evenly matched teams that need this win to stay ahead of the other for the fourth playoff spot in District 4-6A. I’ll take an improved Sam Houston team.
Travis: In my mind, Sam Houston is the fourth playoff team in District 4-6A, so this should go in Sam Houston’s favor this week.
Timberview (4-1, 2-0) vs. Lake Ridge (3-2, 1-1)
7:30 p.m. Friday, Vernon Newsom Stadium, Mansfield
Ryan: A matchup of two of the better junior QBs in the area — Timberview’s Devin Williams and Lake Ridge’s Jett Duffey. Also the two most talented Mansfield teams. I’ll take Timberview, which is still poised for a deep run in 5A.
Travis: Lake Ridge has put up quite a season. Timberview, though, will continue its roll through this game.
Burleson Centennial (3-2, 1-1) at Crowley (3-2, 1-1)
7:30 p.m. Friday, Eagle Stadium, Crowley
Ryan: Centennial earned respect after playing Aledo to a 20-20 tie in the first half last week. I’ll take the Spartans.
Travis: Crowley’s win over Mansfield Legacy sticks out and I like the Eagles’ strength of schedule. They will win as the more battle-tested team.
Legacy (3-2, 1-1) at Arlington Seguin (3-2, 1-1)
7:30 p.m. Friday, Wilemon Field, Arlington
Ryan: A crucial game for playoff positioning in 14-5A. Both teams play fast, but I’ll take Carlos Lynn’s squad to win a close one over Legacy.
Travis: Legacy will bounce back after a tough loss to Summit two weeks ago and, with an extra week of practice, will beat a good Seguin team.
Northwest (2-3, 0-2) at Keller Central (3-2, 1-1)
7:30 p.m. Friday, Keller ISD Athletic Complex
Ryan: Two up-and-down teams with great skill position players. Northwest’s offense played well against Fossil Ridge and Guyer, so I’ll take the Texans to win for the first time in a month.
Travis: Keller Central has been an up-and-down team this season and has lacked consistent play, which makes me believe this will be Northwest’s game.
Brewer (4-1, 2-0) at Denton (5-0, 2-0)
7 p.m Friday, Bronco Field, Denton
Ryan: Both teams are hot at the moment. I’ll take Brewer to keep the momentum rolling with a road win.
Travis: It’s been a while since Denton has had the kind of team it has this year, and is near the top of many categories in the area. I think the Broncos continue their great season with a win over Brewer.
|Keller Fossil Ridge vs. Denton Guyer||Fosil Ridge||Guyer||Guyer|
|FW Trimble Tech vs. FW South Hills||South Hills||South Hills||South Hills|
|Everman vs. Aledo||Aledo||Aledo||Aledo|
|Arlington vs. Arlington Sam Houston||Sam Houston||Sam Houston||Arlington|
|Mansfield Timberview vs. Mansfield Lake Ridge||Timberview||Timberview||Timberview|
|Burleson Centennial vs. Crowley||Centennial||Crowley||Centennial|
|Mansfield Legacy vs. Arlington Seguin||Seguin||Legacy||Legacy|
|Justin Northwest vs. Keller Central||Northwest||Northwest||Northwest|
|White Settlement Brewer vs. Denton||Brewer||Denton||Denton|
|Keller vs. Trophy Club Nelson||Keller||Nelson||Keller|