Ryan Osborne and Travis L. Brown of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram break down the week’s biggest area football games on the High School Huddle.
Trinity (7-0, 3-0) at Carroll (6-0, 2-0)
7:30 p.m. Friday, Dragon Stadium, Southlake
Ryan: Per usual, it’s hard to differentiate between these two teams, which are always closely matched despite differing styles. Carroll has actually rushed more than it has passed this year, while Trinity has remained committed to the ground game. The Dragons have a home-field advantage, but size travels well, and the Trojans always have the edge there. Trinity by a touchdown or less.
Travis: It’s the matchup everyone has been waiting for in North Texas since district realignment was released last spring: power and strength vs. a fine-tuned offense. In the past, Trinity has only been exposed by fast-moving offenses that make its defensive secondary work, and that is exactly what this Carroll offense is. Trinity has shown spurts of being two-dimensional with quarterback Tyler Natee under center, throwing for 440 yards and four touchdowns on the season. The Trojans will need him to complete passes to hang with Carroll’s fast-moving offense. That being said, Carroll wins this in a very close game.
Martin (4-2, 3-0) vs. Bowie (4-2, 2-1)
7:30 p.m. Friday, Wilemon Field, Arlington
Ryan: Bowie has been up-and-down, while Martin has been without quarterback Eric Walker, who broke his ankle two weeks ago. Bowie should be able to reel off several big plays against Martin, especially if the Volunteers can consistently get into the second level of that defense. But Martin is the better team with a rush-heavy offense even before Walker went down. Warriors win by two touchdowns.
Travis: Arlington Bowie is an interesting case study of a program that consistently has tons of Division I talent, but can’t seem to come together as a cohesive unit to win big games or make deep playoff runs. This Bowie squad is not nearly as strong as Martin in the trenches and that is where this game will be won — by Martin.
DeSoto (6-0, 2-0) at
South Grand Prairie (5-2, 3-0)
7:30 p.m. Friday, Gopher-Warrior Bowl, Grand Prairie
Ryan: South Grand Prairie is much improved and has entrenched itself as the third best team in its district. Of course, that’s behind Cedar Hill and DeSoto. Only a handful of teams in the state can keep up with the Eagles, so it’s no knock on SGP that they’re not one of them. DeSoto wins.
Travis: South Grand Prairie has put up a great season, including a decent showing against a strong Arlington Martin team in the Warriors’ third game of the season. However, DeSoto is on a whole different level than any team South Grand Prairie has faced and won’t be able to stop this strong Eagles offense led by quarterback Jaylin Nelson, who has thrown for 1,020 yards and 12 touchdowns in place of the injured Tristen Wallace. DeSoto continues its undefeated season this week.
Denton Ryan (4-2, 2-1) at Fossil Ridge (5-1, 2-1)
7 p.m. Thursday, Keller ISD Athletic Complex
Ryan: Fossil Ridge, frankly, laid an egg last week in a 43-3 loss to Denton Guyer. But now that’s out of their system, things should turn around this week with a solid win over Ryan.
Travis: Fossil Ridge had a very disappointing performance against Denton Guyer last week, leaving Ryan a chance to catch a good Ridge team in a rut. Ryan wins in a slight upset.
Seguin (4-2, 2-1) at Summit (4-2, 3-0)
7:30 p.m. Friday, R.L. Anderson Stadium, Mansfield
Ryan: I like what both of these teams bring to the table, especially defensively. Ultimately, though, Summit QB Braden Nolen will be too much for Seguin to handle.
Travis: Arlington Seguin is a hot team right now and has done what it takes to pull out wins in its last two games. Seguin will continue to ride that streak this week in a big win over Summit.
Brewer (4-2, 2-1) at Boswell (5-1, 2-1)
7 p.m. Friday, Pioneer Stadium, Saginaw
Ryan: Brewer has been turned around by new coach Wade Griffin, while Boswell has continued to play consistently. I’ll take Brewer in an upset.
Travis: In last weekend’s 50-14 loss, Brewer was exposed through the air by Denton’s offense, leaving a blueprint for Boswell quarterback Jordon Cox, who has thrown for 1,799 yards this season.
Nelson (2-4, 1-2) at Northwest (2-4, 0-3)
7 p.m. Friday, Northwest ISD Stadium
Ryan: Both teams desperately need a win to stay alive in 5-6A. The Texans have one in them this week.
Travis: It’s been a disappointing year for both of these teams and they are desperate for a district win. Nelson will ride the legs of running back Courtney Miles, who has 1,057 yards and 12 touchdowns rushing, past Northwest this week.
West Mesquite (5-1, 2-1) at
Rockwall-Heath (4-2, 2-1)
7:30 p.m. Friday, Wilkerson-Sanders Stadium, Rockwall
Ryan: Rockwall-Heath was impressive earlier this year against Euless Trinity. But West Mesquite’s offense will be too much.
Travis: Any defense that can hold with the strength and athleticism of Euless Trinity can certainly come to play against the high-powered offense of West Mesquite. I like Rockwall-Heath in this one.
|Euless Trinity vs. Southlake Carroll||Trinity||Carroll||Carroll|
|Arlington Martin vs. Arlington Bowie||Martin||Martin||Martin|
|DeSoto vs. South Grand Prairie||DeSoto||DeSoto||DeSoto|
|Denton Ryan vs. Keller Fossil Ridge||Fossil Ridge||Ryan||Fossil Ridge|
|Arlington Seguin vs. Mansfield Summit||Summit||Seguin||Summit|
|WS Brewer vs. Saginaw Boswell||Brewer||Boswell||Boswell|
|Trophy Club Nelson vs. Justin Northwest||Northwest||Nelson||Northwest|
|West Mesquite vs. Rockwall-Heath||West Mesquite||Rockwall-Heath||West Mesquite|
|Lake Highlands vs. Highland Park||Highland Park||Highand Park||Highland Park|
|Burleson vs. Burleson Centennial||Centennial||Centennial||Centennial|