High School Football

Week 3 predictions: Richland, Haltom renew Metroplex rivalry

Richland storms into Friday night’s matchup with former district rival Haltom at 2-0. Richland has won the past three meetings and eight of the past 12.
Richland storms into Friday night’s matchup with former district rival Haltom at 2-0. Richland has won the past three meetings and eight of the past 12. Special to the Star-Telegram

In a long-running Metroplex rivalry, one team will remain undefeated after Friday when 2-0 Richland and 2-0 Haltom square off at 7:30 p.m. at the Birdville ISD Fine Arts Athletic Complex.

In 1961, Richland High School opened and the original Birdville High School was renamed Haltom High School. The schools since have met on the gridiron, mostly as district rivals, but this time Haltom enters in Class 6A and Richland in 5A.

Richland has dominated the series of late, winning the past three years and eight of the past 12. Haltom won in 2004, 2005, 2009 and 2012.

Haltom is off to a 2-0 start for only the third time since 2005

The Buffalos defeated Grand Prairie (21-7) and Dallas Sunset (69-0) to start 2-0 for the third time since 2005. Senior quarterback Cole Hays has thrown for 365 yards and three touchdowns, and senior running back JQ Reed is averaging 155 yards rushing per game.

Senior Trae Self has led Richland to wins over Nolan Catholic and Keller Central. He’s thrown for 623 yards and nine TDs while the Rebels are averaging 141 yards rushing per game.

The safe bet is Richland, but it’ll be closer than history suggests: Rebels 35-29

Euless Trinity vs. Coll. Heritage

Another game Friday features former district rivals as Euless Trinity meets Colleyville Heritage at Mustang-Panther Stadium.

Trinity, which is No. 7 in this week’s AP Class 6A poll, hung on to beat Spring Westfield 28-27 in Week 2. Colleyville Heritage (1-1) put up 730 yards of offense in last week’s 59-34 win over Frisco Heritage.

The Trojans (2-0) have won the past eight meetings by a margin of 275-133, including shutouts in 2014 and 2009, but the Panthers have one of the more potent offenses in Tarrant County this season.

In a battle between offense vs. defense, the Panthers’ offense prevails: Colleyville Heritage 35-32.

Euless Trinity has won the past eight matchups with Colleyville Heritage by a margin of 275-133.

Northwest ISD Battle

The two oldest Northwest ISD schools, Trophy Club Nelson and Justin Northwest, meet Friday. Although the teams have met only twice, it’s always a big deal no matter the sport when the schools face off. Northwest also plays the newest school, Haslet Eaton, on Sept. 23 in District 6-5A.

The Nelson Bobcats won 28-10 last season while the Texans (2-0) won 38-36 in 2014.

Nelson (0-2) has put up the points (38 a game), but its defense is allowing an average of 59.5.

Northwest (2-0) is led by junior quarterback Prince Mavula, who’s coming off the best game of his career last week when he threw for seven TDs and rushed for two more in a 69-46 win over McKinney North. Mavula is averaging 315 passing yards per game; Syrus Moore leads with 114 rushing yards per game; and Gavin Holmes has 22 receptions for 364 yards and four TDs.

The Texans will improve to 3-0 for the first time since 2013: 51-35.

Briefly

▪ Saginaw Boswell (1-1) and Birdville (1-1) meet, fresh with the memory of Boswell’s 36-33 first-round playoff win last season. Boswell scored with 1:03 left and Birdville missed a 50-yard field goal with 2 seconds left.

▪ The Willie Criss and I.C. Little High School Football Classic takes place Saturday at Wilemon Field with a doubleheader between Fort Worth Dunbar and Arlington Seguin (4:30 p.m.) and Fort Worth Wyatt and Arlington Sam Houston (7:30 p.m.). In the nightcap, head coaching Criss brothers Zachary (Wyatt) and Anthony (Sam Houston) meet.

As Aledo opens its season against Colleyville Heritage, senior QB Dillon Davis is feeling the pressure to bring home a state title and add to his family's legacy.

Chuck Filiaga, one of the top-ranked high school players in the country, moves from California to Aledo for his senior season and quickly becomes the talk of the town.

In a small town with huge expectations, players and coaches embrace the pressure to reclaim what was once theirs: “State!”

Week 3 Pick ’Em

Note: Predicted winners in bold.

Thursday

Flower Mound vs. Timber Creek

Boswell vs. Birdville

Castleberry vs. Trimble Tech

Dallas Adams vs. South Hills

Western Hills vs. Dallas Molina

Frisco Heritage vs. Grapevine

Polytechnic vs. Dallas Jefferson

Carter Riverside vs. Diamond Hill-Jarvis

Friday

Haslet Eaton vs. Frisco Independence

Brewer vs. Burleson Centennial

Haltom vs. Richland

Burleson vs. Weatherford

Keller Central vs. Arlington Lamar

Arlington vs. Plano East

South Grand Prairie vs. Arlington Martin

Paschal vs. Summit

Trinity vs. Colleyville Heritage

Stephenville vs. Everman

Wichita Falls vs. Arlington Heights

Waco La Vega vs. Fort Worth YMLA

Kennedale vs. Alvarado

Mansfield vs. FM Marcus

Southlake Carroll vs. Rockwall

Aledo vs. Legacy

Azle vs. Crowley

Saginaw vs. Fossil Ridge

Chisholm Trail vs. Southwest

Lake Ridge vs. Mesquite Poteet

Timberview vs. Highland Park

Cleburne vs. North Crowley

North Mesquite vs. Arlington Bowie

Byron Nelson vs. Northwest

Granbury vs. Springtown

Carrollton Turner vs. Joshua

Eastern Hills vs. Dallas Hillcrest

Saturday

Keller vs. LD Bell

Wyatt vs. Sam Houston

Dunbar vs. Arlington Seguin

Last week: 30-10

Season: 60-21

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