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.
▪ 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.
Week 3 Pick ’Em
Note: Predicted winners in bold.
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
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
Keller vs. LD Bell
Wyatt vs. Sam Houston
Dunbar vs. Arlington Seguin
Last week: 30-10