High School Football

Underdogs, upsets highlight Week 7 high school football games

Crowley’s Jamerian Biscoe escapes Cleburne’s Adam Howell as he runs for a first down during the first quarter Friday. Crowley remained undefeated in District 9-5A with a 28-21 victory.
Crowley’s Jamerian Biscoe escapes Cleburne’s Adam Howell as he runs for a first down during the first quarter Friday. Crowley remained undefeated in District 9-5A with a 28-21 victory. Special to the Star-Telegram

We had our first “rush the field” moment when Trophy Club Nelson shocked Euless Trinity 21-20 in overtime Friday night.

Running back Jordan Joiner scored all three touchdowns and Tanner Keough kicked the game-winning extra point as the Bobcats won their first game of the season while handing then-ranked No. 10 Trinity its second loss.

Upsets happen every season and some members of the media have called this one of the biggest in the Metroplex.

Matt Stepp of Dave Campbell’s Texas Football tweeted: “0-5 Byron Nelson beating Trinity might be the biggest upset in DFW maybe since Rowlett beat Allen in the playoffs a few years back.”

In 2007, Rowlett (5-5) defeated No. 3 Allen (10-0) in the first round of the playoffs 37-32.

Nelson wasn’t the only underdog to win in Week 7 as I didn’t fare too well in my picks, going 25-11.

Crowley vs. Cleburne

Both teams entered Week 7 at 4-1 while Crowley was 2-0, Cleburne 1-1 in District 9-5A. Maybe not an upset at all, but if this game had opened district play, it definitely would have been.

The Eagles’ defense may be the real deal, holding Cleburne (4-2, 1-2) well under its season averages. The Yellow Jackets entered the night averaging over 500 yards and 47 points per game. Crowley held them to 312 yards in a 28-21 win.

“We played for each other on all phases of the game and you could see it on the sideline, you can see it on the field. I think this is a special group of kids and I think we have a great chance to make a good run this year,” Crowley coach Chris James said.

Crowley (5-1, 3-0 9-5A) is riding a four-game winning streak, its longest since 2013. That year, the Eagles also started 3-0 in district and finished 6-1 and 10-2 overall.

“We’ve been there before; these kids obviously haven’t been so there’s some blessings there that need to be learned, ways of doing things and practicing the right way,” James said. “They’re doing everything we ask them to do and they’re responding well to it and I just think we’re going to continue to get better and better each week.”

Everman vs. Burleson

Sticking in 9-5A, Everman won its first district game while Burleson lost its first, 22-16.

The Bulldogs trailed 16-7 before taking the lead on a 26-yard touchdown run by Keonte Lusk early in the fourth quarter. A 1-yard touchdown run by Dwight Tucker in the third quarter brought Everman within two points.

Everman (3-3, 1-2) had fewer yards than the Elks (3-3, 2-1), more punts and lost the turnover battle, but still managed to get the win as the Bulldogs seek their 18th consecutive postseason appearance.

Briefly

▪ Hillsboro (2-4, 1-0 4-4A DII) got 185 yards passing from quarterback Courtney Hewitt, who threw two touchdowns to Jamal Long in a 23-14 win over Godley (5-1, 0-1).

▪ Other notable teams to win their first district games of the year were: Keller Timber Creek (vs. Weatherford), Granbury (Joshua), Saginaw Chisholm Trail (Haslet Eaton), Arlington Sam Houston (FW Paschal) and FW Dunbar (FW Eastern Hills).

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