1. What we noticed: Fort Worth success
FWISD has had some good teams the past few years and has gotten off to great starts, but this season has a different feeling to it.
Those teams that struggle to win are finally winning.
The Eagles beat North Dallas 43-14 for their first winning streak since 1999.
But they weren’t the only FWISD team to improve to 2-0
Polytechnic starts 2-0 for the first time since going 4-0 in 2009. The Parrots beat Dallas Conrad 41-6.
It’s not only that the Eagles and Parrots are winning, but they’re scoring at will.
The Eagles have 83 points in two weeks. They scored 73 over the past two years – that’s 20 games. The Parrots have 103 points when they scored 45 last season and 55 in 2016.
But it doesn’t stop there.
Western Hills and Benbrook, who are in the same Class 4A district, both are 2-0.
Benbrook, in its third year, got 326 yards rushing and 4 TDs from star RB Quintan Jackson – offer the kid already. He’s up to 556 yards and 8 TDs in two games.
Not a bad career either.
In 22 games, Jackson has rushed for 100 or more yards 18 times – 200 nine times – with 43 TDs.
Western Hills, like Benbrook, matched its win total from 2017 beating Carter-Riverside 42-3. QB Jay’von Simmons is up to 6 total TDs in two weeks.
2. Biggest Upset: Tie, Mesquite Poteet 48, Waxahachie 7; Midlothian Heritage 35, Kennedale 7
Going off a couple of rankings, these could be considered upsets. Waxahachie entered the week No. 10 in our DFW power rankings. Kennedale was No. 7 in the AP poll.
Poteet forced three turnovers and RB Seth McGowan rushed for 4 TDs vs. the Indians.
Heritage held the Wildcats to 79 yards rushing and to its fewest points in nearly five years. The Wildcats had scored in double figures in 64-straight games.
3. Best win: Saginaw 40, Wichita Falls 29
You might be scratching your head – Saginaw?
Well it’s significant because the Rough Riders were on a losing streak. It’s no 77 games, but the program had lost its past 17 games.
The team accounted for nearly 500 yards on offense and scored its most points since Sept. 27, 2013. Saginaw scored 105 points in 10 games last season.
4. Best offensive performance:
QB Kameron Williams (Saginaw): The junior threw for 294 yards and 3 TDs and rushed for 91 yards on 11 carries with another touchdown.
RB Jacob Reynolds (Cleburne): Rushed for 396 yards and 4 TDs as the Yellowjackets start 2-0 with back-to-back 40-point games. They were 0-10 last season and never hit the 40-mark once.
WR Jaylen Hearst (Fossil Ridge): Despite a loss to No. 3 Denton Ryan, the 3-star 2019 torched the secondary with 10 catches, 205 yards and a TD.
K Madi Martin (Carroll): The best Dragons goalkeeper of all time, Martin made football history by becoming the first female to score in a SLC football game. She made all six extra points vs. Colleyville Heritage.
5. Best defensive performance: Isaiah Jackson, ATH, FW Trinity Valley
We’re kind of cheating on this one. Don’t us wrong, Jackson had a phenomenal game, but he did it both ways as the Trojans beat Southwest Christian 41-21.
Jackson accounted for 16 tackles, 3 for loss on defense. He rushed for 182 yards and 3 TDs, and caught a TD pass with 55 yards on offense.
Not a bad day at the office for the young man.
1. Can Colleyville Heritage repeat history when the Panthers take on Euless Trinity, 7 p.m. Thursday at Pennington Field. The game will be aired live on TXA 21. The Panthers beat Trinity 31-14 last season to snap a nine-game losing streak in the series. They celebrated so much they took it to Whataburger during post-game.
2. Is something wrong with Denton Guyer? The two-time state champions aren’t having much success the past two weeks. Aledo and Cedar Hill shut them out. The Aledo loss was the program’s first shutout since its first varsity game in 2006, and the Wildcats were never shut out in back-to-back games. They lost 3-star DT and Oklahoma State commit Grant Mahon for the season, but should be getting back star RB Kaedric Cobbs this week vs. North Crowley.
3. District gets started for some Fort Worth area teams in 3-5A Division I. The nine-team district race begins in Week 3: Arlington Heights vs. Brewer; South Hills vs. Saginaw; Azle vs. Granbury and Chisholm Trail vs. Crowley. Every team playing this week is 1-1. Boswell, which was predicted to win the district, is off this week and sitting at 0-2.
4. Is Cedar Hill back? The Longhorns hit a road block last season, missing out on the playoffs for the first time since 2004. Something unusual for the three-time state champ. But Cedar Hill is off to a scorching start against two of the best in John Tyler and Guyer. The Longhorns have outscored them 85-7. The defense has played a key role, allowing an average of 188 yards per game with nine sacks and four turnovers.
5. Top games to watch include Hebron vs. Fossil Ridge; Allen vs. Coppell; Grapevine vs. Northwest; Bowie vs. Rockwall; Reedy vs. Lake Dallas; Flower Mound vs. Prosper; Permian vs. Carroll; Nolan Catholic vs. Celina; Legacy vs. Mansfield; Lake Highlands vs. Haltom; Brock vs. Liberty Christian; DeSoto vs. Bishop Dunne; All Saints vs. TC-Cedar Hill.