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10 Dallas-area high school football players to watch in Week 9 of the 2021 season

Ten players from different area schools are represented.

Here are 10 Dallas-area players to watch during Week 9 of the Texas high school football season.

J.B. Brown, Northwest Eaton, RB

Southlake Carroll vs. Eaton, 7 p.m. Thursday, Northwest ISD Stadium, Justin

Carroll (7-0, 3-0) is a powerhouse and the top-ranked team in The Dallas Morning News’ Class 6A area poll, but if Brown comes up big No. 14-ranked Eaton (7-1, 4-0) should have a shot in this District 4-6A showdown. Brown has five consecutive 100-yard games, including a 224-yard, three-touchdown game in a 43-21 win over No. 19 Keller two weeks ago.

Michael Ibukun-Okeyode, Rowlett, DE

Garland Naaman Forest vs. Rowlett, 7 p.m. Thursday, Homer B. Johnson Stadium, Garland

This game could eventually determine a playoff berth out of District 9-6A. Rowlett (2-5, 2-2) in is in this situation thanks to Ibukun-Okeyode, who had a monster game in a 24-7 win over North Garland last week. He had an interception return for a touchdown, two forced fumbles, a sack and two tackles for loss.

Ja’Ryan Wallace, Denton Braswell, WR

Prosper vs. Braswell, 7 p.m. Friday, C.H. Collins Athletic Complex, Denton

Wallace is getting hot at the right time as a postseason berth could be on the line with this game. Wallace is coming off his best game with a season-high 12 receptions for 232 yards and four touchdowns in a 49-14 win over McKinney last week.

Malachi Medlock, Duncanville, RB

Duncanville vs. Cedar Hill, 7:30 p.m. Globe Life Park, Arlington

The current home of the Texas Rangers is hosting a high-school football game for the first time, and Medlock could be the best candidate to leave a strong first impression. The standout running back, who verbally committed to Toledo last week, has rushed for 792 yards and 12 touchdowns, including 123 yards and four touchdowns in a 52-3 win over Waxahachie on Friday.

Isaiah Broadway, Lancaster, RB

Lancaster vs. Woodrow Wilson, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Forester Athletic Complex

While this game is for the District 6-5A-I lead, with each team coming in with identical 6-1, 5-0 records, Lancaster hasn’t threatened in district play. In part, this is because Broadway helps put Lancaster’s opponents away quickly and efficiently. In Lancaster’s last six games Broadway has rushed for 629 yards on just 73 carries, an 8.6 yards-per-carry average.

Dee Johnson, Ennis, RB

Ennis at Forney, 7:30 p.m. Friday, City Bank Stadium

Freshman receiver Gracen Harris has led a potent passing game for undefeated Ennis (7-0, 4-0) this season, but Johnson has shown Ennis can have big games on the ground too heading a District 8-5A-II showdown against Forney (5-2, 4-0). Johnson rushed for 206 yards and two touchdowns against Crandall on Friday.

Isaiah Evans, Carrollton Creekview, RB

Fort Worth Poly vs. Creekview, Standridge Stadium, Carrollton

Creekview is coming off a 79-73 loss to District 4-5A-II co-front runner Fort Worth O.D. Wyatt, but the game showed how good the Creekview offense can be, and how Evans can be a real work horse as Creekview (3-4, 2-2) enters a pivotal game against Poly (3-4, 2-2). Evans rushed for 301 yards and three touchdowns on 48 carries against O.D. Wyatt.

Elzie Barnett III, Wilmer-Hutchins, DE

Wilmer-Hutchins vs. Carter, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Kincaide Stadium

Wilmer-Hutchins (2-3, 2-0) has battled back for a first-place showdown in District 8-4A-I with Carter (5-1, 2-0), and Barnett is a big reason. Barnett has nine tackles for loss this season, six combined in Wilmer-Hutchins last two games: wins over Roosevelt and North Dallas.

Gabe Guyton, Celina, RB

Van Alstyne at Celina, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Bobcat Stadium

Celina (6-1, 2-0) can claim at least a share of the District 4-4A-II title with a win over Van Alstyne (6-1, 1-0). Celina has a four-game winning streak, out-scoring its opponents 212-41 with Guyton playing a big role. Guyton has 434 yards in Celina’s last three games, including 198 in a 49-14 win over Aubrey on Oct. 8.

Daviawn Bishop, W.T. White, RB/KR

Carrollton Newman Smith vs. W.T. White, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Loos Stadium, Addison

It’s pretty impressive when a football player can score touchdowns half the times he touches the ball, and Bishop has proven he can get close to that mark leading a key District 6-5A-I contest between W.T. White (5-2, 4-1) and Newman Smith (4-4, 3-3). Bishop had 11 carries for 276 yards and five touchdowns, caught a pass for 16 yards and returned a punt 71 yards for a touchdown in a 62-7 win over Samuell last week.

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