A look at notable games around the Dallas area heading into Week 9 of the #txhsfb season...
Duncanville vs. Cedar Hill
Where: 7:30 p.m. Friday at Globe Life Field
This will be the first football game ever played at the Rangers’ new Globe Life Field. Duncanville (5-1, 4-0) gained sole possession of first in District 11-6A when Cedar Hill (4-3, 3-1) lost 45-0 to DeSoto last week. Duncanville showed how explosive it can be, scoring 49 points in the second half of a 52-3 win over Waxahachie. That was the fifth consecutive game in which Duncanville scored more than 40, and it was the fifth straight game in which star running back Malachi Medlock rushed for at least two touchdowns.
Riddle’s pick: Duncanville 49, Cedar Hill 14
Lovejoy vs. Frisco
Where: 7 p.m. Friday at Leopard Stadium
Both teams are 7-0 overall and 5-0 in District 7-5A Division II, and they are two of the highest-scoring teams in the area, with Lovejoy averaging 56.6 points and Frisco averaging 49.3 points. Lovejoy quarterback Alexander Franklin has thrown for 1,907 yards and 33 touchdowns, averaging 4.7 touchdown passes per game. His top three receivers — Jaxson Lavender, Parker Livingstone and Kyle Parker — have combined for 91 catches for 1,742 yards and 28 touchdowns. Frisco, with an offensive line featuring four-star Texas pledge Cole Hutson, has averaged a 5A area-best 386 rushing yards per game.
Riddle’s pick: Lovejoy 42, Frisco 28
Southlake Carroll vs. Northwest Eaton
Where: 7 p.m. Thursday at Northwest ISD Stadium
Southlake Carroll (7-0, 3-0) is ranked No. 1 in the Dallas area, but it is actually Eaton (7-1, 4-0) that has a half-game lead in District 4-6A. Carroll has scored more than 30 in every game, and it has surpassed 60 points in two of its last three games. Kaden Anderson, in his first year as Carroll’s starter, has thrown for 1,530 yards and 18 touchdowns, while South Carolina pledge Landon Samson and Boston College pledge RJ Maryland have combined for 59 catches for 1,092 yards and 17 touchdowns. Carroll was the 6A Division I state runner-up last season, but one of its closest games was against Eaton, a 45-30 victory.
Riddle’s pick: Southlake Carroll 45, Northwest Eaton 17
Euless Trinity at Weatherford
Where: 7 p.m. Friday at Kangaroo Stadium
The District 3-6A title will be on the line when Trinity (6-1, 4-0) visits Weatherford (5-2, 4-0), and the winner clinches a playoff berth. Trinity has won its district games by an average of 41.8 points, and now it faces a Weatherford team that it beat 59-7 last year. Trinity has thrown for only 420 yards, but it leads area 6A teams in rushing yards (2,419) and rushing yards per game (345.6), and quarterback/running back Ollie Gordon has rushed for 1,259 yards and 18 touchdowns.
Riddle’s pick: Euless Trinity 42, Weatherford 14
Denton Guyer at McKinney Boyd
Where: 7 p.m. Friday at McKinney ISD Stadium
This is a crucial game in District 5-6A, as Guyer (7-1, 3-1) sits in second place, a half-game ahead of Boyd (6-1, 2-1). Guyer will try to bounce back from a 38-31 loss to 5-6A leader Allen, a game in which Guyer allowed 357 rushing yards. Boyd has been outgained in its last three wins — including 593-222 in last week’s 48-44 victory over Little Elm — but it has scored on a blocked extra-point return, a kickoff return, a punt return and a fumble return in that span.
Riddle’s pick: Denton Guyer 31, McKinney Boyd 21
Prosper at Denton Braswell
Where: 7 p.m. Friday at C.H. Collins Complex
Both teams are fighting for a playoff spot, with Braswell (5-3, 2-2) sitting in fourth place in District 5-6A and Prosper (4-3, 1-2) a half-game back. Braswell running back Jaylon Burton continues to lead area 6A players in rushing yards (1,427), and he has 16 touchdown runs. Teammate Ja’Ryan Wallace ranks eighth in receiving yards (785) and is coming off a game in which he had 12 receptions for 232 yards and four touchdowns.
Riddle’s pick: Denton Braswell 28, Prosper 24
Flower Mound Marcus at Hebron
Where: 7 p.m. Friday at Hawk Stadium
After an 0-3 start, Hebron (4-3, 4-0) is the surprising co-leader in District 6-6A, tied with Lewisville. Marcus (5-2, 3-1) is one game back and plays both front-runners over the next two weeks. Four-star wide receiver Ashton Cozart has seven catches for 233 yards and four touchdowns in the last two games for Marcus, and Dallas Dudley had five catches for 132 yards and a touchdown in last week’s 37-14 win over Plano West. Hebron has its own big-play receiver in three-star recruit Takoda Bridges, who has 50 receptions for 818 yards and nine touchdowns. After missing the previous game with a shoulder injury, Jacob Buniff started for Hebron in last week’s 34-12 win against Coppell but was replaced in the second half by Braxton Baker.
Riddle’s pick: Flower Mound Marcus 24, Hebron 17
Grand Prairie at Arlington Bowie
Where: 7 p.m. Friday at Wilemon Field
With two games remaining, Grand Prairie (5-3, 4-0 District 8-6A) has already clinched its first playoff berth since 2017. With a win Friday, Grand Prairie would be assured of its first winning season in a long time. MaxPreps records go back as far as 2004, and Grand Prairie has not had a winning record in that span. SMU pledge Savion Red has been one of the most versatile players in the area, leading Grand Prairie in rushing with 891 yards and 14 touchdowns, throwing for 578 yards and three scores and catching seven passes for 91 yards and a touchdown.
Riddle’s pick: Grand Prairie 35, Arlington Bowie 14
Rockwall-Heath at Mesquite
Where: 7:30 p.m. Friday at Hanby Stadium
Rockwall-Heath (6-1, 3-0) has a half-game lead over Rockwall and Mesquite (5-3, 3-1) in a tightly bunched District 10-6A race. Mesquite stifled a high-powered Rockwall offense for much of the game before losing 25-22 on a touchdown pass with 30 seconds left on Oct. 1. Now, Mesquite will face Heath, which leads area 6A teams in scoring (58.4 points per game) and total offense (572.4 yards per game). Heath is so hard to stop because it has a 2,000-yard passer (Indiana pledge Josh Hoover), a 900-yard rusher (Minnesota pledge Zach Evans) and two receivers (Baylor pledge Jordan Nabors and Auburn pledge Jay Fair) who have combined for 1,473 yards and 15 touchdowns.
Riddle’s pick: Rockwall-Heath 38, Mesquite 21
Lancaster at Woodrow Wilson
Where: 7:30 p.m. Friday at Forester Field
Lancaster (6-1, 5-0) and Woodrow Wilson (6-1, 5-0) go head-to-head to decide the District 6-5A Division I title. Both have dominated, with Lancaster outscoring the opposition 280-51 and Woodrow Wilson outscoring its opponents 301-103. Lancaster is ranked No. 11 in the area in Class 5A, so a win would be big not only for 20th-ranked Woodrow Wilson, but also for Dallas ISD. Of the 22 high schools in Dallas ISD, only Woodrow Wilson and Carter (No. 8 in 4A/3A) are in The Dallas Morning News’ area rankings. Three-star running back Isaiah Broadway (629 yards, eight touchdowns) and three-star wide receiver Phaizon Wilson (466 yards, nine touchdowns) have been the offensive standouts for a Lancaster team that averages 40 points.
Riddle’s pick: Lancaster 35, Woodrow Wilson 14
Ennis at Forney
Where: 7:30 p.m. Friday at City Bank Stadium
Ennis (7-0, 4-0) and Forney (5-2, 4-0) are tied for first in District 8-5A Division II. This is a big game for both, because both still have to play fellow district co-leader Royse City (7-0, 4-0). Ennis has relied heavily on the passing combination of quarterback Jackson Gilkey (1,330 yards, 14 touchdowns) and freshman wide receiver Gracen Harris (841 yards, eight touchdowns). Both teams have been good in close games, with Forney going 3-0 in games decided by eight points or less and Ennis winning its only two games that were decided by seven points or less.
Riddle’s pick: Ennis 28, Forney 21
Tyler at Highland Park
Where: 7:30 p.m. Friday at Highlander Stadium
This is a battle for first place in District 7-5A Division I, as both teams are 3-0 in district and a half-game ahead of Longview. Highland Park has won six in a row since a season-opening loss to Southlake Carroll. During the winning streak, Brennan Storer has thrown 16 touchdown passes, Christian Reeves has run for seven touchdowns and John Rutledge has six touchdown catches. Highland Park beat Tyler 49-10 last year, holding Tyler to minus-5 yards rushing.
Riddle’s pick: Highland Park 42, Tyler 20