Recap area high school football games, played from Oct. 28-30, with content from The Dallas Morning News.
Final scores: See who won in matchups across the state
How top teams fared: How area- and state-ranked teams fared in Texas high school football this week
5 things we learned: No Dodge Bowl repeat; Garland QB on record pace; 5-6A all sorted out
- In battle of undefeated teams, Ennis beats Royse City 48-20 to clinch top seed in 8-5A Div. II
- ‘A huge game’: Harrison Rosar leads Prosper in 28-23 upset win over rival Allen
- Big-play offense powers South Oak Cliff to blowout win over Kimball, District 6-5A Div. II title
- Bolstered by an ‘underestimated’ defense Flower Mound Marcus hands Lewisville first loss of season
- Ahmaad Moses’ two interceptions help Mansfield Summit defeat Midlothian, 42-21
- An explosive start to 3rd quarter helps Arlington Martin cruise past Grand Prairie, 66-20
- Ennis vs. Royse City
- Lewisville vs. FM Marcus
- Arlington Martin vs. Grand Prairie
- SOC vs. Kimball
- Flower Mound vs. Plano
- Highland Park vs. West Mesquite
- FW Nolan vs. Parish Episcopal
Schedule of games: View matchups here
Players to watch: Ten players from different area schools are represented
Dallas-area rankings: Trio of new teams join 6A’s top 20
Dallas-area stat leaders: See the top performers in each classification
Offensive player of the Week: Royse City WR Jonah Roberson
Defensive player of the week: Irving MacArthur LB Julian Garza
Storylines to know: Five interesting storylines to keep an eye on
Notable games: Previews and predictions for games
Pick ‘Em: Here’s who our experts are taking
Stories to know
Lovejoy volleyball has set championship standards. Its undefeated football team hopes to follow suit
LUCAS — The trophy case is not lacking at Lovejoy.
Established in 2006, the school has made quick ground on some of its older peers in the championship category. Lovejoy has won a collective 12 UIL team titles in 15 years.
Impressive. Even more so when you consider its volleyball team is to thank for eight. Boy’s cross country and girl’s cross country each have won titles twice.
Football, the crown jewel of most Texas high schools, has none.
But when coach Chris Ross looks at those volleyball titles, he doesn’t see what his team hasn’t done. He sees what it can do.
“When you look at the success of the volleyball program, which is really historic,” Ross, also the school’s athletic director, said. “It turns into, ‘Why not us?’ I think success breeds success.”
Why not us? It’s a question every coach who’s team has playoff eligibility is likely asking this time of year. Lovejoy’s case is strong. It’s 8-0, 5-0 in District 7-5A Div. II play, and ranked second in the state-wide 5A Div. II poll behind only 10-time state champion Aledo.
On Friday, schools across the state will submit their enrollment numbers to the UIL on Snapshot Day that will determine their classification in February’s biennial realignment.
This could be the last realignment that uses the current Class 6A-1A format.
With new schools continuing to open across Texas, deputy executive director Jamey Harrison said the UIL will look at several options that could change the landscape of high school sports in the state, potentially as early as the 2024-2026 realignment. One of those options is adding a Class 7A that would be comprised of the mega schools in the state.
Chatter about adding a Class 7A has been ongoing for at least the past couple of years.
“Unless there is some completely unforeseen reversal of growth in the state of Texas, I think it’s a mathematic certainty [there will be change],” Harrison said.
It could be the biggest change for UIL athletics since Class 5A was added in 1980 and the two-division playoff format for football was adopted for the highest classification in 1990. When the UIL created Class 6A starting with the 2014-15 school year, it just renamed the classifications instead of adding a new class.
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