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10 Dallas-area high school football players to watch in Week 7 of the 2022 season

Stars from Denton Ryan, Southlake Carroll and Coppell made the Week 7 watchlist.

Here are 10 Dallas-area players to watch in Week 7 of the high school football regular season.

Anthony Hill, LB, Denton Ryan

Denton Ryan at Burleson Centennial, 7 p.m. Friday at Burleson ISD Stadium

Denton Ryan (4-1) will face its first big District 3-5A Div. I test on Friday against Burleson Centennial (5-0), which averaged 50.8 points per game in the first half of its season. Ryan will need to stymy Centennial’s hot offense to remain undefeated in district play, and Hill — a five-star linebacker committed to Texas A&M — can do just that.

The No. 1 player on The Dallas Morning News’ top 100 recruits list for the class of 2023, Hill has 33 tackles and two sacks for Ryan, and was named The News’ preseason defensive player of the year.

Amarion Henry, WR, Keller

Keller at Southlake Carroll, 7 p.m. Friday at Carroll’s Dragon Stadium

Keller is off to its second 5-0 start in as many years, though it lost five of its last six games in 2021 after a 49-13 loss against Southlake Carroll. To avoid a similar fate this year, Keller will need to keep up with a Carroll (6-0) offense that ranks third among Dallas-area 6A teams in yards per game (486.2) and second in scoring (52.8 points per game).

Henry leads Keller in catches (27), yards (520) and touchdowns (5)

Southlake Carroll sophomore Jacob Jordan (7) rushes down the field to gain yardage during...
Southlake Carroll sophomore Jacob Jordan (7) rushes down the field to gain yardage during the Class 6A Division I Region I semifinal game between Southlake Carroll and Lewisville at Buddy Echols Field in Coppell, Texas on Saturday, November 27, 2021. (Emil Lippe/Special Contributor)(Emil Lippe / Special Contributor)

Jacob Jordan, WR, Southlake Carroll

Keller at Southlake Carroll, 7 p.m. Friday at Carroll’s Dragon Stadium

Jordan leads Southlake Carroll (5-0) in catches (19), receiving yards (361) and touchdowns (8), and alongside quarterback Kaden Anderson and running back Owen Allen has helped form one of the state’s best offenses. Seeking its fourth 6-0 start in the last five seasons, Carroll can gain a leg up on the rest of the District 4-6A competition Friday as it, Keller and Trophy Club Byron Nelson are 2-0 in league play.

Jermy Jackson Jr., DL, Waxahachie

Waxahachie at Duncanville, 7 p.m. Friday at Duncanville’s Panther Stadium

The District 11-6A co-newcomer of the year as a sophomore in 2021, Jackson Jr. is Waxahachie’s top pass rusher and will be relied upon to disrupt a Duncanville (4-0) offense that averaged 42.5 points per game. The junior holds offers from Texas Tech, SMU and Houston, and has four sacks on the season.

Points will be at a premium for Waxahachie (4-1), as Duncanville’s defense has been among the state’s best and leads all Dallas-area 6A teams in yards allowed per game (177.5). If Waxahachie hopes to dethrone the area’s second-ranked team, it’ll need to play at its best defensively.

Brady Janusek, WR, Argyle Liberty Christian

Argyle Liberty Christian at Fort Worth Christian, 7p.m. Friday at Fort Worth Christian’s Barrow Field

Janusek leads all Dallas-area private school receivers in yardage (629), and eight of his 30 catches have gone for touchdowns, as Argyle Liberty Christian (5-1) has had the third-best passing attack among its contemporaries. The News’ fourth-ranked private school, Jason Witten’s Liberty Christian program faces another test against fifth-ranked Fort Worth Christian (5-0).

A win this week would helped Liberty Christian triple its win total from last year, and secure its first winning season since 2019.

Trey Wilson, LB, Hurst L.D. Bell

Weatherford at Hurst L.D. Bell, 7:30 p.m. Friday at Bedford’s Pennington Field

Hurst L.D. Bell (5-0) has been a top-20 Dallas-area 6A defense in yards allowed, rushing yards allowed, passing yards allowed and points per game allowed. Wilson, a three-star prospect and the No. 74 player on The News’ top 100 recruits list, has already amassed 76 tackles (15 for loss) and six sacks for the upstart District 3-6A program.

A win over Weatherford (4-1) could keep Bell atop the district standings and inch it closer to its first postseason berth since 2013.

Ronnie Harrison, WR, Forney

Forney at Longview, 7:30 p.m. Friday at Longview’s Lobo Stadium

Forney’s offense has been one of the Dallas area’s best at the 5A level, as it ranks third in total offensive yards per game (513.4). Harrison, a senior, leads Forney (4-1) with 18 catches, 473 yards and six touchdowns.

Already off to its best start since 2015, Forney can make quite the statement against Longview (5-0), the state’s top-ranked 5A Div. I team, this week. Longview averages 46 points per game, and if it hopes for a win, Forney and Harrison will need to keep pace.

Lake Dallas quarterback Cade Bortnem (13) gets some pressure from Frisco Memorial linebacker...
Lake Dallas quarterback Cade Bortnem (13) gets some pressure from Frisco Memorial linebacker Leo Rodgers (34) and linebacker Kennedy McDowell (11) during the first half of a District 3-5A Division II high school football game played on September 30, 2022 at Falcon Stadium in Corinth. (Steve Nurenberg/Special Contributor)

Cade Bortnem, QB, Lake Dallas

Lake Dallas at Argyle, 7 p.m. Friday at Argyle’s Eagle Stadium

Lake Dallas (6-0) is off to its best start since 2007. Credit the play of Bortnem, a junior who leads all Dallas-area 5A quarterbacks in passing yards (1,657), touchdowns (24) and has thrown just one interception. In an overtime victory against Frisco Memorial on Friday, Bortnem passed for 374 yards and totaled five touchdowns.

If Lake Dallas were to upset Argyle (6-0), the area’s top-ranked 5A team, expect Bortnem to be at the center of it.

Jack Fishpaw, QB, Coppell

Flower Mound Marcus at Coppell, 7 p.m. Friday at Coppell’s Buddy Echols Field

Coppell will need to bounce back from its Week 6 loss against Lewisville, though it won’t get too much easier against Flower Mound Marcus. Fishpaw, a senior, has led Coppell with 1,146 passing yards and a clean 9-to-0 touchdown-to-interception ratio with a pair of rushing scores as well.

Fishpaw shined in Coppell’s Week 1 win over Sachse, in which he passed for 328 yards, three touchdowns and two scores on the ground. If that kind of player shows up versus Marcus, Coppell can return to the winning path.

Sam Mitchum, RB, Royse City

Royse City at Rockwall, 7 p.m. Friday at Rockwall’s Wilkerson-Sandera Memorial Stadium

District 10-6A newcomer Royse City (3-2) play the league’s top team on Friday, and Mitchum, a senior, will once again be the focal point of the former’s offense. He leads Royse City with 801 yards (fifth among Dallas-area 6A rushers) on 101 attempts, and has scored 11 touchdowns on the ground and one in the air.

Currently second place in a competitive district, a win over Rockwall (5-1) would do wonders for momentum and postseason hopes.

On Twitter: @McFarland_Shawn

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