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10 Dallas-area football players to watch in this week’s UIL regional finals

Games to watch include Southlake Carroll vs. Denton Guyer, Duncanville vs. Spring Westfield and Prosper vs. Lewisville.

Here are 10 Dallas-area football players to watch in this week’s UIL regional finals.

Owen Allen, RB, Southlake Carroll

Southlake Carroll vs. Denton Guyer, 2 p.m. Saturday at Northwest ISD Stadium

Going back to his sophomore year, Allen has run for 2,023 yards and 31 touchdowns in 14 playoff games. That’s an average of 144.5 yards per game, and he went over 100 yards in 11 of those games. Allen ran for 221 yards and four touchdowns as Carroll rallied from a 28-14 third-quarter deficit to beat McKinney 42-35 in the regional semifinals, and he scored the winning touchdown on a 13-yard run with 53 seconds remaining. A big game from the senior this week would help Carroll (13-0) take time off the clock and keep the ball away from a Denton Guyer offense that averages 47.5 points per game. Allen leads area 6A players in rushing yards (1,977) and rushing touchdowns (35) and needs 23 more yards for his third consecutive 2,000-yard season.

Jackson Arnold, QB, Denton Guyer

Southlake Carroll vs. Denton Guyer, 2 p.m. Saturday at Northwest ISD Stadium

Last year, Arnold accounted for 46 touchdowns (34 passing, 12 rushing) in 16 games when he was The Dallas Morning News’ All-Area offensive player of the year. This year, in 13 games, the five-star Oklahoma pledge has accounted for 49 touchdowns (31 passing, 18 rushing) while throwing for 2,952 yards as Guyer has reached a regional final for the fourth consecutive season. Arnold has run for 300 yards and nine touchdowns in three playoff games, including 154 yards and three touchdowns on the ground in a 59-41 win over Trophy Club Byron Nelson in the regional semifinals. Guyer (13-0) is looking for its first state title since 2013 after finishing as the state runner-up in 2019 and 2021.

Caden Durham, RB, Duncanville

Duncanville vs. Spring Westfield, TBD

The four-star recruit has rushed for 1,412 yards and 26 touchdowns in his first year as the featured running back at nationally ranked Duncanville (12-0). He ran for 200 yards and three touchdowns, with scoring runs of 42, 75 and 38 yards, in Saturday’s 35-3 rout of The Woodlands. Duncanville (12-0) will be playing in a regional final for the sixth time in seven seasons. Durham has averaged 156.9 yards per game in seven games against Texas playoff teams, including a 309-yard, five-touchdown game in a 41-17 win over DeSoto, which will also be playing in a regional final this week.

Harrison Rosar, QB, Prosper

Prosper vs. Lewisville, 2 p.m. Saturday at McKinney ISD Stadium

He threw five touchdown passes in Saturday’s 35-21 win over North Crowley, his sixth game with four or more touchdown passes. For the season, he has thrown 40 touchdown passes — second-most among area 6A quarterbacks — and his 3,071 passing yards rank fourth in the area. Prosper (12-1) is in a regional final for the fourth straight year but has lost the previous three games in that round. The last time Prosper advanced past the regional final was in 2008, when it won the Class 3A Division I state title.

Tony-Louis Nkuba, DB, Lewisville

Prosper vs. Lewisville, 2 p.m. Saturday at McKinney ISD Stadium

He may get overlooked in a Lewisville secondary that includes Baylor pledge Caden Jenkins, four-star safety Jaydan Hardy and Cameren Jenkins, who have a combined 59 college offers between them. But Nkuba now has seven interceptions on the season after picking off a pass and returning it 100 yards for a touchdown in Saturday’s 43-3 rout of Keller. That includes four interceptions in the last four games, helping Lewisville (12-1) reach a regional final for the first time since 1996.

Johntay Cook II, WR, DeSoto

DeSoto vs. Killeen Harker Heights, 7 p.m. Friday at Baylor’s McLane Stadium

The five-star Texas pledge leads Dallas-area 6A players with 20 touchdown catches, and his 1,279 receiving yards are third-most in the area. Cook has gone over 100 yards in six of his last 10 games, and he had three catches for 128 yards and two touchdowns in Friday’s 38-14 win over Tomball. DeSoto (11-2) is in a regional final for the third straight season and is trying to reach the state semifinals for the first time since 2016, when it won its only state championship.

Jarvis Reed, RB, Mansfield Timberview

Mansfield Timberview vs. Longview, 7 p.m. Friday at Mesquite Memorial Stadium

In a matchup of the state’s top two Class 5A Division I teams, Reed could be critical to No. 2 Timberview’s chance of advancing to the state semifinals for the first time since 2011. He will be facing a Longview defense that allows just 8.9 points per game. Reed ran for 111 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries in a 28-26 win over previously undefeated Frisco Reedy in the regional semifinals, and he had 200 yards and two touchdowns on 28 carries in a 35-17 win over Mont Belvieu Barbers Hill the week before. For the season, Reed averages 10.2 yards per carry and has run for 1,226 yards and a team-high 18 touchdowns for a 13-0 team.

RJ Bunnell, RB, Argyle

Argyle vs. Abilene Wylie, 7 p.m. Friday at Stephenville’s Memorial Stadium

He has averaged 109.3 rushing yards per game while running for 1,421 yards and 18 touchdowns. He ran for 120 yards and a touchdown in a 44-27 win over Grapevine in the regional semifinals as Argyle (13-0) kept alive its hopes of a second undefeated season in three years. Argyle, the state’s top-ranked 5A Division II team, will be playing in a regional final for the fourth time in five years and is trying to win its third state title.

Billy Walton, DL, South Oak Cliff

South Oak Cliff vs. Melissa, 7:30 p.m. Friday at Choctaw Stadium

The Texas pledge has 87 tackles (56 solo), 13 sacks and 27 tackles for loss for a South Oak Cliff team that is trying to win a second straight Class 5A Division II state title. He has at least one tackle for loss in nine of SOC’s 13 games, and he has a five-sack game and a three-sack game. He will look to help disrupt a Melissa offense that is averaging 479.5 yards and 45.5 points per game.

Evan Bullock, QB, Anna

Anna vs. China Spring, 7:30 p.m. Friday at Crowley ISD Sports Complex

The Louisiana Tech pledge has thrown for 4,014 yards and a Dallas-area best 56 touchdowns, but he may have to carry even more of the load offensively than normal this week. Anna star running back Jambres Dubar, who is committed to Boise State, left Friday’s 27-24 win over eight-time state champion Celina with an injury and did not return. Bullock has thrown at least two touchdown passes in every game, and he has seven games with five or more TD passes. He also has seven games with more than 300 yards passing. Anna (13-0) will be playing in its first regional final and has set a school record for most wins in a season. China Spring, last year’s 4A Division II state champion, has moved up to 4A Division I and is 12-1 and averaging 46.2 points per game.

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