Midlothian (1-1) at Joshua (0-1)
7:30 p.m., Friday, Owl Stadium
Joshua dropped down a class to host 3A Argyle last week and came up on the short end of a 45-28 score. The Owls gave up 405 yards passing last week as Argyle added 153 yards on the ground for an unreal 558 yards of total offense.
Running back John Savage has good size and is quick. He leads the Owl offense and must put up some huge numbers against a Panther defense that totally stopped the run against Hillcrest last week.
Midlothian totally dominated the Hillcrest offense. The Panther defense held the highly publicized Hillcrest running game to embarrassingly small numbers in the 22-0 whitewashing.
Midlothian quarterback Bryce Petty will look to throw the ball to Dillon Fowler, Vince Frawley, Eddie Johnson and Caleb Russell. Running back Caleb McEachern will be looking to have another 100-yard game like he did in the season opener against Mesquite Poteet.
The Midlothian defense was stellar last week. End Michael Autwell was tabbed as the games’ defensive standout but the award could have gone to Josh Moreland, James Jackson, Landon Freeman, Ross Knight, Kalan Jenkins or Justin Horton - all played very well.
On paper this one appears to be a blowout at Owl Stadium.
Dallas Lincoln (0 -1) at Ennis (1-1)
7:30 p.m., Friday at Lion Stadium
Lincoln lost to Dallas Roosevelt, 34-33, on a last second touchdown pass last week. Mason Hayes put on a show for Lincoln rushing 22 times for 250 yards and touchdowns of 69, 4, and another of 69 yards. Andrew Taylor returned a fumble recovery for 31 yards as Lincoln fought hard for the victory that was snatched away with no time left on the fourth quarter clock.
Lincoln will be on the prowl this week trying to prove that they are the class team from District 13-4A.
The Ennis Lions will be on the prowl as well. In week 0 the Lions tamed Waco University 48-0, but fell to the state’s No. 2 team, Waco High last week 38-20.
Chris Lewis, in his second game for the Lions under center, threw for 219 yards, but the Lion running game never got on track as Lee King was held to 16 yards and Lamarjrick Malone had just 20. The leading receivers for Ennis were Cortney Brooks (8-64), Malone (3-74) and Jeremy Smith (3-25).
This battle of the big cats could turn out to be a barn burner full of big game plays for the highlight reel.
The Lions must stop the Mason Hayes show and then put up some big numbers offensively.
Red Oak (1-1) at Hillsboro (1-0)
7:30 p.m., Friday at Eagle Field
Red Oak is looking to get back on track after last week’s 30-9 loss at Lake Dallas. Hillsboro, on the other hand, had its confidence boosted with a 30-0 win over Corsicana Mildred — a team that made the playoffs last year.
The Hawks turned the ball over four times last week and were hit by the big play on more than one occasion. Red Oak did get another 100-yard rushing performance from Nic Boyd, but that didn’t stop Lake Dallas from scoring the game’s final 30 points.
“We’ve got to get back to business and just worry about ourselves,” Shields said. “We cut back on our play calls and some defensive stuff so we can get good at our basic stuff.”
Red Oak won last year’s meeting 43-14, but Shields is wary of the 3A school. Even though the Hawks got an easy win last season, the game was tied at halftime.
“As an underdog, the longer you let them hang around, the more confident they’re going to get,” Shields said. “Last year it was 14-14 at halftime so just because last year was a big win, doesn’t mean it was easy. The earlier we can set the tone the better and the quicker our confidence will go up.”
Shields was miffed by the four turnovers last week and knows the Hawks have to do a better job of keeping possession of the ball.
“We’ve got to hang on to the football,” he said. “Any time you turn the ball over four times against a good team, you run into the chance of losing.”
Hillsboro is led by quarterback Quentin Davis, who started last year as a sophomore. His favorite target, Nigel Russell, is also back from last year.
Alvarado (1-1) at Saginaw Boswell (0-1)
7:30 p.m., Friday at Saginaw ISD Stadium
Last week Alvarado traveled to Springtown for a narrow 31-27 victory after a heart breaking loss of three points in the season opener. This week the Indians must trek to Saginaw to take on the Pioneers in Boswell’s home opener.
Boswell lost to LD Bell 59-21 last Friday. Bell put up 21 in the first quarter, 17 in the second and another 21 in the third as Boswell could not stop the Blue Raider offense. Bell had 355 yards rushing and 160 passing for a whopping 515 yards of total offense.
Pioneer quarterback Daniel Harrist threw for 11 completions for 103 yards, but had two interceptions. Tailback Dante Lipscomb had 17 totes for 100 yards and touchdown runs of two and 22 yards.
Alvarado returned to the basics to enter the win column for the first time this season, grinding out 245 yards on 45 rushes.
Springtown could only muster 78 yards on the ground against the Indian defense, but the Porcupines passed for 243 yards.
Going back to the basics for the win Alvarado had 45 rushes for 245 yards.
In order to take its second win this week, Alvarado must establish the ground game early and work the clock. Boswell’s defense is not up to the task of consistently stopping the Indian attack.
Maypearl (0-1) at Waco Reicher (1-0)
7:30 p.m., Friday at Reicher Field
The Panthers will visit Reicher Field, Friday night, as the Cougars celebrate senior parent night with festivities kicking off at 6:45 p.m. Travelers from Ellis County had better leave earlier than originally planned in order to have a seat.
Maypearl is coming off a loss at Kerens, but saw some good things from the Panther offense last week who boast a freshman at quarterback. In the trenches the Panthers are big and young, with mostly juniors and a sophomore, but are developing consistency. Kerens was a very difficult season opener and the Panthers look to establish themselves against Reicher, a TAPPS Div. III-1 school.
Reicher, a 21-7 winner over Rogers last week, is loaded with returnees from last year including quarterback Kenneth Cluley, who also plays linebacker on the Big Cat defense. Running back Nick Fung returns as well and his speed could pose some problems for the Maypearl defense. Jose Luna is back for his third year as a starter at linebacker.
The Maypearl defense must stop the passing of Cluley and the running of Fung. Both were stellar last year and are experienced at mixing up the opposition.
The Panther offense needs to grind out some long drives to keep the Reicher offense off the field. Maypearl must also make the most of trips to the red zone by putting up touchdowns on the scoreboard.
Avalon (2-0) at Milford (2-0)
7:30 p.m., Friday at Bulldog Stadium
Ellis County six-man fans are in for a real treat this week as undefeated Avalon makes the short drive over to undefeated Milford for county-wide bragging rights.
Milford is fresh off a 45-0 win over long time rival Blum last week and a 45-0 win over Cranfills Gap two weeks ago.
Avalon beat Temple Christian 52-33 last week and downed Oglesby 29-6 two weeks ago.
Last year the teams met for the first time ever with Milford hanging on for a 58-54 win.
Milford is ranked No. 12 by sixmanfootball.com in Division II, while Avalon is ranked 42nd in Division I.
Jeremy Knight and receiver Andrew Romero are turning heads while leading the Avalon offensive attack. The Eagles are tapped to finish in third place in the district race this year behind perennial powers Trinidad and Coolidge. Milford is picked to win its district with quarterback Adrian Pendleton back at the helm with Malcom Wadley as the man to go to in running and passing situations. Receiver Avery Love was an all-region selection last year.
As advertised, this one will be full of fireworks.
Waco Parkview (1-1) at Eagle Advantage (0-1)
7 p.m., Friday at Waxahachie Sports Complex
Eagle Advantage got off to a rocky start last week as the Eagles opened the season with a 42-24 loss to Dallas Gateway after having to move their game to Lancaster because of lighting problems at the Waxahachie Sports Complex.
The team is able to return to its home field this weekend and head coach Chad Trinkle hopes it means a return to the win column against Waco Parkview — and a return to health for some of his players.
“A lot happened last week due to injuries,” he said. “We have five starters out at one time due to cramping so we’ve been putting an emphasis on conditioning this week.”
Eagle Advantage dropped last week’s opener, but Trinkle was glad to see a lot of reserve players getting to play. Because of the injuries, the Eagles’ depth should be better in the future.
“The backups saw exactly what was needed of them,” he said. “We also saw what it takes to play a full 40 minutes. No matter if we’re losing, winning or tied, you have keep fighting the whole game.”
Parkview is coming off a 78-39 loss to Cedar Park Summit, but has already earned its first win as it opened the season with a 59-13 win over Cedar Creek Covenant.
Ferris (2-0) at Farmersville (1-1)
7:30 p.m., Friday at Farmer Stadium
When new head coach Randy Barnes took over last spring, he pointed to this game against one of the top 2A teams in the state as one that would tell him where Ferris’ program is.
“We’re excited to be 2-0 and about the competition this week,” he said. “We’ve pointed to this game since the spring. We expected to be 2-0 at this point and thought this game would tell us where we’re at.”
Ferris enters its third game of the season with its third starting quarterback. Chase Parrott, who came in after one series last week has taken over the full time duties.
Last week, Parrott led the Yellowjackets to a 32-14 win over Dallas Life as Ferris scored 20 points in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach.
“He’s coming along really well,” Barnes said. “I felt like Tuesday was the first time we’d had a quality practice since I’ve been here. We’ve had good practices before, but I think we’ve worked out a lot of the kinks.”
Farmersville went three rounds deep in the playoffs last year and have got off to a 1-1 start this year with the help of running back Tajh Redwine. Last year, Redwine rushed for over 1,700 yards and 22 touchdowns.
“We can’t beat ourselves with turnovers and unnecessary penalties, and we have to have a great kicking game,” Barnes said. “We also have to tackle Tajh Redwine. We don’t have to hit him hard, just wrap up and wait for your buddies to get there.”