Midlothian (3-1) at Arl. Seguin (1-2)

7 p.m., Thursday

Wilemon Stadium

Seguin and Midlothian clash in the first District 15-4A game of the season. Both teams come into the contest looking to establish the run to make the passing game effective.

Seguin had a week off and hopes to enter the win column against the first 4A team that it has seen this season. The Cougars opened the year with a 13-6 win over Burleson. In that game, quarterback Darrian Hogg ran for a 12-yard score and a 52-yard interception return by Junior Osunde gave Seguin the winning margin. Hogg completed 7 of 10 passes for 56 yards in the game. The leading rushers were Deaundre Brown with 3-35, Michael Martin 8-30 and Hogg with 9-36. The Seguin defense allowed Burleson 199 yards rushing.

Seguin lost its next two games, all three on the road, to Irving MacArthur (32-0) and Irving High School (55-7). Todd Hensley has taken over at quarterback and hit 8 of 20 for 95 yards and five interceptions against Irving. La’Ryon Witherspoon has joined Brown and Martin as a leading ball carrier.

Midlothian has put up a couple of solid performances in the last two weeks with a 42-12 win over Joshua and a 41-13 victory over Fort Worth Brewer last week.

Midlothian has been getting excellent offensive line play as evidenced by the rushing figures of Caleb McEachern, 121 yards last week and 140 yards the week before. The blocking has allowed quarterback Bryce Petty to complete 30 of 48 passes for 504 yards and six touchdowns.

Lancaster (4-0) at Ennis (2-2)

7:30 p.m., Friday

Lion Memorial Stadium

Lancaster has been an offensive juggernaut this season putting up 48 points twice, and then 38 and 28. The defense has allowed 21, 18, 8 and 18 points plus averages giving up only 249 yards per game total offense.

Last week against Fort Worth Dunbar the Tigers put up 26 unanswered points in the first quarter. Quarterback Corey Pegeus only threw the ball six times for 66 yards, but completed touchdown tosses to Dimirus Love (9-yards) and Daniel Skinner (19- and 21-yards). Lancaster boasts a trio of running backs in Chris Russell, Josh Hunt and Jason Callahan.

It has been a roller coaster ride for Ennis this season with a 48-0 win over Waco University to open the season. Then a 38-20 loss to Waco High was followed by a 42-24 win over Dallas Lincoln. Last week the Lions lost to Mesquite Horn 33-22.

The Lion offense is propelled by the running of Lee King and Deonte McDade. The Lions are not as pass happy as in the past but Kyle Guinyard has been very good as a receiver.

This will be a big game in deciding which teams will earn a playoff berth.

Buckholts (1-2) at Milford (4-0)

7:30 p.m., Friday

Bulldog Stadium

Buckholts was annihilated last week by Gustine 56-0. This week the Badgers hope that the running of Dillon Orsag will carry them back to the win column. Chris Sullivan, at linebacker, leads the defensive charge for Buckholts.

Milford is loaded with talent, but the Bulldogs were surprised last week by the tenacity of Aquilla, a Division I team. Milford earned a very hard fought 30-26 win and dropped from fourth to sixth in the Division II six-man rankings.

Coach Tom McVey is looking for his Dawgs to return to their junkyard ways, three consecutive shutouts, and for the offense to get back on track. Buckholts is another Division I team and should provide some competition as Milford puts its undefeated record on the line.

Hamilton (3-1) at Maypearl (0-4)

7:30 p.m., Friday

W.G. Roessler Stadium

Maypearl is struggling to find offensive punch and identity, but the Panthers are full of pride as they continue to seek the first win of the season. The Maypearl team needs a win to keep morale at a high. Freshman quarterback Conner Vaughan is still learning the ropes, but Darrell Ashlock and Tyler Beck are running well.

Hamilton is a throw back to days long past as the Bulldogs run a wishbone offense. Jorden Lowe is the primary ball carrier, but junior Garrett Box is proving to be a tough run threat as well. Hamilton made the playoffs last season with a fine 9-2 season under head coach Chris Wilde.

The wishbone set of the Hamilton Bulldogs may give Maypearl some problems as the Panther linemen are big but not as quick as it may take to stop an all out triple option offense.

Crowley (1-2) at Alvarado (1-2)

7:30 p.m., Friday

Charles W. Head Stadium

Both teams have a 1-2 season record, but it is time to wipe the slate clean as District 8-4A warfare begins in Alvarado Friday night.

Last week Crowley notched its first win of the season, a 44-9 thumping of Denton High School. The Eagles have 30 lettermen back from a team that finished 4-3 last year in district play to just miss out on a playoff spot. Colby Ray is a very quick runner at quarterback. Ray can pass as well and he really likes to find big tight end Patrick Briscoe. Linebacker Chris Allen is gaining a reputation as a big hitter.

Alvarado took the week off from playing to concentrate on winning the district opener. Ty Raby, at quarterback, will look for his inexperienced backfield to take some pressure off his shoulders by running the ball. Sophomore Broam Hart is beginning to run well and this game is a must win for both teams if either has a chance to earn a playoff berth over district’s Big-3 - Stephenville, Aledo and Everman.

Italy (2-2) at Malakoff (0-4)

7:30 p.m., Friday

Tiger Stadium

After not winning a district game last year, Italy may get one in its opportunity this season.

The Gladiators are coming off a 22-0 win over Maypearl and their two losses were both by eight points. Italy has been led by its running back tandem — Dontavious Clemons and Detrick Green.

Malakoff is off to an 0-4 start and their closest game was a 13-point loss to Grand Saline last week.

Italy’s offense, which has scored more than 22 just once this season has the opportunity to get rolling early. The Tigers are allowing 35.5 points per game and have not allowed less than 33 in any of their four losses.

After opening the season with two home games, this is the Gladiators’ third straight road game. Malakoff is playing at home for the second straight week.

Palmer (3-0) at Eustace (2-2)

7:30 p.m., Friday

Bulldog Stadium

For the second straight week, Palmer will be squaring off against another set of Bulldogs. This week’s opponent — Eustace — should put up more of a fight than Rice did last week in Palmer’s 56-3 win.

Palmer is undefeated through three games and is led by a rushing attack that is well over 300 yards a game.

Running back Jordan Greenlee has accumulated 390 yards and nine touchdowns while quarterback Jarrett Stone has ran for 431 yards and five touchdowns.

Eustace, a 3A school, opened the season with a pair of convincing wins over Malakoff (39-0) and Grand Saline (33-7).

Since being on the road the past two weeks, things have not gone as well and Edgewood and Quitman beat the Bulldogs by a combined score of 95-46.

Eustace returns home this week where it has allowed only seven points this season. The game is Eustace’s only home game in a five week stretch that started two weeks ago.

Venus (1-2) at Rio Vista (3-1)

7:30 p.m., Friday

Eagle Stadium

Venus has been doing something this week that it has not done in a long time — prepare for a potential winning streak.

The Bulldogs snapped a 29-game losing streak last week with a 21-7 win over Fort Worth Northside.

Rio Vista rebounded from a 51-point loss from Grapevine Faith with a 25-22 win at Perrin-Whitt last week.

The Eagles are 3-1 on the season and last week’s game was the first one that was decided by less than 16 points.

Venus will be looking to Julio Rodriguez for a repeat performance of last week’s 152-yard, two touchdown effort against Northside.

G’ville Pho. (1-3) at Eagle Adv. (2-1)

7 p.m., Friday

Waxahachie Sports Complex

Eagle Advantage won its second game last week, but first on the field after winning by forfeit the week before.

The Eagles got things rolling last week in a 60-19 win over Austin Christian.

Greenville Phoenix enters the game on a three-game losing streak after opening the season with a 45-0 win over Arlington Fellowship.

Phoenix lost a pair of close games to Fannindel (40-20) and Greenville Christian’s JV (50-25) before last week’s 65-20 loss to Apple Springs.

Avalon (2-2) at Happy Hill (2-2)

7:30 p.m., Friday

Higgins-Blakeny Field

Avalon and Granbury Happy Hill are two teams that appear to be headed in opposite directions.

Avalon started the season 2-0, but have suffered tough losses the last two weeks to Milford and Walnut Springs.

Happy Hill, on the other hand, started the season 0-2 but have won their last two games.

The Pioneers beat Blum 40-35 two weeks ago for their first win and dismantled Balch Springs 76-26 last week.

Avalon was beaten by Milford two weeks ago, and had trouble getting started last week against Walnut Springs. After being down 48-19 at halftime, the Eagles held Walnut Springs to just 12 second-half points and nearly pulled off the upset before losing, 60-47.