Garett Fisbeck - Staff Photographer DMN staff writer Corbett Smith breaks down Week 2's top high school football games and makes his predictions.
Michael Ainsworth - Staff Photographer DeSoto vs. Euless Trinity/ With its power-running game and formidable size, Euless Trinity doesn’t get beat up often. But last season, DeSoto did just that to Trinity in a 42-21 win in the finale of the Lone Star Sports High School Football Classic. Trinity (0-1) lost its season opener last week against Jenks (Okla.), 27-23, despite rushing for nearly 300 yards, intercepting three passes and leading by double-digits midway through the third quarter. Both Isaac Ellsworth and Ja’Ron Wilson rushed for more than 100 yards in the loss. Prediction: DeSoto 35, Euless Trinity 20
Michael Ainsworth - Staff Photographer Arlington Bowie vs. Skyline/ Two weeks ago, Arlington Bowie coach Danny DeArman was looking for ways to incorporate the talents of Tony James – last season’s District 3-5A MVP as a sophomore. James had served as Bowie’s quarterback for most of the 2012 season, after Keaton Perry suffered a season-ending injury in the second game of the season. That plan lasted two weeks. Perry tore his ACL again last week – his season is over. The question will be whether James can pass the ball well enough to lead Bowie past elite teams such as Skyline (1-1). There’s little doubt he’ll have great success on the ground. James rushed for 150 yards and four touchdowns on just six carries last week. Prediction: Arlington Bowie 35, Skyline 28
Mike Stone - Special Contributor Wylie vs. Mesquite Poteet/ Two of the area’s best linebackers face off. T’Kevian Rockwell, a senior pledged to Baylor, anchors the defensive front for Wylie (1-1). Junior OLB/DE Malik Jefferson does the same for Poteet (2-0). Prediction: Mesquite Poteet 38, Wylie 24
Michael Ainsworth - Staff Photographer Arlington Martin vs. South Grand Prairie/ After getting walloped by DeSoto in Zero Week, Martin (1-1) bounced back with a nice win against Skyline, thanks – in part – to DE Myles Garrett’s 4.5 sacks. The last three times South Grand Prairie (2-0) started the season with two wins, it made the playoffs. Prediction: Arlington Martin 28, South Grand Prairie 20
Louis DeLuca - Staff Photographer Flower Mound Marcus vs. Denton Guyer/ Losing starting QB Cole Erwin to a season-ending knee injury, Marcus (1-1) will have re-establish its offensive identity against the 4A Division I champs. Guyer (1-1) played remarkably well last week, considering the emotional turmoil surrounding the death of teammate Nathan Maki. Prediction: Denton Guyer 28, Flower Mound Marcus 14
Stewart F. House - Special Contributor Celina at Argyle Liberty Christian/ As always, Celina (2-0) can run the ball – averaging 7.31 per carry – but it can also pass. Junior QB Nathan Elliott has passed for nearly 200 yards in each of Celina’s wins. Liberty Christian (2-0) has won both of its games on go-ahead scores in the final minute. Prediction: Celina 42, Argyle Liberty Christian 31
Khampha Bouaphanh - Special Contributor Duncanville at Mesquite Horn/ An up-tempo, no-huddle offense has worked wonders for Duncanville (2-0), averaging 60 points and 515 yards in its first two games. Horn (2-0) broke open its game last week against Garland with its special teams, returning a punt and kickoff for touchdowns. Prediction: Duncanville 45, Mesquite Horn 42
Joel Prince - Staff Photographer Justin Northwest at Midlothian/ Justin Northwest (2-0) had several stars last week against Grapevine, with DB Reggie McDaniel grabbing three interceptions and QB Jesse Drummer going a perfect 11-for-11 passing with 5 TD passes. Midlothian (2-0) has won its first two games by an average of 41 points. Midlothian 27, Justin Northwest 17
Christian Randolph - Staff Photographer Keller vs. Hurst L.D. Bell/ Keller (2-0) is one of three area 5A programs (along with Haltom and Rockwall-Heath) with two wins and no touchdown passes. L.D. Bell (2-0) looks poised to slide right behind Euless Trinity as one of the teams to beat in District 6-5A. Prediction: Hurst L.D. Bell 23, Keller 10
Keller Fossil Ridge at Hebron/ Fossil Ridge (2-0) blasted Jesuit last week and is averaging 543 yards offense in the first two weeks, with QB Jacob Gnacinski passing for seven TDs. Sought-after safety Jamal Adams has eight offensive touches for Hebron (1-1), resulting in three touchdowns. Prediction: Hebron 28, Keller Fossil Ridge 17
Matt Strasen - Special Contributor Mansfield Timberview vs. Arlington/ Timberview (2-0) has scored 70 points this season, without having a single rusher or receiver with more than 77 yards in a game. Arlington (1-0) won its sixth straight season opener, behind a strong debut for senior QB Michael Gray – who had three passing TDs and one rushing score. Prediction: Arlington 34, Mansfield Timberview 21
Garett Fisbeck - Staff Photographer Beaumont Ozen vs. Cedar Hill/ Cedar Hill (1-1) and Beaumont Ozen (0-2) are two of the speediest teams in the state. It’s unclear whether Ozen’s five-star senior DB Tony Brown will play; Brown was in a walking boot last week. A match-up between Brown and Cedar Hill junior WR Damarkus Lodge would be special. Prediction: Cedar Hill 45, Beaumont Ozen 28
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