Written by Corbett Smith
Rockwall head coach Rodney Webb to face undefeated former team in Week 5
All games 7:30 p.m. Friday, unless noted
The Colony vs. Frisco
Frisco ISD Memorial Stadium, 7 p.m. Thursday
The Colony coach Rudy Rangel has a simple way to get the most of high-FBS talent like Grant Blankenship. “He does not come off the field,” Rangel said. A Notre Dame pledge, Blankenship (6-6, 245) anchors one of the area’s stingiest defenses; The Colony (4-0; 1-0) – a decade removed from the school’s last playoff appearance – has allowed 149 yards per game, second to Seagoville among area 4A teams. The slot-T attack from Frisco (3-1; 1-0) will be a challenge, however. Blankenship’s stats aren’t eye-popping – 16 tackles, seven for loss, and no sacks – largely because teams scheme away from his side of The Colony’s 4-2-5 defense. On offense, Blankenship has one of his team’s four touchdown catches and has been a strong blocker for senior RB Bryan Hammond, who’s rushed for 862 yards and 12 TDs.
Frisco 35, The Colony 31
Mesquite Horn at Rockwall
Rockwall’s Wilkerson-Sanders Stadium
Rockwall coach Rodney Webb left Mesquite Horn in February, foregoing a shot with a senior-laden squad. He made the playoffs in each of his five seasons at Horn – the school’s only playoff appearances — and might do the same at his new gig. Last week’s 24-20 win against Rockwall-Heath puts Rockwall (3-2; 1-0 in 12-5A) in solid position for its first 5A playoff berth since 2007. The win came at a cost, however, losing star RB Chris Warren to an ACL tear. Webb’s replacement, long-time MISD coach Mike Overton, has Horn (5-0; 1-0) humming along. Horn QB and Rice pledge Destri White has passed for 1,048 yards and 11 TDs, five to senior Del’Michael High. Horn’s offensive line is one of the overlooked gems in the area, with senior center Jonathan Alvarez (an Oklahoma pledge) and junior tackle Conner Dyer (offers from Texas A&M, TCU and Stanford).
Mesquite Horn 42, Rockwall 28
Flower Mound Marcus at Plano
Clark Stadium, 7 p.m. Thursday
Sophomore TE Kaden Smith – who holds offers from Alabama, Clemson and OU – has 19 catches, 294 yards and five scores for Marcus (1-3), all team highs. Plano (3-1) will be without its starting QB, junior Mitchell Hansen, who cracked a non-weight bearing bone in his leg last week in a 28-7 loss to Hebron.
Marcus 21, Plano 20
Trophy Club Byron Nelson at Lake Dallas
Corinth’s Falcon Stadium, 7 p.m. Friday
No shock that Lake Dallas (4-0; 1-0 in 5-4A) has one of the area’s top passers; Dagan Haehn leads area Class 4A QBs with 17 TD passes, nine of them to Josh Jackson. The strength of Byron Nelson (3-1; 0-1) is its defense, allowing 98.5 passing yards per game so far this season.
Lake Dallas 35, Byron Nelson 27
Arlington vs. Arlington Lamar
After scoring 35 points in a season-opening win, Arlington (1-3; 0-1 in 3-5A) has totaled 30 points in its last three games, all losses. Sophomore QB Shane Buechele – son of former Ranger third baseman Steve Buechele – has passed for at least one TD in his first four starts for Lamar (3-1; 1-0).
Arlington Lamar 31, Arlington 21
Irving at Hurst L.D. Bell
Bedford’s Pennington Field
Euless Trinity transfer RB Antonio Franklin has shined for Irving (3-1; 1-0 in 6-5A), averaging 6.81 yards per carry with eight rushing TDs. Trailing 13-0 in the second quarter against Grapevine, L.D. Bell (3-1; 1-0) reeled off 54 straight points, gaining 638 yards in the win.
Hurst L.D. Bell 24, Irving 21
Frisco Legacy Christian at First Baptist
Saints Athletic Complex
A different player has led Legacy Christian (4-1) in rushing in each of its first five games. The balance hasn’t hurt production, averaging 233.6 rushing yards. First Baptist (4-0) continues to impress, beating 3A Pittsburg, 51-42, with a go-ahead 39-yard TD run by Jaylin Nelson with four minutes remaining.
First Baptist 54, Legacy Christian 35
Keller Fossil Ridge at Justin Northwest
Northwest ISD Stadium
This game could be for the district’s top seed in the Division II playoffs. Senior WR Ryan Parker has 10 TDs for Fossil Ridge (3-1; 1-0 in 4-5A), including a 100-yard kickoff return. Northwest (4-0; 1-0) hasn’t trailed in the second half, allowing 27 first-half points in its first four games.
Northwest 24, Fossil Ridge 17
Lancaster at Waxahachie
QB Chris Thomas played well for Lancaster (1-3; 0-1 in 15-4A) in a 44-30 loss to Mansfield Legacy, helping his team to a 16-point lead before leaving the game with an injury. Waxahachie (1-2; 0-1) has missed the playoffs only once in 23 seasons (2010). This could end up as a playoff decider.
Lancaster 34, Waxahachie 28
Mansfield Legacy at Red Oak
Billy Goodloe Stadium
In last week’s win over Lancaster, RB Kijana Amous had 39 carries for 177 yards and three touchdowns for Legacy (4-0; 1-0 in 15-4A). Red Oak (3-1; 1-0) escaped a shock loss to Mansfield Lake Ridge, 21-20, thanks to a missed extra point late in the fourth quarter.
Legacy 42, Red Oak 38
Trinity Christian-Addison at Fort Worth Nolan
A rematch of last season’s TAPPS Division I final, which Nolan won on a last-second field goal, 48-45. Six different players from TCA-Addison (4-0) have caught TD passes from Christian Hutzler. Last week, senior RB Luke Alves topped 2,000 rushing yards in his varsity career for Nolan (3-2, 1-0 in TAPPS I-I).
Nolan 28, TCA-Addison 21
Woodrow Wilson vs. Lincoln
Pleasant Grove Stadium
Woodrow (3-1; 1-0 in 12-4A) held Spruce to 56 yards and four first downs in a 29-0 win last week, its second shutout of the season. Twins Erick and Derrick Neal – both UT-Arlington basketball pledges – combined for 258 yards total offense for Lincoln (2-2; 1-0) in a 34-0 shutout over Conrad.
Lincoln 30, Woodrow 14
Last week: 9-3