John F. Rhodes - Special Contributor Mesquite Poteet at Highland Park: This is one of the season’s most anticipated match-ups, with a multitude of plot lines. Poteet (5-0; 2-0 in 10-4A) has state-title aspirations, but this is a major hurdle. After getting throttled by Aledo in Week Zero, Highland Park (4-1; 2-0) has found its rhythm offensively. Head coach Randy Allen said his offensive line has finally gelled and new QB Brooks Burgin has shown a good grasp of the offense. Mesquite Poteet 42, Highland Park 35
Matt Strasen - Special Contributor Hebron at Coppell: Hebron coach Brian Brazil said at the start of the season that he was going to find ways to get his best players involved on both sides of the ball. Hebron (3-2, 0-0 in 5-5A) has incorporated two of its best defenders – Adams and corner Cedric Dale – into the offensive mix. Adams has scored six times on only 19 offensive touches. Hebron 31, Coppell 21
David Minton - DRC Denton Guyer at Trophy Club Byron Nelson: While third among area 4A teams in rushing, Guyer (3-2; 2-0 in 5-4A) has allowed just 38.4 rushing yards per game, best in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. In a game where he threw his first pass as a varsity player, sophomore QB Preston Haire rallied Byron Nelson (4-1; 1-1) to a 24-14 win at Lake Dallas. Guyer 45, Byron Nelson 21
Michael Ainsworth - Staff Photographer DeSoto vs. Mansfield Timberview: Timberview (5-0; 2-0 in 7-5A) has been stifling on defense, allowing 8.2 points per game. DeSoto (5-0; 2-0) has yet to meet a team that can stop its prodigious offense. In fact, over Claude Mathis’ 5 ½ seasons, only twice has DeSoto failed to score 20 or more points –both vs. Richardson Berkner (2008, 2009). DeSoto 35, Timberview 14
Joel Prince - Staff Photographer Midlothian at Mansfield: Since QB Jimmy Fouse’s injury, RB Victor Williams has carried the load for Midlothian (3-2; 1-1 in 7-5A), rushing for 489 yards over the past nine quarters. Mansfield (2-3; 1-1) has made the playoffs three straight seasons, the longest streak in school history. Midlothian 27, Mansfield 17
Brad Loper - Staff Photographer Mesquite vs.Mesquite Horn: Mesquite (3-3; 1-1) is coming off its first district win, holding Rockwall-Heath – over the first three quarters – to 43 yards and seven punts in a 39-14 win. Horn (6-0; 2-0) never trailed in its 49-32 win over Rockwall, the first time it led wire-to-wire in a game all season. Mesquite Horn 49, Mesquite 35
Vernon Bryant - Staff Photographer Plano East at Allen: East (4-1; 0-0 in 10-5A) is humming along under new coach Randy Jackson. But East was unbeaten last season before it ran into Allen, losing 56-0 at home. Playing with one arm in a cast, junior nose guard Lance Williams has been a workhorse for Allen (5-0; 0-0), third in tackles and first in sacks. Allen 35, Plano East 17
Mark M. Hancock - Special Contributor Sachse vs. Rowlett: This has all the markings of a trap game for unbeaten Sachse (6-0; 2-0), coming off a slugfest against Garland Lakeview Centennial, 71-56, and a week removed from a huge Garland match-up. Rowlett (1-4; 0-1) forced five turnovers in last year’s meeting, a come-from-behind 23-20 Sachse win. Sachse 42, Rowlett 28
Mark M. Hancock - Special Contributor South Oak Cliff at Seagoville: Kenneth Arthur II has been impressively efficient so far for South Oak Cliff (5-0; 2-0 in 11-4A), with 17 TDs, no interceptions, and completing 67 percent of his passes. Seagoville (5-0; 2-0) is the area’s top ranked defense, allowing 7.4 points and 139.2 yards per game. South Oak Cliff 34, Seagoville 20
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