Written by Corbett Smith
Week 6 notable games: Mesquite Poteet could end Highland Park's 77-game home winning streak
All games 7:30 p.m. Friday, unless noted
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. Highland Park (4-1; 2-0) won the district title last season, roaring back in the final minute against Poteet for a 20-19 win, after being stymied for most of the second half. Poteet QB Lane Novy has opened eyes in his first year at quarterback, leading area 4A passers with 1,420 yards, while adding 13 scores. Highland Park has been incredible at home during coach Randy Allen’s 15 seasons, currently riding a 77-game home winning streak that dates to 1998. After getting throttled by Aledo in Week Zero, Highland Park has found its rhythm offensively. 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
Hebron at Coppell
Buddy Echols Field
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. And to this point in the season, Brazil has been true to his word. 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. He’s one of the nation’s best defensive back prospects, a bruising 6-0, 200-pound safety with prodigious speed, able to lock down one side of the field. An Under Armour All-American, Adams has double-digit offers from schools such as Ole Miss, Texas, Ohio State and Texas A&M. Florida seems a likely destination, however; his godfather is Joker Phillips, Florida’s wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator. Phillips was a college roommate of Adams’ father, former first-round NFL draft pick George Adams, while at Kentucky.
Coppell 31, Hebron 21
Arlington Lamar vs. Arlington Sam Houston
Arlington’s Wilemon Field, 7 p.m. Thursday
Heading into Week Six, four teams are unbeaten in District 3-5A – including Lamar (4-1; 2-0) and Sam Houston (3-2; 2-0) – while four teams without a district win. Lamar, though, has 11 straight wins in this series. Lamar 35, Sam Houston 14
Denton Guyer at Trophy Club Byron Nelson
Northwest ISD Stadium, 7 p.m. Friday
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
Bishop Lynch at TCA-Addison
Tom Landry Stadium
Junior RB Rawleigh Williams III, an Ole Miss pledge, is in line to be the first major FBS signee for Lynch (3-2; 1-1 in TAPPS 1-I) since 2009: Dion Chidozie (Texas Tech). Nahshon Ellerbe rushed for 255 yards and five touchdowns for TCA (4-1; 0-1) in last week’s 43-42 overtime loss to Fort Worth Nolan.
TCA-Addison 42, Bishop Lynch 31
Madison at Ferris
Yellow Jacket Stadium
Both are already guaranteed playoff spots in a four-team District 11-3A. Madison (2-4; 0-0) has completed just 36 percent of its 90 pass attempts this season. RB Jay Foster and QB Javaughn Thurmon combined for seven rushing TDs for Ferris (6-0; 0-0) in last week’s win over Anna.
Ferris 28, Madison 21
Mansfield Timberview at DeSoto
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
Midlothian at Mansfield
Mansfield’s Vernon Newsom Stadium, 7 p.m. Thursday
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
Mesquite vs. Mesquite Horn
Mesquite Memorial Stadium
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
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
Sachse vs. Rowlett
Garland’s H.B. Johnson Stadium
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
South Oak Cliff at Seagoville
James Ray Henry Stadium
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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