Louis DeLuca - Staff Photographer While this isn’t a must-win, the confidence needed for an extended playoff run needs to be built now. Lancaster running back Shannon Simpson – a stocky 5-10, 230-pound junior – has averaged 110.5 yards and nearly two touchdowns in his last four games. After their win over Mansfield Summit last week, Ennis players pointed to this game as crucial. Last season, Ennis was unbeaten eight games in – but got manhandled by Lancaster, 51-14 – and didn’t win again. Ennis 34, Lancaster 28
Michael Ainsworth - Staff Photographer Cedar Hill at Mansfield: Cedar Hill (6-2; 4-1 in 7-5A) draws its defensive game plans around four players: Xavier Washington, fellow defensive end Julian Shade, and inside linebackers Doevon Dillard and Richard Moore. All four players are within 15 tackles of each other. But Washington separates himself in the backfield – leading the team in sacks (7) and tackles for loss (16). He also has four forced fumbles. He’ll be busy against Mansfield (5-3; 4-1), which grinds out games with its running back, Julius Lewis. Cedar Hill 31, Mansfield 21
Ricky Moon - Special Contributor Southlake Carroll at Keller Fossil Ridge: Ryan Agnew has been electric for Carroll (7-1; 5-0 in 4-5A), completing 74 percent of his passes, throwing 22 TDs with four interceptions, and rushing for 15 scores. Last week’s 40-6 win over Haltom clinched a playoff spot for Fossil Ridge (6-2; 4-1), its second appearance in the past six seasons. Southlake Carroll 56, Keller Fossil Ridge 21
Mark M. Hancock - Special Contributor The Colony vs. Frisco Centennial: The district title and top seed in the Division I playoffs is on the line. Centennial (6-2; 4-1 in 9-4A) has dominated The Colony (8-0; 5-0) in its past two meetings, outscoring them 57-0. The Colony RB Bryan Hammond is lost for the season with a knee injury. His backup, Alec Gibbons, scored twice last week. The Colony 28, Frisco Centennial 21
Mark Slette - Contributor Coppell vs. Denton Ryan: WR Trent Willis has been a consistent big-play threat for Ryan (6-1; 2-1 in 5-5A), catching at least one TD pass in the last six games. Behind Bill Weber, Kevin Gray and the rest of its offensive line, Coppell (6-1; 3-0 in 5-5A) is averaging 6.26 yards per carry and 264.9 rushing yards per game. Coppell 42, Denton Ryan 17
Matt Strasen - Special Contributor Old school is the mantra for Plano (6-2; 2-1 in 10-5A), winning games with defense and a solid running game. Plano doesn’t have a receiver with more than 11 catches or 150 yards receiving. Even with a loss, West (5-3; 1-2) – a regional finalist last year – can make the playoffs with a Week 10 win over Plano East. Plano 28, Plano West 24
John F. Rhodes - Special Contributor Lake Highlands vs. Richardson Pearce: The winner clinches a playoff spot and earns bragging rights – sweeping every Richardson ISD school. Gjordan Dumas (6-0, 215) is a load at RB for Pearce (4-4; 3-2 in 9-5A), leading the team in TDs (12). QB Brock Jones and RB Tyler Hughes have combined for 14 rushing TDs for Lake Highlands (3-5; 3-2). Richardson Pearce 38, Lake Highlands 35
John F. Rhodes - Special Contributor Naaman Forest vs. Garland: Garland (3-4; 3-1 in 11-5A) has clinched its sixth straight playoff appearance. With another win, Garland coach Jeff Jordan would hit 100 wins for his career. Michael Nelson continues to pile up standout rushing performances for Naaman Forest (5-3; 4-0), with 686 yards and nine TDs in his last three games. Garland 35, Garland Naaman Forest 30
John F. Rhodes - Special Contributor Mesquite vs. Rockwall: With Longview looming as the season finale, Rockwall (4-4; 2-2 in 12-5A) needs a win here to have a shot at the playoffs. Playing to clinch a playoff berth last week, Mesquite (5-4; 3-2) let that opportunity slip through its fingers, falling to Tyler Lee, 61-54 – Lee’s first district win since 2010. Mesquite 42, Rockwall 28
Stewart F. House - Special Contributor Wylie East at McKinney North: East (5-3; 4-1 in 13-4A) graduated four college-bound players that accounted for 63 TDs in 2012 – and amazingly is in the hunt for the district title. A win gets East in the playoffs. Along with his 25 rushing scores, Ronald Jones is averaging an eye-popping 10.51 yards per carry for North (4-4; 3-2). Wylie East 35, McKinney North 21
Stewart F. House - Special Contributor Princeton vs. Melissa: Baylor pledge Jourdan Blake didn’t throw a TD pass for Princeton (7-1; 1-1) in its 42-28 loss to Anna last week, the first time he’s failed to score through the air in the last 13 games. Since losing its season opener to Celina, Melissa (7-1; 2-0 in 12-3A) has won seven straight games by an average of 22 points. Melissa 35, Princeton 21
Steve Hamm - Special Contributor Bishop Dunne at Trinity Christian Addison: Dunne (5-3; 2-2 in TAPPS 1-I) has beaten TCA (5-3; 1-3) only once in its last seven meetings, but can lock up a TAPPS playoff spot with a win. TCA has three district losses by a total of 15 points, and led powerhouses Fort Worth Nolan and Prestonwood heading into the fourth quarters of those losses. Bishop Dunne 42, TCA 40
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