Ricky Moon - Special Contributor Coppell vs. DeSoto / AT&T Stadium, 2 p.m. Saturday: Two of the state’s best teams square off in an interesting battle of styles. Defense and a strong rushing game have been strengths for Coppell (9-1). Running backs Charles West and Gavin McDaniel both average over eight yards per carry, while senior defensive end Solomon Thomas was just named as a finalist for the 2014 U.S. Army Player of the Year. But those were some of the same strengths that Coppell had last season, when DeSoto steamrolled them in a 42-14 area-round game at Allen. Quarterback Desmon White (a TCU pledge) has orchestrated the fast-paced, Oregon-esque offense of DeSoto (11-0) beautifully all season, helping it average 588 yards and 55.3 points per game. DeSoto 35, Coppell 24
Photo by MATT STRASEN - Special Contributor Hebron vs. Cedar Hill / AT&T Stadium, 8 p.m. Saturday: No transfer has made as much of a difference than Treyvon Hughes, who came to Hebron (8-3) from Waxahachie over the summer. Hebron coach Brian Brazil said Hughes morphed the focus of Hebron’s offense into a power running attack. A 6-0, 210-pound senior, Hughes averages nearly 20 carries per game, rushing for 1,369 yards and 14 scores this season. Brazil said he quickly earned the respect of his teammates with his hard-nosed running style. Expect Hebron to use Hughes heavily in order to shorten the game, especially if it leads after half. The explosive offense for Cedar Hill (9-2) rallied back from a 21-point halftime deficit last week against Temple, with RB Aca’cedric Ware and WR DaMarkus Lodge both scoring two second-half touchdowns in a 39-35 win. Cedar Hill 35, Hebron 17
Frisco Centennial vs. South Oak Cliff / AT&T Stadium, 9 p.m. Thursday: Along with Frisco, Centennial (9-2) is trying to be the first Frisco ISD school to make the third round in three straight seasons. S.O.C. (10-1) is the only area team with a 2,000-yard passer, 1,500-yard rusher and 1,000-yard receiver: QB Kenneth Arthur II, RB Jordan Stevenson, and WR Fonzale Davis. South Oak Cliff 30, Centennial 28
Mesquite Poteet vs. Woodrow Wilson / AT&T Stadium, 6 p.m. Friday: In last week’s 17-2 win over Frisco Wakeland, Poteet (10-1) had its lowest point and yardage production of the season: 257 yards of total offense. The option-read attack of Woodrow (10-1) was rolling in the bi-district round, with QB Da’Montae Bright and RB Tracey James combining for 296 yards and six TDs. Poteet 48, Woodrow 21
Allen vs. Mesquite Horn / Cotton Bowl, 7;30 p.m. Friday: Perhaps the only thing that might slow the explosive offense of Allen (11-0) is inclement weather; rain is expected for Friday’s game, played on natural grass. Horn (9-2) answered Garland’s first score with a 28-point first-quarter outburst in last week’s 42-14 win, two scores on long passes from Destri White. Allen 52, Horn 21
Ennis vs. Lovejoy / Waxahachie’s Lumpkins Stadium, 7:30 p.m. Friday: Ennis (11-0) is explosive; last week, WR Jah’shawn Johnson scored on an 80-yard punt return and 60-yard catch, while RB Terence Williams scored on a 70-yard run. Lovejoy (8-3), which rallied from a 22-point deficit to beat Hallsville, will alternate Chochy Luce and Dakota Michaels at quarterback. Ennis 45, Lovejoy 35
McKinney North vs. Mansfield Legacy / Kincaide Stadium, 7:30 p.m. Friday: The winner will get to the regional round for the first time. Ronald Jones, a senior RB for North (7-4), broke the 2,000-yard barrier last week, with a 34-carry, 170-yard, two-score performance against Texarkana Texas. Legacy (9-2) had three players rush for 100 yards last week against Tyler John Tyler. Legacy 35, North 21
Argyle vs. Melissa / Prosper’s B.W. Durham Stadium, 7:30 p.m. Friday: Cole Hedlund made five field goals last week for Argyle (11-0) in its 57-12 win over Krum, setting the national record for career FGs (51) in the process. In its two losses this season, Melissa (9-2) had a total of seven turnovers. That can’t happen here; Argyle is outscoring opponents 429-20 in the first half. Argyle 56, Melissa 21
LISA OWENS - LisaOwensPhotography.com McKinney Boyd vs. Longview / Richardson’s Wildcat-Ram Stadium, 4 p.m. Saturday: Boyd (7-4) will need a big game from RB Dedrick Scrivens – who has scored in seven straight games – in order to have a shot at the upset. Longview (10-1) forced six turnovers against Rowlett last week, with senior safety Laurent Johnson registering 18 tackles, an interception and two fumble recoveries. Longview 42, McKinney Boyd 28
Trinity Christian-Addison vs. Bishop Dunne / Corsicana’s Tiger Stadium, 1:30 Saturday: This is a District 1-I rematch won by TCA (8-3). In that win, TCA RB Nahshon Ellerbe scored three times, getting 34 carries for 145 yards. Dunne (7-4) won its first playoff game in over a decade last week; Notre Dame pledge WR/CB Nick Watkins caught two TD passes in the 46-23 win over San Antonio Antonian. TCA 38, Bishop Dunne 35
Skyline vs. Sachse / Cotton Bowl, 4:30 Saturday: Skyline (10-1) has made the regional round in five of the last six seasons, while Sachse (11-0) has never gotten that far. Expect dynamic quarterback play from Skyline’s Sederian Copeland and Sachse’s Kent Myers. The quarterbacks have combined for 70 passing touchdowns and 20 rushing scores this season. Skyline 42, Sachse 35
Euless Trinity vs. Mansfield Timberview / AT&T Stadium, 5 p.m. Saturday: This one’s a grinder, with both teams relying on power rushing games and strong defense. Trinity (9-2) has won nine straight, averaging 359.5 yards rushing per game this season. Timberview (8-3) is second among remaining area 5A teams, allowing just 223.2 yards per game. Trinity 28, Timberview 14
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