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Sizing up the unbeatens: 21 area football teams remain undefeated
We are about halfway through the high school football regular season, and 21 area teams remain unbeaten. Here's a closer look at how all of them got here and where they'll go from here.
District 4-5AJustin NorthwestRecord: 4-0Area rank: No. 16State rank: UnrankedBest wins: Midlothian (3-2), Keller (3-1)Biggest remaining test: vs. Southlake Carroll, Oct. 18Notable: An unbeaten regular season will be difficult with area-ranked No. 3 Southlake Carroll looming, but a deep playoff run could certainly be in the cards. QB Jesse Drummer has completed 73 percent of his passes for 901 yards and 10 touchdowns.
District 5-5ADenton RyanRecord: 4-0Area rank: No. 13State rank: Unranked, receiving votesBest wins: Wichita Falls Rider (3-1), Wylie East (1-3)Biggest remaining test: at Coppell, Nov. 1Notable: Denton Ryan hasn't faced stiff competition this year but has taken care of business, winning all four of its games by at least 27 points. Running back Tyrone Williams is averaging 11.63 yards per carry.
District 7-5ADeSotoRecord: 5-0Area rank: No. 2State rank: No. 3Best wins: Arlington Martin (3-1), Tulsa (Okla.) Union (2-2), Cedar Hill (3-2), Euless Trinity (2-2)Biggest remaining test: vs. Mansfield Timberview, Oct. 11Notable: DeSoto has made a case as the best team in the state with wins against state and regional powers. Senior QB Desmon White has thrown for 1,365 yards and rushed for 585 more. He's an early candidate for the area's top offensive player.
Mansfield TimberviewRecord: 5-0Area rank: No. 11State rank: Unranked, receiving votesBest wins: Hebron (2-2), Arlington (1-3)Biggest remaining test: at DeSoto, Oct. 11Notable: Timberview is off to the best start in school history. It started 3-0 in 2011, when it reached the state semifinals. Timberview ranks second among area 5A teams in total defense and first in rushing defense. DB Brandon Simmons is committed to Stanford, and DB Ed Paris is committed to LSU.
District 10-5AAllenRecord: 5-0Area rank: No. 1State rank: No. 1Best wins: Southlake Carroll (3-1), Cedar Hill (3-2), Hebron (3-2), Coppell (3-1)Biggest remaining test: at Plano West, Oct. 18Notable: No surprise to find the top-ranked team in the area and state on this list. Allen's defense has held some of the state's best teams to just 16 points per game. Junior QB Kyler Murray has passed for 1,228 yards and 11 touchdowns.
District 11-5ASachseRecord: 5-0Area rank: No. 10State rank: UnrankedBest wins: Wylie (2-2), Richardson Pearce (2-2)Biggest remaining test: vs. Garland, Oct. 18Notable: Is this the year Sachse breaks through? We'll find out on Oct. 18 against Garland, the game that will probably decide the district champion. Sachse hasn't won a district title since opening in 2002. Senior QB Kent Myers has thrown for 1,460 yards and 19 TDs.
District 12-5AMesquite HornRecord: 5-0Area rank: No. 7State rank: Unranked, receiving votesBest wins: Duncanville (3-2), Tyler John Tyler (3-2)Biggest remaining test: at Longview, Oct. 18Notable: Horn has made a steady rise up SportsDay's area rankings to No. 7 in the latest poll. Horn has never won a district championship, let alone achieved an unbeaten season. QB Destri White has passed for 1,048 yards and 11 touchdowns.
North MesquiteRecord: 4-0Area rank: No. 20State rank: UnrankedBest wins: Rowlett (1-3), Arlington Sam Houston (2-2)Biggest remaining test: vs. Mesquite Horn, Nov. 8Notable: North Mesquite hasn't gotten much of a test yet this season, but solid District 12-5A competition will make even earning a playoff berth difficult. Senior running backs Corey Hunt and Ta'Varius Luke have combined for 1,291 yards and 12 touchdowns.
District 5-4ALake DallasRecord: 4-0Area rank: No. 5State rank: UnrankedBest wins: Richardson Pearce (2-2), Frisco Centennial (3-1)Biggest remaining test: at Denton Guyer, Oct. 18Notable: One of the biggest surprises among the unbeatens, Lake Dallas is averaging 43.8 points in its four victories behind QB Dagan Haehn. The sophomore has thrown for 1,073 yards and an area-leading 17 touchdowns. Josh Jackson has been his favorite target with 460 yards and nine touchdowns.
District 9-4AThe ColonyRecord: 4-0Area rank: No. 9State rank: UnrankedBest wins: Saginaw (3-2), Woodrow Wilson (3-1)Biggest remaining test: at Frisco, ThursdayNotable: The Colony can set its eyes firmly on a district title (and perhaps an undefeated season) if it beats Frisco on Thursday. The Colony hasn't needed much offense other than running back Bryan Hammond, who has rushed for 862 yards and 12 touchdowns.
District 10-4AMesquite PoteetRecord: 4-0Area rank: No. 2State rank: Unranked, receiving votesBest wins: Arlington Seguin (2-2), Wylie (2-2)Biggest remaining test: at Highland Park, Oct. 11Notable: Poteet hasn't missed a beat under first-time head coach Kody Groves. QB Lane Novy has thrown for 1,196 yards and 11 touchdowns, and RB Jaylon Smith has rushed for 478 yards and six touchdowns. Poteet is loaded with talent on defense, too. LB Malik Jefferson has offers across the country, and DBs Nate Gaines and Verkedric Vaughns are committed to SMU and Baylor, respectively.
District 11-4ACarterRecord: 4-0Area rank: No. 6State rank: UnrankedBest wins: Garland Lakeview Centennial (1-3), Kimball (1-3)Biggest remaining test: at South Oak Cliff, Oct. 17Notable: Carter is one of three unbeatens in District 11-4A, and only one of them can potentially finish the season that way. QB Kenneth Spencer has a 7-to-1 touchdown to interception ratio, and RB Corey Avery has rushed for 744 yards and six touchdowns. WR Jordan Ingram, an SMU pledge, has 227 receiving yards and six touchdowns. Senior LB Cameron Hampton is a Texas pledge.
SeagovilleRecord: 4-0Area rank: No. 20State rank: UnrankedBest wins: Crandall (1-3), Adamson (3-1)Biggest remaining test: at Carter, Nov. 8Notable: Seagoville has made the playoffs in three of the last four seasons, and missed out last year after tying for fourth place. Senior running back Traevon Payne is averaging 10.4 yards per carry, rushing for 458 yards and seven touchdowns. Four more rushers have gone for 100 or more yards each and combined for nine touchdowns.
South Oak CliffRecord: 4-0Area rank: No. 4State rank: Unranked, receiving votesBest wins: Lancaster (1-3), Mansfield Summit (1-3)Biggest remaining test: vs. Carter, Oct. 17Notable: South Oak Cliff hasn't beaten a team with a winning record yet, so it's hard to figure out just how strong this team can be. There are, though, several powerful weapons on offense, including QB Kenneth Arthur II (900 passing yards, 12 TDs) and RB Jordan Stevenson (654 rushing yards, 6 TDs). WR Fonzale Davis, a North Texas pledge, has been Arthur's favorite target with 478 yards and five touchdowns.
District 15-4AEnnisRecord: 4-0Area rank: No. 3State rank: UnrankedBest wins: Lewisville (2-3), Arlington Seguin (2-2)Biggest remaining test: vs. Mansfield Legacy, Oct. 18Notable: District 15-4A is perhaps the most unpredictable district in the area, and every game going forward has playoff implications. Ennis RB Terence Williams, a Baylor pledge, has rushed for 399 yards and six touchdowns. QB Devin Smith has thrown for 603 yards and six touchdowns.Mansfield LegacyRecord: 4-0Area rank: No. 2State rank: UnrankedBest wins: McKinney (3-2), Lancaster (1-3)Biggest remaining test: at Ennis, Oct. 18Notable: Senior RB Kijana Amous has carried the ball 87 times for 529 yards and 11 touchdowns. He holds an offer from New Mexico State and may pick up more as his senior season progresses. Legacy will face teams in SportsDay's area top-20 in three of its next four games.
District 10-3AArgyleRecord: 5-0Area rank: No. 1State rank: No. 2Best wins: Abilene Wylie (3-2), Fort Worth Nolan (3-2)Biggest remaining test: vs. Celina, Nov. 8Notable: Argyle, the top-ranked team in the area, looks capable of running the table on the way to a state championship. Texas Tech pledge Ian Sadler has 180 rushing yards, 233 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns. QB Brandon Boyzuick has thrown for 587 yards and seven touchdowns.CelinaRecord: 5-0Area rank: No. 2State rank: No. 7Best wins: Melissa (4-1), Texarkana Liberty-Eylau (2-3)Biggest remaining test: at Argyle, Nov. 8Notable: Much like last year, a showdown against Argyle in the season finale will almost certainly decide this district. Regardless of the winner, both teams are capable of deep playoff runs. QB Nathan Elliott has thrown for 1,619 yards and 19 touchdowns, pacing an offense that has run 740 plays in five games. WR Ben Thiel has been Nathan's prime target, racking up 810 yards and four touchdowns.Frisco Lone StarRecord: 5-0Area rank: No. 5State rank: UnrankedBest wins: Whitesboro (4-1), Lake Worth (3-2)Biggest remaining test: at Argyle, Oct. 25Notable: Lone Star is making some noise in what could be its last season in Class 3A before a move up to 4A. RB Ramon Harris has run for 536 yards and eight touchdowns, and QB Chase Moake has 820 passing yards and eight TDs. Its growth should be apparent in games against Celina and Argyle this season. Last year Lone Star lost to Celina, 61-9, and to Argyle, 69-0.
District 11-3AFerrisRecord: 5-0Area rank: No. 6State rank: UnrankedBest wins: Godley (3-2), Quinlan Ford (3-2)Biggest remaining test: vs. Madison, Oct. 11Notable: Ferris hasn't played a district game but has already clinched a playoff berth in the four-team District 11-3A. QB Javaughn Thurmon has 614 passing yards and five touchdowns, and RB Jay Foster has 528 yards and seven touchdowns.
District 12-3APrincetonRecord: 5-0Area rank: No. 3State rank: UnrankedBest wins: Carrollton Ranchview (4-1), Greenville (0-4)Biggest remaining test: vs. Melissa, Nov. 1Notable: There are playmakers all around the offense, including QB Jourdan Blake (613 passing yards, 8 TDs), RB Trey Jackson (849 rushing yards, 10 TDs) and WR Jakari Dillard (309 receiving yards, 4 TDs). Princeton lost its meeting against Melissa last season, finished second in the district and reached the area round of the playoffs.