Michael Ainsworth - Staff Photographer Mansfield Timberview at Cedar Hill/ Longhorn Stadium/ There’s little reason to think that this match-up will be any less entertaining than it has been over the past two seasons – where Cedar Hill has held on to win tight, one-score contests. Apart from a second-half rout by DeSoto, Timberview (6-1; 3-1 in 7-5A) has been dominant defensively all season – allowing just 185.3 yards and 14.7 points per game. Cedar Hill (5-2; 3-1), on the other hand, is a big play waiting to happen. Junior WR Damarkus Lodge has wowed in his first year as the team’s featured receiver, with 10 TDs in 32 receptions -- averaging 18.8 yards per catch. Prediction: Cedar Hill 24, Timberview 21
Mike Stone - Special Contributor Arlington Seguin at Mansfield Legacy/ Mansfield’s R.L Anderson Stadium/ Two of the area’s most surprising teams face off. Seguin (5-2; 3-1) and Legacy (6-1; 3-1) are both strong contenders for playoff berths in District 15-4A. Kelton Moore (5-11, 190), one of eight returning starters on offense, has been a huge catalyst for Seguin’s success. The dual-threat quarterback has made a living on the zone-read option, rushing for 1,421 yards. Last Thursday, in a 42-15 win over Waxahachie, Moore broke the school record for rushing yards in a game (271). A win here could ensure Seguin its first playoff berth since 2009. Prediction: Seguin 34, Legacy 31
Louis DeLuca - Staff Photographer Ennis at Mansfield Summit/ Mansfield’s Vernon Newsom Stadium, 7 p.m. Thursday/ Despite some early district scares, Ennis (7-0; 4-0 in 15-4A) is rolling, thumping previously unbeaten Mansfield Legacy, 56-18, last week. Quarterback Braden Nolen has spread the ball around for Summit (3-4; 3-1) quite nicely, with six different players catching his 13 TD passes. Prediction: Ennis 49, Summit 24
Mark M. Hancock - Special Contributor Frisco Wakeland at The Colony/ Tommy Briggs Stadium, 7 p.m. Friday/ Last week’s shock result was by Wakeland (4-3; 3-1 in 9-4A), shutting out Frisco Centennial, 21-0. The Colony (7-0; 4-0) hasn’t varied its game plan much all season – giving senior RB Bryan Hammond 27.7 carries per game. It’s working; Hammond has 1,549 yards and 21 TDs. Prediction: The Colony 28, Wakeland 21
Garett Fisbeck - Staff Photographer Arlington Lamar vs. Arlington Martin/ Arlington’s Cravens Field/ For Lamar (5-2; 3-1 in 3-5A), keeping their district-title dreams alive requires a win here. That hasn’t happened recently; Martin (6-1; 4-0). has won the last five meetings. Martin sophomore RB Nic Smith has quietly put together a solid season: 672 rushing yards, 14 TDs. Prediction: Martin 42, Lamar 31
Dan Reed Plano East vs. Plano/ Plano’s John Clark Stadium/ Neither team can afford a loss in a tight 10-5A playoff race. Lionel Wills had one of his best performances for East (5-2; 1-1) last week against McKinney, rushing for 163 yards and three scores. Plano (5-2; 1-1) allowed a 97-yard swing pass in the final minute to fall to McKinney Boyd, 24-23. Prediction: Plano 21, Plano East 17
Mark M. Hancock - Special Contributor McKinney Boyd at Allen/ Eagle Stadium/ What a difference one play makes. Thanks to Dedrick Scrivens’ last-minute heroics vs. Plano, Boyd (4-3; 2-0 in 10-5A) looks a solid bet right now for a playoff spot. Allen (7-0; 2-0) put on a clinic in a 49-7 first half against Plano West, with six of its seven first-half TDs 20 yards or longer. Prediction: Allen 56, Boyd 21
Kelley Chinn - Special Contributor Coppell at Flower Mound Marcus/ Marauder Stadium/ While there’s no guarantee this will be close, it will be physical. Both teams like to pound the ball on the ground and play tough defense. Coppell (5-1; 2-0 in 5-5A) is averaging less than 12 passes per game. Of the 12 TDs that Marcus (2-5; 1-1) has scored this season, six have been by sophomore TE Kaden Smith. Prediction: Coppell 35, Marcus 14
Photo submitted by DOUG KOVAL Richardson Pearce at Jesuit/ Haggar Stadium/ This will likely determine the district’s top seed in the 5A Division II bracket. Geoffrey Nwarie and Gjordan Dumas have been a potent rushing duo for Pearce (4-3; 3-1 in 9-5A). Iowa State pledge Orion Salters had a breakout game last week for Jesuit (4-3; 3-1), with three TDs against Lake Highlands. Prediction: Jesuit 35, Pearce 28
Longview at North Mesquite/ Mesquite Memorial Stadium/ Longview (6-1; 3-0 in 12-5A) is averaging 44.7 points since its loss to Coppell, but junior RB JaMycal Hasty – 862 rushing yards, 10 TDs – might be out with an ankle injury. Ta’Varius Luke is on pace to better Joe Bergeron’s 2010 season at North Mesquite (6-1; 2-1), where the Texas RB rushed for 1,579 yards. Prediction: Longview 40, North Mesquite 28
David Minton - CHRONICLE Denton Guyer at Wichita Falls Rider/ Two of the state’s best Class 4A teams will scrap for the district title. Overshadowed by Aledo’s exploits last week, Guyer (5-2; 4-0 in 5-4A) might have had a more impressive result, swamping a good Lake Dallas, 66-3. QB Chase London has been outstanding for Rider (6-1; 4-0), with a 21/1 TD-to-INT ratio Prediction: Guyer 38, Rider 21
Prestonwood Christian at Fort Worth Nolan/ Doskocil Stadium/ Don’t be shocked if these teams meet up again with a state title on the line. WR Michael Irvin, Jr. – the son of the former Cowboys great – has lived up to his namesake for Prestonwood (7-1; 4-0 in TAPPS 1-I), with 12 receiving TDs. Nolan (5-2; 3-0) last lost to Prestonwood in the 2010 TAPPS Division I final. Prestonwood 31, Nolan 28
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