Steve Hamm - Special Contributor Allen at Plano: Will Allen’s junior quarterback Kyler Murray play? That’s the huge question surrounding this game — which could put Allen (9-0; 4-0 in 10-5A) into the playoffs on a sour note, potentially forcing it into a bi-district game against Skyline. Plano (7-2; 3-1) challenged Allen a year ago, with Murray in the starting line-up, failing on a potential go-ahead two-point conversion with 35 seconds left in a 35-34 loss. With standout linebacker David Griffith, Plano’s defense has statistically been the best among area 5A teams this season, allowing just 10 points and 189 yards per game. Prediction: Allen 35, Plano 24
Garett Ray Fisbeck - Staff Photographer Celina at Argyle: There’s little that Texas Tech pledge Ian Sadler can’t do. It’s amazing that Sadler (5-10, 195) has amassed 20 touchdowns this season considering he’s sat out for the second halves of many of Argyle’s blowout wins. Sadler has combined for 758 yards rushing and receiving, has a return TD and has passed for a score. This match-up against state No. 8 Celina (9-0; 3-0) is a much-needed test, Argyle coach Todd Rodgers said, right before both teams embark on difficult playoff journeys in Class 3A. Argyle 38, Celina 21
Brad Loper - Staff Photographer Arlington Bowie vs. Arlington Martin: The UIL state executive committee’s decision to overturn three forfeits changed this game from a must-win for Martin (7-2; 5-1 in 3-5A) into a district decider. Now, Bowie (7-2; 5-1) and Martin can get a share of the 3-5A title, and avoid Southlake Carroll in the bi-district round, with a win. Predioction: Bowie 35, Martin 28
Michael Ainsworth - Staff Photographer Mansfield at DeSoto: Mansfield (5-4; 4-2 in 7-5A) might be the team best-equipped to upset DeSoto (9-0; 6-0) in district play, relying on a solid defense and a time-chewing rushing game. But who can stop – or even slow – DeSoto quarterback Desmon White? He eclipsed the 1,000-yard rushing mark last week. Prediction: DeSoto 42, Mansfield 21
Matt Strasen - Special Contributor North Forney vs. Carrollton Creekview: The winner gets the final playoff spot from District 10-4A. Last season, North Forney (3-6; 2-4 in 10-4A) lost in heartbreaking fashion, allowing 27 fourth-quarter points in a 27-20 loss. Creekview (5-4; 3-3) is looking for the school’s first 4A playoff appearance, having made three in 5A. Prediction: Creekview 31, North Forney 17
KELLEY CHINN - Special Contributor Hurst L.D. Bell vs. Colleyville Heritage: Playoff positioning is in the balance, with L.D. Bell (7-2; 5-1 in 6-5A) and Heritage (7-2; 5-1) jockeying for the top spot in the 5A Division II playoffs. The winner avoids Hebron in the bi-district round. Heritage has blasted district opponents not named Euless Trinity this season, outscoring them 232-33. Prediction: Colleyville Heritage 38, Hurst L.D. Bell 24
Matt Strasen - Special Contributor Plano West vs. Plano East: With a loss, Plano West (5-4; 1-3 in 10-5A) – a regional finalist last season – will miss the playoffs. East (5-4; 1-3) has struggled to run the ball in Randy Jackson’s first season at head coach, with only one 100-yard rushing performance this season. A win by East will help Plano to an easier Division II path. Prediction: Plano West 24, Plano East 21
Brad Loper - Staff Photographer Mesquite Horn vs. North Mesquite: This is a critical game in a jumbled District 12-5A race. Horn (7-2; 3-2) needs a win here or a Rockwall loss to clinch a playoff spot. Last week’s 35-6 loss to Rockwall-Heath has put North Mesquite (6-3; 2-3) in a precarious position, at risk of missing the playoffs after a 6-0 start. Mesquite Horn 34, North Mesquite 31
Mark M. Hancock - Special Contributor South Oak Cliff vs. Kimball: South Oak Cliff (8-1; 5-1 in 11-4A) entered last season’s meeting with an unbeaten record – only to suffer consecutive one-point losses to Kimball and Lincoln to end its season. Quarterback Ladarryl Blair was a standout for Kimball (6-3; 5-1) in a 42-24 win over Seagoville, accounting for four touchdowns. Prediction: South Oak Cliff 28, Kimball 14
Brad Loper - Staff Photographer Lovejoy vs. Wylie East: Quarterback Bowman Sells is questionable for Lovejoy (6-3; 4-2 in 13-4A), in a must-win game for the Leopards. Sells was reinjured two weeks ago, after suffering a broken clavicle earlier in the year. East (5-4; 4-2) is a last-minute field-goal miss and extra-point conversion away from being unbeaten in district. Prediction: East 44, Lovejoy 41
Steve Hamm - Special Contributor Mansfield Summit at Lancaster: Braden Nolan passed for 282 yards and four scores for Summit (4-5; 4-2 in 15-4A) in its 33-30 upset over Mansfield Legacy last week. A state finalist in 5A Division II last season, Lancaster (4-5; 3-3) needs a win over Summit to have a shot to claim the final playoff spot from 15-4A. Prediction: Summit 27, Lancaster 21
Mike Stone - Special Contributor St. Mark’s vs. Houston Kincaid: Brothers John and William Caldwell have combined for 21 receiving TDs for St. Mark’s (8-1). Despite firing coach Stephen Hill in mid-season, Kincaid (10-0) is one of the best private-school teams in the state, with three Division I commits, including Florida State pledge TE Mavin Saunders. Prediction: St. Mark’s 42, Kincaid 38
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