Tom Fox - Staff Photographer DeSoto vs. Cedar Hill/ On its face, no other district opener is as big as this. DeSoto and Cedar Hill will square off in a rivalry game – the “Battle of Beltline.” DeSoto (3-0) has cruised thus far, posting impressive wins over Arlington Martin and Euless Trinity. As usual, Cedar Hill (2-1) has challenged itself in non-district, facing off against two defending state champions. Prediction: DeSoto 49, Cedar Hill 31
Tom Fox - Staff Photographer DMN staff writer Corbett Smith breaks down Week 3's top high school football games and makes his predictions.
Matt Strasen - Special Contributor Plano West at Mesquite/ There aren’t many programs in the state with the one-two punch of Plano West (2-1). Both Auston Anderson and SoSo Jamabo are FBS-caliber running backs; Anderson has committed to Northwestern, while Jamabo holds offers from programs such as Oklahoma, Texas A&M and Texas. Last week, with 13 carries, Jamabo rushed for 140 yards and a TD. Prediciton: West 38, Mesquite 27
John F. Rhodes - Special Contributor Corsicana at Waxahachie/ Against Forney, Corsicana (1-2) rallied for 36 unanswered points in its first win of the year, with sophomore RB Lamontra Owens gaining 322 of his 352 rushing yards in the second half. Waxahachie (1-1) beat West Mesquite, 29-27, despite 21 penalties for 163 yards. Prediction: Waxahachie 28, Corsicana 21
Mike Stone - Special Contributor Trinity Christian-Addison at Frisco Wakeland/ Christian Hutzler, the new QB for TCA-Addison (3-0), is one of two area passers with over 1,000 yards in the first three games. Last season, in a 68-23 win over TCA, Wakeland (1-1) jumped out to a 35-0 first-quarter lead – with three TD passes from Jackson Lamb. Prediction: Wakeland 42, TCA-Addison 31
Mark M. Hancock - Special Contributor Fort Worth All Saints at St. Mark’s/ All Saints (3-0) has won its games by an average margin of 47.3 points; TCU pledge Foster Sawyer has completed 74 percent of his passes, with 14 TDs and no interceptions. St. Mark’s (2-0) led 23-17 at halftime of last year’s match-up, but was outscored 28-0 after that. Prediction: All Saints 38, St. Mark’s 24
Garett Fisbeck - Staff Photographer Euless Trinity at Bentonville (Ark.)/ Trinity (0-2) hasn’t lost three regular-season games since 2004. With limited carries, sophomore RB Ja’Ron Wilson has scored twice and is averaging 11.2 yards per carry. Arkansas’ largest high school, Bentonville (1-1) lost last week, its first regular-season loss in 35 games. Prediction: Trinity 21, Bentonville 17
G.J. McCarthy - Staff Photographer Mesquite Horn at Tyler John Tyler/ With four senior FBS commits, including Oklahoma pledge OL Jonathan Alvarez and Baylor pledge DT Andrew Morris, Horn (3-0) has one of the best recruiting classes in the area. Tyler (2-1) – which blanked cross-town rival Tyler Lee 44-0 last week – is averaging less than three yards per carry. Prediction: Horn 44, Tyler 38
Michael Ainsworth - Staff Photographer Allen at Hebron/ One of the keys to the great start for Allen (3-0) has been ball protection. The Eagles have only one turnover in three games, while forcing seven. Over 45 percent of the plays for Hebron’s offense have involved senior running back Treyvon Hughes (63 rushes, 3 catches). Prediction: Allen 45, Hebron 21
Michael Clements - DRC Argyle at Kennedale/ Last week, Argyle (3-0) shut out Paris 53-0 in the first half, with Texas Tech pledge Ian Sadler scoring five first-half touchdowns. To call Kennedale (1-2) run-heavy is an understatement, completing as many passes to its own players as to the opposition (2 completions, 2 interceptions). Prediction: Argyle 49, Kennedale 28
Brad Loper - Staff Photographer Garland Naaman Forest at Plano/ Junior Michael Nelson is leading area 5A rushers in yardage (89 carries, 667 yards, six TDs) for Naaman Forest (1-2). Plano (2-0) has started a season with shutout wins – allowing a total of 166 yards – for the first time since winning the 5A title in 1986. Prediction: Plano 20, Naaman Forest 14
Mark M. Hancock - Special Contributor Flower Mound Marcus at Plano East/ Junior QB Taylor Gibbs had a good showing for Marcus (1-2) in his first varsity start, a 35-17 loss to Denton Guyer, passing for 207 yards and two TDs. Under new head coach Randy Jackson, Plano East (3-0) leads area 5A teams in passing offense with 1,005 yards (335.0 per game). Prediction: Marcus 28, East 27
John F. Rhodes - Special Contributor Midlothian at Duncanville/ This District 7-5A opener might be a play-in game. A playoff team last season, Midlothian (2-1) fell to Justin Northwest, 21-16, last week. Duncanville (2-1) lost last week to Mesquite Horn, 45-33, despite more yards, more first downs, a 300-yard passer, and both a 100-yard rusher and receiver. Prediction: Duncanville 35, Midlothian 28
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