A look at notable games in the Dallas area leading up to Week 5 of the #txhsfb season…
Rockwall vs. Rockwall-Heath
Where: 7 p.m. Friday at Rockwall’s Wilkerson-Sanders Memorial Stadium
These two played arguably the most entertaining regular season game in the Dallas area a year ago. Expect this year’s installment to be worth it too. Rockwall-Heath outlasted Rockwall 79-71 in double overtime last September, and while both sides graduated key pieces of last year’s high-scoring affair (namely both starting quarterbacks), rivals on the other side of the The city hasn’t lost much in 2022. Heath (3-1), the No. 12 team in The Dallas Morning News’ Area 6A ranking, has won three straight since its Week 1 loss against No. 1 Denton. Guyer and has averaged the fourth-most total offensive yards (489.5 per game) of any Dallas-area 6A team. With Clemson’s commitment to four-star wide receiver Noble Johnson, No. 13 Rockwall (3-1) has the weapons to keep up the pace. Expect this game to be crucial in deciding a District 10-6A champion at the end of the season.
McFarland’s prediction: Rockwall 42, Rockwall-Heath 36
Waxahachie at DeSoto
Where: 7 p.m. Friday at Eagle Stadium in DeSoto
All eyes are on No. 10 Waxahachie (4-0) as he rises in the polls and the supremacy of District 11-6A. Averaging 48 points per game (third-best among Area 6A teams), Waxahachie has a difference of more than 155 points and beat Cedar Hill in Week 3 for the first time since 1999. A win over No. 5 DeSoto (3-1) be monumental. Since his Week 2 loss against nationally ranked St. Frances (Md.), DeSoto has returned to form with wins over South Oak Cliff (42-23) and Skyline (63-0). Junior quarterback DJ Bailey threw for six touchdowns in DeSoto’s Week 4 win over Skyline as Texas five-star fiancé Johntay Cook II caught eight passes for 179 yards and two touchdowns. DeSoto outscored, 31-25 last year against Waxahachie. Expect another closing this week.
McFarland’s prediction: DeSoto 28, Waxahachie 24
Prosper Rock Hill in Prosper
Where: 7 p.m. Friday at Prosper’s Children’s Health Stadium
Prosper Rock Hill (2-2) posted a control win in Week 3 as he rallied from an 11-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat Denton Braswell 50-49. Second-year quarterback Kevin Sperry threw for 278 yards and three touchdowns (one of them was the go-ahead touchdown in the closing seconds) and rushed for 154 yards and three touchdowns. He’ll face No. 8 Prosper (3-1), who fell 23-6 to Guyer in Week 3. A note to Rock Hill’s defense: Teams have averaged 63.6 points per game the week after playing Guyer. This will be the first Prosper ISD game in district history as Rock Hill is in the midst of its third season of college football.
McFarland’s prediction: Prosperous 40, Rock Hill 21
East Plane in Plano
Where: 7 p.m. Friday at John Clark Stadium in Plano
Can Plano East (3-0) continue their winning ways? He’ll need to get past his cross-town rival Plano (1-2) to do so. East, looking for its first 4-0 start since 2018, has been led by senior running back Daniel Fayombo (579 rushing yards, six touchdowns), senior quarterback Drew Devillier (nine passing touchdowns and one interception) and senior wide receiver Rushil Patel. (406 receiving yards, six touchdowns). Each ranks in the top seven of all Dallas-area 6A players in their respective yardage categories. However, Plano may be prepared to play spoiler, having won four straight against East.
McFarland’s prediction: East Plane 27, Plane 21
Allen at Denton Braswell
Where: 7 pm on Friday at Carrico Stadium in Braswell
Riding a three-fight win streak, No. 5 Allen (3-1) has found his form offensively. Junior Kayvion Sibley rushed for 210 yards and four touchdowns against McKinney Boyd in Week 4 and 146 yards and a touchdown against No. 8 Arlington Martin in Week 3. Braswell (2-0), ranked by area for two weeks, has struggled defensively with a 79-20 loss to No. 6 Trophy Club Byron Nelson in Week 3 and a 50-49 loss to Prosper Rock Hill in Week 4. If Braswell wants to compete with Allen this week, his offense You should keep up the pace.
McFarland’s prediction: Allen 42, Denton Braswell 24
Chinese Spring in the Episcopal Parish
Where: 7 p.m. Friday at Episcopal Parish’s Gloria H. Snyder Stadium
The consecutive TAPPS division. The state champion faced his first setback against a UIL opponent in Week 4 with a 31-28 loss against South Oak Cliff. China Spring (4-0), who went undefeated last year and won the 4A Div. II state championship, should pose another test for Episcopal Parish (3-1). For reference, China Spring beat Melissa (2-2) 42-41 in the area rankings in Week 2. Episcopal has yet to break the 30-point margin in four games, though their defense has kept them more than competitive.
McFarland’s prediction: Episcopal Parish 28, China Spring 21
Fort Worth Nolan at Dallas Christian
Where: 7 p.m. Friday at Dallas Christian’s Wheeler Field
The main private school matchup in DFW this week pits No. 2 Dallas Christian (4-0) against a ninth-place Fort Worth Nolan (1-3) team that has lost three straight. Dallas Christian has been led by senior running back Zach Hernandez, a transfer from Rockwall who rushed for 441 yards and 13 touchdowns in the first four games of the season, and second-year quarterback Luke Carney, who has a touchdown ratio to interception 8-1. Nolan looks to avoid his first four-game losing streak since 2015.
McFarland’s prediction: Dallas Christian 31, Fort Worth Nolan 24
Lancaster at Longview
Where: 7:30 p.m. Friday at Lobo Stadium in Longview
Lancaster have impressed through four games with wins over No. 7 South Oak Cliff, No. 18 McKinney North and a decent performance against Guyer, the area’s top-ranked 6A team. Can he continue his run with a win over Longview (4-0), the top-ranked 5A division in the state? I team? The No. 3 Lancaster is fresh off a 74-point performance against McKinney North, and will have to play just as well against a Longview team that has a 179-plus point difference. The Lancaster defense, led by four-star junior safety Corian Gipson, will have its hands full with Jalen Hale, Longview’s four-star senior wide receiver. Longview beat Lancaster 34-14 in last year’s playoffs. A win would go a long way for either side when it comes time for postseason seeding.
McFarland’s prediction: Longview 31, Lancaster 24
North Crowley at Euless Trinity
Where: 7:30 p.m. Friday at Bedford’s Pennington Field
A bit of recent history is on the line in this District 3-6A matchup. North Crowley (4-0) is looking for his first 5-0 start since 2005, and Euless Trinity (0-4) is looking to avoid his first five-loss season since 1997. No. 18 North Crowley has put up one of the best of DFW. he defense through the first month of the season under first-year coach Ray Gates, and has allowed the fewest total offensive yards per game (146.5) of any Area 6A team. Trinity, under first-year coach Aaron Lineweaver, has struggled to score just 24.3 points per game (down from 40-plus points per game last year). Trinity’s calling card is running the ball, but North Crowley has allowed just 23.25 rushing yards per game this season.
McFarland’s prediction: North Crowley 24, Euless Trinidad 14
Sunnyvale at Kaufman
Where: 7:30 p.m. Friday at Kaufman’s Lions Stadium
No. 5 Sunnyvale (2-2) enters Friday’s game with a bit of a boost after two straight wins in which he posted 40 points in each. No. 3 Kaufman (3-1) has been led by running back Johnathan Wrenn (254 rushing yards, three touchdowns) and most importantly, is undefeated (3-0) against 4A opponents this season.
McFarland’s prediction: Kaufman 24, Sunnyvale 17
Marcus Flower Mound in Hebron
Where: 7 p.m. Friday at Hebron’s Hawk Stadium
With unbeaten starts for Plano East and Coppell, District 6-6A’s postseason race quickly turned interesting. That means this matchup between No. 15 Flower Mound Marcus (1-2) and Hebron (2-1) is an important open game for the district. After losses to No. 3 Southlake Carroll and No. 7 Highland Park to open the season, Marcus bounced back with a win over Euless Trinity in Week 3 before his Week 4 bye. Under Coach freshman John Towels, Hebron is riding a two-game winning streak with wins over Wylie and Northwest Eaton. Marcus, led by four-star junior quarterback Cole Welliver and four-star senior wide receiver Ashton Cozart from Oregon, has won his last two games against Hebron.
McFarland’s prediction: Flower mound Marcus 30, Hebron 21
Frisco Wakeland in Frisco Lone Star
Where: 7 p.m. Friday at the Ford Center in Frisco
This game looked like Frisco ISD’s main game in the preseason; a matchup of the two best teams expected in the district. Frisco Reedy, undefeated 4-0, has beaten both and now leaves Frisco Wakeland (1-3) and Frisco Lone Star (2-1) fighting for second place. There isn’t much room for error for Wakeland, which has already lost two District 6-5A Div. I games, if it hopes to make the postseason. Lone Star dominated this game a year ago with a 33-3 win, but only scored seven points in his Week 3 loss to Reedy.
McFarland’s prediction: Frisco Lone Star 28, Frisco Wakeland 21
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