(Note: All games are non-district and begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday unless otherwise indicated.)
Denison at Frisco Centennial
When: 7 p.m. Friday
Where: FISD Memorial Stadium
2012 Records: Denison 2-8; Centennial 12-2
Radio: KMKT 93.1 FM
Series: Denison leads 2-1
Last year: Centennial won 45-9
Players to watch: Denison: RB Denard Whitfield, WR Jaleel Dade; Centennial: TE Stoney Hawkins, LB Andrew Pierce
Update: Denison head coach Chad Rogers is 2 wins away from reaching No. 100 in his career … The Yellow Jackets’ defense looks to be vastly improved from a 2012 unit that allowed an area-worst 447.3 yards per game … Centennial graduated 5 major-conference signees from last season’s 4A Division I state quarterfinalsts.
Little Elm at Sherman
Where: Bearcat Stadium
2012 Records: Little Elm 5-6; Sherman 9-3
Radio: KMAD 102.5 FM
Series: Sherman leads 5-0
Last year: Sherman won 57-56 (OT)
Players to watch: Little Elm: RB Caleb Chapman, QB Josh Seale; Sherman: RB Tre’ Mask, WR/DB Ja’Quay Pough
Update: Little Elm has narrowed the margin of defeat every year against Sherman … Last year’s game came down to a stopped 2-point conversion as Little Elm went for the win in OT … Gary Kinne can pass Drew Young (2003-08) for fifth place on Sherman’s all time coaching win list … Ke’aun Kinner, the Associated Press Class 4A Offensive Player of the Year who rushed for 432 yards against the Bearcats last year, is now at Navarro College.
Carr. Newman Smith at McKinney North
When: 7 p.m. tonight
Where: Ron Poe Stadium
2012 Records: Newman Smith 4-6; McKinney North 3-7
Radio: KLAK 97.5 FM
Series: Newman Smith leads 1-0
Last year: Newman Smith won 21-17
Players to watch: Newman Smith: QB Garrett Browne, DB Ben Higginbotham; McKinney North: QB Ben Dutze, WR Gabe Constantine
Update: North has had only one winning season and one playoff appearance since 2006 … The Bulldogs have 8 returning starters on offense, including the entire OL, but only one starter back on defense … Newman Smith, at 2,083 students, is the second-largest 4A school in the state.
Frisco Heritage at Lovejoy
Where: Leopard Stadium
2012 Records: Heritage 1-9; Lovejoy 11-1
Series: Lovejoy leads 1-0
Last year: Lovejoy won 53-14
Players to watch: Heritage: QB Twayne Blackwell, LB Walter Miller; Lovejoy: QB Bowman Sells, RB Dan Sefcik
Update: The Leopards have 7 offensive starters back from last season’s 13-4A championship … Heritage’s Blackwell had almost 1,000 yards both rushing and passing as a sophomore.
Sachse at Wylie
Where: Wylie Stadium
2012 Records: Sachse 8-3; Wylie 5-7
Series: Sachse leads 2-1
Last year: Sachse won 44-36 (OT)
Players to watch: Sachse: QB Kent Myers, WR Tyrique Edwards; Wylie: QB Kameron Kelly, LB T’Kevian Rockwell
Update: The Pirates may go with a 2-pronged QB attack between Kelly and Carsen Cook, who took over last year after Kelly was injured … Wylie let last year’s game slip away after Sachse scored with :15 left to force OT and then stopped the Pirates on first-and-goal at the 1-yard line during Wylie’s possession … Sachse is favored to win District 11-5A.
Forney at Royse City
Where: Royse City ISD Stadium
2012 Records: Forney 5-6; Royse City 1-9
Series: Forney leads 15-4
Last year: Forney won 31-6
Players to watch: Forney: LB Colbey Michaelkovich, RB A.J. Atnip; Royse City: QB Jackson Watts, WR Jake Glisch
Update: David Petroff coaches his first game at Royse City … The Bulldogs were limited to just 104 total yards of offense in last season’s opener and scored with about 3:00 left on a Watts TD pass to Glisch … Royse City hasn’t won more than 3 games in a season since 2008.
Wylie East at Red Oak
Where: Billy Goodloe Stadium
2012 Records: Wylie East 9-4; Red Oak 9-4
Series: Wylie East leads 1-0
Last year: Wylie East won 52-21
Players to watch: Wylie East: QB Garrett McCain, RB Kevon Mack; Red Oak: WR Tyler Scott, DB Garrett Davis
Update: East loses 3 standout pass catchers to Division I schools, but brings back McCain, who has committed to play baseball at Oklahoma State … McCain had 47 TDs and only 4 INTs in 2012, including a pick by Sherman’s Tre’ Mask … Red Oak lost 30 seniors off last year’s team that beat Sherman in the area round.
Greenville at Princeton
Where: Jackie Hendricks Stadium
2012 Records: Greenville 0-10; Princeton 10-2
Radio: KGVL 1400 AM
Series: Princeton leads 1-0
Last year: Princeton won 33-13
Players to watch: Greenville: RB Tyler Matthews, QB Spencer Gilbert II; Princeton: WR Jakari Dillard, QB Jourdan Blake
Update: Greenville is hopeful of snapping a losing streak that goes back 30 games to the end of the 2009 season … Matthews scored the Lions’ only TD in a scrimmage against 3A power Gilmer … Lee Wilkins debuts as head coach at Princeton, replacing Stacey Dillard, who has assumed a full-time role as AD.
Burkburnett at Gainesville
Where: Leopard Stadium
2012 Records: Burkburnett 2-9; Gainesville 12-1
Radio: KGAF 1580 AM
Series: Gainesville leads 14-6
Last year: Gainesville won 52-21
Players to watch: Burkburnett: RB Bobby Ingram, LB Brady Brunson; Gainesville: RB Adam Berryman, WR/DB Jonathan Mendez
Update: Gainesville last year reached the 3A Division I state quarterfinals, losing to Kilgore … The Leopards received 4 votes to tie for 20th in the Associated Press preseason Class 3A poll … Burkburnett brings back 19 of 22 starters.
Aubrey at Pottsboro
Where: Jim Henderson Memorial Stadium
2012 Records: Aubrey 2-8; Pottsboro 11-1
Radio: KZRC 96.1 FM
Series: Pottsboro leads 10-3
Last year: Pottsboro won 27-0
Players to watch: Aubrey: QB Rylee Hellman, OL/LB Chancy Hull; Pottsboro: RB Thaddeus Flinn, WR Kory Waller
Update: Pottsboro possessed the area’s top defense in 2012, holding opponents to 186.1 yards per game … The Cardinals are coming off their first 10-0 regular season since 1982 … Aubrey either had a non-losing record or a playoff appearance every year from 2003-09, but has had 3 losing seasons since moving to 3A in 2010.
Celina vs. Melissa
When: 7 p.m. tonight
Where: Allen (Eagle Stadium)
2012 Records: Celina 10-3; Melissa 9-3
Radio: www.championslivehere.com; mcn.melissaisd.org
Series: Tied 1-1
Last year: Melissa won 18-13
Players to watch: Celina: RB/DB Braylin Brown, QB Nathan Elliott; Melissa: WR Jackson Webb, RB Marcus Ellis
Update: The Cardinals pulled off a stunner in last year’s opener on Chris Smith’s 9-yard pass to J.C. Cottrell with 7 seconds left … It was Celina’s first season-opening loss in 15 years … The Bobcats received 15 points for 12th place in the Associated Press preseason 3A poll … Melissa, the 2011 2A D-I state champion, adjusted quickly to 3A life with a district title in 2012.
Bonham at Pilot Point
Where: Massey Stadium
2012 Records: Bonham 3-8; Pilot Point 7-3
Radio: KFYN 1420 AM; www.kfyn1420.com
Series: Pilot Point leads 3-0
Last year: Pilot Point won 38-12
Players to watch: Bonham: QB / DB Dra Smith, RB Tristan Hunt; Pilot Point: QB Travis Garrett, RB Tristan Jurecka
Update: The Warriors are coming off their first playoff season since 2005 … Pilot Point tied for third place in District 5-2A last season, but lost a head-to-head tiebreaker with Boyd … The Bearcats haven’t made the playoffs since winning the 2A D-I state title in 2009, the team’s longest drought since 1969-78, when only district champions qualified.
Life Oak Cliff at Anna
Where: Coyote Stadium
2012 Records: Life Oak Cliff 1-9; Anna 6-4
Series: Anna leads 2-1
Last year: Anna won 47-12
Players to watch: Life Oak Cliff: WR Justin Holden, RB/LB Brandon Jackson; Anna: LB Sean Kyle, QB Ty Chapman
Update: The Coyotes are coming off their second winning season in 3 years, but only their third since 1997 … In last year’s meeting, the Coyotes raced out to a 27-0 halftime lead, and Kyle had a 70-yard kickoff return for a TD … Life lost only 4 lettermen to graduation and brings back 9 starters on both offense and defense.
Community at Leonard
Where: Tiger Stadium
2012 Records: Community 4-6; Leonard 7-3-1
Series: Leonard leads 14-7
Last year: Community won 40-29
Players to watch: Community: QB Jordan Graham, WR/DB Corey Rogers; Leonard: RB Solomon Titus, WR/DB Justin Bennett
Update: Leonard is enjoying its greatest success since the early 1990s, with 3 playoff appearances in 4 seasons … The Tigers gave up 4 TD passes to Braves QB Graham in last season’s opening loss … Titus is back at full speed after missing half of last season with an injury.
Whitesboro at FW Christian
Where: Dorothy and Gene Barrow Field
2012 Records: Whitesboro 7-4; FW Christian 8-4
Series: FW Christian leads 1-0
Last year: FW Christian won 48-35
Players to watch: Whitesboro: RB/DB Collin Kilcrease, FL/LB Cody Ford; FW Christian: RB/DB Bomani Carter, RB/LB Michael Burgess
Update: Whitesboro’s Eddie Gill, starting his eighth season, is the longest-tenured Bearcat coach since L.M. Combs, who coached for 10 years in the 1930s and 1940s … Kilcrease is the area’s defending rushing champion with 2,293 yards and 28 TDs … Fort Worth Christian is picked to finish second in TAPPS Division II District 1.
Callisburg at Henrietta
Where: Bearcat Stadium
2012 Records: Callisburg 9-2; Henrietta 2-8
Radio: KPFC 89.1/91.9 FM
Series: Henrietta leads 6-5
Last year: Callisburg won 28-0
Players to watch: Callisburg: QB Rheyce Childress, RB/LB Jake Parker; Henrietta: QB/DB Conner Fletcher, LB Riley Watson
Update: Callisburg enjoyed a 7-win improvement from the 2011 season and is coming off only the third district title in school history … The Wildcats received 9 points to tie for 14th in the AP Class 2A preseason poll … Henrietta missed the playoffs last fall for the first time in a decade.
Gunter at Boyd
Where: Yellow Jacket Stadium
2012 Records: Gunter 10-2; Boyd 7-5
Series: Gunter leads 5-2
Last year: Gunter won 34-27
Players to watch: Gunter: QB Austen Gressett, DE Tyson Scott; Boyd: RB / DB Fino Cardona, QB/LB Garrett Ragsdale
Update: This is Gunter’s youngest team in some time, with only 3 starting seniors and one returning offensive starter … The Tigers have gone at least 2 rounds deep into the playoffs for 6 straight seasons and is riding a 14-year streak of playoff appearances … Cardona rushed for 1,900 yards for Boyd and has more than 3,000 in his career.
Howe at Lindsay
Where: Henry B. Schroeder Knight Stadium
2012 Records: Howe 2-8; Lindsay 9-3
Series: Howe leads 3-1
Last year: Lindsay won 49-13
Players to watch: Howe: RB/DB Anthony Hawthorne, RB/LB Bryce Mosier; Lindsay: QB John Haverkamp, LB Elijah Walker
Update: Former Weimar head coach Zack Hudson makes his debut at Howe … The Knights are favored to repeat as District 7-1A (I) champions … Lindsay coach Charles Boles is 2-1 against Howe, with a win each while coaching at Whitewright and Bells.
Holliday at Van Alstyne
Where: Panther Stadium
2012 Records: Van Alstyne 1-9; Holliday 6-5
Series: Holliday leads 2-0
Last year: Holliday won 38-7
Players to watch: Van Alstyne: WR Kearon Redmon, OL/DL Connor Mayes; Holliday: WR/DB Andrew Edgin, RB/LB Tristan Shearman
Update: A Week 9 win helped Van Alstyne avoid its first winless season since 1978 … The Panthers fumbled 7 times and lost 4 in last year’s opener against the Eagles at Allen … Frank Johnson debuts as Holliday head coach, replacing Cody Patton, who is starting Tioga’s football program.
Whitewright at Nocona
Where: Jack Crain Stadium
2012 Records: Whitewright 1-9; Nocona 12-1
Series: Whitewright leads 2-1
Last year: Nocona won 55-47
Players to watch: Whitewright: RB Jefferson Ballard, WR/DB Lee Mata; Nocona: RB/LB John Jennings, QB/LB Caleb Swofford
Update: Wes Rhoten coaches his first game at Whitewright … The Tigers have a history of quick turnarounds, posting an 8-win improvement as recently as 2010 … Nocona last year made history by setting a school record for wins and reaching the 2A Division II state quarterfinals.
S&S at Trenton
Where: Tiger Stadium
2012 Records: S&S 3-7; Trenton 1-9
Series: S&S leads 1-0
Last year: S&S won 41-0
Players to watch: S&S: RB Willie Winborne, WR Drew Dutton; Trenton: QB Kever Wylie, RB/DE Garrett Puyear
Update: Trenton’s first varsity season since 1959 was a rocky one as the Tigers were shut out 8 times and averaged just 101.4 yards per game … Only a 3-point loss to Tom Bean kept S&S out of the playoffs last season … Winborne needs just 7 yards rushing to reach 2,000 for his career.
Celeste at Tom Bean
Where: Tomcat Stadium
2012 Records: Celeste 3-7; Tom Bean 5-6
Series: Tom Bean leads 8-7
Last year: Celeste won 24-14
Players to watch: Celeste: LB Colton Smith, RB Zach Brumfield; Tom Bean: QB Hunter Book, OL/DL Caden Gomez
Update: Former Muenster and Rivercrest coach Allen Cross makes his debut as coach of the Tomcats … Brumfield had 52 rushing yards and a TD as the Blue Devils pulled an upset of the Tomcats a year ago … Celeste has posted a 3-7 record each of the past 4 seasons.
Bells at Wolfe City
Where: Don Howard Stadium
2012 Records: Bells 0-10; Wolfe City 6-6
Series: Wolfe City leads 18-8
Last year: Wolfe City won 49-0
Players to watch: Bells: WR Weston Russell, QB Noah Straw; Wolfe City: RB/LB Justin Wilkinson, WR Malik Gaffney
Update: The Wolves enjoyed a playoff victory last year, only their second since 1979 … The Panthers last season were shut out 7 times and were held to 105.7 yards per game … Wolfe City has improved 2 wins each of the last 2 years and look to keep moving up with 9 starters back both ways.
Detroit at Blue Ridge
Where: Tiger Stadium
2012 Records: Detroit 9-2; Blue Ridge 2-8
Series: Blue Ridge leads 10-9
Last year: Detroit won 53-2
Players to watch: Detroit: QB Trevor Reger, LB Daniel Waldrip; Blue Ridge: WR Dakota Bell, QB/WR Brevin Wiggins
Update: Blue Ridge takes the field with only 5 seniors and 4 juniors this fall … Detroit has won 16 games in 2 years after only 2 wins in the 2010 season … In last year’s game, Detroit took a 33-0 second-quarter lead before Blue Ridge recorded its only points on a safety.
Muenster Sacred Heart at Collinsville
Where: W.L. Stephenson Athletic Complex
2012 Records: Sacred Heart 7-4; Collinsville 7-4
Series: Collinsville leads 8-4
Last year: Sacred Heart won 21-14
Players to watch: Sacred Heart: WR Keith Metzler, LB Hayden Schilling; Collinsville: QB/DB John Lewis, RB/DB Connor Daley
Update: Danny David begins his ninth season at Collinsville, which makes him and Leonard’s Shane Fletcher the deans of football in Texomaland … Three-year starter and district MVP Lewis had an impressive junior season with 1,647 yards rushing and 819 passing … Sacred Heart is favored to win TAPPS Division III District 1.
Rockwall Heritage at Fannindel
Where: Bishop Field
2012 Records: Rockwall Heritage 10-3; Fannindel 7-4
Series: Rockwall Heritage leads 4-0
Last year: Rockwall Heritage won 60-13
Players to watch: Rockwall Heritage: RB Wyatt French, CB Ben Migneault; Fannindel: RB Stephen Lock, WR/DB Quincy Cuba
Update: Former assistant coach Gabe Lane debuts as Fannindel’s head coach … The Falcons have 3 district titles and 4 playoff trips since 2008, but have yet to win a playoff game in 6-man ball.
Savoy vs. Rochelle
When: 10 a.m. Saturday
Where: Zephyr (Bulldog Field)
2012 Records: Savoy 10-1; Rochelle 8-2
Series: First meeting
Players to watch: Savoy: TE Kaden Kumler, RB Adam Musser; Rochelle: RB Tylor Donowho, QB Marty Flores
Update: The Cardinals are coming off a historic season in which they won their first district title since 1942, went undefeated in the regular season, and won their first-ever playoff game … Rochelle missed the 2012 playoffs because of a coin flip despite its outstanding record.