Previews and predictions for notable TXHSFB games in the region featuring Dallas-area teams


A look at notable games in the Dallas area ahead of the Texas High School Football Playoff round…

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Denton Guyer vs. Highland Park

Where: 7 p.m. Friday at Ford Center at The Star

It will be an interesting match with Guyer’s former coach, Rodney Webb, who now works as a sporting director for Highland Park ISD. Webb was 25-5 in his two seasons at Guyer and led the school to the Class 6A Division II state semifinals in 2020 and a second-place state finish in 2021. Highland Park ( 11-0) will have to find a way to slow down five-star quarterback Guyer Jackson Arnold, an Oklahoma pawn who threw for 2,567 yards and accounted for 40 touchdowns (29 assists, 11 carries) for an 11-0 team . Western Michigan commit Brennan Storer of Highland Park, a six-time state champion, threw for 2,698 yards — fourth among quarterbacks in Zone 6A — and he has 32 touchdown passes. Storer will face Guyer’s five-star safety Peyton Bowen, a Notre Dame commitment that was selected for the Under Armor All-America Game.

Riddle’s choice: Denton Guyer 42, Highland Park 21

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Lewisville vs. Arlington Martin

Where: 7:00 p.m. Friday at SMU’s Ford Stadium

Arlington Martin (10-1) blocked two punts in Richardson Berkner’s 62-3 rout last week, with Anthony Crenshaw Jr. returning a 52-yarder for a score. Over the last eight games, Martin has scored 10 touchdowns on defense or on special teams. Last week was Martin’s sixth time scoring 50+, and he went for 310 yards and 10 different players carried the ball. Lewisville (10-1) is coming off a 43-18 victory over five-time state champion Allen, marking the first time since 2002 that Allen has finished with at least four losses in a season and the first time since 2007 that ‘Allen lost in the first round of the playoffs. Lewisville quarterback Ethan Terrell rushed for 164 yards and four touchdowns against Allen, and running back Viron Ellison added 155 yards and a rushing touchdown. This is a rematch of a 2021 second round playoff game that Lewisville won 35-18.

Riddle’s choice: Arlington Martin 24, Lewisville 21

Rockwall-Heath vs. DeSoto

Where: 7 p.m. Thursday at Ford Center at The Star

Rockwall-Heath (7-4) will try to keep DeSoto’s explosive offense off the field by relying heavily on a rushing game averaging 259.9 yards per game. DeSoto (9-2), who is averaging 41.6 points and 433.6 yards, had 618 total rushing yards in last week’s 37-20 win over Pflugerville Weiss. DJ Bailey threw for 410 yards and three touchdowns, Deondrae Riden rushed for 166 yards and two scores and Texas five-star commit Johntay Cook II had five catches for 197 yards and two touchdowns. Cook has 44 catches for 760 yards and 13 touchdowns in his last six games.

Riddle’s choice: DeSoto 49, Rockwall-Heath 28

Rockwall vs. Waxahachie

Where: 7 p.m. Friday at Globe Life Field

With a win, Waxahachie (9-2) will have only its second double-digit winning total in the past 25 years. During that span, Waxahachie has only reached the third round of the playoffs twice – in 2017 and 2009. Rockwall (10-1), looking to get back to the third round for the first time since being halfback state runner-up in 2019, has won eight straight since a 19-11 loss to Prosper. Rockwall has a pair of 700-yard receivers — the four-star backing of Clemson Noble Johnson (767 yards, six TDs) and Aiden Meeks (774 yards, seven TDs). Meeks had six catches for 200 yards and two touchdowns in last week’s 50-24 win over Sachse.

Riddle’s choice: Rock Wall 28, Waxahachie 21

Prosper vs. South Grand Prairie

Where: 7 p.m. Friday at Choctaw Stadium

Prosper (10-1), a regional finalist for the past three years, needs one more win to tie for second most wins in a season in school history. The school record was set in 2008, when Prosper was 14-1 and won the 3A Division I state title. Colorado’s commitment AJ Newberry of South Grand Prairie (6-5) leads the players in area 6A in rushing yards (1,665) and has 21 touchdown points. Prosper’s Harrison Rosar has 33 touchdown passes — third among quarterbacks in Zone 6A — and his favorite target has been Hunter Summers (1,075 yards, 17 TDs).

Riddle’s choice: Prosper 27, South Grande Prairie 14

Longview vs. Frisco Lone Star

Where: 7 p.m. Friday at Kincaide Stadium

Longview (11-0), the state’s top-ranked Division I 5A team, outscored the opposition 528-92 and won all but one game by at least 23 points. Four-star running back Taylor Tatum rushed for 1,311 yards and 25 touchdowns for Longview, including a game of 193 yards and five touchdowns a week ago in a 49-15 win over Crosby. Longview Alabama’s four-star commitment Jalen Hale had 35 catches for 784 yards and 11 touchdowns. Lone Star has won seven straight since a 2-2 start. He allowed an average of 8.6 points per game during the winning streak.

Riddle’s choice: Longview 35, Frisco Lone Star 13

McKinney versus Jesuit

Where: 7:00 p.m. Friday at the Children’s Health Stadium at Prosper ISD

McKinney (7-4) ranks 10th among Zone 6A teams in scoring, averaging 38.5 points, and Jesuit (9-2) ranks 11th with 38.1 points. McKinney four-star running back Bryan Jackson has 21 touchdown points — tied for third among players in Zone 6A — and rushed for 1,429 yards. He’ll face a Jesuit defense that allowed 194 rushing yards in last week’s 41-14 win over Arlington.

Riddle’s choice: McKinney 31, Jesuit 17

Anna vs. Stephenville

Where: 7:00 p.m. Friday at Midlothian ISD Stadium

It’s one of the best second-round matchups in the state, with reigning Division I 4A state champions Stephenville (9-2) facing an 11-0 Anna team that was n ° 4 in the final state ranking. After scoring 63 touchdowns last year, Stephenville All-State quarterback Ryder Lambert has played just seven games in 2022 but has 28 touchdown passes, including six in the 56-20 rout of Fort Worth Dunbar last week. Six-time state champion Stephenville may not have faced a quarterback as good as Anna’s Evan Bullock, a Louisiana Tech pawn who threw for 3,514 yards and 51 touchdowns while averaging 319 .5 passing yards per game.

Riddle’s choice: Stephenville 42, Anna 38

Wylie vs. Duncanville

Where: 7:30 p.m. Friday at McKinney ISD Stadium

Duncanville (10-0), who is No. 13 in this week’s MaxPreps national rankings, has won every game by at least 13 points and is just demolishing Bryan 74-13 in which he gained 577 yards. Four-star running back Caden Durham was the center point of Duncanville’s offense with 110 carries for 1,087 yards and 19 touchdowns. Five-star second Dakorien Moore, the nation’s No. 1-ranked wide receiver in the Class of 2025, leads a running-focused team with 484 receiving yards. Duncanville is averaging 45.2 points while Wylie (8-3) is allowing 15.2 points per game.

Riddle’s choice: Duncanville 35, Wylie 7

Frisco Reedy vs. Lancaster

Where: 7:30 p.m. Friday at Joy & Ralph Ellis Stadium

Two state-ranked Division I 5A teams — No. 4 Lancaster (9-2) and No. 7 Frisco Reedy (11-0) — collide in the second round. Reedy leads Zone 5A teams in rush defense, giving up 64.1 yards per game, and Lancaster ranks sixth with 93.5 yards. That presents a challenge for Reedy running back Dennis Moody, who rushed for 1,384 yards and 20 touchdowns. Lancaster hold a 21-3 victory over defending 5A Division II champion South Oak Cliff and handed 5A Division No. 1 Longview their toughest game of the season, leading 13-7 at halftime before falling 21-13.

Riddle’s choice: Lancaster 21, Frisco Reedy 14

Melissa vs. Ennis

Where: 7:30 p.m. Friday at Wildcat-Ram Stadium

Ennis (6-5) is trying to recapture the playoff magic that helped her win five state championships, the last in 2014. Melissa reached a regional final in Division 4A I last year before losing by three points against state champion Stephenville, and in her freshman year in 5A Division II, Melissa is 9-2 and averaging 46.2 points. Melissa’s Trever Ham leads quarterbacks in Area 5A in touchdown passes (39) and ranks third in passing yards (2,809), and team leading receiver Karson Maynard has 16 caught.

Riddle’s pick: Melissa 42, Ennis 24

South Oak Cliff vs. Lovejoy

Where: 3 p.m. Saturday at Globe Life Field

This is a rematch of last year’s regional final which South Oak Cliff won 42-21 en route to winning the 5A Division II state title. But they are a very different SOC side, having managed just 10 points in the first half against Woodrow Wilson two weeks ago and were shut out in the first half in the win 12 -7 from last week against Mansfield Summit. Lovejoy is averaging 490.6 total offensive yards and 50.6 points per game, while South Oak Cliff leads Zone 5A teams in total defense (186.2 yards per game) and defense (11.9 points per game). It will be the biggest test of the season for Lovejoy quarterback Brayden Hagle, who has completed 67% of his passes while throwing for 2,436 yards and 28 touchdowns, with just three interceptions.

Riddle’s choice: Lovejoy 21, South Oak Cliff 17

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