Here are five Dallas-area storylines to watch in Week 6 of the Texas high school football regular season.
Grapevine and Colleyville Heritage rivalry resumes
Grapevine and Colleyville Heritage’s annual rivalry game – The Battle of the Red Rail – has produced a number of landmark cases in recent years, although Heritage (3-1, 1-0 District 4-5A Div. II) have won four of the last times these teams have met.
Will Heritage retain its recent bragging rights? Or will Grapevine (2-1, 1-0 District 4-5A Div. II) beat their rival for the first time since 2018?
Kai Pruitt (24 catches for 422 yards and 4 touchdowns) was the center point of a Colleyville Heritage offense that averaged 41 points per game in its first four games. His defense is also in a rare form. In a 57-0 victory over Fort Worth Trimble Tech in Week 5, Heritage held their district opponent to a total of minus 4 yards of offense.
Grapevine, meanwhile, was the best 5A rushing offense in the Dallas area with 346 yards per game. His average of 44.5 points per game is also the sixth best. Parker Polk (609 rushing yards, five touchdowns) scored the first rushing success.
Could Jesuit be Highland Park’s last big challenge in the regular season?
When Highland Park moved from 5A to 6A and joined District 7-6A, the general consensus was that the Jesuits and Lake Highlands would be the main challengers to the Scots. Both won double-digit games last season and fought for the district championship.
Highland Park (4-0, 2-0 District 7-6A) can say otherwise. He beat Lake Highlands (3-2, 1-2 District 7-6A) by 31 points in Week 3, and will face Jesuit (4-1, 3-0 District 7-6A) on Friday. For reference, Jesuit beat Lake Highlands by just one point – 32-31 – in Week 3.
Highland Park’s offense was led by Jay Cox (six rushing touchdowns, two receptions), Brennan Storer (1,053 yards, 12 touchdowns and just one interception) and four receiving touchdowns from Luke Herring. The Jesuit, whose only loss is to state-ranked Rockwall, was paced by quarterback Charlie Schmidt (12 total touchdowns).
Can a Jesuit knock out Highland Park and fight for a district title? Or will Highland Park continue its march to its first unbeaten regular season since 2018?
Can Wylie East continue an unexpected hot start?
When you consider that Wylie East only won three games in the 5A ranking a year ago and just 10 games overall from 2017-21, that makes his unbeaten start in 6A even more impressive.
Wylie East (4-0, 2-0 District 9-6A) was one of the Dallas area’s biggest upsets midway through the regular season and is off to its best start since 2012. Purdue promises Terrell Washington Jr., a rookie three-star, had 635 scrimmage yards and scored nine touchdowns while the team’s defense allowed just 13.25 points per game, sixth-fewest of any 6A team in the Dallas area.
He faces Garland (4-1, 3-0 District 9-6A) on Friday with a chance to start 5-0 for the first time in program history on the line.
(Some of) the best are goodbye
Eight teams ranked in The Dallas Morning News Zone 6A rankings are goodbye to Week 6, including four of the top 10 programs. Notable absentees this week include No. 2 Duncanville (3-1, 2-0 District 11-6A), No. 3 Southlake Carroll (5-0, 2-0 District 4-6A), No. 4 DeSoto (4-1, 2-0 District 11-6A) and No. 6 Trophy Club Byron Nelson (5-0, 2-0 District 4-6A).
No. 1 Argyle (5-0, 1-0 3-5A Div. II), the region’s top-ranked 5A team, is also out in Week 6. The same goes for no. 4 Lancaster (3-2, 1-1 District 7-5A Div. I) and No. 6 Lovejoy (3-2, 2-0 7-5A Div. II).
And in the 4A/Others standings, No. 1 Anna (5-0) and No. 2 Celina (4-1, 1-0 7-4A Div. I) are also on hiatus.
Frisco Lone Star seeks to avoid history
It had been seven years since Frisco Lone Star lost to another Frisco ISD team, when Frisco Reedy took her down in Week 3. It had been eight years since she lost to of them Frisco ISD teams in the same season when Frisco Wakeland defeated Lone Star in Week 5.
Lone Star (2-2, 0-2 District 6-5A Div. I) a never lost to three Frisco ISD teams in the same season. That’s what’s at stake Thursday against Frisco Liberty (0-5, 0-3 District 6-5A Div. I).
Over four games, Lone Star’s calling card has been his rushing defense (99 yards allowed rushing per game) although his offense has been struggling lately and has scored just seven points against Reedy and 10 against Wakeland. Injuries across the board halted Lone Star’s success as he lost four starters to Wakeland and had to play his third-string quarterback.
Liberty has allowed 245 points in five games (49 per game) and has struggled to establish its offensive identity since quarterback Keldric Luster – a first-team winner in all regions as a junior and SMU commitment – transferred to McKinney in the offseason.
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