TOC Insider: Week 3 Class 5A Region II

Each week THEOLDCOACH breaks down the top matchups across the state, we'll give you our thoughts and predictions for each region in 6A and 5A! Today we take a look at Week 3 In Class 5A Region II!

Week 3 Class 5A Region II Insider

Frisco Wakeland (1-1) vs. Frisco Lone Star (2-0): District 9-6A opens up this week and although many thought Lone Star would be in the mix, Wakeland deserves some talk as well. The Wolverines bounced back from a loss to Lake Dallas with an impressive win over Lovejoy. Wakeland jumped out to a 35-7 lead on Lovejoy at the half and held on for a 45-33 win. RB Jay Orjji led the way for WHS with 310 yards and two touchdowns. Lone Star’s headliner is junior QB Jason Shelley and he had a big game accounting for over 332 yards and four touchdowns. Wakeland’s win caught some attention, but Lone Star at least early on has the look of a team that is dominant. Stepp’s Pick: Frisco Lone Star by 12

Denton Ryan (2-0) at Wylie East (2-0): One of the best matchups for Thursday night is unbeaten Denton Ryan taking on Wylie East who is also 2-0. Ryan owns two impressive wins over Rockwall and Hebron, sophomore QB Spencer Sanders is playing like a seasoned veteran (he actually is, he’s already started 12 games at QB). In last week’s 41-19 win over Hebron, Ryan’s defense forced four Hebron turnovers. High powered Wylie East won a shootout with Mesquite Poteet, taking down the Pirates 50-41 as RB Eno Benjamin ran for 265 yards and four touchdowns and he chipped in another 44 receiving yards and a touchdown. The Raiders offense is designed to run the ball but when teams load up to slow Benjamin, WR Jared Wyatt can make you pay. Ryan’s defense is battle tested and the offense is better than many give them credit for, their ability along the defensive line to control the Wylie East ground game makes a big difference in this one. Stepp’s Pick: Denton Ryan by 6

Lancaster (2-0) vs. Euless Trinity (2-0) at AT&T Stadium: The Saturday afternoon tilt at AT&T Stadium pits 5A powerhouse Lancaster against 6A powerhouse Trinity. It’s a classic speed vs. size matchup as Lancaster will hope their speed will make up for Trinity’s brute strength. Lancaster has athletes all over the field led by versatile Tyrell Alexander who can play QB, RB, WR, DB or return kicks. In last week’s 47-31 win over Fort Worth Nolan QB Ryan Ross had 270 passing yards and four touchdowns. Lancaster on defense is led by DB Keenan Ivy who is a Baylor commit, but he may not get much of a workout this week as the Tigers try to contain a punishing Trinity ground game. RB Ja’Ron Wilson and 240 lb QB Tyler Natee lead the way, but the Trojans come at you in waves and simply wear you down. On defense DL Chris Daniels is without question the guy who grabs headlines for the Trojans. Expect Trinity to jump out quick and wear the Tigers down. Stepp’s Pick: Euless Trinity by 23

Waco (2-0) at Mansfield Lake Ridge (2-0): Surprising Waco High looks to be on the right track after a solid 2-0 start. The Lions beat a pretty good College Station squad last week 21-20. The defense has been stout early on, the Lions are getting back to their roots of fast and physical football and DB Eric Cuffee personifies that, he’s a corner who doesn’t mind getting his hands dirty and helping in the run game. QB Will Richards, III accounted for 320 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Lions offensive attack and after trailing 14-0 less than five minutes into the game Waco’s defense held CSHS to just two field goals. Lake Ridge’s defense led by Arizona State commit Loren Mondy put forth their best effort in school history in a dominant win over Keller Fossil Ridge 30-13. QB Jett Duffey, a Texas Tech commit was solid but not overwhelming in the win. His ability to extend plays makes him one of the state’s top dual threats. Lake Ridge’s offense should find a way to get it going this week and get themselves their first 3-0 start in school history. Stepp’s Pick: Mansfield Lake Ridge by 14

Ennis (2-0) at Waxahachie (2-0): One of the state’s most intense rivalries has been dormant the past few years as Waxahachie has seen their share of struggles. But under new JC Jon Kitna the Indians have gotten off to an impressive 2-0 start, including a 66-21 demolition of Azle last Saturday night. In the win QB Jordan Kitna completed 20 of 27 passes for 309 yards and five touchdowns to pace the Indians explosive passing attack. Ennis lost a sloppy but hard fought game with 6A power Denton Guyer 22-19 on the road, it was the second straight year the Lions dropped a three point decision to Guyer. This game will be the first true test for Waxahachie’s new team in a hostile and intense environment against one of the state’s top teams. It will be loud and it’ll be intense, I expect WHS to perform well and score points but Ennis thrives in these games. Their style of play of controlling the tempo will frustrate the Indians and the Lions pull away in the second half. Stepp’s Pick: Ennis by 13

Stepp’s Fab Five Picks

The Colony by 1 over Frisco Heritage

Plano Prestonwood by 24 over Sherman

Mesquite Poteet by 27 over Richardson Berkner

Longview by 7 over Shreveport, LA Byrd

Tyler John Tyler by 10 over Tyler Lee

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