Friday Night Lights: DFW Picks and Previews

Plano vs. Plano West? We've got that. Lincoln vs. Spruce? Check. Vernon vs. WF Hirschi? Extended metroplex? Check. How about the huge 9-2A battle in Boyd and Paradise? We've got that too. And how about Covington and Meridian? 1A football? We do that. 4-5A to 12-5A, 5-4A to 15-4A, (excluding 11-4A/12-4A) 6-3A to 13-3A (excluding 7-3A), 9-2A to 14-2A, 9-1A to 17-1A - we look at EVERY game!

Friday Night Lights

Diggs' DFW Picks and Previews
Class 5A District Football Games

District 4-5A
Mansfield Summit (6-1, 4-0) at Weatherford (2-5, 2-2) -- Weatherford had a big win over Burleson and then couldn't continue the success against Mansfield Timberview. Summit has been putting up wins befitting of a top 10 team. Summit is jelling as a team and beginning to look impressive on both sides of the ball. Coaching has been excellent. Summit continues its undefeated season blowing out Weatherford by 35 points.
Matt's Pick: Mansfield Summit

Mansfield Timberview (3-4, 3-1) at FW Paschal (0-7, 0-4) -- Paschal has been horrible this year - losing district games by an average of 40 points - and getting shut out in 3 of the 4 games. I don't even think an inconsistent team like Timberview can screw this up. The Wolves get their 4th win and pave their own way to the playoffs with a 50 point victory over FW Paschal. Consistency will be crucial for Timberview.
Matt's Pick: Mansfield Timberview

Burleson (4-3, 3-1) at Mansfield (6-1, 3-1) -- This is a huge game for both teams - for Mansfield - it will ensure a playoff spot. For Burleson, considering its remaining schedule - it needs to win this game before finishing with Summit and Timberview - otherwise it might not win another game. Mansfield's defense will limit Burleson's points - and I don't see Burleson slowing down Mansfield. Mansfield wins by 24 points.
Matt's Pick: Mansfield

North Crowley (0-7, 0-4) at Granbury (1-6, 1-3) -- North Crowley has yet to get a win - but the easiest part of its schedule is still in front of the team - so it could end the season on a strong note - even if making the playoffs is improbable. Granbury has a bad defense and an even worse offense. Look for North Crowley to dominate this game and have an offensive explosion - call it catharsis. North Crowley by 42 points.
Matt's Pick: North Crowley

District 5-5A
Justin Northwest (1-6, 0-4) at Colleyville Heritage (5-2, 3-1) -- Colleyville Heritage's offense has been erratic this season. At some points, it looks very impressive. Other times, their defense has had to bail them out. Their defense might be an unsung hero in the district and could help Colleyville go several rounds deep again this year. Colleyville by 24 points.
Matt's Pick: Colleyville Heritage

Richland (4-3, 2-2) at Grapevine (5-2, 4-0) -- Richland is now in a must-win situation, meanwhile, Grapevine's offense is finally putting up the high octane offense we expected earlier in the season. This could be a trap game for Grapevine looking forward to the televised game against Southlake next week. They should still be focused and end up winning this game by 21 points.
Matt's Pick: Grapevine

Haltom (1-6, 0-4) at Keller Central (0-7, 0-4) -- Keller Central has been improving each week with its offense. Haltom's defense was stellar this week but its offense couldn't do anything. Bad offense vs. Bad defense - but I think Keller Central will be able to put up points on Haltom. Keller Central should win this game and actually win it convincingly - by 17-21 points.
Matt's Pick: Keller Central

Keller (4-3, 3-1) at Southlake Carroll (6-1, 4-0) -- Keller may have more to do with Southlake Carroll's fate this season than anyone. Keller's comeback win over Richland sends Southlake to Division II. Still, Keller will have no answers for Southlake straight-up. Southlake will control the line of scrimmage and score at will. The Dragons win this game by 42 points.
Matt's Pick: Southlake Carroll

District 6-5A
Carrollton Creekview (3-4, 1-3) at Flower Mound (4-3, 3-1) -- Flower Mound has a silent 3-1 record as they still have yet to play Coppell and Lewisville to end the season. This could be a possible upset - especially if Creekview plays tough defense and ball control offense. I do think Flower Mound is able to win this game - but a close game. The Jaguars stay alive in the playoff race winning by 10.
Matt's Pick: Flower Mound

Hebron (6-1, 4-0) at Coppell (6-1, 3-1) -- Coppell had a solid season last year until Hebron took them to task. Hebron let Newman Smith stay in the game way too long which says something about their defense. I expect Hebron to rebound this week. Coppell has melted anytime it has played a good defense, and Hebron has a pretty good defense. Hebron wins this game by 10 points.
Matt's Pick: Hebron

FM Marcus (6-1, 3-1) at Newman Smith (0-7, 0-4) -- Newman Smith, despite the fact that they are 0-7 - are playing sophomores and juniors who are very talented. They showed the heart and courage of an improving team almost coming back against Hebron despite being down by 21 in the 4th quarter. I think they will play a competitive game against Marcus - but come up a little short. Marcus by 14.
Matt's Pick: FM Marcus

RL Turner (0-7, 0-4) at Lewisville (4-3, 2-2) -- RL Turner is getting a little bit better as the season is unfolding. They are scoring each week - which is a positive change. Lewisville's offense has been inept in its two losses - only scoring 7 points in each loss. Lewisville should look good in this game - getting both the offense and defense clicking. Lewisville wins a 35-0 type of game.
Matt's Pick: Lewisville

District 7-5A
Euless Trinity (6-1, 4-0) at Grand Prairie (2-5, 1-3) -- Euless Trinity has had a great defense for the most part of the season, but for the first time last week, their offense put up an even more impressive showing. Trinity is becoming the team we thought they may be - and Grand Prairie will be the recipient of that success. I look for a 35-0 type of win by Euless Trinity this week.
Matt's Pick: Euless Trinity

South Grand Prairie (1-6, 1-3) at Irving MacArthur (6-1, 3-1) -- S. Grand Prairie has a speedy defense but the offense just hasn't been able to put up many points. I think this will be a close game as MacArthur has shown it can be slowed down by a solid defense. I look for MacArthur to win - but win a 17-10 type of ballgame. MacArthur's offense will still get some points with its pure speed.
Matt's Pick: Irving MacArthur

Irving Nimitz (0-7, 0-4) at LD Bell (5-2, 3-1) -- Tate Holbert, star quarterback from LD Bell, isn't getting any more healthier - but he is learning how to play with his disability even more now. That is making LD Bell a dangerous team. Nimitz will not be able to get pressure - which gives LD Bell a very potent pass offense. The defense may get scored on - but the offense will save the day. LD Bell by 31.
Matt's Pick: LD Bell

District 8-5A
Arlington Lamar (3-4, 0-4) at Sam Houston (0-7, 0-4) -- Both teams looking for their first win this season in district. Lamar has changed from a run oriented to a pass oriented offense as Ben Sherrard has thrown for over 1500 yards this season - and he is among the leaders. He should put up big numbers this week as Lamar should roll in this game in a big way. Lamar wins by 42 points.
Matt's Pick: Arlington Lamar

Arlington (2-5, 1-3) at Cedar Hill (5-2, 2-2) -- Last year - these two teams nearly put up 100 points. Cedar Hill's defense has been a weak unit as a whole this season - only having big weeks against inept offenses. Arlington will not be consistent, but they will put up some big points. Cedar Hill's' offense will be consistent - and I think Cedar Hill wins this game in a 52-28 type of game.
Matt's Pick: Cedar Hill

Duncanville (3-4, 2-2) at Desoto (5-2, 3-1) -- A neighborhood rivalry features Duncanville and Desoto. Duncanville is a well balanced team - but does not have the athletes this season. Desoto is a bit scatterbrained at times and the defense has been the weakness. If you can outscore Desoto - you have a good chance. Duncanville doesn't have the athletes or system to be able to do that. Desoto by 21.
Matt's Pick: Desoto

District 9-5A
Richardson (0-7, 0-4) at Allen (7-0, 4-0) -- Each week there is a mismatch - and this is the mismatch this week. Lots of Eagles will get a chance to play in this ball game which gives Allen a huge advantage going into the playoffs with depth getting everyone in the game and experience. Allen should roll through this game and get ready for the home stretch. Allen wins this game by at least 42 points.
Matt's Pick: Allen

Richardson Berkner (2-5, 1-3) at Lake Highlands (1-6, 1-3) -- The battle of the boneyard will answer the question of stadium naming rights as well as which is the more underrated team in the area. Lake Highlands has been more consistent. Berkner is young - and it is just a gut feeling - but I think Lake Highlands comes out and wins this game in the trenches. Wildcats take the victory by 3 points.
Matt's UPSET Pick: Lake Highlands

Wylie (3-4, 2-2) at Plano East (6-1, 3-1) -- Heart and character has been questioned after the loss to Berkner. I do think Plano East will be able to bounce back. The offensive line will have to have a better game, but I think the offense bounces back to put up some big numbers. Wylie's defense has been the weak part of their team this season. That is the difference in this game. Plano East wins this game by at least three TD's.
Matt's Pick: Plano East

Plano West (4-3, 2-2) at Plano (6-1, 3-1) -- This should be a great game - and I think it will be a competitive game. I think Plano will not come out and blow out Plano West - the offense of Plano West will be able to move the ball and the defense of Plano West may be able to slow down Plano a bit. I think Plano wins a 21-13 type of game - a convincing yet close win for the Wildcats.
Matt's Pick: Plano

District 10-5A
Rowlett (3-4, 2-2) at Garland (2-5, 2-2) -- Garland's young kids who have been pulled up from the JV are beginning to jell. Putting up 55 points is something that Garland took all season cumulatively to get up until that game. It was a coming out party, and I think it continues through this week. Rowlett is consistent - but consistency is no match for talent. Garland wins this game by 20 points.
Matt's Pick: Garland

Lakeview Centennial (5-2, 3-1) at Naaman Forest (6-1, 3-1) -- Lakeview Centennial was blown out by Garland which leads one to believe the Rockwall win was a fluke - but it was still a win. Naaman Forest's running game and hybrid offense has been excellent all season - but the defense has been questionable. In a shootout, I think Naaman Forest wins this game by two touchdowns.
Matt's Pick: Naaman Forest

District 11-5A
Carter (3-4, 2-0) at Molina (5-2, 1-1) -- Molina has showed that it is not ready for primetime with losses to South Hills - a blowout loss to Skyline and barely beating an improving Bryan Adams team. Carter is getting healthy and getting confident at the right time. Carter should blow right past Molina and win this game by at least 31 points.
Matt's Pick: Carter

Skyline (6-1, 2-0) at WT White (2-5, 1-1) -- Skyline has yet to give up a point this season in district - and they have averaged 50 points a game in district. I do think the averaging 50 point trend will continue - but giving up points will not. WT White can muster the offense. I think WT White scores 14 points, but it won' t be enough as Skyline scores 50-plus again. Skyline wins by 38 points.
Matt's Pick: Skyline

District 12-5A
Longview (6-1, 2-0) at Tyler John Tyler (1-6, 0-2) -- Longview was almost upset at home against a Tyler Lee squad that brought everything and the kitchen sink. John Tyler will bring it's A-game, but I'm not sure its offense will have the efficiency to score on Longview. Longview's defense is stifling, and it will show in this game. Longview by 28 points.
Matt's Pick: Longview

Mesquite Horn (3-4, 1-1) at Mesquite (4-3, 2-0) -- Mesquite's defense has now become the hallmark of this team. After giving up 21 points in the first quarter, Mesquite's defense pitched a shutout against North Mesquite. Horn's defense is not very good, so I expect Mesquite's offense to be the weapon this week. Mesquite by 24 points.
Matt's Pick: Mesquite

Class 4A District Football Games

District 5-4A
Denton Guyer (1-7, 1-3) at Wichita Falls (5-2, 2-1) -- The Coyotes have all but claimed the last playoff spot. They still have a game against Rider - but beating Sherman - short of losing to Denison - they have their last spot. The Guyer Wildcats have the thing that they wanted this year - their first ever district win. I think they will play hard - and score some points, but Wichita Falls can score more consistently and quicker. Wichita Falls wins this one by 28 points.
Matt's Pick: Wichita Falls

Wichita Falls Rider (6-1, 3-0) at Denton (1-7, 0-4) -- The top team in the district against the worst team in the district. After this week, Rider finishes up the season against Denton Ryan and Wichita Falls - so their toughest tests will come right before the playoffs. Denton does not qualify. Rider can play name that score, and I predict they call off the dogs at about 63. Rider by 56 points.
Matt's Pick: WF Rider

District 6-4A
Keller Fossil Ridge (6-1, 3-0) at Azle (0-7, 0-3) -- Fossil Ridge has too many athletes for Azle to spring an upset - considering, well - Azle has none this year. A Robbie DeHeck type of player would be loved in Azle this year to give them the fire and intensity they had several years ago. Fossil Ridge's balanced attack should put up lots of points - they win this game by 49 - and hope the second team doesn't do more damage.
Matt's Pick: Fossil Ridge

Saginaw (4-3, 0-3) at FW Brewer (0-8, 0-4) -- Brewer was on the ugly side of a 60 point loss last week. Saginaw is looking to bounce back after starting the district 0-3. Technically, they still have a chance at the playoffs if they win out and get some help in a three way tie with Boswell and Springtown. But they cannot lose anymore gimme games - and this is one of them. I think Saginaw does bounce back and win this game by 35 points to make a statement.
Matt's Pick: Saginaw

Springtown (3-5, 3-1) at Saginaw Boswell (4-3, 2-1) -- This game is a very important game for playoff ramifications. If Springtown wins, it is in the playoffs - which would be excruciatingly shocking. If they lose - they have to beat Birdville to guarantee their playoff lives - and with only a one point win against Saginaw - a three way tie wouldn't bode very well for them as they would be guaranteed to not be a positive number. All this being said - Boswell wins and the battle of Eagle Mountain Lake is for the last playoff spot. Boswell by 18 points.
Matt's Pick: Saginaw Boswell

District 7-4A
FW Poly (2-4, 1-2) at FW Carter-Riverside (2-5, 0-3) -- FW Poly, with their win over Trimble Tech - have gone to the second tier of the district. If they can beat Carter-Riverside - they have moved up to the 7th place game in the district - who would have thought?! FW Poly one of the better teams. My parrots continue that success this week and win this game by 14 points.
Matt's Pick: FW Poly

FW Dunbar (4-3, 3-0) at FW Southwest (7-0, 3-0) -- Great game in the district as Dunbar takes on Southwest - for the zone title and the right for the guaranteed playoff berth. Even if the loser trips up - they will have the tiebreaker advantage over the other - considering both have already beaten Western Hills. Southwest almost got tripped up by Western Hills and Dunbar was dominant - so I bet this game winds up being close - but Southwest wins by 10 points.
Matt's Pick: FW Dunbar

District 8-4A
Aledo (5-2, 2-2) at Cleburne (4-3, 1-3) -- Little Matt keeps mentioning that Aledo will be due a trap game this season, but I don't think it will be this week. Aledo is still one of the elite teams in the state and they are still a team that has made it to the 4th round for a string of years. They are a team to beat - and Cleburne will not be able to stay up with them. Aledo by 21 points.
Matt's Pick: Aledo

Alvarado (1-6, 0-4) at Joshua (2-5, 1-3) -- Alvarado has started out with the tough part of their schedule and they have been eliminated from playoff contention - but they should be competitive in two of the last three games. Joshua made a big play not to be in 8th place this season - but Alvarado should get its first win of the season with a 14 point victory over an improving Owl ballclub.
Matt's Pick: Alvarado

Crowley (5-2, 4-0) at Everman (7-0, 4-0) -- Our other DFW writer, the littler of the Matt's says one should be worried about this game. Colby Ray is back at full strength and Crowley is playing as well as they have all season. I say if Everman is going to be an elite team - they take care of business against teams like Crowley - and I do think they are an elite team. Everman wins by 27 points.
Matt's Pick: Everman

Stephenville (7-0, 4-0) at Mineral Wells (1-6, 0-4) -- Stephenville is a squad that is hitting its peak at the right time. They are putting away teams and getting to try new packages and new things to get ready for the playoffs. They are winning in all the right ways and rotating players and getting everyone healthy for a long playoff run. They will dominate Mineral Wells and win by at least 50 points.
Matt's Pick: Stephenville

District 9-4A
Little Elm (6-1, 3-1) at Frisco Centennial (1-6, 1-3) -- Little Elm is trying to get healthy and platooning liberally until they get there - getting lots of players into the game. Frisco Centennial appeared to be deflated after their win against McKinney North - and they got blown out by Frisco. I expect the give up to be a player this week. Little Elm wins by 21 points.
Matt's Pick: Little Elm

Frisco (4-3, 3-1) at McKinney Boyd (5-2, 3-1) -- Frisco showed what a complete team it was this week putting up 55 points and holding the high octane offense of Frisco Centennial at bay. McKinney Boyd is flying high after beating cross town rival McKinney North and sporting McKinney City Champion t-shirts, but I don't think the complete package. Frisco wins this game by a touchdown.
Matt's Pick: Frisco

McKinney North (5-2, 2-2) at Lake Dallas (6-1, 3-1) -- After Lake Dallas lost to The Colony - Lake Dallas may be frazzled - much like what happened to McKinney North last year when they lots to Little Elm. UPSETWATCH is squarely on this game. I am going to go out on a limb and predict the upset to watch the chaos that would ensue if it happens. McKinney North wins by 3 points.
Matt's UPSET Pick: McKinney North

District 10-4A
Forney (1-6, 0-4) at Highland Park (7-0, 4-0) -- Forney has been hard luck losers in 5 of their 6 losses. They have yet to get blown out. That may change against a very talented and well coached Highland Park crew. Winston Gamso is acclimating well to his starters role and Highland Park is playing good football. Highland Park wins this game by 31 points.
Matt's Pick: Highland Park

Greenville (3-4, 2-2) at Mesquite Poteet (4-3, 2-2) -- Greenville has yet to win a road game this year - and Poteet cannot falter anymore if it wants to make the playoffs. I do pose this game as an UPSETWATCH game. Greenville may pull the upset - but I think Poteet holds on for a 7 point victory. The offense for Poteet will be the difference in this ball game.
Matt's Pick: Mesquite Poteet

West Mesquite (5-2, 3-1) at Rockwall Heath (5-2, 2-2) -- Another dangerous game - but all the games are dangerous in a district like 10-4A where there is not much margin for error. Rockwall Heath will be giving everything it can as this is its best chance to make the playoffs. I think West Mesquite, a team that has been playing teams closer than they'd like - will find a way to win this game by 4 points.
Matt's Pick: West Mesquite

Terrell (1-6, 0-4) at Richardson Pearce (6-1, 3-1) -- Terrell is capable of pulling off the upset on anyone in this district outside of Highland Park - and it may have a chance to do it this week. If this was at home - upsetwatch would be posted, but Pearce should take care of business at home and win this game by 10 points. The offense for Pearce is clicking at the right time.
Matt's Pick: Richardson Pearce

District 13-4A
Woodrow Wilson (2-4, 1-2) at Thomas Jefferson (1-7, 1-3) -- Both teams have struggled this year - but Thomas Jefferson has started to put the offensive side of things together. They scored early against Samuell but could not keep up the intensity. I expect this to be a closer game than most would think - but Woodrow wilson wins by 18 points.
Matt's Pick: Woodrow Wilson

Samuell (4-3, 2-1) at Lincoln (2-5, 2-1) -- Lincoln has shown to be at the same level as Spruce, Hillcrest and now Samuell. This will be a one possession game - and intangibles like penalties, turnovers and big plays will turn this game. So far, Lincoln has shown better experience in these games and have won all of the close games. They will do the same this week. Lincoln wins by 3 points in a heartbreaker for Samuell.
Matt's Pick: Lincoln

District 14-4A
South Oak Cliff (4-3, 2-0) at Adamson (5-2, 0-2) -- Adamson will be playing desperate football after losing two straight to start in district. South Oak Cliff has put up huge offensive numbers to start out district - averaging over 50 points a game thus far in district and giving up less than 7. This could be a similar feat. I think this is closer than the averages, but South Oak Cliff clinches a playoff spot winning by at least 28 points.
Matt's Pick: South Oak Cliff

Seagoville (4-3, 0-2) at A. Maceo Smith (2-5, 0-2) -- The Diggs Saturday afternoon special! A. Maceo Smith has been better this year - but Seagoville's offense has been great against average to bad defenses - they can really put up some points. I think this will happen. An old fashioned DISD shootout will occur. Seagoville wins this game in a 56-28 type of game - a four touchdown victory for Seagoville.
Matt's Pick: Seagoville

District 15-4A
Arlington Seguin (1-5, 0-3) at Red Oak (5-2, 2-1) -- Who would have thought that Red Oak is now the team to beat? Who would have thought that the Red Oak vs. Corsicana game could decide the last playoff spot? I certainly didn't. Things are lining up for the big three to find a way to keep in the playoffs - but Red Oak should get one more win against Seguin before ending the season against Ennis and Corsicana. Red Oak by 10.
Matt's Pick: Red Oak

Ennis (5-2, 3-0) at Corsicana (5-3, 2-2) -- A great game - one that often goes either way, but this season, with Corsicana's inconsistency and Ennis's running game, I think this shapes up to be a more traditional rivalry game with a more expected result. The more expected result you might ask? Ennis should win this game by at least 14 points. McDade should have another 200 yard night - and Coach Harrell keeps using the talent he has to win.
Matt's Pick: Ennis

Midlothian (4-4, 1-3) at Waxahachie (6-1, 3-0) -- I am going to talk to Andy with this pick. Andy - I realize that starting next year we are going to let you make the 15-4A picks. Clearly Midlothian is not the team we thought they would be this season. But because I'm stubborn and I believed in the little Panthers, and their QB is a top prospect in 2008 - I am going to try one more time to possibly be right. If Midlothian wins, you owe me some love. In the Diggs' Upset special, Midlothian wins by .. one.
Matt's REALLY FAR OUT ON A LIMB UPSET Pick: Midlothian

Class 3A District Football Games

District 6-3A
Graham (7-0, 1-0) at Iowa Park (4-4, 1-1) -- Graham - under the latest McCoy to do well - has put up a 7-0 season and really reasons to believe that it has a team that can contend for a regional title. Iowa Park had a big win over Hirschi - but it might be the only win Iowa Park figures to have. This district should be a lot cleaner this year with Graham at 4-0, Vernon at 3-1 and Burkburnett and Iowa Park playing for the last spot. Graham wins by 22 points.
Matt's Pick: Graham

Wichita Falls Hirschi (2-6, 0-2) at Vernon (6-1, 1-0) -- Hirschi has continued their bad season - and having to travel 50 miles up 287 certainly won't help this team any. A team that has had a possible playoff season ruined by injuries has yet to find a way to rebound. Vernon has been running the ball effectively - and on the Hirschi porous defense, they continue to do so. Vernon wins by 42 points.
Matt's Pick: Vernon

District 8-3A
Bridgeport (4-3, 1-1) at Argyle (6-1, 2-0) -- The high flying Argyle Eagles took care of business in a big way last week throwing up 60 points. Bridgeport has a great offense and a questionable defense - losing to Decatur earlier in the season 48-44 - which leads me to believe the first team to get to 50 will win this game. In a 52-41 type of game, I like Argyle to fly past the Bridgeport Bulls.
Matt's Pick: Argyle

Sanger (2-5, 0-2) at Bowie (1-6, 0-2) -- Sanger had a coming out party last week and played Decatur tough. Before, I would have earmarked Bowie a favorite in this game, but based on the results against Decatur, Sanger may be getting it together and jelling as a team. I think they squeak out a 10 point win on the road and get their first and possibly only win in district play this season.
Matt's Pick: Sanger

Gainesville (1-6, 1-1) at Decatur (4-3, 2-0) -- After checking out Decatur's performance against Sanger - a team I have seen this year, it looks like this game be more competitive than originally thought. It could have been a fluke for either team. I do think Gainesville is much more competitive in this game, but in the end, Decatur has shown to be the better team with the better season. Decatur by 14 points.
Matt's Pick: Decatur

District 9-3A
Celina (7-0, 4-0) at Bonham (0-7, 0-4) -- This game is going to get ugly. Bonham couldn't hold 0-6 Princeton to under 35 points. The athletes aren't there on the defense. The problem with this game is Celina's second team is going to score. Celina puts up a 63-7 type of win - but in this pick, I'm not really sure how Bonham will get the 7 points!
Matt's Pick: Celina

Frisco Wakeland (6-1, 3-1) at Princeton (1-6, 1-3) -- Wakeland's only loss to Celina, although disappointing, has seemed to be a motivating point for the Wolverines. Ever since, Wakeland has looked solid and could end the season 9-1. A new 3A school with 5A numbers have given them a bit of an edge - but they still had to get the wins. They continue getting the wins beating Princeton by 28 points.
Matt's Pick: Frisco Wakeland

Whitesboro (6-1, 3-1) at Pilot Point (4-3, 2-2) -- This game likely will determine the last playoff spot. A Whitesboro win will give them their first playoff berth in 80 plus years - and it will be a great story to see. Pilot Point lost to Prosper and Whitesboro beat Prosper. I am going to take Whitesboro with that knowledge that the Cubs don't make the world series, the Mavs don't win finals, PESH doesn't win state championships and Whitesboro doesn't make the playoffs - but there's a first time for everything, right? Whitesboro by 3 points.
Matt's Pick: Whitesboro

Prosper (5-2, 2-2) at Van Alstyne (2-5, 1-3) -- Propser looks to continue its winning ways after knocking off Pilot Point last week. They will need some help - a Pilot Point win over Whitesboro and some tiebreakers to work their way into the playoffs - but it's still possible. Van Alstyne is spiraling toward an unproductive season ending. Prosper wins by 28 points.
Matt's Pick: Prosper

District 10-3A
Nevada Community (4-3, 1-1) at Commerce (2-5, 1-1) -- Nevada Community needs just a couple more wins to get into the playoff picture. If they can knock off Commerce and Emory Rains, the Braves can make the playoffs for the first time in a long time. I do think they can be competitive but I don't think they can knock of Commerce - against normal defenses, Commerce will light them up. Commerce wins by 14 in a shootout.
Matt's Pick: Commerce

Emory Rains (2-5, 0-2) at Quinlan Ford (4-3, 0-2) -- Quinlan Ford has been a huge enigma. After district play started, Quinlan Ford is winless and likely won't make the playoffs. Emory Rains had a more competitive game last week - and in a minor upset, I will take Emory Rains in this game. Not being familiar with the Ford program - I'm not sure if a player got hurt - but this is not the same team. Emory Rains by 3 points. Matt's Pick: Emory Rains

Royse City (7-0, 2-0) at Wills Point (5-2, 2-0) -- Wills Point is probably the last "challenge" game that Royse City will have this season, but even then, I don't think it will be much of a challenge. Wills Point did knock off 4A Lindale this year - so if they play their best game, perhaps we will see a close game - maybe a 14 point game, but I don't think we will see the best game. Royse City by 35 points.
Matt's Pick: Royse City

District 11-3A
River Oaks Castleberry (5-2, 1-1) at Madison (3-3, 2-0) -- Castleberry has shown that they can score high but they really can't stop anyone. Madison is getting both sides of the football together. They are scoring and stopping teams now. The one point games are now turning to 20 point games, and they will only get more confident. Madison by 28 points.
Matt's Pick: Madison

District 12-3A
Venus (2-5, 0-2) at Glen Rose (4-3, 2-0) -- Venus, in my opinion, had a chance to beat Whitney last week, but Whitney made me look like an idiot winning by 50 points. This week, Venus has to travel to Glen Rose - and the scenery will not be any better there. The Tigers will handle Venus by at least 49 points in a dominant performance.
Matt's Pick: Glen Rose

Hillsboro (3-4, 0-2) at Whitney (3-4, 1-1) -- Whitney had a big win this week - and something I've noticed this season is when teams have big victories over bad teams, they tend to have a one week carry over effect - which puts thisg ame under UPSETWATCH, but I do think Hillsboro will handle Whitney in a Centex battle - and win by 24 points.
Matt's Pick: Hillsboro

West (4-3, 1-1) at Kennedale (5-2, 2-0) -- West had a very competitive game last week and I think they will be competitive this week as well. With their defense, they can create turnovers and stay in games - and their offense is efficient enough to score points on most anyone. I think Kennedale will be able to stop the offense enough and their defense will score a touchdown in a 17 point win.
Matt's Pick: Kennedale

District 13-3A
Crandall (3-4, 2-0) at Eustace (3-4, 1-1) -- After its one point win over Fairfield, Crandall has really picked it up in district winning its first two. They will be considered a favorite in this game. Crandall may be a team, despite its record, peaking at the right time - although I do not see it getting out of the first round of the playoffs - but for Friday - they are 28 point favorites.
Matt's Pick: Crandall

Mabank (3-4, 1-1) at Ferris (4-3, 0-2) -- This may be Ferris's last opportunity to slide into the playoffs. Coach Barnes for Ferris is familiar with Mabank and he will bring out all the stops to beat them. For Mabank, winning this game helps to ensure a playoff spot. Despite their inconsistencies this year - I look for them to win this game by 14 points.
Matt's Pick: Mabank

Kaufman (5-2, 2-0) at Kemp (1-6, 0-2) -- Kaufman has had an unexpectedly good season. Maybe it shouldn't be unexpected with Coach Todd York - former Terrell coach - getting his kids playing great at the right time. Kemp should not provide much competition, and Kaufman has another impressive victory in order to clinch a playoff spot. Kaufman by 31 points.
Matt's Pick: Kaufman

Class 2A District Football Games

District 9-2A
Henrietta (6-1, 3-1) at Alvord (3-4, 2-2) -- This could be a trap game for Henrietta. A loss to Alvord severely will damper their playoff chances and give Alvord life. A third loss for Alvord likely means missing the playoffs this season. Both teams will bring their A-Game, but Henrietta has too much speed. Alvord will not be able to contain it. Henrietta by 18 points.
Matt's Pick: Henrietta

Chico (0-7, 0-4) at Wichita Falls City View (0-7, 0-4) -- Both teams will be battling for their first win this season. Despite an 0-7 season for Chico, Kyler Hale and Danny Tolliver have been bright spots - scoring 6 touchdowns each. Both of them will be active in a 28 point win over City view.
Matt's Pick: Chico

Olney (5-2, 2-2) at Holliday (7-0, 4-0) -- Holliday had a big win over Henrietta last week - and Olney - with two losses, is in a bad position now to make the playoffs. A third loss will eliminate them. Holliday has great offensive and defensive line - and they execute their offense very well. Holliday knocks Olney out of the playoffs with a 21 point loss.
Matt's Pick: Holliday

Jacksboro (4-3, 2-2) at Nocona (5-2, 3-1) -- The Rattlers of Nocona have been very impressive in district - Jacksboro will be a tough team - and they may spring an upset. I don't think Jacksboro has the offensive players to hang with Nocona - and for that reason, I look for a Rattlers 14 point victory - with a late touchdown to pull away.
Matt's Pick: Nocona

District 10-2A
Boyd (4-3, 2-0) at Paradise (3-4, 1-1) -- The battle for second place in this district features Boyd and Paradise. Boyd still has several big games to go to end the season. Boyd needs a big win over Paradise to clinch a playoff spot and to peak at the right time for the playoffs. Paradise has been inconsistent this season - which makes Boyd a 17 point favorite in this game.
Matt's Pick: Boyd

Millsap (2-5, 0-2) at Cisco (7-0, 2-0) -- Cisco, dare I say it, may look even better than they did last year when it made it to the state championship. This is an experienced, focused ball club and they are fun to watch. Cisco continues its excellence and wins by 42 poins over a smaller, slower Millsap squad.
Matt's Pick: Cisco

Eastland (1-6, 0-2) at Godley (3-4, 1-1) -- Eastland has not fared well this season. Godley hasn't been too bad and they may be in a position to steal a playoff spot if they can pull an upset in its last two weeks. Godley has a smash mouth offense and a tough, well coached defense, and they should win this game by 18 points.
Matt's Pick: Godley

District 11-2A
Maypearl (0-7, 0-2) at Dublin (5-2, 1-1) -- Maypearl has yet to win a game this season, and Dublin is in need of a win after last week's loss at the hands of Hico. Dublin's playoff chances are not looking good - so they should use this game as a springboard to possibly steal a win and steal a playoff spot. The home of Original Dr. Pepper wins by 40 points.
Matt's Pick: Dublin

Rio Vista (4-3, 0-2) at Grandview (5-2, 2-0) -- The Zebras showed why they are the class of the district knocking off previously unbeaten Itasca. The runnin' Zebras are built for a playoff run and they are peaking at the right point. Rio Vista will not be able to contain them - and the Zebras gallop to a 27 point victory.
Matt's Pick: Grandview

Itasca (6-1, 1-1) at Hico (6-1, 2-0) -- Itasca suffered its first loss of the season against the Zebras last week, and Hico had a big win against Dublin last week to get itself squarely in the playoff race. This game may be for second or third place. Itasca did suffer its first loss to Grandview, but they will bounce back for a 10 point victory.
Matt's Pick: Itasca

District 12-2A
Palmer (6-1, 1-1) at Caddo Mills (7-0, 2-0) -- Palmer got knocked off by Lone Oak last week - and this week, they are taking on the state ranked and impressive Caddo Mills foxes. The foxes offensive prowess have given them the opportunity to be competitive in each game they are in this season. I don't think Palmer has a chance to be competitive. Caddo Mills by 28 points.
Matt's Pick: Palmer

Life Oak Cliff (3-4, 0-2) at Edgewood (3-4, 1-1) -- Edgewood had a convincing victory over Scurry-Rosser this past week and they may be competitive for the last spot. Life Oak Cliff has been the recipient of some offensive outbursts itself - but usually on the wrong end. Edgewood continues its season of improvement winning by 34 points.
Matt's Pick: Edgewood

Scurry-Rosser (2-5, 0-2) at Lone Oak (6-1, 2-0) -- Scurry-Rosser has not been impressive at all - and they may not win another game this season. Even the charter school, Life Oak Cliff, is considering Scurry Rosser to be its potential only win of the season. Lone Oak has proven itself beating Palmer, and they should win this game by 42 points.
Matt's Pick: Lone Oak

District 13-2A
Anna (0-7, 0-2) at Leonard (0-7, 0-2) -- One team will get their first win of the season. Back in the days of Alex Butts, Anna never had to worry about winning at least one game. Two or three were in the cards. This year? Not so much - I do think they are better than Leonard - and they win their first game by 20 points.
Matt's Pick: Anna

Farmersville (5-2, 2-0) at Aubrey (5-2, 2-0) -- Two teams with undefeated district records battle - and they had the same success in non-district, but Farmersville had the same success against a higher calibur of opponent. I don't see this game even being close. Farmersville has a great offense and solid defense, and I think they win by 21 points.
Matt's Pick: Farmersville

Melissa (6-1, 2-0) at Blue Ridge (0-7, 0-2) -- Blue Ridge has been hammered the last couple of weeks - but on the bright side, its remaining two games are against winless Anna and Blue Leonard. Melissa has bounced back from their loss against Christian and has looked solid since then. Melissa wins by 49 points.
Matt's Pick: Melissa

District 14-2A
Bells (1-6, 0-4) at Gunter (7-0, 4-0) -- Gunter continues its great season - now even getting AP Top 20 votes and continuing as the DFW 2A top team in the area. This should be more of a rest the players and work on the passing game week as Gunter are prohibitive favorites. Gunter takes care of business by 41 points.
Matt's Pick: Gunter

Callisburg (4-3, 2-2) at Howe (2-5, 1-3) -- Howe got upended by Tom Bean last week, and Callisburg is also coming off a loss. Both teams desperately need a win for momentum for the final two weeks of the season. Callisburg has better talent and they win this one by 20 points. The defense should make the difference for Callisburg.
Matt's Pick: Callisburg

Pottsboro (5-2, 3-1) at Whitewright (4-3, 3-1) -- Whitewright had an impressive win last week against Callisburg - making Callisburg possibly on the outside in for the playoff spot. Pottsboro fell to Gunter - but they were competitive. Look for Pottsboro to have a big win over Whitewright and win by 13 points.
Matt's Pick: Pottsboro

Tom Bean (2-5, 2-2) at Sadler S&S Consolidated (2-5, 1-3) -- Tom Bean has been impressive the last two weeks pulling upsets over Bells and Howe. This week, they look to take out S&S Consolidated. I think they will make it three in a row as they peak - and with two games left - you never know! Tom Bean by 21.
Matt's Pick: Tom Bean

Class 1A District Football Games

District 9-1A
Archer City (4-3, 0-2) at Electra (0-7, 0-2) -- Two teams with extremely disappointing seasons battle - a lot was expected out of Electra and they may not even win a game. Archer City was state ranked and they have gotten blown away in district. I do think Archer City will bounce back this week for a 21 point victory over Electra.
Matt's Pick: Archer City

Windthorst (4-3, 2-0) at Munday (7-0, 2-0) -- Windthorst has been much better in district play as they have in non-district - losing three games. Windthorst has a possible upset watch as they have been the class of this district - but I think Munday just has more talent - and I look for them to blow out the Trojans. Munday by 35 points.
Matt's Pick: Munday

Seymour (5-2, 2-0) at Petrolia (3-4, 0-2) -- Seymour has busted through the stereotypes that they wouldn't be talented and they are now in line for a playoff spot. Petrolia may be the odd team out with talent - and they will need to knock off Seymour and have some help to make the playoffs. Seymour handles business by 21 points.
Matt's Pick: Seymour

District 11-1A
Era (3-4, 1-1) at Collinsville (5-2, 1-1) -- Collinsville suffered a loss last week and they will be hanging on for the third playoff spot this week. Era can certainly knock them off this week - but I think Collinsville has too much talent on the lines. Pirates win by 13 points.
Matt's Pick: Collinsville

Valley View (6-1, 2-0) at Lindsay (4-3, 2-0) -- This game very well could be for the district championship. Both teams will be very competitive in this game, and I think it will be a one score game - but I look for Valley View to be the district champions. Valley View takes care of business by 7 points.
Matt's Pick: Valley View

Muenster (0-7, 0-2) at Saint Jo (0-7, 0-2) -- One team will get its first win of the season. The other team will be out of the winning mix this semester. Muenster has been more competitive within its losses this season and I look for them to carry it over to get their first win of the season. Rocktober continues in Muenster. Muenster by 28 points.
Matt's Pick: Muenster

District 12-1A
Gorman (7-0, 3-0) at Cross Plains (0-8, 0-4) -- The mismatch of the district features Gorman and Cross Plains. Gorman, a top ranked team in the state, should take care of business. Cross Plains may not win a game all season. This game gets ugly. Gorman wins this game by 56 points.
Matt's Pick: Gorman

Santo (1-6, 1-2) at De Leon (2-5, 2-1) -- De Leon had a big win last week - but barely survived an upset bid by Perrin-Whitt. De Leon, to establish itself as a third place team, they will have to win games against Santo. Santo should be good at defense for the first half, but De Leon wears them down and wins by 21 points.
Matt's Pick: De Leon

Perrin-Whitt (2-6, 2-2) at Tolar (4-3, 3-0) -- Tolar has looked good this season - but especially in district, they have found their sea legs. Perrin Whitt has been competitive but they have not shown to be elite. Tolar handles up on business and wins this game by 28 points using their solid running game.
Matt's Pick: Tolar

District 13-1A
Covington (1-6, 1-2) at Meridian (6-1, 3-0) -- Meridian has been more and more impressive each week. They are not only beating teams but they are dominating teams - which has gotten my attention. Meridian may vault up in the top teams in the state with another win this week. I may have to do that - as Meridian wins by 49 points.
Matt's Pick: Meridian

Evant (4-4, 2-2) at Goldthwaite (5-2, 2-1) -- Goldthwaite was expected to be good this season - but they may only score third in their district. Valley Mills and Meridian have been the class of the district. Goldthwaite must play its best game as Evant is talented enough to win this game. I believe Goldthwaite ends up winning by 14 points.
Matt's Pick: Goldthwaite

Valley Mills (6-1, 3-0) at Frost (0-8, 0-4) -- This game has been cancelled - as Frost cannot field a varsity team.
Matt's Pick: Valley Mills

District 15-1A
Hamlin (1-6, 0-3) at Albany (6-1, 3-0) -- This is the district mismatch of the week. Albany and Roscoe will be playing for the district championship and it's also a battle of top 20 teams in the state. It should be a hard fought competitive battle - but Albany has to avoid the trap game. They will - winning by 21 points.
Matt's Pick: Albany

Winters (4-4, 2-2) at Baird (2-4, 1-2) -- both teams are still battling for the last playoff spot - and a loss will all but eliminate the loser from contention. Baird has been inconsistent - so I look for the Blizzards from Winters to take care of business. winters by 24 points.
Matt's Pick: Winters

Rotan (4-3, 2-1) at Roscoe (8-0, 4-0) -- Rotan had a big win last week, but Roscoe is continuing to dominate the district and should move to a lofty 9-0 this week. The Razorbacks in Rotan will be a little misty-eyed. Roscoe has just too much talent - and they win by 21 points.
Matt's Pick: Roscoe

District 17-1A
Quinlan Boles (7-0, 2-0) at Celeste (3-4, 1-1) -- Celeste had a big loss to Cumby last week - which means Celeste will play Wolfe City for the final playoff spot. Quinlan Boles will look to avoid the upset against Celeste - but Quinlan Boles should win this game by 35 points at the very least.
Matt's Pick: Quinlan Boles

Cumby (5-2, 2-0) at Fruitvale (0-7, 0-2) -- Cumby looked impressive in blowing out Celeste and they will give Quinlan Boles its toughest game of the season in a couple of weeks. Fruitvale has been fruitless thus far this season - and Cumby should dominate over Fruitvale. I look for them to win by 31 points.
Matt's Pick: Cumby

Wolfe City (2-5, 1-1) at A+ Academy (1-6, 0-2) -- Wolfe City looked impressive last week blowing out Fruitvale, and I believe over the next couple of weeks they should get on a good roll. The game against Celeste will determine the fates of all the teams in the district. They will continue to peak and win by 35 points this week.
Matt's Pick: Wolfe City

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