Week 1 Texoma high school football previews


Note: All games are non-district and begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday unless otherwise indicated.

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Sherman at Frisco Lone Star

When: 7 p.m. tonight

Where: Toyota Stadium

Broadcast: KMAD 102.5 FM

2013 Records: Sherman 4-6; Lone Star 8-5

Series: First meeting

Players to watch: Sherman: OL Aaron Garza, RB / LB Tyson Jones; Lone Star: QB Jason Shelley, WR / RB Jordan Jones

Update: Bill Patterson makes his coaching debut with the Bearcats … Either Clay Gilbert or David Bedgood will start at QB for the Bearcats tonight … Lone Star makes its 5A debut after going 3 rounds deep in last year’s 3A Division I playoffs.

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Frisco Liberty at Denison

Where: Munson Stadium

Broadcast: KMKT 93.1 FM

2013 Records: Liberty 2-8; Denison 6-5

Series: Tied 3-3

Last meeting: 2013 (Denison won 33-16)

Players to watch: Liberty: RB Chris McPhaul, LB Jared Carmona; Denison: QB Devon Blanton, LB Arlton Ardrey

Update: The newly-rebuilt Munson Stadium makes its debut … In last year’s game, Blanton rushed for 146 yards and a TD and was 8-of-11 passing … Liberty’s Chris Burtch coaches his first game at the school.

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Birdville at Prosper

Where: Eagle Stadium

Broadcast: www.sportsgram.net

2013 Records: Birdville 11-3; Prosper 3-7

Series: First meeting

Players to watch: Birdville: RB Isaiah Duarte, QB Will Hayward; Prosper: QB Colton Hepp, LB Travis Walker

Update: Prosper is coming off its first playoff absence since 2001, when the Eagles were in Class 2A … Birdville is favored to win District 6-5A … The Hawks reached the state quarterfinals last year, losing to state champion Denton Guyer.

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Rich. Pearce at McKinney

Where: Ron Poe Stadium

Broadcast: KLAK 97.5 FM

2013 Records: Pearce 5-6; McKinney 3-7

Series: Pearce leads 2-0

Last meeting: 2011 (Pearce won 38-37)

Players to watch: Pearce: DB Rob Kuhne, QB Hank Hughes; McKinney: WR Marcus Cross, LB Ty Stone

Update: The Lions drop to the second-highest classification after 2 years of battling Allen, the Plano schools and McKinney Boyd … McKinney High is hopeful of earning its first winning season since 2004.

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Lovejoy at Mansfield Legacy

When: 7 p.m. tonight

Where: Newsom Stadium

Broadcast: www.sportsgram.net

2013 Records: Lovejoy 8-4; Legacy 10-3

Series: First meeting

Players to watch: Lovejoy: QB Bowman Sells, RB Hunter Pfaff; Legacy: WR Gentry Ivery, LB Daniel Nyandika

Update: Pottsboro native Ryan Cox debuts as Lovejoy head coach after being promoted from defensive coordinator … Sells returns to the lineup after being sidelined most of last year with a collarbone injury that he re-aggravated against Sherman.

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McKinney North at Carr. Newman Smith

When: 7 p.m. tonight

Where: Standridge Stadium

2013 Records: McKinney North 7-5; Newman Smith 3-7

Series: Tied 1-1

Last meeting: 2013 (McKinney North won 34-17)

Players to watch: McKinney North: RB Ronald Jones, DB Nick Hutchins; Newman Smith: DB T.J. Melontree, LB Daniel Brewer

Update: Jones, a 2,400-yard rusher last season, has committed to Oklahoma State … Jones’ TD in the third quarter gave the Bulldogs the lead for good against Newman Smith.

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Sachse at Wylie

Where: Wylie Stadium

Broadcast: wyliepiratefootball.mobi

2013 Records: Sachse 11-1; Wylie 9-5

Series: Sachse leads 3-1

Last meeting: 2013 (Sachse won 56-52)

Players to watch: Sachse: RB Devine Ozigbo, WR Devin Duvernay; Wylie: QB Carsen Cook, LB Jacob Hunt

Update: Sachse and Wylie have played thrillers in each of the last 2 season-openers … The Mustangs reeled off 11 wins in a row last year before losing to Dallas Skyline at the Cotton Bowl.

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Wylie East at Red Oak

Where: Billy Goodloe Stadium

Broadcast: www.sportsgram.net

2013 Records: Wylie East 5-5; Red Oak 4-6

Series: Tied 1-1

Last meeting: 2013 (Red Oak won 23-22)

Players to watch: Wylie East: WR Braden Shewmake, RB Eno Benjamin; Red Oak: RB Kandeh Fofanah, QB Tanner Little

Update: Wylie East had a chance to join the playoff field but fell 3 points short in a season-ending loss to Lovejoy … Last year against the Raiders, Red Oak hit a 40-yard field goal with :04 left to pull out the come-from-behind win.

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Gainesville at Kaufman

Where: Lions Stadium

Broadcast: KGAF 1580 AM

2013 Records: Gainesville 11-1; Kaufman 8-4

Series: First meeting

Players to watch: Gainesville: QB Mason Copeland, RB / LB Demarrius Farr; Kaufman: RB / DB Michael Prox, LB Jonathan Dunson

Update: The Leopards return 21 senior holdovers from back-to-back perfect regular seasons … Craig Barker debuts as head coach for Kaufman, replacing Todd York, who is now AD at Georgetown.

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Argyle Liberty Christian at Celina

Where: Bobcat Field

2013 Records: Liberty Christian 9-4; Celina 9-2

Series: Celina leads 7-1

Last meeting: 2013 (Celina won 54-30)

Players to watch: Liberty Christian: QB Drew Hunnicut, LB Hunter Griffith; Celina: QB Nathan Elliott, WR Cash Conder

Update: Celina was expecting to have a record 170 players out for football at the start of school … Barton Hundley makes his coaching debut for Liberty Christian after the surprising March firing of Greg Price … Elliott has committed to North Carolina and Conder to Western Michigan.

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Howe at Bonham

Where: Warrior Stadium

Broadcast: KFYN 1420 AM; www.kfyn1420.com

2013 Records: Howe 3-7; Bonham 5-7

Series: First meeting

Players to watch: Howe: RB Anthony Hawthorne, QB Joaquin Lopez; Bonham: RB / LB Kenton Manis, DL Daccheous Griggs

Update: The Purple Warriors’ 2013 win total is the most of any team in District 3-4A (II) other than Celina … Howe has a tough non-district schedule with 4 playoff teams as it prepares for a drop to a Division II district.

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Pilot Point at Krum

Where: Bobcat Stadium

Broadcast: www.meridix.com

2013 Records: Pilot Point 7-4; Krum 3-8

Series: First meeting

Players to watch: Pilot Point: QB Travis Garrett, WR DaCoven Bailey; Krum: WR / DB Jacob Enis, RB Dane White

Update: The Bearcats aim to return to the top of the district with 16 returning starters, including the deadly air tandem of Garrett and Bailey … Krum has made the playoffs in each of its first 2 varsity seasons of football.

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Anna at Whitesboro

Where: Bearcat Stadium

2013 Records: Anna 3-8; Whitesboro 10-2

Series: Whitesboro leads 2-0

Last meeting: 2007 (Whitesboro won 26-14)

Players to watch: Anna: RB Isaac Armijo, LB Brandon Dossett; Whitesboro: RB / LB Jake Dyer, WR / DB Zac Sanges

Update: Armijo rushed for more than 1,500 yards as a sophomore … The Bearcats are coming off another historic season with a school-record 10 wins and first-ever playoff victory.

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Aubrey at Pottsboro

Where: Jim Henderson Memorial Stadium

Broadcast: KZRC 96.1 FM

2013 Records: Aubrey 2-8; Pottsboro 11-2

Series: Pottsboro leads 11-3

Last meeting: 2013 (Pottsboro won 20-9)

Players to watch: Aubrey: QB Cole Cannon, LB Phillip Wilds; Pottsboro: RB Thaddeus Flinn, WR Zach Lovelady

Update: Pottsboro’s Matt Poe needs 4 wins to become the Cardinals’ all-time winningest football coach … Keith Ivy coaches his first game at Aubrey.

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Sanger at Melissa

Where: Cardinal Stadium

Broadcast: mcn.melissaisd.org

2013 Records: Sanger 6-5; Melissa 9-3

Series: First meeting

Players to watch: Sanger: RB Tre’von Jackson, LB Jarrod Huther; Melissa: QB Taylor McGehee, WR Dylan Cardwell

Update: The Cardinals haven’t missed the postseason since 2005, their second year as a program … Jackson rushed for 31 TDs and more than 1,800 yards for Sanger a year ago … McGehee is a dual threat with 1,395 passing and 739 rushing yards as a junior, accounting for 24 combined TDs.

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Van Alstyne at Quinlan Ford

Where: Lytal Stadium

2013 Records: Van Alstyne 7-5; Quinlan Ford 5-5

Series: Van Alstyne leads 2-0

Last meeting: 2009 (Van Alstyne won 42-27)

Players to watch: Van Alstyne: QB Alex Phillips, WR / DB Kearon Redmon; Quinlan Ford: DB James West, OL / LB Taner Renfro

Update: Van Alstyne also won, 32-23, in 2008 … Phillips is a load at QB, bulldozing to 1,300 yards and 21 TDs on the ground in 2013.

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Callisburg at S&S

Where: Ram Stadium

Broadcast: KPFC 89.3 / 91.9 FM

2013 Records: Callisburg 6-4; S&S 12-1

Series: Callisburg leads 19-7-2

Last meeting: 2009 (Callisburg won 52-13)

Players to watch: Callisburg: RB / LB Jake Parker, RB / LB Bryce Berryman; S&S: RB / LB Wyatt Maher, WR / DB Drew Dutton

Update: A loss to Bowie in the 2013 finale cost Callisburg a playoff berth … S&S had its best season in school history, winning 12 in a row and going 3 rounds deep … The last time the Rams beat the Wildcats was in 1998.

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Boyd at Gunter

Where: Tiger Stadium

2013 Records: Boyd 4-7; Gunter 9-3

Series: Gunter leads 6-2

Last meeting: 2013 (Gunter won 21-12)

Players to watch: Boyd: RB Qualynn Wells, QB Clay Barnett; Gunter: RB Garrett Hunter, RB / LB Kevin Teems

Update: The Tigers, who slipped to third place last year to snap a string of 5 district championships in 6 years, return virtually intact on offense from a year ago … Boyd overcame an 0-4 start last year to grab the No. 3 berth in the playoffs.

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Leonard at Community

Where: Braves Field

2013 Records: Leonard 11-4; Community 2-8

Series: Leonard leads 14-8

Last meeting: 2013 (Community won 34-29)

Players to watch: Leonard: RB Dylan Monck, QB Ryan Nixon; Community: RB / DB Collin Croft, QB Jordan Graham

Update: Coach Shane Fletcher is going for his 50th career win, all at Leonard … The Tigers are coming off their deepest-ever playoff run, a trip to the state semifinals … Leonard has lost each of its last 2 season-openers against the Braves.

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Lindsay at Tom Bean

Where: Tomcat Stadium

2013 Records: Lindsay 5-6; Tom Bean 4-6

Series: Lindsay leads 11-7

Last meeting: 2011 (Lindsay won 29-15)

Players to watch: Lindsay: RB / LB Caleb Anderle, DB Justin Ott; Tom Bean: RB Daniel Jackson, TE / LB Hunter Book

Update: The Tomcats are out to make amends after last year’s loss to Whitewright left them out of the playoffs … Book, the team’s QB a year ago, has moved to the outside line, where he presents a huge receiving target … Lindsay was 5-0 in its district after an 0-5 start to the year.

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Celeste at Whitewright

Where: Tiger Stadium

2013 Records: Celeste 5-5; Whitewright 2-9

Series: Whitewright leads 12-5

Last meeting: 1995 (Whitewright won 21-7)

Players to watch: Celeste: RB Traylon Phillips, QB Marco Santos; Whitewright: WR / LB Austin Powell, WR / DB Seth Hames

Update: Another tough year for the Tigers was sweetened by two late wins to gain a playoff appearance … Bounceback seasons are common in Whitewright’s recent history, with a 10-1 season in 2010 following back-to-back 2-8 years, and a string of district titles — including 2 state quarterfinal trips — on the heels of a 2-8 in 1998.

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Blue Ridge at Detroit

Where: Eagle Stadium

2013 Records: Blue Ridge 3-7; Detroit 6-6

Series: Detroit leads 10-9

Last meeting: 2013 (Detroit won 51-13)

Players to watch: Blue Ridge: QB Ty Agan, WR / DB Brevin Wiggins; Detroit: WR dalarin Washington, LB Daniel Waldrip

Update: Blue Ridge opens its quest for its first winning year and postseason appearance since 2010 … Detroit native Lance Connot returns home as head coach after spending the last several seasons at Rivercrest.

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Era at Bells

Where: Panther Stadium

2013 Records: Era 4-7; Bells 1-9

Series: Bells leads 6-4

Last meeting: 2013 (Era won 33-12)

Players to watch: Era: QB Jacob Metzler, LB Jose De Los Santos; Bells: TE Noah Straw, QB Derrick Ponder

Update: Scott Ponder, formerly of Wichita Falls Rider and Iowa Park, debuts as Bells head coach … Era has won its last 4 meetings with the Panthers.

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Trenton at Como-Pickton

Where: Ron Heflin Field

2013 Records: Trenton 0-10; Como-Pickton 0-10

Series: First meeting

Players to watch: Trenton: QB Kever Wylie, RB Anthony Johnson; Como-Pickton: RB Blake Neal, LB Frankie Murillo

Update: Trenton is on a 19-game losing streak, while Como-Pickton’s stands at 10 after the Eagles won their 2012 finale … Como-Pickton was shut out in 9 of its games last year, while Trenton reduced its shutout total from 8 in its inaugural year to 5 in 2013.

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Honey Grove at Fruitvale

Where: Bobcat Stadium

2013 Records: Honey Grove 2-8; Fruitvale 5-5

Series: First meeting

Players to watch: Honey Grove: QB Bobbie Newman, RB / LB Hoss McElroy; Fruitvale: RB Dustin Earl, WR Eric Lane

Update: Newman started 3 games at QB for the Warriors in 2013 … Fruitvale returns to 11-man ball after a pair of seasons playing 6-man.

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Simms Bowie at Wolfe City

Where: Don Howard Stadium

2013 Records: Simms Bowie 7-5; Wolfe City 5-6

Series: Tied 1-1

Last meeting: 2013 (Simms Bowie won 60-32)

Players to watch: Simms Bowie: RB / LB Brandon Myers, OL / DL Spencer McDaniel; Wolfe City: QB Brandon Fisk, WR / DB Hunter Bostick

Update: Former Wolfe City defensive coordinator M.K. Hamilton makes his debut as head coach … The Wolves and Pirates split their district meetings in 2012-13.

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Muenster Sacred Heart at Collinsville

Where: W.L. Stephenson Athletic Complex

2013 Records: Sacred Heart 7-4; Collinsville 9-4

Series: Collinsville leads 9-4

Last meeting: 2013 (Collinsville won 62-34)

Players to watch: Sacred Heart: LB Braden Jansky, RB Dylan Jahn; Collinsville: QB Hayden Smith, OL / DL Colton Shackelford

Update: The Pirates have made the playoffs 8 times in 9 seasons under head coach Danny David, but haven’t won an outright district title since 1994 … Collinsville’s first 4 games will be against playoff qualifiers from 2013.

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Forestburg at Tioga

Where: Bulldog Stadium

2013 Records: Forestburg 4-5; Tioga 4-5

Series: Forestburg leads 1-0

Last meeting: 2013 (Forestburg won 42-38)

Players to watch: Forestburg: WR Skyler Sandusky, WR Taten Vann; Tioga: RB / LB Austin Sprabury, TE Josh Scalf

Update: Tioga is a full-fledged UIL varsity football member for the first time since 1949; the original Tioga High School dropped football in 1950 and closed its doors in 1961 … Forestburg returns all 6 of its starters from a year ago.

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Heath Fulton at Savoy

Where: Cardinal Stadium

2013 Records: Fulton 9-3; Savoy 8-4

Series: Fulton leads 1-0

Last meeting: 2013 (Fulton won 63-14)

Players to watch: Fulton: DB Brenner Newman, C Zach Johnson; Savoy: QB Dillon Bell, RB / DB Bryan Vosberg

Update: After a slow start, the Cardinals enjoyed a thrilling 2013 with a trip to the state quarterfinals and an upset of powerhouse Gordon … Fulton went 2 rounds deep in the TAPPS 6-man Division III playoffs last year.

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Wylie Prep at Fannindel

Where: Bishop Field

2013 Records: Wylie Prep 8-2; Fannindel 11-1

Series: First meeting

Players to watch: Wylie Prep: RB William Royal, WR Kayden Wroblski; Fannindel: QB / DL Jarvis Wilburn, RB Akeyl Caesar

Update: Fannindel is going for its 200th win all-time … The Falcons are coming off their winningest season since the 1988 Class A state semifinal team.

 

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