With Week 5 kicking off tonight, there are many big games on the schedule that will leave options wide open for area high school football fans.
As usual, I'll break down a few of the area's top games today, then discuss the game of the week on Friday.
Rockwall-Heath vs. Rockwall, 7:30 p.m., Friday -- Last season, Heath got its first crack at its crosstown rival and came out on top in pretty convincing fashion. That was with RB Kendial Lawrence and a handful of other college signees. Now, Lawrence is at Missouri, and Rockwall is a vastly improved team. This year, I'll take the 5A team (Rockwall) to bounce the 4A one (Heath). Prediction: Rockwall 28, Rockwall-Heath 24.
Plano at Wylie, 7:30 p.m., Friday -- These are two teams that are having pretty severe down years. Plano is a shocking 1-4, and Wylie, the defending Class 5A Division II finalist is 2-3 and was run out of its home stadium last weekend by McKinney Boyd. I'm going with AHMO and the Pirates this week, even though I swore off picking Wylie last week. Prediction: Wylie 33, Plano 24.
McKinney Boyd at Plano West, 7:30 p.m., Friday -- This game is loaded with star power. There's Boyd QB Jonovan Griffin, who's a dual-threat offensive machine. And then there's Plano West defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat, who was highlighted on these same pages a day ago and is the top defensive end recruit in the nation. While Jeffcoat is nothing short of greatness, his team is average. Boyd is showing they are for real after a painful first year in 5A last season. Boyd proved its merit last week with the win over Wylie, and I think the Pirates are better than Plano West. Prediction: McKinney Boyd 48, Plano West 28.
Last week's record: 3-1. Season record: 13-6.
Adam Boedeker is a sports writer/award-winning blogger for the Denton Record-Chronicle. He wants nice weather in Austin this weekend.