Legendary Coach Returns to Face Alma Mater, Former Employer

Prep legend G.A. Moore will lead upstart Aubrey against Pilot Point for the District 10-2A title

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    G.A. Moore is back in Pilot Point tonight.

    With Week 10 wrapping up this weekend and the playoffs starting on Thursday, there are several key games but I'll highlight two here after my special Thursday double-dip, in which I was 1-1 on, as Ryan shocked Guyer and Aledo stomped Birdville.

    Aubrey at Pilot Point, 7:30 p.m., Friday -- This game's story lines are busting at the seams. You have the state's all-time winningest coach in the controversial G.A. Moore returning to face one of his former teams, which also happens to be his high school alma mater, for a district championship and a perfect regular season. The Chaparrals had an incredible shutout streak to start the season, not giving up a point until the second half of their sixth game. Still, they've given up 28 points through nine games with six shutouts behind Moore's famed 9-, sometimes 10-man defensive front. Pilot Point is led by possibly the most dynamic player at the Class 2A level in Texas in RB Jarman Johnson, who's averaging 11.7 yards per carry this season and has scored 22 TDs on the ground with 1,604 yards. The Bearcats are coming off a somewhat unimpressive 10-point win over Callisburg, which Aubrey defeated by 20 points. I think Johnson will be the best player Aubrey's defense has seen this year and will be enough for Pilot Point to win the battle of the undefeateds and the 10-2A title. Prediction: Pilot Point 21, Aubrey 19.

    Flower Mound Marcus at Hebron, 7:30 p.m., Friday -- The Marauders scored a big win over crosstown foe Flower Mound last week to bounce back from two straight losses to Southlake Carroll and Coppell. District 6-5A is one of the toughest in the state and it's always a dogfight to decide the four playoff representatives even though there are only six teams in the district, and this game will be no different. If Marcus wins, they're in the postseason. If Hebron wins, and Coppell beats Flower Mound (which should happen), the Hawks have a great shot of getting a spot. Give me Marcus RB Stephen Hopkins to not want his spectacular career to come to an end just quite yet and a Marcus win. Prediction: Marcus 27, Hebron 23.

    Adam Boedeker is a sports writer/award-winning blogger for the Denton Record-Chronicle. He's ready for the weekend.