With Week 6 off and running, there are many big games on the schedule that will leave options wide open for area high school football fans.
There's been a little switching up of the order this week, as my game of the week was on Thursday night. Though I didn't pick it right, it proved to be a great game that came down to the final minute as Lake Dallas pulled a mild upset over Denton Ryan behind James Franklin's beastliness. Today, I'll discuss three other big games from around the area.
Richardson Pearce at Highland Park, 7:30 p.m., Friday -- These are two high-octane offenses squaring off. They have combined to score 245 points in both of their past two games. Often times, games like this that feature two great offenses end up being somewhat low-scoring. Not this time. Expect to see Scot QB Luke Woodley and Pearce QB Caleb Lewis to put up some big numbers, but expect the Scots' defense to make a couple of more stops than Pearce's defense. Prediction: Highland Park 49, Richardson Pearce 38.
Tyler John Tyler at Mesquite Horn, 7:30 p.m., Friday -- This is a matchup of undefeated teams with a traditional power (John Tyler) going up against an upstart Horn program. Horn features a dangerous dual-threat QB in Emory Miller, but the Jaguars beat a very average Lewisville team by a touchdown last week. John Tyler beat the same Lewisville team by 64 points earlier in the year. I've had more than one coach tell me that John Tyler is a great sleeper for a state championship team and is just as good as any team in the state. Prediction: John Tyler 47, Mesquite Horn 28.
Prosper at Argyle, 7:30 p.m., Friday -- There might not be a better game on Friday than this 3A matchup between No. 7 Prosper and an undefeated Argyle team that is receiving votes in the Class 3A state poll. In a battle of the Eagles, Prosper has given up a miniscule 22 points through five games this year and hangs its hat on its defense. Offensively, Prosper lost its quarterback and all five offensive linemen from its 3A Division I state title team last year. That line will get its toughest test tonight against an Argyle defensive front that features TCU commit David Johnson at defensive tackle and two play-making linebackers in Jake Sizelove and Blake "Jub Jub" Dunham. This is the biggest home game in Argyle's school history, head coach Todd Rodgers told me himself on the phone today. Prediction: Argyle 21, Prosper 20.
Last week's record: 1-3. Season record: 14-9.
Adam Boedeker is a sports writer/award-winning blogger for the Denton Record-Chronicle. Looks like we'll have "football weather" for the first time tonight. Hooray.