This is a big week for many of the local high school football teams in their pursuit of playoff berths.
Greenville, Royse City, Quinlan Ford, Caddo Mills, Lone Oak, Celeste, Wolfe City and Fannindel are all facing some tough district opponents.
The Greenville Lions, who are off to a 5-1 start, will battle 3-4 Marshall for first place in District 16-5A on Friday night in Marshall. Marshall sits in first place in 16-5A at 3-0. The Lions are a half-game back in second place at 2-0.
“They’ll be the best team we’ve played, that’s for sure,” said Lions coach Darren Duke.
Adding to Marshall’s motivation is that the Mavericks will be celebrating homecoming.
“We’ve spoiled a couple of homecomings,” said Duke. “Maybe we can continue that trend.”
Greenville won its homecoming game 35-28 on Friday night over Longview Pine Tree on a 31-yard touchdown pass from Caleb Jarvis to Donovan Smith with 14 seconds remaining.
Royse City, which beat Wylie East 32-25 on 19-yard touchdown pass from Matthew Yelverton to brother Elijah Yelverton with 47 seconds remaining, plays at 5-1 North Forney on Thursday night. Randy Jackson, the new head coach at North Forney, was an assistant coach for the Greenville Lions and a head coach at Lone Oak and Mesquite Poteet among other stops.
He’s led the Falcons to a 2-1 district record, which ties them for second place with West Mesquite and Mesquite Poteet. Royse City is tied for fifth place at 1-2 with Lucas Lovejoy and Forney.
Quinlan Ford, off to a 5-1 start this season, plays at 5-1 Anna on Friday night. Anna opened District 7-4A play with a 44-12 win over North Lamar. Ford is 0-1 in district play following a 28-24 loss to Princeton.
Caddo Mills, which dropped its District 5-4A 34-28 to Celina, will entertain a 5-1 Melissa team on Friday at Ed Locker Field. Melissa is 1-0 in 5-4A after outscoring Bonham 52-25 in the district opener. Melissa has won its last five games after losing 21-14 to Libery Christian of Argyle.
Lone Oak, which opened District 8-3A play with a 30-14 win over Alba-Golden, entertain on Friday a 4-2 Edgewood team that dropped its district opener to Harmony, 74-20. Lone Oak’s Ethan Hunt (11-199, 1 TD) and Quaid Williams (14-143, 1 TD) both topped the 100-yard rushing mark against Alba-Golden.
Celeste will put its 6-0 season record and 2-0 District 6-2A mark on the line at 6-1 Valley View on Friday night. Valley View is 3-0 in District 6-2A play and Celeste is 2-0 following a 34-2 win over Tom Bean. Valley View’s only loss this season was to No. 3 state-ranked Muenster (58-14).
Wolfe City, 6-0 for the season and 1-0 in District 9-2A, plays at 4-2 Honey Grove on Friday. Honey Grove is also 1-0 in district play following a 27-18 win over Linden-Kildare. Wolfe City claimed its district opener, 63-13 over James Bowie.
Greenville Christian School, 3-2 for the season, plays at 4-3 Denton Calvary on Friday night.
Fannindel, 3-3 for the season, plays host to a 6-1 Tioga team in six-man football on Friday night in Ladonia. Fannindel’s averaging 80 points per game, including a state-record setting 125-122 loss to Campbell.
Campbell, 3-3 for the season,will face 5-3 Dallas Inspired Vision on Friday in Campbell.
Cumby, 3-4 overall, will entertain 1-5 Dallas Gateway.