By Bill Spinks

By Bill Spinks

Herald Democrat

(Note: All games begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday.)

Denison at Lovejoy

What: District 13-4A

Where: Leopard Stadium

Records: Denison 4-2, 3-0; Lovejoy 3-3, 1-2

Radio: KMKT 93.1 FM;

Series: Lovejoy leads 1-0

Last year: Lovejoy won 54-30

Last week: Denison beat Royse City 34-10; Lovejoy lost to McKinney North 48-45

Players to watch: Denison: RB Denard Whitfield, QB Devon Blanton; Lovejoy: QB Dakota Michaels, WR Chochy Luce

Update: The Yellow Jackets are all alone in first place in the district for the first time since 2009 … Whitfield is the area’s hardest-working back with 129 carries, and is only 14 yards shy of 1,000 yards … Michaels set a Lovejoy school passing record with 518 yards last week in place of starter Bowman Sells, who is out with a shoulder injury.

Sherman at Royse City

What: District 13-4A

Where: Royse City ISD Stadium

Records: Sherman 2-4, 1-2; Royse City 1-5, 1-2

Radio: KMAD 102.5 FM;

Series: Sherman leads 3-0

Last year: Sherman won 56-28

Last week: Sherman lost to Wylie East 38-14; Royse City lost to Denison 34-10

Players to watch: Sherman: RB Tre’ Mask, WR/DB Ja’Quay Pough; Royse City: QB Jackson Watts, WR Jake Glisch

Update: The Bearcats can guarantee a playoff return by winning their final 4 games and might be rewarded with a Division II berth if both McKinney North and Wylie qualify … Watts, who missed the Denison loss because of injury, expects to return to the starting lineup for the Bulldogs.

Wylie East at Greenville

What: District 13-4A

Where: T.A. "Cotton" Ford Stadium

Records: Wylie East 3-3, 2-1; Greenville 0-6, 0-3

Radio: KFCD 990 AM; KGVL 1400 AM

Series: Wylie East leads 1-0

Last year: Wylie East won 42-17

Last week: Wylie East beat Sherman 38-14; Greenville lost to Wylie 58-10

Players to watch: Wylie East: QB Garrett McCain, WR Jared Wyatt; Greenville: RB Tyler Matthews, WR Spencer Gilbert II

Update: The Raiders scored on 3 consecutive drives in the third quarter to pull away from Sherman … Wyatt, a sophomore, had 5 catches for 135 yards and 2 TDs … Greenville is looking to snap a 35-game losing streak, the second-longest active one in the state.

McKinney North at Wylie

What: District 13-4A

Where: Wylie Stadium

Records: McKinney North 3-3, 2-1; Wylie 3-3, 2-1

Radio: KLAK 97.5 FM

Series: Wylie leads 2-1

Last year: Wylie won 35-20

Last week: McKinney North beat Lovejoy 48-45; Wylie beat Greenville 58-10

Players to watch: McKinney North: RB Ronald Jones, QB Ben Dutze; Wylie: QB Kameron Kelly, RB Jason Rone

Update: The schools with the largest enrollments in 13-4A battle for a likely top seed in the Class 4A Division I playoffs … Friday is Wylie’s homecoming … Jones had 325 rushing yards and 6 TDs, including a 49-yard run with 8:18 left that gave the winning margin to the Bulldogs.

Sanger at Gainesville

What: District 9-3A

Where: Leopard Stadium

Records: Sanger 4-2, 0-0; Gainesville 6-0, 1-0

Radio: KGAF 1580 AM

Series: Gainesville leads 14-9-1

Last year: Gainesville won 53-7

Last week: Sanger was idle; Gainesville beat Decatur 48-23

Players to watch: Sanger: RB Tre’von Jackson, WR Wyatt Broxson; Gainesville: RB Adam Berryman, FL/DB Jonathan Mendez

Update: Gainesville received 9 votes in this week’s Associated Press 3A poll … The Leopards can clinch a playoff berth with a win combined with a Decatur loss to Krum … Surprising Sanger, which was 0-10 last year, has won 4 in a row after snapping an overall 14-game losing skid.

Celina at Frisco Lone Star

What: District 10-3A

Where: FISD Memorial Stadium

Records: Celina 7-0, 1-0; Lone Star 5-2, 0-1


Series: Celina leads 1-0

Last year: Celina won 61-9

Last week: Celina beat Carrollton Ranchview 56-17; Lone Star lost to Aubrey 28-17

Players to watch: Celina: QB Nathan Elliott, WR Cash Conder; Lone Star: RB Ramon Harris, QB Chase Moake

Update: The Bobcats hold at No. 8 in this week’s AP 3A poll … Celina can lock up its 20th consecutive playoff berth with a win … Lone Star allowed 21 unanswered points in the second half as Aubrey played keep-away with ball control.

Anna at Bonham

What: District 12-3A

Where: Warrior Stadium

Records: Anna 2-5, 1-0; Bonham 2-5, 0-1

Radio: KFYN 1420 AM;

Series: Bonham leads 3-2

Last year: Bonham won 12-9

Last week: Anna beat Community 45-29; Bonham lost to Princeton 55-12

Players to watch: Anna: RB Isaac Armijo, QB Ty Chapman; Bonham: QB/DB Dra Smith, WR Greg Moses

Update: The Coyotes can snap a 3-season playoff drought with a win … Bonham is looking to end a 5-game slide after opening the season 2-0 … In last year’s game, Smith scored on a 2-yard run with 45 seconds left to give the Warriors the winning score — and the eventual playoff nod over the Coyotes.

Melissa at Community

What: District 12-3A

Where: Braves Stadium

Records: Melissa 5-1, 0-0; Community 2-5, 0-1


Series: Melissa leads 5-0

Last year: Melissa won 57-27

Last week: Melissa was idle; Community lost to Anna 45-29

Players to watch: Melissa: QB Taylor McGehee, RB Marcus Ellis; Community: QB Jordan Graham, RB/DB Collin Croft

Update: Melissa is looking for its 12th straight district victory, while Community is hoping to avoid its 12th consecutive district loss … The Cardinals have the area’s most-balanced offense, with only 15 yards difference between the run and pass.

Whitesboro at Bowie

What: District 5-2A (I)

Where: Jackrabbit Stadium

Records: Whitesboro 5-1, 2-0; Bowie 3-4, 1-2

Series: Bowie leads 11-4

Last year: Whitesboro won 35-21

Last week: Whitesboro was idle; Bowie lost to Paradise 13-10

Players to watch: Whitesboro: RB/DB Collin Kilcrease, FL/DB Cody Ford; Bowie: WR Jay Ward, RB Devon Gray

Update: Eddie Gill can tie L.M. Combs as Whitesboro’s all-time winningest coach with his 38th victory at the school … The Bearcats have posted 3 shutout wins in a row, which hasn’t happened for them since 1949, and have strung together 14 consecutive scoreless quarters … Bowie lost 4 turnovers and had the potential game-winning catch ruled out of the back of the end zone in a shocking loss to Paradise.

Paradise at Pilot Point

What: District 5-2A (I)

Where: Massey Stadium

Records: Paradise 1-5, 1-1; Pilot Point 5-2, 3-0

Series: Pilot Point leads 4-1

Last year: Pilot Point won 29-6

Last week: Paradise beat Bowie 13-10; Pilot Point beat Ponder 20-12

Players to watch: Paradise: QB/DB Dillon Meadows, WR/DB Jarrett Holt; Pilot Point: WR/DB DaCoven Bailey, QB Travis Garrett

Update: Pilot Point can clinch its first playoff berth since the 2009 state championship with a win and a Bowie loss to Whitesboro … Paradise, competitive throughout an 18-of-19 losing skid, rewarded first-year coach Britt Hart with his first win last week.

Ponder at Callisburg

What: District 5-2A (I)

Where: Wildcat Stadium

Records: Ponder 2-5, 0-3; Callisburg 4-2, 0-2

Radio: KPFC 89.1/91.9 FM

Series: Callisburg leads 3-0

Last year: Callisburg won 43-41 (2OT)

Last week: Ponder lost to Pilot Point 20-12; Callisburg lost to Boyd 41-27

Players to watch: Ponder: QB Brady Anderson, RB Trey Dunlap; Callisburg: QB Rheyce Childress, RB/LB Jake Parker

Update: The Wildcats have struggled with Ponder each of the last 2 seasons, including a narrow 16-14 win in 2011 … Last year’s game was decided by a failed 2-point conversion as the Lions attempted to extend the game in the second OT … The loser of this game will face almost certain elimination from the playoff race.

Van Alstyne at Sunnyvale

What: District 6-2A (I)

Where: Raider Stadium

Records: Van Alstyne 4-2, 2-0; Sunnyvale 5-2, 1-2

Series: Sunnyvale leads 1-0

Last year: Sunnyvale won 20-17 (OT)

Last week: Van Alstyne was idle; Sunnyvale beat Commerce 31-21

Players to watch: Van Alstyne: QB Alex Phillips, OL/DL Connor Mayes; Sunnyvale: QB Ryan Cottingame, WR Josh Quinn

Update: Sunnyvale won last year’s game on a 41-yard field goal in overtime by Casey Crenshaw, who is back as a senior … Phillips has 750 rushing yards and 691 passing yards for the Panthers … Sunnyvale’s Cottingame and Quinn connected 7 times for 102 yards and 2 TDs last week.

Commerce at Pottsboro

What: District 6-2A (I)

Where: Jim Henderson Memorial Stadium

Records: Commerce 1-5, 0-2; Pottsboro 6-1, 3-0

Radio: KZRC 96.1 FM; KETR 88.9 FM

Series: Commerce leads 7-2

Last year: Pottsboro won 21-18

Last week: Commerce lost to Sunnyvale 31-21; Pottsboro beat Caddo Mills 62-61 (3OT)

Players to watch: Commerce: QB Sam Wells, WR D’Lance Sharp; Pottsboro: WR Kory Waller, RB Thaddeus Flinn

Update: Pottsboro can clinch a playoff berth with a win … The Cardinals improved to 2-1 in overtime games, with a 2006 win over Whitesboro and a 2000 playoff loss to Wilmer-Hutchins … Commerce is off to its worst start since 2009, when its only win was against 0-10 Bonham.

Caddo Mills at Howe

What: District 6-2A (I)

Where: Bulldog Stadium

Records: Caddo Mills 2-5, 1-2; Howe 2-4, 0-2

Series: Caddo Mills leads 2-1

Last year: Caddo Mills won 34-15

Last week: Caddo Mills lost to Pottsboro 62-61 (3OT); Howe lost to Farmersville 55-13

Players to watch: Caddo Mills: QB Erik Richards, RB David Chandler; Howe: RB Anthony Hawthorne, RB Zach Lea

Update: Hawthorne and Lea both topped 115 yards rushing in last week’s loss to Farmersville … Richards rushed for 248 yards and Chandler added 117 more in Caddo Mills’ OT loss to Pottsboro.

Gunter at Tom Bean

What: District 7-2A (II)

Where: Tomcat Stadium

Records: Gunter 5-1, 1-0; Tom Bean 3-3, 0-1

Series: Gunter leads 27-15-2

Last year: Gunter won 35-7

Last week: Gunter beat Bells 48-7; Tom Bean lost to S&S 42-21

Players to watch: Gunter: RB Garrett Hunter, WR Rhett Taylor; Tom Bean: RB Daniel Jackson, QB Hunter Book

Update: Gunter’s defense leads the area with a 195-yards-per-game average … Hunter needs just 102 rushing yards to reach 1,000 for the year, making him the seventh Tiger in 8 seasons to reach the mark.

Bells at Leonard

What: District 7-2A (II)

Where: Tiger Stadium

Records: Bells 1-5, 0-1; Leonard 5-1, 1-0


Series: Leonard leads 24-14

Last year: Leonard won 48-0

Last week: Bells lost to Gunter 48-7; Leonard beat Whitewright 63-24

Players to watch: Bells: QB Ethan Sanford, RB Noah Straw; Leonard: RB Solomon Titus, QB/DB Justin Bennett

Update: Leonard is going for its first 6-1 season start since 2004 … Bells avoided a shutout last week on Kevin Lashley’s 46-yard run in the fourth quarter.

Whitewright at S&S

What: District 7-2A (II)

Where: Ram Stadium

Records: Whitewright 0-6, 0-1; S&S 6-0, 1-0

Series: Whitewright leads 13-3-1

Last year: S&S won 40-20

Last week: Whitewright lost to Leonard 63-24; S&S beat Tom Bean 42-21

Players to watch: Whitewright: QB Jefferson Ballard, WR Austin Powell; S&S: RB/LB Willie Winborne, FL/DB Trenton Nolan

Update: S&S has beaten Whitewright in back-to-back years only once before, in 1986-87 … Despite the wide margin of loss, Whitewright had its best night of the year on offense, with Ballard throwing to Powell for 2 TDs and running for a third.

Blue Ridge at Valley View

What: District 7-A (I)

Where: John Kassen Stadium

Records: Blue Ridge 1-5, 0-1; Valley View 2-4, 1-0

Series: Valley View leads 1-0

Last year: Valley View won 42-0

Last week: Blue Ridge lost to Collinsville 74-6; Valley View beat Chico 37-20

Players to watch: Blue Ridge: QB Ty Agan, WR Dakota Bell; Valley View: WR Landon Boaz, QB Ethan McCollum

Update: The 74 points allowed by Blue Ridge were the most since Collinsville scored 82 against the Tigers in 1973 … Against common opponent Era, Valley View won 36-0 and Blue Ridge lost 46-6.

Collinsville at Trenton

What: District 7-A (I)

Where: Tiger Stadium

Records: Collinsville 4-2, 1-0; Trenton 0-6, 0-1

Series: Collinsville leads 2-0

Last year: Collinsville won 41-0

Last week: Collinsville beat Blue Ridge 74-6; Trenton lost to Lindsay 64-0

Players to watch: Collinsville: RB/DB John Lewis, QB/DB Connor Daley; Trenton: WR Kyle Wylie, QB Kever Wylie

Update: Collinsville’s Lewis is running away with the area scoring title with 19 TDs, 14 extra-point kicks, and 3 2-point conversions … Trenton has not scored since the Bells game in Week 1, a span of 16 consecutive scoreless quarters.

Celeste at Wolfe City

What: District 8-A (I)

Where: Don Howard Stadium

Records: Celeste 4-2, 1-0; Wolfe City 4-3, 1-0

Series: Wolfe City leads 29-10-2

Last year: Wolfe City won 22-21

Last week: Celeste beat Quinlan Boles 14-13; Wolfe City beat Honey Grove 40-20

Players to watch: Celeste: LB Colton Smith, RB Zach Brumfield; Wolfe City: RB Darrell Wooten, WR Tyler Livingston

Update: The Wolves have won 8 of their last 9 meetings with the Blue Devils … Celeste last week notched its first district victory since 2010, snapping a 10-loss string.

Honey Grove at Tyler All Saints

What: Non-district

Where: Mewbourne Field

Records: Honey Grove 1-5; All Saints 1-5

Series: Honey Grove leads 1-0

Last year: Honey Grove won 48-0

Last week: Honey Grove lost to Wolfe City 40-20; All Saints lost to Colmesneil 55-18

Players to watch: Honey Grove: RB Ross McElroy, LB Bobby Newman; All Saints: n/a

Update: All Saints, an 11-man independent, fills the Warriors’ district open date as Honey Grove elected to take its bye week in Week 0 … Honey Grove’s 1-5 start is the team’s worst since 1994.

Lewisville Lakeland Chr. at Savoy

What: Non-district

Where: Cardinal Stadium

Records: Lakeland 2-4; Savoy 2-3

Series: First meeting

Last year: Did not play

Last week: Lakeland lost to Wylie Prep 52-0; Savoy was idle

Players to watch: Lakeland: n/a; Savoy: QB Chase Lowery, RB Adam Musser

Update: The Cardinals have not played in 3 weeks because of opponent cancellations … Lakeland Christian, a member of TCAF District 1, is in its first season of football.

Bloomburg at Fannindel

What: District 15-6M (I)

Where: Bishop Field

Records: Bloomburg 2-2, 0-0; Fannindel 7-0, 1-0

Series: Fannindel leads 3-0

Last year: Fannindel won 54-6

Last week: Bloomburg lost to Leverett’s Chapel 64-16; Fannindel beat Campbell 61-42

Players to watch: Bloomburg: WR Matthew Hensley, DL D.J. Kelly; Fannindel: RB Stephen Lock, WR/DB Quincy Cuba

Update: Fannindel has huge games with playoff implications in the next 2 weeks against Fruitvale and Leverett’s Chapel … Bloomburg finally has its first wins after starting its 6-man football program with an 0-25 record between 2010-12.