Note: All games are non-district and begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday unless otherwise indicated.
Sulphur Springs at Sherman
When: 7 p.m. Friday
Where: Bearcat Stadium
Broadcast: KMAD 102.5 FM; KSST 1230 AM
2016 Records: Sulphur Springs 4-7; Sherman 4-6
Series: Sherman leads 14-9
Last year: Sulphur Springs won 43-42
Players to watch: Sulphur Springs: QB Ryan Humphries, DB D.J. Abron; Sherman: RB Nathaniel Omayebu, DE Ty Rockins
Notable: Omayebu enters the season needing just 151 rushing yards for 2,000 in his career … Last year’s contest came down to the final minutes with the Wildcats taking the lead for good with 2:20 remaining … The victory over the Bearcats was the only non-district win for Sulphur Springs, which made the playoffs, last season.
TCA-Addison at Denison
When: 7 p.m. Friday
Where: Munson Stadium
Broadcast: KMKT 93.1 FM
2016 Records: TCA 6-5; Denison 5-6
Series: Denison leads 2-1
Last year: TCA won 63-61
Players to watch: TCA: RB William Kennedy, LB Slade Savage; Denison: QB Austin Emery, DB DeCurious Smith
Notable: Emery will see his first game action since a shoulder injury in the first district contest last season … The winning team in each of the meetings the past three years has scored at least 48 points and the average score is 53-47 in favor of the Jackets … Trinity Christian lost its leading receiver, rusher and top three receivers to graduation.
Pottsboro at Gainesville
Where: Leopard Stadium
Broadcast: KGAF 1580 AM; KZRC 96.1 FM
2016 Records: Pottsboro 11-3; Gainesville 1-9
Series: Gainesville leads 10-1
Last year: Pottsboro won 49-21
Players to watch: Pottsboro: QB Hunter Watson, DE Keegan Pritchett; Gainesville: RB Calion Baker, LB Tyler Eddington
Notable: Last year’s win was the first-ever for the Cardinals over the Leopards … Pottsboro, which is tied for 22nd in 3A in the Associated Press preseason poll, will be trying to win at least 11 games in a season for the fifth straight year … Baker finished with 1,504 yards and 20 touchdowns on 249 carries as a junior.
Whitesboro at Anna
Where: Coyote Stadium
2016 Records: Whitesboro 5-7; Anna 6-4
Series: Whitesboro leads 3-2
Last year: Anna won 13-8
Players to watch: Whitesboro: QB Scout Sanders, LB Brent Riddle; Anna: QB Keelan Crosby, LB Antonio Moon
Notable: The last five games between these two teams have been decided by a combined nine points with one going to double overtime … After not making the playoffs until the 2011 season, Whitesboro has yet to miss the postseason since … Anna opened last season with six straight victories before the final month kept them from the playoffs.
Princeton at Celina
Where: Bobcat Field
2016 Records: Princeton 5-6; Celina 11-3
Series: Celina leads 12-10-1
Last year: Princeton won 42-27
Players to watch: Princeton: RB Alex Flores, LB Colton Malone; Celina: RB Ismael Ortiz, DL Sam Snyder
Notable: Celina opens at No. 7 in the Associated Press Class 4A statewide poll … Princeton’s win against Celina was its first over the Bobcats since 1964 … Celina has won at least 10 games in all but two seasons since 1993.
Melissa vs. Liberty Christian
Where: Denton (Apogee Stadium)
2016 Records: Melissa 8-4; Liberty Christian 5-6
Series: Liberty Christian leads 2-1
Last year: Melissa won 48-42
Players to watch: Melissa: RB Breelyn Armstrong, LB Payton Wallace; Liberty Christian: QB Jon Copeland, LB Kade Johnson
Notable: Melissa led last year’s game 42-17, Liberty Christian tied the game with five minutes left and then the Cardinals won on Tate Whittington’s five-yard TD run with 48 seconds remaining … Whittington is moving from QB to WR for his senior year with sophomore Brendon Lewis taking over behind center … Liberty Christian lost in the second round of the playoffs to eventual state runner-up Bishop Dunne.
Bonham at Ferris
Where: Yellow Jacket Stadium
Broadcast: KFYN 95.7 FM / 1420 AM
2016 Records: Bonham 2-9; Ferris 4-6
Series: Ferris leads 1-0
Last year: Ferris won 33-13
Players to watch: Bonham: QB Tyler Rodriguez, DB Trevor Hartwell; Ferris: QB Riley Fagan, DE Christian Ritchey
Notable: Rodriguez is making the move from running back to quarterback for his junior season … Four of the Warriors on the offensive line are at least six-foot-three and three of them weight at least 300 pounds … Ferris hasn’t had a winning season since 2013.
Community at Leonard
Where: Tiger Stadium
2016 Records: Community 2-8; Leonard 9-3
Series: Leonard leads 14-10
Last year: Community won 40-36
Players to watch: Community: QB Brock Price, DB Justin Maxey; Leonard: QB Ronnie Hart, DL Byron Bolin
Notable: Leonard has suffered bad luck in recent season-openers against the Braves, with 5 losses in a 6-year span and a game cancellation because of a power failure in 2014 … Hart had 1,551 yards and 23 touchdowns on 176 carries as a junior … The Tigers have not had a losing record since 2011.
Gunter at Howe
Where: Bulldog Stadium
2016 Records: Gunter 16-0; Howe 9-4
Series: Howe leads 18-13
Last year: Gunter won 42-14
Players to watch: Gunter: WR/DB Dylan Jantz, DB Braiden Clopton; Howe: WR Ty Harvey, LB Andrew Griffin
Notable: The state champion Tigers begin their quest for a repeat as the No. 4 ranked 3A team in the Associated Press preseason poll… Gunter has won 12 of the last 13 meetings dating back to the turn over the century … Howe’s Slot-T offense will look the same but have new faces as the Bulldogs lost their top three rushers (almost 3,500 yards) to graduation.
Pilot Point at Krum
Where: Bobcat Stadium
2016 Records: Pilot Point 2-8; Krum 10-2
Series: Pilot Point leads 2-1
Last year: Krum won 29-0
Players to watch: Pilot Point: QB Tyler Pitts, DL Tony Puga; Krum: WR Larenzo Tystad, DL Antonio Barraza
Notable: Danny David debuts as head coach at Pilot Point, where he won a pair of state championships as a player … Pitts takes over at quarterback for his sophomore year after spending time at receiver and running back in 2016 … Krum also has a new coach as Gary Robinson resigned on Tuesday night due to family reasons. Offensive coordinator Allen Oh was put in charge.
Van Alstyne at Wilmer-Hutchins
Where: Eagle Stadium
2016 Records: Van Alstyne 7-4; Wilmer-Hutchins 4-7
Series: Van Alstyne leads 1-0
Last year: Van Alstyne won 20-16
Players to watch: Van Alstyne: WR Chase Wilson, LB Justin Barnes; Wilmer-Hutchins: QB Keondre McKnight, DB Devin Connors
Notable: Mikeal Miller begins his ninth season as head coach at Van Alstyne, which is the longest tenure since Marc McDaniel’s 10 seasons between 1983-92 … The Panthers trailed 16-0 at half-time of last year’s match-up before rallying … Wilmer-Hutchins hasn’t had a winning record since 2011.
S&S at Callisburg
Where: Wildcat Stadium
Broadcast: KPFC 89.3 / 91.9 FM
2016 Records: S&S 5-6; Callisburg 3-7
Series: Callisburg leads 21-9-2
Last year: Callisburg won 37-27
Players to watch: S&S: QB Jayce Howard, DL Stephen Baggs; Callisburg: RB Eli Parker, DB Garrett Thurman
Notable: S&S enters the season trying to extend its school record of four straight playoff appearances … Gary Jack makes his debut as head coach at Callisburg … The Wildcats have won nine of the last 10 meetings.
Whitewright vs. Bremond
When: 7:30 p.m. tonight
Where: Ferris (Yellow Jacket Stadium)
2016 Records: Whitewright 8-5; Bremond 16-0
Series: Bremond leads 1-0
Last year: Bremond won 29-10
Players to watch: Whitewright: FB Neal Taylor, DE Seth Jackson; Bremond: RB Kaidyn Peralez, DB Michael Pruitt
Notable: Bremond opens at No. 4 in Class 2A, is the three-time defending 2A Division II state champion, beating Iraan in last year’s finals, 49-28, and on a 47-game winning streak … Bremond head coach Jeff Kasowski coached at Van Alstyne from 1999-2001 and was Melissa’s offensive coordinator from 2004-08, where he coached alongside former Whitewright coach Joe Williams … Mason Edwards makes his debut as Whitewright’s head coach.
Detroit at Blue Ridge
Where: Tiger Stadium
2016 Records: Detroit 3-8; Blue Ridge 5-5
Series: Blue Ridge leads 12-10
Last year: Blue Ridge won 25-12
Players to watch: Detroit: RB Tyrone Rosser, DB Dustin Ervin; Blue Ridge: WR Joel Linn, LB Jacob Stroup
Notable: Since 2008, the teams have traded three-game win streaks in this match-up … Linn had 57 catches for 1,107 yards and 10 touchdowns as a junior … Detroit has had only two winning seasons – 2011-12 – since 1999.
Era at Bells
Where: Panther Stadium
2016 Records: Bells 7-4; Era 2-8
Series: Bells leads 8-5
Last year: Bells won 41-6
Players to watch: Bells: WR Hunter Hawthorne, LB Wade Rolen; Era: RB Miguel De Los Santos, DB Bodie Chisum
Notable: The game was originally scheduled for Era but stadium renovations moved it to Bells … Hawthorne led the area with 124 catches for 1,402 yards. He was second with 13 receiving touchdowns … Era was held to single digits in six of its eight losses last season.
Sacred Heart at Collinsville
Where: W.L. Stephenson Athletic Complex
2016 Records: Sacred Heart 7-4; Collinsville 9-3
Series: Collinsville leads 10-6
Last year: Collinsville won 20-19
Players to watch: Sacred Heart RB Thomas Hennigan, LB Julian Hesse; Collinsville: QB Cooper Smith, DB Gustavo Romo
Notable: Last year’s match-up came down to the Pirates stopping a two-point conversion in the fourth quarter as Sacred Heart went for the lead instead of the tie … Dale West, formerly the offensive coordinator at Howe, makes his debut as Collinsville’s head coach and as a head coach of any program … This is the sixth straight season the teams have opened the year against each other.
Trenton at Honey Grove
Where: Warrior Stadium
2016 Records: Trenton 2-8; Honey Grove 2-8
Series: Honey Grove leads 4-1
Last year: Honey Grove won 18-0
Players to watch: Trenton: RB Tyler Gray, LB Tyler Haggard; Honey Grove: RB Trel Pruitt, DL Taylor Juarez-Connor
Notable: Honey Grove is trying to win its fourth straight season-opener …. Trenton was the only team to not score at least two touchdowns against Honey Grove in 2016 …. Both teams were the bottom two in the area in yards per game last season.
Tom Bean at Lindsay
Where: Knight Stadium
2016 Records: Tom Bean 5-6; Lindsay 7-4
Series: Lindsay leads 14-7
Last year: Lindsay won 29-8
Players to watch: Tom Bean: QB Bryce Grier, LB Michael Cooper; Lindsay: ATH Brandon Craigie, DL Garrett Morrow
Notable: Tom Bean and Lindsay open the season against each other for the 12th time in 14 years … Tim McFadden makes his debut as the Tomcats’ head coach and head coach of any program … Grier makes a full-time move to quarterback after an all-district sophomore season at receiver.
Wolfe City at Dallas First Baptist
Where: First Baptist Athletic Complex
2016 Records: Wolfe City 6-5; First Baptist 4-7
Series: First Baptist leads 1-0
Last year: First Baptist won 34-26
Players to watch: Wolfe City: RB Devonte Brown, LB Jacob Pack; First Baptist: RB Osayande Foster, LB Jordan Childs
Notable: Brown is the top returner rushing in Texoma after gaining 1,919 yards and 19 touchdowns on 275 carries … The Wolfe City loss last year snapped a three-game win streak in season openers … Dallas First Baptist tied Texoma Christian and Gainesville State for third place in TAPPS District 3-III.
Tioga vs. New Home
When: 5:30 p.m. Friday
Where: Gail (Coyote Stadium)
2016 Records: Tioga 7-6; New Home 7-3
Series: New Home leads 1-0
Last year: New Home won 58-8
Players to watch: New Home: WR Carter Abney, DB Reed Bundy; Tioga: RB Cade Kimbrell, DL Yancy Klohn
Notable: Tioga is coming off the best season in school history after reaching the state quarterfinals … The Bulldogs will be moving up to the 11-man ranks in February’s realignment … Kimbrell ran for 1,647 yards and 27 touchdowns as a junior.
Savoy at Wylie Prep
Where: Uland Field
2016 Records: Savoy 3-7; Wylie Prep 8-5
Series: Wylie Prep leads 2-1
Last year: Wylie Prep won 34-7
Players to watch: Savoy: RB Patrik McCauley, DE Jake Popowski; Wylie Prep: QB Gayvn Jarrett, LB Jake Spitaletto
Notable: Savoy heads into the season with only nine players … Since dropping down to six-man for the 2012 season, the Cardinals have made the playoffs every year … Wylie Prep is a member of TCAF Division I and made the state semifinals last season.
Tyler Heat at Fannindel
Where: Bishop Field
2016 Records: Tyler Heat n/a; Fannindel 4-4
Series: First Meeting
Players to watch: Tyler Heat: n/a; Fannindel: WR Tyreke Cuba, DB Daytoryan Johnson
Notable: Fannindel was supposed to play Victory Life in this spot on the schedule but they cancelled … Tyler Heat is a home school six-man outfit … Fannindel is out to end a three-year playoff drought.