Note: All games are non-district and begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday unless otherwise indicated.
Whitesboro vs. Gunter
Where: Prosper’s Children Health Stadium
Broadcast: www.whitesboroisd.org; www.guntertexas.com; KXEZ 92.1
Records: Whitesboro 0-2; Gunter 1-1
Last week: Whitesboro lost 26-3 against Aubrey; Gunter lost 34-21 against Pottsboro
Series: Gunter leads 8-6-1
Last meeting: 2019 (Gunter won 49-7)
Players to watch: Whitesboro: WR Sean Schares, LB Sutton Fuhrmann; Gunter: RB Ethan Sloan, DB Kaden Rigsby
Notable: Gunter has won six straight in the series. Whitesboro’s last victory against the Tigers was in 1950 … The game is in Prosper to allow for more fans due to COVID-19 restrictions limiting stadium capacities at 50 percent … Whitesboro has scored just nine points in two games, the lowest back-to-back offensive output by the Bearcats since 2010 (6 points in two games).
Pottsboro at Melissa
Where: Cardinal Field
Broadcast: KZRC 96.1 FM; www.citylinktv.com/channel/durant-mix-tv/
Records: Pottsboro 2-0; Melissa 2-0
Last week: Pottsboro won 34-21 against Gunter; Melissa won 58-28 against Sunnyvale
Series: First meeting
Players to watch: Pottsboro: RB Jett Carroll, LB Cole Bynum; Melissa: QB Sam Fennegan, DB Damon Youngblood
Notable: Pottsboro has won 14 straight regular-season games, the longest stretch since an 18-game streak 2014-15 and tied for third-longest in school history … Pottsboro remained third in Class 3A Division I while Melissa did not move into the top 10 in Class 4A Division I … Pottsboro is trying for back-to-back 3-0 starts. The only other time the program did that was a three-year stretch from 1980-82.
Van Alstyne at Anna
Where: Coyote Stadium
Records: Van Alstyne 1-1; Anna 0-2
Last week: Van Alstyne won 54-24 against Bonham; Anna lost 28-13 against Wichita Falls Hirschi
Series: Van Alstyne leads 32-12
Last meeting: 2019 (Anna won 35-19)
Players to watch: Van Alstyne: RB Will Frey, DB Jackson Allen; Anna: QB Josh Packard, DL William Artrip
Notable: Anna has won the last four meetings. The teams have met every year since 2008 … Van Alstyne scored 51 of its 54 points last week in the first half … Anna has started 0-2 for the first time since 2015.
Sanger at Howe
Where: Bulldog Stadium
Records: Sanger 2-0; Howe 0-2
Last week: Sanger won 49-35 against Lake Worth; Howe lost 47-24 against Bells
Series: Howe leads 4-3-2
Last meeting: 1981 (Howe won 8-7)
Players to watch: Sanger: RB Tallyn Welborn, LB Creed Carter; Howe: RB Carson Daniels, DB Joey Hymel
Notable: A majority of the series was played from 1972-77 with the last four meetings coming in district play … Howe is trying to avoid an 0-3 start for the first time since 2017 and just the second time since 2005 … Sanger has already won more games than it did last season, when it finished 1-9.
Valley View at Bells
Where: Panther Stadium
Records: Valley View 0-1; Bells 2-0
Last week: Valley View did not play; Bells won 47-24 against Howe
Series: Valley View leads 7-1
Last meeting: 2017 (Valley View won 32-14)
Players to watch: Valley View: QB Zach Isbell, DL Dayton Findley; Bells: RB Brock Baker, DB Keaton High
Notable: This is a non-district game for the first time since 1971. Bells’ only win in the series was in 2014 … Bells had three 100-yard rushers last week: Brock Baker, Bo Baker and Grady Waldrip … Valley View had its bye last week after opening with a 43-34 loss against Ponder.
Whitewright at Celeste
Where: Blue Devil Stadium
Records: Whitewright 1-1; Celeste 1-0
Last week: Whitewright won 36-14 against Honey Grove; Celeste won 35-22 against Quanah
Series: Whitewright leads 14-5
Last meeting: 2015 (Whitewright won 27-7)
Players to watch: Whitewright: RB Colby Jones, DL Chauk Bailey; Celeste: RB Damon Crook, LB Brody Pryor
Notable: Whitewright has won four straight in the series. Celeste’s last victory over the Tigers was in 1993 … Whitewright’s last shutout win was against Celeste (51-0) in 2014 … Celeste was unable to find an opponent for Week 1 before beating Quanah last week.
Collinsville at Peaster
Where: Greyhound Stadium
Records: Collinsville 2-0; Peaster 2-0
Last week: Collinsville won 40-33 against Cooper; Peaster won 42-23 against Alvord
Series: First meeting
Players to watch: Collinsville: RB Cory Sheppard, DL Andrew Wells; Peaster: QB Gunner McElroy, LB Jayden Canafax
Notable: Collinsville’s two victories have been by a combined eight points. Eight of the Pirates’ last 12 games have been decided by eight points or less … Collinsville is trying to be 3-0 for the second time in three years … Peaster played an independent schedule last season in its first year as a varsity program, going 4-4. They were placed in District 4-3A (I) in the latest realignment.
Clarksville at Tom Bean
Where: Tomcat Stadium
Records: Clarksville 2-0; Tom Bean 0-2
Last week: Clarksville won 9-8 against Linden-Kildare; Tom Bean lost 56-19 against Prairiland
Series: Clarksville leads 2-0
Last meeting: 2007 (Clarksville won 17-0)
Players to watch: Clarksville: QB Johnathan Olguin, DL Tylik Williams; Tom Bean: RB Caleb Higgs, DL Angel Raygoza
Notable: Tom Bean has allowed at least 41 points in each of its past four games … The Tomcats are trying to avoid an 0-3 start for the fourth time in five seasons … Clarksville’s two victories have come by a combined four points. The Tigers beat Whitewright 17-14 in Week 1.
Era at Tioga
Where: Bulldog Field
Records: Era 0-2; Tioga 0-2
Last week: Era lost 40-6 against Dallas Gateway; Tioga lost 49-18 against Electra
Series: Tied 1-1
Last meeting: 2019 (Tioga won 20-14)
Players to watch: Era: QB Jarren Sewell, DB Kyle Greer; Tioga: TE Tanner Binyon, DL Kody Dutton
Notable: These two were district opponents the past two seasons with the combined margin of victory in the two matchups a total of eight points … Tioga is trying to avoid an 0-3 start for the second time in three seasons … Era is on a 16-game losing streak dating back to 2018. The Hornets’ last win was 14-12 against Tioga.