Note: All games are non-district and begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday unless otherwise indicated.
Denison at Frisco Lebanon Trail
What: District 7-5A (II)
When: 7 p.m.
Where: Toyota Stadium
Broadcast: KMKT 93.1 FM
Records: Denison 1-1; Lebanon Trail 2-0
Last week: Denison lost 53-34 against Burleson Centennial; Lebanon Trail won 24-6 against Arlington Heights
Series: Denison leads 1-0
Last season: Denison won 41-14
Players to watch: Denison: WR Keegan Pruitt, DB Keleon Vaughn; Lebanon Trail: QB Drew Martin, LB Canon Walton
Notable: Both teams enter district play trying to make the playoffs after missing last season … Pruitt, a sophomore, scored his first varsity touchdown last week … Lebanon Trail has already surpassed its win total from its inaugural season in 2018.
Sherman at Frisco Liberty
Where: The Star
When: 7 p.m. on Thursday
Broadcast: KMAD 102.5 FM
Records: Sherman 1-1; Frisco Liberty 0-2
Last week: Sherman won 28-17 against Fort Worth Brewer; Frisco Liberty lost 42-14 against Carrollton Creekview
Series: Sherman leads 5-0
Last season: Sherman won 19-0
Players to watch: Sherman: QB Tate Bethel, DB Benji Omayebu; Frisco Liberty: RB Will Ashmore, DE Prince Ugoh
Notable: Last year’s game was the closest in the series so far … Omayebu scored three ways last week – rushing, receiving and returning a blocked field goal … Liberty went 0-10 last season, is on a 13-game losing streak and hasn’t had a winning season since 2011, which was also its last playoff appearance.
Gunter at Whitesboro
Where: Bearcat Stadium
Broadcast: www.whitesboroisd.org / www.guntertexas.com
Records: Gunter 1-1; Whitesboro 1-1
Last week: Gunter lost 27-14 against Pottsboro; Whitesboro lost 21-7 against Aubrey
Series: Gunter leads 7-6-1
Last season: Gunter won 21-10
Players to watch: Gunter: QB Hudson Graham, DL Chris Martinez; Whitesboro: QB Jake Hermes, LB Kasen Todd
Notable: Gunter has won five straight in a series that took a hiatus from 1950-2014. Whitesboro’s last win the series was in 1950 … The Tigers are coming off their first regular-season loss since 2015 … The Bearcats will try for their first win on their new turf field after last week’s loss to Aubrey.
Howe at Bells
Where: Panther Stadium
Records: Howe 1-1; Bells 0-2
Last week: Howe won 39-14 against S&S; Bells lost 26-21 against Wolfe City
Series: Howe leads 35-8-5
Last season: Howe won 30-15
Players to watch: Howe: ATH Jalen Thornton, DB Layton Elvington; Bells: RB Bo Baker, DL Hank Weaver
Notable: Howe has won five of the last six meetings and all of the victories have been by at least two touchdowns … Elvington picked off three passes in last week’s victory … Both of Bells’ loss have been by a single possession.
Pottsboro at Muenster
Where: Hornet Stadium
Broadcast: KZRC 96.1 FM
Records: Pottsboro 2-0; Muenster 2-0
Last week: Pottsboro won 27-14 against Gunter; Muenster won 24-22 against Lindsay
Series: Muenster leads 3-1
Last season: Muenster won 39-34
Players to watch: Pottsboro: WR Ezra Fritts, LB Landon Dunaway; Muenster: QB Lane Trubenbach, DB Jonathan Wheeler
Notable: Pottsboro ended Gunter’s 35-game regular-season winning streak … The Cardinals are seeking a 3-0 start for the first time since 2015 … Muenster has won at least 10 games in each of the past six seasons and is ranked ninth in the Class 2A Division II statewide Dave Campbell’s poll.
Anna at Van Alstyne
Where: Panther Stadium
Records: Anna 1-1; Van Alstyne 1-1
Last week: Anna won 46-26 against Eastern Hills; Van Alstyne lost 52-13 against Sunnyvale
Series: Van Alstyne leads 33-10
Last season: Anna won 30-29
Players to watch: Anna: RB Dorian Allen, LB Josh Adams; Van Alstyne: QB Tymothe Rosenthal, DB Jimmy Rollins
Notable: Anna has won the last three meetings … The 52 points allowed by the Panthers last week was their most in a loss since 54 against Pottsboro in 2012 … Anna pulled out last year’s win on a field goal with 2:27 remaining before Van Alstyne’s game-winning kick from 45 yards came up short.
Collinsville at S&S
Where: Ram Stadium
Records: Collinsville 1-1; S&S 0-2
Last week: Collinsville won 21-12 against Boles; S&S lost 39-14 against Howe
Series: S&S leads 20-18
Last season: Collinsville won 32-6
Players to watch: Collinsville: RB Cory Sheppard, DB Nathan Bocanegra; S&S: QB Jake Reynolds, DL Matt Billmeier
Notable: Last year’s win by Collinsville snapped a five-game losing streak in the series … S&S is trying to break a 13-game losing streak dating back to the 2017 season … Sheppard ran for 200 yards last week in the Pirates’ come-from-behind win over Boles.
Whitewright at Como-Pickton
Where: Ron Heflin Field
Records: Whitewright 1-1; Como-Pickton 0-2
Last week: Whitewright lost 48-20 against Honey Grove; Como-Pickton lost 34-16 to Detroit
Series: Whitewright leads 1-0
Last meeting: 2002 (Whitewright won 13-12 in bi-district round)
Players to watch: Whitewright: WR Ryne Godbey, DL Lawson Moore; Como-Pickton: RB Cameron Ray; DB Caemon Wilburn
Notable: Last year’s game was cancelled due to storms … Whitewright can match its win total from last season with a victory … Como-Pickton is on a six-game losing streak dating back to last year.
Maud at Tom Bean
Where: Tomcat Stadium
Records: Maud 0-1; Tom Bean 0-2
Last week: Maud did not play; Tom Bean lost 26-6 against Prairiland
Series: Tom Bean leads 1-0
Last season: Tom Bean 21-7
Players to watch: Maud: QB Rayne Bailey, DB Haylon Dear; Tom Bean: QB Lance Pauler, LB Caleb Higgs
Notable: The Tomcats are trying to avoid an 0-3 start for the third time in four seasons … Tom Bean has scored just a pair of touchdowns so far this season … Maud is coming off its bye week after opening with a 26-6 loss to Ore City in the debut of head coach Josh Turner.
Tioga at Sacred Heart
Where: Tiger Field
Records: Tioga 1-1; Sacred Heart 2-0
Last week: Tioga lost 42-13 against Blue Ridge; Sacred Heart won 36-12 against Era
Series: Sacred Heart leads 1-0
Last season: Sacred Heart won 30-6
Players to watch: Tioga: RB Ryan Montgomery, LB Carson Lewter; Sacred Heart: QB Hunter Hennigan, DL Cole Carson
Notable: Montgomery has scored in each of the Bulldogs’ first two games … A victory would give Tioga more wins than it had all of last season … Sacred Heart has been led by its defense, which has allowed just three touchdowns in two games.