Faith is roughly defined as having trust in things you can’t see or validate. But for some reason, you just understand that it can happen, or will happen.
That kind of describes our 4-1 performance last week. It was a light card as only the Keller schools and Haltom played. But for some reason, we just had a sense something good was going to happen.
In Haltom’s case, we took a chance on the Buffalos, who went to Wichita Falls. We were rewarded when the Buffalos won, 21-17. It took a goal-line stand late in the game as well as an errant option pitch from the Coyotes offense to preserve the win.
For Keller Central, the Chargers were 0-3 when they went across the Metroplex to play in Garland. We picked them because we thought there were some things they could build from in the close loss to a solid Arlington Lamar team. Central jumped on the Owls, led 27-0 at the half and finished it 41-7.
Now, the non-district season has finished. The push toward the playoffs begin. This is where the coaches earn their money. The seniors understand this is it and the sense of urgency builds. Note that in District 3-6A, Keller Central draws a bye.
Last week: 4-1
Season/Percentage: 35-8 (.814)
Grapevine (3-0) at Fort Worth Poly (1-2), 7 p.m. Thursday, Handley Field, Fort Worth: Ah, we love the intimate surroundings of Handley Field in East Fort Worth right off of Loop 820. It’s in a neighborhood surrounded by big trees. It’s the 8-5A opener for both teams. Poly just snapped a 15-game losing streak. Grapevine it playing at a far different level.
Prediction: Grapevine 56, Poly 8
Fort Worth Carter-Riverside (2-1) at Birdville (2-1), 7 Thursday, Birdville FA/AC, North Richland Hills: Maybe we’re a little old school, but it was pointed out to us that the nickname for the BISD’s stadium is “The FAAC” (sounds like FAK). Well, it is easier to say. What’s also easy is the outcome of this one. Carter-Riverside is respectable but just not of the same caliber as the Hawks.
Prediction: Birdville 44, Fort Worth Carter-Riverside 13
Haslet V.R. Eaton (1-2) vs. Justin Northwest (3-0); 7 p.m. Friday, Northwest ISD Stadium, Justin: The initial meeting between the NISD’s oldest school and its newest in this 6-5A opener. The Texans are putting themselves in a position to have a great season. Eaton’s offense can move the football; there’s just not enough on either line. The Texans will handle the Eagles.
Prediction: Justin Northwest 45, V.R. Eaton 18
Abilene (3-1) at Haltom (3-1); 7:30 p.m. Friday, Bidrville FA/AC, North Richland Hills: Well, if Jason Tucker’s Buffalos want to show what kind of program they have, it starts against the District 3-6A favorites. Abilene is explosive. Haltom has to play the defensive game of its life to have a chance to stay in this.
Prediction: Abilene 44, Haltom 17
Keller (0-4) at Weatherford (1-3); 7:30 p.m. Friday, Kangaroo Stadium, Weatherford: If you’re Keller coach Carl Stralow, your message to your team is that the first four games did not impact the playoff chances. He’s right. They didn’t. Obviously, wins help confidence. But the Indians can feed off that premise. They can win this one.
Prediction: Keller 23, Weatherford 20
Keller Timber Creek (3-1) vs. Keller Fossil Ridge (3-1), 7:30 p.m. Friday, Keller ISD Athletic Complex, Keller: Both squads closed the non-district schedule with tough losses last week. Timber Creek receiver Erik Ezukanma set records last week against Denton and already has more than 700 receiving yards. Fossil Ridge has an equally explosive offense led by quarterback Max Akin. This game comes back to Timber Creek’s defense and making enough stops.
Prediction: Keller Fossil Ridge 34, Keller Timber Creek 31
Lewisville (2-1) at Euless Trinity (3-0), 7:30 p.m. Friday, Pennington Field, Bedford: Have to like the start by the Fighting Farmers. They have one of the top recruits in the country in wide receiver Tyrell Shavers, who has committed to Alabama. Unfortunately, they can’t get the ball to him enough (4-110). Trinity is what Trinity is – a very potent running football team and hard to stop as District 5-6A play begins.
Prediction: Euless Trinity 37, Lewisville 21
Hurst L.D. Bell (2-1) at Flower Mound Marcus (2-1), 7:30 p.m. Friday, Marauder Stadium, Flower Mound: Mike Glaze’s Blue Raiders are finding some confidence with wins over North Crowley and Keller. They needed some momentum. However, this team is facing a group in the Marauders who are averaging 43 points per game. Just not sure if L.D. Bell can slow them down.
Prediction: Flower Mound Marcus 44, Hurst L.D. Bell 25
Carroll (2-1) at Flower Mound (1-2); 7:30 p.m. Friday, Neal Wilson Stadium, Flower Mound: The Dragons created some mental toughness by winning a tight game on the road at Rockwall. They are getting there with offensive personnel changes. The Jaguars are still building.
Prediction: Carroll 34, Flower Mound 22
Northwest Byron Nelson (0-3) at Lewisville Hebron (2-1); 7:30 p.m. Friday, Hawk Stadium, Carrollton: The Bobcats are trying to get that first win. It’s going to be tough with a team like the Hawks, who seem to be playing at a higher level these days. Hebron doesn’t do anything extraordinary. But they win.
Prediction: Lewisville Hebron 29, Northwest Byron Nelson 22
Colleyville Heritage (1-2) vs. Fort Worth Dunbar (0-3); 7:30 p.m. Friday, Clark Stadium, Fort Worth: Joe Willis is hoping the tough non-district schedule the Panthers played will reap a benefit. Well, he may start to see it this week with the way the Panthers approach this District 8-5A opener against the outmanned Wildcats.
Prediction: Colleyville Heritage 46, Fort Worth Dunbar 7
Richland (3-0) vs. Fort Worth Eastern Hills (2-1); 7:30 p.m. Friday, Handle Field Fort Worth: The Rebels have a lot of confidence through their non-district season with wins over Keller Central and Haltom. Quarterback Trae Self has been pretty efficient to this point. The Highlanders finally have some confidence with a couple of wins. But the gap between both teams will be noticeable.
Prediction: Richland 45, Fort Worth Eastern Hills 16
Let’s win them all!