Season 2 is here, otherwise known as district play, with the bulk of area teams beginning play this week.
This is where teams are made, each trying to earn a spot in the playoffs.
The first few games of the season only served teams as a steppingstone in finding their chemistry and their identity.
Most area teams were off last weekend, with teams in 10-5A having the only district games. The expected top four 10-5A teams won their respective games, as Waxahachie, Lancaster, Mansfield Legacy and Mansfield Timberview all took care of business.
Keller Fossil Ridge, Timber Creek and Haltom, each at 3-1, have surprised many. Fossil Ridge and Timber Creek open district against one another this week.
Weatherford and Keller Central, each 1-3, have had early bumps and will need to quickly turn things around to contend for a playoff spot.
Keller is in the same hole but remains winless. The Indians could easily be 2-2 with two losses by three points or fewer. Their run game is starting to produce, and senior Camron Jones leads the district with 454 yards on 80 carries.
This group is still a tossup, early favorites Arlington Martin and Mansfield having started 1-2. Just by a name basis, those two still have to be the front-runners until someone else knocks them off.
Martin coach Bob Wager always seems to get things clicking during district, but will this year be different?
And who’s going to stop Mansfield running back Kennedy Brooks, who has 695 yards rushing and eight TDs? He’s also riding a 17-game streak of at least 100 yards rushing.
Arlington Bowie (3-0) is the lone undefeated team. The Volunteers have won each game by an average of four points, but will winning close games help them? Week 5 will tell the story when Bowie plays Martin on Friday at Cravens Field.
Arlington is still a scary team, boasting quarterback Caelan Day (606 passing), running back Kenland McCray (609 rushing) and receiver Rashad Anderson (243 receiving). It’s up to the Colts’ defense to get some wins.
Arlington Lamar will be another strong district title contender. Fort Worth Paschal (2-1), Sam Houston (1-2) and North Crowley (0-3) will try to battle for one of the four playoff spots.
Euless Trinity is still king of this district. No one has stopped the Trojans and their big guys up front. Running back Courage Keihn had 196 yards rushing in a Week 3 win over Colleyville Heritage.
If there’s one team that will give Trinity a scare, it’s definitely Southlake Carroll. The two meet on Sept 30.
Hurst L.D. Bell has been a nice story. The Raiders are 2-1, already more wins than last season.
Trophy Club Nelson looks like it’s still trying to figure things out under new head coach Travis Pride.
Aledo, Aledo and more Aledo. The Bearcats remain the favorite, but the district title will come down to the second-to-final week when they face much-improved Justin Northwest. The Texans are 3-0. They were 1-9 in 2015.
But after that, who knows? The final two spots are up for grabs between White Settlement Brewer, Saginaw Chisholm Trail, Azle, Haslet Eaton, Saginaw and Saginaw Boswell.
For the past few years, the title has come down to Fort Worth Arlington Heights and Fort Worth South Hills. Heights has had South Hills’ number the past two seasons, but could this finally be the Scorpions’ year?
South Hills has lost quarterback Tracin Wallace to a knee injury. Heights returned only one skilled player from last season.
Heights’ Jaiden Zackery is fourth in the district in passing, and South Hills’ Trey Jones is already seventh.
But keep your eyes on Southwest, FW Trimble Tech, FW Western Hills and FW North Side, who are all 2-1.
Richland, Grapevine, Colleyville Heritage and Birdville will be the four playoff teams out of this district, but where they will fall is the question.
Heritage’s 1-2 record is deceiving. The Panthers have losses to powers Aledo and Trinity, but they have the best quarterback-receiver combo in the area with Cam Roane and Ke’von Ahmad.
Grapevine and Richland are putting up points, and expect more of that to happen. Birdville’s Chris Tucker has the most receiving touchdowns with six on just 13 catches (five for 102, four TDs in Week 3).
Cleburne and quarterback Tre’Von Bradley are off to a ridiculous start, averaging nearly 600 yards, 384 rushing and 60 points per game. A 3-0 start is their best start since 2009.
The Yellow Jackets were picked in many preseason polls to miss the playoffs — I’m sure now, those same people are picking them to win the district title.
Burleson Centennial is also 3-0, and the Spartans visit Cleburne next week in hopes of containing Bradley.
Everman (2-1) always makes the playoffs , and Arlington Seguin and Crowley also sit at 2-1.
Burleson will fight for a final playoff spot. Granbury and Joshua have improved from last season.