The must-see Friday night Texas high school football games for Week 6
Every WEEK DURING THE HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SEASON, BRADY KEANE PICKS OUT THE BEST FRIDAY GAMES AROUND THE STATE.
After a few eye-opening upsets and exciting finishes Thursday night, we’re rolling into a full slate of games Friday. While there isn’t an abundance of big games this week, here are some notable matchups in each classification worth making a trip to see:
6A: Arlington (4-0) vs. Mansfield (3-1)
After a hot start to the season, Arlington has a chance to make a real statement in District 4-6A. The Colts, coming off a 41-30 win over North Crowley, lost to Mansfield 43-14 last year but have built up a lot of momentum heading into this showdown. The Tigers knocked off Paschal 51-0 last week, but struggled against Marcus – a team Arlington handled – in a 31-14 loss earlier this month. The Colts need a big game from the duo of QB D’Montae Davis (1,046 total yards, 14 TDs) and RB Kenland McCray (627 yards, 4 TDs) to keep the offense going, while Mansfield will be tasked with moving the ball against a stout Arlington defense. This game will make waves in the race for the District 4-6A championship.
5A: Magnolia (2-1) vs. Tomball (4-0)
Tomball has dramatically turned things around under first-year head coach Kevin Flanigan, who has the Cougars playing well on both sides of the ball and in position to contend for a playoff spot. First they’ll have to go through Magnolia, which won the District 20-5A championship last year. If Tomball can continue to dominate in the turnover battle (11 interceptions so far this season), the Cougars have a real chance to emerge as the favorite for a district title. Magnolia will look to attack the Tomball secondary through the arm of QB Reese Mason (790 yards, 11 TDs) while the Cougars offense is sure to lean heavily on the talented trio of Tybo Taylor, Hunter Dunn and Ja’Kobi Holland Jr.
4A: Boerne (5-0) vs. Wimberley (5-0)
After an impressive win over Fredericksburg last week, Wimberley has another big non-district game against former district rival Boerne. The Texans have the offensive firepower to walk away with another win, as QB JoJo Weeks (1,523 yards, 15 TDs) has been a star so far this season. RB Thomas Carruthers (506 yards, 10 TDs) has made the most of his opportunities and is averaging almost eight yards per carry to give the offense another dimension. Boerne, which cruised by Bandera 37-0 last week, has a similar offensive system that thrives through the passing game behind QB Brooks Klutts (1,239 yards, 16 TDs). This game has the potential to turn into a shootout and will likely come down to which quarterback can make the most plays down the stretch.
3A: Arp (1-3) vs. Elysian Fields (4-1)
It’s been a tough start to the season for Arp as the Tigers have lost two of their three games by a combined two points. Every loss has been a close one, including last week’s 14-13 loss to Waskom – but the schedule doesn’t get easier in District 9-3A with No. 9 ranked Elysian Fields up next. The Yellowjackets knocked off Harleton 25-12 last week and will look to use a balanced offensive attack headlined by Garrett McIntosh (1,005 yards, 7 TDs), Christavian Smith (486 yards, 8 TDs), Nathan Johnson (394 yards, 4 TDs) and Cole Myers (354 yards, 5 TDs). Arp’s defense has played well to this point, but the Tigers will need a big day from Texas commit Demarvion Overshown to get back into the playoff picture this week.
2A: Celeste (4-0) vs. Collinsville (4-1)
Collinsville’s only loss this season came to Class 3A S&S Consolidated, and the Pirates are off to a good start with head coach Dale West leading the way. The stakes are higher now though, as Collinsville looks to remain unbeaten in District 6-2A play while Celeste comes to town trending in the right direction after a 47-14 win over Prairiland last week. The Blue Devils didn’t win a single game last year, making the hot start to the season that much more impressive. The winner will maintain pace with Valley View and Tom Bean atop the standings, making this a big game early in the district schedule.
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Brady Keane is a contributing writer for Dave Campbell’s Texas Football. Follow him on Twitter: @BradyKeane.