Kerens at Itasca
7:30 p.m. Friday
At Asby Field
RECORD: Class 1A Kerens is 4-4, 2-1 in District 6-1A D1. Itasca is 1-7, 0-3.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Kerens: QB/DB Nate Betts, RB Rayvon Faulk, DT Dylan Woods, WR/DB Brett Anderson, OG William Pugh. Itasca: RB/LB Ashton Campbell, RB/LB Tamarus Sheppard, OT/DT Christian Cruz, QB/FS Brandon Farqhar, QB/LB Cole Coleman.
UPDATE: After dropping their first district game by a total of three points, Kerens has won the last two district games in convincing fashion ... the Bobcats’ offense has scored 112 points and the defense has given up 51 ... Itasca is struggling in its district games, including last week’s 14-9 loss to Dallas Gateway, because of injuries to a host of skill people ... Sheppard was being counted on to carry the load in the backfield, but a high ankle sprain has limited his playing time to mostly defense ... Betts is closing in on a 1,000-yard rushing year ... he has 848 yards and six TDs on 128 carries ... the Bobcats’ two-headed monster at tailback continues to improve ... Faulk and Adreon Davis have combined for 914 yards and 14 TDs ... Anderson has 489 yards on 23 receptions.
— Randal Forguson
Mildred at Dallas Oak Cliff Life
7:30 p.m. Friday
At Lion Stadium
RECORDS: Class 2A Mildred is 7-1, 5-0 in District 6-2A DII. Dallas Oak Cliff Life is 1-7, 1-4.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Mildred: L Nic Stone, WR/DB Raleigh Seilheimer, LB/K Devin O’Sullivan, L Taylor Barlow. Life: L Quinton Carroll, WR Montrel Williams, RB Brandon Jackson, LB Derek Peace.
UPDATE: Mildred is coming off a 79-0 win over Rice, the most points in school history … Life beat Millsap, 49-0 … the Eagles can clinch their second straight district title with a win … Mildred is averaging 66 points per game in district … QB Nic Shimonek is three completions from 500 in his career … O’Sullivan is averaging 6.6 tackles per game, and has 31 solo stops, both second on the team … the Eagles have forced 12 turnovers in the last three games … Life was picked second in 6-2A DII by Texas Football, but has struggled … the Lions have shown the ability to score, averaging 43.7 points per game over the last three, two of which were losses, 59-40 to Blooming Grove and 46-42 to Rio Vista … Mildred beat those two teams by a combined score of 118-7.
— Raymond Linex II