7:30 p.m. Friday
At Jeff and Opal Austin Stadium
RECORDS: Class 2A DII Mildred is 1-1. Class 2A DII Frankston is 0-2.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Mildred: WR/DB Russell Holden, RB/LB Hunter Freeman, L Mario Villareal, WR/DB Connor Hill. Frankston: QB Ozzie Buckner, L John Ross, WR Cory Winks, WR/DB Kendrick Rogers.
UPDATE: Both teams are coming off close loses, Mildred 27-24 to Centerville, Frankston 35-30 to Elkhart when the Elks scored with 57 seconds left ... Mildred won last year’s meeting, 41-6, as the Indians had five turnovers ... Holden leads the Eagles with four catches for 123 yards, including a 78-yard TD last week ... Hill is one of three Eagles with an INT this season ... with 10 extra points through two games, Mildred K Devin O’Sullivan has 231 for his career, second only to Southlake Carroll’s Cade Foster’s 263 (2006-’09) in state history ... the Indians have lost two games by a combined eight points ... Buckner is 40 of 65 for 445 yards, three TDs and three INTs ... Rogers had eight catches for 75 yards and a TD in the opener, Winks had eight for 147 last week ... Frankston is 2-9 in non-district the last three seasons.
— Raymond Linex II
at Blooming Grove
7:30 p.m. Friday
At Lion Stadium
RECORDS: Class 2A Blooming Grove is 1-1. Class 1A Dawson is 0-2.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Dawson: WR/DB Connor McEntire, OL/DL Brian Simmons, WR/DB Will Miller, WR/DE/K Tyler Huckaby. Blooming Grove: RB/LB Travis Whiteside, QB/K Tyler Ellis, RB Tyler Morris, WR Brandon Hays
UPDATE: Dawson is looking to bounce back after giving up 549 yards to Kerens in a 54-0 loss with 446 of those coming on the ground ... that means the Bulldogs have given up a combined 944 yards in the last two games, which is more than the Cowboys and Giants combined for in yardage in Sunday night's showdown ... although Dawson has suffered some major defeats, this struggling young team is steadily inching its way back up the hill ... the Lions are coming off of an impressive win over Dallas Gateway by a score of 48-12 ... the Lions had three players rush for more than 100 yards last week ... Ellis gained 122 yards on 12 carries, Whiteside rushed for 119 yards on 10 carries and Morris ran for 105 yards on 19 carries ... The Lions rushed for 431 yards in the win last week.
— Luke Dotson