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With less than a handful of games left in the regular season, some teams are playing hard to preserve their playoffs hopes while others are working hard to continue to improve their record this season. Whatever the case may be, the Dallas-Fort Worth area is expected to see a lot of really great games this week. This week, the Thursday highlighted game on CW33 features two Frisco ISD teams-- the Frisco Heritage Coyotes and the Frisco Racoons. VYPE DFW takes a dive into these two teams' seasons and lays out just what fans can expect from this Thursday night game!
Last season, the Coyotes played less than ideal through district play going 2-6 against district opponents (4-6 overall). Unable to make the playoffs, Frisco Heritage began their adjustments early in the offseason and continued their hard work through summer workouts. The hard work paid off as they entered the season with a strong 28-0 victory over non-district opponent Dallas White. After a week two loss (42-39 against Frisco Independence), the Coyotes stepped up their game and never looked back.
Victories over the likes of Frisco Wakeland, Frisco Liberty, Frisco Centennial, Frisco Lebanon Trail, and Sherman have landed the Coyotes an undefeated record in district play where they currently sit in the second place spot-- just behind this week's opponent. The defense has made the biggest impact for the Coyotes so far this season. With major improvements, fans have seen Obi Udom record plenty of sacks against opposing quarterbacks, Kameron Franklin and D'Andre Stephens play alert and ready to bring in interceptions, as well as Dylan Doudt, Isaiah Barajas, and Diego Gonzalez make big hits to record over seven tackles a game each. The offense has also played smart staying ahead of the game with big plays from the likes of Houston Brookshire (averaging 66 receiving yards per game), Nick Clark (averaging 65 rushing yards per game), Bryce Gilchrist (averaging 61 rushing yards per game), and more.
Frisco is coming off of a strong season last year where they saw a playoff run end against eventual state champions South Oak Cliff. The team posted a 10-2 overall record (7-1 district record) and looked great in each outing. This season, the team has continued to harness their success as they have led the district in standings. Their only loss this season game in a tough week two non-district matchup against Burleson Centennial (35-14). Learning from the loss, they entered district play to defeat Frisco Liberty, Frisco Centennial, Frisco Lebanon Trail, and Sherman.
The offense has been explosive behind senior running back Jordan Hamilton who has averaged 109 rushing yards per game and 44 receiving yards per game. Hamilton has scored six touchdowns for the team. Jaylen Archibald, Adam Wilson, and Kamdyn Pendergraph have also been major impacts on the offensive side of the ball for the Raccoons. The defense has been tough against their opponents this season as they are led by Aydain Mathis, Nash Horton, and more.
Both teams are currently undefeated in district play and looking to keep it that way. We are going to see Frisco Heritage's strong defense look to put a stop to Frisco's strong offense. Expect to see a back and forth game that continues to get better as the night goes on. This game is going to be action packed- you're not going to want to miss it! If you can't make it out to Frisco for the game, be sure to catch all the action on CW33- kick-off is set for 7 p.m.
As we enter a new week of Texas High School football, teams are doing what they can to preserve their hopes of a playoff run. or continue down a successful path toward the playoffs. This week, the Thursday highlighted game on CW33 features two Garland ISD teams-- the Garland Owls and the Garland Namaan Forest Rangers. VYPE DFW takes a dive into these two teams' seasons and lays out just what fans can expect from this Thursday night game!
Last season, the Garland Owls went undefeated in district play to clench a playoff spot. Despite falling short in playoffs, the Owls were energized into the off season and ready to get back to work as soon as the new season started this fall. The Owls have posted incredible victories this season so far against the likes of Birdville (23-13, non-district), North Garland (38-32, district), Lakeview Centennial (35-21, district), and Rowlett (19-0, district). However, last week the team lost a tough district match match against Wylie East (34-7).
Keyuntae King, Keylon Davis, Javien Hudson, Ayron Powell, and Jayden Norwood help lead the Garland Owl offense each week. While King posts about 140 rushing yards per game, Davis, Hudson, and Powell combine for an average of 93 receiving yards per game. King has tallied eight touchdowns this season while Norwood has tallied four and thrown for three. Zalen Reynolds, Ta'Marques J McNeal, Tim Muhammad, and Gabriel Williams consistently play hard on the defense and have proven to be a force to be reckoned with this season.
Last season, Namaan Forest posted convincing wins against plenty of opponents through district play and even secured a playoff spot before falling in the first round to a dominating Rockwall-Heath squad. The team used the fire from last season throughout offseason preparations and came into the new season looking forward to a fight. Although the team has struggled to find their footing this season, they have posted a couple of great wins: one non-district victory over Rowlett (33-22) and one convincing district victory over Sachse (39-13) last week. With the momentum of last week building, the Rangers are looking to play hard on Thursday night against Garland.
Senior Isaiah Cunning helps lead the charge on the offense for the Rangers. Cunning has tallied about 126 rushing yards per game and five touchdowns this season. Junior running back, Jason Flores, posts nearly 70 receiving yards a game and has scored six touchdowns this season so far. Sophomore quarterback, Debo Perales, has played strong in the pocket throwing 10 touchdown passes this season. The defense, led by Marcus Davis, Markis Deal, Caden Key, Ivan Garcia, D'Sean Byrd, and more is a tough one that Garland will want to keep their eye on.
Namaan Forest is looking to secure another district victory for themselves and attempt to take advantage of Garland who might still be thinking about last week's loss. The Rangers are going to pull out all the stops in order to do whatever it takes to put another win in their record. However, fans can expect this Garland team to set the tone on the field early and put in the work to shut down Namaan Forest's advances. This game has the potential to be a big one for the Owls- you're not going to want to miss it! If you can't make it out to Garland for the game, be sure to catch all the action on CW33- kick-off is set for 7 p.m.