The real season began for a lot of teams across the Metroplex while others were playing in possibly their second or third district game.
And as a reminder, these opinions are meant to be held within this singular moment in time and not carry over each week.
It was a tough break for Rockwall against Longview on Friday night. First play of the game: Jaxon Smith-Njigba gets hobbled a bit. A couple drives later: He's rocked, fumbled and out for the rest of the game. After that, Rockwall was a shell of its former self. It didn't crack 200 yards, only scored three times and Braedyn Locke looked like a sophomore in his first year of varsity football.
All Is Right With Dunne
I was buying a lot of stock in Fort Worth All Saints after last week's win over Parish Episcopal. Just a week later, the offense was held off the board and only got a safety. The hottest team in TAPPS was held well in check by Bishop Dunne, which entered into the game on a 2-game losing streak, so all seems right with the Falcons.
Frisco is For Real
Frisco Reedy was a the gem of 5A last year. A year later, that title belongs to Frisco, which edged past Reedy Friday night to remain undefeated. The talk across the Metroplex is that "Frisco is back." To steal a stat, Frisco has been over .500 in seven of the last eight years, so they've been here for a while, but they seem to be more legit than ever.
That Shhh Quay
If you haven't seen it. Look below.
. @TexasFootball commit @TheQuayDavis2 went full @obj for the TD! 👀
(Via @UncleFraz ) pic.twitter.com/Kwfyw7iP0X
— MaxPreps (@MaxPreps) September 27, 2019
That would be Odell Beckham Jr. type hands right there. Take another look.
Shows you how strong @TheQuayDavis2 hands are. On about a 40 yard throw he caught this on the nose of the football . wow!! pic.twitter.com/FRiaPp6uWF
— Danny (@coachdwes) September 28, 2019
After getting 20 picks right last week, this week was another decrease in predictions, checking in at 16-8 this week. Overall, I'm 82-34 for a 70.7 percent clip.
Despite a number of teams on byes this week, there were plenty of intriguing notes to come out of Week 4 - as is the case each week. That's the beauty of Texas high school football: everything that is known can dramatically change the next week.
Reader note: The notes below are for the most previous week only and are not meant to be applied the rest of the year.
The Real Season Begins (For Most)
It's finally time for the next portion of the season to begin - district. At least for most teams, as there were a lot of teams on byes in Week 4, so now we essentially get nothing but district games from here on out until the playoffs. This is where anything can happen and district champion predictions can be rendered to absolutely trash.
FW All Saints Will Win TAPPS
We didn't have All Saints ranked in our Top 10 last week, and that will certainly change this week after knocking off No. 1 Parish Episcopal. All Saints has done nothing but win this week and are legitimate contenders to win state now after the big upset win.
Braedyn Locke Will Be No. 1
The Rockwall quarterback certainly benefits for having the best WR in the state (Jaxon Smith-Njigba) to throw to each week, but Braedyn Lockeis does a solid job of getting other teams involved as well. After seeing his stats through four games - as a sophomore - and seeing him in person, I'm willing to say Locke will be the No. 1 QB in the state by the time he graduates in 2022.
In watching Rockwall-Heath and McKinney North on Thursday, I came away highly impressed with Emanuel Fincher's game. Fincher played extremely smart in rushing the ball, waiting for holes to develop, being shifty with his feet to avoid the first defender and runs really strong for someone just 5'9 and 200 pounds. He leads the 5A area in rush attempts, yards and tied for the TD lead, and he'll be a fine addition to any university he commits to, if that's in the cards for him.
Lastly, the weekly prediction record was 17-7 (70.8 percent), bringing the yearly overall record to 66-26 (71.7 percent). The biggest misses were Pilot Point against Gunter and North Dallas against Life Oak Cliff.