Texas high school playoffs are here, in case you haven't heard. As the UIL Bi-District and TAPPS Area rounds open up, there are 100 games to pick through, which includes the two deep-dive previews with Waxahachie Life over Palestine and Euless Trinity topping Arlington Lamar.
Through 284 games this year, my prediction record stands at 206-78 (.725) after a 40-8 (.833) record last week. In this space, we're going to pick the other 99 games on this weekend's calendar involving DFW teams. Another week like last week would put my over that 75 percent correct on the year.
6A Bi-District Picks
Flower Mound over Keller
DeSoto over Dallas Skyline
Arlington Martin over San Angelo Central
Southlake Carroll over Lewisville
Duncanville over South Grand Prairie
Allen over Sachse
Rockwall over Killeen Harker Heights
Prosper over Wylie
Mesquite over Killeen Shoemaker
Arlington over Richland
Denton Guyer over Hebron
Cedar Hill over Richardson Pearce
Arlington Bowie over Weatherford
Flower Mound Marcus over Keller Central
Mansfield Summit over Lake Highlands
Lakeview Centennial over Jesuit
McKinney over Naaman Forest
Saving the best for last?
While Magnolia knocked off Magnolia West in the "Magnolia Bowl" last weekend to get back in the Top 10, there are a few huge matchups this weekend.
No. 3 New Caney faces No. 5 Porter in the "Battle of 59." New Caney has never lost this game, but it should be a shoot-out.
Foster will try and hold off Hightower as well.
Manvel got a scare from Willowridge last weekend but remain undefeated and No. 2. Paetow could be the story on the season in Class 5A. No one saw them coming and will be in their first playoff in school history.
Speaking or moderate surprises -- Barbers Hill is learning how to win. The Eagles went on the road to PNG and got another district win to stay undefeated.
CLASS 5A TOP 10
1. Shadow Creek Sharks
2. Manvel Mavericks
3. New Caney Eagles
4. FB Marshall Buffs
5. Porter Spartans
6. Friendswood Mustangs
7. Paetow Panthers
8. Barbers Hill Eagles
9. Foster Falcons
10. Magnolia Bulldogs
Others Receiving Votes: Hightower, Willowridge