Week 8 DFW #TXHSFB Preview
Week 8 is a full slate of games from Thursday through Saturday with two 6A games and a TAPPS showdown at the Ford Center. This coming after having a nice, light week prior.
THURSDAY: Lewisville vs. Irving
The first game this week takes me to 6-6A with a matchup between Lewisville, ranked 50th (out of 252) in 6A according to TexasFootball.com's computer rankings, against Irving, which is in the bottom of 10 of the same ranking.
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Day: Thursday, October 17
Location: Joy & Ralph Ellis Stadium (Irving, Texas)
Last 3 meetings (most recent): Lewisville leads 3-0 (2018)
Previewing Lewisville (5-1, 2-1)
Lewisville got off to a hot start to the year with its new quarterback, junior Taylen Green, a transfer from Allen. Green's skillset has provided a dynamic missing for the Farmers throughout the years, and that's a strong passing game. Many associate Lewisville with being a run team with serviceable quarterbacks. With Green, the Farmers have a genuine dual-threat quarterback that has propelled the offense to averaging 40 points a game after the Farmers averaged just 24.7 last year (26.9 if you remove the shutout loss to Duncanville in the playoffs).
Green is completing 61.3 percent of his passes and has 16 touchdowns to just two interceptions on the year. He's also second on the team with 64 carries, third with 304 rushing yards and second with five rushing scores.
The defense has been good for the Farmers again. In the five wins, the unit is giving up just 10 points and 267.6 total yards per game. The lone loss - a district tussle with Flower Mound - definitely skews the stats as the the entire season average jumps to 14 points and 294 yards.
The last two district games have put the Farmers back on track, giving up just 17 total points and forcing six turnovers to only giving up the ball once. That was an issue that plagued Lewisville in the loss to Flower Mound - the turnover battle, with a -1 turnover differential.
Having a complete offense with a defense that is getting back on track will definitely guide Lewisville back to the playoffs, which it can lock up with a win in its next two contests.
Previewing Irving (0-6, 0-3)
It's been a struggle all around for Irving this year again, following an 0-10 season last year. Dating back to 2017, the Tigers are riding an 18-game losing streak with its only real chance to pick up a win coming on November 1 against Irving Nimitz.
As much as district play has been good for the Farmers, it has been the exact opposite for Irving, which has tallied just 14 points in three games while giving up an average of 53.3. The season average in pretty much all offensive categories have gone in the negative direction.
Irving struggles to get the ground game going and has a hard time protecting Adrian Medina when he drops back to pass. Medina is completing 53.5 percent of his passes and has seven touchdowns on the year to nine interceptions. He's also credited with 32 rush attempts for minus-51 yards, which implies a lot of sacks.
Previewing the Game
Last year's contest was a high point for Lewisville, offensively, with a 61-10 win at home. That was without the threat of a pass game either as the Farmers completed just nine passes for 48 yards. Add Green to the mix this year, and this year's game could be just as ugly.
With a defense flexing its might against inferior opponents and an offense being fully competent going up against a team that cannot score or stop anyone, this should be a cakewalk for Lewisville, which is in an enviable position right now. 6-6A is very much a two-tier - maybe three-tier - district with Hebron, Flower Mound, Marcus and Lewisville easily representing the playoff contenders with Coppell stuck in the middle fighting to make the playoffs with MacArthur, Nimitz and Irving toiling around at the bottom.
The Farmers are in the midst of a four-game stretch of playing the bottom have of the district, with the toughest challenge coming last week against Coppell. They won, so the Farmers have to take care of business this week again Irving and Nimitz next week to possibly lock up a playoff spot before facing Hebron and Marcus. It just has to avoid the trap-game mentality.
By the end of Week 8, Lewisville should still be in the playoff picture with a number of scenarios that can play out this week, even with a loss. However, that's not very likely.
Prediction: Lewisville 52, Irving 3
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Other notable Week 6 DFW #TXHSFB games
7-5A DII: Frisco Reedy (4-3, 3-2) vs. Denton Braswell (4-2, 3-1)
5-5A DI: Frisco Wakeland (4-2, 2-1) vs. Frisco Independence (4-2, 1-2)
6-5A DII: Dallas Kimball (5-1, 2-1) vs. Dallas Seagoville (5-1, 3-0)
8-4A DI: Dallas Carter (4-2, 1-1) vs. Dallas Hillcrest (6-1, 2-1)
3-6A: Weatherford (5-1, 1-1) vs. Euless Trinity (6-1, 2-1)
6-6A: Flower Mound (5-1, 3-0) vs. Hebron (4-2, 2-1)
8-6A: Duncanville (6-0, 3-0) vs. Richardson Pearce (4-2, 3-0)
9-6A: Jesuit (4-2, 3-0) vs. Allen (6-0, 3-0)
10-6A: Wylie (2-4, 2-1) vs. Rowlett (3-3, 3-0)
5-5A DI: Frisco Lone Star (6-0, 3-0) vs. The Colony (6-0, 3-0)
6-5A DI: Dallas Adams (2-4, 1-2) vs. Lancaster (5-1, 3-0)
4-5A DII: Fort Worth Eastern Hills (4-3, 2-1) vs. Fort Worth North Side (3-3, 2-0)
7-5A DII: Denison (4-2, 3-1) vs. Frisco (7-0, 5-0)
8-5A DII: Royse City (5-1, 3-1) vs. Greenville (4-2, 3-1)
4-4A DI: Springtown (7-0, 1-0) vs. Decatur (6-0, 1-0)
6-4A DI: Fort Worth Dunbar (2-4, 2-0) vs. Kennedale (4-3, 3-0)
7-4A DI: Celina (5-2, 3-0) vs. Melissa (4-2, 2-0)
9-4A DI: Waxahachie Life (5-1, 1-0) vs. Crandall (4-2, 1-0)
TAPPS DI-D2: John Paul II (5-2, 0-1) vs. Bishop Dunne (4-3, 0-1)
TAPPS DII-D2: TC-Cedar Hill (5-1, 0-0) vs. McKinney Christian (4-2, 0-1)
SPC 3A: Houston Christian (4-3, 2-1) vs. Episcopal School of Dallas (4-1, 1-1)