Here are 10 Dallas-area players to watch in Week 9 of the Texas high school football season.
JB Brown, Northwest Eaton, RB
Southlake Carroll vs. Eaton, Thursday at 7 p.m. ISD Northwest Stadium, Justin
Carroll (7-0, 3-0) is a powerhouse and the highest-ranked team in the Dallas Morning News Class 6A regional poll, but if Brown comes out on top, Eaton, ranked No.14 (7-1 , 4-0) should stand a chance in this District 4-6A showdown. Brown played five straight 100-yard games, including a 224-yard, three touchdown game in a 43-21 win over No.19 Keller two weeks ago.
Michael Ibukun-Okeyode, Rowlett, DE
Garland Naaman Forest vs. Rowlett, Thursday at 7 p.m., Homer B. Johnson Stadium, Garland
This game could eventually determine a playoff spot in District 9-6A. Rowlett (2-5, 2-2) is in that predicament thanks to Ibukun-Okeyode, who had a monster game in a 24-7 win over North Garland last week. He had an interception return for a touchdown, two forced fumbles, a sack and two tackles for a loss.
Ja’Ryan Wallace, Denton Braswell, WR
Prosper vs Braswell, 7 p.m. Friday, CH Collins Sports Complex, Denton
Wallace is getting hot at the right time as a playoff berth could be on the line with this game. Wallace is coming off his best game with 12 receptions, a season-high, for 232 yards and four touchdowns in a 49-14 win over McKinney last week.
Malachie Medlock, Duncanville, RB
Duncanville vs. Cedar Hill, 7:30 p.m. Globe Life Park, Arlington
The current home of the Texas Rangers is hosting a high school football game for the first time, and Medlock could be the best candidate to leave a strong first impression. The peerless running back, who made a verbal commitment to Toledo last week, racked up 792 yards and 12 touchdowns, including 123 yards and four touchdowns in a 52-3 win over Waxahachie on Friday.
Isaiah Broadway, Lancaster, RB
Lancaster vs Woodrow Wilson, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Forester Sports Complex
Although this game is for the district leader 6-5A-I, with each team coming in with identical records of 6-1, 5-0, Lancaster did not threaten in the district game. Part of the reason is that Broadway helps take down Lancaster’s opponents quickly and effectively. In Lancaster’s last six games, Broadway has racked up 629 yards on just 73 carries, averaging 8.6 yards per carry.
Dee Johnson, Ennis, RB
Ennis at Forney, 7:30 p.m. Friday, City Bank Stadium
Freshman wide receiver Gracen Harris has led a powerful passing game for undefeated Ennis (7-0, 4-0) this season, but Johnson has shown that Ennis can have big games on the field as well. confrontation of District 8-5A-II against Forney (5-2, 4-0). Johnson ran for 206 yards and two touchdowns against Crandall on Friday.
Isaiah Evans, Carrollton Creekview, RB
Fort Worth Poly versus Creekview, Standridge Stadium, Carrollton
Creekview just lost 79-73 to District 4-5A-II co-champion Fort Worth OD Wyatt, but play showed just how good Creekview’s offense can be and how Evans can be a real workhorse. as Creekview (3 -4, 2-2) starts a decisive match against Poly (3-4, 2-2). Evans rushed for 301 yards and three touchdowns in 48 carries against OD Wyatt.
Elzie Barnett III, Wilmer-Hutchins, DE
Wilmer-Hutchins vs Carter, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Kincaide Stadium
Wilmer-Hutchins (2-3, 2-0) fought for a first-place showdown in District 8-4A-I with Carter (5-1, 2-0) and Barnett is a big reason. Barnett has nine tackles to lose this season, six combined to Wilmer-Hutchins in the last two games: wins over Roosevelt and North Dallas.
Gabe Guyton, Célina, RB
Van Alstyne at Celina, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Bobcat Stadium
Celina (6-1, 2-0) can claim at least a share of the District 4-4A-II title with a victory over Van Alstyne (6-1, 1-0). Celina has a four-game winning streak, overtaking her opponents 212-41 with Guyton playing a big part. Guyton had 434 yards in Celina’s last three games, including 198 in a 49-14 win over Aubrey on October 8.
Daviawn Bishop, WT White, RB / KR
Carrollton Newman Smith vs.WT White, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Loos Stadium, Addison
It’s pretty impressive when a football player can score touchdowns half the times he touches the ball, and Bishop has proven he can come close to that mark by leading a key District 6-5A-I game between. WT White (5-2, 4-1) and Newman Smith (4-4, 3-3). Bishop had 11 carries for 276 yards and five touchdowns, caught a pass for 16 yards and returned a 71-yard punt for a touchdown in a 62-7 win over Samuell last week.
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