By Travis M. Smith | KBEC Sports
Following a week that saw seven Ellis County football programs enjoy a bye, the action returned Friday for a near full-slate of district action with plenty of playoff implications on the line.
Stats, standout players and recaps will be added throughout the weekend.
As always, fans can catch a full recap of all things Ellis County athletics every Monday night from 6-7 p.m. on KBEC 1390AM/99.1FM and online at sports.kbec.com during “The Press Box.”
(4-2, 2-1) WAXAHACHIE 10, (4-2, 3-0) Cedar Hill 14 – Final
The Cedar Hill Longhorns needed every minute of their homecoming to stave off a Waxahachie upset Friday night at Longhorn Stadium.
Make no mistake about it: Waxahachie dominated all but the final three minutes of the District 7-6A contest.
The Indians led […] To read the full recap and check out the incredible photo gallery, click here!
The Dallas Morning News has Cedar Hill favored by two touchdowns, while Dave Campbell’s Texas Football computer prediction has the Indians as 20-point underdogs.
No. 4 (6-0, 3-0) ENNIS 42, (1-5, 0-3) North Forney 13 – FINAL
The still-undefeated No. 4 Ennis Lions took care of district business Friday on the road against North Forney. The Lions left little doubt, per usual.
There’s also a freshman wide receiver who should be on the top of any […] Check out the full recap here!
Dave Campbell’s Texas Football computer simulations predict the Lions to win by 30.
(1-5, 0-2) Burleson Centennial 7, (2-4, 1-1) MIDLOTHIAN 29 — FINAL
The Midlothian Panthers quite literally ran away with a district victory Friday against Burleson Centennial.
As a team, the Panthers rushed 50 […] Check out the full recap plus photo gallery in this link!
Dave Campbell’s Texas Football computer simulations favor Midlothian by 16.
No. 6 (5-1, 2-0) Colleyville Heritage 48, (1-5, 1-1) RED OAK 21 – FINAL
State-ranked Colleyville Heritage used a stellar second half to defeat Red Oak, 48-21, at Billy Goodloe Stadium on Friday night in a crucial district showdown.
Red Oak outgained the talented Colleyville Heritage offense 214 total yards to 124 in the opening half. In fact, Colleyville mustered just 2 total rushing yards on seven attempts. The Hawks also more than doubled the number of first downs (15-6).
It was, unfortunately, three turnovers (one fumble, two INTs) that proved to be the difference in the first half.
Red Oak quarterback Jaylon Robinson finished the first half 9-of-22 for 129 yards and one touchdown to two interceptions. The score came when he found Warren Robinson for a 49-yard touchdown to tie the game at 7-all with 7:14 play in the first quarter.
Heritage added a second touchdown four plays later when Weston Smith connected with Hogan Wasson for a 49-yard score.
Dave Campbell’s Texas Football computer simulations list Red Oak as 22-point underdogs.
No. 9 (5-1) MIDLOTHIAN HERITAGE 43, (2-4) Brownwood 25 – FINAL
State-ranked Midlothian Heritage dominated the Lions of Brownwood on Friday night at Gordon Wood Stadium.
Dave Campbell’s Texas Football computer simulations favor Midlothian Heritage by 29.
(1-5) LIFE WAXAHACHIE 14, (2-4) Alvarado 35 – FINAL
Alvardo proved too much for the visiting Life Waxahachie Mustangs on Friday at Charles Head Stadium.
Dave Campbell’s Texas Football computer simulations have Alvardo favored by 7.
FERRIS – BYE
(3-2) MAYPEARL 24, (3-4) Life School Oak Cliff 19 – FINAL
Maypearl was shut out in the second half but managed to squeak out a road district win Friday on the road against Life School Oak Cliff at Lion Stadium in Dallas.
Dave Campbell’s Texas Football computer simulations favor Maypearl by 1. This is the coin toss game of the week.
(4-3) Edgewood 20, (4-1) PALMER 36 – FINAL
The Palmer Bulldogs used their size and grit to snag a potential district championship-clinching win Friday night at home against Edgewood.
Dave Campbell’s Texas Football computer simulations favor the Palmer Bulldogs by 3.
(3-3) Marlin 21, (4-2) ITALY 23 – FINAL (Homecoming)
A safety near the end of regulation sealed the victory for Italy at Gladiator Stadium on Friday evening.
Dave Campbell’s Texas Football computer simulations favor Italy by 17.
(2-5) Covington 0, (4-3) AVALON 22 – FINAL
The Avalon Eagle offense poured it on in the second half against Covington for a convincing homecoming win at Eagle Stadium.
Avalon outscored the Owls 42-14 in the second half for the mercy-rule win, 64-14.
Dave Campbell’s Texas Football computer simulations favor the Avalon Eagles by 26.
(4-3) Bynum 71, (2-4) MILFORD 78 – 7:30 p.m. FINAL
Dave Campbell’s Texas Football computer simulations have Milford as 6-point underdogs.
Travis M. Smith, @Travis5mith