5 Dallas-area football storylines to know this week, including two cross-classification heavyweight fights and a revenge game

Here are five high school soccer stories from the Dallas, Texas area to follow this week.

Cross-classification matchups for state elites

This weekend there will be not just one but two matchups where one of the best 6A teams in the state competes against one of the best 5A teams.

Rockwall, who took a two-point win over Southlake Carroll, will face Highland Park for the fifth consecutive year. Highland Park has won three of the four previous meetings. The Scots made their season debut against another 6A team at Coppell last week.

Rockwall ranks fifth on the area’s 6A rankings and Highland Park ranks third on the area’s 5A rankings.

Additionally, Cedar Hill – fourth in the region’s rankings – will travel to Aledo to take on the Bearcats. Aledo was originally supposed to play Waco University but the university had to cancel due to COVID-19 concerns.

This was originally supposed to be Cedar Hill’s farewell week, but the Longhorns opted for the game instead after the game against Allen was canceled last Friday. Allen also had to cancel his game with Cedar Hill due to confirmed COVID-19 cases.

This isn’t the first high-profile 6A vs. 5A Mathcup this season. Denton Ryan, last year’s 5A-I runner-up, has beaten Arlington Martin and Denton Guyer this season. Martin and Guyer are both in the top 10 of the area rankings. Ryan is the top ranked 5A team in the rankings.

Battle for Arlington?

This week will be the first list of District 8-6A games, but one of the matchups could determine which team will ultimately receive a district title.

Arlington Martin, team # 10 on SportsDayHS 6A leaderboard, will face Arlington, team # 14 on the same leaderboard.

Martin won last year’s game 21-3 and remained undefeated in the district game. Arlington lost two more district games last year, both by one point to Arlington Lamar and Arlington Bowie.

Regardless of the outcome of that weekend, both Arlington and Martin have the chance to win a district title, but the winner’s path will be easier.

GRAND prairie

South Grand Prairie and Grand Prairie are starting for the first time since … I don’t know. MaxPreps’ database dates back to 2004, but in the 17 seasons since then there has not been a year in which both Grand Prairie ISD teams won their first two games.

That has changed this year. South Grand Prairie beat Mesquite and Waco Midway by a total of five points. Grand Prairie defeated McKinney Boyd in Week 1 and Mesquite last week.

The two teams will try to continue their victories this week. South Grand Prairie scores 2-0 against Arlington Bowie and Grand Prairie scores 2-1 against Arlington Sam Houston. This week also marks the first week of the district game. Wins this week could increase the playoff chances for the two Grand Prairie teams. The last time both teams made the playoffs was in 2013.

Revenge game

Editor’s Note: This game has been canceled. Read more about it here.

Fort Worth Nolan had a perfect season in eleven games last year – then the Vikings faced Plano John Paul. The result: a 49:15 defeat in the playoffs and the Vikings’ first and only defeat of the season. John Paul, however, completed a playoff run until the title fight.

Nolan will have a chance to avenge that loss this weekend.

If the Vikings avenge last year’s loss, the junior running Emeka Megwa back will likely be a big cause. Megwa, a four-star race in the 2022 class, had three of its four touchdowns in the fourth quarter of last week’s win over Plano Prestonwood, according to 247Sports.

This year’s game won’t have the impact that last year’s playoff game had, but Nolan’s returnees will likely have last year’s loss on their minds.

Tough test for a rebound

Editor’s Note: This game has been canceled. Read more about it here.

Southlake Carroll started this season with high expectations and last week’s 44:42 loss to Rockwall won’t change that, but the Dragons face the possibility of a record loss this week. On Friday, Carroll will face reigning 6A-II runner-up Denton Guyer, who recovered from his first loss of the season with a 36-point win over Mansfield Lake Ridge.

This used to be a district game for the two teams. Carroll won matchup 46-34 last year in what turned out to be quarterback Quinn Ewers’ breakout game. The Texas Promise, rated the nation’s best junior quarterback by multiple outlets, had 333 yards, 117 rushing yards, and a total of six touchdowns.

The Dragons are going to need another great effort from Ewers and offensive in this year’s game, especially when Denton Guyer has the offensive success that Carroll’s first two opponents had. The two Rockwall ISD teams together scored 101 points in their two games against the Dragons Defense.

A win would make Carroll 2-1 that season, but getting that win won’t be an easy task this weekend.

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