It's Week 4 of the Texas high school football season. A handful of teams have a chance to be 4-0. There's a showdown between a couple of 3-0, undefeateds and we'll go out on the limb at predict who think think will be 4-0 when Week 4 is done.
Our choices for the 4-0 Club: We're going with Frisco Lone Star, Sachse, Rowlett, Keller Timber Creek, Waxahachie and Frisco Independence and Here's Why:
Frisco Lone Star (3-0) at Denton Ryan (3-0): The easy way out is say one of these top programs will be 4-0. The second easiest way outs is to pick Ryan, as the bigger school and higher state ranking. Our way is to pick Lone Star, which has a little bit more "statement" motivation to make even after reaching the 5A Division II state final last year. Lone Star is one of the state's top programs with Utah QB commit Jason Shelley and one of the state's top receiving combos with Jaylen Dixon and Coby Shelton. But there's that 22-6 loss to Cedar Park in the 2015 state final still putting some fire in the young program's belly. Ryan is a great team (a chance for a another state title) and if this were a playoff game, we'd probably go with the Raiders. But a 4-0 record in Week 4 would mean a lot more to Lone Star and the Rangers have enough talent to go out and get it.
Copperas Cove (2-0) at Sachse (3-0): This is the year, everyone is going to learn how to pronounce it: Sacks-see. They've been good for awhile, especially on offense. The Mustangs have tons of offensive stars, but it's a defense led by safey Isaiah Humphries, linebacker Riko Woods and DL Tony Krasnigi which has state playoff run written on it. Copperas Cove is solid under highly regarded coach Jack Welch, but there is no Robert Griffins coming through the Central Texas power. Sachse has so many neighborhood rivalries (Garland, Lakeview Centennial and Rowlett) that its schedule can be emotionally overwhelming but we're predicting they'll head into that gauntlet at 4-0.
Keller Fossil Ridge (3-0) vs. Rowlett (3-0): Fossil Ridge clearly a program on a steady rise. But Rowlett has already risen. Rowlett was 10-3 last year with a run to the regional semifinals.. Rowlett is still slightly ahead with players like LaDarius Dickens and Kobe Morrow in the backfield. Besides, Rowlett’s football program cred also includes a playoff win over Allen in the last decade and there’s not many who can make that claim.
Keller Timber Creek (3-0) vs. Denton (3-0): This is it. Timber Creek makes a statement game. Timber Creek is at home and it is a program working every day of the year, especially the off-season, to finally make its move under Coach Kevin Golden. Class 6A Timber Creek has some major FBS talent, including breakout WR Erik Ezukanma. Denton is one of the top Class 5A programs in the state and it’s a Keller ISD homecoming for Coach Kevin Atkinson, once the Keller head coach. Atkinson’s son, Cole Atkinson, is the Denton QB but Timber Creek’s 6A program on the rise may have a little too much depth for a strong 5A program. Note: Ranked No. 7 in Class 5A, Denton (4-0) stopped Timber Creek at the 1-yard line on its way to 37-28 victory
Waxahachie (3-0) vs. Mansfield Summit: Waxahachie is a program on a mission under second-year Coach Jon Kitna, who gave up his dream job at his scenic alma mater in Washington state to come coach in Texas. Waxahachie had chills and thrills, wild and wooley, tie-breakers and heartbreakers last season and didn’t make the playoffs. Oklahoma commit WR Jalen Reagor and TCU commit ATH Kenedy Snell ( second state 100 meters) are two of the state’s most electric players. Summit is a sound District 10-5A foe but won’t stop the #RollTribe train from rolling to 4-0.
Frisco Independence (3-0) vs. North Garland: In its second year, Independence has been savvy about scheduling and Knights coach Kyle Story is an experienced coach who has what should be a very youthful program playing beyond its years. Independence (the second newest of the Frisco ISD explosion of high schools) already has an FBS running back with Kansas commit Dominic Williams and Brandon Williams (no relation is a big-play maker as well). QB Kyle Saddler has matured quickly and teamed with speedy WR Colton Nielsen for the first official TD in The Star in a season-opening victory.
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