Week 3 of the Texas High School Football season is in the books, and it delivered explosive offensive performances, down-to-the-wire finishes, upsets, and some expected blowouts.
Below will be recaps of how DFW-area teams ranked in this week’s Dave Campbell’s Texas Football high school poll fared:
No.3 Southlake Carroll 47, Cedar Hill 6
The top-ranked 6A team from the DFW-area crushed Cedar Hill (0-3), scoring on five of its six first-half possessions to take a 26-0 lead into halftime.
Carroll (3-0) was up 40-0 before Cedar Hill got on the board. Carroll racked up 390 yards of total offense, compared to Cedar Hill’s 215 yards of offense.
Carroll starts the season 3-0 for the fourth time in the last five seasons and the 14th time since the 2000 season.
Meanwhile, Cedar Hill drops to 0-3 for the first time since 1999, a season in which they finished 2-8. They have overcome tough starts before, opening 1-2 in 2012 before making a run to the state championship game.
No.6 Denton Guyer 50, Lancaster 27
Five-star quarterback and Oklahoma commit Jackson Arnold completed 14-of-22 passes for 305 yards and three touchdowns, leading Guyer (3-0) past an upset-minded Lancaster squad.
Lancaster (2-1) was coming off a surprising upset victory over defending 5A Division II state champions South Oak Cliff but found no luck against the DFW’s second-highest ranked 6A team.
Guyer running back Trey Joyner had 92 rushing yards and two touchdowns, and tight end Si Stovall added four catches for 73 yards and two touchdowns.
Lancaster had held its first two opponents without a touchdown, but it only took Guyer 2:42 to score one against them on Friday.
Next, Guyer welcomes No.17 Prosper to Denton this Friday to begin District 5-6A play.
No.9 Allen 27, No.11 Arlington Martin 16
In a highly touted matchup of ranked teams, defense stole the show. Allen held Martin to a season-low 208 total yards and three fourth-quarter points, while it totaled 267 yards and scored ten fourth-quarter points to take the victory.
Allen (2-1) made a critical special teams play late in the game to secure the win, shutting down a fake punt on a fourth down with 5:54 remaining in the fourth quarter and Martin trailing by four points and on its own 31-yard line. Allen scored a touchdown eight plays later to take the final 27-16 lead.
The win over Martin (2-1), ranked No.9 before the loss, was Allen’s second-straight after a 52-14 loss against St. John Bosco of California in Week 1. After the two wins, Allen shoots up in this week’s 6A rankings from No. 23 to No. 9.
No.10 Highland Park 52, Lake Highlands 21
Highland Park defeated Lake Highlands (2-1) in front of famous alum Matthew Stafford, who had his jersey retired at halftime. The win gives Highland Park (3-0) head coach Randy Allen his 427th career win to become the second-most-winningest coach in Texas high school football history, passing G.A. Moore, who coached at Celina and Pilot Point.
Allen is 63 wins behind Corpus Christi Calallen’s Phil Danaher’s 490 career victories at the top of the Texas record book.
Highland Park forced three turnovers, put up 482 yards of offense in the win, and moved up to No.10 from No.12 in this week’s rankings.
No.13 DeSoto 42, South Oak Cliff 23
A year after bringing Dallas ISD its first football state championship since 1958, South Oak Cliff (SOC) is off to an 0-3 for the first time since 2016 after losing to DeSoto on Saturday night. The good news for SOC is that it finished 9-4 in 2016 and still reached the third round of the playoffs.
Meanwhile, DeSoto (2-1), who moved up two spots in this week’s poll, returned to its dominant form after being battered in a 47-7 loss to Maryland’s St. Frances Academy the week prior.
DeSoto held SOC to 106 yards of offense in the first half, taking a 14-2 lead into halftime. SOC’s offense awoke in the second half with 21 points and 231 yards of offense, but it was too little too late.
The schedule does not get any easier for SOC. It will next go on the road to face the defending TAPPS Division I state champion Parish Episcopal, which already this year has wins over 10-time state champion Aledo and 2021 Class 4A Division I state runner-up Austin LBJ.
No.17 Prosper 19, No.21 Rockwall 11
Prosper (3-0) emerged victorious from the ranked matchup behind a stellar defensive performance, holding then-No.8 Rockwall well below its average, entering the faceoff at 42.5 points per game. Prosper’s defense held Rockwall to just 22 yards rushing.
Rockwall (2-1) jumped to a 3-0 lead, but Prosper controlled most of the game, scoring 19 unanswered points through three quarters.
Turnovers were the story of the final quarter, as there were four turnovers over four minutes of the fourth quarter. The game featured seven total takeaways, four from Prosper and three from Rockwall.
The final Prosper fumble set up Rockwall’s first and only touchdown of the day — a 16-yard pass to Jacob Rhodes — and the two-point conversion. Referees ruled that Rockwall touched the ensuing onside kick before going 10 yards, allowing Prosper to kneel out the rest of the game.
Class 5A Division I:
No.8 Frisco Reedy 13, No.9 Frisco Lone Star 7
Frisco Reedy goes from unranked to No.8 in this week’s 5A Division I rankings, while Lone Star drops to No.9 from the No.2 spot after Reedy’s upset win.
The defenses were dominant in both teams’ District 6-5A Division I opener. Reedy held Lone Star scoreless in the second half and to 205 total yards for the game. Lone Star’s defense held Reedy to 90 yards in the first half and 190 for the game.
Reedy (3-0) held Lone Star at its own 15-yard line in the final minute, forcing an incompletion with 15 seconds left on a fourth-and-goal play.
It is the first time Reedy beat Lone Star after losing four previous times, all by margins of at least 28 points. Lone Star (2-1) had a 34-game winning streak over fellow Frisco ISD teams before this loss, going back to a loss to Frisco High in 2015.