Here’s the Scoop on This Week’s Games

Trinity Christian reached the TAPPS state championship game as recently as 2012. (File photo: Chris McGathey)
Trinity Christian reached the TAPPS state championship game as recently as 2012. (File photo: Chris McGathey)

The Trinity Christian offense was already in midseason form for its season opener last week against Fort Worth All Saints.

So the task for the Trojans (1-0) becomes simple heading into a stretch of two nondistrict games against public-school competition — keep the momentum going. TCA will host Denison on Friday at Tom Landry Stadium before visiting Ferris next week.

The Trojans erupted for 679 total yards last week in a 65-38 victory over All Saints, which won an SPC championship a year ago. Christian Hutzler threw for 428 yards and six touchdowns, with Parker Oliver catches seven passes for 252 yards and four scores.

Meanwhile, Nahshon Ellerbe picked up where he left off last season with 174 rushing yards and two touchdowns for the big-play TCA offense.

Denison was a Class 4A playoff team last season, and the Yellowjackets (1-1) went down to the wire against defending Class 3A state champion Argyle last week before falling in the final seconds.

Still, Denison had more than 500 total yards in that game, led by dual-threat quarterback Devon Blanton and receiver Steven Wagoner, along with running back Cody Crouse.

In other words, expect a lot of yardage and points on Friday night.


Other key games this week:


Jesuit (1-1) at Houston Strake Jesuit (1-1)

7 p.m. Friday

The Rangers bounced back after a lopsided season-opening loss with a 42-35 win over Plano East in their home opener. Bo Schneider has nine touchdown passes in two games for Jesuit, including six to Garrett Amy. The Rangers’ final nondistrict test comes against rival Strake Jesuit, which lost to Houston St. Thomas 11-7 last week.


St. Mark’s (1-1) at FW Country Day (2-0)

7 p.m. Friday

After falling to rival ESD 34-14 last week, St. Mark’s travels to face a resurgent Country Day in its SPC divisional opener. The Lions are led on offense by quarterback Hyer Thomas and receiver William Caldwell, but they committed four turnovers against ESD. Brandon Evans and Joseph Breedlove pace the Falcons.


Greenhill (1-1) at FW All Saints (0-2)

7 p.m. Friday

The Hornets snapped an eight-game skid last week with a 50-23 win over The Woodlands John Cooper to gain momentum entering SPC divisional play. Ryan Bradberry and Jake Hershman lead Greenhill’s rushing attack. The Saints have won SPC titles in each of the past two years behind a high-powered passing attack.


Hillcrest (2-0) at North Garland (0-2)

7:30 p.m. Friday at Williams Stadium

After crushing W.T. White and Lincoln in its first two games, Hillcrest will venture outside Dallas ISD for the only time this season against the Raiders, who have lost 19 straight games, including to White last week. Dual-threat quarterback Arico Evans leads the Panthers, while Terell Haley has a pair of 100-yard rushing games.


San Augustine (0-2) at ESD (2-0)

4 p.m. Saturday

The Eagles started the year with a dreadful first half, but have been on fire since, surging past rival St. Mark’s last week. Jack Johnson has powered the ESD rushing attack with 372 yards and six touchdowns, while Winston Guillory has 307 receiving yards. The Class 2A Wolves have opened with losses to Garrison and Splendora.

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