Dallas/Fort Worth – KTXA Texas 21 today announced the 2019 High School Football Game of the Week schedule, with matchups featuring many of the most highly-ranked teams and recruits in Texas. In addition, Texas 21’s weekly half-hour high school football show, “Friday Night Stars,” returns for a fourth season. The program will air live from The Ford Center at The Star airing on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. beginning Thursday, Sept. 19.
Friday, Aug. 30, 10:30 p.m. – McKinney at McKinney North
The season kicks off with a clash of two rivals at McKinney ISD’s $70 million stadium. McKinney North’s Bulldogs are coming off a 6-5 season and have one of the top tight end recruits in the nation in 6’-7”, 250-pound, 2nd Team Texas Football Super Teamer Brandon Frazier, an Arkansas commit. The McKinney Lions made the playoffs last year in a highly competitive District 9-6A.
Friday, Sept. 6, 10:30 p.m. – Southlake Carroll at Colleyville Heritage
These northeast Tarrant County neighbors square off in the new-look Mustang-Panther Stadium, which just underwent an $18 million renovation. Colleyville Heritage is led by 3rd Team Texas Football Super Team offense lineman Gavin Byers, a Baylor commit. Perennial power Southlake Carroll is coming off a second straight state quarterfinal season and has 1st Team Texas Football Super Team defensive back R. J. Mickens, a Clemson commit; Super Team offensive tackle Andrej Karic; Texas Top 10 tight end Blake Smith, a Texas A&M commit; Texas Top 30 offensive lineman Addison Penn, an SMU commit; and Texas Top 25 Sophomore quarterback Quinn Ewers.
Friday, Sept. 13, 10:30 p.m. – Mesquite Horn at Cedar Hill
After suffering seven straight losses to start the season, the Horn Jaguars won five of their last six games, advancing to the 3rd round of the playoffs last year. The Jags will be challenged by a talent-rich Cedar Hill squad that has 1st Team Texas Football Super Team offensive tackle Courtland Ford, an LSU commit; Texas Top 40 wide receiver Quinshone Bright, a Texas Tech commit; Texas Top 300 quarterback Kaiden Salter and running back Kevin Young; plus Texas Top 25 sophomore linebacker Jalon Peoples.
Friday, Sept. 20 – Bye
Friday, Sept. 27, 10:30 p.m. – Denton Ryan at Denton
What better way to kick off District 4-5A play than with a matchup of traditional rivals? Denton has a promising playmaker in Texas Top 30 running back Xylohn Posey but should have its hands full against talent-rich Ryan. The Raiders have some of the top athletes anywhere in 1st Team Texas Football Super Team linebacker Drew Sanders, an Alabama commit; Texas Top 100 Junior wide receiver Billy Bowman; and Texas Top 100 junior defensive lineman Ja’Tavion Sanders, both of whom have offers from Alabama.
Friday, Oct. 4, 10:30 p.m. – Dallas Skyline at Duncanville
This showdown of District 8-6A favorites is a college recruiter’s paradise. Coming off a stunning loss in the Class 6A state championship game, Duncanville features two 1st Team Texas Football Super Teamers in quarterback Ja’Quinden Jackson and defensive back Chris Thompson, both Texas commits, as well as Texas Top 40 wide receiver Zeriah Beason, an Oregon State commit; Texas Top 100 junior linebacker Kendrick Blackshire; and Texas Top 25 sophomore athlete Omari Abor. Skyline counters with Texas Top 300 wide receiver Quaydarius Davis, a Texas commit, and Texas Top 25 sophomore DL Keithian ‘Bear’ Alexander.
Friday, Oct. 11, 10:30 p.m. – Euless Trinity at Haltom
This District 3-6A showdown is too early in the season to determine the district championship, but this game will give one team a decided advantage. Haltom was the surprise team of 2018; Now the Buffalos look to prove that last year’s upset of Trinity was no fluke. Meanwhile, the Trojans want to prove to everyone they are still in the team to beat.
Friday, Oct. 18, 10:30 p.m. – Flower Mound at Hebron
Hebron and Flower Mound are the preseason favorites in District 6-6A, primarily because of several top running backs in the area. Flower Mound features Texas Top 30 running back Pierce Hudgens. Hebron will depend on the dynamic duo of Texas Top 30 running back Jaylon Lott, at UTSA commit, and Texas Top 25 Sophomore running back Isaiah Broadway. The Hawks also have highly-recruited 1st Team Texas Football Super Team defensive back Darius Snow.
Friday, Oct. 25, 10:30 p.m. – Plano at Dallas Jesuit
Playoff positioning will be on the line when Jesuit hosts Plano in this District 9-6A matchup. The Jesuit Rangers are powered by star running back E.J. Smith. Jesuit hopes that the son of Cowboys legend Emmitt Smith will help them into the playoffs. The Plano Wildcats have playoff expectations of their own, as they just missed out on the postseason last year. Plano will be leaning on running back Cody Crist to make their own push to the playoffs this year.
Friday, Nov. 1, 10:30 p.m. – Highland Park at Lancaster
Friday, Nov. 8 – TBA
*Texas Football Magazine Recruit Rankings
All regular season broadcasts will air on a same-night tape delay unless otherwise indicated, and an encore broadcast will air Saturdays at 11:00 a.m. Doug Anderson and LaDarrin McLane will call the games. Chris Mycoskie will serve as sideline reporter.
Playoff game broadcasts will be announced at a later date.