Top games to watch in Texas high school football this week (Sept. 30-Oct. 2)

Here are all 38 Texas high school football games featuring teams from SBLive’s Texas Top 50 statewide rankings scheduled for Week 6. This weekend’s action features a high-stakes Friday night slate highlighted by a pair of fierce Houston-area crosstown rivalries between top 20 teams in 6A. Many teams throughout the state have byes this week, but the Week 6 Texas high school football schedule includes three matchups pitting ranked teams against each other and several pivotal district clashes. Take a look at this week’s Top 50 games below:

STATEWIDE TEXAS FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

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*District game

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Thursday, Sept. 30

Class 6A

No. 3 Southlake Carroll (5-0, 1-0) vs. No. 44 Keller (5-0, 1-0), 7 p.m. at Keller ISD Athletic Complex*

No. 7 Cypress Bridgeland (4-0, 1-0) vs. Cypress Woods (2-2, 1-0), 6:30 p.m. at Houston’s Ken Pridgeon Stadium*

San Antonio Stevens (0-5, 0-3) vs. No. 17 San Antonio Brennan (4-0, 2-0), 7 p.m. at San Antonio’s Gustafson Stadium*

Cypress Lakes (0-4, 0-1) vs. No. 21 Cypress Park (4-0, 1-0), 6:30 p.m. at Cy-Fair FCU Stadium*

Garland Lakeview Centennial (3-2, 0-2) vs. No. 40 Garland (5-0, 2-0), 7 p.m. at Garland’s Williams Stadium*

Class 5A Division I

No. 8 Denton Ryan (4-1, 3-0) vs. Frisco Centennial (0-4, 0-2), 7 p.m. at Frisco’s Kuykendall Stadium*

No. 41 Katy Paetow (4-0, 2-0) vs. Houston Milby (0-5, 0-3), 7 p.m. at Houston’s Butler Stadium*

No. 42 Frisco Lone Star (3-1, 2-0) vs. Frisco Reedy (2-3, 2-1), 7 p.m. at Frisco’s Toyota Stadium*

No. 48 Amarillo Tascosa (4-1, 1-0) vs. Lubbock (1-4, 0-1), 7 p.m. at Lubbock’s Lowrey Field at PlainsCapital Park*

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A season-high 10 squads ranked in SBLive’s Texas Top 50 will kick off the Week 6 slate with five 6A games and four 5A contests. Keller hosts Southlake Carroll, the seventh-ranked team nationally in SBLive’s Power 25, in the only ranked-versus-ranked matchup headlining Thursday night’s action. The Indians and Dragons each enter the clash undefeated halfway through the regular season with the winner seizing the inside track at a District 4-6A championship. Keller has excelled behind junior quarterback Tre Guerra (904 passing yards, 11 TDs) and one of the state’s most elite defenses, which has allowed 8 points per game through five games this season. Southlake, meanwhile, might be the hottest team in the state entering Week 6 after outscoring Arlington Martin, Prosper and Trophy Club Byron Nelson 130-14 in its three most recent victories. The Dragons’ prolific offense, led by dynamic third-year running back Owen Allen and receivers RJ Maryland and Landon Samson and junior quarterback Kaden Anderson, tallied 602 total yards in their 68-7 district-opening win last week. Seventh-ranked Cypress Bridgeland and 40th-ranked Garland will each face stiff competition this weekend in district play too. Bridgeland heads into its District 16-6A clash with Cy Woods looking to keep its early-season momentum rolling behind the play of a stout defense and senior QB Conner Weigman (1,457 passing yards, 13 TDs; 384 rushing yards,  four TDs; 62 receiving yards, 2 TDs), a Texas A&M commit emerging as a leading candidate for the Mr. Texas Football award. Garland has also benefited from outstanding quarterback play this year from senior Cergio Perez, a South Dakota commit, who leads the DFW in passing halfway through the season with 1,654 yards and 25 touchdowns on 122-of-167 passing. The Owls also feature five receivers with at least 100 yards receiving this fall led by senior and SMU commit Jordan Hudson (597 receiving yards, 10 TDs), and they’ll look to get halfway to a perfect run through District 9-6A with a win against Lakeview Centennial. Frisco Lone Star will face the toughest test of all the Class 5A Texas Top 50 teams taking the field Thursday night when the Rangers go head-to-head with Frisco Reedy. Lone Star has been bolstered by versatile senior running back Ashton Jeanty (502 rushing yards, 11 TDs; 303 receiving yards, five TDs), a Boise State commit, but will need a victory to snap Reedy’s two-game winning streak and stay in the District 5-5A DI title race with eighth-ranked Denton Ryan.

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Friday, Oct. 1

Class 6A

San Marcos (1-3, 0-1) vs. No. 1 Austin Westlake (4-0, 1-0), 7:30 p.m. at Austin’s Chaparral Stadium*

No. 19 Katy Tompkins (5-0, 1-0) vs. No. 2 Katy (5-0, 1-0), 6 p.m. at Katy’s Legacy Stadium*

Prosper (3-2, 0-1) vs. No. 4 Denton Guyer (5-0, 1-0), 7 p.m. at Denton’s C.H. Collins Athletic Complex*

Humble (2-3, 0-1) vs. No. 5 Galena Park North Shore (4-1, 1-0), 7 p.m. at Houston’s Galena Park ISD Stadium*

No. 9 Rockwall Heath (4-1, 1-0) vs. Mesquite Horn (1-3, 1-0), 7 p.m. at Mesquite’s E.H. Hanby Stadium*

No. 10 Spring Westfield (4-0, 1-0) vs. No. 18 Spring (4-0, 1-0), 7 p.m. at Spring’s Planet Ford Stadium*

Kingwood (0-5, 0-1) vs. No. 11 Humble Atascocita (4-1, 1-0) 7 p.m. at Humble’s Turner Stadium*

Mesquite (3-2, 1-0) vs. No. 12 Rockwall (3-2, 0-1), 7 p.m. at Rockwall’s Wilkerson-Sanders Memorial Stadium*

No. 13 Allen (3-1) vs. McKinney Boyd (5-0, 1-0), 7 p.m. at McKinney ISD Stadium*

No. 14 Euless Trinity (4-1, 2-0) vs. North Crowley (4-1, 2-0) 7 p.m. at Fort Worth’s Panther Stadium*

Buda Hays (1-3, 0-1) vs. No. 15 Lake Travis (3-1, 1-0), 7:30 p.m. at Austin’s Cavalier Stadium*

South Grand Prairie (4-1, 1-0) vs. No. 23 Arlington Martin (3-2, 1-0), 7 p.m. at Arlington’s Globe Life Park*

No. 28 Dickinson (3-2, 1-0) vs. League City Clear Creek (1-4, 0-1), 7 p.m. at League City’s Veterans Memorial Stadium*

Cedar Park Vista Ridge (2-2, 1-0) vs. No. 31 Austin Vandegrift (4-0, 1-0), 7 p.m. at Austin’s Ed W. Monroe Memorial Stadium*

No. 32 Lewisville (4-0, 1-0) vs. Plano East (1-3, 0-1), 7 p.m. at Murphy’s Tom Kimbrough Stadium*

No. 33 Midland Legacy (3-1) vs. Abilene (3-2), 7 p.m. at Abilene’s P.E. Shotwell Stadium*

No. 35 League City Clear Falls (4-1, 0-1) vs. Friendswood Clear Brook (2-2, 0-1), 7 p.m. at Webster’s Clear Creek ISD Challenger Columbia Stadium* 

Humble Summer Creek (5-0, 1-0) vs. No. 36 Houston C.E. King (4-1, 1-0), 7 p.m. at Houston’s Sheldon ISD Panther Stadium*

No. 37 Alvin Shadow Creek (2-2, 1-0) vs. Pearland Dawson (3-1, 1-0), 7 p.m. at Pearland ISD Stadium*

No. 43 San Antonio Johnson (5-0, 3-0) vs. San Antonio Churchill (0-4, 0-2), 7 p.m. at San Antonio’s Comalander Stadium*

Edinburg (3-2, 3-0) vs. No. 46 Edinburg Vela (5-0, 3-0), 7:30 p.m. at Edinburg’s Richard R. Flores Stadium*

Klein Forest (4-1, 0-1) vs. No. 50 Tomball (5-0, 1-0), 7 p.m. at Tomball ISD Stadium*

Class 5A Division I

No. 30 Highland Park (3-1) vs. Sherman (3-2, 1-0), 7:30 p.m. at Sherman’s Bearcat Stadium*

No. 39 Corpus Christi Veterans (5-0, 3-0) vs. Corpus Christi Ray (1-3, 1-1), 7:30 p.m. at Corpus Christi’s Buc Stadium*

Wylie East (2-2, 0-1) vs. No. 49 Longview (4-1, 1-0), 7:30 p.m. at Longview’s Lobo Stadium*

Class 5A Division 2

No. 35 Lucas Lovejoy (4-0, 2-0) vs. Prosper Rock Hill (2-3, 1-2), 7 p.m. at Prosper’s Children’s Health Stadium*

Class 4A Division I

No. 47 Argyle (4-0) vs. Melissa (3-2), 7:30 p.m. at Melissa’s Cardinal Field*

Class 4A Division II

Texarkana Pleasant Grove (1-3) vs. No. 38 Carthage (3-0), 7:30 p.m. at Carthage’s Bulldog Stadium

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A busy Friday night Texas high school football schedule in Week 6 will be headlined by a pair of marquee rivalry matchups between ranked 6A squads in the Houston area. In the first of two high-stakes showdowns, the 19th-ranked Katy Tompkins Falcons square off against the second-ranked Katy Tigers, who also own a No. 6 national ranking in SBLive’s Power 25. Tompkins toppled Katy last year to snap the Tigers’ 75-game district winning streak. However, Katy has won 13 games in a row, including the 6A DII state championship, since that loss and stifled opponents this season by allowing only 10.4 points per contest through five games. Tompkins will try to notch its second straight victory in the series and become the prohibitive district title favorite in 19-6A moving forward. In the later of the two ranked-versus-ranked rivalry clashes, 10th-ranked Spring Westfield will duel 18th-ranked Spring in a game that will likely decide the District 14-6A champion. Westfield will look to secure its fourth victory against a playoff team from last year so far this season, while Spring will hope to claim its second straight win in the series. The Mustangs and Lions have two of the best defenses throughout Texas high school football having yielded 10.8 and 11.3 points per contest, respectively, through four games. Allen, Arlington Martin, Denton Guyer, Euless Trinity and Highland Park all face significant tests against district competition this week in the DFW. Allen starts district play against an undefeated McKinney Boyd squad that has averaged 32 points per game so far, but the Eagles’ elite defense led by defensive lineman DJ Hicks (27 tackles, eight TFL, two sacks), the top-ranked Class of 2023 recruit in Texas, will present a compelling matchup. Martin, meanwhile, will look to build off an impressive 69-17 win in its district opener against a South Grand Prairie squad that has won four in a row. Euless Trinity duels North Crowley in a midseason battle for first place in District 3-6A, Guyer will look to stay perfect after another big game from junior quarterback Jackson Arnold and back-to-back tough wins against Humble Atascocita and McKinney. Highland Park aims to kick off district play on the right foot and add to its three-game winning streak on the road against Sherman. Houston C.E. King will meet Humble Summer Creek and Alvin Shadow Creek will travel to Pearland Dawson in another pair of high-profile Friday night games in the Houston area with all four teams looking to stay in the thick of tight district title races in 21-6A and 23-6A. Tomball will receive its first major district test as well against Klein Forest, while Midland Legacy will open district play in 1-6A on the road against Abilene on Friday. Edinburg Vela will battle crosstown rival Edinburg High for bragging rights and first place in District 31-6A.

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Saturday, Oct. 2

Class 5A Division II

No. 20 Fort Bend Marshall (5-0, 3-0) vs. Houston Sharpstown (1-3, 1-1), 11 a.m. at Missouri City’s Hall Stadium*

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Fort Bend Marshall takes center stage on this weekend’s Saturday afternoon slate of Texas high school football games. The 20th-ranked Buffaloes will be the only Top 50 squad in action on Saturday of Week 6, and they’ll be looking to move one step closer to a potential unbeaten run through District 11-5A DII. Marshall boasts a 17-game winning streak in district play that stretches back to September 2019 thanks in large part to one of the most dominant defenses throughout 5A. The Buffaloes are outscoring their opponents by 46 points per contest and face Houston Sharpstown after back-to-back shutout victories against district opponents. Sharpstown will aim to stay above .500 in district play after topping Houstin Austin 20-14 and falling 21-20 in overtime to Fort Bend Willowridge.

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Byes:No. 6 Duncanville, No. 16 Aledo, No. 22 College Station, No. 25 DeSoto, No. 26 Cibolo Steele, No. 27 Smithson Valley, No. 28 Fort Bend Ridge Point, No. 29 Cedar Hill, No. 45 Manvel.

Andrew McCulloch

Andrew McCulloch, SBLive

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