Colleyville Heritage (9-3, 7-1), lost in DII area. Coach: Mike Fuller.
Euless Trinity (15-1, 8-0), lost in DI state final. Coach: Steve Lineweaver.
Grapevine (5-5, 4-4). Coach: Dave Henigan.
Haltom (2-8, 1-7). Coach: Scot Hafley.
Hurst L.D. Bell (6-5, 5-3) lost in DII bi-district. Coach Mark Smith.
Irving (1-9, 1-7). Coach Jim Bennett.
Irving MacArthur (4-6, 3-5). Coach: Brian Basil.
Irving Nimitz (6-5, 4-4), lost in DI bi-district. Coach: Steven Hohenberger.
Richland (5-5, 3-5). Coach: Gene Wier.
THE BIG QUESTION: Is a different offensive mindset in store at Euless Trinity?
Look for Trinity to go back to its formula of power running mixed with occasional play-action passes due to the graduation of wide receiver/quarterback Brandon Carter, now at TCU.
Trinity coach Steve Lineweaver added wrinkles to take advantage of Carter a season ago, and the Trojans made it to the Division I state title game before falling to Pearland, 28-24.
“We changed our offense last year for Brandon with reverses and gimmicks to get the ball in his hands because he was so good at making things happen,’’ Lineweaver said. “Without him, we'll change back and look for ways to attack the defense.’’
Going back to the old way is not really a gamble. The previous three odd-numbered years have ended in state titles for Trinity.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
DE/TE Rex Montes, LB/RB Justin Vallilee, Colleyville Heritage; LB Brian Nance, OL Hiva Lutui, OL Henry Lea’aetoa, Euless Trinity; RB J.J. Gibbs, OL Halapoulivaati Vaitai, Haltom; WR Bryan Popp, QB Brett Harbin, Grapevine; QB Kyle Romano, OL Kimo Tipoti, Hurst L.D. Bell; QB Paul Atwood, Irving; FS Taion Sells, QB Justin Chavez, Irving MacArthur; LB Mark Espinosa, TB/DB Steven Stewart, Irving Nimitz; LB Jeremiah Tshimanga, LB Mike Knoblach, Richland.
DID YOU KNOW?
Colleyville Heritage has an active streak of five straight playoff appearances, but four have ended in losses to Southlake Carroll. ... Euless Trinity will play its 10-game regular season in two stadiums, seven at home (Pennington Field) in Bedford and three at Irving Schools Stadium. ... Steve Hohenberger has Nimitz thinking like winners. Nimitz won only once in the 2007-08 seasons combined but has rebounded by making the playoffs each of the last two seasons. ... This season’s only change in head coaches in 6-5A is at L.D. Bell where assistant Mark Smith was promoted after Gary Olivo stepped down.
PROJECTED PLAYOFF TEAMS
Hurst L.D. Bell