Thursday, October 13, 2011
FW Southwest, FW Arl. Heights vie for 6-4A lead
By Randy Jennings
FW SOUTHWEST (5-1, 5-0 6-4A) vs. FW ARLINGTON HEIGHTS (6-0, 5-0)
7:30 p.m. Friday at Fort Worth‘s Herman Clark Stadium
When we saw them last: Robbie Rhodes ran for two touchdowns and added another as a receiver in Southwest’s 53-6 domination of Fort Worth Eastern Hills. Arlington Heights’ defense enjoyed its third shutout this season in a 37-0 whitewash of Fort Worth North Side.
2010 result: On the way to an unbeaten regular season, Heights rolled to a 37-14 victory over Southwest.
What’s at stake: The game is likely to decide the District 6-4A title and the more favorable playoff seeding that goes with it. Arlington Heights will also put its streak of 20 consecutive district wins on the line.
Key matchup: Only once this season has Arlington Heights allowed more than seven points in a game (Azle scored 16 in the season opener). Southwest quarterback Wesley Harris has thrown for 1,275 yards and 12 touchdowns and is capable of causing problems for the Yellowjackets.
Players to watch: Arlington Heights quarterback Omar Valadez threw for 2,400 yards and 30 touchdowns in 2010, and Kameron Holmes leads Heights’ ball carriers this season with 477 yards. Robbie Rhodes and Willie Robinson are the leading Southwest receivers with 21 catches each.
Prediction: Arlington Heights 27, Southwest 19.