High School: Fort Worth Western Hills

UIL divides Fort Worth 4A teams into 2 districts

February, 2, 2012
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NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, Texas - Breaking up wasn’t all that traumatic for the 10 Fort Worth ISD schools that constituted District 6-4A in the last alignment. It has been six years since at least 10 Fort Worth 4A schools weren’t crammed into one district.

The new District 6-4A will contain five Fort Worth ISD schools: Carter-Riverside, Dunbar, Eastern Hills, North Side and Polytechnic. They will be joined by Birdville the three Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD schools -- Saginaw, Fort Worth Boswell and Fort Worth Chisholm Trail -- to form a nine-team district.

Six Fort Worth teams will move to District 7-4A: Arlington Heights, South Hills, Southwest, Trimble Tech, Western Hills and O.D. Wyatt. They will be joined by Aledo and Granbury to form an eight-team district.

Wyatt football coach Zachary Criss is not sad to see the change.

“With nine district games, you have only one nondistrict game,’’ Criss said. “You have to be careful about scheduling because you don’t want to play somebody tough with the district opener the following week. The old district didn’t help teams get ready for the playoffs because you could go three or four weeks without real competition. That’s not good.’’

With one of his extra nondistrict games, Criss has scheduled Arlington Sam Houston, coached by older brother Anthony Criss, for Zero Week.

Anthony and Zachary say “Criss Bowl’’ does not do the game justice.

“Criss Extravaganza,’’ they say, is more like it.

District 6-4A football season preview

August, 17, 2011
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DISTRICT 6-4A
  • Fort Worth Arlington Heights (10-1, 9-0), lost in DI bi-district. Coach: Ged Kates.
  • Fort Worth Carter-Riverside (4-6, 4-5). Coach: James Jeffries.
  • Fort Worth Dunbar (3-7, 3-6). Coach: Todd Lawson.
  • Fort Worth Eastern Hills (5-5, 5-4). Coach: Michael Prewitt.
  • Fort Worth North Side (0-10, 0-9). Coach Andy Mills.
  • Fort Worth O.D. Wyatt (6-5, 6-3), lost in DII bi-district. Coach: Zachary Criss.
  • Fort Worth South Hills (3-7, 2-7). Coach: J.J. Resendez.
  • Fort Worth Southwest (8-4, 7-2), lost in DII area. Coach: Lanny Trammell.
  • Fort Worth Trimble Tech (1-9, 1-8). Coach: David Poggensee.
  • Fort Worth Western Hills (8-3, 8-1), lost in DI bi-district. Coach: John Naylor.
THE BIG QUESTION: Are the Fort Worth ISD schools closing the gap after years of playoff futility?

Signs seem to indicate football fortunes are on the upswing in Cowtown.

For instance, Southwest’s 38-37 bi-district win over Springtown in 2010 gave the Fort Worth ISD its second playoff victory in as many seasons.

More encouragement was provided by Arlington Heights. After a 10-0 regular season in 2010, Heights took Fort Worth Boswell to the wire before being eliminated, 52-49, in a bi-district game.

It was Heights in 2009 that snapped a seven-year string of first-round playoff knockouts for Fort Worth ISD teams with a win over Arlington Seguin.

Southwest and Heights should be solid again this season. Throw Dunbar, Western Hills and O.D. Wyatt into the mix, and the nine-week battle for the 6-4A title should be very entertaining.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

QB Omar Valadez, LB Nate Guidry, LB Alex Faoro, Arlington Heights; DE Ryan Watkins, WR Jordan Moore, Carter-Riverside; WR/DB Anthony Lampkin, WR/DB Alex Johnson, Dunbar; WR Elijah Johnson, RB Shabravus Howard, Eastern Hills; RB Elias Medina, North Side; WR Deon Daniels, WR Ladell Marshall, O.D. Wyatt; Antwan Bradshaw, South Hills; QB Wesley Harris, RB Trey Colbert, FS Phillip Boyd, Southwest; DB Melvin Harper, Trimble Tech; OL Kenny Johnson, WR Mavrik Molina, Western Hills.

DID YOU KNOW?

Arlington Heights became the second Fort Worth ISD school to reach 10 wins in a season in seven years and the first since Southwest went 10-1 in 2007. ... The lone head coaching change in 6-4A this season is at North Side, where Andy Mills takes over a program that failed to win a game in 2010. ... With 10 members, District 6 has the most of any 4A district in the state. Two others (Districts 15 and 32) have nine schools. ... Dunbar’s Anthony Lampkin intercepted six passes last season. ... As a sophomore last season, Southwest quarterback Wesley Harris was named the district’s Offensive Player of the Year after throwing for 1,570 yards and 25 touchdowns and rushing for 1,133 yards and 13 scores. ... Heights quarterback Omar Valdez threw for 2,400 yards and 30 scores in 2010.

PROJECTED PLAYOFF TEAMS
  1. Arlington Heights
  2. Southwest
  3. Western Hills
  4. O.D. Wyatt

RB helps FW Western Hills win third straight

September, 27, 2010
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Fort Worth Western Hills will put its three-game winning streak on the line when it meets winless Fort Worth North Side in a District 6-4A game 7 p.m. Thursday at Farrington Field in Fort Worth.

The Cougars (3-1, 3-0 in 6-4A) are coming off a 38-20 win over Fort Worth Eastern Hills, a game in which senior running back Josh Moore starred.

Moore carried 25 times for 161 yards and two touchdowns. Both scores came in the second quarter, the first snapping a 14-14 tie and the next providing a 14-point halftime cushion.

For the season, Moore’s rushing total has grown to 494 yards and six touchdowns.

Quarterback Elijah Buchanan threw for 209 yards and three touchdowns against Eastern Hills, giving him 10 scoring tosses and 761 passing yards for the season.

North Side (0-4, 0-3 in 6-4A) is coming off a 35-22 loss to Fort Worth O.D. Wyatt.

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