by Kirk Dooley
Let’s go back to the beginning of the season. A long-haired, wild-eyed football prognosticator predicts which district 15-5A teams will have the best and worst records after seven games.
Tied for the best record (6-1) will be the Scots and …
And alone in last place at 1-6 will be …
I would have bet $100 that the poor guy got his teams backwards, but he didn’t. Welcome to 2017, where Mesquite Poteet and Lovejoy have losing records and Royse City has a wining record. This does not feel like last year’s district. It feels like 52-card pickup.
While the Scots are improving each week like the 2016 state champions did last season, the biggest surprise in the district is North Forney, a team that still leads the area 5A teams in total offense (3,823 yards), rushing (2,064 yards), yards per game (546.1) and scoring (57 points per game).
The Scots offense is seventh in total offense (3,179) and yards per game (454.1 yards) and is ninth in scoring (42 points per game). John Stephen Jones is third in passing with 1,921 yards while his favorite 6’5” receiver, Cade Saustad, is sixth in receiving with 667 yards.
In the Scots most recent two games, the defense has allowed an average of 13 points and 245.5 yards.
Oh, and by the way, the 6-1 Scots play the 2-5 Forney Jackrabbits Friday night at Highlander Stadium. The key to the game will be stopping dual-threat quarterback Devon Rideaux, who is a good passer and even better runner. Over the past two weeks the Jackrabbits have lost to Lovejoy, 63-15, and West Mesquite, 61-20, so they may be a little stressed right now. If the Scots play well in the first half, many backups may see action in the second half.
Friday is Senior Night for the football team. The 51 seniors will be introduced before the game. This week don’t waltz into the stadium after the kickoff. Come 15 minutes early and help honor the players who make our Friday nights so special.