Five matchups to look forward to this Friday:
Hendrickson (2-2) at Cedar Ridge (3-1), 7 p.m., Reeves Athletic Complex
Cedar Ridge’s defense shut down state-ranked Temple on Friday night, and the Raiders’ only loss this season came against unbeaten Waco Midway, which is ranked ninth in the Associated Press Class 6A state poll. Hendrickson, smarting from a 48-0 shutout loss to Lake Travis on Friday, lost to the Raiders 42-17 a year ago to open 13-6A play.
Lago Vista (2-2) at Smithville (4-0), 7 p.m., Barry Field
Smithville is basking in its best start since 2011, when the Tigers won their first seven games. Senior RB Nomar Rivera has rushed for nearly 700 yards and scored 13 TDs for the Tigers, who scored a combined 117 points in victories over Travis
and Brookshire Royal. Lago Vista is trying to rebound after suffering back-to-back losses to Wall (52-7) and Llano (51-15).
McCallum (4-0) at LBJ (3-1), 7:30, Nelson Field
For more than a decade, the winner of this matchup has claimed at least a share of a district title. A year ago, LBJ forced seven turnovers and won 14-3. McCallum might be without QB Max Perez, who sprained an ankle against Akins on Thursday. Without him, the Knights ran the ball for all but one play on 27 second-half snaps of their 34-21 victory.
Rouse (1-2) at Cedar Park (3-1), 7:30 p.m., Gupton Stadium
Most teams in the area are just kicking off district play, but state-ranked Cedar Park could move to 3-0 in District 19-5A with a victory here. Rouse lost to East
View 25-22 in its district opener on Sept. 15, but the Raiders have had an extra week to prepare for the Timberwolves. Last season, a bye week didn’t help Rouse much as Cedar Park posted a 31-0 shutout.
Wimberley (4-0) at Fredericksburg (4-0), 7:30 p.m., Battlin’ Billie Stadium
Wimberley will play two more nondistrict games before opening its fourgame district schedule. This week, the Texans face a fellow playoff qualifier from 2016 that’s also off to a perfect start this fall. A year ago, Wimberley topped the Battlin’ Billies 24-19. The two teams have a common opponent, Lampasas: Wimberley rolled past the Badgers 52-17, and Fredericksburg recorded a 27-13 victory.
Nomar Rivera has rushed for nearly 700 yards and 13 touchdowns for the undefeated Smithville Tigers, who’ll face Lago Vista on Friday.