The season begins Sept. 25 with Dallas Jesuit visiting Flower Mound Marcus. The Rangers will send defensive stars Robert Fitzgerald and Peter Melle after Marauders QB Garrett Nussmeier, who is bound for LSU in 2021.
Next up on Oct. 2, nine-time state champion Aledo hosts Frisco Lone Star. The Bearcats appear to have all of the weapons needed to win a third consecutive title, including LSU commit WR JoJo Earle. The Rangers won their first 14 games last season, powered by 50 touchdown passes by Garret Rangel.
Five-time state champion Allen visits Cedar Hill Oct. 9 in one of the region’s most-anticipated early season affairs. Tennessee-bound quarterback Kaidon Salter leads the Longhorns’ offense, while the Eagles’ defense counters with star linebackers Levi Tupou and Link Smith.
Non-district competition concludes with the Arlington Lamar Vikings visiting Prosper Oct. 16. The spotlight will shine on Lamar receiver Cameron Brady, who holds offers from Ole Miss, Arizona, and Arkansas among others. When the Eagles are on offense, quarterback Jackson Berry will draw a ton of attention. The superstar signal-caller racked up 45 total touchdowns last season.
District play begins Oct. 23 when Rockwall and Rockwall-Heath meet in the annual I-30 Classic. The Yellow Jackets return quarterback Braedyn Locke after he threw for 53 touchdowns a year ago, while the Hawks are anchored by all-state offensive lineman Hunter Smith.
The Burleson Centennial Spartans have been consistent over the past five seasons, reaching the area round in four of those campaigns. They’ll travel to face Birdville Oct. 30, with offensive linemen Seth Rangel and Brock McDonnell clearing plenty of room for the Hawks’ running attack. Then on Nov. 6, Hebron heads to Plano.
With a staggered start to this year, Nov. 13 presents an opportunity to dip into postseason play. Class 4A is scheduled to begin its state playoffs with the bi-district round, and CW33 will feature one of the top match-ups pitting Dallas-Fort Worth teams against each other.
Class 5A/6A play returns to the airwaves as the regular season reaches crunch time. On Nov. 20, Lovejoy faces Frisco at The Star. The Raccoons are led by reigning district defensive MVP Chase Lowery. McKinney and McKinney Boyd meet in District 5-6A on Nov. 27.
The regular season for 5A/6A concludes Dec. 4 with a game yet to be determined, as CW33 plans to highlight a battle with implications towards a district title or the playoff picture. Coverage then continues deep into the postseason, culminating with 5A/6A state semifinal matchups. The station will feature at least seven playoff games from the state’s two largest classifications Dec. 11 through Jan. 9.
The CW33 High School Football Showdown crew includes longtime voices of DFW high school football Doug Anderson and LaDarrin McLane, returning for their 15th consecutive season in the broadcast booth together. Chris Mycoskie is back to serve as the sideline reporter.
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL ON CW33
Sept. 25, Dallas Jesuit at Flower Mound Marcus
Oct. 2, Frisco Lone Star at Aledo
Oct. 9, Allen at Cedar Hill
Oct. 16, Arlington Lamar at Prosper
Oct. 23, Rockwall-Heath at Rockwall
Oct. 30, Burleson Centennial at Birdville
Nov. 6, Hebron at Plano
Nov. 13, UIL State Playoffs – Class 4A Bi-District
Nov. 20, Lovejoy at Frisco
Nov. 27, McKinney Boyd at McKinney
Dec. 4, Regular Season Finale (Matchup TBD)
Dec. 11, UIL State Playoffs – Class 5A/6A Bi-District
Dec. 18, UIL State Playoffs – Class 5A/6A Area
Dec. 19, UIL State Playoffs – Class 5A/6A Area
Dec. 26, UIL State Playoffs – Class 5A/6A Regional
Jan. 2, UIL State Playoffs – Class 5A/6A Quarterfinal
Jan. 8, UIL State Playoffs – Class 5A/6A Semifinal
Jan. 9, UIL State Playoffs – Class 5A/6A Semifinal