By Bob Kowalski
The Mansfield ISD football teams roll into district play this week, at least for those three squads that are in action.
Lake Ridge, Mansfield and Timberview all hit the field Friday night, with the Tigers and Wolves traveling.
Lake Ridge (0-3) will play host to perennial area power Cedar Hill for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff Friday at Vernon Newsom Stadium. The Eagles have faced top competition this season, and Cedar Hill (1-2) continues that trend.
Lake Ridge has surrendered 148 points in three games, all against powerhouses. They opened the season by visiting Oklahoma giant Tulsa Union, lost in Week 2 at Prosper, which reached the Class 6A Division II region final in 2020-21. The Eagles opened their home schedule last week with a loss to Denton Guyer, a Class 6A Division II state semifinalist.
Cedar Hill boasts an appearance in last season’s Class 6A Division II state championship game and is coming off a 35-16 defeat against traditional strongman Allen.
Mansfield (2-1) hits the road for its District 11-6A opener, traveling to meet Waco at 7:30 p.m. at Waco ISD Stadium. The Tigers defeated Legacy last week, 38-20, taking a 14-0 halftime lead, then adding three third-quarter TDs to ice the victory.
Mansfield opened the season with a 28-21 comeback win at Bentonville West in Arkansas in Week 1, then dropped a game to ISD rival Summit in Week 2.
The Lions (0-3) finished at the bottom of the district standings last season, and are coming off a 42-6 defeat to Killeen.
Timberview (1-2) rolls into Everman for its District 5-5A Division II opener at 7 p.m. Friday.
The Wolves (1-2) notched their first victory last week against Flower Mound, scoring a 41-37 win after opening with losses at Bixby, Okla., and a one-point heartbreaker against Arlington Sam Houston.
The Bulldogs opened with back-to-back defeats to Midlothian Heritage and Stephenville, but scored a 48-14 victory at Haltom City last week.
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