Bo Hogeboom

Argyle quarterback Bo Hogeboom (13) throws a pass last Friday against Paris in Argyle.

As was the case to start the season in nondistrict action, Argyle’s toughest games of the district schedule come in consecutive weeks.

After defeating Paris 34-26 last week, the Eagles — ranked No. 2 in Class 4A by The Associated Press and No. 1 in 4A Division I by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football — will travel to take on Melissa at 7 p.m. Friday.

The Cardinals, who are 5-2 on the season and 2-1 in District 7-4A, received two votes in the latest AP poll and likely pose the final remaining threat on the schedule for Argyle. The Eagles are seeking their 10th consecutive district championship and close the season against Anna (4-3, 1-2 district) and Celina (4-3, 2-2).

“The run to the state championship is tough team right after tough team,” Argyle coach Todd Rodgers said. “It’s not always the best team that wins, but the healthiest, best team. We feel really good where we are health-wise going into the Melissa game.”

Melissa’s offense will be one of the most talented Argyle has seen this year, as the Cardinals are averaging 35 points per game behind the play of quarterback Brendon Lewis (2,043 total yards, 28 touchdowns), running back Ja’Bray Young (993 yards, six TDs) and WR Kennedy Lewis (371 yards, seven TDs).

Brendon Lewis, a four-star recruit according to 247Sports, has committed to TCU, while Ja’Bray Young and Kennedy Lewis are three-star recruits with a handful of Power Five conference offers.

Argyle’s defense, which is giving up only 18 points per game, is led by linebacker Chase Petter (76 tackles, 18 for loss, 10 sacks), safety Hayden Clearman (52 tackles), linebacker Blake Michels (33 tackles, seven TFL, four sacks) and defensive back Brenden Dixon (five interceptions).

The defense has come up with big plays in several key situations, giving the Eagles’ offense an opportunity to flourish. Argyle is averaging 54 points per game, ranking second in 4A behind Liberty Hill.

The Eagles have scored at least 45 points in all but two games, thanks to a senior-laden offensive line and a pair of first-year starters in running back Tito Byce (104 carries, 695 yards, 13 TDs) and quarterback Bo Hogeboom (1,548 yards, 22 TDs).

Argyle will look to maintain that type of production Friday in Melissa. The Eagles have their won two true road games by an average of 52 points and defeated Texarkana Liberty-Eylau 69-13 at a neutral site.

“We learned a lot about ourselves after a run of [Tyler] Chapel Hill, Liberty-Eylau, Sanger and [Paris] North Lamar,” Rodgers said. “We rolled back up and played a very successful Paris team last week. I think we’re in a good spot now with where we need to be against Melissa.”

Iowa Park at Aubrey

Where: Chaparral Stadium

Time: 7 p.m.

Records: Aubrey (2-5, 1-1), Iowa Park (2-5, 1-1)

What’s on the line: Aubrey snapped its losing streak with a dominant showing against Krum, and the Chaparrals can really make a move toward securing a spot in the playoffs against Iowa Park. The Hawks, like Aubrey, are 1-1 in district play, with their win coming against Vernon. Iowa Park has struggled offensively, averaging 22.7 points, but will get a handful of key players — including running back Brendin Fallon — back against Aubrey, according to the Wichita Falls Times Record News. Aubrey had nine players carry the ball in the win against Krum but will rely on Jose Noyola, Luke Sciba and Amos Perkins to shoulder the load in the team’s run-heavy attack Friday.

Krum at Graham

Where: Newton Field

Time: 7 p.m.

Records: Krum (0-7, 0-2), Graham (4-3, 2-0)

What’s on the line: Krum’s woes continued as the Bobcats struggled to keep up with Aubrey in a 41-13 loss. Graham is the district frontrunner, and the Steers have won four straight since getting off to an 0-3 start. Graham’s balanced attack is paced by sophomore quarterback Hunter Lanham (1,508 yards, 14 TDs) and senior running back Chase Gilmore (170 carries, 1,202 yards, 16 TDs). Krum will need QB Bryson Lightfoot to have a big game to have a chance. Lightfoot is the team’s leading rusher and passer seven games into the season. Lightfoot had 182 passing yards and a touchdown while rushing for 76 yards on 14 carries last week.

Lake Dallas at Lucas Lovejoy

Where: Leopard Stadium

Time: 7 p.m.

Records: Lake Dallas (5-2, 3-2), Lucas Lovejoy (5-1, 4-1)

What’s on the line: After falling to Frisco two weeks ago, Lake Dallas responded with a 45-20 win against Frisco Memorial while working a lot of faces into the game to give key contributors a bit of a breather. The Falcons should be fresh entering Friday night in an important game against Lucas Lovejoy, which has a firm grasp on the No. 2 spot in District 7-5A (Division II). Lake Dallas is in a tie for fourth with Denison, but the Falcons have a head-to-head victory over the Yellow Jackets. Quarterback Ryan Depperschmidt and the high-powered Lake Dallas offense will need to have a big game while the Falcons will need a big effort from their defense to contain the Lovejoy offense, which is averaging 45 points.

Fort Worth All Saints’ at Liberty

Where: Warrior Stadium

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Records: Liberty Christian (3-4, 1-1), Fort Worth All Saints’ (2-4, 1-0)

What’s on the line: Liberty Christian got a huge win over previously unbeaten Midland Christian, and while Andre Washington was the star, the Warriors came up with a handful of key plays in all three phases of the game to walk away with the victory. Now the team hosts Fort Worth All Saints’ with a chance to get to .500 on the season. The Saints are coming off a 20-7 win against Addison Trinity Christian but are averaging just 21.5 points offensively while giving up an average of more than 31 points.

Pilot Point at Paradise

Where: Panther Stadium

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Records: Pilot Point (5-3, 2-2), Paradise (4-3, 1-2)

What’s on the line: Pilot Point took a bit of a step back in a loss to Boyd while squandering an opportunity to grab full control of the No. 2 seed out of District 4-3A (Division I). Now the Bearcats are in a tie with Whitesboro for the No. 3 spot, though Pilot Point did beat Whitesboro earlier this season. A win against Paradise would go a long way toward improving the Bearcats’ postseason outlook. The Panthers had an open week last week and fell to Boyd 28-7 on Oct. 12. Pilot Point will need to get off to a faster start against Paradise, as the Bearcats trailed 20-7 before making a late comeback attempt against Boyd.

Brock at Ponder

Where: Ponder Field

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Records: Brock (6-1, 3-0), Ponder (2-6, 0-4)

What’s on the line: Ponder has struggled to find its footing offensively over the last few weeks and is averaging only17.5 points per game for the season. The Lions are on the outside looking in as far as playoff positioning goes and now host Brock, one of the top teams in Class 3A. The Eagles have defeated Ponder in four straight seasons by an average of more than 45 points and are coming off a 34-29 win over Whitesboro.

Sanger at Paris

Where: Wildcat Stadium

Time: 7 p.m.

Records: Sanger (0-7, 0-3), Paris (5-2, 3-1)

What’s on the line: Sanger came up short in what appeared to be the team’s best shot at getting a win this season, as the Indians lost to previously winless Paris North Lamar 41-24. Now Sanger travels to Paris to take on the Panthers, who gave Argyle a scare last week. Sanger is scoring just eight points per game while giving up an average of more than 48 points. The Indians will have their hands full as Paris looks to get back on track after last week’s loss.

Calvary at Rockwall Heritage

Where: Hobart Wisdom Field

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Records: Calvary (3-4, 0-3), Rockwall Heritage (1-5, 0-3)

What’s on the line: Calvary has lost three straight since getting off to a strong start, but the Lions hope last week’s bye will help the team reset heading into a game against a Rockwall Heritage squad that’s just 1-5. Heritage has lost three straight as well, including a 58-0 loss to Jan Jacinto Christian last week. The teams are tied at the bottom of the district and a win could help turn things around late in the season.

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