The Dallas – Fort Worth metroplex is a gold mine for high school football. Programs like Allen, Southlake Carroll, DeSoto, Cedar Hill and Euless Trinity are all encompassed by this vast region that produces some of the best football in the state.
You have to be mindful though when discussing the metroplex to natives of the cities of Dallas and Fort Worth. Both will be quick to point the fact out that Dallas and Fort Worth are two separate cities with their own identities and cultures.
The two cities have maintained a friendly rivalry throughout the years with the city of Arlington almost acting as a dividing line between the two cities. To keep in the spirit of this friendly city rivalry here is a look at some of the best football programs from the two cities this year. This list is composed with all classifications and private/public schools considered.
The only qualification for this list is that the school must be located within the actual city of Dallas or Fort Worth. So sorry to programs such as Cedar Hill, DeSoto and Allen, this is one list that will be excluding you.
Dallas Skyline made our 6A Week One Power Rankings at No.17 following a 9-3 season and an area playoff appearance in the 6A Div.1 UIL playoffs. Skyline looks to put together another great season with the guidance of second year coach Derick Roberson. Skyline boasted one of the best defenses last season, but will only have three returning starters from that defense which includes Jalon Spencer who racked up 80 tackles on his way to an all-district selection.
Jesuit is a familiar face in the playoffs and this year looks to be no different. The Rangers return five starters on both offense and defense from a team that went 10-2 and had an area playoff appearance. Fresh off a district title, senior quarterback Jacob Palish will be leading this offense after throwing for 1,908 yards and 24 scores. His offensive line boasts two all-district line men and on defense Jesuit is led by all-district selections Jack Metz, Jordan Rice and Lucas Kincaid. Both Jesuit and Skyline play in the same district and those two will be duking it out with newcomer Coppell in District 9-6A
Dallas Bishop Dunne
Bishop Dunne has seen outstanding growth for its program in recent years. The TAPPS DI program won its first title in over twenty years back in 2014 and made a second straight appearance in the state final last year. The Falcons have their eyes on another title with the reins of the offense being held by junior quarterback Stacy Connor.
Fort Worth South Hills
The South Hills Scorpions return with what appears to be their best team to date. Headlined by brothers Tracin and Tylan Wallace, the Scorpions hope to continue their upward trend. South Hills is not far removed from five consecutive losing seasons, but have managed to string together three straight seasons above .500. The Scorpions made a playoff appearance last year and have averaged 49.5 points per game the past two years.
A district rival of South Hills, the Yellow Jackets had a spectacular season, but had their season come to an end in an overtime loss to Burleson Centennial in the first round of the playoffs. A usual frontrunner in District 7-5A the Yellow Jackets look to capture their third straight district title. 6-foot-5 senior wide receiver Tariq Woolen will surely be a favorite target of sophomore quarterback Jaiden Zackery. The Yellow Jackets tote a strapping secondary with seniors Darius Williams and James Thompson providing a secure tandem.
Looking to start a fresh chapter of Nolan Catholic’s football tradition is new head coach David Beaudin. Nolan Catholic has long been the frontrunner in the TAPPS classification with state titles captured in 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013 under former head coach Joe Prud’homme. Rory Mitchell returns as running back on offense after racking up 948 yards and 11 touchdowns. Leading this unit defensively are returning defensive backs Damon Ramirez, John Pecot and Grayson Hutka.