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Football capsules: Liberty Christian faces big challenge with Celina

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Liberty Christian got a solid 21-14 win over Class 4A Division II Melissa in a Week 1 showdown, but the team is gearing up for an even bigger challenge Friday night.

The Warriors will take on No. 7 Celina while looking to avenge a 55-43 loss on the road to the Bobcats last season. Liberty was able to bounce back from last season's high-scoring loss to Melissa and hopes to continue the trend.

Knocking off Celina will be no easy task. The Bobcats lean heavily on a ground attack led by Ismael Ortiz, who rushed for 165 yards and three touchdowns in a 34-26 win over Princeton.

But the Warriors will bring in a similarly strong run game, headlined by running back Andre Washington. Washington racked up the most yards of any back in the Denton area last week (163) while adding two long touchdowns to help seal the victory.

Washington will be the key for Liberty if the Warriors hope to add to their list of impressive early-season victories. The program hasn't opened 2-0 since 2013.

Argyle vs. La Grange

Where: Belton's Crusader Stadium

Time: 7 p.m. Friday

Records: Argyle (1-0), La Grange (0-0)

What's on the line: Argyle will enter the game in a rhythm, but La Grange is somewhat of an unknown commodity after rain forced a cancellation of their Week 1 matchup with Liberty Hill. After scoring 42 points in the first half of a dominating win over Lucas Lovejoy, the Eagles and their talented backfield led by Jon Copeland and Don Williams will be looking to build on a fast start to the year.

Aubrey at Whitesboro

Where: Bearcat Stadium

Time: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Records: Aubrey (1-0), Whitesboro (1-0)

What's on the line: Aubrey showed just how deep its backfield is last week when the Chaparrals rolled over Bowie with their best player, Gatlin Grisso, on the sideline. Aubrey will be out for revenge after last season's gut-wrenching overtime loss to Whitesboro, while the Bearcats are still aiming to find their groove offensively. Whitesboro managed just one score in a 7-6 win over Anna.

Ponder at Wichita Falls City View

Where: City View Veterans Field

Time: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Records: Ponder (0-1), Wichita Falls City View (1-0)

What's on the line:  The Ponder Lions struggled in a loss to Benbrook but will be looking to bounce back this week. Wichita Falls City View is coming off a 45-22 win over Quanah. The Lions will be on the road for the first time in 2017, and Kaden McEwen will need to have another big game after cracking the 100-yard mark last week.

Waco Live Oak Classical at Calvary

Where: Ryan High School

Time: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Records: Calvary (0-1), Waco Live Oak Classical (1-0)

What's on the line: Calvary struggled mightily offensively in a loss to Lucas Christian last week, and the Lions will need to get those issues ironed out as they face an explosive Waco Live Oak Classical Falcons squad. Live Oak won its opener by way of an offensive outburst, scoring 77 points against New Braunfels Christian.

Lake Dallas at Frisco Centennial

Where: Memorial Stadium

Time: 7 p.m. Friday

Records: Lake Dallas (0-1), Frisco Centennial (1-0)

What's on the line: Lake Dallas hopes to rebound after last week's narrow 20-15 loss to Denton. The Falcons' rushing attack was shut down, amassing 117 yards on 31 carries for a 3.8 average. Lake Dallas won last year's matchup 21-9, and the Frisco Centennial Titans gave up 351 rushing yards against Frisco in a 31-21 win, so the Falcons will be sure to attack the Titans on the ground as well.

Muenster at Pilot Point

Where: Massey Stadium

Time: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Records: Pilot Point (1-0), Muenster (1-0)

What's on the line: The Pilot Point Bearcats began the 2016 season 0-5 but are off to a good start with a 35-14 win over Krum. It was the first win under new coach and former Pilot Point linebacker Danny David. Pilot Point hopes to carry last week's success to tonight against a stout Muenster squad. The Bearcats lost last season's matchup 35-12 but hope new quarterback Jacob Pitts and a new-look offense can continue to gel and defeat the Hornets.

Fort Worth O.D. Wyatt at Krum

Where: Bobcat Stadium

Time: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Records: Krum (0-1), Fort Worth O.D. Wyatt (1-0)

What's on the line: Krum is banged up and inexperienced. In order for the Bobcats to rebound after a 35-14 loss to Pilot Point, they have to mature quickly. The Bobcats' offensive line didn't give quarterback Chase Tower much time, surrendering eight sacks, and Fort Worth O.D. Wyatt's defense can get after a quarterback. The Chaparrals shut out Carrollton Creekview 35-0, so their defense can keep an offense out of the end zone.

Celina at Liberty Christian

Where: Warrior Stadium

Time: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Records: Liberty Christian (1-0), Celina (1-0)

What's on the line: After a narrow 21-14 win over Melissa, the Liberty Christian Warriors have another tough test against the No. 7 team in UIL Class 4A, Celina. The Bobcats held off a late Warrior comeback in last year's matchup, defeating Liberty 55-43. Celina racked up just under 400 yards on the ground in last season's meeting, but the Warrior defense is ready for the Bobcats' ground attack with defensive end Isreal Isuman-Hundley and linebacker and Tulsa pledge Grant Sawyer leading the charge.