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Pilot Point, Aubrey renew Battle of 377

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When Aubrey and Pilot Point meet in the Battle of 377 on Friday, the teams will be looking to bounce back from their first losses of the season. 

The Chaparrals were short-handed in a 20-7 loss to Whitesboro, while Pilot Point fell to a stout Muenster team 42-0.

If the last few years are any indication, this year's edition of the U.S. Highway 377 rivalry will be another high-scoring, entertaining shootout. In 2014, Pilot Point edged the Chaparrals 49-48 in a thriller. The Bearcats held off a rebuilding Aubrey squad 44-27 in 2015 before the Chaps bounced back with a 48-43 win last season.

On paper, Aubrey enters this season's matchup with an edge in both experience and talent. With the Chaparrals getting Washington State commit Gatlin Grisso back in all three phases of the game, first-year Pilot Point coach Danny David and the Bearcats will have their work cut out for them this week.

Pilot Point posted a convincing victory over Krum to open the season, as quarterback Jacob Pitts put his playmaking ability on display. The explosive sophomore has 351 total yards and two touchdowns so far, and will team with running back Ty Hellman to attack the Aubrey defense.

Grisso made his season debut last week but was limited to action on just the defensive side of the ball. Aubrey coach Keith Ivy said his star player will be good to go Friday, and last year's District 5-4A (Division II) offensive MVP will provide a major boost to the Chaparrals. Defensive end Austin McCallion will be important up front as Aubrey looks to slow Pitts and Hellman.

Argyle at Celina

Where: Bobcat Stadium

Time: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Records: Argyle (2-0), Celina (1-1)

What's on the line: Argyle is rolling early behind a strong start from quarterback Jon Copeland and running back Don Williams. After a 70-0 drubbing of La Grange, the No. 4 Eagles will look to take down a heated rival in No. 11 Celina. The Bearcats struggled in a loss to Liberty Christian last week, and if Argyle continues to play the way it has, this game could turn into a rout.

Holliday at Ponder

Where: Ponder Field

Time: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Records: Ponder (1-1), Holliday (2-0)

What's on the line:  The Ponder Lions needed overtime to claim their first win, defeating Wichita Falls City View on the road 36-28. Ponder returns home to face a talented Holliday team that has outscored opponents 91-19. Ponder will have to step up defensively as the Lions look to string together a few wins before district play.

Plano Prestonwood at Lake Dallas

Where: Falcon Stadium

Time: 7 p.m. Friday

Records: Lake Dallas (1-1), Plano Prestonwood (1-1)

What's on the line: The Lake Dallas Falcons' next opponent is one of the top private schools in the state. Plano Prestonwood lost its opener to Fort Worth All Saints' Episcopal but bounced back with an impressive win over Dallas Parish Episcopal and is No. 2 in the TAPPS rankings. Last season it was a shootout between the Falcons and Lions. After staying neck-and-neck midway through the third quarter, the Lions finished off the Falcons by outscoring them 29-9 over the final 20 minutes to win 59-40.

Sanger at Krum

Where: Bobcat Stadium

Time: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Records: Krum (0-2), Sanger (0-2)

What's on the line: Krum and Sanger are each looking for a win after falling to 0-2. Sanger has a lot of seniors looking to turn around their season, and a struggling Krum squad could be the answer. Krum has been through a difficult time with its only coach resigning and a new coach stepping in, not to mention having its best playmakers sidelined with injuries. One will have to come out victorious, and that could give the winner some confidence as district play approaches.

Liberty Christian at Gilmer

Where: Jeff Traylor Stadium

Time: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Records: Liberty Christian (2-0), Gilmer (2-0)

What's on the line: The Liberty Christian Warriors proved their defense is a force to be reckoned with against any opponent. That was clear as Liberty defeated Class 4A powerhouse Celina last week. Coach Barton Hundley looks forward to seeing how his defense stacks up against another ranked opponent in Gilmer. It'll be a perfect matchup to prepare the Warriors for when they take on an all-too-familiar Plano Prestonwood squad to open district play.

CHANT Chargers at Calvary

Where: Ryan High School

Time: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Records: Calvary (1-1), Christian Homeschool Athletes of North Texas (2-0)

What's on the line: Calvary took care of business as expected against the Waco Live Oak Classical JV, securing its first win 46-0. This week will provide a stiffer challenge, as Christian Homeschool Athletes of North Texas enters the matchup with a 2-0 record. The Chargers defeated Tyler King's Academy 44-19 last week, and Calvary will need to be firing on all cylinders when kickoff rolls around.