While several schools in the Denton Record-Chronicle coverage area having a bye this week, Krum will travel to Royse City to take on Texarkana Pleasant Grove and looking to build momentum heading into district play.
The Bobcats fell to Carrollton Ranchview 42-28 in a game that finished closer than it started last week. After Ranchview jumped out to a 28-7 lead in the first half, Krum outscored the Wolves 21-14 over the final two quarters to give the team something to build on heading into this week.
Pleasant Grove won't be an easy opponent to bounce back against, as the Hawks are off to a 4-0 start while outscoring opponents 166-60. Their only game decided by less than 30 points was a 27-20 win over Texarkana (Ark.) Arkansas to open the season. Pleasant Grove defeated Texarkana Liberty-Eylau 51-14 last week and is averaging more than 46 points in the last three games.
For the Bobcats to keep up, quarterback Brian Camunez is going to have to have a big night in the passing game after completing 75 percent of his passes for 106 yards last week. Donald Brown and Larenzo Tystad combined to carry the ball 30 times, and Krum will look to use the running game to keep the Hawks' offense off the field.
A strong showing at 7:30 p.m. Friday would give the Bobcats (1-4) momentum heading into next week's District 3-4A opener against Iowa Park as Krum looks to bounce back from what's been a tough start to the season.
At this point last year, Krum was undefeated and Pleasant Grove had won one game. This season it's the exact opposite, but the Bobcats have found some rhythm on offense the last two weeks.
Plano John Paul II at Liberty Christian
Where: Warrior Stadium
Time: 7 p.m. Friday
Records: Liberty Christian (2-2, 0-1 district), Plano John Paul II (2-2, 0-1)
What's on the line: After last week's 14-0 loss to Plano Prestonwood, Liberty Christian coach Barton Hundley addressed his team and said the Plano John Paul II Cardinals are a different team this year. Liberty and John Paul II have the same overall and district records, and first-year coach and former Cowboys player George Teague has John Paul II — which before defeating Frisco Legacy Christian in Week 2 had lost 33 straight games — on the right track to competing in one of the toughest districts in TAPPS. Hundley has seen that his defense can stop nearly anyone in the district, but Liberty will need some offensive production.
Gilmer Union Hill at Calvary
Where: Ryan High School
Time: 7:30 p.m. Friday
Records: Calvary (3-2), Gilmer Union Hill (4-0)
What's on the line: Calvary's three-game winning streak was snapped by Crowley Nazarene Christian last week, and the Lions face an even tougher challenge Friday. Gilmer Union Hill is averaging more than 80 points per game — yes, 80 — and coming off a 110-64 drubbing of Marshall Christian. That would be high-scoring even on the basketball court, and the Lions are going to have to step up defensively to contain the Bulldogs' high-octane attack.