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Michael Clements for the Denton Record-Chronicle

Football capsules: District titles on line for Argyle, Aubrey

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It's not often that two Denton-area teams secure district championships in the same week, but Argyle and Aubrey have a chance to all but clinch crowns Friday.

The Eagles (8-0, 3-0 District 4-4A) face off against Wichita Falls Hirschi (7-1, 3-0). Aubrey (7-1, 3-0 District 5-4A) travels to Melissa (7-1, 3-0).

Both Argyle and Aubrey are missing key pieces, as the Eagles will take the field for the first time without quarterback Jon Copeland, who tore his ACL in last week's win over Sanger. Aubrey has been without both of its Division I prospects in Gatlin Grisso and Jordan Redfearn, both of whom suffered torn ACLs earlier this season.

The Chaparrals have responded well without their stars, relying on players like Spencer Neumann and Brody Bounds to pick up the slack in the backfield over the last few weeks. Argyle will likely turn to junior Hayden Clearman under center as the team looks to maintain offensive production that's hovering above 50 points per game.

For Aubrey, the key will be slowing down the sophomore duo of QB Brendon Lewis (2,288 total yards, 28 TDs) and RB Ja'bray Young (717 yards, seven TDs). Junior WR Kennedy Lewis (618 yards, four TDs) leads the way on the perimeter for Melissa, which is averaging more than 43 points.

Argyle will need to find a way to slow Hirschi running back Daimarqua Foster, who has put up numbers that would look out of place even in a video game. Foster has 2,137 yards and 30 touchdowns on the ground, including a 580-yard effort against Decatur.

Argyle and Aubrey can secure at least a share of their districts' titles with a win.

Little Elm at Lake Dallas

Where: Falcon Stadium

Time: 7 p.m. Friday

Records: Lake Dallas (5-3, 4-1 district), Little Elm (7-1, 4-1)

What's on the line: The next two weeks for the Lake Dallas Falcons will be key in determining who will be the District 14-5A champion. Lake Dallas handily defeated Carrollton Creekview last week, and coach Michael Young likes his chances heading into matchups with a one-loss Little Elm squad and a stout Prosper team to end the regular season. The Falcons hold tiebreakers over four of the five teams behind them.

Liberty Christian at Dallas Bishop Dunne

Where: Earl Hayes Stadium

Time: 7 p.m. Friday

Records: Liberty Christian (5-3, 3-2), Dallas Bishop Dunne (4-3, 3-2)

What's on the line: The Liberty Christian Warriors are coming off a 7-0 loss to Dallas Bishop Lynch and now have to face the first of two tough games against teams tied for third place with Liberty. These next two weeks will be key for Liberty to secure a TAPPS playoff spot.

Breckenridge at Ponder

Where: Ponder Field

Time: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Records: Ponder (3-5, 1-2 District 4-3A), Breckenridge (3-5, 3-0)

What's on the line: Last week's loss to Paradise moved Ponder into a three-way tie for third place, and this week's game against Breckenridge is likely to be another tough contest. The Buckaroos are averaging nearly 40 points in district play and sit in a tie for first place with Brock. With a must-win game against Bowie looming, an upset of Breckenridge would do wonders for Ponder's playoff hopes.

Howe at Pilot Point

Where: Massey Stadium

Time: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Records: Pilot Point (2-6, 1-2 District 5-3A), Howe (0-8, 0-3)

What's on the line: If the season were to end today, Pilot Point would be in the playoffs. A win over Howe clinches a playoff berth for the Bearcats in Year 1 under coach Danny David, and the team still has room to maneuver up into third place behind Pottsboro and Whitesboro. Howe has yet to win a game, and Pilot Point's offensive trio of Jacob Pitts, Quincy Kemp and Ty Hellman will look to keep it that way.

Sanger at Gainesville

Where: Leopard Stadium

Time: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Records: Sanger (3-5, 1-2 District 4-4A), Gainesville (3-5, 1-2)

What's on the line: Sanger is in a three-way tie for third place and needs a win over Gainesville to bolster its playoff chances. Next week's showdown against Decatur will likely turn into a more pivotal showdown, but the Indians need to get back on track after a 42-14 loss to Argyle.

Calvary at Abilene Christian

Where: Shotwell Stadium

Time: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Records: Calvary (4-5, 0-1 TAPPS six-man District 1), Abilene Christian (6-2, 0-1)

What's on the line: Calvary is coming off a beating from Watauga Harvest Christian and is looking to bounce back against a solid Abilene Christian team on the road at Shotwell Stadium. After playing in two straight games decided by two points or fewer, the Lions lost 46-0 last week. Their response to that kind of thrashing will decide how things go in Abilene.