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Terence Belton, Guyer, football
The senior middle linebacker saved his best game for perhaps Guyer’s fiercest rival. Belton tallied 17 tackles with five coming behind the line of scrimmage in the Wildcats’ 63-13 win over Lake Dallas. Belton also recovered a fumble and returned it for a touchdown late in the game.
Colton Hinnrichs, Argyle, football
The junior linebacker played a key role in Argyle’s first shutout of the season, a 56-0 district-opening win over Carrollton Ranchview. Hinnrichs paced the Eagles’ defense with a team-high 14 tackles, with one coming behind the line of scrimmage. He also forced a fumble and had one sack.
Reid Sanders, Ponder, football
The senior quarterback narrowly missed leading his team to its first district victory Friday as the Lions were edged in double overtime by Callisburg, Sanders who threw for 388 yards and five touchdowns and rushed for another score in the 43-41 loss.
Austin Trinklein, Pilot Point, football
The senior defensive back played a big part in his team’s 29-6 win over Paradise on Friday night, helping Pilot Point improve to a 3-1 district mark and a 6-2 overall record. Trinklein returned an interception 49 yards for a touchdown, one of three Paradise turnovers of the night.
Richard Whitaker, Guyer, football
The backup running back, who was thrust into starting duty because of an injury, made the most of being the featured back in the Wildcats’ offense Friday. Whitaker carried the ball 15 times for 138 yards to lead a Guyer ground game that racked up 386 yards. He also found the end zone three times.