The Farmer football team begins district play on Friday, Sept. 22. Last year, the Farmers were named the 6-6A district champions.
The Farmer football team begins district play on Friday, Sept. 22. Last year, the Farmers were named the 6-6A district champions.
Ruben Plascencia

District 6-6A preview

The varsity football team won its first outright district championship in 21 years last season, going undefeated in district play. After reaching the fourth round of the playoffs, the Farmers are in position to go back to back in District 6-6A as none of the other teams in the district advanced past their opening playoff opponents. These are the seven other district teams and how they’ve performed through the non-district stretch of 2023.
Sept. 22 – Flower Mound Jaguars (2-1)

At: Max Goldsmith Stadium (Home)

Head Coach: Brian Basil (38-39 at Flower Mound)

Last season: 3-7 (3-4 district), missed playoffs

Last five against Lewisville:

2022: Farmers 28-21 Jaguars @ FMHS

2021: Farmers 33-24 Jaguars @ LHS

2020: Farmers 51-21 Jaguars @ FMHS

2019: Farmers 30-34 Jaguars @ FMHS

2018: Farmers 27-35 Jaguars @ LHS

Players to watch

Offense: senior quarterback Jake Watson 

Defense: junior linebacker Elijah Luneke

The big number: 38.3% completion percentage over last two games (28 completions on 73 attempts)

Random knowledge: Flower Mound has seven playoff appearances in program history, the least among current District 6-6A schools. Basil, who became the head coach in 2016, has fielded three of them (2018, 2019, 2021).

Non-district games:

38-31 win vs Fossil Ridge (1-3)

41-21 win vs Lake Highlands (3-1)

13-30 loss at McKinney (4-0)

The rundown: The Jaguars come off of their least successful season under Basil, winning three games against Plano East, Plano, and Plano West. Watson is a true dual-threat who was the leading rusher in the team’s first two games and scored four rushing touchdowns against Lake Highlands. Luneke and senior defensive end Scott Rumsey will lead a front seven which struggled to stop Farmers running back Viron Ellison in last season’s game. Ellison had 24 rushing attempts which he turned into a season-high 220 yards and two touchdowns. 

Sept. 29 – Coppell Cowboys (3-0)

At: Buddy Echols Field (Away)

Head Coach: Antonio Wiley (12-2 at Coppell)

Last season: 9-2 (6-1 district), lost in bi-district round 44-26 against McKinney

Last five against Lewisville:

2022: Farmers 38-3 Cowboys @ LHS

2021: Farmers 38-15 Cowboys @ LHS

2020: Farmers 39-14 Cowboys @ CHS

2019: Farmers 35-10 Cowboys @ CHS

2018: Farmers 13-6 Cowboys @ LHS

Players to watch

Offense: senior quarterback Edward Griffin

Defense: junior linebacker Weston Polk

The big number: Michael Odle is 5-0 against Coppell as the Farmers head coach

Random knowledge: Senior wide receiver Baron Tipton, who currently leads the Cowboys in receiving yards, is also a starting power forward and center on Coppell’s varsity basketball team. 

Non-district games:

44-41 win vs Sachse (2-2)

44-34 win at South Grand Prairie (0-4)

21-14 win vs Timber Creek (2-2)*

* game stopped after first half due to inclement weather

The rundown: The Farmers handed Coppell its only regular season loss of 2022, a game in which the former gained 456 total yards, a season high. A receiving duo of Tipton and senior wide receiver Luca Grosoli gives Griffin, a first-year starter, two experienced options to throw to. While the Cowboys defense lost top cornerback recruit Braxton Myers, Polk is only a junior and is already projected to be the District 6-6A defensive MVP by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football magazine

Oct. 6 – Plano West Wolves (0-3)

At: Max Goldsmith Stadium (Home)

Head Coach: Tyler Soukup (12-31 at Plano West)

Last season: 2-8 (1-6 district), missed playoffs

Last 3 against Lewisville*:

2022: Farmers 15-14 Wolves @ PWHS

2021: Farmers 64-28 Wolves @ LHS

2020: Farmers 17-27 Wolves @ PWHS

* PWHS joined District 6-6A in 2020

Players to watch

Offense: senior running back Demetrius Willis 

Defense: senior linebacker Jamieon Seguin

The big number: 40 points scored through first three games; least in District 6-6A

Random knowledge: Plano West has made the playoff nine times in team history, second least to Flower Mound. Both the Wolves and Jaguars’ schools were founded in 1999, as was Hebron High School. However, the Hebron Hawks have as many playoff appearances as both Plano West and Flower Mound combined and are the most recent state champion among current District 6-6A teams, winning state in 2005. 

Non-district games:

36-12 loss vs Mesquite Horn (3-1)

46-0 loss vs Keller (4-0)

34-28 loss vs McKinney Boyd (1-3)

The rundown: Plano West gave the Farmers their closest win last season by a score of 15-14. The team won only two games a season ago, and returned less starters than most of District 6-6A. When asked about teams more likely to stack the box well and stop the run, Farmers quarterback Ethan Terrell pointed out that “one of those teams is Plano West.” 

Oct. 13 – Plano Wildcats (2-1)

At: Max Goldsmith Stadium (Home/Homecoming)

Head Coach: Cody White (2-1, first year at Plano)

Last season: 4-7 (3-4 district), lost in bi-district round 28-3 against Prosper

Last 2 against Lewisville*:

2022: Farmers 42-14 Wildcats @ PHS

2021: Farmers 44-15 Wildcats @ PHS

* PSHS joined District 6-6A in 2020; game was canceled in 2020

Players to watch

Offense: junior running back Sergio Burrusquieta 

Defense: senior linebacker Jeffrey Sekula Jr. 

The big number: Defense has forced eight sacks and six turnovers through first three games

Random knowledge: Founded in 1891, Plano Senior High School is the oldest high school in District 6-6A followed by Lewisville High School founded in 1897. The football program shares that longevity and is one of the teams lobbying to be the fifth high school football team in the state of Texas to reach 800 wins

Non-district games:

54-13 loss vs Byron Nelson (4-0)

33-7 win vs Keller Central (0-4)

35-34 win at Bowie (2-2)

The rundown: White was 108-27 in 11 seasons at Brentwood Academy, leading the team to four Tennessee state championships. He takes over for a team which was in the playoffs last season. Senior running back Joshua Campbell hasn’t played since the opening loss to Byron Nelson after being projected to be the starting running back. Burrusquieta has stepped into that role with 47 carries for 219 yards. The Wildcats’ defense is experienced with eight returning starters according to Dave Campbell’s Texas Football magazine. 

Oct. 20 – Marcus Marauders (0-3)

At: Marcus Marauder Stadium (Away)

Head Coach: Mike Alexander (0-3, first year at Marcus)

Last season: 6-5 (5-2 district), lost in bi-district round 42-7 against Guyer

Last 5 against Lewisville:

2022: Farmers 17-14 Marauders @ LHS

2021: Farmers 27-40 Marauders @ MHS

2020: Farmers 38-58 Marauders @ LHS

2019: Farmers 42-48 Marauders @ LHS

2018: Farmers 17-13 Marauders @ MHS

Players to watch

Offense: junior quarterback Dane Parlin

Defense: senior defensive end Will Upshaw

The big number: The Farmers haven’t won the “Battle of the Axe” rivalry game in consecutive years since 1998-2002 (Marcus leads all-time series 21-16)

Random knowledge: 2022 starting quarterback Cole Welliver transferred to Liberty Christian High School, where former Dallas Cowboys and Las Vegas Raiders tight end Jason Witten is currently the head coach. The team is off to a 3-0 start with Welliver as their starter. 

Non-district games:

56-24 loss vs Highland Park (3-1)

57-15 loss at Southlake Carroll (4-0)

59-49 loss at Trinity (2-2)

The rundown: The Marauders started off 0-3 for the first time since 2012. The team had to replace its top two wide receivers and starting quarterback, which were all FBS prospects. Parlin has been a solid starter through three games, completing 60 passes for 867 yards and six touchdowns. The Marauders’ strength may be its defense, headlined by Upshaw, who has been on varsity since freshman year, among other returning starters. New head coach Alexander spent his career as a defensive coordinator and defensive position coach before his head coaching opportunities. 

Oct. 27 – Plano East Panthers (2-1)

At: Max Goldsmith Stadium (Home)

Head Coach: Tony Benedetto (5-8 at Plano East)

Last season: 3-7 (0-7 district), missed playoffs

Last 3 against Lewisville*:

2022: Farmers 38-14 Panthers @ PEHS

2021: Farmers 29-24 Panthers @ PEHS

2020: Farmers 56-42 Panthers @ LHS

* PEHS joined District 6-6A in 2020

Players to watch

Offense: senior quarterback Drew Devillier

Defense: senior defensive end Chima Chineke

The big number: One district win since joining District 6-6A in 2020 (31-14 at Plano West in 2021)

Random knowledge: Seven Plano East Panthers have made it to the NFL, second to Plano (14) in District 6-6A. Jake Brendel, a center on the San Francisco 49ers, is Plano East’s only active NFL player (Plano has five former players active in the NFL). 


Non-district games:

48-14 win vs Rowlett (1-3)

42-19 win at Naaman Forest (0-4)

42-14 loss at Rock Hill (1-3)

The rundown: The Panthers were among the highest-producing passing offenses in District 6-6A last season as Devillier threw for 2210 yards and 18 touchdowns. The team will have to replace top wide receiver Rushil Patel (1195 yards) who is now at Sam Houston State University. On offense, Plano East returned four wide receivers for Devillier to throw to; defensively, the Panthers still have sack leader Chineke and a dangerous safety in senior Desmond Smith, who has an interception on defense and is second in team rushing yards as a running back. 

Nov. 3 – Hebron Hawks (1-1)

At: Hawk Stadium (Away)

Head Coach: John Towels (7-6 at Hebron)

Last season: 5-5 (3-4 district), missed playoffs

Last 5 against Lewisville:

2022: Farmers 31-17 Hawks @ LHS

2021: Farmers 37-35 Hawks @ LHS

2020: Farmers 70-20 Hawks @ HHS

2019: Farmers 14-38 Hawks @ HHS

2018: Farmers 27-21 Hawks @ LHS

Players to watch

Offense: senior wide receiver Hudson Brock

Defense: junior safety Bo Onu

The big number: 6-2 against Farmers when playing at Hebron since 2006

Random knowledge: Hawks quarterback Patrick Crayton Jr. is the son of former NFL wide receiver Patrick Crayton. Crayton played for the Dallas Cowboys (2004-2009) and San Diego Chargers (2010-2011), totaling 3,650 receiving yards and 25 touchdowns. 

Non-district games:

39-34 win vs Dallas Jesuit (2-2)

21-16 loss at Wylie (2-1)

21-17 game vs V.R. Eaton* (2-2)

* game stopped near halftime due to inclement weather; win was voided

The rundown: Hebron was one loss to Plano away from qualifying for the playoffs a season ago. The offense is relatively inexperienced at the varsity level, so senior receiver Brock is expected to step into the top receiving role after Case Holleron graduated. Hebron does have a fast veteran defense headlined by a talented secondary; senior defensive backs Dylan Goodrich and Garrison Blair are experienced starters joined by senior defensive back Connor Dean, younger brother of Arkansas Razorbacks linebacker Carson Dean. Onu is primarily a safety but has the versatility to play anywhere on defense and could see playing time on offense. 

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