Are the Scots Ready For the 10-6A Gauntlet?

Highland Park's Hayden Schnieders returned an interception for a touchdown against Prosper. (Photo: Chris McGathey)
HP’s Hayden Schnieders returned an interception for a touchdown against Prosper. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

The Class 6A debut for Highland Park is one week away. And with the Scots taking a bye this week along with the rest of its new District 10-6A foes, it provides a good opportunity to examine how all eight teams have fared so far.

It was a curious decision by HP to not include any 6A teams (or any road games) in its nondistrict schedule this year. In fact, the Scots’ district opener next Friday at North Mesquite will be their first game against a team from the state’s top classification since facing Coppell in 2009.

Still, it’s difficult to argue with the results thus far. The Scots (3-0) are the only unbeaten squad in the district, and its two wins against 5A opposition have resulted in shutouts of Frisco Centennial and Prosper. The HP offense is averaging almost 50 points per game.

The best of the rest might be Mesquite Horn (2-1), which hasn’t been explosive on offense but nevertheless opened the year with consecutive wins over McKinney Boyd and Duncanville. The Jaguars stumbled against a resurgent Rockwall team in a 26-14 loss.

It’s hard to separate Richardson Berkner and North Mesquite so far. Both are 2-1 and have beaten the same two teams — winless Garland Naaman Forest and South Garland. As for the losses, the Rams were blown out by Mesquite Poteet 45-14, while the Stallions fell to Arlington Sam Houston in a 12-10 defensive struggle.

Lake Highlands (1-2) has played a fairly tough schedule, opening with a win over Plano East (18-13) before losses to Rowlett (37-35) and Colleyville Heritage (40-16).

Meanwhile, Richardson Pearce (1-2) is another 10-6A team that has feasted on South Garland, but has lost to McKinney by a little and McKinney North by a lot.

The defense for Mesquite (0-3) has been a disaster so far, as the Skeeters have allowed a total of 144 points in three lopsided losses to Plano West (who looked very good against HP in a scrimmage), Garland, and Duncanville.

Then there’s Richardson (0-3), which appears destined to struggle in this league after a winless nondistrict campaign that included defeats against Frisco Heritage, Garland Lakeview Centennial, and a 50-point drubbing at Wylie.

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