WHO: Bishop Lynch Friars at Trinity Christian-Cedar Hill Tigers
WHERE: Charles Baldwin Stadium (1313 E. Pleasant Run Rd., Cedar Hill, TX 75104)
WHEN: 7:30 pm on Friday, August 31
RECORDS: Bishop Lynch (0-0), TC-Cedar Hill (0-0)
RANKINGS: Bishop Lynch is ranked No. 3 in the TAPPS Division I Poll; TC-Cedar Hill is ranked No. 1 in the TAPPS Division II Poll
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TC-Cedar Hill averaged 45 points per game on its way to the TAPPS DII state championship but will have to fill several holes left due to graduation. Sophomore QB Shadeur Sanders (son of offensive coordinator Deion Sanders) tossed 34 TD passes and just 8 INTs in his freshman season and had a pair of 1,000-yard backs to count on as well. Baylor commit Qualan Jones (1,253 yards, 18 TD) is back, so is Ja'marvin Hatfield (780 yards, 9 TD). However, graduating receivers took with them 108 receptions (81 percent) and 28 TDs (82 percent).
Hartfield is the Tigers' leading returning tackler (79 tackles), but after that, they'll be filling several holes in the defense. Seniors King Dennis and Dhara Ross each registered 4.5 sacks a year ago for a defense that surrendered just 13 points per game, recorded three shutouts and held six opponents to eight points or less.
The Friars will have to replace Jacob Lewis' 1,300 rushing yards and 18 TDs, but senior Jordan Hudson (890 yards, 11 TDs) returns and is joined by sophomore Byron Brown and dual-threat quarterback Kaidon Salter to give the Friars multiple running options. Salter will look for Rice commit Jack Bradley at tight end, as well as a pair of tall receivers in Jaedon Wilson and Davis Kaul to resurrect a passing offense that has played second fiddle to the run during coach Chuck Faucette's first two seasons.
It's scary to think one of the state's top defenses (public and private) could get even better, but that just might be the case this year with the addition of free safety Plae Wyatt and defensive back Lathan Adams. All-State defenders Warren Walls (SMU commit), Grayson Murphy (UNT) and Gabriel Murphy (UNT) are back along with a number of big contributors on last year's unit that gave up just 9.3 points per game, held eight opponents to 7 points or fewer and recorded three shutouts.