McKinney North (5-2, 3-1 in district) has the chance Friday to hand Highland Park (7-0, 4-0 in district) its first loss of the season and take a partial claim on the top spot in District 10-4A.
However, to do so the Bulldogs will have to stop the Scots quarterback tandem of Jake Howeth and Brady Burgin. Howeth, used in a Wildcat-type formation, leads the team in rushing with 548 yards. Howeth is also used under center in goal-line situations, scoring 14 touchdowns on the ground.
Burgin is the teams pocket passer, throwing for 921 yards and 10 touchdowns with a completion percentage of just over 70. Both quarterbacks look to Dalton Stogner to reel in passes, as he's gained 733 to date for nine touchdowns.
McKinney North is a running machine, boasting two rushers with over 600 yards. Quarterback Brylan Williams leads the pack with 690 yards rushing and eight touchdowns. Right behind Williams is running back Devin Smith with 682 yards and a team leading 10 touchdowns.
Highland Park will face its third challenging game in a row, with single possession wins over Wylie and Richardson Pearce. The Scots recovered a Pearce fumble with just seconds left to seal their latest victory.
The game takes place Friday at Ron Poe Stadium in McKinney at 7:30 p.m.