PLANO (3-1, 0-1) at HEBRON (3-1, 1-0)
7:30 p.m. Friday at Hawk Stadium
When we saw them last: After going undefeated in nondistrict play, Plano got a humbling reminder of what life is like in 8-5A as Allen pounded the Wildcats, 44-7, in a game that may have actually been more lopsided than the score indicated. Hebron turned in one of the best defensive performances of the year against Flower Mound last week, holding the Jaguars to their lowest point output since 2008 in a 21-15 win.
2010 result: Plano shutdown Hebron’s explosive offense and put up 16 points in the fourth quarter to take a resounding 33-6 win. Special teams were a huge factor as Blair Burns returned a kickoff for a touchdown for Plano and a Hebron punt snap went over the punter’s head and through the end zone for a safety.
What’s at stake: With so much parity in the district, every game matters in 8-5A. A win would go a long way toward solidifying a playoff spot for Hebron after it cleared one of 8-5A’s pesky hurdles in Flower Mound. Falling into an 0-2 hole would put Plano’s playoff hopes in serious jeopardy, but the Wildcats still have the weakest part of their district schedule ahead of them.
Key matchup: Plano’s offense vs. Hebron’s defense. Plano did absolutely nothing against Allen’s defense last week. It may not get any better against Hebron, which is coming off a win in which it shut down the area’s most prolific offense.
Players to watch: Plano defensive end Xavier Harbert recorded three sacks and returned a fumble for a touchdown against Allen last week. Hebron defensive end Deatrich Wise, who has committed to Arkansas, has helped rejuvenate Hebron’s defense, which struggled at times last year.
Prediction: Hebron 28, Plano 24.