Just days into fall, the Lewisville High School football team is competing for its playoff life. After all, wins in District 6-6A are precious and hard-earned.
After their two-game pre-district schedule, the annual grudge match with rival Flower Mound Marcus, and a week off, the Farmers (1-2 overall, 0-1 in district) resume play tonight at Hebron (1-3, 1-1). Kickoff at Hawk Stadium is 7:30 p.m.
Tonight’s game is the first of seven consecutive Friday night battles with district opponents, and with only three teams advancing to the post-season, Lewisville can’t afford a night where its full focus and effort aren’t present. But neither can any other member of what many consider one of the deepest and most talented districts in the 6A classification.
“You have to play every week in this district,” Farmers coach Gregg Miller said after his team dropped its district opener to Marcus. “If you take the bottom three teams in the district lightly, they’ll beat you if you’re not ready -- including us. If you’re not ready for us, we’ll beat your rear end.”
Here is a look at the opponents that remain on LHS’s schedule:
Hebron, which has a short history of success on the gridiron including a Class 4A state championship in 2005, has had difficulty finding its footing since being grouped in 6-6A. The Hawks went 2-8 last year, and were trending similarly this season until a district-opening win over Plano.
If Allen survives tonight’s matchup against fellow district frontrunner Marcus, the three-time defending state champions will bring a 48-game winning streak into Max Goldsmith Stadium next Friday. Once again, the Eagles feature a handful of highly-sought national recruits. Quarterback Seth Green has committed to Oregon, defensive back Jaylon Jones is headed to Mississippi, and uncommitted Gregory Little is considered the best offensive tackle in the country.
This season, a loss to district cellar-dwellers Flower Mound or Plano West would be devastating to a team’s playoff aspirations. The Jaguars earned their first win of the season -- a 28-27 squeaker over McKinney Boyd last week. Meanwhile, the Wolves, this year’s Farmer homecoming opponent, were pummelled by crosstown rival Plano East last week 38-6.
Last year, Plano East and Lewisville combined to score 114 points in an improbable Farmers comeback win. Lewisville’s 31-point fourth quarter stole the headlines in a game that featured 405 total yards from then-sophomore Panthers quarterback Miklo Smalls, who will lead the area’s class of quarterback recruits next season.
McKinney Boyd rebounded from its district-opening loss to Allen with a close win over Flower Mound. The Broncos, who feature Arkansas State wide receiver pledge Brandon Bowling, will test Lewisville’s young secondary.
The Farmers close the regular season on November 6 at Plano. The Wildcats, who were pummelled by Allen 65-0 last week, are led by Stanford commitment Brandon Stephens, who has gained 431 yards rushing through four games.
DCTA bus routes - Scenario 1(Diagram by Nelson Nygaard)
By Steve Southwell
DCTA held an open house meeting in Lewisville last week to share the results of a comprehensive operational analysis of its bus service in Lewisville, and present two alternative visions of possible future bus routes. Both options standardize the hourly times at which buses arrive and depart from each stop. Both options reduce the number of stops, removing some that are redundant or that get limited ridership. Both also have proposed limited-hours shuttle routes that run to the NCTC campuses, and major employers in the southern and eastern areas of Lewisville. Those shuttle routes would be sponsored at least in part by those employers, but would be available to the public if DCTA funds any portion of them.
Boris Palchik of the consulting firm Nelson Nygaard delivered the presentation to a small audience, explaining that DCTA undertook the analysis in order to determine its strengths and weaknesses so that it can use its taxpayer dollars more effectively and efficiently. Nygaard said that service should be simple. He said that bus routes need to be at regular intervals that fall at the same number of minutes past every hour, in order for passengers to more easily plan their trips. He also explained that routes should be well-coordinated, meaning that riders should arrive at the train station at an appropriate time to catch their connections. Other aspects of a good bus system include having direct paths for riders to their destinations, being symmetrical so that a rider takes the same route to their location and back, and serving well-defined markets.
Palchik said that DCTA was not currently meeting the best practices with regards to operating at regular intervals on the hour, operating along direct (non-circuitous) paths, and being well-coordinated with train schedules.
DCTA bus routes - Scenario 2(Diagram by Nelson Nygaard)
In Lewisville, DCTA currently has three fixed Connect bus routes: 21, 22, and 23, which overlap and connect to one another in four places. The Connect bus routes also take passengers to the A-Train via route 21 to Hebron Station and 23 to Old Town Station. Route 21 takes 42 minutes; Route 22 takes 30 minutes; and Route 23 runs every 40 minutes. Highland Village and northern Lewisville are currently served only by the RSVP service, which is an on-demand transportation service that requires users to schedule their trips at least 24 hours in advance. The RSVP route goes as far south as Lewisville High School and the Main Street Walmart. No bus routes currently reach into the southwest portion of Lewisville south of Bellaire from SH 121 to Garden Ridge. Qualified elderly and disabled passengers in Lewisville can use DCTA’s Access service to schedule rides within the Lewisville/Highland Village zone.
A dock behind one of the homes on Swallow Circle no longer has water beneath it.(LTJ Photo)
By Steve Southwell
Residents in a northern Lewisville neighborhood blame the City of Highland Village and the US Army Corps of Engineers for killing a forest and then draining a lake that straddles the border between the two cities. Blocked culverts caused the area to flood years ago, but recent construction is bringing the water down, destroying what residents had considered a valuable feature behind their homes. Residents not only lose the premium view, but activities like fishing and kayaking will no longer be options there.
The US Geological Survey calls the area Copperas Branch Lake, but it is owned by the Corps of Engineers, who consider it to be a part of Lewisville Lake. The tiny lake is fed by Copperas Branch Creek, and would be a tiny finger of the Hickory Creek arm of Lewisville Lake, if not for I-35E serving as a dam to impound the waters. The area is not navigable from Lewisville Lake, but it is in the same floodplain.
The homeowners say it used to be heavily forested, but that changed years ago when metal culverts under Highland Village Road collapsed, and water began to back up. Laurie Mullens, public affairs manager for the City of Highland Village, said that the Corps installed four metal drainage culverts under the road in the 1980s. The road had two metal culverts side-by-side originally at 522 feet elevation, and two more above that. But, she says that as they deteriorated, the road above them would begin to dip, and the city would fill the dip with new asphalt. Around the year 2000 the top metal culverts failed, and the city replaced those with two plastic culverts, which are not prone to deterioration. She said that the city made the necessary road repairs all with approval from the Corps. “At that point,” she said, “the bottom metal culverts, although blocked somewhat, still drained water.”
Depending on who you ask, those culverts finally failed as far back as 20 years ago, according to the residents, or as recently as 2008, according to Tim MacAllister, who is chief of operations for the Corps of Engineers, and oversees all 25 Corps-owned Texas lakes. When they both became aware of the problem, the Corps and the City of Highland Village agreed that the best course of action was to wait until the I-35 expansion project, since that would require work on the road anyway.
On Saturday, Sept. 19, between 10 and 11 a.m., a group of children was spotted playing with a live bat at the Lake Park soccer fields, roughly between fields 7 and 8. The children were gone before Lewisville Animal Services arrived at the scene. The bat has since tested positive for rabies.
Lewisville officials say there is no reason to expect a widespread appearance of rabies, however it is extremely important that anyone exposed be identified and examined right away.
It can be difficult to know if you have been scratched or bitten by a bat, so please do not assess the situation yourself – let trained experts do that for you.
If you see a bat, do not approach or handle it as they can be carriers of several infectious diseases.
Due to the critical need to identify all those involved, the Denton County Health Department is asking parents to call 940-349-2909 immediately if your child has been exposed, saw or played with this bat. Health department officials can recommend the course of treatment for any child that has been exposed.
Please spread the word among your neighbors and friends.