DALLAS (KDAF) — The CW33 High School Football Showdown returns this season with live coverage of 18 games from across the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The station will emanate from local stadiums on Thursday evenings throughout the regular season, then shift to Fridays and Saturdays in the playoffs.

Opening night is August 25. Defending Class 6A II state semifinalist Denton Guyer hosts Rockwall-Heath. The Wildcats return quarterback Jackson Arnold, the 2021 Dallas Morning News Offensive Player of the Year and an Oklahoma Sooners commit, plus Notre Dame-bound safety Peyton Bowen. The Hawks reached the regional semifinal round last season.

Azle and Grapevine face off on Sept. 1. Both teams won their respective district titles in 2021. The Hornets finished in a three-way tie atop 3-5A I with Fort Worth Brewer and Justin Northwest. The Mustangs went unbeaten in 4-5A II and then proceeded to advance to the regional semifinal round. These teams last met in 2019, when Grapevine captured a 23-22 comeback win.

10-time state champion Aledo visits Justin Northwest on Sept. 8 to begin play in the realigned District 3-5A I, as the Bearcats have jumped up to a larger division. The Bearcats’ 2021 season ended with a loss to eventual champ South Oak Cliff in the 5A II regional semifinal round. The Texans advanced to the playoffs after sharing the aforementioned District 3-5A I title.

Mansfield Summit plays host to Arlington Seguin on Sept. 15. Led by head coach Channon Hall, Summit reached the 5A I state semifinal round in 2020 and 2021. Seguin’s lineup includes cornerback Jamel Johnson, who verbally committed to the Texas Longhorns in November.

Sept. 22 features Mesquite Horn against North Forney in the District 10-6A opener for both teams. Under new head coach Courtney Allen, the Jaguars began their season with three consecutive wins for the first time in nearly a decade. After dropping its initial game, the Falcons have rattled off three straight victories. North Forney quarterback Michael Phillips accounted for 339 total yards and six touchdowns against Woodrow Wilson.

The CW33 crew heads to Scarborough-Handley Field on Sept. 29 when Dunbar clashes with Western Hills in a Fort Worth ISD affair. The Wildcats and Cougars both earned playoff spots out of District 6-4A I in 2021, and Dave Campbell’s Texas Football predicts that both will reach the postseason again in 2022. (This has been changed due to a game being moved).

Two Garland ISD teams coming off standout campaigns battle on Oct. 6. Naaman Forest reached the postseason for the sixth consecutive year, while the Garland Owls went undefeated in district play to earn their playoff spot.

On Oct. 13, Frisco Heritage faces Frisco inside Ford Center at The Star. The Coyotes have exhibited a high-powered offensive attack, featuring quarterback Devan Calvin, receiver Houston Brookshire, and running back Nick Clark. The Raccoons are off to a 5-1 start overall, including 4-0 in district play.

Richardson ISD rivals meet Oct. 20, as Lake Highlands goes against J.J. Pearce. The Wildcats went 10-2 last season, falling to Allen in the area round.

The 10-team District 6-5A II is made up entirely of Dallas ISD teams, split into two zones. The CW33 schedule includes one of the zone seeding games on Oct. 27. This could feature South Oak Cliff, the defending Class 5A II state champion. The Golden Bears won DISD’s first football title since 1958.

For the final regular season broadcast on Nov. 3, Trinity meets L.D. Bell. This battle of Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD teams has postseason implications. The Trojans would clinch a spot in the state playoffs with a victory, while the Blue Raiders need a win and some outside help to advance. Trinity has put together a remarkable streak in this rivalry, defeating L.D. Bell 24 consecutive times.

Postseason coverage begins on Nov. 11. CW33 will feature at least seven playoff games, culminating with the state semifinal round.

The on-air team remains a constant in CW33’s coverage. Denton grad Doug Anderson is set to provide play-by-play, Lewisville alum LaDarrin McLane offers analysis, while Arlington Lamar product Chris Mycoskie serves as the sideline reporter.