North Texas High School Football Playoff Preview: State Quarterfinals

Chris Sommer
December 03, 2019 - 9:58 am
Southlake Carroll

NBCDFW

The state quarterfinals.  Since I started following Texas High School Football in the 1970s, I've always been enamored with the term.  It's one that rings with accomplishment.  Make it to the quarterfinals, and you've done something.  In today's game, it means you are halfway to the ultimate goal - the state championship.  After three rounds of elimination, only 80 teams statewide (including 21 remaining unbeatens) are still playing 11-man football this week.  That's 40 games with huge implications.  Call them the quarterfinals or the regional finals.  Either way, we should be in for another outstanding weekend.  Here are the fourth-round matchups:

 

 

CLASS 6A

Division I

Region I

Southlake Carroll 49, Midland Lee 27

Duncanville 45, Arlington Martin 17

 

Regional Final

Southlake Carroll (13-0) vs Duncanville (13-0), 2:30 p.m. Saturday at McKinney’s McKinney ISD Stadium

SERIES TIED 1-1 SINCE 2004

LAST MEETING:  Duncanville 51, Southlake Carroll 7 (12/8/18)

Carroll:

WON 13 STRAIGHT...Soph. QB Quinn Ewers was 25 of 30 passing for 357 yards and 4 TD in win over Midland Lee...Ewers also ran for two scores...Fr. RB Owen Allen ran for 116 and a TD last week...WR Brady Boyd had nine receptions for 166 yards and a TD...Carroll's last win over Duncanville came in 2011

Duncanville:

WON 13 STRAIGHT...QB Ja' Quinden Jackson ran for 164 yards and 3 TD in third-round win...RB Trysten Smith ran for 130 and 2 TD...Panthers ran for 391 yards last week, held Arlington Martin to 121 rush yards...DL Kevon Ivy rumbled 80 yards on a fumble return for TD...Experience could be key vs. young Carroll team

 

Region II

Rockwall 37, Klein Oak 27

Prosper 38, The Woodlands 14

 

Regional Final

Rockwall (11-2) vs Prosper (11-2), 6 p.m. Saturday at Frisco's Ford Center

FIRST RECENT MEETING

BOTH WERE DISTRICT RUNNERS-UP

Rockwall:

WON 8 STRAIGHT...Yellowjackets went on 23-0 rally in comeback win over Klein Oak...RB Zach Henry was injured last week, status unknown for Prosper game...WR Jaxon Smith-Njigba had six receptions for 91 yards last week, scored on a catch and on a run...WR Brenden Bayes had key TD reception from Soph. QB Brayden Locke...DB Corey Kelley had 42-yard INT return for TD...Rockwall was held to 121 rushing yards last week

Prosper:

WON 4 STRAIGHT...QB Jackson Berry threw for season-high 312 yards in win over The Woodlands...Berry threw for two scores and ran for two...RB JT Lane ran for 115 yards last week...WR Hayden Metcalf had ten catches for 141 yards and a TD

 

Division II

Region I

Denton Guyer 42, Arlington 21

Amarillo Tascosa 46, Flower Mound Marcus 14

 

Regional Final

Denton Guyer (12-1) vs Amarillo Tascosa (10-3), 11 a.m. Saturday at Frisco’s Ford Center

FIRST MEETING

Denton Guyer:

WON 8 STRAIGHT...Jr. QB Eli Stowers ran for 132 yards and 2 TD in win over Arlington...Guyer ran for 296 as a team last week...Was strong in all three phases in third-round victory...Held Arlington to 72 yards rushing on 31 carries (2.3 yards per carry)...HC John Walsh: "We looked comfortable being here."

Tascosa:

WON 5 STRAIGHT...QB Joseph Plunk ran for 257 yards and 6 TD last week...Rebels ran for 468 yards with ZERO passing yards (on two attempts)...Guyer will have to stop Tascosa's powerful Flexbone attack...Tascosa's losses are to 5A Amarillo, Midland Lee and Odessa Permian

 

Region II

Dallas Jesuit 28, Klein Collins 21

Spring Westfield 38, Waco Midway 7

 

Regional Final

Dallas Jesuit (9-4) vs Spring Westfield (12-1), 6 p.m. Saturday at Houston's NRG Stadium 

FIRST MEETING

Jesuit:

WON 4 STRAIGHT...This is the deepest playoff trip for Jesuit since it joined UIL competition in 2004...Sr. RB EJ Smith scored 4 TD last week, has 11 in three playoff games...Soph. DB Robert Fitzgerald sealed win over Klein Collins with late end zone INT

Spring Westfield:

WON 10 STRAIGHT...Westfield is highest remaining ranked team in 6A Division II...Only loss came to Galena Park North Shore (24-21) on 9/13...Quick strike offense had three one-play scoring drives in rout of Midway...Has allowed seven points or less to 9 of 13 opponents this season

 

CLASS 5A

Division I

Region I

Colleyville Heritage 24, Birdville 17

Denton Ryan 58, Abilene Cooper 20

 

Regional Final

Colleyville Heritage (9-4) vs Denton Ryan (13-0), 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Frisco’s Ford Center

DISTRICT REMATCH

DENTON RYAN LEADS RECENT SERIES 6-2 (RYAN HAS WON 4 STRAIGHT IN SERIES)

LAST MEETING:  Denton Ryan 35, Colleyville Heritage 9 (10/11/19)

Colleyville Heritage:

WON 4 STRAIGHT...Jr. RB Braxton Ash ran for 167 yards and game-winning TD in fourth quarter last week...Soph. RB Isaac Shabay ran for two scores in revenge win over district rival Birdville...Last win over Denton Ryan came in 2007

Denton Ryan:

WON 13 STRAIGHT...Raiders went on 44-0 run after sluggish start last week...Billy Bowman, Jr., had three TD catches...Ryan defense scored on INT return, added safety last week

 

Region II

Frisco Lone Star 33, Highland Park 27 OT

Lancaster 34, Frisco Independence 10

 

Regional Final

Frisco Lone Star (13-0) vs Lancaster (11-2), 7:30 p.m. Friday at Rockwall’s Wilkerson-Sanders Stadium

FRISCO LONE STAR LEADS SERIES 1-0

LAST MEETING:  Lone Star 49, Lancaster 34 (12/4/15)

Frisco Lone Star:

WON 13 STRAIGHT...All-America WR Marvin Mims has 91 catches this season for 2,237 yards and 29 TD...Mims overcame constant double-team to snag two TD catches vs. Highland Park...Soph. QB Garret Rangel was 35 of 49 passing last week for 417 yards and 3 TD...RB Jaden Nixon scored game-winning TD vs. HP on 18-yard run in OT...WR Trace Bruckler stepped up big last week, with 14 receptions for 183 yards

Lancaster:

WON 4 STRAIGHT...Overwhelmed Frisco Independence last week after trailing 3-0 at half...RB Tre Bradford ran for 159 yards and 3 TD...Held outstanding Independence QB Braylon Braxton to 10 of 31 passing for 75 yards with two interceptions...Only losses are to 6A Duncanville, Highland Park

 

Division II

Region I

Wichita Falls Rider 56, Wichita Falls 20

Lubbock Cooper 58, Canyon Randall 14

 

Regional Final

Wichita Falls Rider (9-4) vs Lubbock Cooper (12-1), 7 p.m. Friday at Abilene’s Bulldog Stadium

DISTRICT REMATCH

LUBBOCK-COOPER LEADS RECENT SERIES 2-1

LAST MEETING:  Lubbock-Cooper 45, WF Rider 13 (10/18/19)

 

Region II

Aledo 34, Red Oak 14

Ennis 17, Frisco 0

 

Regional Final

Aledo (12-1) vs Ennis (12-1), 7:30 p.m. Friday at Frisco’s Ford Center

ENNIS LEADS RECENT SERIES 2-1 (LAST ENNIS WIN WAS IN 2005)

LAST MEETING:  Aledo 29, Ennis 6 (12/14/13)

Aledo:

WON 12 STRAIGHT...RB Jase McClellan ran for 178 yards and 2 TD in win over Red Oak...Bryan Allen scored TD on fumble return...Bearcats defense held Red Oak to 64 rushing yards

Ennis:

WON 11 STRAIGHT...QB Collin Drake had 201 total yards with a TD pass last week...RB Dyllan Santos ran for a TD...Lions defense converted three Frisco turnovers into 14 points in third-round win

 

CLASS 4A

Division I

Region I

Springtown 63, Andrews 20

Dumas 38, Decatur 35

 

Regional Final

Springtown (12-1) vs Dumas (13-0), 6 p.m. Friday at Midland’s Grande Communications Stadium

FIRST RECENT MEETING

Springtown:

WON 6 STRAIGHT...Porcupines led Andrews 49-6 at half last week...RB Cameron Rickett ran for 137 yards and 4 TD...QB Camden Chesney had 3 TD passes...Springtown had exceptional effort on defense, special teams

Dumas:

WON 13 STRAIGHT...RB Jacob Mares ran for 203 yards and a TD in nail-biter over Decatur...K Ah Lee Yart kicked 27-yard game-winning FG at final gun...QB Spencer Williams had 304 total yards and 4 TD...Demons defense had key late interceptions last week

 

Region II

Waco La Vega 45, Melissa 42

Argyle 42, Brownwood 14

 

Regional Final

Waco La Vega (12-1) vs Argyle (13-0), 7 p.m. Friday at Waco’s McLane Stadium

RECENT SERIES TIED 2-2

LAST MEETING:  Argyle 49, Waco La Vega 35 (9/16/19)

Waco La Vega:

WON 11 STRAIGHT...This is Pirates' fourth meeting with Argyle in 15 months...Ran for 473 yards in comeback win over Melissa...Fr. K Pavel Ramirez kicked game-winning 26-yard FG at final gun last week...La Vega avenged 2018 regular season loss to Argyle in quarterfinals last year

Argyle:

WON 13 STRAIGHT...Eagles are in seventh regional final since 2010...RB Luke Farris ran for 210 yards and 4 TD last week...Argyle ran for 289 as a team...QB Bo Hogeboom threw for 164 yards and a TD

 

Region III

Carthage 52, Crandall 21

Midlothian Heritage 28, Palestine 0

Regional Final

Carthage (13-0) vs Midlothian Heritage (9-4), 7:30 p.m. Friday at Jacksonville’s Tomato Bowl

 

CARTHAGE LEADS SERIES 1-0

LAST MEETING:  Carthage 50, Midlothian Heritage 49 (11/30/18)

Carthage:

WON 13 STRAIGHT...Jr. QB Kai Horton threw for 201 yards and 4 TD in win over Crandall...WR Kelvontay Dixon had 7 catches for 95 yards and a TD last week...Miles Halton intercepted two passes for Bulldogs defense

Midlothian Heritage:

WON 5 STRAIGHT...Sr. QB Cade Sumbler threw for 195 yards and 4 TD last week...WR Jay Wilkerson had nine receptions for 124 yards and 2 TD...Held Palestine to 150 total yards

 

Region IV

Lampasas 66, Needville 44

Liberty Hill 24, El Campo 6

 

Regional Final

Lampasas (12-1) vs Liberty Hill (7-5), 2 p.m. Saturday at Cedar Park’s Gupton Stadium

DISTRICT REMATCH

LIBERTY HILL LEADS RECENT SERIES 6-2

LAST MEETING:  Lampasas 52, Liberty Hill 10 (10/18/19)

Lampasas:

WON 10 STRAIGHT...Only loss is to Lorena, 31-30

Liberty Hill:

WON 5 STRAIGHT...Started season 2-5, 0-3 in district...One of three remaining five-loss teams in playoffs

 

CLASS 3A

Division I

Region I

Brock 20, Bushland 17 OT

Pilot Point 26, Wall 7

 

Regional Final

Brock (11-2) vs Pilot Point (12-1), 7:30 p.m. Friday at Bedford's Pennington Field

DISTRICT REMATCH

BROCK LEADS SERIES 3-1

LAST MEETING:  Pilot Point 20, Brock 14 (9/27/19)

Brock:

WON 9 STRAIGHT...RB Cash Jones scored two TD last week, including game-winner on two-yard run in OT

Pilot Point:

WON 9 STRAIGHT...QB Jacob Pitts was 10 of 15 for 186 yards and 2 TD last week...RB Javon Bruce ran for 74 yards and TD...Pilot Point is "big and fast"...HC Danny David played on state champs at alma mater in 1980 and 1981

 

Region II

Pottsboro 38, Malakoff 31

Gladewater 27, Winnsboro 7

 

Regional Final

Pottsboro (13-0) vs Gladewater (10-3), 7:30 p.m. Friday at Sulphur Springs’ Prim Stadium

FIRST RECENT MEETING

Pottsboro:

WON 13 STRAIGHT...Avenged 2018 playoff loss to Malakoff...Jr. QB Braden Plyler scored game-winning TD on 9-yard run with :36 left...After injury to star RB Cy Shope, Plyler threw for 169 yards and 2 TD, ran for 90 yards and 2 TD

Gladewater:

WON 6 STRAIGHT...Losses this season are to Atlanta, Texarkana Pleasant Grove and Mineola

 

Region III

Troy 9, Whitney 7

Grandview 45, Cameron Yoe 14

 

Regional Final

Troy (12-1) vs Grandview (12-1), 7:30 p.m. Friday at Waco’s Waco ISD Stadium

GRANDVIEW LEADS RECENT SERIES 3-2

LAST MEETING:  Troy 22, Grandview 21 (8/26/11)

Troy:

WON 10 STRAIGHT...Was district champion in league that includes Rockdale and Cameron Yoe

Grandview:

WON 4 STRAIGHT...Jr. QB Dane Jentsch passed for 151 yards and a TD last week, ran for 143 and a TD, intercepted a pass on defense and returned an onside kick attempt for a TD in rout of Cameron Yoe...RB Tremayne Gullatte ran for 65 yards and 2 TD...Sr. OL Cole Cannon (all-state in 2018) returned from injury to give Zebras' offense a big boost

 

Region IV

Columbus 35, Vanderbilt Industrial 28

Hallettsville 28, George West 21

 

Regional Final

Columbus (11-2) vs Hallettsville (10-2), 7 p.m. Friday at Katy's Legacy Stadium

REGULAR SEASON REMATCH

RECENT SERIES TIED 5-5

LAST MEETING:  Hallettsville 28, Columbus 26 (9/27/19)

COLUMBUS HAS WON 8 STRAIGHT...HALLETTSVILLE HAS WON 4 STRAIGHT

 

Division II

Region I

Abernathy 62, Friona 14

Canadian 55, Cisco 28

 

Regional Final

Abernathy (12-1) vs Canadian (13-0), 7 p.m. Friday at Canyon’s Buffalo Stadium

CANADIAN LEADS RECENT SERIES 6-0

LAST MEETING:  Canadian 19, Abernathy 7 (12/6/18)

Abernathy:

WON 9 STRAIGHT...Only loss is to Post (14-13) on 9/20...Has allowed only one opponent to score more than 14 points

Canadian:

WON 13 STRAIGHT...Eliminated Abernathy in state quarterfinals last season

 

Region II

Gunter 47, Rogers 14

Holliday 33, Lexington 14

 

Regional Final

Gunter (12-1) vs Holliday (10-3), 7:30 p.m. Friday at Wichita Falls’ Memorial Stadium

DISTRICT REMATCH

GUNTER LEADS RECENT SERIES 4-0

LAST MEETING:  Gunter 20, Holliday 7 (10/11/19)

Gunter:

WON 11 STRAIGHT...Only loss is to 13-0 Pottsboro (27-14) on 9/6...Will try to beat Holliday for fourth time in 14 months...Has held eight opponents to 7 points or less this season (three shutouts)...Has wins over Pilot Point and Daingerfield this season

 

Holliday:

WON 7 STRAIGHT...Making second straight trip to state quarterfinals, will try to overcome nemesis Gunter...Blocked two punts and forced key turnovers last week in win over Lexington

CLASS 2A

Division I

Region I

Post 48, Stinnett West Texas 14

Hawley 22, Sundown 21

 

Regional Final

Post (13-0) vs Hawley (13-0), 7 p.m. Friday at Sweetwater's Mustang Bowl

HAWLEY LEADS RECENT SERIES 3-1

LAST MEETING:  Hawley 28, Post 0 (10/27/17)

Post:

HAS WON 13 STRAIGHT...Broke open close game last week after leading 7-2 at halftime...This is one of only three quarterfinal matchups between unbeatens (Duncanville-Southlake Carroll, Holland-Refugio)

Hawley:

HAS WON 13 STRAIGHT...Making first trip to state quarterfinals...RB Colton Marshall ran for 301 yards last week, has racked up more than 3,000 yards this season

 

Region II

Valley View 33, Crawford 14

San Saba 57, Bogota Rivercrest 14

 

Regional Final

Valley View (11-2) vs San Saba (13-0), 7:30 p.m. Friday at Mineral Wells’ Ram Stadium

SAN SABA LEADS RECENT SERIES 1-0

LAST MEETING:  San Saba 48, Valley View 16 (11/23/18)

Valley View:

WON 10 STRAIGHT...Clint Epperson sealed last week's win with two late TDs

San Saba:

WON 13 STRAIGHT...RB Eli Salinas ran for 196 yards and 5 TD last week...QB Sean O'Keefe ran for 168 and 2 TD...Armadillos ran for 447 as a team

 

Division II

Region III

Muenster 24, Dawson 14

Mart 59, Grapeland 8

 

Regional Final

Muenster (11-2) vs Mart (10-3), 7 p.m. Friday at Mansfield’s Newsom Stadium

MART LEADS RECENT SERIES 3-0

LAST MEETING:  Mart 59, Muenster 0 (12/6/18)

Muenster:

WON 8 STRAIGHT...QB Lane Trubenbach does everything for Hornets on offense, defense and special teams...Only losses are to 13-0 Pottsboro, Valley View (both still alive in playoffs)

Mart:

WON 8 STRAIGHT...Only team with chance to three-peat as state champions...Caught fire after starting season 2-3...Led 47-0 at halftime last week...QB Kyler Martin is two-way star for Panthers

 

Region IV

Bremond 41, Flatonia 35 OT

Falls City 55, Granger 8

 

Regional Final

Bremond (12-1) vs Falls City (12-1), 7 p.m. Friday at Pflugerville’s The Pfield

RECENT SERIES TIED 1-1

LAST MEETING:  Bremond 41, Falls City 14 (11/27/15) (LAST FALLS CITY WIN WAS IN 2010)

Bremond:

WON 7 STRAIGHT

Falls City:

WON 11 STRAIGHT