Playoff Week Number 2

The second week of the playoffs is here and everybody is working towards making it to next week. Getting to practice on Thanksgiving is a really good feeling to have because there are only sixteen teams left in the bracket and you are one of them. Win this week and teams get to practice on Thanksgiving. Survive and advance that’s all the teams have to do.

5A Division 1 Matchups

Region 1

El Paso Franklin vs. Arlington Bowie

Southlake Carroll vs. Cedar Hill

San Angelo Central vs. Arlington Martin

Euless Trinity vs. Allen

Region 2


DeSoto vs. Dallas Skyline

Klein Oak vs. Austin Westlake

Garland vs. Mesquite

Round Rock Westwood vs. The Woodlands

Region 3


Cy-Fair vs. Katy Cinco Ranch

Galena Park North Shore vs. Fort Bend Hightower

Cy-Falls vs.  Houston Lamar

Deer Park vs. Pearland

Region 4


San Antonio Churchill vs. San Antonio Warren

Harlingen vs. Del Rio

San Antonio Madison vs. San Antonio East Central

Laredo United vs. San Benito


5A Division 2 Matchups


Region 1


El Paso Montwood vs. Abilene

Denton Guyer vs. Mansfield

Amarillo vs. Abilene Cooper

Flower Mound Marcus vs. Mansfield Timberview

Region 2


Longview vs. Garland Sachse

Pflugerville vs. Spring Dekaney

Copperas Cove vs. Rowlett

Leander vs. Spring Westfield

Region 3 


Cy-Woods vs. Katy

La Porte vs. Fort Bend Bush

Houston Memorial vs. Alief Taylor

Port Arthur Memorial vs. Clear Springs

Region 4


Cibolo Steele vs. San Antonio Brandeis

Laredo Alexander vs. Brownsville Pace

San Antonio Reagan vs. San Antonio O’Connor

McAllen Memorial vs. Weslaco

4A Division 1

Region 1

El Paso Chapin vs. Wichita Falls Rider

Fort Worth Arlington Heights vs. Killeen

El Paso Andress vs. Denton Ryan

Waco Midway vs. Saginaw Boswell

Region 2

Rockwall-Heath vs. Dallas Kimball

Sherman vs. Waxahachie

Highland Park vs. Dallas Wilson

Tyler John Tyler vs. Pflugerville Hendrickson

Region 3

Montgomery vs. Vidor

Angleton vs. Houston Wheatley

Houston Stratford vs. Nederland

Pearland Dawson vs. Houston Reagan

Region 4

Austin Lake Travis vs. Smithson Valley

Gregory-Portland vs. Corpus Christi Flour Bluff

Cedar Park vs. Buda Hays

Weslaco East vs. Victoria East

4A Division 2 Matchups


Region 1

El Paso Riverside vs. Canyon Randall

Aledo vs. Mansfield Summit

El Paso Burges vs. Lake Dallas

Stephenville vs. Byron Nelson

Region 2

Frisco Centennial vs. Dallas Conrad

Sulphur Springs vs. Corsicana

Frisco vs. Dallas Lincoln

Kilgore vs. Lancaster

Region 3

Brenham vs. Beaumont Ozen

Houston Sharpstown vs. La Marque

Magnolia West vs. Dayton

Houston Yates vs. Manvel

Region 4

Dripping Springs vs. San Antonio Alamo Heights

Corpus Christi Calallen vs. Beeville Jones

Austin Vandegrift vs. Kerrville Tivy

Port Lavaca Calhoun vs. Edcouch-Elsa

This is a video of the crowd at Cowboy’s Stadium last year for the Allen vs. Euless Trinity game.

Playoffs got underway and there were some blowouts, nail biters and upsets. It was an exciting week of football and now there are only thirty-two teams left in each bracket. Everybody is shooting for Cowboys Stadium; to win the coveted state championship.

I went to two games this past weekend. On Friday night I went to watch Boerne Champion take on San Antonio Alamo Heights. This was a really good game for any fan of high school football.  The game was back and forth. Alamo Heights scored with three minutes to go in the fourth quarter to take lead 21-14. Champion converted two fourth downs to get inside the Alamo Heights ten yard line. With fifty seconds to go in the game Champion scored a touchdown to pull within one of Alamo Heights. The all-important extra point was blocked and it gave Alamo Heights the win. The blocked extra point sent Boerne Champion home and Alamo Heights to survive and advance. It was a great ball game to watch and to spend time with my dad.

On Saturday afternoon, I went to watch New Braunfels High School play in their playoff game against San Antonio Reagan. Reagan is one of the best teams in the San Antonio area and I was hoping my alma mater could surprise them and upset Reagan. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen. Reagan jumped out to a 21-0 lead in the first half and didn’t look back. New Braunfels pulled within fourteen going into halftime, 21-7, but couldn’t get any closer than that. The final score was 48-20, ending the Unicorns season and Reagan moving on looking to matchup against Cibolo Steele in the next few rounds.  It was a good season for the Unicorns and looking to improve next year.

There were some really good games that went on in the first round of the playoffs. Spring Westfield surprised state ranked Lufkin 30-27. Denton Guyer and Hebron went into double overtime , with Guyer winning 41-35. El Paso Burges needed four overtimes to defeat Clint Horizon, 34-31. Both Judson and Wagner out of region 4 were upset in the first round by San Antonio Churchill and San Antonio Madison. Both were favorites to win the region this year. Pearland Dawson needed overtime as well to beat Rosenberg Lamar, 41-34. Copperas Cove had to comeback after being twenty-one points down to beat Mesquite Horn 48-47. This just goes to show you that anything can happen in the playoffs. Everybody is vulnerable and has to be on their A game every week.

There are some big games that will happen in the second round of the playoffs this week. Top five teams Euless Trinity will play Allen. Top ten teams DeSoto and Dallas Skyline will do battle. Austin Lake Travis and Smithson Valley with play each other on Friday night. These are a few of the games that will have an impact on who will advance to Cowboys Stadium.

Follow this link to Dave Campbell’s Texas Football to get all the other playoff scores.

alliebaker33 said: Playoffs! Always the best time in any sport! I remember in highschool when my school would go to the playoffs for basketball and soccer and that's when practices got intense. This week is going to be exciting for your blog! Good job on all the info.

Thanks. It is always the best time of year for everybody to come out and watch their hometown team. Practices seem to be more exciting and have more intensity and not the same old practices during the regular season.

younggolf said: Do you think that Lake Travis will win the 4a championship this year?

Yeah I think they will. They have been dominating everybody they have played against this year. I think they will get their 5th straight title this year.

Playoff Week Number 1

The playoffs being Thursday evening, with bi-district matchups in both classifications, 4A and 5A. The brackets are set up into four regions and two teams from each district in their respective region. The divisions are split but enrollment. So out of the four teams that make the playoffs, the two bigger schools go division one and the two smaller schools go division two. Then seeding is based on district record or head to head matchup. My predictions for the final four are at the very end of the post. This is an exciting time of year and I am very excited. Brackets are from Dave Campbell Texas Football.

5A Division 1 here are the matchups

Region 1

El Paso Franklin vs. Lubbock Monterey

Odessa Permian vs. Arlington Bowie

Cedar Hill vs. Hurst Bell

Southlake Carroll vs. Plano East

El Paso El Dorado vs. San Angelo Central

Midland vs. Arlington Bowie

Duncanville vs. Euless Trinity

Keller Central vs. Allen

Region 2


Dallas Skyline vs. McKinney Boyd

DeSoto vs. A&M Consolidated

Klein Oak vs. Kingwood

Austin Westlake vs. Round Rock

Richardson Berkner vs. Garland

Mesquite vs. Belton

Klein Collins vs. The Woodlands

Austin Bowie vs. Round Rock Westwood

Region 3


Cy-Fair vs. Aldine Eisenhower

Katy Cinco Ranch vs. Houston Bellarie

Galena Park North Shore vs. Pasadena Dobie

Fort Bend Hightower vs. Clear Brook

Cy-Falls vs. Alief Elsik

Katy Morton Ranch vs. Houston Lamar

Beaumont West Brook vs. Deer Park

Fort Bend Elkins vs. Pearland

Region 4


San Antonio Wagner vs. San Antonio Churchill

San Antonio Warren vs. San Antonio Southwest

Del Rio vs.  Donna

Harlingen vs. Los Fresnos

Converse Judson vs. San Antonio Madison

San Antonio Stevens vs. San Antonio East Central

Laredo United vs. Mission Sharyland

Edinburg vs. San Benito

5A Division 2 here are the matchups

Region 1


El Paso Montwood vs. Amarillo Tascosa

Abilene vs. Arlington

Mansfield vs. Grapevine

Denton Guyer vs. Hebron

El Paso Americas vs. Amarillo

Abilene Cooper vs. Arlington Lamar

Mansfield Timberview vs. Colleyville Heritage

Keller Fossil Ridge vs. Flower Mound Marcu

Region 2


Dallas Jesuit vs. Garland Sachse

Longview vs. Temple

Spring Dekaney vs. College Park

Austin Del Valle vs. Pflugerville

Richardson Lake Highlands vs. Rowlett

Mesquite Horn vs. Copperas Cove

Spring Westfield vs. Lufkin

Austin vs. Leander


Region 3

Cy-Woods vs. Aldine Eisenhower

Katy vs. Houston Madison

La Porte vs. Pasadena Memorial

Fort Bend Bush vs. Clear Creek

Langham Creek vs. Alief Taylor

Houston Memorial vs. Houston Westside

Port Arthur Memorial vs. South Houston

Fort Bend Dulles vs. Clear Springs

Region 4


Cibolo Steele vs. San Antonio Johnson

San Antonio Brandies vs. Corpus Christi King

Laredo Alexander vs. McAllen

PSJA North vs. Brownsville Pace

New Braunfels vs. San Antonio Reagan

San Antonio O’Connor vs. Corpus Christi Carroll

Eagle Pass vs. McAllen Memorial

PSJA Memorial vs. Weslaco

4A Division 1 here are the matchups

Region 1

El Paso Chapin vs. Canutillo

Wolfforth Frenship vs. Wichita Falls Rider

Birdville vs. Fort Worth Arlington Heights

Granbury vs. Killeen

El Paso Andress vs. El Paso Del Valle

Amarillo Caprock vs. Denton Ryan

Saginaw Boswell vs. Fort Worth Southwest

Burleson vs. Waco Midway

Region 2

Frisco Wakeland vs. Rockwall-Heath

Dallas Kimball vs. Dallas Adams

Sherman vs. Whitehouse

Waxahachie vs. Pflugerville Connally

Frisco Liberty vs. Highland Park

Dallas Molina vs. Dallas Wilson

Texarkana Texas vs. John Tyler

West Mesquite vs. Pflugerville Hendrickson

Region 3

Montgomery vs. Huntsville

Crosby vs. Vidor

Houston Waltrip vs. Wheatley

Angleton vs. Friendswood

Houston Stratford vs. Willis

Baytown Goose Creek Memorial vs. Nederland

Houston Reagan  vs. Houston Worthing

Rosenberg Lamar Consolidated vs. Pearland Dawson

Region 4


Austin Lake Travis vs. Austin McCallum

Smithson Valley vs. San Antonio McCollum

San Antonio Brackenridge vs. Gregory-Portland

Corpus Christi Flour Bluff vs. Rio Grande City

Cedar Park vs. Austin LBJ

Buda Hays vs. San Antonio Brennan

San Antonio Jefferson vs. Victoria East

Alice vs. Weslaco East

4A Division 2 here are the matchups


Region 1


El Paso Burges vs. Clint Horizon

Canyon Randall vs. Little Elm

Aledo vs. Fort Worth Dunbar

Mansfield Summit vs. Waco

El Paso vs. El Paso Riverside

Canyon vs. Lake Dallas

Byron Nelson vs. Fort Worth Wyatt

Everman vs. Stephenville

Region 2

Frisco Centennial vs. McKinney North

Dallas South Oak Cliff vs. Dallas Conrad

Sulphur Springs vs. Hallsville

Corsicana vs. Manor

Frisco vs. Wylie East

Dallas Seagoville vs. Dallas Lincoln

Royse City vs. Kilgore

Lancaster vs. Hutto

Region 3

Brenham vs. Kingwood Park

Barbers Hill vs. Beaumont Ozen

Houston Sharpstown vs. Houston Washington

Rosenberg Terry vs. La Marque

Magnolia West vs. Humble Summer Creek

Dayton vs. Port Neches-Grove

Houston Yates vs. Houston Kashmere

El Campo vs. Manvel

Region 4

Dripping Springs vs. Austin Lanier

San Antonio Alamo Heights vs. Boerne Champion

San Antonio Southside vs. Beeville Jones

Corpus Christi Calallen vs. Mercedes

Leander Vandergrift vs. Austin Travis

New Braunfels Canyon vs. Kerrville Tivy

San Antonio Lanier vs. Port Lavaca Calhoun

Kingsville King vs. Edcouch-Elsa


My Predictions For the Final Four of each Bracket


5A Division 1

Allen, DeSoto, Cy-Fair, Converse Judson


Allen over Cy-Fair

5A Division 2

Flower Mound Marcus, Longview, Katy , Cibolo Steele


Katy over Longview

4A Division 1

Denton Ryan , Rockwall-Heath. Pearland Dawson, Austin Lake Travis


Lake Travis over Denton Ryan

4A Division 2

Aledo , Corsicana, Manvel, Kerrville Tivy


Aledo over Manvel

Now we have reached that time of year; playoff time in Texas . It doesn’t get any better than this. All the teams are set and all the venues are picked out. All that is left is to play the games. We will find out who the contenders are the who the pretenders are. It is a very exciting time of year and everybody comes out for the playoffs.

                Here are some scores from last week’s game that I mentioned had some importance to the playoffs and district championships. Keller Central beat Coppell 28-7 to wrap up the last playoff spot along with Keller Fossil Ridge. Longview took down DeSoto 23-21 to win the 11-5A district championship. Deer Park beat Pasadena Dobie to get the top seed in the district, 41-3. San Antonio O’Connor beat San Antonio Clark to clinch one of the last two playoff spots in district 27-5A. They won 31-8. In 4A, Stephenville beat Waco 56-21 to get the top seed in division two out of their district. McKinney North beat Wylie to clinch the finally playoff spot in 10-4A. They were predicted to finish near the bottom of the district but they ended up in the playoffs. That’s why they play the games. The score of the game was 11-7. Manvel beat Pearland Dawson 44-21 to end the season undefeated and on a roll heading into the playoffs. Lake Travis held off Cedar Park to stay undefeated as well, they won 24-21. All these games had implications heading in towards the playoffs.

                This past Friday I went to the Belton and A&M Consolidated game at Tiger Stadium. Both teams had already made the playoffs, but they were fighting for seeding. The loser of the game would end up playing state ranked DeSoto in the first round of the playoffs. The winner would play Mesquite. Belton got out to a 14-0 lead before A&M came back to tie the game up. Belton went into the half leading 20-14. Both teams had great running backs and they were on display at the game. The game went down to the final minute with Belton leading 26-23. A&M had the ball and was driving to tie the game up, but with four seoncds lef tin the game they kicked a field goal to tie but it came up short giving Belton the win. It was great game besides the fact that it was really cold sitting in the stands.

                Playoff week is upon  us and I am extremely excited to see how this year plays out. Lake Travis is going for their fifth state championship in a row this year. Aledo is going for their third state championship in a row this year. It is fun to see the upsets and the Cinderella teams that make improbable runs towards a state championship. And making memories like these.

Last Week of the Regular Season

This is the last week of the regular season and is the start to the most exciting time of the year. Playoff time in Texas doesn’t get any better than this. Numbers of teams have qualified for the playoffs, yet there are still a hand full of teams that need to win a ball game this weekend to solidify their spot in one of the fields of sixty-four. This week will decide who is in and who is out for the 2011 State Playoffs.

 There are some big games this week on the 5A level. In Region 1, a battle between Keller Central and Coppell in District 7-5A, will decide who gets the fourth seed in the district and will head into the playoffs. The other team that could steal a bid is Keller Fossil Ridge, who takes on Keller this weekend. Central, Coppell, and Fossil Ridge are all tied for the third place and two will make the playoffs and one will be sent packing. In Region 2, this state ranked battle, between Longview and DeSoto, has been anticipated all year long, it will be for the 11-5A district championship. Both teams have made the playoffs, but in different divisions. Desoto will be going into division one and Longview will be going into division two.  In Region 3, a contest between Deer Park and Pasadena Dobie will have implications on who has the number one seed out of their district in division one. Both have made the playoffs, but it is important to have the one seed so they can take on the two seed out of district 21-5A.  In Region 4, there are three teams fighting for the final two spots in district 27-5A and two of them do battle Friday night. The game between San Antonio O’Connor and San Antonio Clark will most likely decide who goes home and who moves on to the playoffs. The other team that factors into the equation is San Antonio Stevens, who could also take a playoff spot. They face San Antonio Taft on Saturday. Lots of pride and playoffs lives are on the line this week in 5A, but as well in 4A.

In class 4A, we have plenty of games to keep an eye on before heading into the playoffs. In Region 1, Waco and Stephenville do battle to see who gets the number one seed out of their district in division two. Also the winner will get to bypass playing state powerhouse Aledo in the second round.  In Region 2, the game between Wylie and McKinney North has playoff implications. North has the advantage right now, but win for Wylie could give them the last playoff spot in district 10-4A. In Region 3, a big time matchup between Manvel and Pearland Dawson will take place. Both are looking to head into the playoffs with momentum and claim a district title. Dawson is looking to rebound after suffering its first lost last week against La Marque. This should be a great game to watch. In Region 4, is a state ranked battle between Cedar Park and Austin Lake Travis. This one is for bragging rights and the 25-4A district title. Should be a fun game to watch as well.

This week should be exciting and interesting to see how everything pans out. This week I will post the playoff teams and match ups for the upcoming games starting next week. I encourage you to pay attention to your alma mater and see how they are doing this year.

Here is a website by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football that has all the teams that have qualified for the playoffs and potential match ups that could take place.

alliebaker33 said: I really like how on your last post you actually went to one of the games and experienced it first hand so you could tell us about the experience. The fact that you took pictures is very cool as well.

Thanks. I try to go to a football game every Friday night, and if remember, to take pictures as well. This weekend I think I am going to the Austin Westlake and Austin Bowie game.

Week 9 Recap and Looking Ahead

Another exciting weekend of football has pasted and now we are in the last week of the regular season. We had plenty of upsets to talk about that changed up the playoff picture a little bit.

I went to one of the games I highlighted as a big game of the week last week, which was Round Rock Westwood against the Leander Lions. It was a hard fought game that had both offensive and defensive fireworks. Westwood got out to a 7-0 in the second quarter, but Leander fought back with a score of its own right before halftime to go in tied at 7-7. There were lots of penalties for both sides. In the fourth quarter Leander scored to take the lead 14-7. Westwood fought back to get to the goal line with a little over a minute left in the game. They had four chances to get the ball in the endzone, but with sixteen seconds left the Leander defense held Westwood and Westwood threw an incomplete pass and the Lions won the ball game. It was a very exciting game and was for the district 16-5A championship. Both teams will be moving on to the playoffs, still waiting for an opponent.


The big games that I highlighted this past week ended up being some really interesting games. That had big implications for the second season.  In district 3-5A all three games were big games and rivalries for each of the teams. For the district championship Abilene dominated Abilene Cooper 62-6, clinching them the district championship and the number one seed in division two. Odessa Permian defeated upset minded Odessa 36-29, clinching them the number one seed in division one. Midland beat Midland Lee 45-35, to eliminate Lee from playoff contention and keep theirs hopes alive. In Region 3, Beaumont West Brook outlasted Channelview 37-34, in a thrilling game that came down to the last seconds of the game. In Region 4, Cibolo Steele shut out San Antonio Wagner 35-0, claiming the district championship, and stating they are the best in Region 4.

In 4A action, out of Region 1, Lake Dallas beat Little Elm 63-34, clinching the number one see in division one out of their district. In Region 2, two undefeated teams went neck and neck, they had to go to overtime to see who was going to become 10-4A district champions, it was Highland Park edging Rockwall-Heath 31-30. In Region 3, Port Neches Grove beat Vidor 22-15 to solidify their playoff spot, both teams will advance to the playoffs. In Region 4, Buda Hays beat New Braunfels Canyon 21-17, to give them a chance this week against Smithson Valley for the district championship and getting the number one seed out of their district in division one.

Other scores to note is a contest between Wolfforth Frenship and Canyon Randall. This was for the district championship in 3-4A and Frenship pulled it out 29-28. In 10-4A, there was a mild upset with McKinney North beating Rockwall 22-14, to give the Bulldogs the edge at the last playoff spot in 10-4A, heading into the last week. Also Mesquite Horn beat North Mesquite 16-13 to claim the last playoff spot in 11-5A. People think this Horn team could be a dark horse for Region 2 in division two. State ranked Allen escaped another game by beating Hebron 28-21. Both teams with be in the playoffs, but in different divisions. I have to give a shout out to my roommate’s alma mater Andrews High School. They lost to Midland Greenwood in a shootout 62-61. But he is hoping they can pull it together this last week and make the playoffs.

This week is the last week of the regular season and teams need to come together and start playing their best ball this weekend. Many intriguing matchups these including games between state ranked teams such as Longview and DeSoto, another game between Austin Lake Travis and Cedar Park.  This is the week to gain as much momentum as possible before heading into the second season.

arnulfocardenas said: It looks like there is alot of competition for the playoffs, hope my hometown Eagle Pass makes it,but I don't they are since the team is not doing so well from what I heard my friends

Yeah they haven’t been doing as well as people thought they would. Yeah the playoffs are the best time of year.