Winona vs. Troup

Winona's Arimon Ford (left) tries to outrun Troup's Charles Boyd during their football game on Nov. 1 at Tiger Stadium in Troup. Both Winona and Troup are in the playoffs.

Photo by Alan Luce

Troup (6-4) vs. Leonard (6-4)

When/Where: 7:30 p.m. Friday; City Bank Stadium, Forney

Keep an eye on

Troup: QB Jordan Elliott ... RB Calob Smith ... Anthony Salgado ... JJ Gossett ... LB Max Hale

Leonard: QB DJ Brown ... WR Ty Ashworth ... WR Cody Houser 

Did you know: In Troup's win over rival Arp last week, Anthony Salgado (12 tackles 1 PBU 1 fumble recovery) and JJ Gossett (5 tackles 1 caused fumble and disrupted blocking schemes freeing backer all night) led the defense, while quarterback Jordan Elliott led the offense whle hitting 10 of 18 passing attempts for 217 yards and two TDs, while rushing 16 times for 111 yards and two touchdowns. On special teams Daniel Leon made a heads up play by swatting ball back through end zone to keep Arp from scoring TD after bad snap on punt. ... Brown, a sophomore, has rushed for 2,156 yards and scored 23 TDs on 226 carries. He has passed for 826 yards and 10 TDs. ... According to Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Magazine in conjunction with Jerry Forrest of, Troup is favored by 4 points.

Last week: Troup 42, Arp 24; Leonard had a bye.

Up next: Winner gets the winner of Newton and New Diana.

—Phil Hicks

Winona (6-4) vs. Bells (7-3)

When/Where: 7:30 p.m. Friday; Gerald Prim Stadium, Sulphur Springs

Keep an eye on

Winona: QB Julio Zuniga ... RB Quin Johnson ... WR Arimon Ford ... WR Nic Garrett ... WR Ashton Smith

Bells: QB Blake Rolen ... RB Wrangler Priest ... RB Bo Baker

Did you know: Running back Quin Johnson has rushed for 1,368 yards and scored 15 TDs on 179 carries. QB Julio Zungia has thrown for 1,064 yards and six TDs. ... According to Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Magazine in conjunction with Jerry Forrest of, Bells is favored by 3 points.

Last week: Winona 61, Quitman 0; Bells 56, Cooper 42

Up next: Winner gets the winner of Elysian Fields and Hemphill.

—Phil Hicks

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