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Whitehouse football players take the field for their playoff game against Paetow at home on Friday, Nov. 15, 2019. (Sarah A. Miller/Tyler Morning Telegraph)

CLASS 5A DIVISION II, REGION III AREA

Mont Belvieu Barbers Hill (10-1) vs. Whitehouse (8-3)

When/Where: 7:30 p.m. Friday; NRG Stadium, Houston

Keep an eye on

Barbers Hill: OL Casey Collier … QB Christian Kaopua ... LB Cavin Branin … WR Cameron Cauley ... DB AJ Warby … WR Jaden Meredith … RB Cohn Betz … DL Josh King-Bradley … WR Canden Grogan … DB Branden Heffernan

Whitehouse: QB Kaden Casey (116 of 199 passing, 1,478 yards, 16 TDs, 6 INT; 115 carries, 876 yards, 12 TDs) … RB Peyton Kennedy (115 carries, 658 yards, 5 TDs) … WR Skyler Trevino (30 catches, 642 yards, 6 TDs) … WR Trevor Theiring … WR Kendall Woods … ATH Cooper Clemons … LB Nick McGrew … Jack Clark … Ty Ward … RB Carter Adams … DL Jerry Kennedy … Omar Lopez

Did you know: Barbers Hill is ranked No. 10 in Class 5A Division II … Barbers Hill head coach Tom Westerberg was the head coach at Allen from 2004-15, coaching current Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray. Westerberg was 148-17 at Allen, leading the Eagles to state titles in 2008, 2012, 2013 and 2014. Westerberg is 179-28 overall in his career. He has missed the playoffs once in his 16-year career — 2017 in his second season at Barbers Hill. Barbers Hill hadn’t made the playoffs for three straight seasons before Westerberg arrived … Barbers Hill has won 10 straight games since a season-opening 35-10 loss to Magnolia … Last week, Whitehouse won a playoff game for the first time since 2013 when current Kansas City Chiefs quarterback and reigning NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes was the quarterback for the Wildcats … Casey threw for 158 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 127 yards and a touchdown against Katy Paetow … Collier is a 6-7, 300-pound three-star recruit at offensive tackle

Last week: Barbers Hill 42, Houston Sterling 0; Whitehouse 35, Katy Paetow 10

Up next: The winner will face the winner of Manvel and Lamar Consolidated in the Class 5A Division II Region III semifinals.

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CLASS 4A DIVISION I, REGION III AREA

Huffman Hargrave (11-0) vs. Palestine (6-5)

When/Where: 7:30 p.m. Friday; Merrill Green Stadium, Bryan

Keep an eye on

Huffman Hargrave: ATH Peyton Pierson … LB Noah Zamora … AJ San Miguel … QB Justin Shively

Palestine: QB Christian Hutchinson … RB Jeremiah Davis … WR Marquis Thompson … Quinton Cook

Did you know: This is Huffman Hargrave’s first double-digit win season since 1984. It’s the Falcons’ first winning season since 2015 … Mike McEachern has spent his entire head coaching career at Huffman Hargrave, going 86-63 in 14 seasons … The 50 points scored by Palestine last week were a season high … Pearson scored three touchdowns last week against Houston Furr … Huffman is holding opponents to 13 points per game.

Last week: Huffman Hargrave 49, Houston Furr 6; Palestine 50, Waxahachie Life 20

Up next: The winner will face the winner of Navasota and Midlothian Heritage in the Class 4A Division I Region III semifinals.

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CLASS 3A DIVISION II, REGION III AREA

Newton (10-1) vs. Troup (7-4)

When/Where: 7:30 p.m. Friday; Tomato Bowl, Jacksonville

Keep an eye on

Newton: DE James Sylvester … QB Dominique Seastrunk … RB Deanthony Gatson … RB Valdarion Fowler … WR Elijah Cooper … Jamarion Samuel … Dreshawn Spikes

Troup: QB Jordan Elliott ... ATH Desmon Deason … RB Calob Smith ... Anthony Salgado ... JJ Gossett ... LB Max Hale … Jovany Zavala … WR Brayden Vess … Kaden Mahoney … P Daniel Leon

Did you know: Newton’s loss to Gilmer this season ended the Eagles’ 33-game winning streak. Newton has won 40 of its last 41 games, including two straight state titles … Sylvester is a four-star TCU commit. He had three sacks and an interception last week … Gatson carried the ball 27 times for 301 yards and four touchdowns against New Diana, and Fowler had 116 yards and three touchdowns in that game … Elliott had three touchdown passes against Leonard … Hale has 140 tackles this season. In the bi-district win, he had 20 tackles, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

Last week: Newton 52, New Diana 42; Troup 42, Leonard 22

Up next: The winner will face the winner of Daingerfield and Blue Ridge in the Class 3A Division II Region III semifinals.

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CLASS 2A DIVISION I, REGION III AREA

Alto (11-0) vs. Joaquin (9-2)

When/Where: 7:30 p.m. Friday; Abe Martin Stadium, Lufkin

Keep an eye on

Alto: RB Vidareous High … RB Aaron Skinner … QB Harmon West … LB Cayle Irvin

Joaquin: RB Connor Bragg … RB Gunner Nelson … RB Lorenzo Lane Jr.

Did you know: Since a season-opening win over Palestine Westwood, no team has scored more than 15 points against Alto … Alto has scored at least 50 points in four straight games … High had 208 yards and five touchdowns on eight carries against Cayuga … Skinner rushed for 169 yards and two touchdowns against Cayuga … Nelson, Bragg and Lane have all rushed for more than 940 yards this season for Joaquin.

Last week: Alto 62, Cayuga 0; Joaquin 39, Shelbyville 0

Up next: The winner will face the winner of Big Sandy and Groveton in the Class 2A Division I Region III semifinals.

— Brandon Ogden

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Grapeland (9-2) vs. Cumby (8-3)

When/Where: 7 p.m. Friday; Panther Stadium, Bullard

Keep an eye on

Grapeland: QB B.J. Lamb … RB Cadarian Wiley … LB Cooper Sheridan … WR Cooper Ward … WR Deco Bryant … DL/LB Damieon Smith … WR/DB Keizon Ashford … Josh Black

Cumby: QB Cameron Scott … RB Jacob Demidio … WR Braden Porter … Colby Lindsey

Did you know: Lamb was 14 of 18 for 403 yards with five touchdowns and an interception in the win over Frost … Wiley carried the ball 11 times for 171 yards and two touchdowns in the win over Frost … Ashford made four grabs for 203 yards and three touchdowns against Frost … Sheridan has 169 tackles this season … Cumby is on a four-game winning streak. Cumby had held three straight opponents to single-digit points until last week’s 50-28 win over Simms Bowie.

Last week: Grapeland 63, Frost 14; Cumby 50, Simms Bowie 28

Up next: The winner will face the winner of Mart and Detroit in the Class 2A Division II Region III semifinals.

Carthage (11-0) vs. Lumberton (7-3)

Time: Tonight, 7 p.m.

Stadium: Raider Stadium, Lumberton

Coaches

Carthage: Scott Surratt

Lumberton: Aaron Young

Last week: Carthage 49, Athens 14; Lumberton 34, Wheatley 17

Up next: Winner gets the winner of Crandall-LC Mauriceville

Players to watch

Carthage: WR Kelvontay Dixon (47 receptions, 813 yards, 14 TDs) … QB Kai Horton (179 of 291, 2,574 yards, 34 TDs, 2 INT)… RB Mason Courtney (146 carries, 1,106 yards, 11 TDs) … WR Kai Williams (38 receptions, 678 yards, 7 TDs) … LB Ravon Ingram (93 tackles) … DB Cole Whitlock (56 tackles) … DB Kylon Lister (72 tackles)

Lumberton: QB Hunter Fesco … RB Reagan Koch … TE Anthoni Beasley … OLB Adam Sellers … OLB David Barthol … DB Joe Withers … MLB Jason Coffey

Did you know: Carthage’s Scott Surratt won his 52nd playoff game last week and moved in to 10th place all time in the state of Texas. Ironically, Surratt trails current Westlake coach Todd Dodge, who won his 53rd last week against Cibolo Steele and sits in 9th place. The Bulldogs are 72-28-1 overall in postseason with a half dozen gold rings on the mantel.

Twitter-sized preview: By virtue of losing a coin flip, the Carthage Bulldogs have to venture south 147 miles down US Highway 96 to play the Lumberton Raiders. Lumberton finished second to undefeated Hargrave in District 11-4A DII. The Raiders secured second place with a 20-14 OT win over LC-Mauriceville in their regular-season finale.

Gilmer (8-3) vs. Fairfield (7-4)

Time: Tonight, 7:30 p.m.

Stadium: Memorial Stadium, Mesquite

Coaches

Gilmer: Matt Turner

Fairfield: Aaron Young

Players to watch

Gilmer: RB Darrell Bush (156 carries, 919 yards, 14 TDs) … QB Mason Hurt, (136 of 254 passing, 1,932 yards, 18 TDs, 8 INT) … WR Dylan Fluellen, (38 receptions, 642 yards, 6 TDs) … MLB Jett Jones, (60 tackles) … OLB Grant Couture, (96 tackles) … DT Casey Irons (64 tackles)

Fairfield: QB Justin Abram (36 of 93 passing, 565 yards, 4 TDs, 7 INT; 277 carries, 1,980 yards, 24 TDs) … RB Jar-mychael Hudson (154 carries, 1,022 yards, 10 TDs) … WR Dequann Williams (21 receptions, 237 yards) … OLB Aiden Brackens … DB Trent Hauser

Did you know: The Buckeyes will likely focus defensive attention on talented dual-threat QB Justin Abram for the Eagles. Abram is 20 yards shy of 2K for the year rushing with 24 TDs. He’s thrown for another 1,932 yards and 18 TDs. All totaled, he’s accounted for 3,912 yards and 42 TDs. Gilmer’s Darrell Bush is a good bet to eclipse 1K rushing this evening. He only needs 81 to break the barrier. Gilmer recorded its 81st playoff win last week against Farmersville. That puts the Buckeyes in 18th trailing Newton in 17th with 82. Ironically, Gilmer handed Newton only its second loss in four years earlier this season.

Twitter-sized preview: Tonight is a rematch of last year’s area round bout between Gilmer and Fairfield. The Buckeyes, despite a losing record coming into the contest, scored a surprising 24-14 knockout of the Eagles. Fairfield advanced to the 2013 4A, DII finals before losing in as 38-33 classic to Argyle.

Sabine (10-1) vs. Pottsboro (11-0)

When/Where: 7:30 p.m. tonight; Wildcat Stadium, Paris

Keep an eye on

Sabine: QB Landon McKinney (88 of 173 passing, 1,522 yards, 13 TDs, 5 INT; 211 carries, 1,218 yards, 20 TDs) … TB BJ Stidham (89 carries, 692 yards, 6 TDs) … WR AJ Gresham (30 receptions, 587 yards, 7 TDs) … RB Brannigan Willige (82 carries, 513 yards, 3 TDs) … WR Jace Burns (9 receptions, 258 yards, 2 TDs) … DT Brent Warren (132 tackles) … SS Carter Patterson (103 tackles) … FS Bre’den Ford (98 tackles) … DT Tristan Green (97 tackles)

Pottsboro: QB Braden Plyler (107 of 166 passing, 1,617 yards, 20 TDs, 5 INT: 105 carries, 619 yards, 12 TDs) … RB Cy Shope (178 carries, 1,625 yards, 29 TDs) … WR Titus Lyons (50 receptions, 818 yards, 12 TDs) … LB Zach Wideman (117 tackles) … DE Silas Barr (76 tackles) … MLB Jackson Lipscomb (72 tackles)

Did you know: Sabine, fresh off its first playoff win in school history last week, looks to continue making 2019 the most memorable ever. The Cardinals also achieved their first-ever double-digit victories in a season. Pottsboro’s version of the Red Birds comes into tonight’s fray undefeated. Pottsboro averages beating its opposition by 34 points and has rang up 60+ points on four different occasions.

Last week: Sabine 20, Mount Vernon 14; Pottsboro 63, Kemp 0

Up next: Winner gets the winner of Malakoff-Jefferson

Van Alstyne (7-4) vs. Gladewater (8-3)

When/Where: 7:30 p.m. tonight; Wildcat Stadium, Emory

Keep an eye on

Van Alstyne: QB Tymothe Rosenthal (90 of 149 passing, 772 yards, 14 TDs, 5 INT) … RB Jake Carroll (111 carries, 970 yards, 14 TDs) … WR Drelin Davis (30 receptions, 868 yards, 6 TDs) … MLB Zach Smith (77 tackles) … MLB Jaden Mahan (55 tackles) … OLB Dalton Mccaslin (44 tackles)

Gladewater: RB Eligia Carter (118 carries, 729 yards, 12 TDs; 7 receptions, 209 yards, 1 TD) … WR DJ Allen (11 receptions, 347 yards, 5 TDs) … RB Malachi Gordon (119 carries, 649 yards, 11 TDs) … QB Tristan Holmes (25 of 63 passing, 500 yards, 9 TDs, 1 INT) … ILB Zach Villareal (141 tackles) … DT Alex Moran (100 tackles) … OLB Robert Hodges (93 tackles)

Did you know: Gladewater is in the playoffs for the sixth time in seven seasons. The Bears have a 38-25-2 record in postseason. Van Alstyne, likewise, is in the postseason party for the sixth time in seven autumns. The Panthers have advanced to the “second season” nine times in Mikeal Miller’s 10 seasons on board.

Last week: Van Alstyne 69, Life School Oak Cliff 27; Gladewater 32, Hughes Springs 0

Up next: Winner gets winner of Winnsboro-Dallas Madison

Harmony (8-3) vs. Paul Pewitt (10-1)

When/Where: 7:30 p.m. tonight; Lobo Stadium, Longview

Keep an eye on

Harmony: RB Issac Edwards (160 carries, 1,234 yards, 15 TDs) … QB Gage Goddard (62 of 114 passing, 1,427 yards, 20 TDs, 9 INT) … TE Jayden Mcabee (10 receptions, 399 yards, 7 TDs) … DB Kyle Henry … OLB Hunter McNeel

Paul Pewitt: RB Delontray Hill (113 carries, 757 yards, 7 TDs) … RB La-Jathan Allen (166 carries, 1,662 yards, 24 TDs) … QB Cross Holder (105 carries, 770 yards, 11 TDs) … OLB Keiuntray Hawkins (82 tackles) … MLB Tannor Mines (101 tackles)

Did you know: Harmony was a decisive 42-0 winner over Paul Pewitt in their last meeting on the football field during bi-district play in 2017. The Eagles are on an eight-game win streak after starting the season 0-3. The Brahmas have won 18 of their last 21 contests.

Last week: Harmony 52, Whitewright 47; Paul Pewitt 41, Corrigan-Camden 21

Up next: Winner gets winner of Bells-Elysian Fields

Bells (8-3) vs. Elysian Fields (7-4)

When/Where: 7:30 p.m. tonight; Meredith Memorial Stadium, Mineola

Keep an eye on

Bells: QB Blake Rolen (13 of 29 passing, 316 yards, 6 TDs) … RB Wrangler Priest (184 carries, 1,420 yards, 17 TDs) … RB Bo Baker (145 carries, 923 yards, 9 TDs) … DB Kaden Pyle (95 tackles) … DT Hank Weaver (70 tackles)

Elysian Fields: QB Ryan Wilkerson (115 of 170 passing, 2,028 yards, 17 TDs, 7 INT; 120 carries, 1,394 yards, 14 TDs) … RB Christavian Smith (145 carries, 1,439 yards, 25 TDs; 52 receptions, 917 yards, 5 TDs) … WR/LB Jackson Illingworth (25 receptions, 479 yards, 4 TDs; 153 tackles) … DE Ty Kirkland (138 tackles) … DL Carson Holland (66 tackles)

Did you know: Elysian Fields’ wild 74-50 bi-district win over Hemphill last week set high-water marks in both points by scored by the ’Jackets and points scored combined. The previous record was set in EF’s 67-54 bi-district win over Winona in 2012. The 121 points racked up that evening was eclipsed by the 124 posted last week.

Last week: Bells 36, Winona 32; Elysian Fields 74, Hemphill 50

Up next: Winner gets the winner of Harmony-Paul Pewitt

Daingerfield (9-2) vs. Blue Ridge (7-4)

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

Keep an eye on

Daingerfield: WR Tyrese Grant (36 receptions, 719 yards, 9 TDs) … RB Jakobie Craver (177 carries, 1,647 yards, 18 TDs) … QB … Zaylon Jeter (93 of 165 passing, 1,137 yards, 14 TDs, 6 INT) … DL Chad Reeves (98 tackles) … LB Zavien Parker (43 tackles) … LB Evan Peel (131 tackles)

Blue Ridge: QB Tyson Walters (146 of 275 passing, 1,961 yards, 15 TDs, 11 INT; 164 carries, 833 yards, 6 TDs) … RB Garrett Mathers (134 carries, 896 yards, 10 TDs) … WR Christian Enloe (35 receptions, 511 yards, 3 TDs) … MLB Slater James (131 tackles) … DB Lucas Jenkins (72 tackles)

Did you know: Daingerfield won its 89thplayoff game in school history last week and ranks No. 11 all-time statewide. The Tigers trail Odessa Permian in 10th place. Mojo secured their 90thlast week and host Martin tonight. Daingerfield could find itself in the Top 10 by night’s end.

Last week: Daingerfield 18, Anderson-Shiro 0; Blue Ridge 44, Grand Saline 28

Up next: Winner gets the winner of Newton-Troup

Harleton (9-2) vs. Carlisle (8-3)

When/Where: 7 p.m. tonight; Pine Tree’s Pirate Stadium, Longview

Keep an eye on

Harleton: QB Grayson Handlin (45 of 79, 688 yards, 5 TDs, 6 INT) … RB Hunter Wallace (249 carries, 1,792 yards, 28 TDs) … FB Cole Ring (90 carries, 678 yards, 6 TDs) … WR Kobe Ferguson (13 receptions, 181 yards, 1 TD) … DE Jaydn Salazar … DE Jojo Clark … LB Justin Davidson

Carlisle: QB Carlos DeLeon (93 of 151, 1,231 yards, 10 TDs, 11 INT; 153 carries, 1,307 yards, 18 TDs) … WR Victor Comacho (31 receptions, 421 yards, 1 TD) … RB Jamion Turner (105 carries, 945 yards, 13 TDs; 25 receptions, 370 yards, 5 TDs) … LB Louie Garza (77 tackles) … LB Alex Garza (89 tackles)

Did you know: This could wind up being one of the more entering second round matchups. Both teams like to ground-and-pound, but Carlisle will put the ball in the air. Hunter Wallace is pushing towards 2K for the season and gives the Wildcats a real workhorse, while the Indians Carlos DeLeon has accounted for over 2,500 yards total offense and had a hand in 28 TDs.

Last week: Harleton 46, Deweyville 7; Carlisle 37, Leon 36

Up next: Winner gets the winner of San Augustine-Normangee

Groveton (9-2) vs. Big Sandy (4-7)

When/Where: 7 p.m. tonight; Eagle Stadium, Rusk

Keep an eye on

Groveton: RB Trenton Torregrossa … QB Cade Steubing … RB Malachi Stewart … WR Davuarrio Horace

Big Sandy: RB Kedron Brown … QB Caden Minter … WR Josh Shipman … DB Elijah Beard … LB James Briscoe.

Did you know: Both Big Sandy and Groveton have starred on the big stage. Big Sandy garnered back-to-back-to-back state titles in 1974-75-76 under the late Jim Norman. The Wildcats were 41-0-1 during that span. Groveton scaled the mountain in 1984 and again with back-to-back crowns in 1989-90. The Indians, however, won under three different coaches. It was Jim Wise in 1984, Scott Phillips in 1989 and Don Hill in 1990.

Last week: Groveton 47, Timpson 12; Big Sandy 39, Centerville 32

Up next: Winner gets the winner of Alto-Joaquin

Union Hill (10-1) vs. Blum (9-2)

When/Where: 7:30 p.m. tonight; Wildcat Stadium, Scurry

Keep an eye on

UH: QB Brantley Murray (15 of 24 passing, 281 yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT; 67 carries, 996 yards, 23 TDs) … RB Michael Colbert (67 carries, 943 yards, 17 TDs) … WR Jakobe Griffis (5 receptions, 129 yards, 2 TDs)

Blum: Blane Garza … Harley Martindale … Trey Bullard … Josh Smith

Did you know: Union Hill averages 52 points per game this year, while Blum scores at a 50-point clip.

Last week: Union Hill 46, Milford 32; Blum 54, Perrin 6

Up next: Winner gets the winner of St. Joe-Avalon

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