Mansfield Summit Jaguars vs. Longview Lobos

What: Class 5A Division I Area Playoff

Where: Eagle Stadium, DeSoto

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Records: Mansfield Summit 10-1; Longview 9-2

Last Week's Result: Mansfield Summit 35, Dallas Kimball 7; Longview 31, Lufkin 10

Quick Slant: Mansfield Summit's lone loss this season came against Lake Ridge, which faces John Tyler on Saturday. Summit has been effective with the run or the pass, averaging 40.8 points per game with quarterback Braden Nolen completing 108 of 201 for 1,653 yards and 18 TDs and 428 yards rushing with 5 scores. Tailback Fred Adams averages 10.5 yards per carry to total 1,287 yards and 10 TDs. The Jaguars will also go to D.J. Johnson, who enters with 994 yards rushing and 15 touchdowns. Longview counters with one of the best running games in the state and the Lobos use several ball carriers to get the job done. Last week alone against Lufkin, the Lobos used seven different players to total 353 yards and 4 TDs. The week before that, Longview amassed 582 yards rushing, again using seven ball carriers. Longview was taken out in this round last year by Lake Ridge.

Next Up: Winner vs. Rockwall-Heath-Wylie winner, Class 5A Division I Regional.

- Chris Parry

 

Athens Hornets vs. Kennedale Wildcats

What: Class 4A Division I Area Playoff

Where: Lion Memorial Stadium

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Records: Athens 8-3; Kennedale 11-0

Last Week's Result: Athens 59, Princeton 36; Kennedale 65, Dallas Carter 26

Quick Slant: It is a year later and once again Athens faces Kennedale in the second round of the playoffs. Last year's meeting did not go well for the Hornets, with Kennedale eliminating Athens 30-26. This is a matchup of arguably two of the most run-oriented offenses in the Class 4A. Athens is led by Logan Fuller, who helped the Hornets pile up 547 yards rushing in their win over Princeton last week. Logan Fuller finished with 206 and 4 TDs while Travon Fuller added 198 and a score. Kennedale has only 168 yards passing for the season, but 5,181 yards rushing. The Wildcats are led by senior Q Wadley, who has 191 carries for 2,281 yards and 42 touchdowns. Senior Dailyn Wells has amassed 1,229 yards on 95 carries with 17 TDs. Last week Kennedale freshman D.J. Kirven did the heavy lifting with 154 yards rushing and four TDs. Kennedale quarterback Kaiser McGlothen (607 yards rushing) has only attempted 11 passes this season.

Next Up: Winner vs. Argyle-Pittsburg winner, Class 4A Division I Regional.

- Chris Parry

 

Canton Eagles vs. Lorena Leopards

What: Class 4A Division II Area Playoff

Where: Newsom Stadium, Mansfield

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Records: Canton 6-5; Lorena 8-3

Last Week's Result: Canton 34, Gladewater 27; Lorena 35, Cleveland Tarkington 0

Quick Slant: Canton quarterback Hunter Moore passed for 236 yards and two touchdowns while also scoring twice on the ground to give the Eagles a win over Gladewater last week. Canton has been up and down this season, but with Moore at quarterback, the Eagles will be a tough out for anyone. Lorena is all about defense as evidenced by the Leopards giving up just 20 points per game. Lorena won in shutout fashion last week and hasn't allowed more than 35 points in any game this season. Lorena needs its defense as its offense has produced 124 yards passing and 197 yards rushing per game. Sophomore Thor Hoffman leads the team with 776 yards rushing and 12 touchdowns while senior Colby Reed has passed for 721 yards and 5 scores and rushed for 489 yards and 6 TDs. A win for Canton would move the Eagles into the Regional round for the first time since 2006.

Next Up: Winner vs. Argyle-Pittsburg winner, Class 4A Division II Regional.

- Chris Parry

 

Gilmer Buckeyes vs. Mexia Black Cats

What: Class 4A Division II Area Playoff

Where: Memorial Stadium, Mesquite

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Records: Gilmer 11-0; Mexia 7-4

Last Week's Result: Gilmer 40, Pleasant Grove 36; Mexia 24, Shepherd 16

Quick Slant: Gilmer received a big-time scare last week in its first-round game as the Buckeyes fell behind by double digits before rallying to win, remain undefeated and stay on course for a second straight state championship. The Buckeyes continue to be piloted by quarterback Zack Spears, who enters with 2,066 yards passing and 24 TDs. On the ground, Gilmer turns to several people, led by junior Kelton Collier, who has 731 yards and 12 touchdowns. Senior Demarco Boyd is second on the team with 12 rushing scores. Boyd also leads Gilmer with 28 catches for 351 yards. Mexia will need to put more points on the board than its 29-point average if the Black Cats are to take down the defending champs. Since a 49-45 loss to Caldwell, Mexia's defense has allowed more than two touchdowns three times in six games. Mexia hasn't allowed more than 16 points in 4 of its last 5 outings.

Next Up: Winner vs. Fairfield-Center winner, Class 4A Division II Regional.

- Chris Parry

 

Mineola Yellowjackets vs. Whitesboro Bearcats

What: Class 3A Division I Area Playoff

Where: T.A. Cotton Ford Stadium, Greenville

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Records: Mineola 11-0; Whitesboro 5-6

Last Week's Result: Mineola 49, Pattonville Prairiland 0; Whitesboro 35, Caddo Mills 14

Quick Slant: The No. 1 Mineola Yellowjackets ran over Prairiland last week as juniors Jeremiah Crawford and Chantz Perkins combined for 459 of the Yellowjackets' 522 total yards with 7 rushing touchdowns. Crawford enters this contest with 1,767 yards rushing and 24 TDs while Perkins is sporting a hefty 10.8 yards per carry as part of his 1,480 total with 23 scores. Defensively, Mineola limited Prairiland to 195 yards total while forcing the Patriots into seven punts. For the season, Mineola is giving up 11.1 points per game. Whitesboro put on its own rushing clinic with 464 yards against Caddo Mills. Senior Jake Dyer led the way with 276 yards and two touchdowns. Dyer leads the team overall with 1,549 yards rushing and 16 TDs. Whitesboro went three rounds deep last year, which was the Bearcats best-ever season. Mineola is averaging 420 yards per game and has posted shutouts in three of its past four games.

Next Up: Winner vs. Harmony-Callisburg winner, Class 3A Division I Regional.

- Chris Parry

 

Arp Tigers vs. Lone Oak Buffaloes

What: Class 2A Division II Area Playoff

Where: Memorial Stadium, Van

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Records: Arp 6-5; Lone Oak 5-6

Last Week's Result: Arp 20, Hooks 13; Lone Oak 30, S&S Consolidated 23

Quick Slant: The playoffs continue for Dale Irwin and his Arp Tigers, but that is nothing new. Arp has been in playoff mode for weeks now, needing victories in its last two games just to get into the postseason and taking care of Hooks last week. The Tigers employed a rushing attack that finished with 236 yards, led by Kayce Medlock's 136 and a score. Arp did not go to the air much, but Tyler Stewart made it count with a 45-yard touchdown to Kaleb Cabello on one of his four attempts. Arp faces a Lone Oak squad that shook off a poor start to win four of its final five games and a bi-district victory over Consolidated last week. Lone Oak is averaging just 20 points per game while allowing 23 points per contest. Last week's win over Consolidated snapped a four-year drought without a playoff win. Lone Oak went three rounds deep in the 2010 and 2011.

Next Up: Winner vs. Waskom-Gunter winner, Class 3A Division I Regional.

- Chris Parry

 

El Campo Ricebirds vs. Kilgore Bulldogs

What: Class 4A Division I Region III Area Playoff

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Where: Texan Drive Stadium, Porter

Records: El Campo 8-3; Kilgore 8-3

Last Week: El Campo 63, Houston Wheatley 7; Kilgore 62, Huffman Hargrave 26

Quick Slant: Kilgore bounced back from a lethargic effort in its regular-season finale two weeks ago with an impressive victory over Huffman Hargrave in which three backs rushed for more than 100 yards. Sophomore QB Patrick "Buddy" Jackson led the way with 144 yards and a touchdown and a 5-for-7 passing performance for 154 yards and 3 TDs in his best effort of the season. RB Ja'Quorius Smith added 119 yards and 2 scores, bringing his team-leading figures to 1,399 yards and 16 touchdowns. Junior RB Melek Hamilton rushed for a season-high 103 yards and a TD, his fourth of the season. The Ragin' Red offense is averaging 355.7 yards per game. … Slowing El Campo RBs Kevin Dove (203-1,747, 26 TDs) and Alontae Harris (63-783, 7) will be the challenge for a Kilgore defense that's allowing an average of 154.4 rushing and 178.3 passing yards per contest. … The Ricebirds average 362.8 rushing yards per game. … The Bulldogs' leading tacklers continue to be LBs Mason Shelton (115, 3 sacks) and Ty Wallace (98, 2) along with safety Chris Toombs (78, 1 sack, 1 INT). DE Kenderick Fagans had 2 interceptions last week, returning 1 of those for a touchdown. … El Campo QB Ernest Arrambide has rushed for 531 yards and is 18 of 48 passing for 451 yards and 8 TDs with 3 interceptions. His leading receiver is Wesley Arrambide (10-275, 5). … DL Reid Zboril and Jobous Davis along with LBs Jacob Supak and Riley Stock return from a state quarterfinalist team a year ago to anchor the defense. … The only previous meeting between these schools came in the 2004 playoffs with Kilgore winning 18-0.

Next Up: Winner vs. Silsbee-Sealy winner, Class 4A Division I Regional.

- Joe Hale

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