Class 2A Area Round Insider

The bi-district round is in the books and now THEOLDCOACH looks ahead to the area round of the playoffs!! Today we take a look at Class 2A!

THEOLDCOACH CLASS 2A AREA ROUND INSIDER

DIVISION I

Region I

Canadian (11-0) vs. Stamford (10-1) Friday 7:30pm Lion Stadium, Vernon

Panhandle (7-4) vs. Anson (5-6) Friday 7:00pm Peoples Bank Stadium, Wolfforth

Windthorst (6-5) vs. Wellington (6-5) Friday 7:00pm Hawk Stadium, Iowa Park

Hawley (10-1) vs. Stratford (10-1) Friday 4:00pm Lowrey Field, Lubbock

Canadian didn’t do anything to diminish the notion they are clearly the team to beat in this region as the Wildcats blasted Hale Center to open up the playoffs. The test will be tougher this week with 10-1 Stamford, but the way CHS is playing its difficult to see anyone knocking them off. Panhandle had the big upset of the week taking down previously undefeated New Deal, PHS will have a very winnable game this week against Anson before they have to try and take down the freight train that is Canadian. Hawley and Stratford is the other big game in the region, a battle of very good 10-1 teams who in most years would be considered favorites to win the regional crown.

Stepp’s Picks

Canadian by 30

Panhandle by 8

Wellington by 5

Stratford by 7

Region II

Valley View (7-4) vs. Tolar (7-4) Friday 7:30pm Bull Memorial Stadium, Bridgeport

Clarksville (5-6) vs. Bosqueville (7-4) Friday 7:30pm Panther Stadium, Mabank

Goldthwaite (9-2) vs. Alvord (4-7) Friday 7:30pm Owl Stadium, Joshua

Crawford (11-0) vs. Blue Ridge (10-1) Friday 7:30pm Lumpkins Stadium, Waxahachie

Several surprising results last week in Region II, most notably Tolar pulling off a big upset over perennial power Mart. The consensus was Mart was down, but no one saw a bi-district loss coming. Another team that looked primed to make a run was Hico and they were also eliminated last week by Bosqueville, BHS this week takes on a speedy Clarksville squad that won a thriller last week. Alvord at 3-7 got a big win last week that also was a bit of a surprise, the Bulldogs this week will be facing a big uphill battle against the tough ground oriented attack of Goldthwaite. Regional favorite Crawford has gotten it done with defense, they’ll return to Waxahachie for the first time since a crushing state quarter-final loss two years ago to Waskom. CHS will be a heavy favorite against Blue Ridge, but the Tigers explosive passing game could be a able to test the Pirates a bit.

Stepp’s Picks

Tolar by 9

Bosqueville by 11

Goldthwaite by 23

Crawford by 17

Region III

Harleton (6-5) vs. Centerville (5-6) Friday 7:30pm Martin Stadium, Lufkin

Shelbyville (10-0) vs. Price Carlisle (10-1) Friday 7:30pm Eagle Stadium, Tatum

Alto (11-0) vs. Beckville (10-1) Friday 7:30pm Rose Stadium, Tyler

Lovelady (11-0) vs. San Augustine (6-5) Friday 7:00pm Tiger Stadium, Troup

The top teams in the region all took care of business and starting this week the big dogs begin facing off. The only upset on paper was San Augustine knocking off an Ore City team that coming in was 9-1, but a lot of folks had the Wolves favored. SAHS will need a big effort this week to knock out a very strong Lovelady squad that comes in undefeated. Unbeaten Shelbyville meets up with once beat Price Carlisle in what looks to be the best game in the region this week, the winner will be favored going into round three against the Harleton-Centerville winner. Regional favorite Alto will hook up with one loss and surprising Beckville, Alto will be heavily favored but this is a real chance for Beckville to make a statement this week.

Stepp’s Picks

Centerville by 6

Shelbyville by 4

Alto by 21

Lovelady by 10

Region IV

Holland (9-2) vs. Weimar (8-3) Friday 7:30pm Mustang Stadium, Manor

Mason (11-0) vs. Refugio (9-2) Friday 7:30pm Farris Stadium, San Antonio

Shiner (11-0) vs. Moody (6-5) Friday 7:30pm Cub Stadium, Brenham

Flatonia (6-5) vs. Junction (8-3) Friday 7:30pm Boerne ISD Stadium, Boerne

There’s no question what game is on the minds of fans this week as Mason and Refugio hook up in a rematch of last year’s regional final. Mason’s style of play gives Refugio fits and it will be interesting to see if the Bobcats can take some lessons learned from their loss in that game a year ago and the two regular season losses. Unbeaten Shiner, who handed Refugio their only loss of the regular season should have no trouble with Moody. Junction who is probably the only team outside of Mason, Refugio, Shiner capable of winning the region takes on a solid Flatonia squad. Holland has one of 2A’s top QB’s and an explosive offense, they’ll take on Weimar in what should be a close game as well.

Stepp’s Picks

Holland by 4

Refuigo by 1

Shiner by 21

Junction by 11

DIVISION II

Region I

Sunray (7-4) vs. Memphis (5-6) Friday 7:00pm Kimbrough Stadium, Canyon

Vega (11-0) vs. Crosbyton (10-1) Friday 7:00pm Sherwood Memorial Stadium, Plainview

Quanah (7-4) vs. Farwell (6-4) Friday 7:00pm Bivins Stadium, Amarillo

Seagraves (10-1) vs. Wheeler (5-6) Friday 7:00pm Wildcat Stadium, Amarillo

Seagraves did nothing to dispel the notion that they are clearly the team to beat in Region I, the Eagles blasted Lockney and look poised for another big win against surprising Wheeler who won a thriller over Springlake-Earth last week. The big showdown in this region pits unbeaten Vega against Crosbyton at 10-1, Crosbyton who went to the regional final a year ago had a tumble midseason but they’ve bounced back and looked strong last week. Vega gets overshadowed in the panhandle by the likes of Canadian, but the Longhorns have been brilliant all year. The other two games appear to be toss ups on paper, slight edge to Memphis and Quanah as their team speed could prove to be a difference.

Stepp’s Picks

Memphis by 3

Vega by 5

Quanah by 2

Seagraves by 35

Region II

Iraan (11-0) vs. Electra (8-3) Friday 7:30pm Wolf Stadium, Colorado City

Roscoe (7-4) vs. Hamlin (7-4) Friday 7:30pm Indian Stadium, Tuscola

Seymour (9-2) vs. Menard (9-2) Friday 7:30pm Moore Stadium, Abilene

Albany (10-1) vs. Van Horn (8-3) Friday 7:30pm King Memorial Stadium, Midland

Unbeaten Iraan hasn’t been able to get out of the second round in recent years, the Braves have another shot this week against a strong Electra squad who brings a lot of team speed to the table. Roscoe and Hamlin hook up in a Big Country showdown, both come in a 7-4 and both come in playing some of their best football of the year. To top it off its one of the best playoff mascot matchups of all time as the Plowboys and Pied Pipers Duke it out. Seymour and Menard hook up in a battle of 9-2 squads that feature tremendous defenses, edge to Seymour based on strength of schedule. Albany has fought through a ton of adversity once again this year, there may be fewer teams tougher than the Lions and yet they continue to just win games week after week. The Lions face upstart Van Horn from far West Texas who got their first playoff win in years last week.

Stepp’s Picks

Iraan by 4

Roscoe by 2

Seymour by 18

Albany by 29

Region III

Muenster (10-1) vs. Iola (9-2) Friday 7:30pm Midlothian ISD Stadium, Midlothian

Hubbard (9-2) vs. Maud (7-3) Friday 7:00pm Wildcat Stadium, Whitehouse

Tenaha (5-5) vs. Era (5-6) Friday 7:30pm Davis Field, Wills Point

Normangee (9-2) vs. Lindsay (8-2) Friday 7:30pm Head Stadium, Alvarado

A playoff rematch from last year Muenster and Iola meet up, a year ago Iola pulled off an upset over heavily favored Muenster can the Bulldogs pull off a repeat as once again Muenster comes in as a favorite. Hubbard doesn’t have a ton of depth, but they are as talented as anyone with the guys they do have. They come in as a significant favorite against Maud. Regional bully Tenaha doesn’t have an impressive record, but the Tigers have a workable road to the regional final they will be big favorites this week against Era. Normangee and Lindsay on paper looks to be a pick em game, Normangee’s tougher strength of schedule gives them a nod here.

Stepp’s Picks

Muenster by 7

Hubbard by 13

Tenaha by 20

Normangee by 6

Region IV

Bremond (11-0) vs. Woodsboro (5-6) Friday 7:30pm Texan Stadium, Wimberley

Falls City (11-0) vs. D’Hanis (7-4) Friday 7:30pm Southside ISD Stadium, San Antonio

LaPryor (11-0) vs. Yorktown (9-2) Friday 7:30pm South San Stadium, San Antonio

Bruni (10-1) vs. Louise (8-2) Friday 7:30pm Greyhound Stadium, Taft

Is there anyone in Region IV who can slow down Bremond? BHS has another game this week in which they’ll be heavily favorite but then the road starts to get much tougher. Unbeaten Falls City awaits Bremond in the third round if the Beavers can knock off always pesky D’Hanis. Unbeaten LaPryor hasn’t been tested this year and they will get a massive challenge this week against an underrated Yorktown squad who emerged out of a tough district and is battle tested. Don’t be surprised if Yorktown pulls the upset this week. Bruni has a major test in front of them as well as they tangle with Louise who is looking for a major splash as they make the playoffs for the second year in a row.

Stepp’s Picks

Bremond by 36

Falls City by 14

Yorktown by 6

Bruni by 2


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