Class 5A Regional Semi-Final Insider

The area round is in the books and now THEOLDCOACH looks ahead to the regional semi-final round of the playoffs!! Today we take a look at Class 5A!

THEOLDCOACH CLASS 5A REGIONAL SEMI-FINAL INSIDER

DIVISION I

Region I

Canyon Randall (11-1) vs. Burleson Centennial (9-3) Saturday 4:00pm Mustang Bowl, Sweetwater

Abilene Cooper (7-5) vs. Aledo (11-1) Friday 6:00pm Bearcat Stadium, Aledo

Surprising Burleson Centennial avenged a regular season loss to Boswell with an impressive 28-10 win last week, it’s the just the second playoff win in school history and now the Spartans will look to make a little more history against a tough Canyon Randall squad. Randall was tested for a half against El Paso Chapin but pulled away late for a comfortable victory. Centennial’s flexbone offense is a pain for most defenses to contain but Randall is well versed against these types of offensive attacks, combine that with playoff experience and being accustomed to playing on the road and Randall gets the edge here. Aledo has won two playoff games by a combined score of 128-3, the Bearcats defense has been downright nasty down the stretch and they get a huge edge playing a home game against a talented but inconsistent Abilene Cooper squad. Cooper will test Aledo’s defense, but the Bearcats are simply too much.

Stepp’s Picks

Canyon Randall by 8

Aledo by 29

Region II

Wylie (8-4) vs. Longview (10-2) Saturday 2:00pm AT&T Stadium, Arlington

Mesquite Poteet (9-3) vs. Mansfield Lake Ridge (12-0) Saturday 9:00pm AT&T Stadium, Arlington

Wylie is up to some very Wylie-like tricks this post-season, the Pirates are winning close, low scoring games where AHMO is relying primarily on a tough and hard nosed defense and some timely big plays. That formula appears to be very similar to what Longview has employed as the Lobos have a pair of playoff wins over Lufkin and a one point win last week over Mansfield Summit. It will be the Lobos first trip to AT&T Stadium, while Wylie has played both their playoff games there, it will make for a good crowd on Saturday. Longview’s going to match up well with what Wylie is trying to do and that gives the edge to the Lobos. Mesquite Poteet was considered a major underdog a week ago, but that didn’t phase the Pirates as they stunned Wylie East in a 46-43 shootout. Poteet will be a big underdog once again this week as they take on what appears to be an incredible juggernaut in Mansfield Lake Ridge, the Eagles threw up 77 points last week in a rout of a very good John Tyler squad. Poteet will find a way to keep this close, but Lake Ridge right now just appears to be too much.

Stepp’s Picks

Longview by 11

Mansfield Lake Ridge by 16

Region III

Temple (11-1) vs. Richmond Foster (10-2) Friday 7:00pm Berry Center, Cypress

Bryan (9-3) vs. Richmond George Ranch (12-0) Saturday 4:00pm TEDCU Stadium, Houston

Known more for a high powered offensive attack , Temple showed they can win a defensive slugfest just the same as the Wildcats for the second straight year took down a very good Houston Stratford squad in the area playoffs. This time it was a 14-6 battle, but the Wildcats defense showed up in the key moments. They get a talented Foster squad who is into the third round of the playoffs for the first time in school history, don’t expect a slugfest in this one, both teams will put up a lot of points. Surprising Bryan is into Round 3 for the second straight year, but the Vikings will have their hands full with George Ranch, the Longhorns three year run is quite impressive as they’ve gone 38-2 in their past forty games, the only thing missing is a regional title as GRHS hasn’t been able to get past that round four hurdle. Is this the year the Longhorns get it done?

Stepp’s Picks

Temple by 12

Richmond George Ranch by 15

Region IV

Austin Vandegrift (10-2) vs. Edinburg Vela (12-0) Friday 1:30pm Alamo Stadium, San Antonio

Cedar Park Vista Ridge (10-2) vs. Victoria West (11-1) Friday 6:00pm Heroes Stadium, San Antonio

High powered Vandegrift tangles with the top sub-6A team in the Rio Grande Valley in Edinburg Vela. The Vipers have a potent ground game, but they lack playmakers on defense and Vela has the firepower to exploit it. The only question is Vela’s defense which may be more at a disadvantage in slowing down the Vandegrift attack. If you have to bet on a defense to get a stop, take Vandegrift’s defense. Vista Ridge will look to make it an all-Austin area regional final, but the Rangers will have their hands full containing Victoria West whose offense has been on fire all year. Both teams have questions on defense, so it’ll come down to which team can get a couple of stops. Expect both games to be incredibly high scoring affairs.

Stepp’s Picks

Austin Vandegrift by 19

Victoria West by 3

DIVISION II

Region I

Canyon (10-2) vs. Everman (8-4) Saturday 4:00pm Lion Stadium, Vernon

El Paso Eastlake (11-1) vs. Lake Dallas (10-2) Friday 4:00pm Grande Communications Stadium, Midland

Canyon, who avoided the upset bug in the first round of the playoffs got things rolling last week in blasting El Paso Burges 42-7 in the area round of the playoffs. The Eagles will face a very difficult test this week with a fast and physical Everman offense that seems to be hitting their stride at the right time. Everman rolled past Wichita Falls Rider 42-23 last week, the Bulldogs 8-4 record is a bit deceiving as three of their losses are by a combined five points. Eastlake is playing in the third round of the playoffs for the second straight year, the Falcons pulled off an upset of Lubbock Cooper once again last week as well. Now it’s déjà vua for EHS as they are back in the third round and playing a team for DFW but now its Lake Dallas. Lake Dallas is similar to Eastlake in that employ a wide open spread offense and they have experienced players all over the field. Lake Dallas is built more for bad weather, their big offensive line could pave the way in this third round battle of Falcons.

Stepp’s Picks

Everman by 10

Lake Dallas by 14

Region II

Frisco Lone Star (11-1) vs. Marshall (11-1) Saturday 10:30am AT&T Stadium, Arlington

Terrell (11-1) vs. Lancaster (9-3) Friday 6:00pm Gopher-Warrior Bowl, Grand Prairie

Many thought Marshall would falter once the Mavericks lost their QB, but after one bad game Coach Harper’s squad has turned things around and they are looking like a real contender for the Region II crown after blasting South Oak Cliff 35-3 a week ago. Marshall will take on Frisco Lone Star who pummeled Forney a week ago, the Rangers have a versatile and explosive offense, but Marshall has the speed and size on defense to cause problems. Lancaster went out to East Texas and had some struggles with a feisty Hallsvile squad, but the Tigers prevailed with a late rally after being down by ten. Terrell got a heart stopping win as well stopping a Lovejoy two point conversion late in the game to advance to the third round of the playoffs for the first time since 2001. Lancaster HC was the HC at Terrell before his move to Lancaster, so that adds a bit intrigue to what should be a fun matchup. Lancaster has the edge here, but Terrell’s been one of the area’s most resilient teams all year.

Stepp’s Picks

Marshall by 6

Lancaster by 4

Region III

College Station A&M Consolidated (9-3) vs. Fort Bend Ridge Point (9-3) Saturday 5:30pm NRG Stadium, Houston

College Station (10-2) vs. Angleton (7-5) Friday 7:00pm Woodforest Bank Stadium, Shenandoah

Both A&M Consolidated and Ridge Point made some major statements last week in convincing area round playoff wins. Consolidated’s win was somewhat expected, they were two touchdown favorites over Magnolia so the dominating manner of win was no real shocker. Ridge Point, however is another story. The Panthers were considered underdogs by most against unbeaten Crosby and they just demolished the Cougars in every facet of the game 42-14. This one will come down to the wire, right now edge to Ridge Point especially if they can repeat that type of performance from last week. College Station High blew past overmatched North Forest and this week they’ll take on an Angleton squad that is surging at just the right time. The Wildcats play in a very tough district and they had some guys out early in the year, so the five losses can be deceiving. Expect a tight game, but CSHS has a little too much firepower in this one.

Stepp’s Picks

Fort Bend Ridge Point by 4

College Station by 9

Region IV

Cedar Park (12-0) vs. Edcouch-Elsa (8-4) Friday 7:30pm Alamo Stadium, San Antonio

Boerne Champion (9-3) vs. Corpus Christi Calallen (10-2) Friday 1:30pm Buccaneer Stadium, Corpus Christi

Number one ranked Cedar Park looks to be on a date with destiny to avenge last year’s heartbreaking loss in the state title game. They have been completely dominant all year and that continued last week as the Timberwolves blew past previously undefeated Kerrville Tivy 49-14. Now Cedar Park will take on Edcouch-Elsa, the ‘Jackets have been through a lot this year and they should be proud of their efforts. That being said, hide the women and children this one will get ugly in a hurry. Boerne Champion won an absolute shootout with Georgetown 70-66 as the Chargers scored on the game’s final play to secure the win, Calallen avenged a shutout playoff loss to Mission Sharyland a year ago with a convincing victory a week ago. The Wildcats are one of the most consistent programs in South Texas and the playoff stage doesn’t bother them in the least, getting the game in Corpus Christi is big as well.

Stepp’s Picks

Cedar Park by 42

Corpus Christi Calallen by 3


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