THEOLDCOACH CLASS 4A REGIONAL SEMI-FINAL INSIDER
Mineral Wells (10-2) vs. Brownwod (10-2) Friday 1:00pm Shotwell Stadium, Abilene
Abilene Wylie (10-2) vs. Levelland (7-4-1) Friday 2:00pm Ratliff Stadium, Odessa
Surprising Mineral Wells will look to keep things going as their magical playoff run continues this week against old rival Brownwood. These two have a history of being in the same district and more often than not Brownwood is putting the hammer to Mineral Wells. Can the Rams get past their poor history in this one?? The odds say no, Brownwood’s been pretty dominant all year offensively and although Mineral Wells has been fantastic I don’t think the Rams can keep up. Surprising Levelland pulled off another upset last week as the Lobos took down Stephenville 31-30, Levelland now will look to pull off one of the biggest upsets in the playoffs as they battle regional favorite Abilene Wylie. The Bulldogs defense is one of the best in the state and is good enough to carry them to a state title. It will certainly be good enough to get them through this week.
Brownwood by 15
Abilene Wylie by 21
Kennedale (12-0) vs. Argyle (11-1) Friday 7:30pm Ford Stadium, University Park
Texarkana Liberty-Eylau (11-1) vs. Kaufman (11-1) Friday 7:00pm Royse City ISD Stadium, Royse City
For a half last week it looked like injuries had finally caught up with Kennedale, the Wildcats offense was in a bad way and they trailed at halftime. Then KHS exploded for 33 points in the fourth quarter to cruise past Athens 47-26 setting up a rematch with Argyle. AHS at the moment is playing their best football of the year after blasting a 10-1 Pittsburg squad a week ago, now the Eagles will look to their defense to slow down the explosive Kennedale Wing-T offensive attack. Liberty-Eylau showed just how dominating they can be as the Leopards destroyed Sanger 48-9 in what could be described as a sloppy effort, it’s scary to think what L-E can do if they actually put together a complete game! Kaufman will be a formidable foe, their only loss of the year was against Kennedale and the Lions will look to slow the tempo of the game down to try and maximize any potential Liberty-Eylau mental mistakes.
Argyle by 7
Texarkana Liberty-Eylau by 11
El Campo (9-3) vs. Silsbee (10-2) Friday 7:00pm Moorehead Stadium, Conroe
Navasota (12-0) vs. Carthage (9-3) Friday 6:00pm Umphrey Stadium, Beaumont
El Campo made a pretty big statement last week with an impressive win over Kilgore, now the Ricebirds get to take on one of the top teams in Southeast Texas in Silsbee. The Tigers are playing their best football of the year at the right time and will be a very tough out as the offense is looking darn near unstoppable. El Campo’s offensive style will be a challenge as they will simply line up and run right at Silsbee and keep the ball away from the SHS offense. High powered Navasota got tested for the first time in quite some time last week against Jasper, now the stakes get ramped up against Carthage. Carthage rolled past unbeaten Stafford last week in impressive fashion, many think Navasota is ripe for the picking here as Carthage is surging. I do believe we’ll see a close one, but Navasota’s won 28 straight for a reason.
El Campo by 6
Navasota by 7
Waco LaVega (12-0) vs. Liberty Hill (10-2) Friday 7:30pm Buckley Stadium, Killeen
Gatesville (6-6) vs. China Spring (11-1) Friday 7:30pm Panther Stadium, Waco
It’s an all Central Texas regional semi-final as the teams from the Waco area have dominated in this playoff run. Speedy LaVega will be tested in a big way against the Liberty Hill Slot-T offensive attack this week, the Pirates love to run the ball as well but defensive discipline is vital if LaVega wants to knock off the defending regional champions. It’s a district rematch as surprising Gatesville meets up with the high powered passing game of China Spring. China Spring has been rolling through the playoffs and they should overwhelm a Gatesville team that does deserve credit for making a surprise run.
Waco LaVega by 4
China Spring by 18
Krum (6-6) vs. Sweetwater (12-0) Friday 2:00pm Gordon Wood Stadium, Brownwood
Celina (12-0) vs. Perryton (7-5) Friday 7:00pm Lion Stadium, Vernon
It’s been written since the brackets came out, Celina vs. Sweetwater rematch and barring a massive upset in the games this week it looks like that rematch will happen. Sweetwater takes on Celina’s district opponent Krum so we’ll get a good measuring stick for how the Mustangs, picked by many to take a big step back this year stack up with Celina. There isn’t a team in Division II that’s been as dominating as Celina all year, the Bobcats haven’t played a close game since a ten point win over Argyle in Week 3, I don’t expect that to happen this week as Perryton is simply happy to be at this stage.
Sweetwater by 24
Celina by 38
Gilmer (12-0) vs. Center (10-2) Friday 7:30pm TMF Rose Stadium, Tyler
Lorena (9-3) vs. Atlanta (8-4) Friday 7:00pm Memorial Stadium, Mesquite
After a close game in the first round of the playoffs, Gilmer made quite an impression last week as they ripped through Mexia. The Buckeyes take their 28 game winning streak and put it on the line this week against a surging Center team. Center is led by one of the state’s best coaches come playoff time in Barry Bowman, the Roughriders may be a year away but the experience they are gaining in this run will be invaluable to the future. Lorena and Atlanta weren’t talked about much heading into the playoffs, but after this week one of these teams will be in the state quarter-finals, Atlanta’s demolition of a pretty good Bullard squad really impressed, the Rabbits made the regional final a year ago so this is a playoff savvy team, expect their overall team speed to be a real challenge for Lorena this week.
Gilmer by 7
Atlanta by 13
West Orange-Stark (11-1) vs. Caldwell (8-4) Friday 7:00pm Texan Drive Stadium, Porter
Giddings (12-0) vs. Bellville (10-2) Friday 7:30pm Green Stadium, Bryan
It looks like a West Orange-Stark-Giddings showdown in the regional final, but both teams have tricky and underrated opponents in the semi-finals. West Orange-Stark was supposed to get a serious test last week with Wharton, but the Mustangs rolled in a 47-15 win. Caldwell is fresh off an upset win over LaMarque last week, the Hornets played a tough schedule and will not be overwhelmed by the moment. Unbeaten Giddings continues their run towards a possible regional title, the Buffaloes again rolled last week. They’ll get a major test with Bellville, the two met in the regular season with Giddings winning by just two points, expect another close one, there is a saying it’s tough to beat a team twice in one season but Giddings gets it done this week.
West Orange-Stark by 10
Giddings by 3
Geronimo Navarro (11-0) vs. Cuero (7-5) Friday 7:30pm Gustafson Stadium, San Antonio
Sinton (11-0) vs. Wimberley (5-7) Saturday 2:00pm Alamo Stadium, San Antonio
Wimberley and Cuero are hardly mystery guests but looking at their records and the records of the teams they beat last week you’d think both were surprise entries to the regional semi-finals. Both will try and pull off upsets again this week as they take on unbeaten teams. Cuero is young but extremely talented, they are probably a year away from being real dangers but this three round run has to be encouraging. Facing Navarro and that brutal Slot-T offense certainly is not! Unbeaten Sinton suffered a huge loss last week as their QB was lost for the season with an injury in last week’s win over Llano, they’ll need the rest of the team to step up in a big way against Wimberley who has won five of their last six including a win over unbeaten Orange Grove last week.
Geronimo Navarro by 21
Sinton by 2