THEOLDCOACH CLASS 3A REGIONAL SEMI-FINAL INSIDER
Muleshoe (11-1) vs. Shallowater (9-2) Friday 6:00pm Lobo Stadium, Levelland
Wall (12-0) vs. Brock (12-0) Friday 8:00pm Shotwell Stadium, Abilene
The top four teams in this region have pretty much remained that way from beginning to end and now the real fun starts with some big time matchups. Muleshoe’s high powered passing attack is the complete opposite of Shallowater and their grind it out punishing rushing style. Whichever defense rises to the occasion will certainly take this one, we are slightly leaning to Muleshoe but it will be a thriller. Brock and Wall played an unbelievable game last year with Brock making a major statement on a statewide scale with a one point win over the Hawks who the year before played for a state title. Wall’s been the top 3A program in West Texas winning 38 of their last 41, but Brock has quickly established itself as a powerhouse as well. I think this Brock team is better than last year’s and Wall is about the same as 2014, edge to Brock to keep the run going.
Muleshoe by 2
Brock by 9
White Oak (10-2) vs. Sunnyvale (11-1) Friday 7:30pm Van Memorial Stadium, Van
Callisburg (10-2) vs. Mineola (12-0) Saturday 2:00pm Royse City ISD Stadium, Royse City
White Oak pulled off the biggest upset in the region last week as the Roughnecks knocked off previously undefeated Pottsboro in impressive fashion 24-9. White Oak’s defense which has been outstanding all year will need to be on top of their game this week against an explosive Sunnyvale offensive attack. Callisburg after a late season swoon has won three straight, including two in the playoffs. They will get a major challenge this week as they take on unbeaten Mineola who has met all of their high expectations this year after their run to the title game last year. Mineola’s going to be bigger, faster and more physical than Callisburg and that makes for a bad combination, expect a comfortable MHS margin of victory this week.
White Oak by 4
Mineola by 14
Grandview (12-0) vs. Cameron Yoe (11-1) Friday 1:00pm Waco ISD Stadium, Waco
Teague (10-1) vs. West (11-1) Friday 7:00pm Midlothian ISD Stadium, Midlothian
Three time defending state champion Cameron Yoe almost saw their 19 game playoff winning streak come to an end as Malakoff jumped out to a 25-7 halftime lead on the Yoemen. Yoe rallied in the second half for the 33-32 win, but did that game expose some chinks in the armor? If there’s anyone who can expose that it might be the high powered attack of Grandview who has been flat out dominant in two playoff wins. Grandview has the firepower to push Yoe, but just when you think the Yoemen should be counted out they find a way to rise to the occasion. The Central Texas theme continues in the other game as offensive juggernaut Teague takes on surprising West. West stunned Kirbyville last week to set up the Central Texas themed semi-finals, while Teague took care of Rockdale in surprisingly easy fashion. There’s not many folks out there not rooting for West after what that town has been through, but the road may come to an end this week.
Cameron Yoe by 5
Teague by 14
Goliad (8-4) vs. Mathis (10-2) Friday 2:00pm Bobcat Stadium, San Marcos
Hitchcock (10-2) vs. Rice Consolidated (6-6) Friday 7:30pm Traylor Stadium, Rosenberg
There are some definite surprises remaining in Region IV and it starts with Goliad, there are few teams in the state who dealt with more off field drama than Goliad and yet the Tigers have advanced further than last year when many thought they had the most talented team in Region IV. Mathis knocked off last year’s regional champion Edna a week ago and the Pirates and their Slot-T offense come in as a favorite in this one. Hitchcock runs the Slot-T as well and the Bulldogs will be heavy favorites against a Rice Consolidated team that they knocked off 48-6 in the regular season.
Mathis by 11
Hitchcock by 31
Idalou (12-0) vs. Coleman (11-1) Friday 7:30pm Mustang Bowl, Sweetwater
Henrietta (11-1) vs. Eastland (10-2) Friday 6:00pm Newton Field Graham
There were some surprising results in Region I as both of the regional favorites Cisco and Post went down in close losses which completely opens up the region, potentially for undefeated Idalou. Coleman was responsible for one of last week’s upsets as the Bluecats took down Cisco using their own powerful ground game. Idalou is starting to have the looks of that team that won state a few years back, they fly under the radar but they just win games. Henrietta won an absolute slugfest last week taking down unbeaten Post 14-7 in a battle of two tremendous defensive units, they’ll take on the high flying Eastland offense which put up 70 points in a win over Sonora last week. They are district rivals and Henrietta won the regular season matchup, I think Eastland takes the rematch.
Idalou by 8
Eastland by 4
West Rusk (11-1) vs. Omaha Paul Pewitt (8-4) Thursday 6:00pm Lobo Stadium, Longview
Arp (7-5) vs. Waskom (12-0) Friday 6:30pm Pirate Stadium, Longview
We will get some Thanksgiving Night playoff football in East Texas as powerful West Rusk looks to set up a rematch with Waskom in the regional finals. They’ll take on Paul Pewitt who continues their run of hot play, don’t let the Brahamas four losses fool you, they’ve started to adjust to their new system and staff and are playing like a contender. Expect a Turkey Night Thriller in Longview. Arp is another team that’s getting things together at the right time, but the mountain they have to climb is quite tall as they meet up with unbeaten Waskom, who after dropping the season opener a year ago has won 27 straight games.
West Rusk by 5
Waskom by 16
Corrigan-Camden (8-4) vs. Crockett (9-3) Friday 7:30pm Martin Stadium, Lufkin
Newton (8-4) vs. Franklin (12-0) Friday 7:00pm Lion Stadium, Henderson
District 11-3A Division II makes up three of the four state semi-finalists, but its undefeated Franklin that looks to be the favorite to win the region. The Lions don’t match up athletically with the other three teams left but a brutally physical ground game coupled with a tough defense has put Franklin up as a contender for a state title. Newton’s record doesn’t impress, but after a slow start to the season the Eagles have caught fire, their run to the title game a year ago gives this team plenty of playoff pedigree. Crockett’s got one of the state’s most prolific offenses and if they can get any kind of defensive consistency they’ll be a tough out. Crockett dispatched previously undefeated Jarrell last week and it appears the defense is playing their best football of the year. CHS destroyed Corrigan-Camden in their first meeting 71-22, don’t expect that kind of blowout in this one but Crockett is a significant favorite.
Crockett by 23
Franklin by 2
East Bernard (10-2) vs. Blanco (12-0) Friday 7:00pm Memorial Stadium, Bastrop
Odem (12-0) vs. Boling (11-1) Friday 7:30pm Matador Stadium, Seguin
Last year’s regional champion Blanco is looking to repeat that feat but taking down a strong East Bernard squad will be a handful. EBHS brought back the house last year and they will be out to avenge their loss to Blanco at this stage of last year’s playoff. Contrasting styles will be at play as pass happy Odem takes on Boling and their run oriented offense. Odem made a surprise run a year ago, but the Owls are no shock this year and many think they have an outside shot at pulling off a regional title. Boling, however will be no easy out they’ve played a tough schedule and the defense is more than equipped to slow the Odem aerial attack.
East Bernard by 6
Odem by 4