Class 2A 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 2A!

THEOLDCOACH CLASS 2A REGIONAL SEMI-FINAL INSIDER

DIVISION I

Region I

Canadian (12-0) vs. Anson (6-6) Friday 2:00pm Sherwood Memorial Stadium, Plainview

Wellington (7-5) vs. Stratford (11-1) Friday 2:00pm Bivins Stadium, Amarillo

Canadian continues their blitz towards another state title as they destroyed a good Stamford squad a week ago, expect more of the same this week as surprising Anson (who was beaten by Stamford in the regular season) gets their shot at the Wildcats. The result could be more of the same this week. It’s a District 1-2A Division I rematch as Wellington and Stratford renew their rivalry in Amarillo this week. Stratford won the game 13-8 and it could be another total defensive struggle.

Stepp’s Picks

Canadian by 42

Stratford by 4

Region II

Tolar (8-4) vs. Bosqueville (8-4) Friday 6:00pm Bulldog Stadium, Venus

Goldthwaite (10-2) vs. Crawford (12-0) Friday 7:30pm Bulldawg Stadium, Copperas Cove

Some surprises here at the top of this bracket as two four loss teams will be going at it to determine a spot in the state quarter-finals. After knocking off Mart in the first round of the playoffs, Tolar survived a major test form Valley View winning 21-20. Bosqueville finished third in their district and after a close win in bi-district they blew away Clarksville 43-0. Unbeaten Crawford will look to knock out a tough Goldthwaite squad, CHS has outscored their two playoff opponent 107-20, but Goldthwaite has been pretty dominant as well with 97-21 margin in two games. This may be one of the quickest games in the state as both teams stick to the ground game and both play physical and tough defense. Crawford’s got a little more size and depth and that is the key to this one.

Stepp’s Picks

Tolar by 7

Crawford by 10

Region III

Centerville (6-6) vs. Shelbyville (11-0) Friday 7:00pm Panther Stadium, Bullard

Beckville (11-1) vs. Lovelady (12-0) Saturday 2:00pm TMF Rose Stadium, Tyler

Centerville has been a regional power, but after a tough season the Tigers weren’t expected to do much in the playoffs and yet here they are playing in the third round of the playoffs once again. The task is tall this week with unbeaten Shelbyville who has one of 2A’s most underrated teams, despite being undefeated. Beckville pulled off the big upset in the region last week as the Bearcats knocked off regional favorite Alto. They’ll take on Lovelady who is one of those unbeaten teams that hasn’t gotten a lot of statewide attention, but now Lovelady may be the team to beat in Region III.

Stepp’s Picks

Shelbyville by 12

Lovelady by 7

Region IV

Weimar (9-3) vs. Refugio (10-2) Friday 6:00pm Memorial Stadium, Victoria

Shiner (12-0) vs. Flatonia (7-5) Friday 7:00pm Ricebird Stadium, El Campo

It’s a District 15-2A party in Region IV as all four playoff teams from this incredibly tough district have advanced to the regional semi-finals. An impressive feat without question, now the question is can Flatonia or Weimar avenge regular season losses? Weimar has the more impressive resume with nine wins, but the Wildcats were drilled by Refugio 55-14 in the regular season meeting and Refugio is fresh off what is easily their most impressive performance of the season. Refugio may not win by 41 but they win comfortably. Flatonia slowed the tempo down in their 28-0 loss to Shiner in the regular season, but the Bulldogs had no semblance of generating offense, expect them to employ the same strategy this time with hopes they can break a big play or two and keep things interesting.

Stepp’s Picks

Refugio by 29

Shiner by 17

DIVISION II

Region I

Memphis (6-6) vs. Crosbyton (11-1) Friday 2:00pm Plains Capital Park Lowrey Field, Lubbock

Quanah (8-4) vs. Seagraves (11-1) Friday 3:00pm Mustang Bowl, Sweetwater

Seagraves continued their march towards the regional title with a 41-2 win over Wheeler last week, even more impressive considering that was done in just two quarters as the game was called at halftime due to a power outage. Quanah is a dangerous team, they do own a win over Crosbyton so Seagraves will need to be prepared for a fight. Memphis continues their surprise run through the playoffs, the Cyclones will take on Crosbyton once again, the Chiefs knocked off Vega a week ago 26-14 and drilled Memphis in the regular season 42-14.

Stepp’s Picks

Crosbyton by 17

Seagraves by 21

Region II

Iraan (12-0) vs. Roscoe (8-4) Friday 6:00pm San Angelo Stadium, San Angelo

Seymour (10-2) vs. Albany (11-1) Friday 1:00pm Newton Field, Graham

Iraan is in the third round of the playoffs for the first time in a while and now the Braves are looking to extend the season another week against Roscoe. Iraan has a powerful offense, the key will be how does their small but quick defense hold up against the big offensive line of Roscoe? Seymour and Albany should be a very good matchup, Albany’s battled injuries all year but the battle tested Lions keep trucking despite the adversity. Is Seymour good enough to test Albany’s depth especially late in games?

Stepp’s Picks

Iraan by 8

Albany by 7

Region III

Muenster (11-1) vs. Hubbard (10-2) Friday 6:00pm Newsom Stadium, Mansfield

Tenaha (6-5) vs. Normangee (10-2) Friday 2:00pm Wildcat Stadium, Palestine

Muenster has emerged as the Region III favorite but they will face a difficult test this week with talented Hubbard. Muenster doesn’t have the pure speed Hubbard brings to the table, but expect the Hornets to offset that disadvantage with their edge in the trenches and with overall depth. Tenaha came into the playoffs at 4-5, but the Tigers have gotten things together and won the first two rounds in convincing fashion. Normangee will present a challenge, but the way Tenaha has gotten things together the Tigers could be a tough out.

Stepp’s Picks

Muenster by 12

Tenaha by 9

Region IV

Bremond (12-0) vs. Falls City (12-0) Friday 7:00pm Lago Vista Stadium, Lago Vista

Yorktown (10-2) vs. Bruni (11-1) Friday 7:30pm Hornet Stadium, Corpus Christi

There are only two games in the state this week that pit unbeaten teams and Bremond/Falls City is one, Bremond owns a 27 game winning streak, rolling to the 2A Div. II title a year ago. Perennial power Falls City didn’t get to battle Bremond a year ago as the Beavers were knocked out of the playoffs in this round by Bruni. Can Falls City contain all the speed that Bremond brings to the table? Bruni, who fell to Bremond in the quarter-finals a year ago will look to avenge their lone loss in the regular season to Yorktown. The Badgers have a wealth of playoff experience, especially in close games and in pressure situations we lean to the team with experience.

Stepp’s Picks

Bremond by 13

Bruni by 3


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