THEOLDCOACH CLASS 5A STATE QUARTER-FINAL INSIDER
Canyon Randall (12-1) vs. Aledo (12-1) Saturday 5:30pm AT&T Stadium, Arlington
Aledo’s one test in Region I a year ago came against a tough Canyon Randall squad, the Bearcats pulled away in the second half that day for a 47-29 win. Now Randall takes the six hour journey to AT&T Stadium to try and get revenge on a team that’s won five out of the last six state championships. Aledo’s defense has been the story in the playoffs allowing just three points in three games, in fact in the Bearcats 12 game winning streak they’ve allowed more than 14 points just twice. Canyon Randall had to wait until Monday to play, but the Raiders made the most of it in a 35-7 win over Aledo’s district rival Burleson Centennial. The short rest and long road trip will make things very tough on Randall this week.
Aledo by 16
Longview (11-2) vs. Mansfield Lake Ridge (13-0) Saturday 9:00pm AT&T Stadium, Arlington
The last two weeks Lake Ridge has scored 77 and 69 points respectively, the offensive show they’ve put on in recent weeks has many thinking they could win Mansfield ISD their first ever state title. In last week’s 69-40 win over Mesquite Poteet the Eagles rolled up an incredible 775 yards of offense, can they do the same this week in a playoff rematch with the physical rushing attack of Longview? A year ago these two met in the area playoffs and Lake Ridge got their program defining with over the Lobos 38-35, can they do the same this week and win their first ever regional title. Longview will have to get their ground game going and try to control clock in this one, much like they did last week in a dominating 35-14 win over Wylie.
Mansfield Lake Ridge by 14
Temple (12-1) vs. Richmond George Ranch (13-0) Friday 7:30pm Berry Center, Cypress
It’s a rematch of last year’s regional final when Temple rolled past unbeaten George Ranch en route to the the state championship game. The Wildcats are looking like a strong contender once again behind a defense that in three playoff wins has allowed just a total of twenty points. When the Wildcats need to score they certainly can do that as well and with plenty of experience returning from last year’s run this team is a real state title favorite. George Ranch has been a juggernaut the last three seasons but the fourth round has been their kryptonite, can they exercise demons from 2013 and 2014 in what looks to be their swan song in Class 5A?
Temple by 7
Austin Vandegrift (11-2) vs. Cedar Park Vista Ridge (11-2) Friday 7:00pm Reeves Stadium, Round Rock
It’s a rematch in Region IV as Vandegrift hooks up with district rival Vista Ridge, in the regular season Vandegrift won a 63-55 shootout, expect plenty more fireworks this week as both teams are more than capable of putting up a ton of points. Vandegrift got past unbeaten Edinburg Vela 49-39 in a game that was even closer than the score indicates. Vista Ridge totally dominated Victoria West 42-14, the Rangers shut down one of the region’s top players last week and now they’ll look to do it again this week. Expect another shootout, but the edge goes to the Rangers in this one as their defense is playing their best football of the season.
Cedar Park Vista Ridge by 4
Everman (9-4) vs. Lake Dallas (11-2) Saturday 10:30am AT&T Stadium, Arlington
Everman had to wait until Monday to play, but the Bulldogs didn’t let the long rest bother them as they rolled past Canyon 49-33. Once again Everman didn’t throw the ball much, but when they did throw it they were extremely effective with touchdowns on three of their four completed passes. The Bulldogs however are battling the injury bug heading into the fourth round for the second straight year. Lake Dallas, is as healthy as ever after battling injuries early in the season but the Falcons have won ten straight after blasting a good El Paso Eastlake squad 51-21. Lake Dallas has never beaten Everman in the playoffs and that streak is likely to get broken this week.
Lake Dallas by 10
Frisco Lone Star (12-1) vs. Lancaster (10-3) Friday 5:30pm AT&T Stadium, Arlington
There were few teams that had as impressive a performance last week as Lone Star who drilled a really good Marshall squad 56-7. It was as dominating an effort as you’ll see as the Rangers did whatever they wanted offensively and allowed just 113 yards, 63 of which came on one play. Lancaster after two close playoff wins but together their most complete playoff performance of the year with a 40-21 win over Terrell. There will be a ton of speed on the field for this one, Lancaster hasn’t been as consistent as Lone Star but when the Tigers have been good, they are almost unbeatable. Expect the good Tigers to make an appearance this week.
Lancaster by 7
Fort Bend Ridge Point (10-3) vs. Angleton (8-5) Saturday 12:00pm Alamodome, San Antonio
Ridge Point continues their surprise run through the playoffs and avoided a let down last week as they knocked off a very good College Station A&M Consolidated squad on Saturday at NRG Stadium. Angleton has gotten healthy after a slow start, so the Wildcats record is a bit deceiving and they got a solid win against College Station High. The big question here is this game is being played in San Antonio? How do two Houston teams end up playing in the Alamo City, well both teams wanted an indoor stadium.
Fort Bend Ridge Point by 8
Cedar Park (13-0) vs. Corpus Christi Calallen (11-2) Friday 7:30pm Alamodome, San Antonio
The lone team remaining in Region IV not from 25-5A is Corpus Christi Calallen who rolled past Boerne Champion a week ago 60-39. The tradition rich Wildcats will look to take down unbeaten and top ranked Cedar Park who pitched a shutout 42-0 over Edcouch-Elsa. The Timberwolves defense year in and year out is one of the best in the state and they’ll have their hands full with Calallen who has one of the state’s most underrated offensive attacks. However, what separates this Cedar Park team from some of their great teams in the past is they also have one of the top offenses in the state and that balance makes a major difference.
Cedar Park by 21