Class 4A State Semi-Final Insider

It's crunch time now, we are on to the State Semi-Finals and there are some huge matchups all over the state, THEOLDCOACH takes a look today at the 4A semi-finals!



Abilene Wylie (12-2) vs. Argyle (13-1) Friday 7:30pm McLane Stadium, Waco

Carthage (11-3) vs. Waco LaVega (14-0) Friday 7:30pm Johnson Stadium, Garland

A rematch of a Week 1 clash pits Abilene Wylie against Argyle, Argyle took the season opener 20-10 over Abilene Wylie in a defensive struggle. Expect more of the same this week, Wylie’s defense was the story last week in a 14-7 win over Brownwood. The Bulldogs defense will need to be on their game to contain a versatile Argyle attack led by ATH Drew Estrada and Clemson TE commit J.C. Chalk. The Eagles won a close one last week over a talented Texarkana Liberty-Eylau. Carthage avoided a let down last week as they battled through injuries to take down Silsbee 56-40. The Bulldogs offense gets a major test this week against Waco LaVega, the Pirates defense led by SMU commit Brandon Benson and Oklahoma commit Parrish Cox knocked off China Spring 20-7. Carthage’s firepower and physicality up front will negate the speed advantage of the Pirates.

Stepp’s Picks

Argyle by 7

Carthage by 10


Celina (14-0) vs. Gilmer (14-0) Friday 7:00pm Memorial Stadium, Mesquite

West Orange-Stark (13-1) vs. Cuero (9-5) Saturday 2:00pm Tully Stadium, Houston

Celina gets the chance to redeem what they felt was a total embarrassment last year as Gilmer destroyed the Bobcats in the semi-finals a year ago. This year Gilmer comes in undefeated, but despite 30 straight wins many feel they are underdogs. Celina’s been nothing short of dominating all year including a win over Argyle in non-district. Gilmer’s been a little more battle tested in the playoffs, but the question is can the Buckeyes offense keep up with a Celina attack that’s been on fire all season. Surprising Cuero, led by their talented young skill players pitched a shutout of Sinton a week ago 28-0 to end the Pirates run as Region IV champions. Cuero’s defense led the way allowing just three first downs in the win. Very quietly WOS has been just a buzz saw in Region III, the Mustangs drilled Bellville 42-3 a week ago and that has been indicative of the type of run West Orange-Stark’s been on. Speed kills and that’s the difference in this one.

Stepp’s Picks

Gilmer by 2

West Orange-Stark by 14

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