Five of this weekend's thirty-four playoff games involve teams who have already met once this season, with four of those games involving teams from the same district.
If their earlier encounters are any indication three of these rematches should be close affairs while two of the rematches should result in routs. But meeting a team for a second time in a season is a unique challenge to both coaches and players. Each team handles the challenge differently, and upsets are possible.
In the one playoff rematch involving teams from different districts and probably this weekend's marque playoff game, Class 5A No. 1 Euless Trinity (13-0) faces No. 4 Allen (12-1) at 4 p.m. on Saturday at Texas Stadium. Euless Trinity and Allen met on September 19th in an early non-district encounter, with Euless Trinity emerging the victor 24-14 in a hard fought game. This was to be Allen's only loss of the season. Both Euless Trinity and Allen are very familar with Texas Stadium, with Euless Trinity having played their last 3 games at Texas Stdium and Allen played their last two games there.
From Class 5A District 26, we have Class 5A No. 12 Smithson Valley (12-1) facing a rematch with San Antonio Reagan (11-2) at 7:30 p.m. Friday night at the San Antonio Alamodome. San Antonio Reagan handed Smithson Valley their only loss of the year on September 11th in a 10-7 nailbiter. Reagan's only district loss was to San Antonio Roosevelt, 12-7. Smithson Valley has one 10 games in a row, including a 24-7 win over San Antonio Roosevelt.
From Class 4A District 8, we have Stephenville (10-3) facing a rematch with Class 4A No. 3 Everman (13-0) at 1 p.m. Saturday at Waco ISD Stadium. It wasn't much of a contest when these two teams met on October 17th, when Everman trounced Stephenville 56-3.
From Class 4A District 25, we have Class 4A No. 1 Austin Lake Travis (13-0) facing a rematch with Killeen (9-4)at 2 p.m. Saturday at Austin's Memorial Stadium. Killeen was 3-3 in district, with close losses to playoff teams Plugerville Hendrickson and Dripping Springs, but on September 26th Killeen was blown out 50-9 by Lake Travis.
From Class 3A District 25, we have Class 3A No. 20 Bellville (12-1) facing a rematch with Giddings (10-3) at 7:30 p.m. Friday night at The Woodlands. On October 17th Bellville edged out Giddings 20-14. Bellville's only district loss came at the hands of Sealy 22-21, while Giddings beat Sealy 27-21. All signs point to another close game between these two district rivals.
These five playoff rematches will be among the most interesting stories to follow in this weekend's playoff action.