Aubrey Chaparrals(7-3) vs. Canton Eagles(6-4)
Friday night at Mesquite’s Hanby Stadium, the underrated Chaparrals will be looking to prove they’re contenders. Quarterback Taylor Swarbrick leads the Aubrey offense that averages over 33 points a game and also handles kicking duties. Swarbrick could have been the hero in last week’s 24-22 loss to Celina, but unfortunately he threw an interception with under a minute to go.
The Eagles come into this one looking to avenge last year’s bi-district loss to the Chaparrals. In their last three games, Canton outscored opponents 167-27. Playing against an Aubrey team that has a defense with a few holes in it, scoring will be key for the Eagles.
Boswell Pioneers(9-1) vs. Denison Yellow Jackets(8-2)
Friday at UNT’s Apogee Stadium, the Yellow Jackets look to add on to their rather impressive season. Dual threat quarterback Austin Emery threw for over 1,000 yards and rushed for over 900 more in the regular season totaling 22 touchdowns. It will be hard for Boswell to slow down the passing game with how much Emery spreads the ball around. Ten receivers have caught passes this year spread out almost evenly between over 70 completions.
On the other side, Boswell has a “golden armed” quarterback themselves in Brayden Thomas. Last week against Aledo, Thomas threw for 312 yards and three touchdowns. Despite a losing effort, the Pioneers still finished with their best record since 1996. Boswell also has the capability to come away with a victory if the game remains close. Boswell has proved that they can make big plays in high pressure situations and ultimately turn the tide of the game on one play.
Haslet Eaton Eagles(5-5) vs. Sherman Bearcats(5-5)
Friday night at Flower Mound’s Jaguar Stadium, the cinderella story Eaton Eagles make their first ever playoff appearance behind thousand-yard rusher Titus Swen. Swen totalled over 1,500 yards and over 20 touchdowns in what is just the second year of Eaton varsity play. If he has a big night, the Bearcat defense could be in for a long night.
But the Bearcats have a few key players of their own. Junior quarterback Blaise Bentsen has thrown for over a thousand yards for a Sherman offense that has scored at least 35 points in each of their wins this season. Both teams are highly offensive and will need their defenses to step up and make key stops throughout the game.
Arlington Colts(8-2) vs. Keller Fossil Ridge Panthers(10-0)
Friday night at the Keller ISD Complex, the undefeated Panthers look to continue their dominance against an impressive Arlington squad. Quarterback Cobe Craft has had a phenomenal season for Fossil Ridge, throwing for over 2,000 yards and 35 touchdowns in the regular season. Averaging just under 40 points a game, the Panthers have one of the more dominant offenses in Class 6A Region I.
The Colts on the other hand are averaging just over 35 points a game led by quarterback D’Montae Davis and an offense that can strike quick. Last week against Arlington Sam Houston, the Colts jumped out 20-0 fast, taking that lead into halftime before running away with it in the second half. If the Colts strike early and often, they could make it to the Area round for the first time since 2012.
McKinney Lions(7-3) vs. Southlake Carroll Dragons(7-3)
Friday night at Dragon Stadium, Carroll looks to defend their home turf against a strong McKinney team that is capable of pulling off impressive wins.
The Dragons are led offensively by a pair of juniors in the backfield. Quarterback Will Bowers threw for 1,711 yards and 22 touchdowns in the regular season. He will have a dominant running back in the backfield in T.J. McDaniel, who rushed for 1,332 and 16 touchdowns. McKinney will need to stop this pair if they want to win this game.
The Lions also have a dominant pair in the backfield. Senior quarterback Damon Witmer and senior running back Matthew Gadek have totaled 26 touchdowns on the year combined. Gadek will be playing with a chip on his shoulder after falling just inches short of a potential game winning touchdown against McKinney Boyd last week. The key for both teams is to get thier offense rolling. This has all the potential of being a high scoring game, look for both teams to try to score early and often.
Allen Eagles(10-0) vs. Lewisville Hebron Hawks(8-2)
Friday at Allen Eagle Stadium, the top-ranked Eagles play host to an impressive Hebron team. Tradition is on Allen’s side as the Eagles just completed their 5th consecutive undefeated regular season. Grant Tisdale will be leading the Allen offense after a phenomenal performance against Wylie. Head Coach Terry Gambill knows this team is special and will be seeking another state title.
But the Hawks have other thoughts as they are led by D1 quarterback Clayton Tune who has thrown for over 2,200 yards and 22 touchdowns. Receivers Trejan Bridges and Jaren Mitchell will be on the receiving end of most of Tune’s passes. The two have a combined 1,519 yards and 17 touchdowns on the year. Allen will be looking to start their quest to another state championship but the Hawks will be trying anything to stop that from happening.
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