There are currently 176 teams still in the UIL playoffs and of those 176 teams, 12 of those are from the Central Texas area. Below is a look at the Central Texas teams that are still in pursuit of a state championship.
Jonesboro: Last season Coach Eddie Gallegos lead the Eagles to their first state title game appearance in school history, but Jonesboro was defeated by the Borden County Coyotes 60-12. The Eagles are on a roll once again this season and currently hold a record of 11-1, with their only loss coming from Milford 71-44 in Week 2.
Jonesboro responded well after the loss and have scored over 70 points during five of the ten games played. The Eagles will have their hands full this week, as they play the 12-0 May Tigers Friday night in Dublin at 7:00pm.
The Bulldogs have put together an impressive resume this season, including a very impressive 62-16 shellacking of defending State Champions Richland Springs. Coach Crumpton has Milford (13-0) playing at a very high level at the right time, now the Bulldogs will see if they can focus on this week’s opponent Iredell.
Milford and Iredell will play Friday 7:30pm at McGregor’s Bulldog Stadium and this will be the third overall meeting between these teams, who have split the previous games 1-1.
The Bulldogs started the season off with a 21-14 win over Santo, but they dropped the next four in a row. District play had proven to be a different story for Bosqueville, winning four of five district games and they were the only district opponent to score a touchdown against Mart.
Bosqueville (7-5) will get a chance at redemption this week when they face the Crawford Pirates. Crawford beat Bosqueville 55-38 during week four, but the Bulldogs aren’t the same team that faced the Pirates the first time around, the game will be played Friday 7:30pm in Robinson.
This season didn’t start off the way that the Pirates were hoping it would. Crawford was upset in week 2 by Clifton 21-20, but the worst part of the loss wasn’t the game itself, it was the loss of running back Garrett Dutschmann. The Pirates, like any true champions, made the necessary adjustments and were able rely on other players to step up in the absence of Dutschmann.
Crawford (10-2) is currently riding a seven game winning streak and looking for another trip to AT&T Stadium, where they lost the championship game to Refugio 23-30 in 2016.
The Panthers are no strangers to the postseason and this year’s team is reminiscent of the state championship teams that Mart has had before. Lexington was able to defeat Mart (11-1) in Week 1 40-38, but since that night the Panthers have been unstoppable.
Mart was able to outscore their district opponents 290-14 and they have won their two playoff games by a combined score of 120-9. Mart will face a very talented 11-0 De Leon team this Friday 7:30pm at Whitney’s Wildcat Stadium.
The Lions have two losses this season and both of those losses came against teams still in the playoffs, West and Madisonville. Teague has been eliminated from the playoffs by the Cameron Yoe every season since 2014, but this season it was the Lions who eliminated the Yoe from the playoffs 40-14.
The Lions will test their pride against another pride of lions this week, the 10-2 Franklin Lions, the game will be Friday night 7:30 at Waco ISD Stadium.
The Trojans faced some growing pains last season going 5-6, but that experience has paid dividends as West has doubled their win total (10) and has given their community the second double digit win season in over twenty years.
The Trojans losses came against Mart and Malakoff, but in the playoffs they have outscored opponents 83-14. The Trojans will face Rockdale for the second time this season on Friday 7:30pm at Belton’s Tiger Stadium. West won the first meeting over Rockdale 42-24.
Waco La Vega:
The Pirates(12-0) have lost just one game over the past three seasons and captured the school’s first State Championship in 2015. La Vega is averaging 45.4 points per game this season and the most points their defense has allowed to an opponent this season was 23 to Fredericksburg.
The Pirates will face Canyon Lake Friday 7:30 at Kelly Reeves Stadium in Round Rock, it will be the first time these teams have ever faced one another.
China Spring: The Cougars currently sit at 9-3 on the season, but their three losses have been by a total of 14 points. China Spring is the only team that has been able to beat La Vega since 2015 and they are averaging 45.5 points per game this postseason.
One of China Spring’s losses came in an epic 59-58 game on the road to Liberty Hill, now the Cougars will get a second chance against the Panthers Friday 7:30 at Leo Buckley Stadium in Killeen.
Salado: The last time Salado (11-1) had a double digit win season was in 2007, since then they have only made the playoffs once and this is only the fourth time in school history that Salado has reached the eleven win mark. The Eagles only loss this season came in week 6 against Fairfield 42-35 in overtime. S
alado has an explosive offense that was able to score 56 consecutive points last week in their 63-14 victory over Liberty. The Eagles will face Bellville this Saturday 8:00pm in the Alamodome. Bellville eliminated Salado from the playoffs last season in the area round 34-14.
Temple: Last season the Wildcats managed to ride a wave of momentum all the to AT&T Stadium, where they came up short to Highland Park 16-7. Temple (9-3) finds themselves in an almost identical situation as last season, where they lost to Midway and College Station during the regular season and then rolled in the playoffs.
Temple will face Port Arthur Memorial Friday 7:00pm at Prairie View A&M. Last season, the Wildcats dominated the Titans 39-7 and they will be looking to do the same thing this go-round.
Waco Midway: The Panthers are off to one of the best seasons in school history and the man leading the regime is head coach Jeff Hulme. The stakes are a little higher this week Midway takes the field against Mansfield, which happens to be Hulme’s former team. Hulme led Mansfield to the semifinals in 2015, before heading to Midway and he had an overall record of 59-37 during his eight year tenure with the Tigers.
The Panthers have playmakers on both sides of the ball, lead by Oklahoma commit QB Tanner Mordecai and Tulsa commit DE Jaxon Player. The Midway offense averages 515.5 yards per game and they have 3372 passing yards and 2810 rushing yards on the season.
Defensively the Panthers have a knack for forcing turnovers, they have 15 interceptions, 10 forced fumbles, and 13 fumble recoveries this season. Midway and Mansfield will play Friday 7:00pm at McLane Stadium.
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