The one thing that we know about the playoffs for certain is that there will be football played from November 17th through November 19th. Some of this football will be bad, potentially for multiple reasons. It could feature a lot of unforced turnovers and flags, making it very sloppy. There could also be a lot of football that will be good, exciting, engaging matchups that feature two evenly matched teams slugging it out.
In El Campo vs. Henderson, that’s what we’ve got. Henderson has absolutely plowed through a very tough district this year, and won its first playoff game against Little Cypress-Mauriceville by a score of 48-12. They have some serious talent at the skill positions, including two TCU commits in LaKendrick van Zandt and Trestan Ebner. They’ll be hard-pressed to beat El Campo, however.
El Campo lit a fire on their district schedule, only Bay City came close to beating them in a match that extended into overtime. They’ve been a force at multiple classifications over the years, diving into the playoffs nearly every year.
The Ricebirds haven’t had a completely easy time of it, though. El Campo’s beaten Angleton and Stafford, two good teams in their own right. They’ll obviously be looking to stay perfect on Friday against Henderson.
As we go deeper into the playoffs, the stakes don’t truly get higher until the state championship game. Every win is a step closer to a shot at it all, even the first few rounds. Fortunately, we, the consumers of this incredible sport, are treated to matchups like this in the first few rounds. Unfortunately, one of these teams will no longer be playing this season.
It’s going to be a fantastic matchup, and we can’t wait.
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