Matt Stepp

AREA PREVIEW: Breaking down the biggest games in Texas high school football

A championship-caliber game with Lake Travis/Converse Judson and Mt Vernon/Kemp in Mesquite highlight this weekend's area round

San Angelo Central (11-0) vs. Mansfield (10-1) Friday 7:00pm at Mansfield’s Newsom Stadium: Unbeaten San Angelo Central comes up to DFW to take on 10-1 Mansfield in one of the marquee games of the weekend. The Bobcats managed to start 11-0 despite being hit incredibly hard by the injury bug and a lot of it is due to the play…

Matt Stepp’s 10 thoughts from the Texas high school football bi-district round

DCTF'S HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL INSIDER LOOKS BACK ON THE LAST WEEKEND ON THE GRIDIRON.

4-5A sweeps the Panhandle again For the second straight year the teams from Lubbock (plus Abilene Cooper) had their way with the 5A programs from the Texas panhandle sweeping the bi-district matchups. The most disappointing loss was 3-5A champion Dumas, who dominated all year finishing 9-1, but fell to a Lubbock Cooper squad who finished fourth in 4-5A, 28-27. Ironically,…

BI-DISTRICT PREVIEW: Breaking down the biggest games in Texas high school football

Will PNG shake off its regular season finale loss to beat Crosby and who wins the 3A Division I Region I showdown between Rockdale and Malakoff?

Port Neches-Groves (8-1) vs. Crosby (9-1) Friday 7:00pm at Baytown’s Stallworth Stadium: Last week’s surprising loss to New Caney combined with some other results in 21-5A pushed Crosby to the second seed in Division II and right into the crosshairs of a bi-district showdown with Port Neches-Groves. Crosby comes into this one with a lot of concerns after it wsas…

Matt Stepp’s 10 thoughts from the Texas high school football Week 11

DCTF'S HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL INSIDER LOOKS BACK ON THE LAST WEEKEND ON THE GRIDIRON.

What a year in Brownsville ISD Just a tremendous story out of the Valley this year is Brownsville ISD, long the butt of many a joke in the Valley when it comes to football. The district is having a year to remember as four of its six high schools are playoff bound. In Class 6A, underrated Hanna emerged out of…

WEEK 11 PREVIEW: Breaking down the biggest games in Texas high school football

Who takes this year's Mid-County Madness, who takes the District 17-6A title and does upstart Veterans Memorial knock off Calallen down in Corpus?

Port Neches-Groves (8-0, 7-0) at Nederland (6-2, 5-2) Port-Neches Groves and its high-powered offense will look to cap off a perfect regular season with a win at arch-rival Nederland in what DCTF calls the state’s most intense rivalry. In fact, it’s so intense it has not one but two nicknames, Mid-County Madness and the Bum Phillips Bowl.  The Indians offense,…

WEEK 10 PREVIEW: Breaking down the biggest games in Texas high school football

Will Vela maintain control of the Valley against PSJA and who takes the South Plains showdown between Abernathy and New Deal?

Edinburg Vela (8-0, 5-0) at PSJA (8-0, 5-0) There are just three unbeaten teams remaining at the 6A level in the Valley and two of them meet up in Pharr for a Thursday showdown to determine the 31-6A title. Vela, under first-year head coach John Campbell, has been as outstanding as ever as the Sabercats haven’t had a game closer…

SNAPSHOT DAY: Enrollment numbers for 2018-2019 UIL Realignment

The latest enrollment data for the upcoming UIL realignment.

October 27, 2017 is UIL Snapshot Day — the day in which the University Interscholastic League collects the enrollment data they will use to formulate the district alignments for the 2018 and 2019 Texas high school football season. While the new classifications, regions and districts won’t be announced until February, this is our first clue of who will be moving…

Matt Stepp’s 10 thoughts from the Texas high school football Week 9

DCTF'S HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL INSIDER LOOKS BACK ON THE LAST WEEKEND ON THE GRIDIRON.

The D is for defense in Duncanville The Duncanville Panthers have turned things around since the arrival of head coach Reginald Samples as in 2016, the Panthers advanced to the 6A Division I state quarter-finals. However, the Panthers were still a bit under the radar as they had yet to earn that statement win, but had that chance on Friday…