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

Does Austin McCallum's Cinderella season include a trip to Arlington and can Vernon Jackson carry Boling past Newton?

Allen (14-0) vs. Round Rock Cedar Ridge (13-1), 2 p.m. Saturday at Waco’s McLane Stadium Allen advanced to the state semifinals for the sixth straight year after the Eagles knocked off Euless Trinity 41-20 last Saturday at Apogee Stadium. There’s no question that the Eagles had some breaks in the game, but credit Allen for capitalizing on them. The Eagles…

Matt Stepp’s 10 thoughts from the Texas high school football regional finals

A 2015 state title rematch in 6A Division I and San Augustine comes face-to-face with 2A powerhouse Refugio in the state semis this week

With the season coming to a close, we are changing the format of “10 Thoughts” slightly. I’ll still have your 10 thoughts weekly but it’ll be in the form of quick recaps of all 10 of the UIL 11-man football brackets. This will lead us right into DCTF’s unmatched coverage of the 2017 UIL State Football championships. Class 6A Division…

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

Denton Ryan and Lubbock Coronado's star QBs battle it out while Lufkin and Longview rekindle East Texas' biggest rivalry at the right time

Denton Ryan (13-0) vs. Lubbock Coronado (13-0), 2 p.m. Saturday at Abilene’s Anthony Field Denton Ryan will look to become the de facto Lubbock ISD champions this week as it tries to do the double with a win over unbeaten and surging Lubbock Coronado Saturday at Abilene Christian University. The Raiders rolled past Lubbock Monterey last week, 49-28, as QB…

TXHSFB REALIGNMENT: Classification cutoffs and 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 regional semifinals

Will we finally see Katy/Allen? Plus, New Diana's big turn-around season is still going.

Allen and Katy on a collision course? Are we finally going to get the mega-showdown between the two giants in Class 6A? It appears we may be headed that way after Allen and Katy were both very impressive Friday night with convincing wins over quality teams. Allen survived an early charge from Arlington Martin and pulled away late for a…

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

Can Cedar Park's defense slow down Manvel? Who wins the 4A Division I clash between Kennedale and Midlothian Heritage? And is anyone stopping Newton?

Cedar Park (11-1) vs. Manvel (11-0), 7:30 p.m. Friday at Waller’s Waller ISD Stadium It’s a rematch of a third round game last season when Manvel rolled past Cedar Park in a battle of undefeated teams. Manvel graduated a lot of talent, but the Mavericks have reloaded with playmakers while a gritty Cedar Park team has had to rely on…

Matt Stepp’s 10 thoughts from the Texas high school football area round

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

Defending champions fall After the first round, we only had one defending state champion eliminated as a rebuilding Mineola squad fell to Hughes Springs. The area round was much less kind as three defending champions were eliminated. We start in 2A Division II where three-time defending state champion Bremond saw its 18-game playoff winning streak end at the hands of…

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…