High School Recap: Bi-District Round
DCTF's Greg Tepper goes recaps the storylines in each Texas high school football playoff bracket.
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It’s Monday, and we just finished up the bi-district round of the 2013 Texas high school football playoffs. Why not relive it? DCTF’s Greg Tepper recaps the biggest games and biggest storylines from each bracket.
5A Division I
Overall…The bracket went pretty much to the chalk. There weren’t too many big surprises – though The Woodlands struggling with Klein and Los Fresnos’ overtime win over Weslaco certainly qualify – and we’re getting a variety of really nice area round matchups as a result.
Team To Watch…San Antonio Warren, who took out San Antonio East Central in a wild game that featured 1,086 total yards and, in the final 18 minutes, a whopping 62 points. The Warriors won on Jordan Sneed’s 10-yard touchdown run with 38 seconds left. Next up: a chance to really shake up the bracket with a date with Converse Judson.
Area Round Game We’re Already Excited About…Coppell vs. DeSoto, 2 p.m. Saturday at AT&T Stadium. Do we really need to explain how exciting this one is?
5A Division II
Overall…Well, it certainly wasn’t boring! San Antonio Johnson stunned previously unbeaten Smithson Valley, Temple very nearly took out Cedar Hill, Arlington Lamar stormed back to beat Justin Northwest, Edinburg North edged out Eagle Pass, Brownsville Rivera upset McAllen and Laredo Alexander outlasted Edinburg Economedes. Like I said: not boring.
Team To Watch…Austin Westlake, who took out previously unbeaten Pflugerville Hendrickson behind its best defensive effort of the year. The Chaps are flying under the radar after a lackluster regular season, but served notice to the 5A DII bracket with this win.
Area Round Game We’re Already Excited About…Humble Atascocita vs. Lake Travis, 2 p.m. Saturday at Bryan’s Merrill Green Stadium. Lake Travis’ suddenly explosive offense against Atascocita’s bruising defense? Yes please.
4A Division I
Overall…A pretty by-the-book round capped by a couple of very surprising upsets. Of note: Mansfield Legacy knocking off John Tyler, Highland Park avoiding my upset special pick by taking care of The Colony and – the biggest upset of all in the bracket – Magnolia West, out of nowhere, upsetting heavily favored Manor. Count Rio Grande City’s win over Corpus Christi Ray as “having our attention” as well.
Team To Watch…Waco, who put on a defensive clinic against high-powered Granbury in a 56-21 win. The Lions squeaked into the playoffs, but now that they’re here, they’re making noise. Can they keep it up against unbeaten Wolfforth Frenship?
Area Round Game We’re Already Excited For…Houston Reagan vs. Pearland Dawson, 7 p.m. Friday at Houston’s Tully Stadium. Reagan was mesmerizing defensively against Tomball Memorial, while Dawson stormed back for a win against Richmond Foster. This could be the kind of low-scoring slugfest we love to see in the playoffs.
4A Division II
Overall…Maybe the wildest bracket in the state this weekend. First, you have Arlington Seguin – Arlington Seguin! – taking Whitehouse to overtime before the Wildcats escaped. Then, you had Brenham’s close-call win over Georgetown East View. Then, you had Saginaw Boswell’s stunning drubbing of Wichita Falls Rider, 42-7 (where did that come from?). There was Port Lavaca Calhoun’s edging of Floresville, Alice nipping Edcouch-Elsa and Sulphur Springs winning a wild shootout with Denison. Everywhere you looked, there was a thriller.
Team To Watch…Dallas Lincoln, who pulled off one of the more stunning upsets with its 30-13 cruising over previously unbeaten Dallas Carter. The Tigers’ defense roared in this one, and if it can do it again against Frisco, we could have a Dallas ISD squad make a run in the playoffs.
Area Round Game We’re Already Excited About…Elgin vs. Crosby, 7:30 p.m. Friday at Huntsville. They combined for 101 points in the bi-district round; why stop now?
3A Division I
Overall…If you were looking for big upsets, you were a little disappointed, but the games were certainly fun to watch. Frisco Lone Star and Sanger put on one of the more fun shootouts you’ll see in a while (with Lone Star pulling it out), Silsbee struggled a bit before putting away Cleveland, La Grange took out 2012 state runner-up El Campo and Fischer Canyon Lake just barely nicked Pleasanton. Most of the games were to chalk, but it was sure exciting.
Team To Watch…Gonzales, who scored probably the biggest upset of the bracket with its 24-14 win over Bellville. The defense continues to hum for the Apaches, and while the offense needs to get in gear, they’ll have another shot against Fredericksburg to go from 3A DI also-ran to legitimate title contender.
Area Round Game We’re Already Excited About…Navasota vs. Carthage, 7:30 p.m. Friday at Corsicana. The defending 3A DII champs against the 2010 3A DII champs? You better get your tickets now.
3A Division II
Overall…If you’re into big narratives, then “changing of the guard” would be an appropriate one. Gainesville’s win over Celina marked a victory for the new school over the old school. Meanwhile, Pittsburg continues to continue its rise with a close call win over Wills Point, La Vernia took down former champ Wimberley, and Lubbock Estacado used defense and key plays to eke past Perryton.
Team To Watch…Rockdale, who took a big step forward with a solid win over a very good Lorena team. The Tigers are an offense-first team, with QB Clayton Gibbs and RB Elijah Brooks, and looking at the bracket, things open up here for a run.
Area Round Game We’re Already Excited About…Shallowater vs. Monahans, 7 p.m. Friday at Denver City. We’ve heard – and we believe – that Monahans is better than its record indicates. Here’s a chance to prove it.
2A Division I
Overall…This is the first year with four teams from each 2A district making the playoffs, and I think one of the results will be fewer first-round upsets, just based on the way that things are set up. In Division I, that held firm with one big-time exception: Whitney’s truly shocking win over Teague. That’s a jaw-dropper. Other than that, Hallettsville survived the giant-killers in Lago Vista, Clyde sailed past Comfort and Littlefield had a little trouble but ultimately got past Brownfield. Oh, and the Bangs-Comanche game was exactly as must-see as we thought it would be, with Bangs coming out on top.
Team To Watch…Godley, who drubbed Elkhart, 47-14. That’s a pretty solid Elkhart squad, but Godley made it known that they’re to be reckoned with. And here’s their chance: a date with top-ranked Tatum.
Area Round Game We’re Already Excited About…Whitesboro vs. New Boston, 7:30 p.m. Friday at Mount Pleasant. Two of the most underrated 2A teams in the state square off.
2A Division II
Overall…Like in Division I, there weren’t a ton of upsets, but boy, we had some fun! Spearman’s win over Tulia, Blooming Gove over Jacksboro, Leonard over Edgwood (in overtime!), Henrietta over 2012 runner-up Corsicana Mildred, Arp over Paul Pewitt (also in overtime!), Garrison over New Diana and Schulenburg over New Diana were all decided by seven points or fewer. That’s why we watch the playoffs.
Team To Watch…Rosebud-Lott, who looked fantastic in its win over Deweyville, 43-16. The defense held Deweyville under 200 yards, and QB Artis Johnson threw for 351 yards and three scores – all three to Juwon Roberson. That’s a big win, and now they get to tangle with unbeaten Waskom.
Area Round Game We’re Already Excited About…Garrison vs. Centerville, 7:30 p.m. Friday at Rusk. Garrison’s defense has a shot to slow down Centerville’s offense; can they?
1A Division I
Overall…Really, there weren’t a ton of surprising results out of the first round (and remember: with a first-round bye for the top team out of each district, there were just 16 games). The closest thing we had to an upset was Windthorst’s win over Forsan, but even that could be described as “mild upset.” Meanwhile, Panhandle edged out Hale Center, Simms Bowie won a defensive battle with Valley View, San Augustine won one of the wildest games you’ll ever see over Joaquin (we’ll describe below) and Colmesneil eked out Axtell.
Team To Watch…San Augustine, who won the craziest game of the weekend, 49-46 over Joaquin. San Augustine trailed 46-36 with under two minutes to go, scored a touchdown, got the onside kick and scored the game-winning touchdown. Not kidding. Their reward: a battle with title favorite Mart. But now: nobody will ever count them out.
Area Round Game We’re Already Excited About…Stratford vs. Anson, 4 p.m. Friday at Lubbock’s Lowery Field. A legitimate Top 10 matchup in the area round doesn’t come around too often, but here we are.
1A Division II
Overall…Some big-time offenses on display in the first round! Booker hung 67 on Claude with another huge day from Hunter Lile, Seagraves got eight touchdown runs (!!!) from running back Cory Kyle in a big win over Springlake-Earth, Munday scored 41 straight in a win over Roby and Chilton’s running game got rolling against Mount Enterprise.
Team To Watch…Detroit, whose defense shined the brightest in a 21-14 win over Meridian. They’ll need that kind of effort again if they’re going to get past Bremond next week.
Area Round Game We’re Already Excited About…Falls City vs. D’Hanis, 7:30 p.m. Friday at South San Antonio. Falls City is a legitimate state title contender, but D’Hanis is a huge obstacle in its opening playoff salvo.
Greg Tepper is the associate editor of Dave Campbell's Texas Football and TexasFootball.com.