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

Cy-Fair (Photo by Jay Stevens)

Midland Lee (10-1) vs Arlington Lamar (10-1), 4 p.m. Saturday at Arlington’s Cravens Field: After beating Arlington Lamar out in Midland two years ago, Midland Lee owes the Vikings a return trip to the DFW area, thus the Rebels take the five-hour road trip out east for a fascinating showdown. After dropping their regular season finale to Odessa Permian, Midland Lee bounced back nicely blowing past El Paso Montwood, 65-32, as QB Mikey Serrano threw for 324 yards and five touchdown passes to lead the Rebels’ attack. Midland Lee has several playmakers on offense, but the headliners is definitely Loic Founoji, who owns nearly every school record for receiving and in this game two years ago proved to be the difference for the Rebels. Arlington Lamar is fresh off an upset of Euless Trinity last week, beating the Trojans, 37-34, as Oklahoma commit WR Trevon West was unstoppable hauling in 11 passes for 252 yards and three touchdowns to lead Lamar, who rallied from two touchdowns down in the second quarter to get the win. Expect a lot of points in this one as both offenses are high flying. It’ll come down to which defense in key moments can get off the field and that edge goes to Lamar at home. The Vikings showed they can be a shutdown defense last week pitching a second half shutout against Trinity until the final minute of the game. Midland Lee’s defense hasn’t shown that ability since early in the season.

Stepp’s Pick: Arlington Lamar by 7


Cy-Fair (11-0) vs Katy (11-0), 7 p.m. Friday at Houston’s Tully Stadium: Two of Houston’s best teams face off Friday night in a showdown that could easily shape the state championship race, as both Cy-Fair and Katy are on the short list of title contenders. By personality, these two teams are very similar in that they get things done with physical play on both sides of the ball, combined with elite athleticism at key spots. Katy’s got more pedigree, but the last two seasons Cy-Fair has shown they can be an elite program as well, winning a state title in 2017 and pushing North Shore in the fourth round in 2018. Cy-Fair had the much easier first round game as the Bobcats tore through Houston Bellaire, 65-20, behind LJ Johnson’s 219 yards rushing and five touchdowns. The Bobcats defense limited Bellaire to just nine first downs and forced three turnovers in the win. Katy got an unexpected push last week from Fort Bend Ridge Point, but the Tigers overcame their three turnovers to escape Ridge Point’s upset bid with a 35-28 win. RB Ron Hoff only had one carry last week as he left with an ankle injury, so his status will be a big question this week. But Jalen Davis filled in nicely rushing for 219 yards and a pair of touchdowns. WR Jordan Patrick added much needed balance hauling in a pair of touchdown receptions from QB Bronson McClellan as well. Expect both coaches to play things close to the vest, rely on their defense in this one and the running game. The difference is Katy’s more balanced and dynamic on offense and they’ll find a way to loosen up the Cy-Fair defense for a couple of big plays in the passing game.

Stepp’s Pick: Katy by 9


Denton Guyer (10-1) vs Cedar Hill (9-2), Noon Saturday at Arlington’s AT&T Stadium: It’s a rematch of an absolute classic these two played in Week 2 at the Cotton Bowl as Guyer scored a late touchdown to send Cedar Hill stumbling to 0-2. Since then the Longhorns have been rolling as they are winners of nine straight games. Guyer last week got pushed by a good Hebron squad, but the Wildcats escaped with a 50-30 win as Kaedric Cobbs ran for 245 yards and five touchdowns, including two key third quarter touchdowns, which took a 17-16 game and made it 30-16 heading into the fourth quarter. QB Eli Stowers didn’t need to do much for Guyer, but when he did throw the ball he was effective. In the first meeting between these two, Stowers made several big plays with his feet and Guyer’s offense may need that once again this week. Cedar Hill avenged their shocking first round loss to Richardson Pearce a year ago by pulling away for a 38-20 win last Friday night. The Longhorns led 24-20 with seven minutes left when Quinn Bright’s 72-yard touchdown catch from Kaidon Salter gave the ‘Horns the breathing room they needed in a game that was too close for comfort at times. Salter threw for 210 yards and two touchdowns, while Kevin Young and Corie Allen combined for 165 yards on the ground and three touchdowns in the win. Expect this week’s matchup to be very similar to the first meeting with lots of big plays and points and a game that will be very close. I’ll give the edge to Cedar Hill, just because it’s really tough to beat a team twice in one year, especially when they are as evenly matched as these two appear to be.

Stepp’s Pick: Cedar Hill by 2


Schertz Clemens (10-1) vs San Antonio Brandeis (11-0), 7:30 p.m. Friday at San Antonio’s Alamodome: The game of the week in the Alamo City is clearly going to be in the Alamodome Friday night as two district champions square off for bragging rights in town. Clemens has their sights set on a regional title, but they’ll need a cleaner effort this week after a 27-17 win over Austin Bowie. A’Mari Williams broke off a pair of first half touchdown runs for the Buffs to help them out to a 21-10 halftime lead, but the offense didn’t get much done in the second half. It was almost the opposite for San Antonio Brandeis last week as in the first half the Broncos scuffled without QB Jordan Battles, who did not start the game due to an injury suffered late in the season. With the game hanging in the balance, Battles came off the bench to rush for 141 yards and two touchdowns in the second half to help the Broncos to a 42-28 win over San Antonio Johnson. RB Corian Holmes chipped in 118 yards on the ground and four touchdowns as he had a heavy workload early on with Battles sitting out. Battles will need to go all four quarters in this one. Brandeis will need all hands on deck to move the football against this speedy and physical Clemens defensive unit. Expect Clemens to put together a much cleaner effort this week and focus on slowing down Battles and containing the Brandeis attack.

Stepp’s Pick: Schertz Clemens by 4


Azle (10-1) vs Abilene Cooper (10-1), 7 p.m. Friday at Stephenville’s Tarleton Memorial Stadium: Azle extended its winning streak to 10 games and avenged its Week 1 loss to Grapevine with an emphatic 45-21 win last week. RB Jacob Lee ran for 169 yards and four touchdowns to pace the Azle offensive attack, while the Hornets defense locked down in the final quarter and a half pitching a shutout. They’ll have to contend with a powerful Abilene Cooper squad that rolled past El Paso Del Valle, 42-21. The Cougars defense was the story picking off six passes in the win and returning three (yes three) for touchdowns. DB Dylon Davis, who now leads the state with 14 INTs, had two interceptions in the win and returned one for a touchdown (his fourth Pick Six in 2019). Cooper’s offense wasn’t clicking on all cylinders last week as they finished with just 239 yards of offense and they’ll need more this week as Azle has certainly showed a knack for putting up big offensive numbers. RB Noah Garcia is the key in this one. If Abilene Cooper can get their 2,000-yard rusher on track they should be able to control the clock and keep that potent Azle attack on the sidelines.

Stepp’s Pick: Abilene Cooper by 7


Alvin Shadow Creek (11-0) vs Hutto (9-1), 7:30 p.m. Friday at Waller’s Waller ISD Stadium: No one in the Houston area has been able to slow down the Shadow Creek attack all season and that continued this past week as the Sharks rolled past Port Arthur Memorial, 49-7. QB Kyron Drones threw for four touchdowns to lead the SCHS offense and that Shadow Creek defense forced four turnovers and held Memorial to under 200 yards of offense. Now a team from the Austin area will get their shot at Shadow Creek as one-loss Hutto looks to pull off what would be considered a sizeable upset. Sophomore QB Grayson Doggett threw for 254 yards and three touchdowns and looked like a QB who was a three-year starter last week in the Hippos 35-27 win over Seguin. Hutto’s going to have to establish the running game if they want to pull the upset. Shadow Creek’s defense feasts on teams who get one dimensional on the offensive side of the ball. Hutto is pretty banged up at the moment and even at 100 percent it would be a tall order to beat Shadow Creek.

Stepp’s Pick: Alvin Shadow Creek by 16


Ennis (10-1) vs Burleson Centennial (10-1), 7:30 p.m. Friday at Ennis’ Lion Memorial Stadium: Ennis opened up the playoffs at home with a dominant defensive effort as the Lions rolled past Frisco Reedy, 34-0. Ennis held Reedy to just 134 yards of offense while QB Collin Drake accounted for 195 yards of offense and a pair of touchdowns and Dyllan Santos ran for 100 yards and a touchdown for Ennis. Burleson Centennial drilled Seagoville, 53-6, a week ago as the Spartans defense held Seagoville to just 129 yards of offense and they got three touchdowns and 134 yards of offense from dynamic RB Jaylon Jackson. The key matchup in this game is the Ennis defense, which has been sensational all year, taking on that brutally efficient Burleson Centennial flexbone offense. Ennis must win first down and try to put the Spartans in obvious passing situations. Easier said than done, as really only Aledo has consistently shown the ability to contain Centennial’s offense. However, Ennis’ offense has the ability to be dynamic and with a big home crowd on their side. Look for the Lions and some late heroics to propel them to the regional semi-finals.

Stepp’s Pick: Ennis by 3


College Station A&M Consolidated (11-0) vs Fort Bend Marshall (10-1), 7 p.m. Friday at Cypress’ Pridgeon Stadium: It’s a fantastic top 10 matchup in the Houston area as unbeaten A&M Consolidated will look to take down defending regional champion Fort Bend Marshall in a game that features some incredible skill talent. A&M Consolidated was a bit sloppy early on last week, but they pulled away late for a 42-14 win over Longview Pine Tree. The Tigers were tied at 14 late in the third quarter but scored 28 unanswered points in the final 15 minutes to pull away. QB Gage Pahl threw for three touchdowns and ran for two other scores in the win. Consol also got back Oklahoma commit Brian Darby, who missed time late in the year with an ankle injury. Texas A&M commit Devin Price and Texas Tech commit Nate Floyd are two-way standouts for the Tigers and will draw plenty of attention from the opposing defense. Fort Bend Marshall opened the playoffs with an easy 48-14 win over Port Neches-Groves as Devon Achane ran for 252 yards and four touchdowns, while QB Malik Hornsby had 167 yards and three touchdowns for the Buffalos. A&M Consolidated’s defensive line is the key for the Tigers. If they can harass Hornsby and mess up the timing of the Marshall offense the Tigers have the offensive weapons to give the Marshall defense absolute fits. A state title contender is going home in the area playoffs and that’s a shame, but this one is must-see television in the Houston area.

Stepp’s Pick: College Station A&M Consolidated by 2


Andrews (10-1) vs Pampa (9-2), 7 p.m. Friday at Portales, NM’s at Greyhound Stadium: Powerful Andrews opened the playoffs in style last week as the Mustangs drilled San Elizario, 63-14, to get their 10th win of the season. Expect a much tougher test this week against Pampa, who opened the playoffs with an emphatic 56-28 win over Gainesville. QB Parker Bridwell threw for 420 yards and five touchdowns, while adding in a touchdown on the ground for the Harvesters. Pampa raced out to a 35-6 halftime lead and never looked back as Cornelius Landers and the running game got going in the second half. Expect a lot of points in this one as Andrews with QB Brett Leach and WR Markeese Lawrence is fully capable of putting up 50+ points as well. Andrews gets the edge in this one because of playoff experience and their ability to rush the passer.

Stepp’s Pick: Andrews by 8


Beeville Jones (11-0) vs El Campo (9-2), 7:30 p.m. Friday at Port Lavaca’s Sandcrab Stadium: Unbeaten Beeville Jones faces a big area round playoff test against El Campo, who has speed to burn on offense and could test the Trojans defense in a big way. Seth Gomez threw a pair of touchdown passes and ran for a touchdown to lead Beeville to a 44-7 win over Zapata last week. El Campo earned a tough win over Fredericksburg, 20-14, a week ago as sophomore RB Jontre Davis and freshman RB Reuben Owens, II ran for a combined 219 yards and three touchdowns in the win. However, Owens reportedly left the game last week with an injury and his status is uncertain this week. Can Beeville’s defense, which has been very good this year, contain the speed of the Ricebird backs and get stops on third down? Beeville’s offense will put points up when they have the ball, but El Campo’s ball control attack is a tough matchup for anyone in Region IV. Look for El Campo to pull the upset and knock out the unbeaten Trojans.

Stepp’s Pick: El Campo by 6


Lubbock Estacado (11-0) vs Graham (7-4), 7:30 p.m. Friday at Abilene’s Anthony Field: Unbeaten Estacado for about a half had a devil of a time with feisty underdog Sweetwater. But the Matadors talent and dominance took over in the second half as Estacado pulled away for a 53-20 win. RB Jeremiah Dobbins again was the catalyst as he ran for 271 yards and five touchdowns, along with chipping in a 31-yard reception. The Matadors defense, specifically the secondary, will need to be on their game this week as they’ll go against a surgical Graham passing attack that can carve up a defense if they are on their game. The Steers rolled to an easy 59-0 win over Hillsboro last week as RB Daniel Gilbertson led the effort with 92 yards and two touchdowns rushing, 96 yards and two touchdowns receiving and also threw an 18-yard touchdown pass. Graham is a solid team, but their best win is probably in Week 1 against Wichita Falls Hirschi. They’ve struggled against good teams since that point. Can they turn it around against an Estacado squad that eliminated them in this round a year ago? Expect a big effort from the Steers, but Estacado’s speed and ability to pressure the QB with their defensive line will be a big asset this week in slowing the Graham offense down.

Stepp’s Pick: Lubbock Estacado by 4


Jasper (8-1) vs. Bellville (8-3), 7:30 p.m. Friday at Shenandoah’s Woodforest Bank Stadium: Jasper should be fresh heading into the playoffs having played just eight regular season games. But the question for the Bulldogs is how will they react to being truly tested? Last week’s 51-27 win over Hardin-Jefferson was Jasper’s closest game since their loss on September 20 to Diboll. There’s little doubt the physical offense of Bellville will be a major chore for the Bulldogs. The duo of Montavien Hunt and Carl Limbrick were the stars for Jasper in the win last week as Limbrick led the rushing attack with 216 total rushing yards and four touchdowns, and Hunt added another 153 rushing yards and two touchdowns on the ground as well. Bellville was impressive last week in their 42-20 win over Wharton. The Brahmas scored on their first five drives of the game last year with sophomore RB Richard Reese tallying three touchdowns. A year ago, Bellville’s defense held Jasper in check, but the offense couldn’t get going in a 13-0 loss. Expect a similar low scoring game with Jasper winning but maybe just by a single score.

Stepp’s Pick: Jasper by 7


Malakoff (10-1) vs Jefferson (9-2), 7 p.m. Thursday at Gladewater’s Murphy Stadium: The marquee game in the state on Thursday features a playoff rematch as a year ago when the Tigers stunned favored Jefferson, 31-21, en route to a regional title. The roles are reversed this season as it’s Malakoff who is the favorite and Jefferson who comes in as the underdog. Malakoff had no trouble in their playoff opener as they rolled past Commerce, 49-3. QB Darion Pearce hooked up with Andreas Garrett for two touchdown passes and the Tigers used multiple backs, with De’Dric Davis and Keevie Rose getting most of the action. Jefferson handled a good West Rusk squad, 36-13, as QB Kylan Thomas was the difference as he ran for 127 yards and a pair of touchdowns, and added 95 yards through the air and another score. The key for Jefferson will be their defense; can they contain Peace and that versatile Malakoff offense enough to give their offense a fighting chance?

Stepp’s Pick: Malakoff by 13


Diboll (11-0) vs Cameron Yoe (10-1), 7:30 p.m. Friday at Magnolia’s Mustang Stadium: Talk about a headliner matchup in 3A-Division I! This one has the makings of a classic as two elite teams with contrasting styles meet up. Unbeaten Diboll has one goal when they play and that’s simply to maul you with a massive offensive line and speedy running backs, who are big and physical as well. The Lumberjacks got that done last week in a 50-2 rout of Buna. Diboll held Buna without a first down on the night and the offense, led by D’aris McMillan (225 lbs) and Herbert Gums (275 lbs), just dominated Buna all night. Cameron Yoe had no trouble in their playoff opener rolling past West, 56-7, as James Debose ran for 244 yards and two touchdowns and he added in a kickoff return for a score to power Yoe. The Yoemen had two special teams touchdowns on the night and they may need more of that - or score from the defense - to find a way to get things done against a dominant Diboll squad that has the look of a state title contender.

Stepp’s Pick: Diboll by 8


Cisco (10-1) vs. Crane (9-2), 7 p.m. Friday at San Angelo’s San Angelo Stadium: It’ll be a contrast of styles on Friday night in the Concho Valley as ground-and-pound Cisco will look to knock off upstart Crane and their wide open spread offensive attack. After a slow start last week, Cisco got rolling and got a measure of revenge with their 41-17 win over Spearman. A year ago, the Loboes were unbeaten and stunned by fourth-seeded Spearman, but RB’s Stanley Callahan - 212 rushing yards and a touchdown -and Isaac Acosta - 82 rushing yards and three touchdowns - made sure there was no repeat of last year’s disappointment. Crane and their high-powered offense passed their first playoff test last week behind five total touchdowns from sophomore QB Jackson Willis as the Golden Cranes beat Idalou, 48-35. Crane’s defense will be the key in this one. They’ll have to find a way to win early downs and get some stops if they want to pull the upset. Cisco thrives when they are in 3rd and less than four and the Loboes eventually just wear teams down in the second half because they don’t give the ball up.

Stepp’s Pick: Cisco by 16


Gilmer Harmony (8-3) vs Omaha Pewitt (10-1), 7:30 p.m. Friday at Longview’s Lobo Stadium: After an 0-3 start to the season, Harmony has rattled off eight straight wins after last week’s 52-47 win over Whitewright. HHS led 44-22 in the second half but had to hold off a furious late rally to escape with the win. Paul Pewitt has rebounded nicely from their loss to Daingerfield in Week 10 with back to back wins, including last week’s 41-21 win over Corrigan-Camden. RB LaJathan Allen ran for 202 yards and three touchdowns and also caught a TD pass to lead the Brahmas in the win. Pewitt’s running game and overall team speed will be too much for Harmony in this matchup.

Stepp’s Pick: Omaha Pewitt by 14


Hawley (11-0) vs. New Deal (10-1), 7 p.m. Thursday at Snyder’s Tiger Stadium: Unbeaten Hawley continued to roll with a dominant 58-15 win over Chico as Colton Marshall had another monster game rushing for 271 yards and seven touchdowns to lead the Bearcats. They’ll face a massive test this week as they take on last year’s state runner-up in New Deal. The Lions are beat up and not the same team they were a year ago, but they are still plenty tough as evidenced by their gritty 39-24 win over Amarillo Highland Park. Leric Eaton led the way with three touchdowns on the ground and 167 yards rushing, but QB Haden Cauhill did give the attack balance with 213 yards through the air. The key in this matchup is how New Deal’s banged up defense handles that massive Hawley offensive line. New Deal’s defense has to hold up the Lions and their playoff experience could be key. But if Hawley continues to dominate up front, the Bearcats and their potent ground game could be in for a big night.

Stepp’s Pick: Hawley by 12


Mason (9-2) vs. Weimar (10-1), 7:30 p.m. Friday at Dripping Springs’ Tiger Stadium: After a rough start to the season, it appears Mason is finally hitting its stride winning seven straight games after knocking off Thrall, 41-20, last week. Mason’s defense forced four turnovers and got a special teams touchdown and that proved to be the difference for the Punchers, who raced out to a 24-0 lead and held off a couple of Thrall charges for the comfortable victory. Weimar had no trouble with Santa Maria last week as the Wildcats got going in the second half for a 35-13 win to become the first team in school history to get to 10 wins. I’m putting this one on upset watch; I think Mason escapes with the win, but Weimar has the playmakers to keep this one close all the way through.

Stepp’s Pick: Mason by 6


Eldorado (10-1) vs Wheeler (9-2), 7 p.m. Friday at Levelland’s Lobo Stadium: Upstart Eldorado will look to continue its magical season as it battles with a strong Wheeler squad, whose only losses this season are to regional favorites Hamlin and Wellington. Eldorado rolled up well over 300 yards rushing last week in its 30-14 win over Haskell. Santiago Hernandez led the way with 167 yards and a touchdown for the Eagles. Wheeler got another big night from Heston Marshall, who not only ran for 475 yards and five touchdowns, but also threw for two TDs as the Mustangs escaped a tough Archer City squad with a 54-47 win. Wheeler’s playoff experience and ability to control the game up front will pay off this week.

Stepp’s Pick: Wheeler by 10


Bremond (10-1) vs Agua Dulce (10-1), 7 p.m. Friday at Yoakum’s Bulldog Stadium: Bremond opened the playoffs in style by rolling past Louise, 50-13, as the Louise defense had no answers for QB JT Anthony and Bremond’s team speed. Agua Dulce had to wait until Saturday night to get the bad taste out of their mouths from a Week 11 loss to Bruni. The Longhorns raced out to a 21-6 lead and held off a late rally from D’Hanis for a 28-22 win. Speed is the big difference in this matchup. Bremond’s playmakers at the skill spots will be too much for the Longhorns in this one.

Stepp’s Pick: Bremond by 18


Quick Picks

Southlake Carroll (11-0) vs DeSoto (9-2), 4:30 p.m. Friday at Arlington’s AT&T Stadium Stepp’s Pick: Southlake Carroll by 18

Odessa Permian (7-4) vs Arlington Martin (10-1), 7p.m. Friday at Odessa’s Ratliff Stadium Stepp’s Pick: Arlington Martin by 25

Flower Mound (8-3) vs Duncanville (11-0), 3 p.m. Saturday at Arlington’s AT&T Stadium Stepp’s Pick: Duncanville by 34

Allen (11-0) vs Rockwall (9-2), 8 p.m. Friday at Arlington’s AT&T Stadium Stepp’s Pick: Allen by 8

Cypress Ranch (8-3) vs Klein Oak (9-2), 3 p.m. Saturday at Waller’s Waller ISD Stadium Stepp’s Pick: Klein Oak by 13

Prosper (9-2) vs Mesquite (8-3), 7 p.m. Friday at Allen’s Eagle Stadium Stepp’s Pick: Prosper by 10

Cypress Woods (8-3) vs The Woodlands (7-4), 7 p.m. Friday at Cypress’ Cy-Fair FCU Stadium Stepp’s Pick: The Woodlands by 6

Galena Park North Shore (10-1) vs Pearland Dawson (10-1), 7 p.m. Friday at Pasadena’s Veterans Memorial Stadium Stepp’s Pick: Galena Park North Shore by 15

Cypress Falls (10-1) vs Katy Tompkins (10-1), 7 p.m. Friday at Katy’s Legacy Stadium Stepp’s Pick: Katy Tompkins by 11

Humble Atascocita (10-1) vs Dickinson (10-1), 2 p.m. Saturday at Houston’s NRG Stadium Stepp’s Pick: Humble Atascocita by 3

Lake Travis (10-1) vs San Antonio Madison (9-2), 7:30 p.m. Friday at San Marcos’ Rattler Stadium Stepp’s Pick: Lake Travis by 23

McAllen Memorial (10-1) vs Weslaco (9-2), 7:30 p.m. Friday at Weslaco’s Lackey Stadium Stepp’s Pick: McAllen Memorial by 1

Converse Judson (10-1) vs San Antonio Reagan (6-5), 7:30 p.m. Friday at San Antonio’s Alamo Stadium Stepp’s Pick: Converse Judson by 28

Laredo United (9-2) vs San Benito (7-4), 7:30 p.m. Friday at Rio Grande City’s Sanchez Stadium Stepp’s Pick: San Benito by 9

El Paso Americas (10-1) vs Arlington (8-3), 2 p.m. Saturday at Midland’s Grande Communications Stadium Stepp’s Pick: Arlington by 15

Amarillo Tascosa (8-3) vs Arlington Bowie (8-3), 6 p.m. Friday at Wichita Falls’ Memorial Stadium Stepp’s Pick: Amarillo Tascosa by 6

Flower Mound Marcus (10-1) vs Richardson Lake Highlands (8-3), 1 p.m. Saturday at Frisco’s Ford Center Stepp’s Pick: Flower Mound Marcus by 8

Dallas Jesuit (7-4) vs Longview (11-0), 7:30 p.m. Friday at Dallas’ Kincaide Stadium Stepp’s Pick: Longview by 21

Austin Vandegrift (11-0) vs Klein Collins (10-1), 7 p.m. Friday at Austin’s Monroe Stadium Stepp’s Pick: Klein Collins by 3

McKinney (7-4) vs Waco Midway (8-3), 7:30 p.m. Friday at Mansfield’s Newsom Stadium Stepp’s Pick: Waco Midway by 10

Tomball Memorial (10-1) vs Spring Westfield (10-1), 7 p.m. Friday at Houston’s Crenshaw Memorial Stadium Stepp’s Pick: Spring Westfield by 17

Cypress Creek (7-4) vs. Katy Mayde Creek (9-2), 7 p.m. Thursday at Cypress’ Pridgeon Stadium Stepp’s Pick: Cypress Creek by 7

Beaumont West Brook (9-2) vs Houston Strake Jesuit (9-2), 7 p.m. Friday at Webster’s Challenger-Columbia Stadium Stepp’s Pick: Beaumont West Brook by 5

Houston Memorial (7-4) vs Katy Taylor (6-5), 1 p.m. Saturday at Katy’s Legacy Stadium Stepp’s Pick: Katy Taylor by 2

Humble (9-2) vs Richmond George Ranch (5-6), 4 p.m. Saturday at Houston’s TDECU Stadium Stepp’s Pick: Humble by 8

Austin Westlake (10-1) vs San Antonio Brennan (9-2), 7 p.m. Friday at San Marcos’ Bobcat Stadium Stepp’s Pick: Austin Westlake by 20

McAllen Rowe (7-4) vs Weslaco East (8-3), 7:30 p.m. Friday at McAllen’s Memorial Stadium Stepp’s Pick: Weslaco East by 17

Eagle Pass (7-4) vs Edinburg Vela (8-3), 7 p.m. Friday at Laredo’s United ISD Student Activity Center Stepp’s Pick: Edinburg Vela by 14

Lubbock Monterey (6-5) vs Birdville (8-3), 4 p.m. Friday at Abilene’s Anthony Field Stepp’s Pick: Birdville by 13

Amarillo (9-2) vs Colleyville Heritage (7-4), 6 p.m. Friday at Abilene’s Shotwell Stadium Stepp’s Pick: Amarillo by 3

Denton Ryan (11-0) vs Lubbock Coronado (7-4), 3 p.m. Saturday at Abilene’s Anthony Field Stepp’s Pick: Denton Ryan by 35

Frisco Lone Star (11-0) vs College Station (8-3), 7:30 p.m. Friday at Waco’s Waco ISD Stadium Stepp’s Pick: Frisco Lone Star by 20

Highland Park (10-1) vs Magnolia (8-3), 7 p.m. Thursday at Arlington’s AT&T Stadium Stepp’s Pick: Highland Park by 28

McKinney North (10-1) vs Lancaster (9-2), 7 p.m. Friday at Irving’s Ellis Stadium Stepp’s Pick: Lancaster by 6

Texarkana Texas (7-4) vs Frisco Independence (9-2), 7 p.m. Friday at Texarkana’s Tiger Stadium Stepp’s Pick: Frisco Independence by 7

Richmond Foster (7-4) vs Georgetown (8-3), 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Bryan’s Green Stadium Stepp’s Pick: Richmond Foster by 14

Cedar Park (10-1) vs Friendswood (9-2), 6 p.m. Saturday at Houston’s NRG Stadium Stepp’s Pick: Cedar Park by 2

Manor (6-5) vs New Caney Porter (10-1), 7 p.m. Friday at College Station’s Cougar Stadium Stepp’s Pick: New Caney Porter by 9

San Antonio Wagner (10-1) vs Corpus Christi Flour Bluff (8-3), 1:30 p.m. Saturday at San Antonio’s Alamo Stadium Stepp’s Pick: San Antonio Wagner by 18

San Antonio Harlan (11-0) vs Victoria West (7-4), 7:30 p.m. Friday at San Antonio’s Farris Stadium Stepp’s Pick: Victoria West by 3

Corpus Christi Miller (11-0) vs San Antonio Southwest (6-5), 7:30 p.m. Thursday at San Antonio’s Alamodome Stepp’s Pick: Corpus Christi Miller by 12

Corpus Christi Veterans Memorial (8-3) vs San Antonio Veterans Memorial (9-2), 2 p.m. Saturday at Corpus Christi’s Buccaneer Stadium Stepp’s Pick: San Antonio Veterans Memorial by 11

El Paso Parkland (11-0) vs Wichita Falls (4-7), 7 p.m. Friday at Midland’s Grande Communications Stadium Stepp’s Pick: El Paso Parkland by 17

El Paso Hanks (6-4) vs Wichita Falls Rider (7-4), 7 p.m. Thursday at Midland’s Grande Communications Stadium Stepp’s Pick: Wichita Falls Rider by 28

Lubbock Cooper (10-1) vs El Paso Burges (9-2), 7 p.m. Friday at Fort Stockton’s Panther Stadium Stepp’s Pick: Lubbock Cooper by 24

Canyon Randall (4-7) vs Canutillo (9-2), 7 p.m. Friday at Andrews’ Mustang Bowl Stepp’s Pick: Canutillo by 7

Aledo (10-1) vs Royse City (9-2), 7:30 p.m. Friday at University Park’s Ford Stadium Stepp’s Pick: Aledo by 30

Red Oak (10-1) vs Denton Braswell (10-1), 7 p.m. Saturday at Arlington’s AT&T Stadium Stepp’s Pick: Red Oak by 6

Frisco (10-1) vs. South Oak Cliff (9-2), 7:30 p.m. Friday at Frisco’s Ford Center Stepp’s Pick: South Oak Cliff by 4

Huntsville (8-3) vs Crosby (6-4), 2 p.m. Saturday at Porter’s Randall Reed Stadium Stepp’s Pick: Huntsville by 10

Manvel (11-0) vs Rosenberg Lamar (9-2), 7:30 p.m. Friday at Rosenberg’s Traylor Stadium Stepp’s Pick: Manvel by 15

Barbers Hill (10-1) vs Whitehouse (8-3), 7:30 p.m. Friday at Houston’s NRG Stadium Stepp’s Pick: Barbers Hill by 8

Brenham (9-2) vs Alice (9-2), 7:30 p.m. Friday at San Antonio’s Comalander Stadium  Stepp’s Pick: Brenham by 19

Kerrville Tivy (10-1) vs Corpus Christi Calallen (10-1), 7:30 p.m. Friday at Floresville’s Eschenberg Field Stepp’s Pick: Kerrville Tivy by 2

Port Lavaca Calhoun (10-1) vs Boerne Champion (10-1), 7:30 p.m. Friday at Bastrop’s Memorial Stadium Stepp’s Pick: Port Lavaca Calhoun by 9

Mission Pioneer (10-1) vs Pflugerville Weiss (9-2), 7:30 p.m. Friday at Corpus Christi’s Cabaniss Stadium Stepp’s Pick: Mission Pioneer by 7

Clint (7-3) vs Springtown (10-1), 6 p.m. Thursday at Andrews’ Mustang Bowl Stepp’s Pick: Springtown by 38

Dumas (11-0) vs Seminole (8-3), 7 p.m. Thursday at Plainview’s Sherwood Memorial Stadium Stepp’s Pick: Dumas by 12

Decatur (11-0) vs Clint Mountain View (8-3), 7 p.m. Thursday at Odessa’s Ratliff Stadium Stepp’s Pick: Decatur by 41

Waco La Vega (11-1) vs Celina (7-4), 7:30 p.m. Friday at Fort Worth’s Ranger Stadium Stepp’s Pick: Waco La Vega by 19

China Spring (4-7) vs Melissa (8-3), 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Waxahachie’s Lumpkins Stadium Stepp’s Pick: Melissa by 16

Argyle (12-0) vs. Stephenville (6-4), 7 p.m. Thursday at Mansfield’s Newsom Stadium Stepp’s Pick: Argyle by 23

Alvarado (9-2) vs Brownwood (10-1), 7:30 p.m. Friday at Denton’s Apogee Stadium Stepp’s Pick: Brownwood by 14

Crandall (9-2) vs Little Cypress-Mauriceville (6-5), 7 p.m. Friday at Nacogdoches’ Dragon Stadium Stepp’s Pick: Crandall by 8

Carthage (11-0) vs Lumberton (7-3), 7 p.m. Friday at Lumberton’s Raider Stadium Stepp’s Pick: Carthage by 22

Huffman-Hargrave (11-0) vs Palestine (6-5), 7:30 p.m. Friday at Bryan’s Green Stadium Stepp’s Pick: Huffman-Hargrave by 13

Navasota (7-4) vs Midlothian Heritage (7-4), 7:30 p.m. Friday at Hewitt’s Panther Stadium Stepp’s Pick: Midlothian Heritage by 12

Needville (9-2) vs Boerne (8-3), 7 p.m. Friday at Elgin’s Wildcat Stadium Stepp’s Pick: Needville by 15

Lampasas (10-1) vs Gonzales (8-2), 7:30 p.m. Friday at Pflugerville’s The Pfield Stepp’s Pick: Lampasas by 12

La Feria (11-0) vs Liberty Hill (5-5), 7:30 p.m. Friday at San Antonio’s Heroes Stadium Stepp’s Pick: Liberty Hill by 3

Midland Greenwood (11-0) vs Aubrey (5-6), 7 p.m. Friday at Clyde’s Bulldog Stadium Stepp’s Pick: Midland Greenwood by 28

Iowa Park (10-1) vs Dalhart (7-4), 7 p.m. Friday at Lubbock’s Lowery Field Stepp’s Pick: Iowa Park by 21

Glen Rose (6-5) vs Pecos (7-4), 7 p.m. Friday at Abilene’s Bulldog Stadium Stepp’s Pick: Glen Rose by 14

Sunnyvale (11-0) vs Mexia (7-3), 7:30 p.m. Friday at Athens’ Bruce Field Stepp’s Pick: Sunnyvale by 7

Texarkana Pleasant Grove (10-1) vs Salado (8-3), 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Frisco’s Ford Center Stepp’s Pick: Texarkana Pleasant Grove by 27

Fairfield (7-4) vs Gilmer (8-3), 7:30 p.m. Friday at Mesquite’s Memorial Stadium Stepp’s Pick: Gilmer by 14

Waco Connally (11-0) vs Longview Spring Hill (6-5), 7 p.m. Friday at Midlothian’s Midlothian ISD Stadium Stepp’s Pick: Waco Connally by 11

West Orange-Stark (8-1) vs La Grange (8-3), 7:30 p.m. Friday at Conroe’s Moorhead Stadium Stepp’s Pick: West Orange-Stark by 17

Smithville (7-4) vs Silsbee (6-4), 7:30 p.m. Friday at Tomball’s Tomball ISD Stadium Stepp’s Pick: Silsbee by 14

Giddings (6-5) vs Hamshire-Fannett (7-3), 7:30 p.m. Friday at Porter’s Randall Reed Stadium Stepp’s Pick: Hamshire-Fannett by 4

Geronimo Navarro (11-0) vs Rio Hondo (6-4) 7:30 p.m. Friday at Corpus Christi’s Buccaneer Stadium Stepp’s Pick: Geronimo Navarro by 26

Llano (7-4) vs Sinton (6-5), 7:30 p.m. Friday at San Antonio’s Gustafson Stadium Stepp’s Pick: Sinton by 9

Rockport-Fulton (8-3) vs Hondo (6-5), 7:30 p.m. Friday at San Antonio’s Veterans Memorial Stadium Stepp’s Pick: Rockport-Fulton by 12

Raymondville (9-1) vs Wimberley (8-3), 7;30 p.m. Friday at Mathis’ Pirate Stadium Stepp’s Pick: Wimberley by 7

Denver City (10-1) vs. Brock (10-2), 7 p.m. Thursday at Abilene’s Shotwell Stadium Stepp’s Pick: Brock by 16

Bushland (11-0) vs Whitesboro (7-4), 7 p.m. Friday at Iowa Park’s Hawk Stadium Stepp’s Pick: Bushland by 19

Wall (11-0) vs Shallowater (7-4), 7 p.m. Friday at Snyder’s Tiger Stadium Stepp’s Pick: Wall by 17

Pilot Point (10-1) vs Slaton (6-5), 7:30 p.m. Friday at Vernon’s Lion Stadium Stepp’s Pick: Pilot Point by 20

Pottsboro (11-0) vs Sabine (10-1), 7:30 p.m. Friday at Paris’ Wildcat Stadium Stepp’s Pick: Pottsboro by 7

Winnsboro (7-4) vs Dallas Madison (9-2), 7:30 p.m. Friday at Greenville’s Ford Stadium Stepp’s Pick: Winnsboro by 11

Gladewater (8-3) vs Van Alstyne (7-4), 7:30 p.m. Friday at Emory’s Wildcat Stadium Stepp’s Pick: Gladewater by 9

Whitney (10-1) vs Franklin (7-3), 7:30 p.m. Friday at Belton’s Tiger Stadium Stepp’s Pick: Whitney by 3

Troy (10-1) vs. Crockett (9-2), 7:30 p.m. Friday at College Station’s Tigerland Stadium Stepp’s Pick: Troy by 12

East Chambers (10-1) vs Grandview (10-1), 7:30 p.m. Friday at Brenham’s Cub Stadium Stepp’s Pick: Grandview by 6

Columbus (9-2) vs Universal City Randolph (8-3), 7:30 p.m. Friday at Lockhart’s Lion Stadium Stepp’s Pick: Columbus by 17

Vanderbilt Industrial (10-1) vs Marion (8-3), 7:30 p.m. Friday at Karnes City’s Johnson Field Stepp’s Pick: Vanderbilt Industrial by 12

Jourdanton (10-1) vs Hallettsville (8-2), 7:30 p.m. Friday at Spring Branch’s Ranger Stadium Stepp’s Pick: Jourdanton by 3

George West (11-0) vs Edna (8-3), 7:30 p.m. Friday at Cuero’s Gobbler Stadium Stepp’s Pick: George West by 6

Alpine (9-2) vs Friona (9-2), 2 p.m. Saturday at Andrews’ Mustang Bowl Stepp’s Pick: Friona by 13

Abernathy (10-1) vs Childress (5-6), 7 p.m. Friday at Canyon’s Kimbrough Stadium Stepp’s Pick: Abernathy by 13

Canadian (11-0) vs. Coahoma (9-2), 7 p.m. Friday at Plainview’s Sherwood Memorial Stadium Stepp’s Pick: Canadian by 22

Gunter (10-1) vs Clifton (8-3), 7:30 p.m. Friday at Waxahachie’s Lumpkins Stadium Stepp’s Pick: Gunter by 12

Jacksboro (8-3) vs Rogers (10-1), 7:30 p.m. Friday at Burleson’s Burleson ISD Stadium Stepp’s Pick: Rogers by 6

Palmer (11-0) vs Holliday (8-3), 7:30 p.m. Friday at Mineral Wells’ Ram Stadium Stepp’s Pick: Holliday by 2

Lexington (4-7) vs Wichita Falls City View (9-2), 7 p.m. Friday at Alvarado’s Head Stadium Stepp’s Pick: Wichita Falls City View by 8

Bells (8-3) vs Elysian Fields (7-4), 7:30 p.m. Friday at Mineola’s Meredith Memorial Stadium Stepp’s Pick: Elysian Fields by 13

Daingerfield (9-2) vs Blue Ridge (7-4), 7:30 p.m. Friday at Sulphur Springs’ Prim Stadium Stepp’s Pick: Daingerfield by 17

Newton (10-1) vs Troup (7-4), 7:30 p.m. Friday at Jacksonville’s Tomato Bowl Stepp’s Pick: Newton by 22

Comfort (9-2) vs Stockdale (5-6), 7:30 p.m. Friday at Schertz’s Lehnhoff Stadium Stepp’s Pick: Comfort by 18

East Bernard (10-1) vs Natalia (8-3), 7 p.m. Friday at Converse’s Rutledge Stadium Stepp’s Pick: East Bernard by 16

Poth (10-1) vs Tidehaven (6-5), 7 p.m. Friday at Corpus Christi’s Wildcat Stadium Stepp’s Pick: Poth by 11

Corpus Christi London (9-1) vs Ganado (8-3), 7:30 p.m. Friday at La Vernia’s Bear Stadium Stepp’s Pick: Corpus Christi by 10

Stinnett West Texas (9-2) vs Seymour (6-5), 7 p.m. Friday at Childress’ Fair Park Stadium Stepp’s Pick: Stinnett West Texas by 17

Post (11-0) vs Ozona (8-3), 7 p.m. Friday at Stanton’s Buffalo Stadium Stepp’s Pick: Post by 21

Lindsay (9-2) vs Sundown (7-4), 7 p.m. Friday at Tuscola’s Indian Stadium Stepp’s Pick: Sundown by 3

Valley View (9-2) vs Italy (8-3), 7:30 p.m. Friday at Saginaw’s Roughrider Stadium Stepp’s Pick: Valley View by 18

Honey Grove (10-1) vs Crawford (8-3), 7:30 p.m. Friday at Forney’s City Bank Stadium Stepp’s Pick: Crawford by 3

San Saba (11-0) vs. Collinsville (6-5), 7 p.m. Thursday at Mineral Wells’ Ram Stadium Stepp’s Pick: San Saba by 25

De Leon (4-7) vs Bogota Rivercrest (10-1), 7:30 p.m. Friday at Grand Prairie’s Gopher Bowl Stepp’s Pick: Bogota Rivercrest by 17

Big Sandy (4-7) vs Groveton (9-2), 7 p.m. Friday at Rusk’s Eagle Stadium Stepp’s Pick: Groveton by 14

Alto (11-0) vs Joaquin (9-2), 7:30 p.m. Friday at Lufkin’s Martin Stadium Stepp’s Pick: Alto by 16

Harleton (9-2) vs. Price Carlisle (8-3), 7 p.m. Friday at Longview’s Pirate Stadium Stepp’s Pick: Harleton by 4

San Augustine (10-0) vs Normangee (6-5), 7 p.m. Friday at Crockett’s Driskell Stadium Stepp’s Pick: San Augustine by 27

Holland (11-0) vs Three Rivers (8-3), 7:30 p.m. Friday at New Braunfels’ Unicorn Stadium Stepp’s Pick: Holland by 18

Shiner (11-0) vs Hearne (7-4), 7:30 p.m. Friday at Sealy’s Mills Stadium Stepp’s Pick: Shiner by 33

Refugio (11-0) vs Thorndale (9-2), 6:30 p.m. Thursday at San Antonio’s Heroes Stadium Stepp’s Pick: Refugio by 29

Wink (8-3) vs Ralls (10-1), 3 p.m. Saturday at Lubbock’s Lowery Field Stepp’s Pick: Wink by 6

Sudan (11-0) vs Vega (8-3), 7 p.m. Friday at Dimmitt’s Bobcat Stadium Stepp’s Pick: Vega by 3

Stratford (10-1) vs McCamey (4-7), 6 p.m. Thursday at Lubbock’s Lowery Field Stepp’s Pick: Stratford by 35

Gruver (7-4) vs Van Horn (6-5), 7 p.m. Friday at Wolfforth’s Peoples Bank Stadium Stepp’s Pick: Gruver by 29

Wellington (10-1) vs. Christoval (10-1), 7 p.m. Friday at Sweetwater’s Mustang Bowl Stepp’s Pick: Wellington by 28

Windthorst (9-2) vs. Albany (8-3), 7 p.m. Friday at Graham’s Newton Field Stepp’s Pick: Albany by 13

Hamlin (8-2) vs Quanah (5-6), 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Seymour’s Fair Park Stadium Stepp’s Pick: Hamlin by 37

Muenster (9-2) vs. Lovelady (6-4), 7 p.m. Friday at Van’s Van Memorial Stadium Stepp’s Pick: Muenster by 10

Mount Enterprise (9-1) vs Dawson (9-2), 7 p.m. Thursday at Palestine’s Wildcat Stadium Stepp’s Pick: Mount Enterprise by 15

Mart (8-3) vs Detroit (7-4), 7 p.m. Friday at Mesquite’s Hanby Stadium Stepp’s Pick: Mart by 44

Grapeland (9-2) vs Cumby (8-3), 7 p.m. Friday at Bullard’s Panther Stadium Stepp’s Pick: Grapeland by 35

Flatonia (10-1) vs La Pryor (7-4), 7 p.m. Friday at San Antonio’s Benson ‘66 Stadium Stepp’s Pick: Flatonia by 17

Falls City (10-1) vs Chilton (7-4), 7 p.m. Friday at Buda’s Shelton Stadium Stepp’s Pick: Falls City by 42

Bruni (5-6) vs Granger (8-3), 7 p.m. Friday at Pearsall’s Laxson Field Stepp’s Pick: Granger by 12


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