Stephenville vs. Kilgore, 7:30 p.m.
What: Class 3A Division I State Semifinals
Where: Newsom Stadium, Mansfield
Records: Stephenville (11-1), Kilgore (11-1)
Last Week’s Results: Stephenville 59, Abilene Wylie 28; Kilgore 30, Gainesville 14
Quick Slant: Kilgore ended Gainesville’s unbeaten season last week in the quarterfinals by doing what it had all season — shut down Gainesville’s offense. The Bulldogs limited that team to 90 yards in the second half in a 30-14 win. Kilgore’s defense has smothered opponents all season, giving up an average of eight points per contest and just 11.7 in its three playoff games. The most points Kilgore has given up in a game is 20 in its lone loss this season against Gilmer. Stephenville presents potential an even greater challenge to Kilgore’s defense. The Yellowjackets are averaging 57 points in their three playoff wins with quarterback Tyler Jones passing for 1,129 yards and 15 touchdowns just in the postseason. He set a new Stephenville school record for passing yards and touchdowns in the Yellowjackets area win over Kennedale before rushing for four TDs and throwing for three more in last week’s win over Abilene Wylie.
Next Up: Winner will face Carthage-El Campo winner in Class 3A Division I state championship game.
Carthage vs. El Campo, 7:30 p.m.
What: Class 3A Division I State Semifinals
Where: Provost-Umphrey Stadium, Beaumont
Records: Carthage (11-1), El Campo (13-0)
Last Week’s Results: Carthage 50, Silsbee 21; El Campo 31, Ingleside 20
Quick Slant: Carthage is attempting to reach the state championship game for the fourth time in five years with three of those ending in state titles. The Bulldogs methodically took out Silsbee last week, thanks to 312 yards rushing while holding Silsbee’s offense in check to lead 29-7 at halftime en route to a comfortable win. Carthage’s Tevin Pipkin had 193 yards on the ground while the Bulldogs stymied Silsbee’s QB, who entered the contest accounting for over 3,000 yards of total offense and finished with 123 passing and 60 rushing. El Campo is not a stranger to the postseason either. The Fighting Ricebirds are unbeaten in their first year as a 3A team and in the playoffs a seventh-straight season. El Campo lost in the first round last year to eventual 4A finalist Manvel. El Campo used a three-headed rushing attack with all three ball carriers going over 1,000 yards, led by senior Jack Davis who has gained over 1,300 yards and scored 16 touchdowns this season, averaging 12 yards per carry.
Next Up: Winner will face Kilgore-Stephenville winner in Class 3A Division I state championship game.
Daingerfield vs. New Boston, 7:30 p.m.
What: Class 2A Division I State Quarterfinals
Where: Sam Parker Field, Mount Pleasant
Records: Daingerfield (9-3), New Boston (12-0)
Last Week’s Results: Daingerfield 47, Winnsboro 14; New Boston 20, Pottsboro 14
Quick Slant: Daingerfield enters with a strong passing game led by Keris Alexander (1,999 yards, 17 TDs, 9 INTs) and rushing attack paced by Cordarius Anderson (120-918, 14 TDs). New Boston’s offense begins and ends with tailback Damien Haskins, an Oregon State commit who has racked up an impressive 3,061 yards rushing 51 touchdowns. This is a rematch of an earlier game this season which saw New Boston edge Daingerfield 38-37. Haskins led the way in that game with 393 yards rushing and five touchdowns.
Next Up: Winner will face Wall-Eastland winner in Class 2A Division I semifinals
Tenaha vs. Frost, 7:30 p.m.
What: Class 1A Division II State Quarterfinals
Where: Van Memorial Stadium, Van
Records: Tenaha (8-4), Frost (11-1)
Last Week’s Results: Tenaha 38, Bremond 7; Frost 38, Mount Enterprise 14
Quick Slant: The Tenaha Tigers are still in the mix to defend their state championship, but face a difficult test this week against a Frost team that has only been beaten once. Frost took out Mount Enterprise last week despite attempting just three passes. Frost’s Danial Steels totaled 201 on the ground with three touchdowns. Tenaha has been here before while Frost has reached the state quarters for only the second time in their school’s history. Tenaha quarterback Jr. Hill (1,268 yards passing, 15 TDs and 477 rushing, 3 TDs) is one of several offensive weapons the Tigers possess with tailback Chavis Gregory over the century mark in rushing yards with 17 touchdowns.
Next Up: Winner will face Albany-Munday winner in Class 1A Division II State Semifinals.