Before The Score: Thursday's playoff capsules


Lancaster vs. Jacksonville

What: Class 4A Division II bi-district playoff

When: 7:30 p.m. today

Where: City Bank Stadium, Forney

Records: Lancaster 9-1; Jacksonville 4-6

Last Week’s Results: Lancaster 48, Mansfield Summit 17; Corsicana 35, Jacksonville 25.

2011 Result: Did not play

Quick Slant: Lancaster is a tough opening-round draw for the Indians, considering the Tigers were the only team to beat second-ranked John Tyler (26-21 in non-district) and spent most of the season in the Associated Press’s top 10 (finished at No. 11). Lancaster put its offensive potential on display against Summit, finishing the game with 581 total yards, led by junior quarterback DeMarcus Ayers’s four touchdowns performance. Jacksonville, meanwhile, got into the playoffs despite losing three of its final four games. Indians quarterback Carter McCown completed 16 of 27 passes for 207 yards and two scores against Corsicana, despite being ruled a game-time decision because of injury.

Next Up: Winner vs. Lucas Lovejoy-Hallsville winner, area round.

 

Elysian Fields vs. Winona

What: Class 2A Division II bi-district playoff

When: 7:30 p.m. today

Where: Bobcat Stadium, Hallsville

Records: Elysian Fields 7-3; Winona 5-5

Last Week’s Results: Elysian Fields 29, Paul Pewitt 15; Arp 51, Winona 14

2011 Result: Did not play

Quick Slant: Winona is in the playoffs for the first time since 1994. This marks the ninth postseason appearance in program history for the Wildcats, who totaled only four wins from 2009-11. Winona tied Frankston in the district standings, but controlled the tiebreaker thanks to a 50-31 victory over the Indians in the meeting between the teams. Winona has won two of its last three games. Elysian Fields, meanwhile, completed the season with back-to-back wins against New Diana (27-2) and Paul Pewitt.

Next Up: Winner vs. Deweyville, area round.

 

Overton vs. Wortham

What: Class 1A Division II bi-district

When: 7:30 p.m. today

Where: Wildcat Stadium, Palestine

Records: Overton 6-4; Wortham 4-6

Last Week’s Results: Overton 48, Union Hill 14; Wortham 49, Dawson 12

2011 Result: Did not play

Quick Slant: Overton is in the playoffs for the first time since 2005 and the 16th time in program history. Prior to missing the postseason every year from 1996 to 2004, the Mustangs were a perennial contender with playoff appearances in seven of eight seasons. Overton produced almost 600 total yards in the victory against Union Hill to earn a share of the District 10-1A Division II title alongside Detroit and Maud. Despite the 6-4 record, the Mustangs have been outscored on average 29-22 a game.

Next Up: Winner vs. Tenaha, area round.

 

Gilmer vs. Canton

What: Class 3A Division II bi-district playoff

When: 7:30 p.m. today

Where: Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium

Records: Gilmer 9-1; Canton 8-2

Last Week’s Results: Gilmer 20, Kilgore 14; Van 35, Canton 21

2011 Result: Did not play

Quick Slant: The last time these teams met in the playoffs was in 2005. In that game, Canton eliminated Gilmer 61-58 in the area round at Rose Stadium. That Canton team was led by quarterback G.J. Kinne, who transferred to Gilmer for his senior season. Both teams played for district championships last week, but only Gilmer was successful. Gilmer quarterback Tanner Barr has completed 153 of 264 passes for 1,852 yards and 15 touchdowns, plus has carried the ball 84 times for a team-high 491 yards and two TDs. Canton quarterback Chandler Eiland has completed 126 of 215 passes for 1,787 yards and 23 TDs. Eagles running back Reece Sumner has 873 yards and nine scores on the ground.

Next Up: Winner vs. Wills Point-Atlanta winner, area round.