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Football Playoffs Week 5


CLASS 6A-I STATE SEMIFINAL
on a field goal as time expired,
scored 28 fourth-quarter points
to get past Martin and got
another late field goal to beat
Trinity last week. Allens defense has struggled at times
this season, but the Eagles held
Trinity scoreless in the second
half. Allens last game at Ford
Stadium was in the 2012 semifinals, when it beat DeSoto 51-36.

Allen (14-0) vs.


Skyline (14-0)
6 p.m. Saturday at SMUs Ford
Stadium
TV/Radio: KTXA (Channel
21)/KKLF-AM (1700); KBXD-AM
(1480)

ALLEN
Playoff road: defeated Keller
Central 59-21, DeSoto 25-22,
Arlington Martin 69-54, Euless
Trinity 30-27
Best wins: Denton Guyer, DeSoto, Arlington Martin, Euless
Trinity
Last loss: to Coppell, 27-24 in
overtime, on Sept. 28, 2012
Players to watch: Senior QB
Kyler Murray, the Gatorade
National Player of the Year who
is orally committed to Texas
A&M, has put up incredible
numbers this season, with 3,991
yards passing, 1,317 yards rushing (10.5 yards per carry) and a
combined 69 TDs. Jalen Guyton, a Notre Dame pledge who
has 75 receptions and 21 TDs,
and fellow WRs Cody Butler
and Kerry Hall made clutch

UIL FOOTBALL
PLAYOFFS

SKYLINE

Matt Strasen/Special Contributor

Mike Stone/Special Contributor

Allen quarterback Kyler Murray (left) has passed for 3,991


yards and rushed for 1,317. Skyline quarterback K.C. Johnson (right) has 36 touchdown passes and no interceptions.
catches last week, as did TE Lee
Morris. Allen junior safety Jaylon Jones is 5-11 and 175 pounds,
but hes a big-hitting, playmaker. He had an interception at
Allens goal line last week
against Euless Trinity.
Notable: Allen won the last two

titles in 5A Division I, which was


the largest division before 6A
began this year. The Eagles
have won 41 straight games, the
longest current win streak in
the state, but the last three wins
have required second-half
comebacks. Allen beat DeSoto

Playoff road: defeated Lake


Highlands 41-14, Belton 49-7,
Klein Collins 34-14, Klein Oak
38-20
Best wins: Arlington Martin,
Cedar Hill, Klein Collins, Klein
Oak
Last loss: to Spring Westfield,
55-48 in third round of 2013
playoffs
Players to watch: Senior QB K.C.
Johnson, who played safety as
a junior, has had a remarkable
season, throwing for 2,421 yards
and 36 TDs without an interception. He has a tremendous
receiving duo of Carlos Strickland, a Texas Tech pledge who

has 38 catches for 15 TDs and a


whopping 22.8 yards per catch,
and Savon Rollison, who has 54
receptions and 14 TDs. RB
Daleon Ward (1,664 yards, 9.7
yards per carry) had 174 yards
on just 11 carries last week. The
defense is led by LB Anthony
Wheeler, one of the states top
recruits, and 6-3, 255-pound DL
Zach Abercrumbia.
Notable: Skyline has matched
the schools deepest playoff run
in history. In the 2011 semifinals,
also played at SMUs Ford Stadium, Skyline lost to eventual
state champion Southlake
Carroll. The following year,
Skyline lost to Allen on the
Eagles way to the state title.
The Raiders, who have committed only one turnover in the
playoffs and have seven takeaways, havent trailed in a playoff
game after the first quarter. A
win would put coach Reginald
Samples in his second UIL title
game. His Lincoln team was the
4A Division II runner-up in
2004.
Prediction: Allen 38, Skyline 35
Matt Wixon

CLASS 6A
DIVISION I
STATE SEMIFINALS
Allen (14-0).....................................vs. Skyline (14-0)
6:00 Saturday at SMUs Ford Stadium
Cypress Ranch (12-2) ..........vs. Converse Judson (10-4)
3:00 Saturday at SAs Alamodome

DIVISION II
STATE SEMIFINALS
Cedar Hill (12-2) .................vs. Spring Westfield (13-1)
2:00 Saturday at Georgetown
Katy (13-1) ..............................vs. Cibolo Steele (13-1)
4:00 Saturday at Houstons NRG Stadium

CLASS 5A
DIVISION I
STATE SEMIFINALS
Aledo (13-1) .......................vs. Tyler John Tyler (12-2)
2:00 Saturday at Mesquites Hanby Stadium
Temple (12-1) ...................vs. Austin Vandegrift (12-2)
7:30 Saturday at SAs Alamodome

DIVISION II
STATE SEMIFINALS
Canutillo (13-1) ..................................vs. Ennis (12-2)
7:00 Friday, Lubbocks Lowrey Field
Crosby (13-1) ..............................vs. Cedar Park (11-3)
8:00 Friday, Austins Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium

CLASS 4A
DIVISION I
STATE SEMIFINALS
Graham (12-2) .................................vs. Argyle (14-0)
7:30 Friday at Aledo
Navasota (14-0) .........................vs. Liberty Hill (12-2)
7:00 Friday at Wacos McLane Stadium

DIVISION II
STATE SEMIFINALS
Celina (12-2) ....................................vs. Gilmer (14-0)
7:30 Friday at SMUs Ford Stadium
West Orange-Stark (12-2) .................vs. Sinton (11-3)
7:00 Friday at Rosenbergs Traylor Stadium

CLASS 3A
DIVISION I
STATE SEMIFINALS
Shallowater (13-1) ..........................vs. Mineola (11-3)
7:30 Friday at Brownwood
Cameron Yoe (10-4) ..............................vs. Edna (9-5)
7:30 Friday at Cypress Berry Center

CLASS 6A-II STATE SEMIFINAL


Cedar Hill (12-2) vs.
Spr. Westfield (13-1)
2 p.m. Saturday at Georgetown
ISD Athletic Complex
Radio: KBXD-AM (1480)

CEDAR HILL
Playoff road: defeated Colleyville Heritage 50-26, McKinney
Boyd 50-28, Abilene 36-28,
and Southlake Carroll 62-42
Best wins: South Oak Cliff,
Coppell, DeSoto, Southlake
Carroll
Last loss: to Mansfield, 49-34,
on Oct. 31
Players to watch: DaMarkus
Lodge might be the most
dangerous player in Texas high

school football. The five-star


senior receiver has touched
the ball 69 times this season,
accounting for 24 touchdowns (one TD every 2.88
plays). RBs AcaCedric Ware
and Denvre Daniels have
combined to rush for nearly
1,200 yards in the playoffs.
The defense is full of playmakers too, including LB Richard
Moore (Texas A&M), CB Darrell Miller (Tennessee) and DE
Trevis Gipson (Tulsa).
Notable: Since 1951, only five
schools in the states largest
classification have made it to
the finals in three straight
seasons. Cedar Hill is one win
from accomplishing that feat,
and could join Katy in the final

for a third-straight time. Katy


won the 5A Division II title in
2012 with a 35-24 win; Cedar
Hill took last years championship with a 34-24 victory.
Joey McGuire is one of the
areas most accomplished
coaches, with a 119-37 record
and two state titles (2006,
2013) in 12 seasons.

SPRING WESTFIELD
Playoff road: defeated The
Woodlands College Park
49-21, Pflugerville Hendrickson 24-7, Rockwall 43-38, and
Spring 24-19
Best wins: Galena Park North
Shore, Klein Collins, Klein
Oak, Rockwall

CLASS 5A-II STATE SEMIFINAL

7:30 p.m. Friday at Aledos


Bearcat Stadium
TV: KTXA (Channel 21)

7 p.m. Friday at Lowrey Field in


Lubbock
TV/Radio: none

ARGYLE

CANUTILLO
Playoff road: defeated El Paso
Ysleta 63-28, San Angelo Lake
View 27-10, Azle 17-10, Everman
17-14.
Best win: In the third round of
the playoffs, Canutillo beat an
Azle team that entered the
game 11-1 and on an eight-game
winning streak.
Last loss: 24-13 to El Paso
Franklin in the season opener.
Players to watch: LT Jonathan
Vogt has committed to Air
Force and helps open holes for
Andrew Alarcon and Joe Gutierrez, who share time at
running back. Alarcon leads
the team with 937 rushing
yards, and Gutierrez has run for
561 yards. Senior QB Javier
Gomez, who was a starting
safety two years ago, has completed 64.1 percent of his passes and has 16 touchdown passes and three interceptions.
Canutillo runs a spread offense
but has run the ball on 78 percent of its offensive plays.
Gomez averages only 101 passing yards and 11 pass attempts
per game. He leads the team in
rushing touchdowns with 18
and is second on the team in
rushing yards with 706.
Notable: Canutillo is the first El
Paso-area team to make it to a
state semifinal in 11-man football. Frank Avilas 22-yard
field goal with 27 seconds left
last week gave Canutillo a 17-14
win over Everman. Canutillo
held Everman star RB Kierre
Crossley to 138 yards rushing a
week after he ran for 397.
Canutillo didnt beat a team
from outside El Paso until the
second round of the playoffs.

ENNIS
Playoff road: defeated Sulphur
Springs 52-47, Mansfield Timberview 17-13, The Colony
49-35, South Oak Cliff 31-14
Best win: Brandon Martineks
20-yard field goal with six
seconds left gave Ennis a 3027 district win over Tyler John
Tyler on Oct. 17. John Tyler is
now in the 5A Division I state
semifinals.
Last loss: 45-42 to Denton
Guyer in the second game of

Playoff road: defeated Lake


Worth 70-7, Kaufman 49-13,
Kennedale 52-48, and Texarkana Liberty-Eylau 45-42
Best wins: Abilene Wylie, Celina,
Graham, Kennedale
Last loss: to Gilmer, 42-21 on
Nov. 30, 2012
Players to watch: Senior RB Nick
Ralston has been a rock this
season. The Arizona State
pledge has rushed for 2,396
yards and 42 touchdowns,
averaging nearly 22 carries per
game. The QB/WR duo of
Cooper Rodgers and Drew
Andy Jacobsohn/Staff

Ennis Taylor Thompson has


1,472 rushing yards and 20
touchdowns, and 24 receptions for 465 yards and four
touchdowns.

the season. Ennis started the


season 0-2 and has won 12
straight games since.
Players to watch: RB Taylor
Thompson has run for 1,472
yards and 20 touchdowns,
and hes the Lions secondleading receiver with 24
catches for 465 yards and four
TDs. He has run for more than
100 yards in three of Ennis
four playoff games. QB Devin
Smith has thrown for 2,374
yards and 20 touchdowns and
run for 827 yards and 10
scores. Smith has accounted
for 10 touchdowns in the playoffs. WR Donta Thompson has
62 catches for 1,198 yards and
13 touchdowns.
Notable: Ennis is trying to
reach a state title game for the
first time since 2004, when it
won the 4A Division I championship. James Lockhart,
who has committed to Texas
A&M, is ranked as the nations
No. 9 strongside defensive
end in the Class of 2015 by
Rivals.com. Lockhart led Ennis
with eight sacks in the regular
season, and his 96 tackles
ranked second on the team
behind Keidre Flowers (104).
Prediction: Ennis 42, Canutillo
14
Greg Riddle

team. Very athletic, with a lot


of speed, McGuire said. They
take a lot of pride in their
offensive and defensive lines.
Its biggest advantage might
be on its offensive line. It can
put two Division I pledges
Toby Weathersby (Texas) and
Cordel Iwuagwu (TCU) at
tackle and guard, and flip
them to the strongside. Westfield traditionally hasnt fared
well against Dallas-Fort Worth
area opponents in the playoffs: 5-5-1 in the schools history.
Prediction: Cedar Hill 52,
Spring Westfield 38
Corbett Smith

DIVISION II
STATE SEMIFINALS
Sonora (11-3) ................................vs. Waskom (13-1)
7:30 Friday at Glen Rose
Newton (11-3) ..................................vs. Blanco (14-0)
7:30 Friday at Waller

CLASS 2A
DIVISION I STATE SEMIFINALS
Canadian (13-0) ..................................vs. Mart (13-0)
7:30 Friday, Wichita Falls Memorial Stadium
Centerville (10-3) .............................vs. Mason (13-0)
7:30 Friday, Georgetown ISD Stadium

DIVISION II STATE SEMIFINALS


Seagraves (13-0) .............................vs. Albany (13-0)
7:00 Friday at Snyder
Tenaha (11-1) ...............................vs. Bremond (13-0)
7:30 Friday at Nacogdoches

CLASS A (SIX MAN)


DIVISION I STATE FINAL
Crowell (13-0) .....................................vs. May (12-2)
3:00 Saturday at AT&T Stadium

DIVISION II STATE FINAL


Groom (13-1) .........................vs. Throckmorton (13-0)
noon Saturday at AT&T Stadium

CLASS 4A-I STATE SEMIFINAL


Argyle (14-0)
vs. Graham (12-2)

Canutillo (13-1)
vs. Ennis (12-2)

Last loss: To Manvel, 35-10, on


Aug. 28 in season opener
Players to watch: Junior WR
and Texas A&M pledge Tyrie
Cleveland was the difference
in Westfields biggest playoff
challenge, scoring the gamewinning touchdown with 2:38
remaining in its regional semifinal win over Rockwall. Junior
QB Dillon Sterling-Cole the
son of former NFL receiver
Chris Cole has been a nice
addition, transferring from
West Orange-Stark in the
summer. Junior DT Ed Oliver
(6-2, 285) has picked up offers
from Alabama, Texas A&M,
Texas and others.
Notable: McGuire said Westfield reminded him of his own

Estrada has provided some


balance to Ralstons rushing.
Rodgers has passed for nearly
2,468 yards and 31 scores, with
Estrada his primary target:
1,030 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Junior DB Taylor Sweatt leads
the team with 168 tackles, adding six sacks, and four fumble
recoveries.
Notable: The defending Class
3A Division II champs are riding
a 30-game winning streak, the
states second-longest behind
Allen. Coach Todd Rodgers
has won 130 games at Argyle in
12 seasons. Graham is a familiar opponent. The two teams
have squared off three times in
Argyles last 16 games: in last
years semifinals, a 38-14 Argyle
win and a nondistrict game on
Sept. 19, where Ralston rushed
46 times for 194 yards and four

scores in a 35-27 Argyle win.

GRAHAM
Playoff road: defeated Brownwood 52-11, Seminole 41-13,
Abilene Wylie 20-7, and Stephenville 35-24
Best wins: Abilene Wylie
(twice), Decatur, Stephenville
Last loss: to Big Spring, 27-20
on Sept. 26
Players to watch: Graham was
forced to replace nearly all of its
offensive skill players, losing its
QB, RB and top two WRs to
graduation from last years
semifinalists. Junior QB Landry
Turner has smoothed the transition, passing for 3,066 yards
and 31 touchdowns. Junior LB
Bohner Cottongame dominates
in the middle of Grahams stingy defense, leading the team

with 111 tackles. Cottongame


had 18 tackles against Argyle
earlier this season. Senior DB
Landon Gonzales leads the
team with eight interceptions.
Notable: Only twice has the
opposition put up 30 or more
points against Grahams defense: 35, to Argyle in its earlyseason loss; and 48, in a win
over district foe Decatur led
by former Colleyville Heritage
coach Mike Fuller. Grahams
defense is its biggest strength,
allowing 16.7 points per game.
In last weeks 35-24 win over
Stephenville, Graham held star
QB and Texas Tech pledge
Jarrett Stidham in check, allowing 142 yards passing and
forcing two interceptions.
Prediction: Argyle 31, Graham
28
Corbett Smith

CLASS 4A-II STATE SEMIFINAL


Celina (12-2)
vs. Gilmer (14-0)
7:30 p.m. Friday at SMUs Ford
Stadium
Radio: KXEZ-FM 92.1

CELINA
Playoff road: defeated Madison
67-2, Monahans 43-15, Iowa Park
56-27, Sweetwater 41-34
Best win: Trace Youngs16-yard
touchdown run with 1:11left in last
weeks regional final gave Celina
a 41-34 win over a Sweetwater
team that had been undefeated.
Sweetwater finished the regular
season ranked No. 10 in the state
in 4A.
Last loss: 40-21to Bishop Lynch
in the fourth game of the season.
Celina has won 10 games in a row
since, outscoring the opposition
515-111during the winning streak.
Players to watch: QB Nathan
Elliott has completed 67.8
percent of his passes while

throwing for 2,493 yards and 44


touchdowns, with only seven
interceptions. The North Carolina pledge suffered a separated
shoulder in a loss to Argyle in the
third game of the season and
missed the next two games,
including Celinas only other loss,
to Bishop Lynch. Elliott has
thrown 21touchdown passes in
four playoff games. Chase Marler
is the teams leading receiver
with 35 catches for 632 yards and
11touchdowns. He had five catches for 119 yards and two touchdowns in last weeks win over
Sweetwater.
Notable: WRCashConder, a
Western Michigan pledge, has
returned after missing all of
district play and the first two
playoff games with a stress
fracture in his foot. RB Jarren
Alexander, the teams leading
rusher with 145 carries for 1,372
yards and 10 touchdowns, left last
weeks game with an ankle injury.

He is expected to play Friday.

GILMER
Playoff road:defeated Texarkana
Pleasant Grove 50-7, Waco
Connally 80-21, Gladewater
41-35, Atlanta 64-25.
Best win: KrisBoyd scored on a
23-yard run with nine seconds
left to give Gilmer a 41-35 win
over Gladewater in the third
round of the playoffs. Boyd ran
for four touchdowns and caught
atouchdown pass against a
Gladewater team that finished
the regular season ranked No. 8
in the state in 4A.
Last loss: 45-38 to eventual state
champion Argyle in the third
round of the playoffs last season.
Players to watch:Senior QB
McLane Carter has completed
74.9 percent of his passes,
thrown for 3,454 yards and 40
touchdowns, and has only two
interceptions. He has thrown at

least one touchdown pass in


every game this season. RB/CB
Kris Boyd is ranked as the nations
No. 11cornerback in the Class of
2015 by Rivals.com. He is the
teams leading rusher with 879
yards and 20 touchdowns on just
82 carries, and he has 31catches
for 718 yards and eight touchdowns. WR/QB Blake Lynch,
who has committed to Baylor,
leads the team in receiving yards
(801) and receiving touchdowns
(13), and hes second on the team
in rushing yards (812) and rushing
touchdowns(16).
Notable: Gilmer has scored an
average of 60.6 points per game.
It scored 85 in a win over Nevada
Community. Gilmer reached
the state championship game in
2012, losing 39-3 to Navasota in
the 3A Division II final. Gilmer has
won two state titles in 2004
and 2009.
Prediction: Gilmer 49, Celina 35
Greg Riddle

High school
picks
ADAM
BOEDEKER
Denton RecordChronicle
Allen vs. Skyline
Cedar Hill vs. Spring Westfield
Aledo vs. Tyler John Tyler
Canutillo vs. Ennis
Argyle vs. Graham
Celina vs. Gilmer
Last week
Season record
Shaded box indicates leader

Allen
Cedar Hill
Tyler John Tyler
Ennis
Argyle
Gilmer
7-3 (.700)
307-112 (.733)

PAT
DONEY
Ch. 5
Allen
Cedar Hill
Aledo
Ennis
Argyle
Celina
6-4 (.600)
308-111 (.735)

MARCUS
MURPHREE
SportsDayHS
editor
Allen
Cedar Hill
Aledo
Ennis
Argyle
Gilmer
8-2 (.800)
305-114 (.728)

GREG
RIDDLE
SportsDayHS
editor
Allen
Cedar Hill
Aledo
Ennis
Argyle
Gilmer
9-1 (.900)
318-101 (.759)

CORBETT
SMITH
SportsDayHS
writer
Allen
Cedar Hill
Aledo
Ennis
Argyle
Gilmer
8-2 (.800)
327-92 (.780)

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MATT
WIXON
SportsDayHS
columnist
Allen
Cedar Hill
Aledo
Ennis
Argyle
Gilmer
9-1 (.900)
314-105 (.749)

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