SAN ANGELO, TX — One of the great thing about the high school playoffs is fans now have the opportunity to follow competitive games Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. There were 20 games across the state last night, and 13 of the 40 teams playing were ranked in their respective classes. The underdogs put up a fight in a couple games, but none of them ended a ranked team's season.
Here is a rundown of what happened and how it could affect our area teams. We'll start with the closest outcomes.
In Region II of 4A DI, #1 Argyle and Stephenville put on a show. Stephenville tied the game at 49-49 with five minutes to play on a 37 yard touchdown pass to Gavin Roundtree. On the next offensive play, though, Argyle went up with a 66 yard TD pass to Cole Kirkpatrick. Stephenville could not respond and turned the ball over on downs with about four minutes to play and were intercepted after Argyle scored again. Final score Argyle 63, Stephenville 49.
Argyle will now wait and see who wins Friday night's game between 10-1 Brownwood and 9-2 Alvarado. The Lions may be without their head coach for that game. Argyle is now 12-0.
Another close one that could have made things easier for the Mason Punchers was in Region IV of the Class 2A DI bracket. #1 ranked Refugio was in a back and forth game with 9-3 Thorndale. The two teams were tied at 20 halfway through the third quarter until the heavy favorite exploded for 15 points to end the quarter. The Bobcats would tack on two more scores in the fourth to win 49-20.
They will play the winner of Shiner/Hearne. Mason is the other heavyweight in the region and will have to win their next two for a shot at the undefeated Bobcats. Mason plays 10-1 Weimar Friday night.
Staying in 4A DI, 12-0 San Saba returned the open kickoff and never looked back beating 6-6 Collinsville 54-6. The Armadillos are in Region II and will play the winner of De Leon and Rivercrest.
In Region I, 12-0 Hawley beat 10-2 New Deal 44-13. They will play the winner of Lindsay and Sundown. If Ozona keeps winning, they will play Hawley in the regional round.
In Wall's 3A DI bracket, the 11-1 Malakoff Tigers were put to the test against 9-3 Jefferson. Much like the Argyle game, Malakoff and Jefferson were tied at 41 with about five minutes to go. From there, the Tigers went on to score two more TD's, the second of which was a 60 yard scamper from Keevy Rose with two minutes remaining. Wall would play them in the state semi-finals assuming they both continue to win.
From elsewhere in the state:
Class 1A DI
(11-1) Rankin 76, (9-3) Ropes 30
Class 1A DII
(11-1) Gordon 52, (7-4) Bynum 6
(8-4) Strawn 62, (9-3) Cranfills Gap 14
Class 2A DII
(11-1) Stratford 67, (4-8) McCamey 14
(10-2) Dawson 34, (9-2) Mt. Enterprise 22
(9-2) Hamlin 55, (5-7) Quanah 7 (If Eldorado beats Wheeler Friday night, then they will play Hamlin)
Class 3A DI
(10-2) Brock 55, (10-2) Denver City 14 (Wall would play Brock in the regional round if they keep winning)
Class 4A DI
(12-0) Dumas 23, (8-4) Seminole 15
(12-0) Decatur 69, (8-4) Mountain View 0
(11-1) Springtown 53, (7-4) Clint 15
(9-3) Melissa 40, (4-8) China Spring 31
Class 5A DII
(8-4) Rider 63, (6-5) JM Hanks 27
(11-1) Highland Park 63, (8-4) Magnolia 28
(12-0) Miller 56, (6-6) Southwest 6
(8-4) Cypress Creek 35, (9-3) Mayde Creek 14