High School: 2010 regional football finals

Walsh breaks down Guyer's win against Carroll

December, 6, 2010
12/06/10
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Denton Guyer quarterback and Oklahoma State recruit J.W. Walsh talks to ESPNDallas.com's Travis L. Brown after leading the Wildcats past Southlake Carroll and into the Class 5A Division II state semifinals.

Guyer RB Walton reacts to regional final win

December, 6, 2010
12/06/10
8:14
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Denton Guyer running back Treavon Walton reacts after the Wildcats eliminated Southlake Carroll in the Class 5A Division II regional finals Saturday.


Euless Trinity star and Oklahoma recruit Brandon Carter talks about getting past Coppell on Friday in their Class 5A Division I regional final clash at Dragon Stadium in Southlake.

Williams describes scoring Trinity's winning TD

December, 6, 2010
12/06/10
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Euless Trinity running back Tevin Williams talks to ESPNDallas.com after he scored the winning touchdown in the Trojans' thrilling 41-40 win against Coppell on Friday in a Class 5A Division I region final.

Offense rules in regional final football games

December, 5, 2010
12/05/10
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Apparently the axiom that defense wins championships doesn't apply in the UIL football playoffs.

Only one out of eight winning teams in the Class 5A brackets scored fewer than 28 points in the regional finals. Five the the eight winners in Class 4A broke the 40-point barrier.

In 5A Division I, the four winners averaged 45.5 a game, led by Round Rock Stony Point's 72-point outburst against DeSoto. The losers averaged 34.3 points, with all but one scoring at least 35 points.

In its game against Euless Trinity, Coppell scored on every offensive possession and forced two turnovers but still somehow lost, 41-40, when the Trojans scored a touchdown as time expired.

The Dallas-Fort Worth area is guaranteed to have a finalist in both Class 4A championship games, as Denton Ryan will face Wylie in a Division I state semifinal and Aledo takes on Cinderella story Mesquite Poteet in a Division II semifinal.

One area team is left in each Class 5A bracket. Euless Trinity puts its No. 1 ESPN RISE Fab 50 ranking on the line against Stony Point's explosive offense in Division I, and quarterback J.W. Walsh has Denton Guyer in a Division II semfinal against Longview.

Click here for the updated Class 4A and 5A pairings.

Coppell counts on balanced offense vs. Trinity

December, 2, 2010
12/02/10
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Coppell has mastered the art of taking what the defense gives it.

If it sees holes in the defensive front, Coppell rides workhorse running back Cam McDaniel. When the opposition loads up the box, the Cowboys lean on quarterback Joe Minden and the passing game.

“That’s just [Coppell head coach] Joe [McBride] scratching around till they find a soft spot,” said Euless Trinity head coach Steve Lineweaver. “They have an idea of what’s going to work, then they have the ability to adapt because of their balance.”

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Coppell (13-0) may not find a glaring soft spot in Trinity’s defense when the two juggernauts meet in the Class 5A Division I Region I final at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Southlake’s Dragon Stadium.

Trinity (13-0) led the Dallas-Fort Worth area in scoring defense going into the postseason, a spot now held by Coppell. The Trojans are giving up just 220.2 yards per game and 12.7 points, a total that’s risen after giving up 21 to Arlington Martin last week and 35 to Allen in the area round.

For Coppell to pull off the upset of the ESPN RISE Fab 50 No. 1 team in the nation, it will need a balanced performance to keep Trinity’s big, physical and talented defense guessing, something the Cowboys have had a knack for this season.

“They’re so dadgum well-coached,” Lineweaver said. “They’ve got the right offense and defensive scheme for their talents.”

McDaniel, a Notre Dame recruit, was a proven commodity coming into the season, and he hasn’t disappointed, rushing for 1,859 yards and 31 touchdowns in 13 games.

But coming into his first year as the starter, Minden was something of an unknown. In the beginning of the season, the senior stayed a secret as Coppell had little reason to stray from its committment to the ground game.

As the competition’s gotten heavier in the playoffs, Minden has blossomed. In his last two games, he’s thrown for 582 yards, nine touchdowns and no interceptions.

“He’s incredibly accurate,” Lineweaver said of Minden. “He has the ability to run. He’s a good player. I was so disappointed when I saw how good he was.”

Denton Ryan, WF Rider take rivalry to playoffs

December, 2, 2010
12/02/10
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Denton Ryan and Wichita Falls Rider have developed a healthy dislike for each other over the years.

Since Ryan dropped back down to Class 4A in 2006, its annual bout with Rider usually decides the district champion.

Their next game will mean much more as the Class 4A Division I Region I title is on the line when the two meet at 2 p.m. Saturday at Denton’s C.H. Collins Athletic Complex.

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Video Interviews:
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Denton Ryan's Jonny Paramore »
Wylie's Nico Ramirez »
Southlake Carroll's Kenny Hill »

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Ryan (13-0) has owned the rivalry of late. It crushed a rebuilding Rider team in 2009, 52-7. Rider (9-4) didn’t fare much better against Ryan this season, either -- losing 35-14. Like all of Ryan’s 2010 opponents, Rider couldn’t get anything going on offense. Even the 14 points came in the fourth quarter against Ryan's backups.

Rider has found its game since that loss, winning six games in a row while averaging 38 points during that span. The Raiders' defense stymied a potent Birdville team in a 24-10 win last week.

But Rider will have to play its best game of the season to generate consistent offense vs. Ryan, whose defense has returned to the level of quality not seen at the school since its state title days in the early 2000s.

Ryan gives up just 165.9 yards per game this season. Since it began District 4-4A play, Ryan has given up 9.4 points per game.

Its best performance of the year may have come last week against Waco Midway. Ryan held 1,700-yard rusher B.J. Kelly to 35 yards. And outside of two big passing plays in the second quarter -- one coming on a miraculous catch and run -- Ryan’s defense was impenetrable in a 19-10 win.

Not only that, but Ryan's defense scored the deciding points in the game while its offense struggled against Midway.

A third-quarter safety and a 65-yard interception returned for a touchdown by Jonny Paramore in the fourth quarter proved the difference for Ryan.

Aledo QB takes another crack at Stephenville

December, 1, 2010
12/01/10
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Aledo quarterback Matthew Bishop can’t help but have good memories when he reflects on previous encounters with the Stephenville Yellowjackets.

It was Bishop’s 13-yard touchdown run on fourth-and-1 that sent Aledo to a 26-23 overtime victory over Stephenville in a 2009 area-round game at Cowboys Stadium.

That turned out to be the Bearcats’ sternest playoff test on the way to capturing the Class 4A Division II state title.

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Class 4A Video   Class 5A Video

Video Interviews:
Denton Guyer's Josh Stewart »
Denton Ryan's Jonny Paramore »
Wylie's Nico Ramirez »
Southlake Carroll's Kenny Hill »

Brackets/scores:
4A DI | 4A DII | 5A DI | 5A DII
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In this season’s opener against Stephenville, Bishop struck again, rushing for two touchdowns and passing for another in a 20-3 triumph at Bearcats Stadium.

Aledo (13-0) and Stephenville (8-5) meet yet again, for the fourth time in 15 months, 7:30 p.m. Friday at Floyd Casey Stadium in Waco in the 4A Division II Region I final.

Bishop, a 5-11, 165-pound junior, is often overshadowed by his heralded teammate, running back Johnathan Gray.

Stephenville’s defense obviously geared to stop Gray in this year’s opener, holding the junior to 81 yards on 20 carries. But that afforded opportunities for Bishop.

Stephenville is one of the few teams that has had success slowing Gray, who has rushed for 2,641 yards and 49 touchdowns.

Bishop has thrown for 2,357 yards and 27 touchdowns. On the ground, he’s gained 459 yards and scored five touchdowns.

Together, Bishop and Gray have helped Aledo to a 26-game winning streak.

The Yellowjackets entered the playoffs with a 5-5 record, in part due to a difficult nondistrict schedule that included loses to Brownwood, Hebron and Mesquite Horn in addition to Aledo.

But Stephenville has started fast in its three playoff wins, outscoring opponents 52-7 in the first quarter.

A pair of juniors, quarterback Connor Washington (6-2, 190-pounds) and running back Aiavion Edwards (6-2, 205,) have accounted for over 4,200 yards and 40 touchdowns between them.

Edwards’ primary duty shifted from defensive back to running back a couple of weeks into the season when James Myles left the team.

The Aledo-Stephenville series is tied at five wins apiece since 2005, but Aledo has won the last four.

Potent DeSoto will be tested by RR Stony Point

December, 1, 2010
12/01/10
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The DeSoto Eagles have been a green-and-gold blur to three playoff opponents so far.

The Eagles (11-2) have raced up and down the field for 156 points. That’s a healthy 52-point per game average going into the Region II final of the Class 5A Division I bracket.

Planted firmly in DeSoto’s path is Round Rock Stony Point (13-0), a team the Eagles know from first-hand experience.

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Watch ESPNDallas.com's Travis L. Brown, Randy Jennings and Jeff Andrews break down the regional finls of the UIL football playoffs.
Class 4A Video   Class 5A Video

Video Interviews:
Denton Guyer's Josh Stewart »
Denton Ryan's Jonny Paramore »
Wylie's Nico Ramirez »
Southlake Carroll's Kenny Hill »

Brackets/scores:
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Kickoff is 7 p.m. Saturday at Waco ISD Stadium. The winner advances to the state semifinals to meet the Coppell-Euless Trinity winner.

Stony Point defeated the Eagles, 46-29, in a nondistrict game on Sept. 17 in DeSoto,
holding the Eagles to their season low point total.

Both teams are loaded with skill players, particularly at quarterback.

DeSoto senior quarterback Ryan Polite has moved to fifth in UIL all-time career passing yardage with 10,344 yards. He’s a little over 1,400 yards behind fourth-place G.J. Kinne, who played for Canton and Gilmer from 2003-2006.

Stony Point alternated quarterbacks Gus Barrera and Aaryn Sharp last season and through much of this year until Barrera was sidelined by a season-ending injury.

Sharp (6-3, 230 pounds) has been just that since taking over fulltime four games ago. In the playoffs, the Tigers have averaged 44 points in wins over Austin Westlake, Klein Oak and A&M Consolidated.

With 5-7, 150-pound running back Sam Kelley (1,789 yards, 20 touchdowns) Stony Point probably has the edge on the ground.

Defensively, Stony Point has forced 23 turnovers, including 14 interceptions. Polite threw for 346 yards in the first game against Stony Point but was intercepted three times.

The Tigers are excellent at pressuring the quarterback. They have 32 sacks this season, led by senior defensive end Brandon Jones with 11.

Stony Point, No. 21 nationally in the ESPN RISE Fab 50, is developing into the premier program in Central Texas. The Tigers are in the fourth round of the playoffs for the third straight season.

The game could hinge on DeSoto’s defense, which needs to improve on the 447 yards it allowed Stony Point in the first game. Kelley rushed for 186 yards and two touchdowns that night.

DeSoto, in the playoffs for the 15th straight season, has advanced to the fourth round for the first time since 2006 when Cyrus Gray and company were ousted by eventual state champion Cedar Hill.

Stony Point, which fielded a team for the first time in 2000, is in the playoffs for the fourth straight season.

Mesquite Horn goes extra mile to face Longview

November, 30, 2010
11/30/10
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Traveling long distances has not had much of an effect on Mesquite Horn.

Horn has traveled outside the greater Metroplex five times this season, including a trip to Denton to play Guyer, and has come out with a 3-2 record in those games.

So, when the Jaguars lost the flip for a home neutral site for their 5A Division II regional final game against district rival Longview, the coaches and players were more than happy to travel to Independence Stadium in Shreveport, La., this time adding a new state to the travel log.

REGIONAL FINALS Video
Watch ESPNDallas.com's Travis L. Brown, Randy Jennings and Jeff Andrews break down the regional finls of the UIL football playoffs.
Class 4A Video   Class 5A Video

Video Interviews:
Denton Guyer's Josh Stewart »
Denton Ryan's Jonny Paramore »
Wylie's Nico Ramirez »
Southlake Carroll's Kenny Hill »

Brackets/scores:
4A DI | 4A DII | 5A DI | 5A DII
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“Our kids are road warriors and the only thing is we want to have nice facilities for our kids, especially in a fourth-round playoff game,” Mesquite ISD athletic director Steve Bragg said.

Horn head coach Rodney Webb is in his third season at the helm of the Jaguars and has been busy not only leading his team all across the state of Texas, but to the first playoff wins in school history against Copperas Cove, Rowlett and Leander this year.

“Rodney’s first year they made the playoffs for the first time in school history and they made the playoffs again last year,” Bragg said. “This year just making the playoffs wasn’t good enough. They felt like they were far enough along with the program there that it was time to start winning games.”

On Saturday, Horn gets a shot at redemption against Longview, which defeated the Jaguars in the second week of District 11-5A play, 13-8.

Longview won the game on a late fourth-quarter score by J’Haston Faggans and sealed the victory by stopping Horn on fourth down with less than a minute left. Horn was also without its starting quarterback, Collin Strahan, who was injured.

The Lobos have drawn success from being a physically dominant team, Webb said.

“It doesn’t matter what your scheme is, if you’re not willing to go out on the field and get after them and play hard-nosed, tough football, you’re going to get beat,” Webb said. “You can’t finesse a team like that.”

The Lobos use that tough mentality to power a strong power running game with three rushers over the 400-yard mark. The team’s leading rusher is Faggans with 682 yards.

Horn is riding a hot streak and Webb believes his team’s past success and its potential success this weekend comes from keeping it simple.

“At this point in the season, the smart teams are the ones that keep doing what they're good at,” Webb said. “We’ve found what we’re good at and we’re going to keep doing it until someone stops it.”

Turnovers fueling Mesquite Poteet defense

November, 30, 2010
11/30/10
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Mesquite Poteet’s defense doesn’t have the size of Euless Trinity or the raw talent of Denton Ryan, but it’s fueling the Pirates' Cinderella run through the playoffs with opportunistic turnovers.

In their three postseason wins, the Pirates have forced 11 turnovers, including five in a stunning upset of Highland Park last week.

REGIONAL FINALS Video
Watch ESPNDallas.com's Travis L. Brown, Randy Jennings and Jeff Andrews break down the regional finls of the UIL football playoffs.
Class 4A Video   Class 5A Video

Video Interviews:
Denton Guyer's Josh Stewart »
Denton Ryan's Jonny Paramore »
Wylie's Nico Ramirez »
Southlake Carroll's Kenny Hill »

Brackets/scores:
4A DI | 4A DII | 5A DI | 5A DII
Others (from UIL website) »
The win put Poteet (11-2) in the Class 4A Division II Region II finals against Bastrop (10-3) at 2 p.m. Saturday at Waco ISD Stadium.

In their current six-game winning streak, the Pirates are forcing an average of three turnovers per game.

“We don’t pass the eye test,” said Poteet head coach Randy Jackson. “We watched Waco Midway play Denton Ryan [on Friday]. We don’t look like those guys, but we play hard. Turnovers may be the biggest factor in our season.”

The Pirate defense will have its hands full against Bastrop. Quarterback Josiah Monroe is embellishing his three-year career with a standout postseason. He’s averaging 401 passing yards and 145.3 rushing yards per game during the postseason, amassing 15 touchdowns in the process.

The last time Poteet faced a dual-threat quarterback of Monroe’s ability was the last time it lost. West Mesquite and QB Trevone Boykin beat Poteet, 28-20.

The last time Bastrop lost was a 36-7 thrashing at the hands of Hutto in its regular-season finale. One week later, Poteet knocked Hutto out of the playoffs with a 21-20 win.

Previewing the Class 4A football regional finals

November, 30, 2010
11/30/10
8:40
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Travis L. Brown, Randy Jennings and Jeff Andrews take a look at this weekend's Class 4A regional finals games: Wichita Falls Rider-Denton Ryan and Wylie-Tyler John Tyler in Division I and Aledo-Stephenville and Bastrop-Mesquite Poteet in Division II.

Previewing the Class 5A football regional finals

November, 30, 2010
11/30/10
8:23
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ESPNDallas.com's Travis L. Brown, Randy Jennings and Jeff Andrews preview this weekends Class 5A regional final matchups: Coppell-Euless Trinity and DeSoto-Round Rock Stony Point in Division I and Denton Guyer-Southlake Carroll and Mesquite Horn-Longview in Division II.

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