10 undefeated Dallas-area football teams in the playoffs, and what their paths to state titles look like
Finishing an undefeated season with a state championship is an accomplishment few teams in Texas can match. That being said, 10 teams from the Dallas area from 4A to 6A are still in the running for the remarkable achievement.
Here’s a look at these 10 teams and each of their paths to an unbeaten season.
4A Department I.
Argyle already has a semifinal against Canyon on deck. This is a team that only needs two wins to secure a national title. If it can defeat Canyon, then either Lindale or Austin LBJ, Argyle will take the trophy.
5A Department I.
Colleyville Heritage (6-0)
Colleyville Heritage must make it past a 4-4 Fort Worth Brewer team to get its run going. After that, Abilene Cooper or Lubbock Coronado is the biggest threat in Region I. There are also high-profile teams in the upper half of the region, so Heritage would have to string wins against formidable opponents to reach a quarter-finals. Reaching a semi-finals could mean meeting Denton Ryan.
Denton Ryan (9-0)
The Denton Ryan threat threatens any other team with hopes of the 5A Division I. Lubbock Coronado or Colleyville Heritage could potentially be in the state semi-finals to meet Ryan. But Ryan has a difficult region of his own, with Highland Park and Lancaster among others. Still, team # 1 in the 5A rankings would be preferred over everyone else.
An early matchup with Frisco Wakeland could be a test for Lancaster, and even if Longview or Lufkin passed in the next round, Denton Ryan could be waiting for it. One path to a championship for Lancaster could mean beating Ryan and Highland Park in two consecutive rounds.
Highland Park (8-0)
The most recent state championships come to mind when I think about Highland Park’s odds. That doesn’t mean it’s not a difficult task for Denton Ryan and Lancaster in the field, and that is before considering a 9-1 Magnolia team. Raising another trophy would be impressive given the bumpy path required.
5A Division II
Lovejoy has to get past Greenville first and then either a tough Mesquite Poteet team or Everman. But after that it will be really difficult in Region II as the unbeaten Ennis could wait in a regional matchup.
For Ennis, it could be a more difficult path to a possible regional meeting with Lovejoy. A first round win against Frisco Liberty would potentially result in a second round matchup against a strong Mansfield Timberview team led by quarterback Simeon Evans.
6A Department I.
The number 4 team in the state should get past Plano West, but their potential matchup in the region against Lake Highlands could be great. Everyone would have to be beaten by another undefeated team to really get their championship bid going. Southlake Carroll or Lewisville are also all on the way to the state.
Lake Highlands (10-0)
Lake Highlands has practically the same path as Allen outside of the first round matchups. While Lake Highlands will face stiff competition, it’s definitely in the mix as a team that could make a run for it. But everyone in the second round is a big challenge.
6A Division II
Flower Hill Marcus (9-0)
Flower Mound Marcus’ post-season chances rise dramatically when LSU commit Garrett Nussmeier is available at quarterback. Marcus already has a tough first-round date with Prosper, whom McKinney Boyd has just defeated after a close affair with Allen. Denton Guyer is another strong team in Region I so Marcus has a difficult path to follow.
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