5 things we learned from Dallas-area Texas high school football games, including a couple of shocking wins
Five things we noticed at this week’s Dallas area soccer games.
District 9-6A coaches met this week and decided that the district’s four-zone seeding games would determine the four playoff teams.
That means Wylie will go into the playoffs after his first win of the season on Friday.
And Rowlett, who was unbeaten on Friday, will miss the playoffs.
Marcus McElroy threw three touchdown passes and Cam Pruitt had four catches for 167 yards and two touchdowns when Wylie Rowlett stunned 30-27 in a seeding game. Wylie (1-5 total) was the No. 4 seed from his zone and Rowlett (3-1 total) was the No. 1 seed from his zone.
“It’s huge. I’m just so proud of the kids that they haven’t stopped,” said Wylie trainer Jimmy Carter. “But we still have a lot to do.”
District 9-6A originally said that while playing a zone plan, it still wanted to try to finish a full district plan. However, with several games postponed due to COVID-19 reasons and with no way to play the Garland Lakeview vs North Garland game, the district decided that it had no choice but to use zone seeding games to play its Determine playoff teams.
McElroy’s 64-yard touchdown pass to Pruitt with 8:23 left delivered the winning goal. Wylie averaged just 16.2 points per game on Friday.
Nevada Community played the playoffs on the last day of the regular season and was number 4 in Division II of District 6-4A.
District 5-4A Division II No. 1-Seed Glen Rose lost only once and was ranked 10th in the state in Class 4A Division II in the first round on Friday.
None of that mattered when the Nevada community scored a shocking 28:25 victory.
Nevada Community won the game with a 15-game drive of 91 yards in the fourth quarter, capped by quarterback Paul Testa’s 1-yard touchdown run with 2:08 points remaining. Glen Rose missed a 39 yard field goal attempt when time ran out.
The Nevada community will face an even greater challenge next week. It will play the defending 4A Division II state champion Texarkana Pleasant Grove, who is ranked 5th in the state.
Another # 4 seed, Kaufman, almost caused a similar surprise. But quarterback Andre Henderson’s 7-yard touchdown in fourth place, 12 seconds ahead, gave Wilmer-Hutchins a 31:28 win over Kaufman. Wilmer-Hutchins, the top Division I seed of District 8-4A, competed against Waco La Vega and finished 7th in the state.
On Friday evening there were 12 teams across the country who had to lose their playoff game in the first round due to COVID-19 reasons. Neither of these teams was in the Dallas area.
District 11-6A completed its playoff seeding Friday night with its zone seeding games. The district will play crossover zone games for the remainder of the regular season, but these will not affect playoff seeding.
Voted # 5 in the nation by USA Today, Duncanville won the district title by beating number 8 Cedar Hill 28-14 in a national team matchup. Duncanville (5-1) will be number 1 of 11-6A in the 6A Division I playoffs, while Cedar Hill (5-1) will be number 1 in Division II.
DeSoto (5-1) is number 16 in the nation but had to beat Waco Midway on Friday or it would have missed the playoffs. DeSoto took care of the business with a 63-14 router and will be 11-6As No. 2 seed in Division I.
Waxahachie (3-4) took the district’s other playoff spot by beating Mansfield 21-7. Waxahachie will be number 2 out of 11-6A in the Division II playoffs after qualifying for the postseason for the first time as a 6A team.
Waxahachie was 3-17 for the past two years after moving up to 6A.
“We’ve only looked at perseverance for the past few years. It’s huge for our program,” said Waxahachie trainer Todd Alexander. “So that these guys know that they can compete in 6A and this district, this will be huge for us.”
One district that remains to be decided is District 8-6A. At least beyond the race for the district title.
Arlington Martin is well on its way to winning the district. He sits 4-0 and wins against second-placed Arlington Bowie (2-1 in the district) and third place in South Grand Prairie (2-2 in the district). SGP took a huge step towards the playoffs by beating Arlington 30-21 after falling 14-0 at the end of the first quarter as quarterback Sean Stegall scored three touchdowns.
Arlington’s defeat leaves it in last place with 1-3. But Arlington Sam Houston, Grand Prairie, and Arlington Lamar are all 1-2.
There are two big games in the Saturday district. Bowie plays Grand Prairie and Lamar plays Sam Houston.
Lake Highlands’ Mitch Coulson was one of the top double-threat quarterbacks in the region this season. In the first six games, 25 touchdowns (16 rushing, nine passing) were executed. He didn’t play on Friday, but Lake Highlands had no problem improving to 7-0.
Backup quarterback Caden Dotson was 6 for 6, passing for 167 yards and three touchdowns, and he also ran for a score when Lake Highlands defeated Richardson Berkner 58-14. He got a lot of help running back Noelle Whitehead, who averaged 24.8 yards per carry and ran 223 yards and two touchdowns with just nine carry.
Lake Highlands are 4-0 in District 7-6A, one game ahead of Jesuit and Richardson. Lake Highlands has already beaten Jesuit, but it will play Richardson on November 27th in a game that could determine the top seed in the district. After this game, Richardson has to play against Jesuit in the final of the regular season.
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