Aledo Bearcats (11-0) vs. Grapevine Mustangs (10-1)
Class 5A Division II area round
7 p.m. Friday, Saginaw High School
Last week (bidistrict): Aledo 63, Wichita Falls Rider 20. Grapevine 70, Fort Worth Southwest.
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Last season: Aledo 13-2, Class 5A Division I state semifinals. Grapevine 8-3, 5A Division I bidistrict.
All-time series: Aledo leads 2-1.
Last meeting: Aledo 48, Grapevine 10 in 2009.
Returning starters: Aledo 8 offense/5 defense, Grapevine 7 offense/8 defense.
Aledo notable: The Bearcats won bidistrict for a 21st consecutive year. Senior quarterback Dillon Davis (2,870 yards, 36 TD, 7 int.) completes 65 percent of his passes and leads one of the top offenses to be found. It also includes three rushers who could over 1,000 yards, freshman Jase McClellan (939 yards, 13 TD), senior Michael Jordan (819 yards, 12 TD) and junior Donnie Evans (708 yards, 19 TD). Three receivers could also top 1,000 yards, senior Logan Bridges (35 catches, 764 yards, 10 TD), senior Preston Jefferis (32-775 yards, 9 TD), and junior Hunter Rosson (42-770, 10 TD). The Bearcats are averaging 61 points per game and surrendering 18 per game. Not to be overlooked, the Bearcats defense has posted 32 sacks, led by senior end Michael Alt (9), sophomore end Colt Ellison (6) and junior tackle James Williams (6), and has 15 interceptions, led by sophomore cornerback Brannon Webb (4) and sophomore strong safety Wyatt Harris (3).
Grapevine notable: The Mustangs are averaging 52 points and giving up 16 each game. Junior quarterback Alan Bowman is completing 68 percent of his passes for 2,830 yards with 42 TD and five interceptions. Senior running back Zach Wolf has 873 yards and 11 TD. Bowman has a trio of top receivers in senior Dylan Gonzales (47-688, 10 TD), sophomore David Clayton (47-672, 11 TD) and senior Zack Carnes (36-650, 10 TD). Grapevine is in the playoffs for a third straight year and advanced to the second round for the first time since 2006.
Win streaks on line between Eagles, Wildcats
Brock Eagles (11-0) vs. Amarillo River Road Wildcats (7-4)
Class 3A Division I area round
7 p.m. Friday, Sweetwater
Last week (bidistrict): Brock 43, Brady 7. River Road 62, San Angelo Grape Creek 29.
Last season: Brock 16-0, Class 3A Division I state champions. River Road 4-7, 3A Division I bidistrict.
Returning starters: Brock 5 offense/7 defense, River Road 5 offense/8 defense.
All-time series: First meeting.
Brock notable: With 27 straight wins, the Eagles have not lost since the state quarterfinals in 2014, and that was by a single point. Senior running back Tyler Gray (149 carries, 1,545 yards, 26 TD) is coming off another 200-yard game in bidistrict. The Eagles are scoring an average of 51 points and have topped 40 points 10 times, with their lowest output being 36. The defense hit a snag in the second and third games, defeating Midland Christian 57-41 and Grapevine Faith 42-35, but otherwise has given up 19 points with six shutouts.
River Road notable: The Wildcats began the season 1-3 but have since gotten on a roll, with the lone loss being 16-14 to Littlefield in a game that decided the 3A Division I District 1 title. They scored a season high in their bidistrict win. River Road is in the playoffs for a second straight year after a five-year drought and is seeking its first third-round appearance since 2009.
Trinity hopes to continue magical first 11-man season
Willow Park Trinity Eagles (9-2) vs. McKinney Christian Mustangs (7-4)
Texas APPS Division III area round
Site, date TBD at press time.
Last week: Trinity 43, Flower Mound Coram Deo 14. McKinney 49, The Woodlands Christian Academy 7.
Last season: Trinity 9-2 in Texas Christian Athletic Fellowship Six-Man, bidistrict. McKinney 7-5, TAPPS Division III area round.
Returning starters: Trinity 7 offense/7 defense, McKinney NA.
All-time series: Tied 1-1.
Last meeting: Trinity 70, McKinney 25.
Trinity notable: Who says moving up requires a wait for success? The Eagles are proving that wrong with their first season of 11-man ball. The explosive offense averages 40 points, led by senior quarterback Calib Guynes (1,204 yards, 22 TD, 5 int. passing; 820 yards, 13 TD rushing) and junior running back Garrett Green (572 yards, 7 TD rushing; 25 catches, 320 yards, 8 TD receiving).
McKinney Christian notable: The Mustangs are in the playoffs for a sixth straight season, but have yet to win more than seven games in any of those seasons. This season they won their opener, dropped their next four and have rebounded to win the next six.