High School Sports

Here are notable first-round playoff football matchups if the season ended today

Martin quarterback Zach Mundell is chased by Arlington defensive back Richard Toney (37) during the first half of a high school football game at UTA Maverick Stadium Friday, Oct. 19, 2018. Martin led 18-14 at the half. (Special to the Star-Telegram Bob Booth)
Martin quarterback Zach Mundell is chased by Arlington defensive back Richard Toney (37) during the first half of a high school football game at UTA Maverick Stadium Friday, Oct. 19, 2018. Martin led 18-14 at the half. (Special to the Star-Telegram Bob Booth) Bob Booth

There are still three weeks left in the high school football regular season.

However, we figured now would be a good time to look at some potential first-round games if the season were to end today.


Euless Trinity (6-1, 3-1) vs. Arlington Martin (2-5, 2-2)

Trojans: Second in 3-6A, a game back of district-leading Haltom. The Buffalos beat Trinity and will be Division II. Fellow D1 San Angelo Central is also 3-1, but Trinity owns the head-to-head. Trinity has Abilene and Richland left while SA Central has LD Bell and Haltom.

Warriors: Martin is tied with Sam Houston for fourth place in 4-6A, but the Warriors already beat the Texans. They have Trimble Tech, Paschal and Bowie left while Sam Houston has Lamar, Arlington and Trimble Tech.

Southlake Carroll (7-0, 4-0) vs. Coppell (5-2, 3-1)

Dragons: SLC is a game up on Denton Guyer and two up on Keller in 5-6A, and owns the head-to-head with both. District 5-6A is very congested. Carroll would drop to D2 if Keller and Timber Creek clinch, which would set up a date with Marcus or Hebron.

Cowboys: Coppell is tied for second place with Lewisville, but the Farmers shocked the Cowboys a few weeks back. Coppell still has Irving, Flower Mound and Nimitz while Lewisville has Nimitz, Hebron and Marcus. Coppell is a game back of Flower Mound so that Week 10 meeting has big implications.

DeSoto (6-1, 3-1) vs. Duncanville (6-0, 4-0)

Eagles: There’s a five-way tie for first place in 7-6A along with Lake Ridge, SGP, Summit and Cedar Hill. But this would create an interesting first round with the 2016 state champs and Duncanville, which many consider the best DFW team behind Allen.

Panthers: Dominating performances over second and third place Pearce and Skyline. They’ll run away with top spot.


Haltom (7-0, 3-0) vs. Arlington Bowie (5-2, 3-1)

Buffalos: The Buffs are off to their best start in 21 years and should finish 10-0 before matching up with Bowie. They have Richland, LD Bell and SA Central left.

Volunteers: A game up on Martin and Sam Houston with Paschal, Lamar and Martin left on the schedule. Also a game back of Arlington, which beat Bowie, and Lamar, and they still get to play the Vikings in Week 10. However, Lamar would be D1.

Denton Guyer (4-3, 3-1) vs. Hebron (4-3, 2-2)

Wildcats: The team has picked it up on both sides recently after being shut out in back-to-back games to start the season. Did we mention 5-6A? Guyer is a game up on Keller, Eaton and Fossil Ridge, and the Wildcats get two of them in Week 9 and 11.

Hawks: Oklahoma commit Trejan Bridges had a monster game in Week 8 with a career-high in receiving and rushing yards, and got his first INT of his career too. They’re tied with Marcus for fourth in 6-6A, but Hebron won its Week 7 matchup. Hebron has MacArthur, Lewisville and Irving left while Marcus gets Flower Mound, MacArthur and Lewisville.


Azle (7-1, 6-0) vs. Colleyville Heritage (4-3, 3-1)

Hornets: Resurgent Azle is sitting atop the 3-5A standings with two games left on its schedule. Azle could also play Grapevine.

Panthers: Heritage and Grapevine are tied for third with their rivalry game on Friday.

The Colony (6-1, 4-0) vs. Mansfield Legacy (3-4, 2-2)

Cougars: First place in 5-5A following a last-second upset over state-ranked Lone Star, which falls a game back in second.

Broncos: Legacy is a game up for fourth and a game back of third behind Timberview. Odds are high that the Broncos finish third and would actually get Lone Star in the first round, which sets up a matchup between two of the premier teams the past two seasons. Legacy, which owns the head-to-head with Timberview, has an easy schedule left while The Wolves still play Lancaster and Highland Park.


Burleson Centennial (7-1, 5-1) vs. Red Oak (6-1, 3-1)

Spartans: Picked fifth in 5-5A, Centennial looks to finish in second only behind Aledo, its only loss.

Hawks: Three-way tie for second in 6-5A with Kimball and Seagoville. Both those teams still have first-place South Oak Cliff on its schedule.


Kennedale (6-2, 4-0) vs. Stephenville (4-3, 1-1)

A possible state semifinal rematch could take place in bi-district. The Wildcats won 54-28 last season.

Kennedale will play Benbrook (7-1, 4-0) in Week 10 for the district championship in 6-4A.

Stephenville is in a five-team district and tied with Gatesville. But Kennedale or Benbrook could also see Waco La Vega or Brownwood in the first round.

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