Four Arlington schools are on the road this week, as the bi-district round of the UIL playoffs begin.
In Class 6A Division I, Arlington Martin (8-2) plays Midland (5-5) at 7 p.m. Friday at Grande Communications Stadium, in Midland. Arlington Sam Houston (7-3) plays Odessa Permian (7-3) at 7 p.m. Friday at Ratliff Stadium, in Odessa.
In 6A Division II, Arlington Lamar (8-2) plays Abilene (7-3) at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Shotwell Stadium in Abilene. Arlington Bowie (7-3) plays San Angelo Central (9-1) at 7 p.m. Friday at San Angelo Stadium.
The combined round trips for all four total 2,134 miles. And there’s a good chance a win for each will send them out west again next week.
All four have potential area round matchups with schools from either El Paso or the Texas Panhandle.
The first-round locations were settled by coin flip or, in the case of Bowie and Central, by guessing a zip code closest to a random entry in the state coaches directory.
If Bowie coach Danny DeArman had won, the Volunteers would have played Central in Arlington, most likely at Wilemon Field.
But even now knowing Bowie will have to travel nearly four hours on Friday, DeArman said the home-or-home scenario was what he preferred.
The other possibility would have been playing at Shotwell Stadium, which is still more than a two-hour drive from Arlington.
“I’d rather drive just a little bit further with a chance to play at home,” DeArman said.
Sam Houston coach Anthony Criss had the same approach. The Texans will leave for Odessa on Thursday.
“If you’re going to be on the bus for two hours to begin with, what’s the problem with being on there another two hours?” Criss said.
Temple Christian perfect
Fort Worth Temple Christian finished its regular season undefeated with a 57-28 win over Amarillo San Jacinto Christian last Friday.
The Eagles play McKinney Christian at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the first round of the TAPPS Div. III playoffs.
“We have a strong senior class,” coach Steve Hohulin said. “We kind of anticipated this. We only graduated two players from a pretty good football team.”
Running back Justin Carter leads Temple Christian with 1,438 yards rushing and 24 touchdowns. Quarterback Avery Childs has thrown for 17 touchdowns and no interceptions.
Temple Christian lost in the second round of the playoffs last year to Frisco Legacy.
Big layoff for Trinity
Euless Trinity drew an odd schedule this year, playing all 10 of its regular-season games before getting a bye last week.
This week, the Trojans and South Grand Prairie will be the last teams in the state to kick off.
They play at 8 p.m. Saturday at AT&T Stadium in the Class 6A Division I bi-district round.
That will be a 16-day layoff from when Trinity last played on Oct. 30.
Trinity coach Steve Lineweaver said last week that he would’ve preferred playing an earlier game but that the extra rest wouldn’t go unwelcomed.
With a scrimmage included, the Trojans played from around mid-August through October.
“That’s 11 weeks of games, and it ain’t tennis,” Lineweaver joked.
Aledo will be making its 19th straight playoff appearance, the longest active streak among area schools, according to the Dave Campbell’s Texas Football archives.
Other notable streaks remaining intact this year include: Euless Trinity (17), Everman (16), Southlake Carroll (15), Stephenville (11) and Kennedale (10).
Colleyville Heritage, Birdville, Arlington Martin and Arlington Bowie all clinched spots for the ninth consecutive season.
Winless in the playoffs
Houston Scarborough made the playoffs at 0-10. Scarborough, which has lost 57 games in a row, is in 4-team District 10-4A Div. II.
Houston Jones was closed after February’s UIL realignment, according to the Houston Chronicle.
DeSoto on TV
DeSoto vs. Coppell will be televised Thursday on KTXA/Ch. 21 at around 9:30 p.m.
The Eagles and Cowboys are playing in the Class 6A Division I bi-district round at AT&T Stadium.