With the UIL football playoffs starting this week, intriguing storylines can be found pretty much everywhere.
The talk around Fort Worth is Friday’s Class 5A Division II game at Clark Stadium between Wyatt (5-5) and Dunbar (4-6), a playoff matchup nearly 40 years in the making.
Two Fort Worth ISD football teams haven’t met in the playoffs since 1975 and on Friday, one will snap a playoff drought.
Last time Wyatt won a playoff game was in 2000 when the Chaparrals got to the third round. Dunbar last won in 2001 when it beat Stephenville in the first round.
Since the UIL started taking two district teams to the playoffs in 1982, not once in the past 34 years have two Fort Worth ISD teams made it out of the first round in the same season.
Fort Worth South Hills, Aledo and Brock each ended the regular season 10-0, but while Aledo and Brock are used to deep playoff runs, the Scorpions are 0-3 in the postseason. South Hills faces Richland (9-1) at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Saginaw in a Class 5A Division I game.
The Wyatt-Dunbar winner, along with a South Hills win, would give Fort Worth ISD two teams to brag about for the second round.
Richland, which hadn’t made the playoffs since 2009, can also get a big playoff win. The Rebels are looking for their first since 1984 when they made it to the 5A regional semifinals.
Head up north and add Keller Central, Keller Timber Creek and Justin Northwest to potential first-time playoff winners.
Central (6-4) hosts Arlington Bowie (8-2) on Thursday at Keller ISD Stadium. Timber Creek (6-4) travels to UT Arlington’s Maverick Stadium to play Arlington Martin (6-4) on Friday.
Central finished second in District 3-6A. The Chargers won six of their last seven after starting the season 0-3. For Timber Creek, it’s just their second playoff appearance as the Falcons go up against playoff regular Martin, which has now made it 11 straight years.
Northwest (9-1) looks to snap an 0-8 playoff drought. The Texans play at Denton (9-1) on Friday.
Aledo is a No. 1 seed in Class 5A Division II, and looking at the rest of the bracket, can anyone stop the Bearcats from winning their sixth UIL state football title since 2009?
Only two other teams are 10-0: College Station (Region III) and Canutillo, which could face Aledo in the third round.
Aledo, No. 1 in the AP 5A state poll, may have lucked out. 5A Division I has six undefeated teams, including defending 5A Division I state champ Richmond George Ranch, No. 2-ranked and defending 5A Division II champ Cedar Park, No. 3 Manvel, No. 4 Denton Ryan and No. 8 Texarkana Texas.
No. 6 Lancaster and No. 9 Frisco Lone Star are in Division II, both in Region II, so one team will be knocked out before getting to Aledo, and No. 10 Corpus Christi Calallen is in Region IV.