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November 2020

CLASS 3A PLAYOFFS: Regionals

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Class 3A, DI two-time defending state champion Grandview advances to regionals for the fourth straight season;  Lorena advances on forfeit; West eliminated by Mt. Vernon in Area

THE SPORTS BUZZ Gridiron Matchups presents the Class 3A football Regional Semifinal playoff matchups from across the Heart of Texas region.

Looking for their third straight Class 3A, Division I state championship, postseason action, the second-ranked Grandview Zebras (11-0) advanced to Regionals for the fourth straight season with a convincing 49-23 win over the Tatum Eagles in a Region II Area playoff game last Friday night at Athen’s Bruce Field.

Capitalizing on two turnovers to build a first half lead, Grandview let Tatum back in the game with three straight turnovers to open the third quarter. But the Zebra defense rose to the occasion before senior quarterback Dane Jentsch responded to put the finishing touches on the win.

Jentsch threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more as the Zebras posted their 37th victory in the last 38 games and notched their 14th consecutive postseason win.

Grandview advances the Regional round to take on fourth-ranked Malakoff (9-2) at 1p.m. Friday at Waco ISD Stadium, in a rematch of the 2018 Class 3A DI state championship game.  The Zebras also opened the 2020 season with a 31-24 overtime victory over Malakoff.

In another Class 3A, DI Region II Area playoff matchup, District 7-3A, DI runner-up West Trojans (9-3) were eliminated by Mount Vernon (10-2), 24-21, last Friday night in Rockwall’s Wilkerson-Sanders Stadium.

Trailing 24-7 in the fourth quarter, West mounted a late rally when junior Wyatt Wolf returned a punt 76 yards for a touchdown before hauling in a six-yard scoring strike from quarterback Landon Edwards with 38 seconds remaining. But after West sophomore T.J. McCutcheon recovered the ensuing onside kick, the Mount Vernon defense came up with the stop to secure the victory.

In a Class 3A, DI Region III Area playoff action, the Lorena Leopards (9-2) advanced by a Covid-related forfeit win over Crockett (7-5). Lorena advances to the Regional Semifinals to face Hallettsville (10-2) at 6:30 p.m. Friday in Wimberley’s Texan Stadium.

Grabbing the spotlight in the Class 3A, DII postseason bracket, all four District 13-3A, DII playoff qualifiers advanced to the Region IV semifinals to set up rematches.

District champion and sixth-ranked Franklin (9-2) will face Lexington (8-3) at 7 p.m. Friday in Brenham’s Cub Stadium, while runner-up Buffalo (11-1) will take on Rogers (7-5) at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Waco ISD Stadium.

THE SPORTS BUZZ provides award-winning coverage of the 2020 Texas high school football season, focusing on Class 3A, 2A and 1A schools in the 10-county Heart of Texas region — which includes Bosque, Comanche, Coryell, Erath, Hamilton, Hill, Hood, Johnson, McLennan and Somervell counties.

Within the Heart of Texas region, THE SPORTS BUZZ covers nine Class 3A schools spread out across four districts in two divisions. Be sure to check in with THE SPORTS BUZZ every Friday night for the complete scoreboard from games across the Heart of Texas region.

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CLASS 2A PLAYOFFS: Regionals

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Crawford & Bosqueville get one step closer to rematch with impressive Class2A, DI Area playoff wins; Class 2A, DII’s three-time defending state champion Mart marches on

THE SPORTS BUZZ Gridiron Matchups presents the Class 2A football Regional Semifinal playoff matchups from across the Heart of Texas region.

Widely considered one of the toughest Class 2A, Division I districts in the state, District 7-2A, DI advanced three of its four postseason qualifiers to the Area round before whittling it down to two survivors last week.

The seventh-ranked Crawford Pirates (11-1) remained undefeated on the field with another overwhelming postseason victory, this time chopping up Bogota Rivercrest, 44-6, in a Region II Area playoff matchup last Friday night at Grand Prairie’s Gopher-Warrior Bowl.

Crawford senior quarterback Tanner Merenda tossed five touchdown passes as the Pirates built a 44-0 lead before the end of the third quarter. With their only loss coming to a COVID-related forfeit to Valley Mills, the Pirates advance to the regional semifinals to take on surprising Alvord (6-4) at 7 p.m. Friday in Alvarado’s Head Stadium.

Proving to be equally dominating, district runner-up Bosqueville Bulldogs (8-3) used a strong second half to lock down a convincing 44-12 victory over Cooper in an Area playoff showdown last Friday in Rusk’s Eagle Stadium.

Bosqueville quarterback Luke Bradshaw connected with Ryder Roard on two scoring strikes while running for another touchdown as the Bulldogs built a 25-12 halftime lead before putting the game away with 19 unanswered second half points.

With the win, Bosqueville moves on to face undefeated and fifth-ranked Lindsay (11-0) at 6 p.m. Friday in Aledo’s Bearcat Stadium. Lindsay eliminated the Tolar Rattlers, 69-20, last Friday night at River Oaks’Barnes Memorial Stadium.

Despite getting a Covid-related forfeited win in their Class 2A, DII Bi-District playoff matchup, the three-time defending state champion Mart Panthers (11-0) did not look rusty in their dominating 48-12 Area playoff victory over Lovelady (7-5) last Friday night at Caldwell’s Hornet Field.

Playing their first game since Oct. 31, the Panthers scored quickly and often in the first half. Mart racked up five touchdowns on only 12 plays from scrimmage to build a commanding 34-0 halftime lead. Roddrell Freeman, Keishawn Clater and Neven Hickman ran for two touchdowns apiece in the rout.

Mart advances to the Region III semifinals to face West Sabine (7-4) at 6 p.m. Friday in Crockett’s Driskell Stadium. West Sabine eliminated Simms Bowie, 26-20, in an Area matchup last week.

THE SPORTS BUZZ provides award-winning coverage of the 2020 Texas high school football season, focusing on Class 3A, 2A and 1A schools in the 10-county Heart of Texas region — which includes Bosque, Comanche, Coryell, Erath, Hamilton, Hill, Hood, Johnson, McLennan and Somervell counties.

Within the Heart of Texas region, THE SPORTS BUZZ covers 15 Class 2A schools spread out across six districts in two divisions. Be sure to check in with THE SPORTS BUZZ every Friday night for the complete scoreboard from games across the Heart of Texas region.

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CLASS 1A PLAYOFFS: State Quarterfinals

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Defying the prognosticators, the Class 1A, DI defending state champion Blum Bobcats knock off 14th-ranked Saint Jo to continue march toward repeat

THE SPORTS BUZZ Gridiron Matchups presents the Class 1A Six-Man football State Quarterfinal matchups from across the Heart of Texas region.

In Class 1A, Division I postseason action, the defending state champion Blum Bobcats (8-3) continued their march toward a repeat with a 56-28 Region III Area playoff win over 14th-ranked Saint Jo (9-2) Friday night at Bridgeport.

Despite a five touchdown effort from senior Kadyn Johnson, the 16th-ranked Abbott Panthers (11-1) suffered their first loss of the season at the worst possible time to be eliminated from the playoffs with a 76-42 loss to the ninth-ranked and undefeated Union Hill Bulldogs (11-0) Friday night at Scurry Rosser.

Johnson ran for 305 yards, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Bulldogs pounding their way to 507 yards on the ground. Union Hill’s Christian Aguillon ran for four touchdowns while Zak Hatcher rushed for three scores as the Bulldogs wore down Abbott in the second half.

In the Region III State Quarterfinal, Blum will take on Union Hill at 6 p.m. Saturday at Mabank.

In Region IV, the fourth-ranked May Tigers (11-1) shot down the 12th-ranked Jonesboro Eagles (10-2) in convincing fashion, 62-16, in an Area Playoff matchup Friday in Dublin.

In Class 1A, DII playoff matchups, the 11th-ranked Strawn Greyhounds (10-2) eliminated Throckmorton, 44-24, in a Region III Area playoff game, looking to claim their second state title in the three seasons.

In Region IV, the sixth-ranked and undefeated Richland Springs Coyotes (10-0) held off the surprising Oglesby Tigers, 70-44, in an Area Playoff matchup Friday night at Hico’s historic Tiger Stadium.

After making the playoffs for the first time since 1983 under head coach Jeb Dixon, Oglesby (10-2) battled back in the second half despite falling behind early. But Richland Springs (10-0) came up with late turnovers to secure the victory as the Coyotes seek their 10th state championship since 2004.

THE SPORTS BUZZ provides award-winning coverage of the 2020 Texas high school football season every week, focusing on Class 3A, 2A and 1A schools in the 10-county Heart of Texas region — which includes Bosque, Comanche, Coryell, Erath, Hamilton, Hill, Hood, Johnson, McLennan and Somervell counties.

Within the Heart of Texas region, THE SPORTS BUZZ covers 21 Class 1A-Six-Man schools spread out across eight districts in two divisions. Be sure to check in with THE SPORTS BUZZ every Friday night for the complete scoreboard from games across the Heart of Texas region.

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GRIDIRON SCOREBOARD: Area

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Class 4A, 3A, 2A & 1A high school football Area playoff scores from the Heart of Texas region

FINAL UPDATE: 9:45 p.m., Saturday, November 21, 2020

Here are all of the scores from this week’s Texas high school football Area Playoff games in Class 4A, 3A, 2A and 1A scores from around the Heart of Texas region.

Be sure to visit THE SPORTS BUZZ for up-to-the-minute updates throughout the 2020 Texas high school football postseason.

On location for three playoff games this weekend, THE SPORTS BUZZ provides award-winning coverage of the 2020 Texas high school football season every week, focusing on Class 3A, 2A and 1A schools in the 10-county Heart of Texas region — which includes Bosque, Comanche, Coryell, Erath, Hamilton, Hill, Hood, Johnson, McLennan and Somervell counties.

Be sure to check in with THE SPORTS BUZZ every Friday night throughout the postseason for the complete scoreboard from games across the Heart of Texas region.

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GRIDIRON GLADIATORS: SIX-MAN

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Heart of Texas Individual Statistical Leaders in Class 1A six-man football

(Updated Through November 14, 2020)

THE SPORTS BUZZ Gridiron Gladiators recognizes the Class 1A six-man football individual offensive and defensive statistical leaders who have been grabbing the spotlight under the Friday night lights across the Heart of Texas this season.

Once again this season, THE SPORTS BUZZ provides award-winning coverage of the 2020 Texas high school football season, focusing on Class 3A, 2A and 1A schools in the 10-county Heart of Texas region — which includes Bosque, Comanche, Coryell, Erath, Hamilton, Hill, Hood, Johnson, McLennan and Somervell counties.

Within the Heart of Texas region, THE SPORTS BUZZ covers 21 Class 1A-Six-Man schools spread out across eight districts in two divisions. Be sure to check back every week for the Class 1A Friday Flashback, Gridiron Gladiators recognizing individual statistical leaders, and Gridiron Grades featuring district standings, scores and upcoming matchups for all 21 Class 1A teams from the Heart of Texas.

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GRIDIRON GURUS: Week 2

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PUTTING IT ON THE LINE: Picking Heart of Texas Area Playoff games, NCAA college football games in Texas, as well as Cowboys & Texans

After rebooting last week by picking winners for the 2020 Texas high school postseason tournament in Class 4A, 3A, 2A & 1A, THE SPORTS BUZZ Gridiron Gurus pick’ems panel hits full stride this week by including a handful of NCAA college football games, as well as the Dallas Cowboys and the Houston Texans.

Joining THE SPORTS BUZZ Gridiron Gurus pick’ems panel this season will be Don Nicholas, Field Representative for U.S. Congressman Roger Williams (TX-25), while Meridian Yellowjacket football head coach Wade Morton, The Sports Buzz  photographer David Harding and The Sports Buzz’ Brett Voss return from last year.

Last week, David, Wade and Brett got off to pretty good starts as each posted identical 19-5 records, while Don posted a very respectable 14-10 record in his first attempt.

Join us every Thursday throughout the rest of the 2020 football season as THE SPORTS BUZZ Gridiron Gurus pick their winners for a select group of the week’s high school playoff games, your favorite college teams from the NCAA Div. I, Div. II and Div. III, as well as the state’s two NFL teams, the Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans.

Be sure to make your picks as well!

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CLASS 3A PLAYOFFS: Area

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Class 3A, DI defending state champion Grandview advances without taking the field while West rolls into the Area round as only three Heart of Texas teams survive

THE SPORTS BUZZ Gridiron Matchups presents the Class 3A football Area playoff matchups from across the Heart of Texas region.

In Class 3A, Division I postseason action, the defending state champion and second-ranked Grandview Zebras (10-0) advanced without taking the field with a forfeited win over Teague in a Region II Bi-District playoff matchup, and the District 7-3A, DI runner-up West Trojans (9-2) marched over Kemp, 62-6, last Thursday night in Mesquite’s Memorial Stadium.

In the Class 3A, DI Region II Area playoffs, Grandview will take on Tatum (8-1) at 7 p.m. Friday at Athens’ Bruce Field, while West will face Mount Vernon (9-2) at 7 p.m. Friday in Rockwall’s Wilkerson-Sanders Stadium.

In a Class 3A, DI Region III playoff action, the Lorena Leopards (8-2) leapt past Boling, 54-14, in a Bi-District playoff matchup Friday night at Gidding’s Buffalo Stadium, while Yoakum overwhelmed the District 11-3A, DI runner-up McGregor Bulldogs (7-3), 57-13, Friday in Hutto’s Memorial Stadium.

In the Class 3A, DI Region III Area playoffs, Lorena advances to match up with Crockett (7-4) at 7 p.m. Thursday at Madisonville’s Mustang Stadium.

In Class 3A, DII Bi-District playoffs, three of the four District 5-3A, DII qualifiers were eliminated as the runner-up Comanche Indians (8-3) fell to Wichita Falls City View, 34-21, last Friday night at Joshua’s Owl Stadium.

THE SPORTS BUZZ provides award-winning coverage of the 2020 Texas high school football season, focusing on Class 3A, 2A and 1A schools in the 10-county Heart of Texas region — which includes Bosque, Comanche, Coryell, Erath, Hamilton, Hill, Hood, Johnson, McLennan and Somervell counties.

Within the Heart of Texas region, THE SPORTS BUZZ covers nine Class 3A schools spread out across four districts in two divisions. Be sure to check in with THE SPORTS BUZZ every Friday night for the complete scoreboard from games across the Heart of Texas region.

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CLASS 2A PLAYOFFS: Area

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Crawford, Bosqueville, Tolar advance to Class2A, DI’s Area playoffs, while Class 2A, DII’s three-time defending state champion Mart gets a free pass

THE SPORTS BUZZ Gridiron Matchups presents the Class 2A Area football playoff matchups from across the Heart of Texas region.

The seventh-ranked Crawford Pirates (10-1) remained undefeated on the field with a convincing 49-14 Bi-District playoff win over Kerens last Friday night at Whitney’s Wildcat Stadium after taking a forfeit loss by sitting out their regular season finale due to Covid-19 precautions.

District runner-up Bosqueville Bulldogs (7-3) completely overwhelmed Marlin, 72-8, last Thursday night at Waco ISD Stadium, while the third-place Tolar Rattlers (5-6) shocked Dawson, 45-42, last Thursday night at Alvarado’s Head Stadium. Bosqueville moves on to face Cooper (8-1) at 7 p.m. Friday in Rusk’s Eagle Stadium, and Tolar advances to take on fifth-ranked and undefeated Lindsay (10-0) at 7 p.m. Friday at River Oaks’Barnes Memorial Stadium.

The Italy Gladiators denied District 7-2A, DI a clean sweep by outlasting the Rio Vista Eagles, 28-21, at Lacy Lakeview’s Peoples Stadium.

In Class 2A, DII playoff matchups, the three-time defending state champion Mart Panthers (10-0) received a free pass in the Bi-District playoff round when Cumby forfeited due to Covid precautions. Mart advances to Area to face Lovelady (7-4) at 7 p.m. Friday at Caldwell’s Hornet Field.

District 10-2A, DII’s third place Hubbard Jaguars (6-4) saw their season come to an end with a hard-fought 8-6 Bi-District playoff loss to Simms Bowie Saturday afternoon at Princeton’s Hendrix Stadium.

And fourth-ranked Windthorst handily eliminated the Hico Tigers, 56-14, Friday night at Windthorst’s Trojan Field.

THE SPORTS BUZZ provides award-winning coverage of the 2020 Texas high school football season, focusing on Class 3A, 2A and 1A schools in the 10-county Heart of Texas region — which includes Bosque, Comanche, Coryell, Erath, Hamilton, Hill, Hood, Johnson, McLennan and Somervell counties.

Within the Heart of Texas region, THE SPORTS BUZZ covers 15 Class 2A schools spread out across six districts in two divisions. Be sure to check in with THE SPORTS BUZZ every Friday night for the complete scoreboard from games across the Heart of Texas region.

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CLASS 1A PLAYOFFS: Area

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Advancing to the Area playoff round, Class 1A, DI defending state champion Blum, 12th-ranked Jonesboro & 16th-ranked Abbott top the list of Heart of Texas hopefuls

THE SPORTS BUZZ Gridiron Matchups presents the Class 1A Six-Man football Area playoff matchups from across the Heart of Texas region.

In Class 1A, Division I postseason action, the defending state champion Blum Bobcats (7-3) took their first step toward a repeat with a 58-28 Region III Bi-District playoff win over Coolidge to set up am Area playoff battle with 14th-ranked Saint Jo (9-1) at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Bridgeport.

Also in Region III, the 16th-ranked Abbott Panthers (11-0) remained undefeated with a convincing 51-6 victory over Avalon. Abbott will face ninth-ranked and undefeated Union Hill (10-0) at 7 p.m. Friday at Scurry Rosser.

In Region IV, the 12th-ranked Jonesboro Eagles (10-1) overwhelmed Nueces Canyon, 54-8, to set up an Area playoff showdown with fourth-ranked May (10-1) at 6:30 p.m. Friday in Dublin.

In Class 1A, DII playoff matchups, the 15th-ranked Morgan Eagles (8-3) fell to the 19th-ranked Gordon Longhorns (8-3) in a Region III Bi-District playoff game in Gorman, while the young Walnut Springs Hornets (7-4) were eliminated by 11th-ranked Strawn at Hico’s historic Tiger Stadium.

In a Region IV Bi-District playoff matchup, the District 14-1A, DII champion Oglesby Tigers (10-1) advanced by knocking off 20th-ranked Oakwood, 62-52, Friday night in Penelope. Oglesby will face sixth-ranked and undefeated Richland Springs (9-0) in an Area playoff matchup at 7 p.m. Friday in Hico.

THE SPORTS BUZZ provides award-winning coverage of the 2020 Texas high school football season every week, focusing on Class 3A, 2A and 1A schools in the 10-county Heart of Texas region — which includes Bosque, Comanche, Coryell, Erath, Hamilton, Hill, Hood, Johnson, McLennan and Somervell counties.

Within the Heart of Texas region, THE SPORTS BUZZ covers 21 Class 1A-Six-Man schools spread out across eight districts in two divisions. Be sure to check in with THE SPORTS BUZZ every Friday night for the complete scoreboard from games across the Heart of Texas region.

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GRIDIRON SCOREBOARD: Bi-District

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Class 4A, 3A, 2A & 1A high school football playoff scores from the Heart of Texas region

UPDATED: 4:55 p.m., Saturday, November 14, 2020

Here are final scores from the week’s Texas high school football Bi-District Playoff games in Class 4A, 3A, 2A and 1A from around the Heart of Texas region.

Be sure to check back with THE SPORTS BUZZ every week for up-to-the-minute updates on the 2020 Texas high school football playoff games.

On location for three playoff games this weekend, THE SPORTS BUZZ provides award-winning coverage of the 2020 Texas high school football season every week, focusing on Class 3A, 2A and 1A schools in the 10-county Heart of Texas region — which includes Bosque, Comanche, Coryell, Erath, Hamilton, Hill, Hood, Johnson, McLennan and Somervell counties.

Be sure to check in with THE SPORTS BUZZ every Friday night for the complete scoreboard from games across the Heart of Texas region.

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