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November 06, 2020

GRIDIRON SCOREBOARD: WEEK 11

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

FINAL UPDATE: 11:55 p.m., Friday, November 6, 2020

Here are ALL of the final scores from Class 3A, 2A and 1A Texas high school football scores for Friday from around the Heart of Texas region. Be sure to check back for up-to-the-minute updates on Friday’s games.

On location for three 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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EVERYTHING ON THE LINE

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Seeking a seventh straight trip to the playoffs, the Clifton Cubs face a do-or-die District 13-3A, DII showdown at Lexington

LEXINGTON — For the Clifton Cubs, the playoffs start a week early.

Seeking their seventh straight berth to the Class 3A, Division II postseason tournament, the Cubs must hit the road for a do-or-die District 13-3A, DII showdown with the Lexington Eagles Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Eagle Stadium.

Despite all of the obstacles the Clifton football program has faced this season — restructuring the schedule due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, limited time to work with and develop a young, inexperienced group, playing a gauntlet of exceptionally strong non-district opponents, and taking on the toughest district schedule in years — the Cubs will be playing for a playoff spot in the final game of the season.

“With all of the challenges we have faced this year, we are very excited to have the opportunity to earn our seventh consecutive playoff appearance with a win on Friday,” Clifton football head coach Chuck Caniford said. “Our kids understand that the playoffs is never a goal in our program — that is the minimum expectation.  We expect to be there every year, and we need to prepare and play that way this week.”

To do so, Clifton (2-3 in district, 3-6 overall) had to put its 47-0 loss to the seventh-ranked and district champion Franklin Lions (6-0, 7-2) behind them quickly. Despite the Cubs staying in striking distance early, Franklin used a 21-point second quarter to build momentum on its way to a convincing victory.

“Franklin is definitely as advertised,” Caniford said. “They are solid in all phases of the game and have several explosive playmakers. We did some good things at times, but we were able to finish drives and turned the ball over too much to have success against a team of their caliber.”

With both teams playing for a playoff berth at Lexington, Clifton returns to the scene of one of last season’s surprises as the Eagles upset the Cubs, 29-13, thanks to some previously unknown players that ultimately led Lexington three rounds deep in the playoffs.

No surprises this season, though, as Lexington has been a postseason favorite all season long. But the Eagles have struggled a bit late in the season, losing two of their last three games — suffering a 33-27 loss at Rogers, struggling to knock off winless Florence, 13-7, then dropping a heartbreaker at Buffalo, 38-37, last week.

“They have some dynamic playmakers and are solid on defense,” Caniford said. “They have battled some injuries as well, but we have to assume that they will be a full strength on Friday night. 

“This is going to be a physical battle for four quarters with everything on the line. Our playoffs start this week, and we have to do everything we can to earn another week of football.”

Photos by DAVID HARDING

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GRIDIRON MATCHUPS: WEEK 11

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Class 3A, 2A & 1A teams across the Heart of Texas seek final playoff berths & jockey for postseason positioning in regular season finals

Although most of the playoff berths have already been locked up across the Heart of Texas region, there will still be a few spots up for grab and plenty of maneuvering for favorable postseason seeding as Class 3A, 2A & 1A teams wrap up the 2020 Texas high school football regular season under the Friday night lights.

In Class 3A, Division I, the defending state champion and second-ranked Grandview Zebras (5-0 in district, 9-0 overall) will try to put the finishing touches on a perfect regular season when they host third place Dallas Madison(4-1), while the West Trojans (4-1, 7-2) hope to secure second place when they visit the playoff-bound Maypearl Panthers (3-2, 7-2).

In District 11-3A, DI, the Lorena Leopards (4-1, 6-2) will travel to Rockdale (4-1, 6-3) to face the Tigers in a district championship showdown, while the McGregor Bulldogs (3-2, 5-4) hope to secure a playoff spot when they visit Caldwell (0-5, 2-7).

The Comanche Indians (2-2, 7-2) can wrap up a postseason berth in District 5-3A, DII with a victory at Merkel (1-3, 3-5), while the Clifton Cubs (2-3, 3-6) will be looking for their seventh consecutive trip to the playoffs in a District 13-3A, DII do-or-die at Lexington (2-3, 5-3).

In Class 2A, DI, the seventh-ranked Crawford Pirates (5-0, 9-0) look to wrap up a perfect regular season against the Valley Mills Eagles (1-4, 3-6) in the District 7-2A, DI finale.

Despite already eliminated from the playoff race, the upstart Meridian Yellowjackets (1-3, 3-5) hope to conclude their turnaround season with a victory over District 8-2A, DII runner-up Cross Plains (3-1, 7-2), while in District 10-2A, DII, the Hubbard Jaguars (2-1, 5-2) will battle Bremond for second place behind three-time defending state champion and top-ranked Mart Panthers (5-0, 9-0).

Due to numerous Covid-19 precautions put into play this season, plenty remains up for grabs in Class 1A six-man football across the Heart of Texas.

In the showcase game of the week, the defending state champion Blum Bobcats (3-0, 5-3) will visit Avalon (2-1, 4-4) in a battle for the District 11-1A, DI crown, while the Covington Eagles (2-1, 4-4) hope a victory at Milford will be enough to secure a playoff berth.

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.

Be sure to check in with THE SPORTS BUZZ every week to find the complete schedule for teams from the Heart of Texas region. And be sure to tune late Friday for our as-soon-as-they-become-final updated scoreboard.

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