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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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