CLASS 1A PLAYOFFS: State Semifinals

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Looking to repeat, the Class 1A, DI defending state champion Blum Bobcats surprisingly survive again while Class 1A, DII’s Richland Springs surprised no one by advancing

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

Continuing their unlikely through the Class 1A, Division I playoffs, the defending state champion Blum Bobcats (9-3) pulled off yet another upset, this time coming from behind to knock off the ninth-ranked and previously-undefeated Union Hill Bulldogs (11-1) in the State Quarterfinals Saturday in Mabank.

In the meantime, the fourth-ranked May Tigers (12-1) dismantled eighth-ranked Leakey (11-2), 72-38 to set up a State Semifinal showdown with Blum at 6 p.m. Saturday in Dublin. In the other Class 1A, DI state semifinal matchup, top-ranked and undefeated Sterling City (13-0) will face second-ranked Borden County (11-2) at 5 p.m. Saturday in Sweetwater.

The Class 1A, Division II defending state champion and fifth-ranked Richland Springs Coyotes hung on to eliminate the seventh-ranked Calvert Trojans, 48-34, in a Class 1A, Division II State Quarterfinal matchup Friday night at Hico’s historic Tiger Stadium.

Getting one step closer to claiming their 10th state championship since 2004, the Coyotes (11-0) knocked off Calvert (9-3) for the ninth time in 12 postseason showdowns since 2002. Trailing 48-14 early in the third quarter, the Trojans scored 20 unanswered points to make the enthusiastic Richland Springs faithful uneasy until the final second ticked off the clock.

Seeking their fifth state title since 2003, the eighth-ranked Strawn Greyhounds (11-2) buried 11th-ranked Fannindel, 54-6, Friday night in Italy to set up yet another classic showdown with Richland Springs at 6:30 p.m. Friday in Dublin.

This will be the fifth time since 2003 that the Greyhounds and the Coyotes has squared off in either the state quarterfinals or state semifinals with Richland Springs winning three. Richland Springs and Strawn have combined to win 13 state titles since 2003.

In the other Class 1A, DII state semifinal matchup, top-ranked Balmorhea (10-1) will face second-ranked Groom (12-1) at 7 p.m. Friday in Hermleigh.

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