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December 2021

GRIDIRON GURUS: WEEK 19

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PUTTING IT ON THE LINE: With the focus NCAA college football bowl games and the FBS playoffs, the NFC East champion and playoff-bound Cowboys take aim at the NFC’s top seed

(SCOREBOARD UPDATE: 7:15 a.m., Wednesday, January 5, 2022)

With the spotlight on the NCAA Division I’s FBS playoffs this week, the national semifinal showdowns take place in the midst of a slate marquee matchups in the traditional New Year’s Day bowl games. But with the NFC East championship and a playoff berth secured for the first time since 2018, the Dallas Cowboys have given the faithful plenty to cheer about as they battle for the NFC’s top seed.

Throughout the rest of the 2021 football season, THE SPORTS BUZZ Gridiron Gurus pick’ems panel will test their luck picking all of the FBS Bowl games, as well as NFL playoffs on the road to Super Bowl LVI Feb. 13 at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California. Be sure to check back throughout the week for scores from the games and see how are prognosticators have faired.

Joining THE SPORTS BUZZ Gridiron Gurus pick’ems panel this season will be Toney Rogers, a local business owner in the Heart of Texas, while Don Nicholas, Field Representative for U.S. Congressman Roger Williams (TX-25), Meridian Yellowjacket football head coach Wade Morton and The Sports Buzz’ Brett Voss return from last year.

After making a move back to his winning ways two weeks ago, Wade (10-3) excelled to win a troubling week of COVID cancellations and bowl game upsets. Brett (8-5) and Toney (8-5) finished the week strong to make a respectable showing, while Don (7-6) just managed to stay above .500.

Join us every Thursday throughout the 2021 football season as THE SPORTS BUZZ Gridiron Gurus pick their winners for a select group of the week’s high school 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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ANCIENT HISTORY

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As long suffering Dallas Cowboy fans with a playoff berth secured in 2021, all we want for Christmas is a new Super Bowl memory after 25 long years

It’s stunning to realize that a quarter of a century has passed since the Dallas Cowboys have been to the Super Bowl, the NFL’s biggest and brightest stage. Almost inconceivable for a franchise once proudly known as “America’s Team.”

Call them that now, and it will draw either laughter or scorn.

It’s easy to forget that with the last Super Bowl championship, the Dallas Cowboys made history by beating their longtime nemesis Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XXX to become the first team to win three Lombardi trophies in a four-year span.

In stunned, numbing dismay, it suddenly hits us that the Cowboys have had just four playoff wins and have not made the NFC title game since they won Super Bowl XXX in 1996 at Sun Devil Stadium for their fifth championship in franchise history. Coming off yet another failed season in 2020 without a postseason appearance, it’s shocking how far the once proud franchise has fallen.

Could 2021 finally be the break-through season the long-suffering Cowboy faithful have waited for so long?

For those of you too young to have experienced it and those too old to still remember, the Cowboys once reeled off a remarkable run that ranks with the one put together by the seemingly incomparable New England Patriots.

That’s right, football fans. From 1966-82, the Dallas Cowboys appeared in 12 of 17 NFC titles games. Dallas has made the most postseason appearances (33), played in more playoff games (63) than any other NFL franchise, won the third most playoff games (35), stand tied for second in the most Super Bowl appearances (8) and remain tied for the second most Super Bowl victories (5).

And all this from a team that hasn’t played in the big game in 25 years. With that in mind, let’s take a trip down memory lane to relive the glory days.

1971 Super Bowl V: Baltimore 16, Dallas 13

A 32-yard field goal by rookie kicker Jim O’Brien brought the Baltimore Colts a victory over the Dallas Cowboys in the final five seconds of Super Bowl V.

The game between the champions of the AFC and NFC was played on artificial turf for the first time. Dallas led 13-6 at the half but interceptions by Rick Volk and Mike Curtis set up a Baltimore touchdown and O’Brien’s decisive kick in the fourth period.

Dallas’ Chuck Howley, who picked off two passes, became the first defensive player and the first player from a losing team to be named MVP.

1972 Super Bowl VI: Dallas 24, Miami 3

The Cowboys rushed for a record 252 yards and their defense limited the Dolphins to a low of 185 yards while not permitting a touchdown for the first time in Super Bowl history. Running back Duane Thomas danced his way to 95 yards while fullback Walt Garrison plowed his way to 74.

Hall of Fame quarterback Roger Staubach, voted the game’s most valuable player, completed 12 of 19 passes for 119 yards and two touchdowns.

1976 Super Bowl X: Pittsburgh 21, Dallas 17

The Steelers won the Super Bowl for the second year in a row on Terry Bradshaw’s 64-yard touchdown pass to Lynn Swann and an aggressive defense that snuffed out a late rally by the Cowboys with an end-zone interception on the final play of the game.

In the fourth quarter, Pittsburgh ran on fourth down and gave up the ball on the Cowboys’ 39 with 1:22 to play. Roger Staubach ran and passed for two first downs but his last desperation pass was picked off by Glen Edwards.

Dallas’s scoring was the result of two touchdown passes by Staubach, one to Drew Pearson for 29 yards and the other to Percy Howard for 34 yards. Toni Fritsch had a 36-yard field goal.

1978 Super Bowl XII: Dallas 27, Denver 10

The Cowboys evened their Super Bowl record at 2-2 by defeating Denver before a sellout crowd of 75,583, plus 102,010,000 television viewers, the largest audience ever to watch a sporting event.

Dallas converted two interceptions into 10 points and Efren Herrera added a 35-yard field goal for a 13-0 halftime advantage. Harvey Martin and Randy White, who were named co-most valuable players, led the Cowboys’ defense, which recovered four fumbles and intercepted four passes.

1979 Super Bowl XIII : Pittsburgh 35, Dallas 31

Terry Bradshaw passed for a record four touchdowns to lead the Steelers to victory. The Steelers became the first team to win three Super Bowls.

The Steelers broke open the contest with two touchdowns in a span of 19 seconds midway through the final period.

The Cowboys refused to let the Steelers run away with the contest. Staubach connected with Billy Joe DuPree on a seven-yard scoring pass with 2:23 left. Then, the Cowboys recovered an onside kick and Staubach took them in for another score, passing four yards to Butch Johnson with 22 seconds remaining.

1993 Super Bowl XXVII: Dallas 52, Buffalo 17

As the famed triplets came of age, Troy Aikman passed for four touchdowns, Michael Irvin caught six passes for 114 yards and two scores, while Emmitt Smith rushed for 108 yards and a touchdown, and the Cowboys converted nine turnovers into 35 points while coasting to the victory.

Dallas’s win was its third in its record sixth Super Bowl appearance. On the other hand, the Bills became the first team to drop three in succession.

1994 Super Bowl XXVIII: Dallas 30, Buffalo 13

Knocking off the AFC champion Buffalo Bills for the second consecutive year, Emmitt Smith rushed for 132 yards and two second-half touchdowns to power the Cowboys to their second straight NFL title. The Cowboys looked like a team on the verge of a dynasty, winning their fourth Super Bowl in team history, tying the Pittsburgh Steelers and the San Francisco 49ers for most Super Bowl wins.

But soon after the win, Cowboy owner Jerry Jones and head coach Jimmy Johnson decided to severe their partnership, leaving the franchise in a flux.

1996 Super Bowl XXX: Dallas 27, Pittsburgh 17

Cornerback Larry Brown’s two interceptions led to 14 second-half points and helped lift the Cowboys to their third Super Bowl victory in four seasons — the first NFL team to accomplish that feat — and their record-tying fifth title overall.

Dallas’ Larry Brown, a 12th-round draft pick, became the first cornerback to be named Super Bowl MVP by recording two interceptions in the second half, which the Cowboys converted into two touchdowns to prevent a Steelers comeback.

Ancient history. An entire generation has never seen the Dallas Cowboys advance to the NFC Championship game with even a chance of making the Super Bowl. When Tony Romo took over as starting quarterback in 2006 the young gunslinger gave the Cowboy faithful hope of returning to the days of glory.

But unfortunately, Romo’s first postseason appearance went on to define his career. Led by head coach Bill Parcells, the Cowboys played the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Wild Card playoff round on January 6, 2007. With the Cowboys trailing 21–20 on fourth-and-one with 1:19 left in the game, the Cowboys attempted a 19-yard field goal. Romo, the holder for the kick, fumbled the snap. He recovered the ball and attempted to run it in, but was tackled short of the first down marker, and turned the ball over on the Seattle two-yard line. The Cowboys went on to lose the game.

Mercifully, we all witnessed the end of the Jason Garrett era two years ago. Instead of restoring the Dallas Cowboys to the glory days, Garrett ushered in the age of mediocrity, posting only four winning records in the 10 seasons, finishing with an indistinguishable 8-8 mark four times, making a measly three postseason appearances and winning a paltry two playoff games.

As the Cowboy’s 79-year old owner, Jones tearfully hung all of his hope for at least one more Super Bowl ring on hiring former Green Bay Packer head coach Mike McCarthy on Jan. 7, 2020, banking that he has the pedigree to join coaching legends Tom Landry and Jimmy Johnson into the NFL Hall of Fame by collecting a second Lombardi Trophy.

So far, not so much. The Cowboys suffered through a disastrous campaign during McCarthy’s first season at the helm, losing starting quarterback Dak Prescott to a broken ankle in the fourth game of 2020. Despite remaining in playoff contention for most of the season, the Cowboys finished 2020 with a 6–10 record, placing third in the NFC East.

With a playoff berth secured and the NFC East title all but a certainty, the Cowboys finally appear poised to become relevant again in 2021. And when it comes to a return to the Super Bowl, hope reigns eternal in Jerry’s World. But I’m not holding my breath.

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GRIDIRON GURUS: WEEK 18

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PUTTING IT ON THE LINE: With the Texas high school football state champions crowned, focus turns to NCAA college football bowl games, as well as the Cowboys making a run for the NFL playoffs

(FINAL SCORE UPDATE: 11:55 p.m., Wednesday, December 29, 2021)

After crowning the 2021 Texas high school football state champions last week at Arlington’s AT&T Stadium, as well as the NCAA Division II and Division III national champs, the football world turns its attention to the slate of NCAA FBS Bowl games, along with the NFL playoff races.

THE SPORTS BUZZ Gridiron Gurus pick’ems panel continues to pick their favorites in the unpredictable bowl games, while attempting to solve the puzzle of which NFL team will win on any given Sunday.

Throughout the rest of the 2021 football season, THE SPORTS BUZZ Gridiron Gurus pick’ems panel will test their luck picking all of the FBS Bowl games, as well as NFL playoffs on the road to Super Bowl LVI Feb. 7 at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, California.

Joining THE SPORTS BUZZ Gridiron Gurus pick’ems panel this season will be Toney Rogers, a local business owner in the Heart of Texas, while Don Nicholas, Field Representative for U.S. Congressman Roger Williams (TX-25), Meridian Yellowjacket football head coach Wade Morton and The Sports Buzz’ Brett Voss return from last year.

After making an impressive eight-week run to establish a solid foothold on the pick’ems runner-up spot, Don (18-12) took a beating picking the Texas state championship winners. On the other hand, Toney (17-13) was looking good after the state championship results came in, but stumbled with his bowl picks. Wade (19-11) posted a consistent showing all-around to claim the week’s runner-up spot, while Brett (21-9) came out on top for the third straight week.

Join us every Thursday throughout the 2021 football season as THE SPORTS BUZZ Gridiron Gurus pick their winners for a select group of the week’s high school 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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STATE CHAMPIONSHIP SCOREBOARD

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Road To The State Title: Class 6A, 5A, 4A, 3A, 2A & 1A high school football state championship game scores from AT&T Stadium in Arlington

FINAL UPDATE: 11:05 p.m., Saturday, December 18, 2021

Here are Wednesday’s, Thursday’s, Friday’s and Saturday’s final scores for the Class 6A, 5A, 4A, 3A, 2A and 1A Texas high school football state championship games held Dec. 15-18 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

THE SPORTS BUZZ provides award-winning coverage of the 2021 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.

Don’t forget 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 GURUS: WEEK 17

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PUTTING IT ON THE LINE: Picking Heart of Texas high school football playoff games, NCAA college football teams from Texas, as well as the Cowboys & the Texans

As we advance to the 2021 Texas high school football state championship games at Arlington’s AT&T Stadium this week, the NCAA Division II and Division III will hold their national championship games, while the NCAA FCS playoffs move to the semifinal round, and the NFL takes shape with only four games left in the regular season, THE SPORTS BUZZ Gridiron Gurus pick’ems panel must pick their favorites for the state title games, solve the puzzle of college playoff teams, and figure out which NFL team will win on any given Sunday.

Throughout the rest of the 2021 football season, THE SPORTS BUZZ Gridiron Gurus pick’ems panel will test their luck picking a slate of high school football games across the Heart of Texas, a selection of Texas college football games, as well as matchups involving the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans.

Joining THE SPORTS BUZZ Gridiron Gurus pick’ems panel this season will be Toney Rogers, a local business owner in the Heart of Texas, while Don Nicholas, Field Representative for U.S. Congressman Roger Williams (TX-25), Meridian Yellowjacket football head coach Wade Morton and The Sports Buzz’ Brett Voss return from last year.

While most of the prognosticators really struggled with picking the state semifinals last week, Brett (26-4) only missed three high school picks and ran away with the week. But Don (21-9) wasted really worried about it since his alma mater North Dakota State won a spot in the NCAA FCS semifinals. Despite rough weeks, Wade (17-13) and Toney (17-13) remain in a close battle for third in the overall standings.

Join us every Thursday throughout the 2021 football season as THE SPORTS BUZZ Gridiron Gurus pick their winners for a select group of the week’s high school 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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PLAYOFF SCOREBOARD: WEEK 5

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Road To The State Title: Class 6A, 5A, 4A, 3A, 2A & 1A high school football state semifinal scores from across the state of Texas

FINAL UPDATE: 11:05 p.m., Saturday, December 11, 2021

Here are Thursday’s, Friday’s and Saturday’s final scores for the Class 6A, 5A, 4A, 3A, 2A and 1A Texas high school football state semifinal games from across the state of Texas.

Be sure to check back with THE SPORTS BUZZ for up-to-the-minute updates throughout the weekend for scores from the 2021 Texas high school football postseason.

In the meantime, the Class 1A six-man teams played their semifinal round last week. With two of the four state semifinal games featured as THE SPORTS BUZZ Games Of The Week, the Class 1A, Division I’s the top-ranked and undefeated May Tigers (14-0) held off the third-ranked Abbott Panthers (13-1), 50-48, in a wild state semifinal matchup Saturday night, after the Class 1A, Division II’s second-ranked Strawn Greyhounds (14-0) left no doubt with a convincing 100-54 victory over third-ranked nemesis Richland Springs Coyotes (10-2) in a state semifinal matchup Friday night as both games were played at Dublin’s Bob & Norma Cervetto Stadium.

With the win, May advances to the Class 1A, DI state championship game for the second straight season to take on the eighth-ranked Westbrook Wildcats (10-4) at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 15 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, following the DII state title game featuring Strawn facing top-ranked Motley County (14-0) at 11 a.m.

THE SPORTS BUZZ provides award-winning coverage of the 2021 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.

Don’t forget 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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POSTSEASON MATCHUPS: WEEK 5

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Under the Friday night lights: Spotlight focuses on Class 6A, 5A, 4A, 3A & 2A state semifinals matchups of the 2021 Texas high school football postseason while six-man finalists await state title games

As the 2021 Texas high school football season moves into the state semifinals for the final four teams in Class 6A, 5A, 4A, 3A and, while Class 1A six-man finalist have already been determined and await their state championship showdowns next week.

In the five 11-man football classifications, only four teams from the Heart of Texas region remain alive – Class 4A, Division I’s second-ranked Stephenville (14-0), Class 4A, DII’s fifth-ranked China Spring (14-0), Class 3A, DI’s fifth-ranked Lorena (12-2) and Class 2A, DII’s top-ranked Mart (14-0).

From the 10 divisions with 40 teams still standing on the road to the state title, only 16 teams enter the semifinal round undefeated.

In the meantime, the Class 1A six-man teams played their semifinal round last week. With two of the four state semifinal games featured as THE SPORTS BUZZ Games Of The Week, the Class 1A, Division I’s the top-ranked and undefeated May Tigers (14-0) held off the third-ranked Abbott Panthers (13-1), 50-48, in a wild state semifinal matchup Saturday night, after the Class 1A, Division II’s top-ranked Strawn Greyhounds (14-0) left no doubt with a convincing 100-54 victory over third-ranked nemesis Richland Springs Coyotes (10-2) in a state semifinal matchup Friday night as both games were played at Dublin’s Bob & Norma Cervetto Stadium.

With the win, May advances to the Class 1A, DI state championship game for the second straight season to take on the eighth-ranked Westbrook Wildcats (10-4) at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 15 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, following the DII state title game featuring Strawn facing top-ranked Motley County (14-0) at 11 a.m.

Once again this season, THE SPORTS BUZZ will provide award-winning coverage of the 2021 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 Thursday to find the complete schedule for teams from the Heart of Texas region. Then follow THE SPORTS BUZZ for up-to-the-minute final scores as they become available throughout the weekend.

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GRIDIRON GURUS: WEEK 16

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PUTTING IT ON THE LINE: Picking Heart of Texas high school football playoff games, NCAA college football teams from Texas, as well as the Cowboys & the Texans

As we advance to the state semifinal round of the 2021 Texas high school football playoffs, the NCAA FCS, Division II and Division III college playoffs continue, and the NFL heads down the final stretch of the season, THE SPORTS BUZZ Gridiron Gurus pick’ems panel must pick their favorites for the state title games, solve the puzzle of college playoff teams, and figure out which NFL team will win on any given Sunday.

Throughout the rest of the 2021 football season, THE SPORTS BUZZ Gridiron Gurus pick’ems panel will test their luck picking a slate of high school football games across the Heart of Texas, a selection of Texas college football games, as well as matchups involving the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans.

Joining THE SPORTS BUZZ Gridiron Gurus pick’ems panel this season will be Toney Rogers, a local business owner in the Heart of Texas, while Don Nicholas, Field Representative for U.S. Congressman Roger Williams (TX-25), Meridian Yellowjacket football head coach Wade Morton and The Sports Buzz’ Brett Voss return from last year.

Despite a bit of a rocky start with his high school playoff picks last week, Wade (27-9) rallied with a strong showing in the college conference championship games. Don (25-11) turned in another balanced pick sheet to maintain his hold on the overall runner-up spot, making it difficult for Toney (24-12) to make a move in the standings. And in the end, Brett (28-8), the overall leader, won the week as well.

Join us every Thursday throughout the 2021 football season as THE SPORTS BUZZ Gridiron Gurus pick their winners for a select group of the week’s high school 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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PLAYOFF SCOREBOARD: WEEK 4

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Road To The State Title: Class 4A, 3A, 2A & 1A high school football playoff scores from the Heart of Texas region

FINAL UPDATE: 9:55 p.m., Saturday, December 4, 2021

Here are Thursday’s, Friday’s and Saturday’s final scores for the Class 4A, 3A, 2A and 1A Texas high school football playoff games from around the Heart of Texas region.

THE SPORTS BUZZ was on location at Dublin’s Bob & Norma Cervetto Stadium Friday night where the Strawn Greyhounds (14-0) raced past the Richland Springs Coyotes (10-2), 100-54, in a Class 1A, Division II state semifinal. THE SPORTS BUZZ returned to Dublin where the Class 1A, Division I’s the top-ranked and undefeated May Tigers (14-0) held off the third-ranked Abbott Panthers (13-1), 50-48, in a wild one Saturday night in Bob & Norma Cervetto Stadium.

Be sure to check back with THE SPORTS BUZZ for up-to-the-minute updates throughout the weekend for scores from the 2021 Texas high school football postseason.

THE SPORTS BUZZ provides award-winning coverage of the 2021 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.

Don’t forget 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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POSTSEASON MATCHUPS: WEEK 4

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Under the Friday night lights: Seven Heart of Texas Class 4A, 3A, 2A & 1A teams move into the fourth round of the 2021 Texas high school football postseason with hopes of reaching state title games

As the 2021 Texas high school football season moves into the fourth round of the playoffs, the Heart of Texas will send six Class 4A, 3A and 2A teams to play in state quarterfinal games, while a single squad from the region has advanced to play in the Class 1A six-man football state semifinals.

Making their first appearance in the state semifinals since winning the state championship in 2015, the Class 1A, Division I’s third-ranked Abbott Panthers (13-0) will take on the top-ranked and undefeated May Tigers at 6 p.m. Saturday in Dublin’s Bob & Norma Cervetto Stadium. Hungry for a state title, the Tigers (13-0) will be looking to return to Arlington after losing in the state title game in 2020.

In Class 1A, Division II, perennial powerhouses Richland Springs (10-1) and Strawn (13-0) will once again clash in a state semifinal matchup at 7 p.m. Friday in Dublin’s Bob & Norma Cervetto Stadium. In a rematch of the last two state semifinal games, the Richland Springs Coyotes held on to knock off Strawn, 59-56, in 2020 after defeating the Greyhounds in the 2019 state semifinal, 62-14, on their way to a state record ninth six-man state championship.

THE SPORTS BUZZ will be on location in Dublin Friday and Saturday featuring both six-man state semifinals as THE SPORTS BUZZ Games of the Week. Be sure check out The Sports Buzz On The Air interviews with the winning coaches from the high school football playoffs, then watch for the complete game highlights of THE SPORTS BUZZ Games Of The Week every week throughout the Texas high school football season.

Despite entering the 11-man Regional Semifinal round last week with 10 teams from the Heart of Texas still alive in the Class 4A, 3A & 2A playoffs, only six squads from the region – Stephenville, China Spring, Lorena, West, Crawford and Mart – remain standing in postseason brackets.

Heading into the playoffs as the Class 4A, Division I’s top-ranked team, the Stephenville Yellowjackets (13-0) remained undefeated with a hard-fought 21-17 victory over Argyle to set up a state quarterfinal showdown with Melissa (11-2) at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Bedford’s Pennington Field.

By dethroning two-time defending Class 4A, Division II state champion and top-ranked Carthage and snapping the Bulldogs’ 41-game win streak, fifth-ranked China Spring (13-0) advances to the state quarterfinals to face West Orange-Stark (11-1) at 7 p.m. Friday in Tomball.

Reaching the fourth round of the playoffs for the first time since 1980, the Class 3A, DI’s fourth-ranked West Trojans (13-0) will face Mount Vernon (13-0) in the state quarterfinals at 7 p.m. Friday in Ford Center at The Star in Frisco.

Keeping an 11-game winning streak alive, the Class 3A, DI’s fifth-ranked Lorena Leopards (11-2) advance to the state quarterfinals to face Diboll (10-3) at 7 p.m. Friday in Bryan.

Overcoming a rash of injuries, Class 2A, DI’s fourth-ranked Crawford Pirates (13-0) advance to the state quarterfinals to face district rival Marlin Bulldogs (10-3), who will be advancing to the fourth round for the first time since 2004, at 7 p.m. Friday at Tiger Field in Belton.

Seeking yet another state championship, Class 2A, DII’s top-ranked Mart Panthers (13-0) advance to the state quarterfinals to face District 10-2A, DII counterpart Chilton (11-1) at 7 p.m. Friday in Midway.

Once again this season, THE SPORTS BUZZ will provide award-winning coverage of the 2021 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 Thursday to find the complete schedule for teams from the Heart of Texas region. Then follow THE SPORTS BUZZ for up-to-the-minute final scores as they become available throughout the weekend.

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