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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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