Written by Corbett Smith
Class 5A semifinals include Southlake Carroll, Skyline and Mansfield Timberview
Class 5A Division I semifinal
Southlake Carroll (14-0) vs. Skyline (14-0)
4 p.m., SMU’s Ford Stadium; KSKY-AM 660 (FM: 92.9-Dallas; 95.5-Arlington; 99.9-Fort Worth)
Carroll: Arlington Martin coach Bob Wager, Carroll’s opponent in the quarterfinals, described Carroll’s Kenny Hill as “their tailback, fullback and quarterback.” That’s a good assessment. Hill has more than twice as many carries as the next Carroll player and has rushed for 1,197 yards and 19 TDs. He’s also an accurate passer, completing 62 percent with 23 touchdowns.
Skyline: Unlike seven-time state champion Carroll, Skyline is playing for its first trip to a state final. An offensive juggernaut, Skyline hasn’t been held to fewer than 30 points in any game this season. Five players have reached double digits for touchdowns. Skyline linebacker Peter Jinkens, a Texas pledge, has been slowed by an ankle injury.
Class 5A Division II semifinal
Mansfield Timberview (12-2) vs. Spring Dekaney (12-2)
2 p.m., Round Rock’s Reeves Complex; Ch. 21 (tape delay, 4 p.m.)
Timberview: There’s great balance in Timberview’s rushing attack between quarterback Charles Taylor and running back Josh Smith. They have 512 carries between them, and the two are separated by only two carries. Regardless of who gets the ball, they are potent — they’ve combined for 3,616 rushing yards and 36 TDs. Timberview’s defense overwhelmed Abilene in the quarterfinals, holding the Eagles to 88 yards.
Dekaney: Both programs are in their infancy: Timberview is in its sixth season of varsity football, Dekaney in its fourth. Attention has been focused this week on Dekaney running back Trey Williams following the firing of Texas A&M coach Mike Sherman. Williams, a five-star Aggie pledge who has rushed for 3,406 yards and 39 TDs this season, has had to answer questions about his commitment, and now says that he’ll take visits to TCU and Oklahoma State.