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Friday’s state championship previews: Argyle seeking first title
CLASS 2A DIVISION II FINAL
Cisco vs. Refugio
Noon Friday, Cowboys Stadium (FSSW)
Coach: Brent West
Playoff run: d. Sanford-Fritch, 61-28; d. Idalou, 27-14; d. Holliday, 34-0; d. Corsicana Mildred, 35-28
Key players: QB Colten Gayle (1,078 yards passing; 1,154 yards, nine TDs rushing), RB/LB Hayden Lewis (1,599 yards, 24 TDs rushing; 123 tackles), RB/LB Mason Reed (1,399 yards, 25 TDs rushing; 132 tackles), OL Reid Scroggins (second-team all-state)
Notable: A year after going 4-6 and missing the playoffs, Cisco is undefeated and has won by an average of 29 points per game. … Cisco averages 352.2 yards rushing and 80.6 yards passing per game. In its four playoff games, Cisco has run the ball 205 times and thrown it 32 times.
Coach: Jason Herring
Playoff run: d. Three Rivers, 56-25; d. Poth, 41-7; d. Sonora, 41-24; d. Lexington, 63-33
Key players: QB Travis Quintanilla (3,573 yards, 50 touchdowns passing), RB Shiloh Whetsel (1,440 yards, 25 TDs rushing), RB Draigon Silvas (1,400 yards, 20 TDs rushing), WR Lynx Hawthorne (committed to Baylor; 1,667 yards, 24 TDs receiving)
Notable: Helped by back-to-back games in which it scored 82 against Riviera Kaufer and 91 against Freer, Refugio has scored 855 points. That’s a state record and 48 points behind the national record for points in a season of 903 set by Albemarle, N.C. in 2001, according to the National High School Sports Record Book. … Quintanilla was named the state’s 2A offensive player of the year, and DL Donald Trevino (160 tackles) was the state’s 2A defensive player of the year. Hawthorne, OL John Wesley Shipp and LB Jake Heryford (187 tackles) were first-team all-state.
— Greg Riddle
CLASS 4A DIVISION II FINAL
Argyle vs. Wimberley
4 p.m. Friday, Cowboys Stadium (FSSW)
Coach: Todd Rodgers
Playoff run: d. Prosper, 40-24; d. Carthage 35-34; d. Gilmer 51-35; d. Monahans 34-14.
Key players: QB Austin Aune (3,204 yards, 33 TDs passing); WR Ian Sadler (1,124 yards, 12 TDs); K Cole Hedlund (23 FGs, 141 points).
Notable: The Eagles have only two losses in the last two seasons, to Carthage in 2010 and Prosper in 2011. They beat both of those teams in the playoffs. … Quarterback Austin Aune has orally committed to TCU, where he will also play baseball. … Sophomore kicker Cole Hedlund holds the national record for field goals in a season (23).
Coach: Weldon Nelms
Playoff run: d. Taylor 38-31; d. Gonzales 40-14; d. Sweeny 28-0; d. Devine 38-12; d. Coldspring-Oakhurst 21-14.
Key players: QB Brady Lambert (140-234, 2,404 yards, 34 TDs passing; RB Trinity Wilson (997 yards, 11 TDs rushing); WR Brennen Blakemore (1,112 yards, 13 TDs receiving).
Notable: The Texans are making their second appearance in the final. They won the 2005 3A Division I title. … Defense has forced 27 turnovers (17 interceptions, 10 fumble recoveries) and allowed only 13.4 points per game. … Offense is balanced, averaging 186 yards passing and 172 yards rushing.
— Bill Nichols
CLASS 4A DIVISION I FINAL
Austin Lake Travis vs. Waco Midway
8 p.m. Friday, Cowboys Stadium (FSSW)
LAKE TRAVIS (15-0)
Coach: Hank Carter
Playoff run: d. Austin McCallum, 58-7; d. Smithson Valley, 42-21; d. Corpus Christi Flour Bluff, 58-15; d. Cedar Park, 14-9; d. Pearland Dawson, 45-14
Key players: QB Baker Mayfield (3,467 passing yards, 41 TD, 5 INT); WR Griffin Gilbert (committed to TCU; 15 TDs) ; WR Zach Austin (66 catches, 1,260 yards, 15 TDs); RB/DB Colin Lagasse (committed to SMU; 16 TDs); DB Zach Streuling (111 solo tackles, 4.5 sacks; 5 INT); DB Dane Balazs (Class 4A AP defensive player of the year; 84 tackles, 5 INT, 3 fum. rec.); DE Tyler Paulsen (9 sacks, 25 TFL); OL T.J. Armstrong (2nd team all-state)
Notable: Lake Travis is attempting to win its fifth straight state title; Celina (1998-2001) and Sealy (1994-97) are the only other programs to win four in a row. ... Mayfield, a junior, wasn't the starter at the beginning of the season. But when Lagasse injured his shoulder in the season opener against Austin Westlake, Mayfield threw for 278 yards and a score, solidifying his role as a starter. ... Carter, a first-time head coach, is 29-2 in two seasons at Lake Travis.
WACO MIDWAY (13-2)
Coach: Terry Gambill
Playoff run: d. Burleson, 35-13; d. Fort Worth Boswell, 42-7; d. Denton Ryan, 19-7; d. Wichita Falls Rider, 54-34; d. Tyler John Tyler, 51-20
Key players: QB Jordan Darling (1,789 passing yards, 16 TDs); QB Kramer Robinson (son of Baylor womens basketball coach Kim Mulkey); RB B.J. Kelly (1,632 yards, 22 TDs); WR Hunter Jarmon (1,166 receiving yards, 15 TDs); S Orion Stewart (4 INT, 2 blocked kicks); DE Adam DeLeon (70 tackles, 6 sacks); LB Justin Richter (team-high 153 tackles); DB Shakiel Randolph (committed to SMU; 64 tackles -- missed two games)
Notable: Gambill was an assistant at Allen for nine seasons prior to taking the Midway job in 2010, with stops at Forney and Southlake Carroll as well. ... Midway uses a three-quarterback rotation, alternating between juniors Darling, Robinson and Deandre Ford. Robinson has been the most potent passer of late, throwing for 314 yards and three touchdowns in Midway's last two wins.
— Corbett Smith