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The longest playoff streaks for Dallas-area football teams; Skyline, Celina lead the way
Celina: 20 seasons; Bi-District match-up: Gainesville, 7:30 p.m. Friday at Denton ISD Collins Complex -- With the longest playoff streak in the Dallas area, Celina has shown a degree of pedigree that is tough to match. During that streak, Celina has won seven titles, with the most recent crowning in 2007.
Skyline: 20 seasons; Bi-District match-up: Plano, 7:30 p.m. Friday at Grand Prairie Gopher-Warrior Bowl -- Skyline carries the pedigree at the 5A level with its 20th consecutive playoff appearance, but even with the annual entry into the playoffs, it has never brought home a state title. Skyline, with its 9-1 record didn't start making deep drives in the brackets until coach Reginald Samples arrived. Skyline was a state semifinalist in 2011.
Highland Park: 19 seasons; Bi-District match-up: The Colony, 7 p.m. Friday at Allen Eagle Stadium -- Highland Park has one state title during this streak when it was led by Matt Stafford in 2005. Stafford, 25, went on to play at Georgia and is now the quarterback for the Detroit Lions. Currently, the Scots (9-1) have won nine straight since losing to Aledo (10-0).
DeSoto: 18 seasons; Bi-District match-up: Copperas Cove, 7:30 p.m. Friday at Waco ISD Stadium -- DeSoto coach Claude Mathis said before the 2013 season that his team is always going to be judged by state championships, and even with the streak of playoff appearances, the big prize has always just been out of reach. In 2012, the Eagles were beaten by Allen in the state semifinals. This year, DeSoto sits just behind Allen in the area rankings.
Euless Trinity: 16 seasons, 7 p.m. Thursday at Pennington Field -- Trinity's streak is made more impressive by three state titles since 2002, in some of the area's more memorable games with narrow wins over Austin Westlake and Converse Judson.
Allen: 15 seasons, Bi-District match-up: Lake Highlands, 7:30 p.m. Friday at Wildcat-Ram Stadium -- Allen's state titles in 2008 and 2012 have shown that not only can it reach the playoffs, but Tom Westerberg's team is also capable of pulling down the big prize. In 2008, it had big wins over Euless Trinity and Permian en route to a title and in 2012, it had to overcome then-undefeated DeSoto in the semifinal.
Lincoln: 15 seasons, Bi-District match-up: Carter, 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Forester Field -- Lincoln's double-overtime loss to Kilgore in 2004 marked the closest the Dallas ISD school came to landing a title during the streak. This year it faces one of the other DISD powers with Carter in the opening round.
Denton Ryan: 14 seasons, Bi-District match-up: Colleyville Heritage, 7:30 p.m. Friday at Mustang-Panther Stadium: Ryan (7-2) is a small 5A school that had tremendous success in 4A. Since 2000, the Raiders have won two 4A titles and advanced to the 4A final three times.
Southlake Carroll: 14 seasons, Bi-District match-up: Arlington Bowie, 7:30 p.m. Friday at Coppell HS: Carroll, with five titles since 2002, is a perennial deep run playoff team. Last year it was eliminated in the Region I championship by DeSoto.
South Oak Cliff: 11 seasons, Bi-District match-up: Samuell, 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Wilmer-Hutchins. Like its Dallas ISD counterparts, SOC has been a regular playoff contender, but it has not been about to bring home a title during this current winning streak. SOC last won a playoff game in 2010.