The UIL football state quarterfinals were a mess of postponements, frantic re-scheduling and brutal winter weather. On Thursday night, the only local game to go on as ‘planned’ was Mesquite Poteet vs. Ennis. (Pictured: Ennis drill team member Rachel Kasowski)
Ennis ended up coming away with the win in a game where temperatures bottomed out at 29 degrees as a freezing drizzle began to form a cold frozen crust on the turf at Lumpkins Stadium in Waxahachie. (Pictured: Ennis cheerleader Julia Davis)
Poteet, which saw its season end in the 4A quarterfinals for the second season in a row did not get to celebrate a return to the semifinals and have a rematch with Aledo. (Pictured: Mesquite Poteet freshman cheerleader Katie Reese)
Even with a commanding, 43-21, Ennis victory, staying warm was not an easy task during the game. (Pictured: A member of the Ennis High School drill team)
However, for the Ennis Lions, a win and an upcoming nine day break for the seminfinals was able to warm pretty much every bundled up player. (Pictured: Ennis Lion Taylor Thompson)
Thao Nguyen - Special Contributor No games were played on Friday, but Allen fans made the trek south to Round Rock to watch the Eagles play Spring Westfield in the quarterfinal. (Pictured: Allen students Makenzie Jones, Valeria Valdez, Sydney Roseboro, Caitlin Critchlow and Ete Mowarin)
Thao Nguyen - Special Contributor Allen had a dominant win and the temperature did not crack the 30 degree plateau. (Pictured: Coach Mike Carter of Allen)
Thao Nguyen - Special Contributor The temperatures were between 25 and 29 degrees the entire time, and some fans took to sipping hot cocoa to keep warm. (Pictured: Sydney Williams with her mom Candy Williams)
Thao Nguyen - Special Contributor Blankets helped too during the Arctic blast. (Pictured: Brieanna Horton, Rayne McNeel, Melissa McNeel, and Zoltan McNeel)
Thao Nguyen - Special Contributor And even though the crowd was thin by Allen standards, the frigid fans cheered on. (Pictured: Roger McGaffin, Linda McGaffin and Dave McGaffin)
Thao Nguyen - Special Contributor And the players rewarded the fans with another win. And Allen, like Ennis was then rewarded with a week-long rest before the semifinals. (Pictured: Allen players Marcus Davis and Divine Diggs)
It would be two days before the next games would start, and DeSoto and Euless Trinity duked out a four-quarter nail-biter in Waco where again, the temperatures crept a few degrees above freezing. (Pictured: Desoto head football coach Claude Mathis)
Back north, Allen’s Eagle Stadium was an icy tundra, with a game scheduled to be played on it that evening.
But the school went to work and began cleaning the ice off of the turf before the Highland Park-Wylie game that evening.
The field was de-iced before kickoff, but the temperatures would still be below freezing during game time.
Back in Waco, another game took place as Argyle went on to return to the state semifinals in frigid temperatures against Gladewater. (Pictured: Argyle football players)
While Argyle celebrated, players and fans both played in a close icy affair in Allen. (Pictured: Ice piles surrounding Eagle Stadium)
Highland Park went on to win, but fans from both schools stuck around through the biting cold. (Pictured: Wylie student Cescilie Nicholson)
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