Written by Corbett Smith
Corbett Smith: Predictions for Dallas-area HS football regional finals
Abilene vs. Mansfield Timberview
2 p.m. Saturday, Denton’s C.H. Collins Athletic Complex
It’s been a remarkable season for Timberview (11-2), making the longest playoff run for any school in Mansfield history, all while dealing with tragedy. Offensive coordinator Cody McCarty, 29, died of an apparent heart attack on Oct. 16. Timberview has won eight straight after starting 0-2 in District 5-5A, largely on the play of Taylor. The 5-8, 185-pound junior has averaged 106 rushing yards in the winning streak, scoring 11 touchdowns. He’s also thrown for 1,099 yards and seven scores during that span. Taylor’s 25-yard run in the closing seconds of Timberview’s 29-25 win over Abilene Cooper last Saturday was a thing of beauty. He broke three tackles before outrunning the rest of the Cooper defense to the end zone.
Abilene 35, Mansfield Timberview 28
Southlake Carroll vs. Arlington Martin
6 p.m. Saturday, SMU’s Ford Stadium (KSKY-AM 660, KSKY-FM 92.9, in Dallas)
While it seems like a matchup between a playoff powerhouse and a neophyte, Carroll (13-0) and Martin (12-1) have been models of consistency over the last several seasons. A key difference, oddly enough, is Euless Trinity. Carroll has made the third round or further in 11 of the last 12 seasons, an amazing run unmatched by any area team. However, only once in that run did Carroll play in Class 5A Division I, squeaking by Trinity, 22-21, in the 2006 second round on the way to its third straight state title. Martin has made the 5A Division I playoffs for six straight seasons under coach Bob Wager — the longest run in school history. But five times during that stretch, Martin ran into Trinity. Until last week’s 19-7 win, Martin was 0-4 in the playoffs against Trinity and had been outscored 151-40.
Arlington Martin 24, Southlake Carroll 21
Alvarado vs. Henderson
7 p.m. Friday, Bedford’s Pennington Field (Ch. 21, delay, 11 p.m.)
A rematch of last year’s Class 3A Division I semifinals, a 20-13 Henderson win en route to a state title. Henderson quarterback Del Barnes — who injured his wrist in the 2010 game — sprained his ankle against Celina but will play.
Henderson 22, Alvarado 21
Argyle vs. Gilmer
Corsicana’s Tiger Stadium
It doesn’t get any easier for Argyle (12-1) after beating three-time defending state champion Carthage. Gilmer (13-0) was the District 16-3A champ, beating district rival Carthage, 39-36, on Oct. 14.
Gilmer 45, Argyle 38
Corsicana vs. Kilgore
Forney’s City Bank Stadium (KAND-AM 1340)
Corsicana RB Cameron Washington continues to amaze. He’s rushed for 841 yards and 13 TDs in three playoff games, sending Corsicana (12-1) to the fourth round for the first time since 1997.
Corsicana 56, Kilgore 38
Corsicana Mildred vs. Gunter
Garland’s H.B. Johnson Stadium
Gunter (10-2) needed a two-point conversion in the dying minutes to beat Lone Oak, 20-19, and advance to the regional final. Mildred (12-0) shut out Lone Oak, 42-0, in its District 6-2A Division II finale.
Corsicana Mildred 35, Gunter 17
Melissa vs. Daingerfield
Melissa (10-1) reached the 10-win mark for the first time with its regional-round win over New Boston. Former Rowlett coordinator Aric Sardinea leads three-time defending state champ Daingerfield (10-3).
Melissa 52, Daingerfield 49
Sherman vs. Tyler John Tyler
SMU’s Ford Stadium
John Tyler (10-3) has advanced to the third round or further in each of the last three seasons, making the Class 5A Division II Region II final in 2009. Sherman (10-3) is led by former Canton coach Gary Joe Kinne.
Tyler John Tyler 42, Sherman 30
Wichita Falls Rider vs. Waco Midway
Mansfield’s Vernon Newsom Stadium
Rider (10-3) is a fixture in the Class 4A quarterfinals, making its third trip in five seasons. Safety Shakiel Randolph, a SMU pledge, is part of a stifling defense for Midway (11-2) that has allowed 27 postseason points.
Waco Midway 20, Wichita Falls Rider 13
Fort Worth Nolan vs. Beaumont Kelly
Noon Saturday, Temple
Nolan (12-1) is making its fifth straight trip to the TAPPS Division I final, winning titles in 2008 and 2009. The point production in its 7-3 win over Houston St. Thomas in the semifinals was Nolan’s lowest since 2004.
Fort Worth Nolan 28, Beaumont Kelly 17
Aledo vs. Stephenville
3 p.m. Saturday, Midlothian (Ch. 21, delay, 11 p.m.)
Stephenville (11-2) beat Aledo (11-2) in Zero Week, 48-47, after blocking two game-winning FG attempts in the final seconds. Aledo RB Johnathan Gray is one rushing TD away from his own state record.
Aledo 49, Stephenville 42
Skyline vs. The Woodlands
4 p.m. Saturday, Waco ISD Complex
Skyline (13-0) and The Woodlands (12-1) both finished district play with four straight shutouts. Skyline has had either a 100-yard rusher or 100-yard receiver in all 13 games this season.
Skyline 24, The Woodlands 7
Last week: 8-4