Written by Matt Wixon
South Oak Cliff's victory over Frisco Centennial shows the Golden Bears' potenial
Congratulations to South Oak Cliff for becoming the first 4A Dallas ISD team to advance to the third round in five years. Lincoln could be another DISD team in the third round if it can beat Frisco tonight at 9 p.m. at AT&T Stadium.
For now, the kudos go to South Oak Cliff for a dominating performance in Thursday's 63-37 victory over Frisco Centennial.
"We felt like this team couldn't match up with us," SOC coach Emmett Jones said (in this story). "We jumped out on them early. That's what we talked about all week and that's what you saw that in the first quarter."
In recent years, DISD opponents often felt that their counterparts couldn't match up. But this SOC team showed from the start of the year that it would be a tough out in the playoffs. Wins over Lancaster and Mansfield Summit (which is still in the playoffs) showed that the Golden Bears could play with strong suburban opponents.
Remember when DISD teams couldn't throw the ball? Earlier this season, I wrote about how SOC was one of the DISD teams that can now be lethal with its air attack. Against Centennial, a very solid team that won District 9-4A, SOC quarterback Kenneth Arthur completed 13 of 15 passes for 321 yards and 5 touchdowns. Receivers JF Thomas and Fonzale Davis combined for 11 catches for 282 yards and 4 scores.
And when SOC wants to run, it can certainly do that. Running back Jordan Stevenson rushed 20 times for 232 yards and 3 touchdowns.
A very impressive showing by the Golden Bears (11-1), who will next play the winner of Wylie and Summit.