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3A-2A Private Bi-district playoff roundup: Celina remains unbeaten
DENTON — Behind big plays on the ground, Celina defeated Sanger 42-21 in the Class 3A Division I bi-district playoff round Friday. Celina defeated Sanger in the opening round of the playoffs for the second consecutive season.
Celina (10-0) advances to face Lovejoy in the area round of the playoffs. Sanger finishes its season with a record of 9-2.
Celina moved the ball effectively with its rushing attack, amassing 351 yards on 41 carries. Quarterback Nathan Elliot had 11 carries for 141 yards and two touchdowns.
Sanger quarterback Dane Evans and the rest of the offense struggled. Evans went 15-of-40 for 155 yards, two interceptions and three touchdowns. All of Sanger’s points came in the fourth quarter, with the game already out of reach.
Kennedale 24, Decatur 14
SAGINAW — For the second year in a row, Kennedale pulled off the upset, eliminating previously unbeaten Decatur in the first round of the Class 3A bi-district playoffs at Rough Rider Stadium.
Kennedale (7-4) jumped out to an early 7-0 lead as Zac Michener ran for a 73-yard touchdown. Kennedale scored again on the first possession of the second quarter.
Decatur (10-1), led by a ground game that totaled over 300 yards rushing, got on the board with a Dustin Brazeau one-yard scamper to cut the lead to 14-7 before the half.
Michener finished the game with two scores and over 100 yards rushing. Decatur quarterback Garrett Muehlstein, who finished with over 100 yards rushing, was replaced after taking a hard hit near the sideline.
Both teams totaled over 250 yards in penalties, as well as one ejection on the Decatur side. Kennedale advances to meet Snyder next Friday in Weatherford.
Lovejoy 24, Madison 7
ADDISON — A prolific read-option rushing attack helped propel Lovejoy (8-3) past Madison (7-4) in their Class 3A bi-district contest.
Juniors Nick LaSane and Zach Saffle carved up the opposing defense with surgical precision, combining for 238 rushing yards and three touchdowns. Senior receiver Zander Hamilton pitched in on both sides of the ball, leading the game with 61 receiving yards while coming up with a clutch interception late in the fourth quarter.
Senior defensive lineman Hiram Muhammad dominated the line of scrimmage for Lovejoy, accounting for five sacks on the evening. The defensive line’s penetrating ability helped produce 14 plays of negative yardage.
Madison’s defense kept Lovejoy out of the end zone in the first half while forcing four turnovers in the game. Junior defensive lineman Montrez Blackwell produced the first and most clutch turnover, dislodging the ball on a goal line stand after an 18-play drive by the Leopards.
Next up for Lovejoy is a matchup in the Division I Region II area round against unbeaten Celina.
Argyle 49, Commerce 7
DENTON — In a show of dominance in the first round of the playoffs, Argyle easily handled Commerce 49-7.
Argyle (10-1) finished the first half with 20 first downs and a total of 347 yards while Commerce (8-3) was only able to gain 80 yards and two first downs.
One bright spot for Commerce was Buck Wilson’s 67-yard run off a reverse early in the first quarter. For the rest of the first half, Commerce ran 21 plays and gained only 13 total yards.
Argyle outgained Commerce with a total of 492 yards to 192 yards.
Argyle was led by quarterback Austin Aune throwing for 158 yards and a touchdown.
Argyle will play Prosper in the next round of the playoffs. Argyle’s only loss this year came against Prosper.
Prosper 28, Wilmer-Hutchins 7
SOUTHLAKE — Prosper recovered from a slow start with a 22-point second half, powering past Wilmer Hutchins 28-7 in a Class 3A Region II bi-district playoff game at Dragons Stadium.
Prosper (9-2) will face Argyle in the area round of the 3A playoffs.
Prosper trailed 7-6 at the half, but took a 14-7 edge into the fourth quarter on a 35-yard touchdown pass from Javelle Allen (97 yards rushing, 177 passing) to Torii Hunter Jr.
In the fourth quarter, Prosper pulled away with Allen hitting Darius Hunter on a 45-yard scoring strike. Tailback Shay McConic sealed the win with a 14-yard touchdown run with 1:32 remaining.
For Wilmer-Hutchins (7-4) receiver Keyshawn Henderson (four catches, 113 yards) and tailback Winzor Young (86 yards rushing, one touchdown) standing out in the loss.
Princeton 31, Roosevelt 20
GRAPEVINE — For three quarters, Princeton did its best to let Roosevelt hang around.
Then the fourth quarter began.
Princeton (7-4) recovered two onside kicks, scored 21 unanswered points and completely blitzed Roosevelt (6-5) in the fourth quarter of the 3A Division II playoff game.
Princeton will advance to play the winner of the Whitesboro-Van Alstyne game in the second round.
Quarterback Stacey Dillard completed 17 of 33 passes for 247 yards and four touchdowns — three of them in the fourth quarter. Running back C.J. Bryant ran for 80 yards, Thomas had 93 yards receiving and Jakari Dillard added 62 yards receiving.
Devin Johnson paced Roosevelt with 153 all-purpose yards and a touchdown.
Boyd 40, Life Oak Cliff 26
FLOWER MOUND — Boyd beat Dallas Life High Oak Cliff at Flower Mound Stadium in the first round of the 2A Division I playoffs despite an unbelievable night for Life High’s Michael Williams.
Williams rushed for 329 yards and scored three times including a 65-yard touchdown run to start the second half in the losing effort.
Boyd quarterback Jared Cate completed 10 of 18 passes for 174 yards, including a 57-yard touchdown pass to Fino Cardona in the second quarter. Cardona rushed for 171 yards as well, while Cameron McIntire gained 57 yards on the ground, including a 42-yard touchdown run during the team’s first drive.
Life High quarterback Chris Saunders completed 15 of 25 passes for 168 yards, mainly to Roderick Lancaster, who caught five passes for 111 yards.
Next Friday, Boyd will face Redwater in the second round at Royce City ISD Stadium.
Fort Worth Christian 33, Parish Episcopal 26
NORTH RICHLAND HILLS — Paul Smith ran 12 yards for the winning touchdown with 45.4 seconds remaining Friday night to give Fort Worth Christian a 33-26 victory over Parish Episcopal in a TAPPS Division II first-round playoff game that was a rematch of last season’s state championship game.
Fort Worth Christian (10-1), which lost last year’s final, had to hold on as Parish Episcopal (8-3) reached the Fort Worth Christian 5-yard line with 19.9 seconds to play after a 59-yard pass to Chris Kennard. But on the game’s final play, a fourth-down pass from the 8 failed.
Fort Worth Christian drove 80 yards for the winning score, with the drive kept alive by a roughing-the-passer penalty after a pass from Parish’s 28 had gone incomplete.
Parish Episcopal trailed most of the second half until a fourth-down, 52-yard pass from Jeff Davis to Colton Uzelac tied the score at 26 with seven minutes remaining.
Zach Shelley ran for 294 yards on 26 carries for Episcopal.
Dallas Christian 10, Grapevine Faith Christian 7
Hayden Baker returned a fumble for a touchdown, and D’Andre Cannon ran for 97 yards as Dallas Christian won in TAPPS Division II.
Davy Nanson scored on an 8-yard run early in the fourth quarter to bring Grapevine Faith within three points. On the ensuing kickoff, Faith recovered a fumble at the Dallas Christian 36-yard line, but Dallas Christian turned back a fourth-down attempt.
Dallas Christian then drove to the Faith 2-yard line but was stopped on fourth down. Faith drove to the Dallas Christian 40-yard line but had a pass intercepted on the last play of the game.
Houston St. Thomas 27, Bishop Lynch 21
Houston St. Thomas rallied from a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat Bishop Lynch in overtime in the first round of the TAPPS Division I playoffs.
Garland Christian 48, Fort Worth Lake Country 27
PLANO — Garland Christian (10-1) scored on six consecutive drives to win a TAPPS Division IV first-round playoff game. Hayden Burnett finished with 287 yards passing and four touchdowns, and Zev Bailey caught six passes for 163 yards.
McKinney Christian 21, Lubbock Christian 20
Dallas Brock passed for 148 yards and two touchdowns to help McKinney Christian (6-5) to a victory over Lubbock Christian (7-5) in the first round of TAPPS Division IV playoffs. McKinney Christian took the lead with 7:46 left on Trent Stinchcomb’s 17-yard touchdown catch.
Fort Worth Calvary Christian 50, Lutheran 12
Quarterback Madison Ross rushed for 163 yards in the first half in leading Fort Worth Calvary (8-3) over Lutheran in a TAPPS Division III game.
Ross ended the game with 185 yards on 18 carries in three quarters of play, and he had four rushing touchdowns. Fort Worth Calvary rushed for 439 yards.
Tyler Grace Community 42, Arlington Grace Prep 14
TYLER — Tyler Grace Community amassed more than 500 yards of offense to win a TAPPS Division II first-round game.