Coppell Cowboys (10-2) vs. Round Rock Dragons (9-3)
Saturday, November 26 – 2 p.m.
Waco ISD Stadium – Waco, Texas
Two teams who have not advanced deep into the playoffs recently tangle in the Class 6A Division I semifinals this weekend. Coppell makes its first third-round appearance since 2010, while Round Rock has not played in the regional semifinals since 2007.
Last week, the Cowboys advanced with a 29-25 come-from-behind win over Rockwall. Quarterback Brady McBride heaved a 60-yard touchdown pass to Matt Dorrity with just over two minutes to play for the game-winning score and gave Coppell its eighth straight win.
McBride finished the game with 214 passing yards, completing 15-of-25 attempts and tossing two touchdown passes to Dorrity covering 68 and 60 yards. The signal caller also rushed 10 times for 58 and scored on an 11-yard run.
For the season, McBride has thrown for 2,223 yards and 27 touchdowns while connecting on 173 of his 282 attempts. The Cowboy quarterback likes to spread his passes around with Blake Jackson leading the team in receptions (56, 701 yards, 12 touchdowns) followed by Gabe Lemons (38, 512 yards, 6 touchdowns) and Dorrity (24, 447 yards, 6 touchdowns).
Round Rock experienced few difficulties in the second round, downing Klein Oak 39-22. Quarterback Marc Reed dominated the game, throwing for 413 yards (14-of-24) with four touchdown passes and rushing for 115 yards on 26 carries.
In 2016, Reed has thrown for 1,840 yards and 17 touchdowns, completing 119-of-179 attempts. He has also gained 1,119 rushing yards on 201 carries and scored 16 touchdowns.
Marquis Brown and Malik Pena supplement the Dragon running game with Brown rushing for 732 yards on 123 carries and eight touchdown and Pena gaining 718 yards on 82 carries and six touchdowns for the season. Tyler Mahnke leads Round Rock in receiving with 37 catches for 728 yards and seven touchdowns.
“Any time you’re playing on Thanksgiving, you’ve had a great year,” Dragon head coach Jeff Cheatham told the Austin American-Statesman. “This year, we’re finally getting a chance to do that.”