2017 San Antonio 6A Area Playoff Capsules (All games Friday at 7:30 p.m. unless noted)
Madison (4-6) at Lake Travis (8-2) – Cavalier Stadium (Lake Travis)
One thing highly-touted Lake Travis will see from its NEISD foe to open the playoffs is plenty of offense. Junior Dante Heaggans operates the controls for the Mavericks, rolling up 2,993 yards and 39 TDs this season. Jalen Battles is a big play receiver for Heaggans, catching 37 passes for 784 yards and 9 TDs. On defense, junior Jamie Ferguson will be on some shortlists in the recruiting world in the Class of 2019. Ferguson is capable of disrupting a Lake Travis offense predicated on the pass.
The reason why Lake Travis likes to throw it around the yard is due to quarterback Matthew Baldwin, an Iowa State commit who recently picked up an offer from Ohio State and Kentucky. Baldwin is second in Region IV with 2,902 passing yards and 35 TDs for the Cavaliers. Junior Garrett Wilson has 1,155 yards receiving on 58 catches, 15 of those going for TDs. Sophomore Hudson Card paces the receiving corps with 853 yards and 11 TDs during his breakout season while averaging over 20 yards per grab
Warren (6-4) at Converse Judson (9-1) – D.W. Rutledge (Converse)
Warren is another team who features an explosive offense, led by quarterback B.J. Greene. Greene has 1,704 passing yards and 22 TDs with the bulk of the load going to Quinton Starks and Jared Campbell. Starks leads Region IV with 78 catches for 1,067 yards and 10 TDs, while Campbell spreads the defense with his 788 yards and 10 TDs averaging over 20 yards per catch. Devin Moore is a solid option out of the backfield for the Warriors, rushing for 1,105 yards and 12 TDs.
Judson, ranked No. 9 in the Texas 6A AP poll, has Julon Williams ready for the playoffs after holding him out of action as mainly a precaution for a large chunk of district play. In his return in Week 11, Williams threw for over 300 yards in the first half for the third time this season in a rout. Junior Sincere McCormick is pushing 1,000 yards rushing, while Kishaun Fisher has been his production increase, entering the playoffs with nine TD catches. Should Judson pass its first test, a potential rematch with Lake Travis looms in round two.
La Joya (6-4) at Southwest (8-2) – Southwest ISD Stadium
Southwest enters the postseason coming off a co-district championship in 29-6A. Running back Sean Ruiz has over 1,000 rushing yards and has reached paydirt a total of 19 times this season. Defensively for the Dragons, linebacker Bostin Crisp leads Southwest in tackles with 102 on the campaign, while Cade Stott leads the team with five interceptions out of the defensive backfield.
Pint-sized sophomore Eddie Villarreal leads the visiting Coyotes in rushing this season, steamrolling to 1,360 yards and eight TDs, including two games with 200 yards or more. Senior Isaac Ochoa is one of the defensive leaders for La Joya, recording 4.5 sacks on the season. La Joya has won two games on the trot heading into postseason play.
Los Fresnos (7-3) at Edinburg (6-4) – Edinburg (Thursday at 7:00 p.m.)
Preview from RGVSports.com
Buda Hays (4-6) at Reagan (8-2) – Comalander Stadium (NEISD)
In a rematch from Week 4, Buda Hays is hoping to have more success the second time around after dropping a 31-21 decision on Sept. 22. Junior quarterback Xavier Martinez has totaled 19 TDs this season for the Rebels, while junior Trinidad Mayberry is inching closer to 1,000 yards on the season and has scored 10 touchdowns.
On offense for the Rattlers, the youth movement is paying off. Sophomore Travis Sthele, an elite baseball prospect, has steadily improved at quarterback for Reagan throughout the season. Sthele has over 1,500 total yards and 19 TDs on the season, but most importantly takes care of the football. Junior John Carrington has rushed for 11 TDs to pace the Reagan offense, while Drew Uresteand junior Konner Fox show big-play potential in the passing game. Both have combined for 13 TDs this season. Spencer Gilliam leads the defense with his five interceptions this season, while junior J.T. Mulligan is another factor in an active secondary that forces turnovers.
Schertz Clemens (8-2) at O’Connor (10-0) – Farris Stadium (NISD)
Clemens could make an argument as the most disrespected 6A team in the state after throwing District 27-6A into a loop with its 8-2 record. In Week 11 in the Battle of 3009, Clemens gave up a late touchdown to Steele in a 14-13 loss. Keep in mind, the Buffaloes are the only team to beat Smithson Valley this season. Marshawn Brown leads the offense with 1,186 rushing yards and 14 TDs. Under Armour All-American Tommy Bush is looking for more touches in the postseason and has been effective when getting the football. Make no mistake, Clemens will attempt to win the battle up front on both sides of the football.
A team that could have the disrespect argument with Clemens and make some valid points, hardly anybody outside of San Antonio has noticed O’Connor is entering the playoffs with a 10-0 record for the first time in school history. Roel Sanchez is the star of the show for the Panthers, Sanchez has 2,571 total yards and 37 total TDs on the year with his big play threat in the passing game coming from Jalen Hughes. Hughes played both ways in a 44-41 victory over Brennan to win the District 28-6A crown, including a huge pass breakup in the end zone to help preserve the victory.
Laredo United South (4-6) at McAllen Memorial (8-2) – McAllen’s Memorial Stadium
Information from 956Sports
Edinburg North (5-5) at San Benito (10-0) – San Benito (Thursday at 7:00 p.m.)
Preview from Valley Morning Star
MacArthur (5-5) at Austin Westlake (10-0) – Chaparral Stadium (Austin)
Tyler Vitt and his MacArthur teammates have a massive task ahead in traveling to the state capital to take on Austin Westlake, ranked No. 3 in the final Texas AP Top 10 of the regular season., Vitt has been stellar this season, compiling over 3,200 total yards and 31 TDs in leading the Brahmas into the postseason out of 26-6A. Ethan Gottschalk and Lanir Shabazz both have over 40 catches for more than 500 yards on the season.
Wisconsin commit Nakia Watson leads the offense, rushing for 1,338 yards and 18 TDs, MacArthur will attempt to win its first playoff game since 2010. Junior Matt Anderson is the starting quarterback for the Chaparrals, totaling over 2,600 total yards and accounting for 26 TDs this season.
John Jay (7-3) at Smithson Valley (9-1) – Ranger Stadium (Spring Branch)
John Jay will head up to Spring Branch to face vaunted Smithson Valley, champions of a very talented District 27-6A. Junior Jacob Zeno has over 2,000 passing yards and 20 scores this season, while junior Jaylin Hastings is enjoying a massive breakout campaign bringing his impressive 1,843 yards and 16 TDs into Ranger Stadium in Spring Branch.
Junior Levi Williams, Mason Pierce, and Trevon Moehrig-Woodard lead the way for the Rangers, who enter the contest with a 9-1 record. Williams has accounted for 25 TDs, while Pierce and Moehrig-Woodard have combined for over 1,000 receiving yards and over 20 yards per catch. Both star on defense, with Pierce picking off six passes on the season for Smithson Valley.
McAllen (4-6) at Eagle Pass (8-2) – Foster Veterans Memorial (Eagle Pass)
Check out the live broadcast HERE via STXSportsTalk
Edinburg Vela (10-0) vs. Brownsville Hanna (7-3) – Flores Stadium (Edinburg)
Preview on ValleyCentral.com
Austin Vandegrift (6-4) at Johnson (8-2) – Heroes Stadium (NEISD)
Vandegrift is another one of those 6-4 teams who have played stiff competition. The VIpers are very capable of moving the football, led by quarterback Justin Moore. Moore, a 6’5 senior, has over 2,200 yards and 21 TDs through the air this season, while Peyton Ausley is his main target with 70 grabs on the season covering 873 yards, including 9 TDs. Junior Isaiah Smallwood has rushed for 17 TDs to pace Vandegrift offensively.
As for Johnson, Mike Chandler II is a steady-handed signal caller for the Jaguars, who are never in a hurry when in possession of the football. Chandler has accounted for 21 TDs this season, 16 of them coming through the air, while the sophomore has yet to throw an interception. Defensive lineman Alex Brown and defensive back Jack Scarborough lead a defense who improved drastically as the season wore on. (Featured photo of Brandon McDuffie by Olen C. Kelley III at OK3Sports.com)
Brennan (6-4) vs. Cibolo Steele (6-4) – Gustafson Stadium (NISD)
Brennan and Cibolo Steele have faced a tough schedule this season, resulting in a 6-4 record for each time. Brennan must face Cibolo Steele without Jahmyl Jeter, who has over 4,000 yards over his career and is headed to Oklahoma State. Jordan Martinez nearly pulled off a shocker in the District 28-6A title game against O’Connor in a 44-41 loss, throwing for 329 yards and three TDs. Alexander Wisehas emerged recently at receiver and comes into the contest with 36 catches for 718 yards and seven TDs averaging 21.6 yards per catch.
Freshman Wyatt Begeal is the QB for Steele, who rely heavily on its running game led by Brenden Brady. In nine games this season, Brady has rushed for 1,360 yards and 18 TDs this season for the Knights. Onyx Smith is the top receiver for Steele after starting this season at QB. Texas commit Caden Sterns, Oklahoma State verbal Jay’Veon Cardwell, Baylor commit J.T. Woods, and junior Xavier Player lead an impressive defensive backfield for Steele, but defensive end Juan Henry Jr. may be the biggest difference maker on defense for the Knights. Steele, even with a 6-4 record, is a dangerous team who could spoil some playoff parties for teams with better records.
Laredo Alexander (5-5) at McAllen Rowe (7-3) – McAllen Memorial Stadium (Thursday, 7:00 p.m.) 956Sports.com
Weslaco East (7-3) at PSJA (8-2) – PSJA Stadium