Full 5A bi-district playoff pairings listed below, along with notes from our staff on key games in their respective regions. Look for full previews of select games throughout the week.

Printable bracket (via THSCA.com)


Region I

El Paso Bel Air (6-4) vs. El Paso Chapin (9-1) Friday 8:00pm Rocket Memorial Stadium, El Paso

Plainview (5-5) vs. Canyon Randall (9-1) Friday 7:30pm Sherwood Memorial Stadium, Plainview

Birdville (4-6) vs. Saginaw Boswell (9-1) Saturday 10:30am AT&T Stadium, Arlington

Burleson Centennial (7-3) vs. Fort Worth Arlington Heights (8-1) Friday 7:30pm Kangaroo Stadium, Weatherford

El Paso Andress (6-4) vs. El Paso Del Valle (8-2) Friday 8:00pm Conquest Stadium, El Paso

Amarillo Caprock (3-7) vs. Abilene Cooper (5-5) Friday 4:00pm Lowrey Field, Lubbock

Denton (8-2) vs. Grapevine (8-2) Saturday 9:00pm AT&T Stadium, Arlington

Fort Worth Trimble Tech (5-5) vs. Aledo (9-1) Thursday 7:00pm Ranger Stadium, Fort Worth

On the heels of back-to-back state championships, Aledo has had yet another good season as they will look to three peat at NRG Stadium. -Nick Harris

Region II

Wylie (6-4) vs. Frisco Wakeland (8-2) Saturday 2:00pm AT&T Stadium, Arlington

Rockwall-Heath (7-3) vs. Carrollton Creekview (8-2) Friday 7:30pm Clark Field, Plano

After a shaky start in district play, the Heath Hawks find themselves in the playoffs against a Creekview team that is riding an 8-game winning streak. -Nick Harris

Mansfield Summit (9-1) vs. Dallas Kimball (6-4) Thursday 7:00pm Midlothian ISD Stadium, Midlothian

Lufkin (7-3) vs. Longview (8-2) Friday 7:30pm TMF Rose Stadium, Tyler

This game is one of the few games in round one that features two teams that have already played each other this season as Lufkin will look to avenge their 21-20 week one loss against the Lobos. -Nick Harris

The Colony (5-5) vs. Wylie East (9-1) Friday 5:30pm AT&T Stadium, Arlington

Carrollton Smith (4-6) vs. Mesquite Poteet (7-3) Friday 7:30pm Standridge Stadium, Carrollton

Dallas Samuell (4-6) vs. Mansfield Lake Ridge (10-0) Thursday 7:00pm Gopher-Warrior Bowl, Grand Prairie

Lake Ridge QB Jett Duffey has been tearing it up this year and will look to continue in the playoffs. Lake Ridge wins by 40. -Nick Harris

Texarkana Texas High (8-2) vs. Tyler John Tyler (7-3) Saturday 2:00pm Lobo Stadium, Longview

After starting the season 0-3, the John Tyler Lions have been one of the hottest teams in 5A as they will look to keep the momentum going against a Texas High team that is due to make a deep playoff run very soon. -Nick Harris

Region III

Willis (6-4) vs. Temple (9-1) Friday 7:30pm Bowers Stadium, Huntsville

The Wildcats aren’t as loaded as last year, but they still pack a potent punch.  Temple should be good for at least two or three playoff wins – John Hillman

Houston Waltrip (6-4) vs. Houston Stratford (9-1) Thursday 7:30pm Delmar Stadium, Houston

Beaumont Central (5-5) vs. Houston King (8-2) Thursday 7:00pm The Rig, Pearland

Richmond Foster (8-2) vs. Fort Bend Elkins (8-2) Friday 7:00pm Traylor Stadium, Rosenberg

Manor (7-3) vs. Bryan (7-3) Friday 7:30pm Greene Stadium, Bryan

Magnolia West (7-3) vs. Houston Madison (7-3) Friday 7:00pm Mustang Stadium, Magnolia

New Caney (7-3) vs. Nederland (7-3) Saturday 6:00pm Thomas Center, Beaumont

Fort Bend Bush (5-5) vs. Richmond George Ranch (10-0) Friday 7:00pm Mercer Stadium, Sugar Land

Region IV

Bastrop Cedar Creek (4-6) vs. Austin Vandegrift (8-2) Friday 7:30pm Monroe Stadium, Austin

San Marcos (7-3) vs. San Antonio Harlandale (6-4) Friday 7:30pm Harlandale Memorial Stadium, San Antonio

This may be one of the best first round matchups in 5A. Toss the records aside, because those don’t matter anymore. San Marcos is a much different team than they were when they started the season. After losing QB Hamilton, the Rattlers hit a minor speed bump, but re-focused under Carl Ahrens, who has been getting better week by week. San Marcos has a dynamic offense that can put up points along with the best of them, but they’ll be facing one of the better defenses they’ve faced all year in Harlandale. On offense for Harlandale, it all starts with QB Jacob Delgado, who has several options in the run and pass game. San Marcos’ defense had likely their best game all season last week against Lockhart, limiting a pair of running backs with over 1000 yards apiece. – M. De Leon

Defensively, Harlandale is solid as they contained McCollum’s Mike Ramirez to just 40 rushing yards and one touchdown and Highlands’ Bruce Moody to 78 total yards and one touchdown.  Christian Villarreal, the junior running back, leads the team with 652 rushing yards and 6 touchdowns.  Trailing by just a few yards is senior running back, Vincent Hernandez, who has 639 rushing yards with 7 touchdowns.  The Indians quarterback is senior, Jacob Delgado, who has 959 passing yards with 10 touchdowns and 7 interceptions.  The leading receivers are senior Noah Avina, who has 295 receiving yards with 4 touchdowns and sophomore  Rene Palomino, who has 262 receiving yards with 2 touchdowns. – Mark Lieberman

San Antonio Highlands (7-3) vs. Lockhart (7-3) Friday 7:30pm Lion Stadium, Lockhart

Much like Lockhart, Highlands is also a run heavy team, although they do mix in more passing than Lockhart does. While Highlands mainly depends on RB Bruce Moody, QB Dylan Camacho can make plays if needed. Lockhart uses the two headed monster of RB’s Stephon Houston and DJ Ellison aka Smash and Slash and they can take one to the house on any given play. May come down to who has the ball last. Jeff Cerda

From 0 and 10 last year to the playoffs this year, what a great turn around by Highlands and first year Head Coach, Juan Morales (who better be in the mix for Coach of the Year).  Highlands does most of their damage on the ground with senior running backs, Bruce Moody and Armando Ferguson.  Moody has 1,030 rushing yards with 14 touchdowns, 1 passing touchdown, and 3 receiving touchdowns and Ferguson has 562 rushing yards with 5 touchdowns.  In Week 9 against McCollum, Moody had 296 rushing yards with 5 touchdowns and he showcased his speed on all those touchdowns.  That mark of 296 rushing yards was a Thursday Night Lights record.  When they do pass the ball, senior wide receiver Richard Saldana is the preferred target – he has 650 receiving yards with 9 touchdowns. – Mark Lieberman

Victoria East (6-4) vs. Uvalde (6-4) Saturday 4:00pm Alamodome, San Antonio

Brownsville Porter (6-4) vs. Edinburg Vela (10-0) Friday 7:30pm Sams Stadium, Brownsville

Cedar Park Vista Ridge (8-2) vs. Austin LBJ (8-2) Friday 7:30pm Nelson Field, AustinLaredo Nixon (5-5) vs. Victoria West (9-1) Saturday Noon Alamodome, San AntonioMission Veterans Memorial (7-3) vs. Donna (8-2) Friday 7:30pm LaPrade Stadium, Donna


Region I

El Paso Ysleta (8-2) vs. El Paso Burges (6-4) Friday 8:00pm Mustang Stadium, El Paso

San Angelo Lake View (3-7) vs. Canyon (8-2) Friday 7:00pm Wigwam Stadium, Seminole

Fort Worth Dunbar (5-5) vs. Wichita Falls Rider (6-4) Friday 7:30pm Clark Stadium, Fort Worth

Everman (6-4) vs. Fort Worth Wyatt (6-4) Thursday 7:00pm Newsom Stadium, Mansfield

El Paso Bowie (7-3) vs. El Paso Eastlake (9-1) Thursday 8:00pm Socorro ISD Student Activity Center, El Paso

Dumas (8-2) vs. Lubbock Cooper (8-2) Friday 7:30pm Demon Stadium, Dumas

White Settlement Brewer (6-4) vs. Lake Dallas (8-2) Friday 7:00pm Northwest ISD Stadium, Justin

Fort Worth South Hills (7-3) vs. Burleson (7-3) Friday 7:30pm Gopher-Warrior Bowl, Grand Prairie

Region II

Prosper (6-4) vs. Frisco Lone Star (9-1) Friday 9:00pm AT&T Stadium, Arlington

Forney (7-3) vs. Dallas Adams (7-3) Thursday 7:00pm Eagle Stadium, Allen

Mansfield Timberview (5-5) vs. South Oak Cliff (7-3) Thursday 7:30pm Eagle Stadium, DeSoto

Lindale (5-5) vs. Marshall (9-1) Saturday 1:00pm Pirate Stadium, Longview

The Lindale Eagles have limped into the playoffs after high preseason expectations were shot down fairly early in the season. The Marshall Mavericks have looked great all season, with wins over Longview and Royse City propelling their year. -Nick Harris

Frisco (8-2) vs. Lovejoy (7-3) Saturday 5:30pm AT&T Stadium, Arlington

The Lovejoy Leopards have had their hand up all year trying to get noticed as the other team in Allen. They’ve turned a lot of heads with their 7-3 record but will need a good game from star players to knock off Frisco at AT&T Stadium. -Nick Harris

Dallas Wilson (7-3) vs. Terrell (9-1) Thursday 7:00pm HBJ Stadium, Garland

Seagoville (7-3) vs. Lancaster (7-3) Thursday 7:00pm Eagle Stadium, Wilmer

Hallsville (6-4) vs. Ennis (6-4) Friday 7:30pm Memorial Stadium, Van

The defending champion Ennis Lions have had a very mediocre season after starting the season with losses against Waxahachie and Denton Guyer. Hallsville will look to upset the Lions in Van on Friday night. -Nick Harris

Region III

College Station A&M Consolidated (7-3) vs. Waco (6-4) Friday 7:30pm Waco ISD Stadium, Waco

The Lions improved by four wins over last season.  Their playoff hopes hinge on the quarterback play of Will Harris III.  Waco drops a notch if Jalen Harris is moved from running back to quarterback – John Hillman

Houston Sharpstown (7-3) vs. Magnolia (9-1) Friday 7:00pm Bulldog Stadium, Magnolia

Lumberton (7-3) vs. Crosby (10-0) Friday 7:00pm Texan Drive Stadium, Porter

Port Lavaca Calhoun (7-3) vs. Fort Bend Ridge Point (7-3) Thursday 7:00pm Hopper Field, Freeport

Hutto (6-4) vs. College Station (8-2) Friday 7:30pm Cougar Stadium, College Station

Brenham (4-6) vs. Houston North Forest (9-1) Friday 7:30pm Cub Stadium, Brenham

Dayton (7-3) vs. Port Neches-Groves (8-2) Friday 7:00pm Stallworth Stadium, Baytown

Texas City (7-3) vs. Angleton (5-5) Friday 7:30pm Hopper Field, Freeport

Region IV

Bastrop (7-3) vs. Cedar Park (10-0) Thursday 7:30pm Gupton Stadium, Cedar Park

San Antonio McCollum (5-5) vs. Kerrville Tivy (10-0) Friday 7:30pm Alamodome, San Antonio

McCollum is no pushover, and their 5-5 record should not be taken lightly, but they are overmatched against a high-octane Tivy offense led by Cade Dyal. If McCollum makes mistakes, Dyal and his receivers will make them pay. – M. De Leon

McCollum has one of the best quarterback/running back combinations whom you haven’t heard of, but you better because they can really run the ball.  Mike Ramirez, the senior running back, has 1,455 rushing yards with 18 touchdowns.  In Week 10 against Edison, Ramirez had 408 rushing yards and 4 touchdowns.  Jordan Ortega, the senior quarterback, has 957 rushing yards with 10 touchdowns – he also has 1,069 passing yards with 10 touchdowns and 9 interceptions. – Mark Lieberman

Gregory-Portland (6-4) vs. Somerset (9-1) Friday 7:30pm Akins Wildcat Stadium, Portland

Edcouch-Elsa (6-4) vs. Roma (8-2) Friday 7:30pm Landry Stadium, Mission

Georgetown (7-3) vs. Austin Reagan (7-3) Thursday 7:00pm Georgetown ISD Athletic Complex, Georgetown

Boerne Champion (7-3) vs. San Antonio Sam Houston (10-0) Friday 7:30pm Boerne ISD Stadium, Boerne

Sam Houston is a very good team – they are balanced on offense and have speed and athleticism at many of the key positions.  They have a senior quarterback, Raymonte Prime, who has 2,454 passing yards with 38 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. Prime has several targets including Jawon Anderson, Travon Vaughns, Trenton Jones and several others. – Mark Lieberman

Even if the records don’t say so, this is a very evenly-matched game featuring two of the better local dual-threat quarterbacks in Green and Prime, who both have over 2,400 yards passing and can get it done on the ground as well. – M. De Leon

Medina Valley (7-3) vs. Corpus Christi Calallen (8-2) Friday 7:30pm Wildcat Stadium, Corpus Christi

Mission Sharyland (6-4) vs. Mercedes (7-3) Friday 7:30pm Thompson Stadium, Mission

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