Full 6A regional 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)

CLASS 6A DIVISION I

REGION I


Amarillo Tascosa (10-2) vs. Denton Ryan (12-0), 1 p.m. Saturday, Amarillo’s Bivins Stadium

Fresh off of holding the Mojo scoring machine to just 10 points, the Rebels get rewarded with facing the unbeaten Raiders. The Raiders also have a pretty good defense, much like the Rebels. This could be another battle of defenses. Whichever one that comes away with more turnovers may help their team advance one step closer to a state championship. -Jeff Cerda

Arlington Martin (10-2) vs. Allen (12-0), 5:30 p.m. Friday, Arlington’s AT&T Stadium

Allen barely survived last week, squeaking out a 1 point victory over Desoto to escape with a win and push their win streak to 55. Allen is the number 1 ranked 6A team in the state, but Arlington Martin beat that same Desoto team 46-26 way back in week one of this season. Martin uses various players in various ways to punish defenses and their defense only allowed 27 points or less in all but one of their games. Prior to last week, the most points Allen gave up all year was 28, so they also have a solid defense. Allen has won the state title the last three years in a row, so they know what it takes to get the job done, despite losing key players. -Jeff Cerda

REGION II

Rowlett (10-2) vs. Humble Atascosita (11-1), 1 p.m. Saturday, Waco’s McLane Stadium

Rowlett has the 1-2 punch of dual threat QB Kobe Morrow and standout WR Ladarius Dickens. Although Rowlett has been in a few close games, the offense is explosive enough to make up with the defense lacks. While Atascosita QB Daveon Boyd doesn’t have the rushing stats that Morrow has, his arm is all he needs with the likes of WR’s Niyl Campbell and Coye Fairman lining up with him. Each of them have over a thousand yards receiving on the year and RB Patrick Taylor Jr. takes care of the running game with just under a thousand yards on the year. Although the last two weeks have been close games for Atascosita, the defense has proven that it can clamp down when needed, as they have one shutout on the year as well as four games of only allowing 7 points. -Jeff Cerda

North Mesquite (10-2) vs. Austin Westlake (11-1), 2 p.m. Saturday, Waco ISD Stadium

It took a Shoemaker penalty on a missed North Mesquite field goal and a Shoemaker shanked extra point for the Stallions to survive in overtime last week. North Mesquite must play error-free defense and generate sufficient offense to keep Sam Ehlinger and the Chaparrals from advancing to the regional finals. -John Hillman

REGION III

Cypress Falls (11-1) vs. Galena Park North Shore (9-3), 4 p.m. Friday, Houston’s NRG Stadium

North Shore used four touchdowns in the second quarter to blow their game open last week, while their defense held Clear Springs scoreless in the second half. Meanwhile, Cy Falls let up on Bellaire last week, nearly escaping with a 42-33 win. The Golden Eagles will rely heavily on their two-headed rushing attack of Shannon Vaughns and Desmond Hite who are going against a big, athletic North Shore Mustang defense that’s helped the Mustangs win eight straight. -John Diaz

Houston Lamar (11-1) vs. Dickinson (11-1), 2 p.m. Saturday, Houston’s NRG Stadium

Lamar has one of the best defenses in the state and they have not given up more than 17 points in any game this year. This season, they also have 3 shutouts to their name. Anytime Dickinson gets a scoring opportunity, they better take full advantage of it, because those may be far and few between. Lamar is a run heavy team, but they can air it out if needed as well. Dickinson started the season winning by huge margins, but in the second half of the season, they have found themselves in some nail biting games, which included their only loss. They have advanced in each of the first two rounds winning by 3 points in each game. Last week, their win over Pearland was a 4 overtime thriller and they hope to ride that momentum to another win. -Jeff Cerda

REGION IV

Converse Judson (11-1) vs. Laredo United (10-2), 4 p.m. Friday, Converse

The only loss on the number 7th ranked Rockets schedule came at the hands of the mighty Steele team. The Rockets defense has proven it can contain offenses to give the offense an opportunity to put up points. Rocket QB Julon Williams can hurt defenses with his arm or his legs and RB Mi’Kel Jackson has rushed for over a thousand yards on the year. The Longhorns offense has weapons all over the place and they are led by QB Ignazio Tellez, who has thrown for over 3400 yards. While the defense started the season giving up a lot of points, they have been shutting down offenses in the second half of the season and have only given up a combined 27 points in 2 playoff games. This one could be a defensive battle, but yet I wouldn’t be surprised if it were a shootout as well. -Jeff Cerda

Smithson Valley (9-3) vs. Harlingen (10-2), 7 p.m. Friday, Corpus Christi’s Buccaneer Stadium

Since starting the season with a loss and giving up 48 points, Harlingen has not given up more than 28 points in a game and finished off the regular season with back to back shutouts. They are averaging just under 37 points a game and they are going to need every one of those points if they hope to advance against a stingy Smithson Valley defense who is giving up only 12 points a game over the last 3 games. Although Smithson Valley has 3 losses on the year, they are all to teams that are still in the playoffs (Steele, Clemens and Judson). They lost to Clemens by 1 point and to Judson by 4 points, games that could have easily gone their way. Offensively, they are averaging about 35 points a game on the year, but this one could be yet another defensive battle. -Jeff Cerda

CLASS 6A DIVISION II

REGION I

San Angelo Central (11-1) vs. Denton Guyer (9-3), 2 p.m. Friday, Arlington’s AT&T Stadium

Central is one of two teams who could say they beat Permian this year, Tascosa being the other, and after two easy playoff wins, they may be gearing up for a run at state. QB Brennen Wooten has just under 3,300 yards passing and he spreads the ball around to many receivers. When he is not slinging the ball, RB Daven Manning is punishing defenses with his legs. The defense has 25 sacks and 15 takeaways this year and they are giving up an average of 22 points per game. Guyer is coming off of an impressive 48-35 win over Southlake Carroll on Allens field and are hoping to keep their season going after this game. QB Shawn Robinson has thrown and rushed for a combined 2864 yards and scored a total of 30 touchdowns. RB’s Myron Mason and Noah Cain help solidify the run game, combining for 1818 rush yards and 23 touchdowns. The defense has 22 sacks and 18 takeaways and they are giving up an average of 25 points a game. On paper, these two teams seem evenly matched and should make for one heck of a game. Another game where one great team will have their season ended. -Jeff Cerda

Arlington Lamar (11-1) vs. Mansfield (10-2), 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Arlington’s AT&T Stadium

The only blemish on Lamars record is a loss against Arlington Martin, the team who will be trying to dethrone Allen. QB Shane Buechele has thrown for over two thousand yards and has ran for another 643 yards. RB Rashod Polk has just over 900 yards rushing and WR Kofi Boateng led all Lamar receivers with 685 yards. Lamar has a pretty well balanced offensive attack that averages just under 40 points a game. Mansfield is currently riding a 9 game win streak and is outscoring their opponents 93-43 in their two playoff games. They also have a win over Desoto(they’re being mentioned a lot because of how great they play Allen) and South Grand Prairie, who knocked out Trinity in the first round. They are putting up an average of just about 40 points per game, while their defense is holding teams to an average of just under 27 a game. QB Dameron Smith and RB Kennedy Brooks, who has rushed for over 2600 yards, lead the offensive attack. These are two great teams who deserve to be playing where they are playing this week, one great team will have their season end after this one. -Jeff Cerda

REGION II

Rockwall (9-3) vs. Spring (11-1), 7:30 p.m. Friday, Waco ISD Stadium

Since starting the season 0-3, Rockwall has been on a 9 game winning streak and hadn’t scored less than 44 points per game prior to last weeks 38-27 victory. The offensive three headed monster of QB Will Reed, RB Caleb Broach and WR Sam Crawford have been a headache for defenses during this streak and they don’t look like they are slowing down anytime soon. Spring might have something to say about my last line and with defense that is only giving up 10 points a game, I wouldn’t blame them. They are averaging one takeaway per game this year and if they can limit the amount of time Reed has the ball in his hands, that’s already a win for this team. Spring QB Eric Spencer Jr and RB Alex McCray are also having solid seasons and they have the capability to match what the Rockwall offense may bring. With all of this said, Spring may be the team that figures out this three headed monster. -Jeff Cerda

Waco Midway (9-3) vs. Lake Travis (12-0), 2 p.m. Saturday, Temple

Lake Travis downed Midway 48-24 in the season opener. But since that opening loss, the Panthers have gone on a nine-game winning streak. Switching from a three-man to a four-man defensive front has tightened Midway’s defense, and the Panthers can score and score often on the ground and through the air. The team that scores last probably emerges as the winner.- John Hillman

REGION III

Katy (12-0) vs. Friendswood (8-4), noon Friday, Houston’s NRG Stadium

Only the 14-7 win over the Woodlands was a close game for Katy, everything else has been a blowout victory for them. It hasn’t even been close and this defense is the best in the state. They have 8, yes EIGHT, shutouts on the year and up until last week the most points they had given up were 8 points, yes EIGHT POINTS. Expect QB Garrett Doiron and RB Kyle Porter to have another great game and I woundn’t be surprised if the get the entire second half off. That’s no disrespect to Friendswood, that’s respect to Katy. Friendswood is overmatched in this game and with all due respect to Coach Koopmann, QB Tyler Page and RB Mason Barnes, I’m not sure if this one will be close. They have never seen a defense like this all year and their defense is not playing at a level high enough to slow down this Katy scoring machine. -Jeff Cerda

Houston Strake Jesuit (8-4) vs. Manvel (10-2), 8 p.m. Friday, Houston’s NRG Stadium

After suffering a 27-24 loss to Pearland to end the regular season, Manvel has been on a tear offensively in their two playoff games. They have put up 141 points in those two games and dropped 200 points over the three games prior to the loss. This team can flat out light up the scoreboard. QB D’eriq King leads this high powered offense with 2417 passing yards, 38 passing touchdowns, 632 rushing yards and 8 rushing touchdowns on the year. When he is not speeding the ball around to multiple receivers, RB D’Vaughn Pennamon plows his way into the end zone. They are putting up an average of 57 points a game, while giving up 20 points per game defensively. Strake Jesuit is led offensively by QB Zach Zubia, RB Joshua Reese and WR’s Christian Charbonnet and Christian McStravick. Zubia has some pretty impressive numbers, putting up 2633 passing yards to go along with 30 passing touchdowns. For as good as the Jesuit offense is, the same cannot be said about the defense. They are giving up just about as much as the offense is scoring per game and it shows in their win/loss record. Unless the defense can come up with some stops, it could be a long day for them. -Jeff Cerda

REGION IV

Cibolo Steele (12-0) vs. Del Rio (9-3), 8 p.m. Friday, San Marcos’ Bobcat Stadium

Steele comes in ranked 4th in the state and they are looking to keep their unblemished record in tact. That same Desoto team that nearly knocked out Allen, lost by 2 points to this Steele team. No other team has even come close to defeating Steele, so Del Rio will need to play the perfect game if they hope to be the one. The Steee defense has 2 shutouts to its name and they also have 3 other games where they have only allowed single digit scoring. Oh yeah and this Xavier Martin led offense is also good, really good. Del Rio has a defense that also has 2 shutouts to its name and they have proven that they can come up with stops late in the game when needed. Del Rio is averaging just about 28 points a game, but the Steele defense is only allowing 12 points a game. While I respect Del Rio and I think they are a solid team, I think they are overmatched in this one. -Jeff Cerda

Schertz Clemens (10-2) vs. San Benito (10-2), 7 p.m. Friday, Kingsville’s Javelina Stadium

San Benito is led by dual threat QB Junior Gaitan who has just under 1500 yards passing and 1200 yards rushing. RB Edward Alvarez needs just one yard to reach 1,000 yards on the year and WR Armando Medrano helps solidify the pass game. The offense is averaging 38.5 points per game, while the defense is giving up just under 20 points a game. Clemens has been in shootouts all year long, but the offense has been able to pick up the slack where the defense has slipped up. QB Frank Harris is another dual threat QB who isn’t shy about tucking the ball in and uses his legs to hurt defenses. Clemens is another 6A school who has been in their fair share of shootouts and has won their two playoff games by a combined 7 points. We may see another shootout in this one. -Jeff Cerda

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