Area Football Playoff Previews
Dec. 1, 2016 at 11:30 p.m.
CLASS 5A, DIVISION II QUARTERFINALS
Victoria East Titans vs. Corpus Christi Calallen Wildcats
7:30 p.m., San Antonio Alamodome
Notes: Victoria East (10-3) advanced with a 48-0 win over Edcouch-Elsa. Calallen (12-1) defeated Boerne Champion 20-7. East and Calallen have played the past six seasons, the last four as district opponents, and Calallen won all six games. East is making its first appearance in the quarterfinal round. Calallen advanced to the quarterfinals last season. Calallen's A.J. Brown has rushed for 1,337 yards and 18 touchdowns, and Gaige Lamb has rushed for 1,026 yards and 17 touchdowns. East's Bailey Zappe has passed for 3,579 yards and 36 touchdowns, Brandon Tumlinson has rushed for 1,293 yards and 15 touchdowns, Malik Stovall has 53 catches for 1,052 yards and 11 touchdowns, and Tre Wolf has 50 catches for 1,258 yards and 16 touchdowns. Wolf has set an East record for receiving yards in a season, breaking the previous mark of 1,244 yards set last year by Bryce Martinez. The winner will advance to the semifinals against the winner of Friday's game between Fort Bend Marshall and College Station.
Radio: KITE, 97.5 FM.
CLASS 4A, DIVISION II QUARTERFINALS
Cuero Gobblers vs. Geronimo Navarro Panthers
7:30 p.m., San Antonio Alamo Stadium
Notes: Cuero (13-0) advanced with a 28-7 win over Wimberley. Navarro (13-0) beat Wharton 55-34. Cuero and Navarro meet for the fourth straight season in the playoffs. Cuero won the previous three games, including a 25-13 victory in last season's regional round. Cuero is making its second consecutive appearance in the quarterfinals. Navarro has scored 35 points or more in 12 of its 13 games. Cuero has not allowed more than 20 points in any game. Navarro's Will Eveld has passed for 1,256 yards and nine touchdowns, Jake Wright has rushed for 1,057 yards, Jared Leal has rushed for 1,005 yards and Tanner Law has rushed for 944 yards. Cuero's Drew Riemenschneider has passed for 1,448 yards and 20 touchdowns, Keiran Grant, Tre Miles, Bralen Taylor and Kavian DeRouen have combined to rush for 2,699 yards and 38 touchdowns, and Jordan Whittington has 41 receptions for 735 yards and 13 touchdowns and has six interceptions and returned two for touchdowns. The winner will advance to the semifinals against the winner of Friday's game between Giddings and West Orange-Stark.
CLASS 3A, DIVISION I QUARTERFINALS
Hallettsville Brahmas vs. Yoakum Bulldogs
7:30 p.m., San Antonio Heroes Stadium
Notes: Hallettsville (13-0) advanced with a 35-14 win over Rice Consolidated. Yoakum (9-4) defeated Goliad 23-12. Hallettsville and Yoakum play for the 72nd time overall and second time this season. The teams met in the District 14-3A opener Sept. 23. Hallettsville rallied for a 35-28 win and leads the overall series 37-33-1. Hallettsville is seeking its first semifinal appearance since 1976. Yoakum last advanced to the semifinals in 1977. Hallettsville has scored a total of 136 points in its three playoff wins, and Yoakum has scored a total of 126 points. Hallettsville's Scooter Adams has rushed for 1,648 yards and 24 touchdowns and has 22 receptions for 311 yards and five touchdowns, DJ Taylor has passed for 2,489 yards and 27 touchdowns, and Colton Starns has 42 receptions for 497 yards and three touchdowns. Yoakum's Henry Enoch has rushed for 960 yards and 16 touchdowns, Josh Moore has 44 receptions for 803 yards and 11 touchdowns, and Jordan Moore has eight interceptions with four returned for touchdowns and Josh Moore has five interceptions with two returned for touchdowns. The winner will advance to the semifinals against the winner of Friday's game between Cameron Yoe and Malakoff.
Radio: KYKM, 94.3 FM & KTXM, 99.9 FM.
CLASS 2A, DIVISION I QUARTERFINALS
Refugio Bobcats vs. Mason Punchers
7:30 p.m., San Marcos Rattler Stadium
Notes: Refugio (12-1) advanced with a 36-12 win over Ben Bolt. Mason (11-2) beat Normangee 55-18. Refugio and Mason are playing for the third straight season and fourth time overall. Refugio won 42-6 in the 1999 quarterfinals, Mason won 24-20 in the 2014 quarterfinals, and Refugio won 42-7 in last season's area round. Mason has won nine straight games, including a 34-28 overtime win against Shiner, a district opponent of Refugio, in the area round. Refugio has also won nine consecutive games since suffering its only loss to Navarro. Refugio coach Jason Herring picked up his 200th career win in last week's victory over Ben Bolt. Refugio's Jaylon Mascorro has rushed for 1,550 yards and 26 touchdowns, and Daryon Ramirez and Ysidro Mascorro have combined to rush for 1,459 yards and 16 touchdowns. The winner will advance to the semifinals against the winner of Friday's game between Centerville and Price Carlisle.
Radio: KTKO, 105.7 FM.
CLASS 2A, DIVISION II QUARTERFINALS
Flatonia Bulldogs vs. Burton Panthers
7:30 p.m., Giddings Buffalo Stadium
Notes: Flatonia (9-4) advanced with a 34-7 win over Bruni. Burton (12-1) took a 34-24 win over Falls City, a district opponent of Flatonia. Flatonia is making its first quarterfinal appearance since 1988 when it advanced to the state final. Flatonia and Burton last played in 2013 with Flatonia capturing a 14-13 win. Burton has won 11 straight games since losing to Wallis Brazos. Flatonia also lost to Brazos and has won eight consecutive games. Other common opponents include Louise, Snook and Falls City. Flatonia's Corey Lyons has rushed for 1,496 yards and 30 touchdowns, and Gabe Smith has rushed for 1,352 yards and 13 touchdowns. The winner will advance to the semifinals against the winner of Friday's game between Bremond and Tenaha.
TAPPS DIVISION IV STATE FINAL
Shiner St. Paul Cardinals vs. Arlington Grace Prep Lions
Noon, Waco Midway Panther Stadium
Notes: St. Paul (10-3) advanced with a 41-38 win over Bryan Brazos Christian. Grace Prep (9-4) defeated district foe Fort Worth Temple Christian 24-21. Temple Christian had beaten Grace Prep 21-9 in district play. St. Paul is making its second consecutive appearance in the state final after winning the Division III championship last season. St. Paul is seeking its sixth state championship overall. Grace Prep won state championships in 1997 and 1998, but won its first playoff game in 12 years this season. St. Paul's Conor Kresta has rushed for 1,620 yards and 26 touchdowns, and Austin Barton has rushed for 1,200 yards and 13 touchdowns and passed for 811 yards and nine touchdowns.
Radio: KYKM, 94.3 FM & KTXM, 99.9 FM.
Compiled by Mike Forman