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2011-11-09 / Sports

Let the playoffs begin

By Eric Smith
Express Sports Editor

The bands will strike up, as the 2011-2012 Texas High School Football playoffs will kick off this week. With only one Brush Country Football team in the playoffs this season, we will take a look at some of the area 1A, 2A and 3A football match-ups for the Bi-District round of things.

Friday night game at Eagle Stadium- The lone 4A game we will take a quick look at, is a match-up this Friday at Eagle Stadium. The Southside Cardinals (7-3, 6-1) will come to town to face the Beeville Jones Trojans (5-5, 2-3).

The Cardinals were able to finish in 2nd place in 29-4A behind S.A. Brackenridge, but ahead of Lanier, Jefferson, Kennedy, Edison, Burbank and Memorial.



Beeville Jones on the other hand, finished in 4th place in a very tough 30-4A district behind Port Lavaca Calhoun, Victoria East and Gregory Portland. They did finish ahead of Floresville and Victoria West. This should be a great Bi-District match-up at Eagle Stadium.

Class 1A- Since the Charlotte Trojans are in Division I, Class 1A, we will look at DI playoff match-ups in Region IV.

LaVilla Cardinals (Runnerup 16) will battle the Yorktown (3rd place 15) on Friday in Tuloso Midway at 7:30 p.m. The winner of this contest will face a highly touted Mason Cow Puncher ball club, which won 13-1A.

LaPryor Bulldogs (Runner up 14) will battle Goldthwaite who finished as 3rd place in 13-1A. They will face off at Harper Longhorn Stadium on Friday at 7:30 p.m. The winner of this, will face a tough Ganado Indian (winner of 15-1A) in the Area Playoffs.

The next match-up pits the Shiner Comanches (Runner-up 15-1) against the Kenedy Lions (3rd place-16). They face off in Floresville on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. The winner of this will face the winner of 14-1A, Brackettville.

The final Bi-District matchup pits Center Point (3rd place 14) against Winters (runner-up 13) as they face off at Llano Yellow Jacket Stadium on Friday at 7:30 p.m. The winner faces the Ben Bolt Badgers who won District 16-1A.

Class 2A- In the Class 2A Playoffs, we will look at the Division I match-ups which will include the Jourdanton Indians.

The first match-up will pit the Odem Owls (Runner-up 16) against the Cole Cougars (3rd place 15). They will battle at Randolph High School on Friday, at 7:30 p.m. The winner will face state ranked Lago Vista in the Area Playoffs.

The next match-up will be between the Edna Cowboys (Runner-up 14) against the Blanco Panthers (3rd place 13) who face off in LaVernia on Friday at 6: 00 p.m. The winner will face District 15-2A Jourdanton in the Area Playoffs.

The George West Longhorns (Runner-up 15) will face the Taft Greyhounds (3rd place 16) in the Bi-District playoffs at Alice Coyote Stadium on Friday at 7:30 p.m. The winner will face state ranked Hempstead who won 14-2A.

The Marion Bulldogs(Runner-up 13) will battle the Halletsville Brahmas (3rd place 14) in the Bi-District playoffs in Floresville on Saturday at 7: 00 p.m. The winner will battle the District 16-2A Champion San Diego Vaqueros in the Area Playoffs next week.

Class 3A: Division I- In the Division I playoffs, the first match-up pits the Lampasas Badgers (District 25) against the Boerne Greyhounds (26) as they face off in Dripping Springs on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

The winner of that contest will face the winner of Somerset (27)-LaVernia(28) in the Area Playoffs. The Bears and Bulldogs will kickoff on Friday at Harlandale Memorial Stadium at 7:30 p.m.

In the bottom portion of the Division I bracket, the West Columbia Roughnecks(29) will battle Rockport Fulton (30) in Victoria on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. The winner moves on to face the winner of the following match-up.

The final game in Div I pits Raymondville (31) against Rio Grande City Grulla (32) who face off in Rio Grande City on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Division II- In the Bi-District Playoffs in Division II, we have eight great match-ups.

The Liberty Hill Panthers (Winner-25) will face the Navarro Panthers (Runner-up 26) on Friday at 7:30 p.m. in Bastrop. The winner will face the winner of the following matchup.

One of the best match-ups in the region will be between Joseph Sadler and the Devine Warhorses as they battle the Sam Houston Hurricanes. Devine (winner 27) will battle Sam Houston (Runner-up 28) on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at South San Bobcat Stadium.

The Wharton Tigers (Winner 29) will face the Ingleside Mustangs (Runner-up 30) at Needville on Friday at 7:30 p.m. The winner of this will face the winner of the following contest.

The Orange Grove Bulldogs (Winner 31) will face the Port Isabel Tarpons (Runner-up 32) on Friday in Edinburg at 7:30 p.m.

The Wimberley Texans (Winner 26) will battle the Taylor Ducks (Runner-up 25) in the Bi-District Playoffs at a site TBA. The winner of this game will face the winner of the following match-up.

The Gonzales Apaches who won 28-3A, will battle the Runner up of 27-3A Hondo Owls who are coming off a tough loss against the Devine Warhorses. Hondo passing offense should be a challenge for one of the Regions toughest defenses in Gonzales. The two face off Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Gustafson Stadium.

The Sinton Pirates (Winner 30) will battle the Sweeny Bulldogs (Runner-up 29) in Victoria on Saturday at 7: 00 p.m. The winner of this battle will face the winner of the following matchup in the Area Playoffs.

The final game pits the Rio Hondo Bobcats (Winner 32) against Lyford (Runner-up 31) as they face off in Los Fresnos at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.

Next week, we will take a look at Region IV, Area Football Playoffs. Since no Brush Country teams play this week, be sure to get up and catch a playoff game in person. I would recommend the Devine-Sam Houston game or the Hondo-Gonzales match-up. Of course, you could never go wrong with the Somerset LaVernia game at Harlandale Memorial. Good luck to all Region IV teams.

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