Even though the Midlothian Panthers did not qualify for a playoff berth this season, Ellis County will be represented by six teams in the post season dance.
In Class 4A, Ennis (6-4) will play Waco High (9-1) for the second time this season. The game will take place Friday night at the Waco ISD Stadium with kickoff slated for 7:30 p.m.
This will be the second meeting of the two schools this season with Waco taking a 38-20 win back on Sept. 7.
Behind the running of Jarred Salubi (18-140, 2 TDs) and Bronshae Douglas (10-124) and a 58 yard fumble return in the second half Waco took the win.
Chris Lewis, who is no longer with the Lion football team, passed for 219 yards. Lee King had two rushing touchdowns.
Deonte McDade has taken over under center for Ennis and has put up stellar rushing stats.
Waxahachie (9-1) will travel to Waco on Saturday to take on Copperas Cove (8-2). The teams have not met this season, but both are playoff hardened and very good.
Red Oak (8-2) will play Waco Midway (5-5) Friday night in Waxahachie. Red Oak has had a Cinderella year, winning several very close ball games.
The Hawks are in the playoffs for the first time since 1984.
Midway has been up and down this season.
The winner of this game will play the winner of Dallas Spruce and Seagoville. Hopefully, the Hawks can go at least three games deep into the playoffs.
Ferris (7-3) returns to the 3A playoffs after a lengthy absence. The Yellow Jackets will play Tyler Chapel Hill (5-5) at Memorial Stadium in Mesquite.
In Class 2A, the Itasca Wampus Cats (9-1) will tangle with the Palmer Bulldogs (8-2) at 7 p.m., Thursday in Midlothian.
And in 6-man play, the Milford Bulldogs will receive a bye in first round action before putting its undefeated (10-0) record and No. 2 state ranking on the line against the winner of the Woodson (8-2) and Guthrie (8-2) game.
Milford went 10-0 last year before losing to Woodson in the area round of the playoffs, so revenge could be a possible motivating factor for Milford.