Red Oak vs. Aledo
What: Class 5A Division II
When: 7 p.m. Friday
Where: Arlington (AT&T Stadium)
Records: Red Oak 11-1; Aledo 11-1
Series: Aledo leads 8-2
Last meeting: 1985 (Red Oak won 24-14)
Last week: Red Oak beat Denton Braswell 35-30; Aledo beat Royse City 52-24
Players to watch: Red Oak: QB Joshua Ervin, RB C.J. Palmer; Aledo: QB Jake Bishop, WR Money Parks
Update: The Hawks set a new school record with 11 wins, and are 3 rounds deep for the first time since 2012 and only the third time ever … Aledo is the defending 5A Division II state champion and is going for a state-record title No. 9 … Red Oak led 35-7 late in the third quarter last Saturday, then had to stave off a furious Braswell comeback as the Hawks avenged a Week 1 loss.
Looking ahead: The winner of this game will play the Ennis-Frisco winner in the 5A Division II state quarterfinals.
Ennis vs. Frisco
What: Class 5A Division II
When: 1 p.m. Friday
Where: Frisco (Ford Center at The Star)
Records: Ennis 11-1; Frisco 11-1
Broadcast: KRVF 106.9 FM
Series: Ennis leads 1-0
Last meeting: 2013 (Ennis won 46-25, 4A Division II region semifinals)
Last week: Ennis beat Burleson Centennial 17-13; Frisco beat South Oak Cliff 18-0
Players to watch: Ennis: QB Collin Drake, RB Dyllan Santos; Frisco: RB Bryson Clemons, DB Chase Lowery
Update: This game has been relocated to The Star from Mesquite Memorial Stadium because of the threat of rain Friday ... Ennis will still be the home team ... The Lions are in the third round of the playoffs for the first time since the 2014 state championship season, while Frisco is 3 rounds deep for the first time since 2013, the year Ennis ended their playoff run … The Raccoons handed SOC its first shutout loss in 11 years last week … Frisco’s lone loss was against Denison, 10-7, in a District 7-5A (II) game at Frisco’s Toyota Stadium on Oct. 18.
Looking ahead: The winner of this game will play the Red Oak-Aledo winner in the 5A Division II state quarterfinals.
Mid. Heritage vs. Palestine
What: Class 4A Division I
When: 2:30 p.m. Friday
Where: Hewitt (Panther Stadium)
Records: Heritage 8-4; Palestine 7-5
Series: First meeting
Last week: Heritage beat Navasota 26-14; Palestine beat Huffman Hargrave 19-14
Players to watch: Heritage: QB Cade Sumbler, WR Jay Wilkerson; Palestine: RB Jeremiah Davis, QB Christian Hutchinson
Update: The Jaguars are now 4-for-4 in school history when it comes to the area round … Without the forfeit loss to Crandall, the Jags would be on the other side of the bracket and would be playing Carthage this week in Crandall’s place instead … HHS used 2 defensive TDs to turn the game in their favor as the offense struggled against Navasota … Palestine is in the region semifinals for the first time since 2004, when it too beat Huffman Hargrave to advance.
Looking ahead: The winner of this game will play the Carthage-Crandall winner in the 4A Division I state quarterfinals.