7 p.m., Dick Bivins Stadium, Amarillo
Radio: KJTV 950 AM (Lubbock)
Records: Lubbock High 3-7; Amarillo 8-2
How they got here: Lubbock High finished fourth in District 4-4A; Amarillo won the District 3-4A championship
Players to watch: Lubbock High, QB Layven Armendariz has had a solid campaign as a full-time starter after taking over late last season. Armendariz led District 4-4A with 2,151 passing yards and 15 touchdowns. Amarillo, RB Josh Woods makes the Sandies’ ground game go, amassing 1,267 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns in the Sandies’ Wing-T scheme.
About the teams: This game will continue one of Texas’ longest-standing series. The Westerners and Sandies have played every season since 1924 and, including playoffs, this will be the 95th meeting between the schools. Amarillo holds a decisive 79-13-2 advantage. Lately the rivalry has been extremely one-sided. Amarillo has won 38 straight between the teams, with LHS last beating the Sandies in 1973. Amarillo runs head coach Mel Maxfield’s Wing-T to near perfection, averaging almost 400 yards per game. Lubbock High is in the playoffs for the first time since 1975. The Westerners finished with the second-ranked defense in District 4-4A, allowing 306.5 yards per game.
What’s next: The winner gets either El Paso Chapin (9-1) or El Paso Hanks (8-2) in the area round.
7:30 p.m., Pirate Stadium, Woodrow
Radio: KKUB 1300 AM (Lubbock)
Records: Brownfield 5-5; Bushland 4-6
How they got here: Brownfield finished second in District 2-2A; Bushland finished third in District 1-2A
Players to watch: Brownfield, QB Sha’Colby Hill has accounted for more than 2,200 yards total offense (1,243 rushing, 17 TDs, 1,045 passing, 7 TDs). Bushland, QB Taylor Cornelius has thrown for 2,657 yards and 19 touchdowns with 10 interceptions.
About the teams: Brownfield is in the playoffs for the first time since 2007. The Cubs dropped down to Class 2A prior to this season. Second-year head coach Bryan Welps led River Road to the Class 2A regional finals in 2009. Bushland is back in the postseason after missing last season. Second-year head coach Steve Flowers’ team has won three straight to end the regular season after starting District 1-2A, Division I play with consecutive losses to Muleshoe and Littlefield. Cornelius is the younger brother of former quarterback Sawyer Cornelius, the 2009 2A AP Player of the Year who led the Falcons to the state championship game that season.
What’s next: The winner gets District 3-2A champion Wall (9-1), which has a bye.
7:30 p.m., Greg Sherwood Memorial Bulldog Stadium, Plainview
Radio: KSSL 107.3 FM (Slaton)
Records: Sunray 7-3; Tahoka 5-5
How they got here: Sunray finished second in District 1-1A; Tahoka finished third in District 2-1A
Players to watch: Sunray, QB Christian Axelsen has accounted for more than 2,500 yards this season with 17 rushing touchdowns and 11 touchdown passes in his first year as a starter; Tahoka, RB Ke’Shawn Hood is the top rusher for the Bulldogs, having gained 1,153 yards with 16 touchdowns.
About the teams: Sunray, a perennial playoff power, is in the postseason for the second straight year and for the 11th time in the last 12 seasons. The Bobcats returned just four starters from last season and were thought to be in a rebuilding mode. Axelsen was one of the top linebackers in the area last year with 120 tackles and three sacks. Tahoka was able to avoid the pitfalls that sent it tumbling in district last year after a 5-1 start that kept it out of the postseason. Linebacker Ray Parmer according to the Texas High School Coaches website is the leading Class 1A tackler in the state with 175 along with a sack and eight tackles for losses.
What’s next: The winner gets District 4-1A champion Stamford (9-1)
Compiled by George Watson