4 Things to Ponder as the Boys Playoffs Begin
The girls playoffs are in full swing as the second round draws to a close on Friday and Saturday, which means it's time for the boys playoffs to get into gear. Last year, the DFW-area teams took home five of the six boys state titles and are poised to repeat that effort again in 2020.
Can Duncanville A) start the season No. 1 and finish on top of the mountain, and B) win back-to-back state crowns in the state's largest classification? The pieces are certainly there for both of those to be a resounding yes. Micah Peavy and Ja'Bryant Hill have led Duncanville to a 25-3 record and another district title.
Can it be pulled off - a perfect season? That's what staring Carrollton Newman Smith in the face as the playoffs open up. Seven games remain for Smith to complete that journey, which completed the regular season 27-0 and sit ranked No. 6 in the state. The journey starts with Dallas Samuell. An undefeated season hasn't happened at any level since Houston Yates back in 2009-2010 when it went 34-0, which Smith could match.
5 of 6 Again?
Last year's five state titles out of the six classifications was unprecedented, but can it be repeated or even surpassed? In past years, there have been two or three DFW-area champions a season, but the DFW takeover really stood out last year. It could definitely happen again this year as there are plenty of area teams in the Top 10 of each classification. Nineteen as a matter of fact. In the three largest classes, there is an average of five teams ranked within the Top 10.
Last year, Slidell won its first state title in 75 years. We even asked earlier this year which team with a championship drought of 20-plus years had the most realistic chance of getting off that schneid. Out of that list, there are three teams in the playoffs with a chance. In 6A, Waxahachie (36-year drought) enters as the 12th-ranked team in the state. Also in 6A is Lake Highlands which is 17-16 and sports a 51-year state title drought. The other is in 4A with Krum checking in at No. 10 in the state and a 21-year championship drought.