DFW Football: Friday Regional Finals Quick Looks
It is quite the Regional Finals this year with three games being district matchups and a couple others being big-time rivalries. Arlington will be the place to be on Friday with a trio of 5A games sure to be as entertaining as some recent playoff games.
5A Division I Region II
Graphic by Stephen Peters
Highland Park (11-0) vs. Denton Ryan (12-0)
Fourth time's a charm? We'll find out for a Denton Ryan team that has been in "state or bust" mode all season. From 2016-18, Highland Park and Denton Ryan met in the state semis only for Highland Park to win all of those meetings on the way to three straight state titles. Ryan came up just short of winning it all last year in a comeback bid against Shadow Creek.
Statistically, the teams match up very evenly as both teams have almost won their games this season by an average points. In common opponents - Longview, Frisco Independence, Frisco Lone Star - Ryan has seemingly played a bit better than Highland Park.
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PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB Brayden Schager (Highland Park), LB Patrick Turner (Highland Park); QB Seth Henigan (Denton Ryan), DT Bear Alexander (Denton Ryan)
KICKOFF: 3:15 pm Friday @ Globe Life Park (Arlington)
LINE: Denton Ryan favored by 7
NEXT ROUND: Winner meets winner of Mansfield Summit/Red Oak in State Semifinals
Last week was rough, going 7-4 with big misses on Allen and Martin on top of Colleyville Heritage and Lubbock Coronado. The bad week dropped my picking percentage to 80.8 on the season. But that's the playoffs for you, where just about anything can and will happen that is completely unexpected (see: Ollie Gordon).
Here are the picks for this week as we're down to the final three weeks of the 2020-21 season.
Red Oak over Mansfield Summit
Denton Ryan over Highland Park
Aledo over Lovejoy
Southlake Carroll over Euless Trinity
Cedar Hill over Rockwall-Heath
Duncanville over DeSoto
Denton Guyer over Prosper