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 I
Graphic by Stephen Peters
Mansfield Summit (7-4) vs. Red Oak (9-2)
Had it been any other year without a bunch of circumstances, Mansfield Summit wouldn't have been in the playoffs. But because of win percentage over Midlothian, Summit eked into the playoffs and has made the most of its opportunities, which included knocking out 4-5A Division I district champion and previously-unbeaten Colleyville Heritage last week. Now it moves on to another district mate, Red Oak, which needed overtime and a blocked PAT to complete a wild comeback win over Lubbock Coronado.
In the first meeting this year, Red Oak rattled off 23 straight points to down Summit 37-16 as Joshua Ervin threw four touchdowns and 371 yards.
|Points Per Game||
|Points Allowed Per Game||29.5||
|Yards Per Game||373.1||450.5|
|Yards Allowed Per Game||310.5||
PLAYERS TO WATCH: WR Hal Presley (Summit), DL Kameron Washington (Summit); DB Darius Jackson (Red Oak), QB Joshua Ervin (Red Oak)
KICKOFF: 11 am Friday @ Globe Life Park (Arlington)
LINE: Red Oak favored by 9
NEXT ROUND: Winner meets winner of Highland Park/Denton Ryan 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