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It's a battle of the undefeated in round four of Texas high school football playoffs as the Denton Guyer Wildcats meet up with the Southlake Carroll Dragons in the quarterfinals. Both teams have had their eye on the prize all season and are looking to continue advancing in the playoffs. One team will be finishing their season tonight. So, what can fans expect from this intense matchup? VYPE DFW lays it all out for you!
After falling in the state title game last season to Austin Westlake, the Wildcats have been on the prowl to get back to where they were. The team heads into the quarterfinals on a 13 game win streak having outscored their opponents by a combined 400 points this season. With preseason victories over Rockwall Heath, Aledo, and Lancaster, Denton Guyer was able to enter their district schedule battle tested and ready for anything. After posting a close game against Prosper, the team took a moment to reevaluate their game plan and get back into the swing of things. Having not looked back since, the Wildcats went on a roll through district play defeating Little Elm, McKinney Boyd, Allen, Prosper Rock Hill, and more to finish at the top of their district's standings.
Led by Jackson Arnold, Trey Joyner, Landon Sides, Sutton Lee, and more, the Wildcats offense has been nearly unstoppable this season. Joyner leads the team in rushing, averaging about 80 yards per game while totaling 15 touchdowns this season. Sides leads the team in receiving while averaging nearly 100 yards per game and recording 15 touchdowns of his own. Arnold has thrown for 31 touchdowns- scoring 17 rushing. The defense has been able to create a wall that opponents have had a hard time getting through all season.
So far in playoffs, Guyer has outscored their opponents 164-90 while ending the seasons of Flower Mound Marcus (42-7), Highland Park (63-42), and Trophy Club Byron Nelson (59-41).
Southlake Carroll has been back on their usual dominance this season. Entering round four of playoffs on a 13 game win streak, Southlake Carroll is looking to make waves and shut down Denton Guyer in order to advance to the UIL State Semifinals. Opening their season with incredibly strong victories over El Paso Eastwood, Flower Mound Marcus, and Cedar Hill, the Dragons were able to make sure there were no holes in their playbook. Through district play, Southlake Carroll defeated Carroll, Byron Nelson, V.R. Eaton, Keller Fossil Ridge, and more to finish at the top of their district standings.
Led by Owen Allen, Jacob Jordan, James Lehman, and Graham Knowles, the Dragons offense has been working hard to make every moment count when they're on the field. The Dragons offense is known for creating every opportunity to score, creating an atmosphere of dominance. Allen leads the team in rushing by averaging nearly 160 rushing yards per game and scoring 35 touchdowns on the season. Jordan leads the team in receiving yards, averaging nearly 90 yards per game and totaling 16 touchdowns. The defense has been impactful on the field throughout every game, making it hard for many of their opponents to score.
So far in playoffs, Southlake Carroll has outscored their opponents by over 100 points. The Dragons have ended the seasons of Crowley (52-13), Frenship (69-14), and McKinney (42-35).
Both teams are state ranked and undefeated. This matchup is quite possibly going to be the best matchup in the entire state this weekend. Denton Guyer fans can expect to see Guyer do what they do every game; the Wildcats will be able to set the tone and start the game off on the right foot. However, Southlake Carroll is a force to be reckoned with and Dragons fans will be able to watch their team put up an incredible fight until the final whistle of the game. Both teams are bound to score quickly and often in this matchup that has the potential to bring everyone to the edge of their seats.
Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. at Northwest ISD Stadium. If you are unable to make it to the game, be sure to catch all the action on CW33!
It seems like just yesterday Texas high school football fans were experiencing their very own "Christmas morning" of sorts with the season kicking off. They blinked and now here we are at the TAPPS Football State Championship week! One of the teams vying for their chance at topping their season off with a crown is the Dallas Christian Chargers. With a rich history at state, Dallas Chistian is making their 19th appearance in the state title game, the Chargers are looking for a back-to-back title victory this Saturday as they face off against Cypress Christian. VYPE DFW dives into what fans can expect out of this squad!
Last season, the Dallas Christian Chargers secured a state title victory over Second Baptist (33-14). Rolling into the season off of that high, the Chargers have focused on maintaining the legacy they have set for their program... a program who won eight-straight state titles just over a decade ago. The team played hard through preseason to be sure that every play in their playbook was executed to the best that it possibly could be then entered district play where they proceeded to shut down opponent after opponent for a 4-0 district finish at the top of their standings.
Outscoring their opponents by nearly 400 points this season, the Chargers offense has been on fire. Led by Zach Hernandez, William Nettles, Luke Carney, Zain Tolivar, Nik Barr, and more, the offense has had no trouble scoring early and often to set the pace of every single game. Quarterback Carney has tallied 30 touchdown passes while in the pocket. Hernandez has scored 24 times while rushing an average of 118 yards per game. Nettles leads in receiving with an average of 112 yards per game and has recorded 22 touchdowns of his own. Barr has recorded seven touchdowns this season. The defense, a force to be reckoned with, is led by the likes of D.J. Lampkins, Chris Scott, Austin Ellis, and more.
The Cypress Christian Warriors are a great team looking to finish off their season with a state title. This season, the team has outscored their opponents by 208 points while securing victories over the likes of Brazos Christian, Northland Christian, Bay Area Christian, and more. The team has been in the state championship game before- securing a championship just last season against Lubbock Trinity. No stranger to the big stage, the Warriors will also be more than ready to secure this second-straight title.
The Warriors offense is led by Maxwell Landrum, Kyle Prazak, Warren Haudek, Drew Mestayer, and more. Able to read through their opponents defense and find holes needed to make scoring drives, the Warriors offense will be ready for anything on Saturday. Their defense is led by Brayden Stovall, J.D. Potts, Owen Witschonke, and more. They will be looking to step it up against a strong Dallas Christian offense.
Fans can expect the Dallas Christian Chargers to bring the heat from start to finish. The Chargers have been known to set the tone and run with it and headed into the biggest game of the season, fans can expect to see a lot of the same. Cypress Christian is going to put up a fight. It's going to be a game to watch!
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. on Saturday, December 3 at Waco ISD Stadium. If you are unable to make the game, be sure to catch the action on TAPPS.tv