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.
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No. 1 Out-of-Town Guests: San Angelo Central may not be on area teams' district schedules anymore, but that's not preventing other out-of-towners from matching up with local squads in late regular season games during the 2020 and 2021 football seasons. We start in 10-6A, with Tyler Lee charging from East Texas to play Dallas Skyline, Mesquite ISD (Mesquite, Mesquite Horn and North Mesquite) and Rockwall ISD (Rockwall and Rockwall-Heath). The neighboring 11-6A will feature Waco schools' (Waco and Waco Midway) trips to Cedar Hill, DeSoto, Duncanville, Lake Ridge, Mansfield and Waxahachie in league play. Other notable out-of-market opponents are Abilene Cooper in 3-5A Division I, John Tyler and Longview in 7-5A Division I and Waco University in 5-5A Division II.
No. 2 Allen & Plano Part Ways: Allen and Plano are separated by 7.2 miles, so it's not a surprise that their high schools were longtime competitors in the same UIL football district. But, that will change for the 2020 and 2021 seasons. Allen will team up with Aubrey Braswell, Denton Guyer, Little Elm, McKinney, McKinney Boyd and Prosper in 5-6A, while Plano ISD schools (Plano, Plano East and Plano West) have planned battles with Coppell, Lewisville, Flower Mound, Flower Mound Marcus and Hebron in 6-6A action. If you're wondering about the future of the Allen/Plano East rivalry, it's expected to be played as the teams' season opener the next two years.
No. 3 Private Power Faces New Tests: Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas is one of the two UIL private school members and has found vast success in the league since it joined in the early 2000s. The Rangers are coming off an impressive 2019 playoff run to the UIL 6A Division II Region II Final, but have new challenges for the 2020 and 2021 seasons. As a member of 9-6A the last two years, they played Allen, McKinney, McKinney Boyd, Plano, Plano East, Plano West and Prosper. Now, they will make the move to 7-6A and battle Irving ISD (Irving, Irving MacArthur, Irving Nimitz) and Richardson ISD (Lake Highlands, Richardson, Richardson Berkner and Richardson Pearce).
No. 4 New Kid On The Block: Collin County has grown enough to give another one of its communities a high school. The Rock Hill Blue Hawks will kickoff their varsity sports district competition against fellow 7-5A Division II members Denison, Frisco, Frisco Lebanon Trail, Frisco Liberty, Frisco Memorial, Lake Dallas, Lucas Lovejoy and Princeton.
No. 5 Get Your Maps Ready: Denton and Denton Ryan will move from Region I to Region II in 5A Division I and Duncanville saw a similar transition from 6A Region I to 6A Region II, so they will have different playoff paths for the 2020 and 2021 seasons.
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