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Plenty of Dallas-Fort Worth area teams are vying for their chance at playing in the UIL State Championship game. Some of those teams are facing off against each other in the semifinals. Reigning state champion Dallas South Oak Cliff and Argyle are going head-to-head in the UIL State Semifinals on Friday. VYPE DFW lays out what fans can expect from these two programs!
After winning the state championship last season, the Bears had a rocky start to their 2022 campaign. Posting three-straight losses against Duncanville, Lancaster, and DeSoto to open their season, many people were wondering where the confident and determined team was that just won a state championship. Without hesitation, the Bears took on the rest of their schedule and proceeded to defeat the rest of their opponents with big victories over the likes of Dallas Spruce, Dallas Kimball, Seagoville, and more. South Oak Cliff allowed only one team to score against them in district play while shutting out five others.
Led by the likes of Danny Green Jr, Jamyri Cauley, Tedrick Williams, Joshua Manley, Corinthean Coleman, Brandon Jones, Billy Walton, William Little, David Spruiells, and a plethora of other really talented athletes, the Bears have plowed over their opponents for an 11 game win-streak. In playoffs so far, South Oak Cliff has defeated Mansfield Summit, Lucas Lovejoy, Midlothian Heritage, and Melissa.
In their first season as a 5A team, the Argyle Eagles are having no trouble adjusting. On a 14 game win-streak, the Eagles have been able to post incredible victories from the very start of the season including wins over the likes of Melissa, Lovejoy, Lake Dallas, Frisco Emerson, Denton, and more. The team finished at the top of their district standings with an unblemished record before heading into playoffs where they continue to shut down opponent after opponent.
Led by RJ Bunnell, Will Hodson, Landon Farris, Will Krzysiak, Grant Mirabal, Dax Horany, Riley Van Poppel, Jaaqwan Felton, John Gailey, and more, the Eagles have ended the seasons of Fort Worth Wyatt, Wichita Falls Rider, Grapevine, and Abilene Wylie. With one of the strongest defenses in the area, Argyle is looking to continue acclimating to 5A with a state title game appearance.
Both teams have incredible offenses and incredible defenses. This game is likely going to be one of the best matchups in the area if not the entire state this week. Fans can expect to see South Oak Cliff play a strong run game and look to shut down Argyle in their attempts to continue advancing. However, Argyle isn't looking to slow down. With the ability to set the tone, both teams will be heavy hitters in this matchup. This game is going to come down to the wire! Kick-off is set for 7:30 p.m. at Crowley ISD's stadium.
As we near the end of regular season play, teams have been working hard to showcase their talent, cushion their records, and continue their push towards the playoffs. This week, the Thursday highlighted game on CW33 will features a tough Seagoville squad taking on reigning state champions South Oak Cliff. VYPE DFW takes a dive into these two teams' seasons and lays out just what fans can expect from this Thursday night game!
Last season, Seagoville posted a 6-4 overall record with a 4-4 district record to finish 5th place among their district opponents. The team did not get a chance to play in playoffs, but it has been clear that not making a playoff appearance didn't stop them from getting right to work in the offseason. Their hard work has been paying off this season. From the start, the Dragons opened with two big victories over Trimble Tech (48-7) and North Dallas (48-7). Moving through district play, Seagoville posted victories against the likes of Dallas Hillcrest, Dallas Conrad, and a 56-0 shutout victory over Dallas Jefferson.
Outscoring their opponents this season by over 150 points, the offense has played fast-paced. Seagoville continuously learns from mistakes and takes no time to bounce back. The Dragon defense has been quick on the attack to figure out their opposing offense.
After winning the state title last season, the beginning of the season seemed grim for the Bears as they opened with three straight losses against tough opponents: Duncanville, Lancaster, and DeSoto. The losses only proved to create a battle-tested mentality for the Bears, though. The team readjusted and prepared for district play after posting a hard-fought 31-28 victory over their last non-district opponent, back-to-back-to-back TAPPS state champions Parish Episcopal.
The Bears have not allowed a single touchdown against them in district play while scoring over five touchdowns each game. South Oak Cliff has shut out Dallas Adamson (49-0), Dallas Spruce (48-0), Dallas Kimball (56-0), and Dallas Samuell (56-0) to show that they are more than ready to head back to the playoffs. South Oak Cliff is led in receiving by senior wide receiver Corinthean Coleman and junior wide receiver Jamyri Cauley (both averaging about 35 yards per game). The team is led in rushing by senior runing back Izale Williams Jr. (averaging nearly 80 yards a game), senior quarterback Tedrick Williams (averaging about 67 per game), and junior running back Danny Green (averaging nearly 55 yards per game). The Bears' offense is able to get the job done both on the ground and through the air while the defense is able to quickly read the opponents to shut down all efforts. Led in tackling by junior outside linebacker Brandon Jones (averaging 12 tackls a game) and senior cornerback Taylor Starling (9 tackles per game), the defense is sharp and always prepared to create the next opportunity for their offense to return to the field.
Seagoville would do anything for the opportunity to read through South Oak Cliff's impressive style of play. Winning this game would be a huge mark on their schedule for the Dragons, but the Bears have something figured out that other teams in the area haven't quite been able to harness. Fans can expect to see both teams play hard out of the tunnel, but South Oak Cliff is determined and ready to take down anyone who stands in their way of repeating as the state champion. If you can't make it out to South Oak Cliff for the game, be sure to catch all the action on CW33- kick-off is set for 7 p.m.