We're getting close. The high school playoff season is drawing close. Teams are jockeying for position for one of their respective district's four playoff spots.
For the first rendition, we'll look at the current UIL playoff matchups for all classes (6A-1A) on the boys side of things. We'll head over to the girls playoff matchups Friday.
(NOTE: All seedings are based off MaxPreps standings. W = winner; R = runner-up; T = third place; F = fourth place)
W4 Arlington Lamar vs. F3 Haltom
W3 Abilene vs. F4 Arlington Bowie
R3 LD Bell vs. T4 Arlington Martin
R4 North Crowley vs. T3 Euless Trinity
R5 Nelson vs. T6 Flower Mound Marcus
R6 Flower Mound vs. T5 Keller Timber Creek
W6 Coppell vs. F5 Northwest Eaton
W5 Denton Guyer vs. F6 Irving MacArthur
W8 Ducanville vs. F7 Cedar Hill
W7 Grand Prairie vs. F8 Richardson Pearce
R7 Waxahachie vs. T8 Richardson
R8 Lake Highlands vs. T7 South Grand Prairie
R9 McKinney vs. T10 Lakeview Centennial
R10 South Garland vs. T9 Prosper
W10 Wylie vs. F9 McKinney Boyd
W9 Allen vs. F10 Garland Sachse
W12 Killeen Ellison vs. F11 Rockwall-Heath
W11 Mesquite Horn vs. F12 Killeen Shoemaker
R11 Rockwall vs. T12 Temple
R12 Waco Midway vs. T11 Longview
ARLINGTON - It was the matchup we all wanted. And while the end did not have the theatrics of last year, it still had some big moments as North Shore was able to assert itself defensively in the second half to a 31-17 win over Duncanville to claim its second straight 6A DI state championship.
In the first half, the teams traded blows and it was clear it was an evenly contested matchup. As Duncanville was with Ja'Quinden Jackson and North Shore without Zach Evans, other playmakers had to step up. Duncanville (15-1) relied on Roderick Daniels to ignite its offense and lessen the burden on freshman quarterback Chris Parson, who was making his first high school start.
North Shore turned to Dematrius Davis, who made crucial plays with his arms and legs all game long.
After going into the break tied at 17, North Shore (15-1) completely put the clamp down defensively with the tide turning all the way in its favor after recovering a botched snap on a Duncanville punt. Four plays later, North Shore retook the lead.
Duncanville could only muster 42 yards of offense as the North Shore defense began to key in on the Duncanville run game and force Parson to make plays through the air.
With the game in the balance in the fourth quarter, North Shore iced it as Davis hit Charles King on a 44-yard touchdown to seal the victory for North Shore. Duncanville bit on the slot receiver, leaving King wide open for the score and the game.
Charles King wiiiiiiiide open! North Shore takes a two-score lead! #UILState pic.twitter.com/Y0mDJXePXs
— Dave Campbell's Texas Football — TexasFootball.com (@dctf) December 22, 2019
Duncanville turned the ball over on downs on the ensuing possession, sealing the game and the title for North Shore.