Jan 15, 2021
Decatur continues to soar through playoffs doing whatever they can to keep naysayers quiet. The Eagles are looking to continue on their path in the UIL State Semifinals Friday evening when they take on China Spring. VYPE DFW takes a dive into what fans can expect out of this semifinal matchup!
Decatur Eagles (11-3, 4-0)
Decatur is on a hot streak as they continue to post win after win. Entering the semifinals on an 11-game win streak, the team is led by Nate Palmer, Landon Felts, Devin James, Preston Escobar, Hunter Smith, Brody McClure, Antwan Gilbreath, Wyatt Vinzant, and more. After finishing at the top of their district standings, the team has been able to secure incredible victories in post season play, including their most recent 35-21 victory over Wichita Falls.
Blanking two playoffs opponents, the Eagles have allowed only 36 points against them in postseason play while scoring 173 of their own. The team has been playing stronger and better than ever and will look to continue doing so on Friday against China Spring.
China Spring Cougars (13-1, 4-0)
China Spring has posted only one loss this season- a 24-16 intense matchup against Parish Episcopal who has won their division's TAPPS State Title four seasons in a row. The team posted victories over former state champion Stephenville, Waco La Vega, Alvarado, and more to finish their regular season at the top of their district. In playoffs, the team has ended the seasons of Fort Worth Western Hills, Kaufman, Lake Worth, and Anna.
Led by incredible athletes, the Cougars are no stranger to defeating Dallas-Fort Worth area teams. They will be looking to play smart defense against a tough Decatur team.
What To Expect:
China Spring is a team that hasn't given up in any situation they have ever been in. Looking to continue their streak of taking down DFW opponents, they will be alert on the field- ready to get the job done. Decatur has to remain focused from start to finish in order to continue advancing. In a win and go to state or lose and go home situation, fans can expect both teams to have one of the best games of their season. Kick-off is set for 7:30 p.m. at Mansfield Newsom Stadium.
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There is so much fun to be had at a VYPE Media Days!
From team and individual pictures, social media shout-outs and video interviews, it is all there for the student-athletes to feel like a superstar. VYPE traveled out to St. John XXIII for their 2022 Winter Media Day.
Check out the video and photo gallery below!
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09 Dec, 2022
Preparing to make their return to the semifinals, the Gunter Tigers are geared up and ready to pull out all of their secret weapons in order to continue their streak of excellence this season. The team will take on Canadian on Friday with full intentions of punching their ticket to the state title game. So, what can fans expect out of this semifinal match-up?
Gunter Tigers (14-0, 5-0)
After winning the state title in 2019, Gunter has been working towards getting another title. This season, the team opened strong with victories over Nike Dallas FC (forfeit), Cedar Hill Trinity Leadership (67-6), Trinity Christian Academy - Addison (41-0), Brock (21-16) who is already headed to the UIL 3A State Title game, and Gladewater (59-7) through non-district play. In district play, the Tigers posted big victories over the likes of Lone Oak, Leonard, Howe, Bells, and more to finish at the top of their district standings with an unblemished record. This season, the Tigers have blanked four different opponents and caused two different opponents to forfeit their games. The team has outscored their opponents so far this season by nearly 500 points this season.
Led by the likes of Nick Bullard, Zach Boland, Ashton Bennett, Nathan Nelson, Ethan Sloan, Mason Peacock, Landon Waligura, Collier Stovall, Trey Walton, and more, the Tigers have already ended the seasons of Jacksboro, Palmer, and Holliday in playoffs so far. The team has allowed only 20 points in postseason play and will look to use their strong defense as a force on the field on Friday night.
Canadian Wildcats (12-2, 5-0)
With an up and down record in preseason play, the Canadian Wildcats used every moment to sharpen their abilities, learn from difficult matchups, and prepare for the rest of their season. Their only two losses this season came in preseason play against Bushland (47-21) and a hard-fought 37-36 game that ended in overtime against Oklahoma's Elk City. Through district play, the team posted victories against Childress, Friona, Spearman, and more to finish at the top of their district standings with an undefeated district record.
Led by Cameron Cavalier, Preston Miller, Kaden Crooks, Trace Mitchell, Jaxtyn Valenzuela, and more, the Wildcats have been a force on the field in postseason play. The team has outscored their postseason opponents 220-46 while eliminating Lubbock Roosevelt, Early, Spearman, and Wall.
What To Expect:
Fans can expect to see Gunter set the tone early in the game. The Tigers are as prepared as ever to continue their streak of excellence- especially this far into the playoffs. Canadian is going to put up an incredible fight as well. This game could very well be one that keeps you guessing until the final whistle. Kick-off is set for 6 p.m. at Abilene Wildcat Stadium.
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