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Tyler Jones, Stephenville

Tyler Jones just missed a major state record Friday night while passing Stephenville (Texas) to a 56-24 football victory over Kennedale during the Class 3A Division I regional semifinals.

The 6-foot-2, 195-pound senior quarterback connected on a career-high eight touchdown passes - one short of the state record set last year by Wesley Harris of Fort Worth Southwest - while completing 22 of 29 for 469 yards. He also rushed for 112 yards. He now has passed for 2,913 yards and 34 touchdowns this year with just four interceptions.

Senior wide receiver Brice Gunter (6-3, 185) had a career-high 10 catches for 223 yards and four touchdowns. That boosted his 2012 totals to 66 catches for 1,023 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Both Gunter and Jones have committed to Texas State, according to the Stephenville Empire-Tribune.

* Wylie East (Wylie, Texas) nipped Whitehouse 63-56 during the Class 4A Division II area playoffs as Jabari Anderson ran 49 times for 385 yards and two touchdowns. Quarterback Garrett McCain completed 14 of 29 passes for 228 yards and three touchdowns, while Marcell Ateman snared 11 passes for 192 yards and all three touchdowns.

Still, the Raiders needed reserve Kevon Mack to produce the winning touchdown on a five-yard run with just 41 seconds remaining.

Whitehouse received an outstanding effort from quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who completed 21 of 36 passes for 441 yards and five touchdowns.

* Junior star Jalen Hurd ran 30 times for 394 yards and four touchdowns as Beech (Hendersonville, Tenn.) handed Jackson North Side its first loss 64-31 during the Class 5A state semifinals. North Side held a 24-14 halftime lead before the unbeaten Buccaneers broke loos for 50 points after the intermission.