North Texas' top two high school football teams are on a collision course and only one will advance to the third round of the Class 5A Division I playoff bracket.
DeSoto, No. 2 in this week's MaxPreps Texas Top 25, will face No. 3 Coppell in Region I area playoff scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday at Allen's sparkling $60 million stadium that opened this fall
DeSoto and Coppell share 11-0 records, but the similarity stops there.
Offense is DeSoto's game. The Eagles, coached by Claude Mathis, are averaging 518 yards and 51 points a game, second-best in the Dallas area among Class 5A schools only to Carroll (Southlake). Running back Dontre Wilson, an Oregon commit, has scored 230 points.
Coppell, under the tutelage of Joe McBride, is No. 1 in defense in North Texas, allowing an average of 215 yards and 8.1 points. The 89 points Coppell has allowed in 11 games is 149 fewer than Wilson has scored by himself.
In another riveting second-round match-up, No. 5 Allen (10-1) takes on No. 11 Mesquite (11-0) Friday night at Clark Stadium in Plano.
Among last week's bi-district casualties was Lake Travis (Austin), which saw its five-year streak of 30 consecutive playoff victories end in a 23-20 loss to Pflugerville. Lake Travis won its five state titles in Class 4A and was competing in 5A this year for the first time.
Here's the MaxPreps Texas Top 25 going into the area playoff round in Week 12.MaxPreps Texas Top 25 Football Rankings1. Katy 11-0 (Last week 1)
The Tigers validated last week's return to the No. 1 slot with a 77-7 crunching of 3-8 Westbury (Houston) in a Class 5A Division II bi-district playoff. Nebraska commit Adam Taylor
ran for four of eight Katy rushing touchdowns. The 77 points set a school record. The Tigers added touchdowns on a punt return, an interception return and a recovered fumble in the end zone. Up next is 9-2 Langham Creek in an area playoff Friday at Houston's Reliant Stadium.View the complete Texas high school football playoff brackets2. DeSoto 11-0 (2)
Oregon commit Dontre Wilson
scored six touchdowns (four rushing, one receiving and one on a fumble return) in the Eagles' 62-15 roasting of 4-7 Harker Heights in a Class 5A Division I bi-district playoff. Junior quarterback Desmond White
threw for 257 yards and three scores. Up next is a highly-anticipated area playoff against No. 3 Coppell (11-0) 1 p.m. Saturday in Allen.
3. Coppell 11-0 (4)
rushed for 129 yards and two touchdowns in the Cowboys' 31-7 elimination of 7-4 MacArthur (Irving). Quarterback Colby Mahon
threw for a touchdown and ran for another. Cameron Smith
had seven catches for 131 yards. Coppell advances to a showdown against No. 2 DeSoto (11-0) 1 p.m. Saturday in Allen.4. Steele (Cibolo) 11-0 (3)
The Knights' starters were replaced before halftime, such was their dominance in a 49-17 rout of 5-6 Marshall (San Antonio) in a Class 5A Division II bi-district playoff. Before leaving, quarterback Breylann McCollum
completed all six of his throws for 101 yards and three scores, two to Matthew Moen
. Oklahoma State commit Jordan Sterns
got the ball rolling with a 46-yard punt return for a score. Up next is 9-2 Roosevelt (San Antonio) on Friday in an area playoff at San Antonio's Heroes Stadium.5. Allen 10-1 (5)
Allen ripped off nine consecutive touchdowns in a 63-14 thumping of 4-7 Richardson in a Class 5A Division I bi-district playoff. Sophomore quarterback Kyler Murray
completed 11-of-14 passes for 189 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 102 yards and a score. Up next is No. 12 Mesquite (11-0) in an area playoff Friday night at Plano's Clark Stadium.6. Carroll (Southlake) 10-1 (7)
With senior quarterback Kenny Hill
operating at full efficiency, the Dragons opened the defense of their 2011 Class 5A Division I state title with a 65-7 bi-district wrecking of 7-4 Martin (Arlington). Hill completed 16-of-17 passes for 256 yards and three touchdowns. As a runner, the Texas A&M commit carried six times for 137 yards and two scores. Carroll advances to face 7-4 El Dorado (El Paso) in an area playoff Saturday in Midland.7. Abilene 11-0 (6)
accounted for two of five interceptions recorded by the Eagles in a 34-15 knockout of 8-3 Montwood (El Paso) in a Class 5A Division II bi-district playoff. Evin Abbe
threw three touchdown passes for Abilene. The Eagles will face 6-5 Lamar (Arlington) Friday at UT-Arlington's Maverick Stadium.8. Bowie (Arlington) 10-1 (8)
Sophomore quarterback Tony James
threw for four touchdowns as the Volunteers scored 28 points in the third quarter of a 49-3 rout of 6-5 Central (Keller) in a Class 5A Division I bi-district playoff at Cowboys Stadium. Two of James' touchdown passes in the third period went to Eric Rivers
. The Volunteers advance to face 10-1 Franklin (El Paso) in an area playoff Friday in Midland.9. Westfield (Houston) 11-0 (9)
Three of the four completions by Courtland Greenwood
went for touchdowns and the Mustangs had no problem eliminating 3-8 Conroe 77-7 in a Class 5A Division I bi-district playoff. Emmitt Raleigh
led the Westfield rushing attack with 145 yards. Up next is 7-4 Bowie (Austin) in an area playoff Saturday in Brenham.10. Skyline (Dallas) 10-1 (10)
86-yard kickoff return for a touchdown reestablished second half control in the Raiders' 35-14 elimination of 5-6 Plano in a Class 5A Division I bi-district playoff. Skyline quarterback Devante Kincade
completed 16-of-19 passes for 165 yards and two touchdowns. Ellis Onic
supplied the run threat with 136 yards and a score. Next up for the Raiders is 8-3 Horn (Mesquite) in an area playoff Saturday at Wildcat-Ram Stadium in Dallas.11. Mesquite 11-0 (12)
completed 24-of-31 passes for 295 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Skeeters to a 50-28 knockout of 8-3 Sachse in a Class 5A Division I bi-district playoff. Jordan Bracy
caught a touchdown pass and also scored on a fumble recovery in the end zone. Mesquite's lead was 50-7 before Sachse scored three fourth-quarter touchdowns. Up next is No. 5 Allen (10-1) in an area playoff Friday night at Clark Stadium in Plano.12. Trinity (Euless) 9-2 (13)
hauled in touchdown passes of 38 and 62 yards and that was more than the Trinity defense needed in a 24-6 elimination of 4-7 Marcus (Flower Mound) in a Class 5A Division I bi-district playoff. The Trojans made a goal-line stand in the third quarter and followed it up with a 99-yard touchdown drive for a 17-0 lead. Up next for Steve Lineweaver's team is 7-4 Mansfield in an area playoff Saturday in North Richland Hills.13. Smithson Valley (Spring Branch) 11-0 (14)
Fourth quarter interceptions by Austin Pierce
, Shane Piatnik
and Sebastian Sanchez
allowed the Rangers to hang on for a difficult 21-14 Class 5A Division II bi-district playoff victory over 7-4 Reagan (San Antonio). Lawrence Mattison
rushed for 144 yards and all three Rangers touchdowns. Up next is an area playoff against 10-1 Brandeis Friday afternoon at Comalander Stadium in San Antonio.
14. Dawson (Pearland) 11-0 (11)
The top-ranked Class 4A team suffered three turnovers, but rallied from behind to defeat 7-4 Foster (Richmond) 28-14 in a Division I bi-district playoff. James White
, a Texas A&M commit, scored the go-ahead touchdown and another for insurance on the way to 175 rushing yards. Dawson advances to meet 9-2 Stratford (Houston) Friday at Houston's Reliant Stadium.15. La Porte 10-1 (15)
Junior Victor Holmes
scored on touchdown runs of six and 80 yards in the fourth quarter to rally the Bulldogs to a 29-21 victory over 8-3 Memorial (Pasadena) in a Class 5A Division II bi-district playoff. The versatile Holmes also caught a touchdown pass for La Porte and completed all three of his passing attempts. Up next is 10-1 Fort Bend Bush (Richmond) Friday in an area playoff in Deer Park.16. North Shore (Houston) 10-1 (16)
carved out 146 of the Mustangs' 430 rushing yards in a 48-7 rout of 5-6 Dobie (Pasadena) in a Class 5A Division I bi-district playoff. Quarterback Micah Thomas
threw a pair of touchdown passes to Kevian DeLeon
. Up next is 6-5 Clear Brook (Friendswood) in an area playoff Saturday in Deer Park.17. Manvel 10-1 (17)
passed for three touchdowns, two to Carlos Thompson
, in the Mavericks' 49-37 win over 8-3 Memorial (Port Arthur). Thompson had five catches for 98 yards in the Class 5A Division II bi-district playoff and Qyalan Clay
rushed for 150 yards and a score. Up next is 7-4 Fort Bend Dulles (Sugar Land) in an area playoff Friday in Deer Park.18. Midway (Waco) 11-0 (18)
Quarterback Kramer Robertson
, bound to LSU on a baseball scholarship, connected with Xavier Hailey
on fourth-quarter touchdown passes of 26 and 62 yards to key a 31-24 victory over 7-4 Midlothian in a Class 5A Division II bi-district playoff. Robertson, the son of Baylor University women's basketball coach Kim Mulkey, threw for 257 yards and B.J. Kelly
added 130 rushing yards and two scores. Up next is 10-1 Heritage (Colleyville) in an area playoff Saturday in Midlothian.19. Tyler 10-1 (20)
Quarterback Greg Ward
, a University of Houston commit, threw for 352 yards and four touchdowns in a 77-20 rout of 6-5 Waxahachie in a Class 4A Division I bi-district playoff. Ward started the Lions' 42-0 second half outburst with a 49-yard touchdown run. Tyler amassed 699 yards against a Waxahachie defense that shut out Ennis the previous week. Up next for the Lions is 5-6 Wylie in an area playoff Friday at Mesquite's Hanby Stadium.20. Brandeis (San Antonio) 10-1 (23)
The Broncos pounded out 427 rushing yards and Colbie Price
threw a pair of first-half touchdown passes in a 66-14 demolition of 5-6 King (Corpus Christi). It marked the third straight year for Brandeis to win big over King in the bi-district round. Up next is a rematch with 11-0 Smithson Valley (Spring Branch) Friday in a Class 5A Division II area playoff at Comalander Stadium in San Antonio. Smithson Valley defeated Brandeis, 41-7, in the season opener on Aug. 31.21. Fort Bend Marshall (Missouri City) 11-0 (24)
rushed for 215 yards and four touchdowns and threw for 62 yards and a score in the Buffaloes' 56-12 demolition of 8-3 Sharpstown (Houston) in a Class 4A Division II bi-district playoff. Up next is 9-2 Texas City in an area playoff Friday in Galena Park.
22. Heritage (Colleyville) 10-1 (25)
Quarterback Cody Thomas
, an Oklahoma commit, threw for 416 yards and four touchdowns and ran for one in a 50-24 clubbing of 6-5 Hebron in a Class 5A Division II bi-district playoff. Nathan Crouch
had two touchdown catches and Connor Davis
rushed for two scores. Up next is 11-0 Midway (Waco) in an area playoff Saturday in Midlothian.23. Lamar (Houston) 11-0 (22)
47-yard touchdown reception from Darrell Colbert
with 54 seconds remaining carried the Redskins to a 36-33 win over 5-6 Seven Lakes (Katy) in a Class 5A Division I bi-district playoff. Colbert threw for 274 yards and fourth touchdowns. Up next is an area playoff with 8-3 Alief Taylor (Houston) Saturday at Houston's Reliant Stadium.
24. Fort Bend Bush (Richmond) 10-1 (NR)
threw for two touchdowns and rushed for another in a 24-20 Class 5A Division II area playoff victory over 8-3 Clear Creek (League City). Monroe's 30-yard touchdown pass to Wayne Grice
with 7:20 remaining iced the victory. Next is 10-1 La Porte in an area playoff Friday in Deer Park.25. North Forest (Houston) 11-0 (NR)
rushed for 96 yards and four touchdowns in a 41-23 Class 4A Division II bi-district playoff victory over 5-6 Fort Bend Ridge Point (Missouri City). Tyrus Jones
added a 53-yard interception return for the Bulldogs and DeMarcus Spurlock
scored on a blocked punt. Up next is 8-3 Terry (Rosenberg) in an area playoff Saturday in Galena Park.Dropped out:
No. 19 Memorial (Port Arthur); No. 21 Lake Travis (Austin).On the bubble
11-0Dallas Jesuit (Dallas)
9-2Langham Creek (Houston)
(10-1)Madison (San Antonio)
11-0Roosevelt (San Antonio)