The last four football brackets in the country that haven't started in 2020 will kick off this week when the University Interscholastic League's 6A and 5A playoffs get underway. With eight nationally Top 25 teams in the two classifications, these will likely be the most competitive playoffs of all.
Six of those eight teams are all in the 6A-Division I bracket, including two-time defending champion and second-ranked North Shore (Houston)
(10-0), which takes on Deer Park
(5-5) in Region 3 first-round action. The Mustangs are led by one of the nation's most dynamic quarterbacks in third-year starter and Auburn-bound Dematrius Davis Jr.
The team North Shore beat both years in the state finals, seventh-ranked Duncanville
(6-1) opens in Region 2 against Harker Heights
State finals in both classifications are slated tentative for the second week in January at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.
Meanwhile, three of the state's remaining for classifications — 4A, 3A and 2A — continue semifinal action this week, while the 1A finalists are set for title games Dec. 16 at AT&T Stadium. The 1A finals will pit Sterling City
in 1A-I and Balmorhea
vs. Richland Springs
May pulled out a wild 92-86 semifinal overtime win over defending champion Blum
in a game that featured 1,157 yards and 25 touchdowns according to the Brownwood News
. Kaden Halk
rushed 16 times for 302 yards and five touchdowns for May while Blum's Koby Clinkscales
added 248 rushing yards and six touchdowns.
The 4A-I semifinals feature a pair of teams that pulled out high-scoring tight affairs. Lindale
(12-2) defeated Kilgore
56-42 in the Region III finals and will now play Region IV champion LBJ Austin
, a 59-54 winner over Miller (Corpus Christi). The other semifinal game pits Canyon
(12-1) against Argyle
This is the 100th season of UIL football.
Read on for a look at brackets, this week's matchups and check back for scores.
BRACKETS: 6A D1 | 6A D2 | 5A D1 | 5A D2 | 4A D1 | 4A D2 | 3A D1 | 3A D2 | 2A D1 | 2A D2 | 6-Man 1A D1 | 6-Man 1A D2