This week we are heading to Arlington to watch the most exciting three days of football anywhere. Two years ago the UIL started down the road on getting the state title games right. In 2010 the UIL had the 3A-DII, 4A-DI and DII, and 5A-DI and D-II title games in Cowboys Stadium all on the same weekend. The 1A-DI and D-II and the 2A-DI and DII title games were played in Mansfield. One on Friday night and three games on Saturday. Last year the UIL moved all the games to Cowboys Stadium and got it right. It was a three day extravaganza for high school football fans.
In 2011 we saw the Tenaha Tigers take on the Munday Moguls for the 1A-DII title. Tenaha came out on top (52-28). This year we get to see Tenaha and Munday go at it again. I believe that Munday will get their revenge this year. Munday comes into this game undefeated and rolling through the playoffs. Tenaha finished the regular season 6-4 but has made a great run in the playoffs to get back to the championship game.
In 2011 we saw the Stamford Bulldogs lose to Mason Punchers (62-40) for the 1A-DI title. This year Stamford is going back and they will be playing the Mart Panthers who we saw win the title in 2010 over Goldthwaite (28-7). Both of these teams come into this game with the ability to put up points and both can play defense. I am really looking forward to this matchup. My pick is Stamford.
In the 2011 2A-DII title game had the un-stoppable offense of the Refugio Bobcats win over the Cisco Lobos 36-35. Cisco had chances to win this game but came up short. There will be a new champion this year as Corsicana Mildred (13-1) will face East Bernard (14-0). Corsicana has done very well in the playoffs while East Bernard took out the defending champions two weeks ago. I think that East Bernard is a team of destiny and will win this game.
For the 2011 2A-DI title game we saw Melissa defeat Hempstead 28-15. Melissa was the team that defeated the Mules in the semi-finals. During re-alignment the Cardinals moved up the 3A so there would be a new champion crowned here. This year we will get to see a replay of the 2010 final that had Daingerfield go head to head with Cameron Yoe. Daingerfield won 33-27 in 2010 but Cameron Yoe almost pulled off the victory. I think Yoe will come out on top this time around.
The 3A-D1 game in 2011 had the Wimberly Texans winning over the Argyle Eagles 21-14. This year we get to see Gilmer (14-1) play Navasota (15-0). Both of the teams have had many years of success. Gilmer has two state titles (2009 and 2004) and two losses in title games (2007 and 1981). While Navasota lost to Southlake Carroll in 1988 in the 3A title game. I believe that Gilmer will win this game. They play in the toughest 3A district in the state and may be the toughest district overall.
We saw one of the best high school running backs in Texas high school history in 2011 when we watch Jonathan Gray lead Aledo to their third straight 4A-DII title. This time it was over Alvin Manvel 49-28. This year we will get to see Lancaster (14-1) play Cedar Park (13-2). I really do not know anything about either team but Cedar Park has looked good in the playoffs. I will go with Cedar Park.
In 2011 Lake Travis put together another special year. In fact they won their fifth straight ring by defeating Waco Midway 22-7. This year we get to see Denton Guyer (13-2) take on Georgetown (15-0) for the 4A-DI title. Guyer has put 42, 42, 38, 52 and 57 points on the board in the playoffs. Georgetown has scored 44, 38, 49, 38 and 42 in their games. I think that Guyer has played the tougher schedule and should come out on top.
The 5A-DII title game in 2011 had an attendance over 42,000 people and the saw Southlake Carroll defeat Ft Bend Hightower 36-29. If you were not impressed with the QB’s on the team you are hard to please. Kenny Hill was a JR for Southlake and Bralon Addison for Hightower. These guys just lit up the scoreboard. Hill made another run this year but lost to DeSoto two weeks ago. Addison had a good year as a receiver for the Oregon Ducks. This year we will get to see Katy (15-0) take on Cedar Hill (11-4). The Tigers of Katy have shown to be the team to beat this season and are my pick to win the title.
The 5A-DI game in 2011 had another great running back win a title. Trey Williams now at Texas A&M lead his Spring Dekaney team over the defending champions Cibolo Steele 34-14. This year Allen (14-1) will be playing Houston Lamar (15-0). Allen has looked very good all year and they are my pick for the championship.
In case you were wondering about 3A-DI, Stephenville defeated El Campo 70-35 and in 6-man action Richland Springs defeated Follett 60-14 for the DII title and Throckmorton defeated Abbott 72-30 in the DI title game.
If you have never been to a state title game you are missing out. We have been to at least one championship game every year since the Mules one theirs in 2008. The experience is priceless, especially since all the games are in one stadium now. If you are attending let us know and we can sit together and talk football. If not follow the scores on twitter, @mulesportsnet, or our website home page. www.muleshoesportsnetwork.com