AUSTIN (KXAN) – There are 12 UIL state championship football games taking place December 15-18 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, and five could feature teams from the Austin area. From potential first-time entrants to several of the state’s blue-blooded programs, teams must first make it to the semi-finals.
Here are the matches in this week’s state semifinals against Austin-area schools.
Lago Vista vs. Lorena, semifinalist 3A D1
- 7 p.m. Thursday
- Georgetown ISD Stadium
Lago Vista were looking to make their first trip to the state championship when they met Lorena on Thursday night in Georgetown. Vikings about to win 35-21 against Vanderbilt Industrial in the quarterfinals. Young midfielder Bowen Stobb crossed 1,748 yards and 19 touchdowns while dashing 1,005 yards and 12 touches. Stobb also intercepted back for a touchdown in the team’s quarter-final victory. Senior Logan Parsons led the “land attack” with 1,540 dash dashes and 10 ground hits. Lorena (12-2) advanced with a 63-28 win over Diboll in their quarter-final.
Liberty Hill vs. Crosby, semi-final 5A D2
- 7:30 p.m. Friday
- Green Stadium, Bryan
This is a rematch of one of the best matches in last year’s knockouts in any classification. Crosby beat Liberty Hill 62-61 in an overtime thriller before losing to Aledo. Liberty Hill will convert to two points for the win as re-run star Blake Simpson fumbles inside the one-yard line to end the game.
Liberty Hill (12-2) returned to the fourth round of the final with 11 new starters from the start, and on top of that, junior Reese Vickers had to replace senior Will Szewczyk in midfield after mid-season after Szewczyk broke his arm. Vickers scores two touchdowns in the Panthers 43-40 win over Alamo Heights undefeated into the quarterfinals. Liberty Hill’s ground assault is led by a pair of sophomores. Noah Long has 1,911 yards of charge and 27 touchdowns while Joe Pitchford has 1,016 yards and 14 touches.
Crosby’s past two games (12-2) have been both tough and tough to get to the semi-finals, beating A&M Consolidation 53-0 in the third round, followed by a 14-7 win over Texas High in the quarterfinals.
Katy vs. Westlake, semi-final 6A D2
- 2 p.m. Saturday
- McLane Stadium, Waco
Last year, two champions of State 6A clashed for their ticket to the D2 championship in a match of national importance. Westlake (14-0) is ranked 2nd nationally by MaxPreps and 7th by Katy. Westlake, who won the D1 title last year, have been unstoppable so far as they want to bring head coach Todd Dodge out of retirement. with a third consecutive state championship.
The Chaparrals defeated Vandegrift 70-7 in the quarterfinals, the second time they scored 70 points in the knockout round. Westlake’s defense has scored a total of 23 points in four playoffs.
Senior midfielder Cade Klubnik is recently named Gatorade Texas Soccer Player and was one of three people nominated for the national honor.
Katy (14-0) is also undefeated, but the Tigers were pushed in a 34-31 quarterfinal win over Summer Creek. Katy features running junior Seth Davis, who has dashed 2,422 yards and 28 touchdowns this season.
LBJ vs. Chapel Hill, semi-final 4A D1
- 2:30 p.m. Saturday
- Ford Center, Frisco
LBJ is back in the state semifinals for the second year in a row as they will play their third straight home game when they meet Chapel Hill from the Tyler area on Saturday at the Ford Center. The Jaguars have been on a mission since losing to Lindale 31-28 in last year’s semi-final with a goal on the field at the last second. Head coach Jahmal Fenner said: “We feel as if we were on the pitch last year, we can still feel it in our chests, we feel like last year we should have. after their 45-25 victory over Fredericksburg into the quarterfinals.
After losing three games in a row, Chapel Hill closed the regular season with consecutive wins before the playoffs, including a 41-35 win over Kilgore in the third round, also the team that had leaving them with their third loss in that losing streak.
North Shore vs. Lake Travis, semifinals 6A D1
- 3:00 p.m. Saturday
- Kelly Reeves . Sports Complex, Austin
After their opening round loss in the playoffs last year, Lake Travis is back in the semifinals for the sixth time in seven years as they seek their seventh state title since 2007. The Cavs are knocked out. San Antonio Brennan undefeated 42-17 in the quarterfinals. Backward forward Derrick Johnson ran for 208 yards including a 95 yard touchdown while midfielder Bo Edmundson raced 325 yards and two touches.
The North Shore are back in the semifinals after a 44-20 win over Atascocita. The North Shore lost to Westlake 24-21 last year to derail its attempt to play for a third consecutive state title.
https://www.kxan.com/sports/5-austin-area-teams-playing-for-trips-to-texas-high-school-football-title-games/ 5 Austin-area teams play for trips to Texas high school football title games