E-T Staff Report
Texasfootball.com, the Web affiliate of Dave Campbell's Texas Football Magazine, picks Stephenville to march through the first three rounds of the Class 4A Division II football playoffs.
The postseason begins Friday for the Yellow Jackets when they battle former district-mate Crowley at 7:30 p.m. at Weatherford's Kangaroo Stadium. Stephenville is 19-2 in playoff openers since 1989.
The Website predicts Aledo will eliminate Stephenville in the Region I final (state quarterfinals) and go on to survive another rematch in the state championship game against Brenham.
The site's skinny on the 4A Division II field says, "It would appear that 4A-DII, once again, is unbeaten Aledo's bracket to lose. Ranked No. 1 in Class 4A and looking like a state champ, Aledo still has to solve the riddle of two possible rematches: Stephenville and Brenham."
Stephenville is picked by the site to defeat Springtown in the area round and Lake Dallas in the regional semifinals.
The site predicted all the brackets from 3A Division II through 5A Division I. Brownwood is the pick of the litter in the 3A small-school playoffs, while Celina is the pick in 3A Division I.
The site picks Waco Midway, which edged Stephenville for the District 8-4A title, to take down Denton Ryan and Birdville on its way through Region I, then to get past John Tyler in the semifinals before falling to Kerrville Tivy in the championship.
San Antonio MacArthur is picked over Abilene Cooper in the 5A Division II final while the site says Katy will upset nationally top-ranked Euless Trinity for the 5A Division I championship.