For the first time in school history, Stephenville will play "Monday Night Football."
The Yellow Jackets (11-1) won't be in an NFL game on ESPN, but they will be at Shotwell Stadium in Abilene for a state quarterfinal against Lubbock Cooper (11-2) at 6:30 p.m. Monday.
The game was originally scheduled for Friday but was postponed due to the large winter storm that swept through north, central and west Texas Thursday evening and Friday morning. The winner faces Kilgore in the semifinals.
"The Lubbock superintendent and I both agreed this is what is best and safest for everyone involved is to wait out the weekend and play on Monday," said Stephenville superintendent Dr. Darrell Floyd Friday morning. "I know both coaches would like to try and get the game in, but we believe Monday will be best."
All-state safety Mookie Carlile took to Twitter to remind his teammates not to get sidetracked over the weekend, posting: "We need to treat this like an extended practice week. Stay focused on what's ahead. Can't be dumb this weekend."
Kilgore took care of Region II by defeaing Tyler Chapel Hill 59-19 Friday night. The other 3A Division I semifinalists have also been decided: Carthage beat West Orange Stark 28-14 while La Grange eliminated Gonzales 21-8.
Twitter reports late Friday night suggested at least 16 games across the north half of the state had been delayed until Monday. That list grew when roads were in no better condition Saturday morning.
There has been one Tuesday playoff game already this fall. Bangs defeated Denver City in a 2A Division I area-round game.
The UIL has announced Sunday semifinal gams will be allowed if necessary in order to keep the state championships on schedule.