For some Dallas area football teams, the regional finals feature a rematch with a familiar foe
Brandon Schmidt knows, if he was restarted, what his football team Prosper should do differently against Denton Guyer.
“On the offensive side of the ball, we didn’t perform well this whole game,” said Schmidt, whose side lost to Guyer 35-7 on October 1. “Too many mental mistakes. Too many physical and technical mistakes.
Barring significant developments in time travel, nothing can be done to change the loss of Prosper. On Saturday, however, he can get as close as possible to it.
Prosper and Guyer, both teams from District 5-6A, will play in the Region I 6A-I final at 1 p.m. at Allen Eagle Stadium. It’s one of 15 regular-season revenges played statewide this week in the UIL fourth round of the playoffs, and one of four in the Dallas area.
Duncanville and DeSoto will play in the Region II 6A-I final on Saturday. Duncanville (11-1) defeated DeSoto (11-2) 42-21 on September 17. Mansfield Summit (10-3) and Colleyville Heritage (12-1) will play a rematch of their Oct. 15 game – a 35-34 Heritage Victory – in the Region I 5A-I final on Friday. Aubrey (12-1) will be hoping to avenge a 49-14 loss to Celina (11-1) on October 8 when the two play in the Region I 4A-II final on Friday. The TAPPS Division. The championship game between Parish Episcopal and Midland Christian is a rematch for Episcopal’s 28-14 victory in September.
Where do the coaches stand in such a deep district rematch in the state tournament? It depends who you ask.
âTo say that I don’t like it means we’re not excited,â Guyer coach Rodney Webb said. âI guess the honest answer is that I’m kind of indifferent. I will say playing a team twice in a season poses a unique set of challenges, I think, for both teams.
Not only will Guyer and Prosper play for the second time this season, but it will be the fourth time in two years that the two have played. The two also played in the regular season and zonal round last year, in addition to this year’s Week 6 game. Guyer won all three games.
âIt’s good from a point of view, there’s a lot of familiarity,â Webb said. “The downside is there is a lot of familiarity.”
Both Webb and Schmidt have said that at the start of the season a team is what it is. They’ll both be working new wrinkles into their respective game plans to deliver fresh, unseen looks, but little can change a team’s established identity. Webb described it as a delicate balance, a balance in which he would like to install new levels of preparation and pattern to disrupt the opponent, but not too much to the point of distracting his own team.
It should be argued, however, that the teams that will play on Friday and Saturday are not the same ones that played in the early season matches.
In Guyer and Prosper’s rematch, junior quarterbacks Jackson Arnold of Guyer and Harrison Rosar of Prosper had each made just five starts each before the Week 6 game. With a full season each and 60 combined touchdowns now. to their credit, the dynamics of each attack have developed.
âBoth teams have moved on,â Webb said of Guyer and Prosper. âThe staff have changed slightly for both teams. Even game six of the season, a lot of times you’re not even sure what you’re good at.
Said Schmidt, whose team have won six of the seven wins since Guyer’s loss: “I expect Guyer to see a different team on Saturday than they saw of us seven weeks ago.”
DeSoto lost to Duncanville 11-6A in September without senior running back Chris Henley Jr., who has 1,113 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns this season. Head coach Claude Mathis – who admitted he’s not a fan of regular season rematch – said that while adding a player of Henley Jr.’s caliber is key, don’t don’t expect either team to change their ways.
âIf you try to release a whole new playbook, you have no chance of winning at all,â Mathis said. “We know what they’re going to do, we know what they’re going to doâ¦ they’re not going to change their entire playbook for this ball game for us, I’ll tell you right now, and we don’t. are not going to do the same.
Mansfield Summit and Colleyville Heritage, two 4-5A Div. Schools that sandwich the city of Fort Worth played twice last year and would have played three times without a regular season cancellation in 2020. Summit beat Heritage 34-31 in the regional semifinals last season. Heritage returned the favor with a point win this year.
Summit head coach Channon Hall is focusing on the big picture, however.
âYou like it just because it means you’re moving forward,â Hall said. “Every time you do this, you are counting your blessings and are happy to play regardless of the opponent.”
What do you say, Celina coach Bill Elliot?
âTo be honest,â Elliot said. ” No I do not [like it]. I do not. For me it’s like a trap game because we beat them the last time around. You worry that your kids are looking beyond, looking over, not preparing well. This has been a big part of our conversation this week.
Eight-time state champion Celina has won seven of her last eight games against 4-4A Div. Enemy Aubrey II, including a 49-14 victory in October this year. Conventional wisdom would suggest that Celina is in a good position to make it eight of nine.
That’s what worries Elliot, who saw state powers Aledo and Highland Park fall victim to upheaval in the opening rounds of the playoffs, and six reigning state champions lost last Saturday alone.
âThe whole football landscape this year, when you go from the NFL to middle school to high school, there was so much upheaval, so many teams that got knocked out when everyone thought it was a win. “said Elliot. âLook at the Cowboys, how many times has that happened to them this year? “
In the office of Aubrey head coach Keith Ivy, the match ball from his team’s latest win against Celina – a 36-27 decision in 2020 – sits prominently on a shelf next to his office. He and his upstart team Aubrey will be ready.
âI know we’ll be the big underdog,â Ivy said. âI saw a 14 point dog, 9 points whatever it is. None of this matters to us.
|Teams||Earlier this season|
|Duncanville vs. DeSoto||Duncanville 42, DeSoto 21|
|Denton Guyer vs. Prosper||Denton Guyer 35, Prosper 7|
|Colleyville Heritage vs Sommet Mansfield||Colleyville Heritage 35, Mansfield 34 summit|
|Celina vs. Aubrey||Celina 49, Aubrey 14|
|Episcopal Parish vs. Midland Christian||Episcopal Parish 28, Midland Christian 14|
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