Texas high school football playoffs: Houston teams still in hunt

Predictions and more for every quarterfinal game involving teams in and around the Bayou City.

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Fort Bend Marshall defensive end Zachary Chapman, center, celebrates his sack of Lake Creek quarterback Cade Tessier with Trent Thomas (4) and Elijah Sims, left, during the second half of a Region III-5A Division II high school football semifinal playoff game, Friday, Nov. 25, 2022, in Houston.

Fort Bend Marshall defensive end Zachary Chapman, center, celebrates his sack of Lake Creek quarterback Cade Tessier with Trent Thomas (4) and Elijah Sims, left, during the second half of a Region III-5A Division II high school football semifinal playoff game, Friday, Nov. 25, 2022, in Houston.

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The quarterfinals of the UIL Texas high school football playoffs have arrived, with several teams from the Houston area still in the hunt for a state title.

This includes a pair of perennial powers that are a combined 26-0 in 2022, as well as a few others that have shown championship potential. Here are predictions for the four quarterfinal games involving teams from the Houston area.

Fort Bend Marshall (12-1) vs. Port Neches-Groves (11-2)

Fort Bend Marshall's Week 2 overtime loss to Crosby seems like ages ago at this point. The Buffalos have won 11 straight games, out-scoring opponents 519-60 in this span with an average win margin of 45 points through three playoff games. They rolled over an undefeated Montgomery Lake Creek squad 55-18 last week, and it's tough to see them slowing down now—even against a talented Port Neches-Groves team.

Prediction: Fort Bend Marshall wins

Westfield head coach Matt Meekins, right, addresses the team after their 41-38 win over Klein Collins after their Region II-6A Division 1 area playoff high school football game held at Tomball ISD Stadium Friday, Nov. 18, 2022 in Tomball, TX.

Westfield head coach Matt Meekins, right, addresses the team after their 41-38 win over Klein Collins after their Region II-6A Division 1 area playoff high school football game held at Tomball ISD Stadium Friday, Nov. 18, 2022 in Tomball, TX.

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Duncanville (12-0) vs. Spring Westfield (12-1)

This matchup features two top-10 teams in Class 6A, but it's difficult to view Spring Westfield as anything other than an underdog this week. The Mustangs' lone loss came against North Shore in Week 3, and they won their next eight games by an average of 51.25 points. The last two rounds of the playoffs have been much tighter affairs, though, with Westfield edging out Klein Collins and Waxahachie by three points each. Duncanville, meanwhile, is undefeated, No. 8 in USA Today's national rankings and has won its three playoff games by scores of 74-13, 41-0 and 35-3.

Prediction: Duncanville wins

North Shore (13-0) vs. Atascocita (11-2)

There aren't many high school football playoff games in the country this week that are more intriguing than this one. North Shore is the undisputed powerhouse of the Houston area, winning three of the last four Class 6A Division I championships, with do-it-all weapon David Amador earning a semifinalist nod for the Mr. Texas Football High School Player of the Year Award on Monday. But don't sleep on Atascocita. The Eagles nearly took down North Shore late in the regular season, falling 16-13, and their only other loss came by seven points against another nationally ranked undefeated team in Katy.

Prediction: North Shore wins

North Shore running back D’Andre Hardeman (28) carries the ball for a touchdown in a Region III-6A Division I semifinal high school football playoff game Friday, Nov 25, 2022, in Katy.

North Shore running back D’Andre Hardeman (28) carries the ball for a touchdown in a Region III-6A Division I semifinal high school football playoff game Friday, Nov 25, 2022, in Katy.

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Katy (13-0) vs. C.E. King (9-4)

C.E. King was largely an afterthought entering the playoffs, even though its four regular-season losses all came against playoff teams—including top-10 squads North Shore and Atascocita. The Panthers have been on a roll since their 24-21 loss to Summer Creek in late October, though, hammering Beaumont West Brook 49-14 before winning their first three playoff games by a combined score of 138-42. That said, Katy has been among the most dominant teams in the country, sitting at 13-0 and No. 15 in USA Today's national rankings. To illustrate just how overpowering the Tigers have been, their 35-7 rout of Summer Creek last week was their closest game since mid-September.

Prediction: Katy wins

Below are the dates, times and locations for all UIL Texas high school football playoff quarterfinal games, via TexasFootball.com.

CLASS 6A DIVISION I

Prosper (12-1) vs. Lewisville (12-1), 2 p.m. Saturday at McKinney’s McKinney ISD Stadium
Duncanville (12-0) vs. Spring Westfield (12-1), 3 p.m. Saturday at Georgetown’s Georgetown ISD Stadium
Galena Park North Shore (13-0) vs. Humble Atascocita (11-2), 7 p.m. Friday at New Caney’s Randall Reed Stadium
SA Northside Brennan (12-1) vs. Austin Westlake (13-0), 2 p.m. Saturday at San Antonio’s Alamodome

CLASS 6A DIVISION II

Denton Guyer (13-0) vs. Southlake Carroll (13-0), 2 p.m. Saturday at Justin’s Northwest ISD Stadium
DeSoto (11-2) vs. Killeen Harker Heights (12-1), 7 p.m. Friday at Baylor’s McLane Stadium
Katy (13-0) vs. Houston King (9-4), 7 p.m. Friday at Houston’s NRG Stadium
Austin Vandegrift (12-1) vs. Dripping Springs (12-1), 7 p.m. Friday at Cedar Park’s Gupton Stadium

CLASS 5A DIVISION I

Burleson Centennial (12-1) vs. Aledo (11-2), 2 p.m. Saturday at Frisco’s Ford Center
Mansfield Timberview (13-0) vs. Longview (13-0), 7 p.m. Friday at Mesquite’s Memorial Stadium
College Station (11-2) vs. Comal Smithson Valley (12-1), 2 p.m. Saturday at Pflugerville’s The Pfield
CC Veterans Memorial (11-2) vs. PSJA North (13-0), 6 p.m. Saturday at Corpus Christi’s Buccaneer Stadium

CLASS 5A DIVISION II

Abilene Wylie (10-3) vs. Argyle (13-0), 7 p.m. Friday at Stephenville’s Memorial Stadium
Dallas South Oak Cliff (10-3) vs. Melissa (11-2), 7:30 p.m. Friday at Arlington’s Choctaw Stadium
Fort Bend Marshall (12-1) vs. Port Neches-Groves (11-2), 7 p.m. Friday at Galena Park’s Galena Park ISD Stadium
Liberty Hill (12-1) vs. CC Flour Bluff (10-3), 7 p.m. Friday at San Antonio’s Farris Stadium

CLASS 4A DIVISION I

Wichita Falls (9-4) vs. Decatur (10-3), 7 p.m. Friday at Denton’s Collins Stadium
China Spring (12-1) vs. Anna (13-0), 7:30 p.m. Friday at Fort Worth’s Crowley ISD Stadium
Tyler Chapel Hill (11-2) vs. Kilgore (10-3), 7 p.m. Friday at Tyler’s Rose Stadium
Boerne (13-0) vs. CC Calallen (13-0), 7:30 p.m. Friday at San Antonio’s Alamo Stadium

CLASS 4A DIVISION II

Monahans (10-3) vs. Glen Rose (12-1), 7 p.m. Friday at Sweetwater’s Mustang Bowl
Texarkana Pleasant Grove (11-2) vs. Carthage (13-0), 7 p.m. Friday at Marshall’s Maverick Stadium
Silsbee (13-0) vs. Cuero (12-1), 1:30 p.m. Friday at Houston’s NRG Stadium
Wimberley (13-0) vs. Lago Vista (10-3), 7:30 p.m. Friday at Hutto’s Memorial Stadium

CLASS 3A DIVISION I

Whitesboro (11-1) vs. Brock (9-4), 7 p.m. Thursday at Denton’s Collins Stadium
Grandview (11-2) vs. Malakoff (12-1), 7:30 p.m. Friday at Waxahachie’s Lumpkins Stadium
Columbus (12-1) vs. Franklin (13-0), 7 p.m. Friday at Tomball’s Tomball ISD Stadium
Llano (13-0) vs. Edna (12-1), 7 p.m. Thursday at San Marcos’ Rattler Stadium

CLASS 3A DIVISION II

Wall (12-1) vs. Canadian (11-2), 6 p.m. Friday at Woodrow’s Pirate Stadium
Holliday (13-0) vs. Gunter (12-0), 7 p.m. Friday at Frisco’s Ford Center
Gilmer Harmony (8-5) vs. Newton (12-1), 7 p.m. Friday at Nacogdoches’ Bryce Stadium
Tidehaven (11-2) vs. Poth (12-1), 7 p.m. Friday at San Marcos’ Bobcat Stadium

CLASS 2A DIVISION I

Cisco (11-2) vs. Hawley (13-0), 7 p.m. Friday at Abilene’s Wildcat Stadium
Tolar (13-0) vs. Crawford (13-0), 7 p.m. Friday at Burleson’s Burleson Stadium
Cooper (13-0) vs. Timpson (13-0), 7 p.m. Friday at Lindale’s Eagle Stadium
Shiner (11-2) vs. Refugio (12-1), 7 p.m. Friday at San Marcos’ Rattler Stadium

CLASS 2A DIVISION II

Wellington (12-1) vs. New Home (12-1), 7 p.m. Friday at Canyon’s Happy State Bank Stadium
Albany (11-2) vs. Collinsville (12-1), 7 p.m. Friday at Mineral Wells’ Ram Stadium
Mart (13-0) vs. Lovelady (12-0), 7 p.m. Friday at College Station’s Tiger Stadium
Burton (12-0) vs. Granger (11-2), 7 p.m. Friday at Bastrop’s Memorial Stadium

CLASS 1A SIX-MAN DIVISION I (SEMIFINALS)

Happy vs. Westbrook, 6 p.m. Friday at Slaton
Abbott vs. Irion County, 6 p.m. Saturday at Early

CLASS 1A SIX-MAN DIVISION II (SEMIFINALS)

Whitharral vs. Benjamin, 6 p.m. Friday at Hermleigh
Oakwood vs. Loraine, 7 p.m. Friday at Dublin

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