Clear Springs vs. Pearland
7 p.m. Friday at Challenger Columbia Stadium
The Clear Springs Chargers (7-2 overall, 6-1 in district) will look to build off the momentum from winning the District 24-6A title last week when they take on the Pearland Oilers at 7 p.m. Friday at Challenger Columbia Stadium in the bi-district round of the playoffs.
Michael Gillaspia put up 31 yards from five receptions in last week’s win for the Chargers while Garrett Rooker went 12-for-22 for 230 yards and two touchdowns passing.
The Oilers (5-4, 4-2) are coming off a 39-14 win over Brazoswood in their regular season finale to ensure a spot in the playoffs, finishing fourth in the District 23-6A standings.
The Oilers finished in a three-way tie for second, sharing the same record as Dawson and George Ranch but took fourth in the tiebreaker.
Friendswood vs. Pearland Dawson
7 p.m. Friday at The Rig
Just a few weeks ago, the Friendswood Mustangs were playing for a district title. But after losses to Clear Lake and Clear Springs, the Mustangs finished the regular season third in the District 24-6A standings after beating Alvin, 40-16, last week.
But now the Mustangs (7-3, 5-2) will set their sights on the state title trophy as they begin the playoffs this week against the Dawson Eagles (6-3, 5-2) in a 7 p.m. kickoff this Friday in Pearland.
Last week, freshman quarterback Luke Grden started his first game, going 9-of-13 for 183 yards and four touchdowns in the Mustangs’ win.
The Eagles have lost their last two games, falling to Alief Hastings 55-35 last week after dropping a 34-21 contest against Alief Taylor.
The Eagles finished second in the District 23-6A standings.
Dickinson vs. Alief Hastings
7 p.m. Friday at LeRoy Crump Stadium
The Dickinson Gators may have finished fourth in the 24-6A standings, but in the last month, they have looked just as good as anybody, winning their last five games (including a 35-14 victory over the district champions Clear Springs).
They’ll get a chance to prove that they’re back in top form when they take on the District 23-6A champions, the Alief Hastings Bears (6-2, 5-1).
The Bears have won their last three games and haven’t lost since their 21-14 defeat against Pearland on Oct. 12.
Needing a win to clinch a playoff berth, the Gators did just that, beating Clear Brook, 48-21, at home last Friday.
Myles Lewis finished with 16 carries for 153 yards and three rushing touchdowns along with five receptions for 87 yards.
Texas City vs. Houston Waltrip
7 p.m. today at Delmar Stadium
The Texas City Stings (4-5, 4-3) clinched a spot in the state playoffs by holding off the Fort Bend Elkins Knights in a 39-21 win last Friday to finish fourth in the District 23-5A standings.
Now they’ll face the District 24-5A champion Waltrip Rams (8-0, 8-0)
The Stings have won three of their last four games, beating Elkins, Willowridge and Galena Park while losing to Manvel and Fort Bend Marshall.
Ball High vs. Houston Austin
7 p.m. Friday at Kermit Courville Stadium
For the first time since 2009, playoff football fever has returned to the Ball High Tors.
But, the Tors will be more eager to forget about last week’s collapse to the Fort Bend Willowridge Eagles.
The Tors (5-4, 4-3) gave up a 21-point second-half lead in last Friday’s regular season finale at home, and ended up losing by a last-second field goal to the Eagles, 31-28.
Regardless of the result, the Tors were already guaranteed to finish third in the District 23-5A standings.
The Mustangs are coming off a 41-6 win over Sharpstown from last week, their third consecutive win since their 38-16 loss to Waltrip on Oct. 20.
Hitchcock vs. Trinity
7:30 p.m. Friday at Waller ISD Stadium
Last year, the Hitchcock Bulldogs were eliminated from the first round of the playoffs, and they’ll get a chance at redeeming themselves this year when they face the Trinity Tigers out of District 11-3A-1.
Last week, the Bulldogs (6-3, 5-0) defeated rivals La Marque in an 8-7 victory to outright clinch the District 12-3A-I title.
The Tigers (3-7, 3-3) clinched a fourth-place finish in their district standings with a 28-14 win over Kirbyville in their last game.
The Bulldogs finished with 297 yards on the ground in last week’s game.
La Marque vs. Coldspring-Oakhurst
1 p.m. Saturday at Stallworth Stadium
The La Marque Cougars (5-5, 3-2) will try to forget about last week’s 1-point loss to rival Hitchcock when they face the Coldspring Trojans.
The Cougars were held to a season-low 99 total yards in last week’s loss to the Bulldogs.
La Marque will also try to redeem themselves from last year’s loss to the Trojans in the bi-district round.
The Trojans have won the last three games against the Cougars.
Coldspring (6-3, 5-1) lost in their regular season finale against Woodville last week, 34-6.
The Trojans finished second in the District 11-3A-1 standings.
High Island vs. Tioga
5 p.m. Friday at Round Rock Multi-Purpose Sports Complex
The High Island Cardinals (7-2, 3-1) will face the Tioga Bulldogs (8-1, 3-0) in their first-round playoff matchup.
The Cardinals defeated Leverett’s Chapel in a 53-6 win in their last game while Tioga knocked off Savoy in a 52-8 win.
TAPPS Division III
Bay Area Christian vs. Boerne Geneva
7:30 p.m. Friday at Boerne Geneva
For the first time in three years, the Bay Area Christian Broncos are in the playoffs.
The Broncos (6-4, 5-4) finished up the regular season with a 19-14 win over Lutheran North, holding off a late comeback attempt by the Lions to secure fourth place in the TAPPS District 6-III standings.
Bay Area Christian will take on Boerne Geneva (9-0, 5-1) in a 7:30 p.m. contest on Friday at Boerne Geneva.
Boerne Geneva defeated John Paul II in a 35-6 game last week.