There's a saying among high school football coaches that goes like this: "There are no turkeys after Thanksgiving." What they're saying has absolutely nothing to do with the holiday itself. Instead, they're insinuating that when a team reaches the third round of the playoffs – which is typically played the weekend after turkey day – only the real contenders for a state championship are involved.
If that's the case, the Denton area has plenty of contenders to be thankful for.
After a long but successful regular season and first two rounds of the postseason, Ryan, Argyle, Guyer and Aubrey all have their hands full as they prepare for this weekend's slate of region semifinal games. All four teams won their area-round matchups with relative ease and hope to keep that momentum going this weekend and well into December.
First on the docket is a Friday afternoon game as Aubrey takes on Monahans at 12:30 p.m. at Abilene's Sandifer Stadium. Monahans (9-3) is coming off a 35-28 win over Van Alstyne, while the Chaparrals (11-1) cruised into this round with a 42-7 win over Sweetwater.
Meanwhile, defending Class 5A Division I state champion Ryan (11-1) is a little closer to home this week as it takes on Longview at 3 p.m. at Mesquite Memorial Stadium. The Raiders and Lobos are meeting for the third time in 17 games. Ryan won last year's third-round meeting and followed it up with a lopsided win in Week 1 this season.
In the nightcap, defending Class 4A Division I state champion Argyle (11-1) travels to Mansfield's Vernon Newsom Stadium for a 7 p.m. showdown with Stephenville. These two teams have plenty of history both in the regular season and playoffs.
Last but not least, Guyer (11-1) continues its dominating run through the Class 6A playoffs as it takes on Trophy Club Nelson. Game time is slated for 2 p.m. on Saturday at The Ford Center at the Star. The Wildcats are coming off a 56-7 win over Dallas Jesuit and appear to be among the favorites to make it to this year's state final.
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