2023 High School Football Semifinals Roundup

DeSoto football players
DeSoto football players | Image by DeSoto ISD/Facebook

Nine high school football teams from the Dallas-Fort Worth area had a chance to reach next week’s UIL state championship games at Arlington’s AT&T Stadium as they played their semifinal games this weekend.

Five of them won and will represent the metroplex in the state finals.

Here are the results of the UIL state semifinal games and who those teams will play in the state championship:

6A Divison II

DeSoto 45, Southlake Carroll 38

DeSoto heads to the state championship for the second year in a row after holding off Southlake Carroll in an offensive barnburner. Carroll took a three-point lead in the third quarter, but the Eagles outscored the Dragons 17-7 for the remainder of the game.

State Championship: DeSoto (14-0, 7-0, first in District 11-6A) vs. Humble Summer Creek (14-1, 6-1, second in District 21-6A), 7 p.m. CT on Saturday, December 16.


6A Division I

Duncanville 52, North Crowley 10

State powerhouse Duncanville steamrolled an unbeaten North Crowley team to reach the state championship. LSU running back commit Caden Durham led the way with 225 yards and five touchdowns.

State Championship: Duncanville (13-1, 6-1, second in District 11-6A) vs. Galena Park North Shore (15-0, 7-0, first in District 21-6A),  3 p.m. CT on Saturday, December 16.


5A Division II

South Oak Cliff 36, Frisco Emerson 24

Running back Danny Green took over in the third quarter with two touchdown runs to break open a 10-10 tie, and South Oak Cliff took advantage of turnovers to pull away late.

State Championship: South Oak Cliff (13-2, 6-0, first in District 6-6A Division II) vs. Port Neches Groves (14-1, 7-0, first in District 9-5A Division II), 11 a.m. CT on Saturday, December 16.


5A Division I

Aledo 43, Forney 7

Aledo will play for a second consecutive state championship after winning its 29th straight game. Aledo jumped out to a 22-0 lead and coasted to another win as quarterback Hauss Hejney and backup running backs Hawk Patrick-Daniels and Dahvin Keys led the way.

State Championship: Aledo (15-0, 8-0, first in District 3-5A Division I) vs. Comal Smithson Valley (14-1, 7-0, first in District 12-5A Division I), 7 p.m. CT on Friday, December 15.


4A Division I

Anna 38, Decatur 27

Anna beat Decatur for the second time this season and heads to the state championship for the first time. The Coyotes scored 24 points in the second half to secure the win.

State Championship: Anna (14-1, 5-0, first in District 8-4A Division I) vs. Tyler Chapel Hill (13-2, 4-2, third in District 9-4A Division I), 11 a.m. CT on Friday, December 15.

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