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High School Football Regional Finals Roundup

DeSoto Eagles helmet
DeSoto Eagles helmet | Image by Tommy Hays

High school football teams throughout Texas battled each other in the UIL regional finals this weekend. Here is what happened in the games involving the Dallas-Fort Worth area high schools:

FRIDAY 12/01

DeSoto 59, Cedar Hill 16 — 6A Division II

DeSoto beat Cedar Hill for the second time this season. The Eagles broke the game open with two touchdowns late in the first quarter to go up 21-2 and forced a total of four turnovers that led to 21 points throughout the game. Quarterback DJ Bailey led the way with 261 passing yards and two touchdown passes.

Frisco Emerson 59, Colleyville Heritage 48 — 5A Division II

Oklahoma quarterback commit Michael Hawkins led Frisco Emerson past Colleyville Heritage in a rematch of last year’s bi-district loss. Hawkins accounted for over 400 yards of offense and six touchdowns as the Mavericks earned a spot in the state semifinals in just their second varsity season despite allowing over 600 yards to the Luke Allrich-led Heritage offense.

Forney 43, Lancaster 41 (overtime) — 5A Division I

Forney is going to the state semifinals for the first time in 21 years after a two-point win over Lancaster in double overtime on Friday. A blocked field goal attempt just before halftime kept the Jackrabbits within one score, and their second-half comeback forced overtime, during which a successful two-point conversion gave them the win.

Aledo 56, Abilene 21 — 5A Division I

Aledo has now won 28 consecutive games and reached the state semifinal round for the 13th time in the last 15 years. TCU quarterback commit Hauss Hejny threw for over 200 yards and added 103 on the ground in the win.

Anna 41, Stephenville 21 — 4A Division I

Anna has been building toward its big moment for the last few years and seized the opportunity, clinching its first-ever appearance in the state semifinals. A late first-half scoring burst allowed the Coyotes to erase a four-point deficit and take a 24-14 lead, and they carried that momentum into the second half for the win.

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SATURDAY 12/02

Southlake Carroll 56, Trophy Club Byron Nelson 7 — 6A Division II

Southlake Carroll ended Nelson’s unbeaten season, avenging an October 27 loss in dominant fashion. The Dragons led 42-0 at halftime and cruised into the state semifinals, where they will face DeSoto.

North Crowley 49, Allen 37 — 6A Division I

A week after avenging last season’s playoff loss to prosper, North Crowley beat Allen to continue its undefeated season into the state semifinals. Ashton Searl and Cornelius Warren III gave the Eagles all kinds of trouble, combining for 221 yards and four touchdowns.

Duncanville 70, Spring Westfield 28 — 6A Division I

Defending state champ Duncanville spent most of the season as the state’s No.1 team, and the Panthers have been rolling since a late-season loss to DeSoto. Duncanville controlled this game from the start, opening a 28-6 lead in the first quarter and rolling to a 42-point win.

South Oak Cliff 42, Lucas Lovejoy 0 — 5A Division II

The two-time defending 5A Division II state champion South Oak Cliff Golden Bears are one win away from returning to the state finals for the third consecutive season after eliminating Lovejoy for the third year in a row. Senior running back Danny Green led the way with three touchdowns in a 42-0 win.

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