Coleman Bluecats (10-2)

vs. No. 8 Canadian Wildcats (11-1)

3 p.m. Saturday — Wolfforth Frenship ISD Stadium

The Coleman Bluecats have won two playoff games in each of the last three seasons, and they will attempt to get the third-round monkey off their back Saturday afternoon against the state-ranked Canadian Wildcats.

A Division II-2A Region I championship date against either Idalou (12-0) or Blanco (11-1) is at stake for both teams.

Coleman used a 10-point fourth quarter to advance past Haskell, 17-7, in the bi-district round, but the Bluecats got off to a much quicker start in last week’s 33-22 area win over Crane.

The Bluecats led 13-0 after one quarter and 19-7 at halftime. Clinging to a 19-14 advantage going into the fourth period, Coleman scored the first two touchdowns of the final stanza.

Colton Buzzard had a hand in four of Coleman’s touchdowns as he scored on runs of 78 and 7 yards, while passing for touchdowns of 64 yards to Stanley Cole and 50 yards to Dalton Deleon. Buzzard finished with a team-high 111 yards on the ground and completed 7-of-13 tosses for 188 yards.

Bronson Buzzard chipped in a 7-yard touchdown run and 64 yards rushing, while Brandon Worsham finished with an even 100 yards on the ground. Deleon was again the leading receiver with two catches covering 73 yards.

Defensively, the Bluecats forced four turnovers as they intercepted three passes and recovered Crane’s lone fumble. Coleman surrendered just 231 yards of total offense, while racking up 466 total yards.

Canadian brings an eight-game win streak in Saturday’s contest, which includes playoff victories of 48-14 over Tulia and 43-28 over Childress. The Wildcats have not lost to a team in Texas this season as their only defeat is a week three 33-27 overtime setback to Alva, Okla.

In last week’s win over Childress, the Wildcats scored the first 20 points, then expanded upon a 20-14 halftime lead with 16 third-quarter points.

Canadian finished with 442 yards of total offense, including 321 through the air. Coleman Bentley completed 31-of-43 passes with touchdown tosses of 8 yards to Tim Brock and 15 yards to Danny Reyes.

Brock led the Wildcats with eight catches for 72 yards, Clint Cockrell added seven catches for 95 yards, Danny Reyes had five receptions for 81 yards and Alex Reyes tallied seven catches for 35 yards.

The Wildcats rushed for 121 yards, led by 48 yards from Cockrell and 45 yards from Danny Reyes.

Defensively, Canadian gave up 402 yards to Childress, including 227 yards rushing, but the Wildcats recovered a pair of fumbles.


Goldthwaite Eagles (9-2)

vs. Windthorst Trojans (5-6)

7:30 p.m. Friday — Stephenville’s Tarleton Memorial Stadium

Both the Goldthwaite Eagles and Windthorst Trojans ended the seasons for their state-ranked foes last week, now each team is hoping to set up a Region I championship showdown with another ranked opponent next weekend.

Friday night’s winner will face the survivor between No. 2 Roscoe (12-0) and No. 4 Munday (11-0).

Goldthwaite is coming off a 27-15 victory over No. 9 Albany, while Windthorst ousted No. 5 Gorman, 14-0.

In the Eagles’ victory, Goldthwaite held Albany to nine first downs and 189 yards of total offense — 97 yards passing and 92 yards rushing.

Offensively, the Eagles were able to overcome three interceptions by rushing for 275 yards on 58 carries.

Walt Clifton led Goldthwaite with 104 yards rushing and two touchdowns, Cory Baker added 93 yards and Wade Clifton finished with 73 yards.

Trey Horton caught Goldthwaite’s lone competition in five pass attempts, a 69-yard scoring toss from Walt Clifton.

The Trojans defense turned in an even more impressive performance as it blanked a Gorman squad that had averaged 51.3 points per game during its first 11 contests.

Windthorst forced seven turnovers as it picked off six of Gorman’s 14 pass attempts and also scooped up a fumble. Gorman finished with 218 yards of total offense, but just 86 of those yards came on the ground.

Offensively, the Trojans racked up 204 yards of total offense and 130 yards rushing.

Kelly Hoegger ran for a 3-yard touchdown in the second quarter for Windthorst and added a third-quarter 36-yard scoring toss to Ragen Veitenheimer.