Saturday State Football Championships

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What: Class 4A Division II Title

Who: Aledo (13-2) vs. Manvel (15-0)

When: 12 p.m. Saturday

Where: Cowboys Stadium, Arlington


Aledo is going for its 3rd straight State Title at noon on Saturday. Manvel is making its first appereance for all the marbles. Manvel avenged last year's loss to LaMarque in the regional finals. 

Aledo will ride Jonathan Gray for the last time before he takes his talents to Austin. The Bearcats have pounded everyone in the playoff including dropping 68 on Corsicana in the semis. Derek has some beef with Manvel, I don't know what, but mention the Mavericks and he spits and gets a far off look in his eye. Something's gotta give: Manvel only gives up 167 yards on the ground, Gray has averaged over 8 yards a carry for his career.

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What: Class 5A Division I Title

Who: Carroll (15-0) vs. Hightower (13-2)

When: 4 p.m. Saturday

Where: Cowboys Stadium, Arlington


Carroll has returned to form and looks to add to its significant trophy case against the Hurricanes of Hightower. Carroll has won 7 state titles including 3 in the 80's and 90's when Southlake was a small bohemian fishing village. Hightower lost in the finals to Allen back in '08. Their back after running through North Shore, Cy Fair, and Pearland. 

Southlake lost leading receiver Peyton Williams last week against Skyline. That's 92 catches and 1,100 yards. Next man up Southlake! They came back from 10 down in the last 3 minutes against Skyline but controversy abounds. Hightower has Bralon Addison at quarterback. He's thrown 21 TDs with only 3 picks and averages 8 yards on the ground. He's good at running AND throwing which I've condensed into the phrase "dual-threat." Feel free to use it in a sentence.

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What: Class 5A Division II Title

Who: Steele (15-0) vs. Dekaney (13-2)

When: 8 p.m. Saturday

Where: Cowboys Stadium, Arlington


Steele won State last year but graduated All-Everything runningback and current Longhorn Malcolm Brown. Dekaney didn't exist until 2008 and this year they made the playoffs for the first time. Then they decided they like the playoff and began raining down beatdowns on anyone foolish enough to cross them. 

Dekaney won the I-45 North Bowl in the regional finals knocking off Westfield a school that's a firm 5 iron across the highway. They're led by A&M commit Trey Williams who's rushed for 3,700 yards and 50 touchdowns. Steele is led by quarterback Tommy Armstrong. Armstrong is going to Nebraska in the fall. Armstrong has thrown 2 total interceptions during his high school career. For perspective, Tony Romo threw three picks while warming up on the sideline on Sunday.

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Posted on December 16, 2011 and filed under Sports.