The long bracket climb has reached its zenith for 11-man football, culminating with the three-day extravaganza at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. The 10-game slate is a veritable fan feast, not only the high-point for school-specific loyalists, but for the high school football diehards who travel in from far and wide.
Stamford and Shiner provide the literal and configurative kickoff for the state finals, which will expand yet again next year when six-man football will be added to the mix. Thursday will feature four championship contests to decide the championships for both divisions of Class 1A and 2A.
The Class 3A finals are rather unique, in that the Division I finals serves up the “Bulldog Bowl” (Kilgore vs. Carthage) and Division II matches Eagles vs. Eagles (Argyle vs. Fairfield — likely a Texas high school trivia question for the ages.
Aledo’s record-setting season comes to its conclusion on Saturday, as the opening fare for the final day of the unique gathering at one place and one long weekend. The Bearcats, who gathered themselves in the second half to put Ennis away in last week’s semifinal match, will meet up with a familiar foe to most of the Aledo coaching staff, though none of the varsity players, who were eighth-graders or younger and perhaps in the stands when Aledo met, and beat, Brenham four years past.
UIL State Football Championships
AT&T Stadium in Arlington
Thursday, Dec. 19
CLASS 1A — DIVISION I: 10 a.m.
Stamford Bulldogs (13-1) vs. Shiner Comanches (11-3)
CLASS 1A — DIVISION II: 1 p.m.
Wellington Rockets (13-0) vs. Falls City Beavers (14-0)
CLASS 2A — DIVISION I: 5 p.m.
Wall Hawks (15-0) vs. Cameron Yoe Yoemen (14-1)
CLASS 2A — DIVISION II: 8 p.m.
Cisco Loboes (15-0) vs. Refugio Bobcats (14-1)
Friday, Dec. 20
CLASS 3A — DIVISION I: Noon
Kilgore Bulldogs (14-0) vs. Carthage Bulldogs (14-1)
CLASS 3A — DIVISION II: 4 p.m.
Argyle Eagles (15-0) vs. Fairfield Eagles (15-0)
CLASS 4A — DIVISION I: 8 p.m.
Denton Guyer Wildcats (13-2) vs. SA Northside Brennan Bears (15-0)
Saturday, Dec. 21
CLASS 4A DIVISION II: Noon
Aledo Bearcats (15-0) vs. Brenham Cubs (14-1)
CLASS 5A DIVISION I: 4 p.m.
Allen Eagles (15-0) vs. Pearland Oilers (14-1)
CLASS 5A DIVISION II: 8 p.m.
Cedar Hill Longhorns (13-2) vs. Katy Tigers (15-0)