HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Predictions For Every Wichita Falls Area Third Round Playoff Game

Happy Turkey Day to all.

On this day of Thanksgiving, there is much I am grateful for. Nothing more so than the love of my wife, and the joy our 10-month-old son Luke bring us. And my two older boys provide the occasional blessing, too.

But I’m sure if you’re reading this, then you know football is pretty high on this list. I’m thankful to have a job that allows me to cover some of the most important high school football games in the state.

And if you’ve seen my rather large physique, you know I’m thankful for food.

So, it’s not hard to understand why Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. It combines two of my greatest loves – football and food. And I guess it’s nice that family is there.

This week’s list was an easy choice. My top five Thanksgiving food. I’m not including turkey and dressing, though. That’s an automatic. This list is dedicated to sides and desserts.

My family isn’t very traditional when it comes to Thanksgiving food. There’s typically turkey and dressing, but brisket or roast is the more popular entrée.

I’m sure every family has foods they eat at holidays that doesn’t fall in line with the traditions. There have been years we ignored turkey completely, and my dad smoked brisket, ribs and sausage.

There are certain sides and desserts that are mainstays for our family Thanksgivings. And you’ll see several on this list.

5. Pumpkin pie – We may not be a traditional Thanksgiving family, but we’re not heathens. There’s at least one pumpkin pie to be devoured. And I might even sneak a slice before lunch/dinner.

4. Mac & cheese – I’m a mac & cheese fanatic. And I’m not picky to the quality, either. Make it out of the box. Sounds good to me. My Aunt Terri had a recipe that included cream of mushroom soup and other ingredients that made it incredibly rich. I haven’t had that version in years.

3. Egg custard pie – One of my all-time favorite desserts. My dad used to make one every year. I’m not sure if it’s on today’s menu. But he often reads my blogs, so maybe he catches this one early enough to get the stuff together to prepare one.

2. Giblet gravy – I wouldn’t call this one a family tradition. There’s usually some form of gravy, but I don’t remember it being giblet. My first exposure to this delicacy was growing up going to our church’s Thanksgiving potluck. I loved to just get dinner rolls, throw some turkey and dressing on top of them and drench it all in giblet gravy.

1. Mom’s broccoli casserole – It’s my favorite thing my mom cooks. And there are many times my dad makes it, too. But this is the primary dish I remember my mother preparing. The only thing special about it is that it’s my mom’s version and has remained my favorite throughout my life.

Hungry, yet? I just took a late-night dinner break in the middle of writing this. No Thanksgiving food, yet. Settled for Philly cheesesteak Hot Pockets. I’ll eat better Thursday.

On to the picks…

Once again, we’ve expanded the range of our picks to well beyond the TRN Sports coverage area, predicting some of the most intriguing matchups in the state. Also thrown in are the matchups that will decide the next opponent for Rider, Hirschi, Holliday and Windthorst, assuming each one wins.

More: HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Previewing the Wichita Falls area's four playoff games

Be sure to check out the predictions of the rest of the “expert” panel below.

AREA GAMES

Rider 34, Canutillo 21 – Canutillo features an impressive running back in junior LJ Martin who averages more than 10 yards per carry. Martin likely breaks off some big runs, but it takes a more balanced attack to beat Rider’s defense, which has been dominant recently. The Raiders’ defensive line make the difference in this one.

Hirschi 24, Dumas 23 – Dumas is a tough matchup for Hirschi and not because of anything the Demons do schematically. It’s because Dumas has an established program filled with disciplined players. The Demons will give up plenty athletically to Hirschi, but they won’t be rattled. The Huskies cannot succumb to some of the slow starts they have had this season, including last week against Clint. Dumas can make sure there’s no coming back from it. I see this one coming down to the final minute. I envision Hirschi choosing to go for two and the win late. And almost no one has stopped Jamarion Carroll when he's going for two points.

Holliday 28, Bells 17 – Bells made it tough on Holliday in the first meeting, but the Eagles still won by two scores. It plays out similarly here. The Eagles are too solid on both sides of the ball.

Windthorst 20, Santo 12 – Points could be hard to come by. It doesn’t sit well with Windthorst’s defense that it gave up 40 points last week. The Trojans will take out of some frustrations against Santo’s run-heavy offense. But Santo’s defense has been impressive, and it was quite a statement when the Wildcats shut out Petrolia to open the playoffs.

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Last Week

19-3

19-3

19-3

Season

236-48

233-51

229-55

Rider vs. Canutillo

Rider

Rider

Rider

Hirschi vs. Dumas

Hirschi

Dumas

Hirschi

Holliday vs. Bells

Holliday

Holliday

Holliday

Windthorst vs. Santo

Windthorst

Windthorst

Santo

Allen vs. Euless Trinity

Allen

Allen

Allen

Amarillo Tascosa vs. Colleyville Heritage

Tascosa

Heritage

Tascosa

DeSoto vs. Spring Westfield

Westfield

Westfield

DeSoto

Denton Ryan vs. Longview

Ryan

Ryan

Ryan

Lubbock-Cooper vs. Grapevine

Cooper

Cooper

Cooper

Aledo vs. Dallas South Oak Cliff

Aledo

Aledo

Aledo

Lucas Lovejoy vs. Mansfield Timberview

Lovejoy

Timberview

Lovejoy

El Paso Riverside vs. Springtown

Springtown

Springtown

Riverside

Stephenville vs. Argyle

Stephenville

Argyle

Argyle

Melissa vs. Waco La Vega

Melissa

Melissa

La Vega

West Orange-Stark vs. Bellville

Bellville

WOS

Bellville

Cuero vs. Wimberley

Cuero

Wimberley

Wimberley

Jim Ned vs. Brock

Brock

Brock

Brock

Dublin vs. Gunter

Gunter

Gunter

Gunter

Muenster vs. Albany

Albany

Albany

Muenster

Sterling City vs. Westbrook

Westbrook

Sterling City

Sterling City

May vs. Water Valley

May

May

May

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Last Week

17-5

12-10

17-5

Season

229-55

202-82

226-58

Rider vs. Canutillo

Rider

Rider

Rider

Hirschi vs. Dumas

Dumas

Hirschi

Hirschi

Holliday vs. Bells

Holliday

Holliday

Holliday

Windthorst vs. Santo

Windthorst

Windthorst

Windthorst

Allen vs. Euless Trinity

Allen

Allen

Trinity

Amarillo Tascosa vs. Colleyville Heritage

Heritage

Tascosa

Heritage

DeSoto vs. Spring Westfield

Westfield

Westfield

DeSoto

Denton Ryan vs. Longview

Ryan

Ryan

Ryan

Lubbock-Cooper vs. Grapevine

Cooper

Cooper

Cooper

Aledo vs. Dallas South Oak Cliff

Aledo

Aledo

Aledo

Lucas Lovejoy vs. Mansfield Timberview

Lovejoy

Lovejoy

Timberview

El Paso Riverside vs. Springtown

Riverside

Springtown

Springtown

Stephenville vs. Argyle

Stephenville

Argyle

Argyle

Melissa vs. Waco La Vega

Melissa

La Vega

La Vega

West Orange-Stark vs. Bellville

Bellville

Bellville

WOS

Cuero vs. Wimberley

Wimberley

Wimberley

Wimberley

Jim Ned vs. Brock

Brock

Brock

Brock

Dublin vs. Gunter

Gunter

Gunter

Gunter

Muenster vs. Albany

Muenster

Muenster

Muenster

Sterling City vs. Westbrook

Westbrook

Sterling City

Sterling City

May vs. Water Valley

May

May

May

CLASS 6A

Allen 35, Euless Trinity 29 – Two of the most well-known programs in the state. The game will draw a lot of attention just because of that, but neither are considered viable state contenders. Allen’s strength of schedule stands out, so edge to the Eagles.

Spring Westfield 27, DeSoto 17 – DeSoto is the more recognizable name, but Westfield is one of the most consistent programs in the state. The Mustangs are allowing 10 points per game against a solid schedule. That defense ends the Eagles’ season early.

CLASS 5A

Amarillo Tascosa 34, Colleyville Heritage 30 – I’ve got back and forth often on this matchup that will be played Saturday at Memorial Stadium. Even now, I’m questioning my pick. I can reason wins for both teams. I’ll stick with the pick that got printed in the paper.

Denton Ryan 28, Longview 16 – Great matchup on paper, but Ryan opened the season with a 40-7 victory against Longview. How many of those 33 points have the Lobos made up? Not all of them.

Lubbock-Cooper 30, Grapevine 27 – Picking Grapevine was tempting, but the Mustangs have not been tested in months. At the same time, the Mustangs also feel like they should have beaten Cooper last season. The winner of this one gets the winner of Rider-Canutillo. Obviously, I’m predicting Cooper-Rider Part 8.

Aledo 46, Dallas South Oak Cliff 21 – South Oak Cliff is considered a top five team in the state by some. But this just shows the distance between Aledo and the rest of the field.

Lubbock Lovejoy 37, Mansfield Timberview 35 – Lovejoy has the better overall resume. Timberview recent results are more impressive. I’m leaning toward the Leopards still.

CLASS 4A

Springtown 28, El Paso Riverside 26 – Another tossup. It’s always hard to pick a team from El Paso to go deeper than the second round, let alone the third. Winner gets either Hirschi or Dumas.

Stephenville 33, Argyle 31 – Massive matchup. The winner might claim the state title, although there are others who want a say in that argument. There’s a couple common opponent results that lean Stephenville.

Melissa 35, Waco La Vega 24 – La Vega isn’t as strong as it has been in recent seasons. Melissa’s non-district win against Argyle carries enough weight to earn my pick.

Bellville 36, West Orange-Stark 35 – There are a lot of reasons to take WOS, but I kept coming back to Bellville. This was the hardest game for me to pick this week.

Cuero 28, Wimberley 27 – Cuero owns a 21-3 victory against Wimberley, but the Texans were missing key players in that Week 2 loss. Still, the Gobblers get the edge for one key fact. ow do you pick against a team nicknamed Gobblers on Thanksgiving?!

CLASS 3A

Brock 31, Jim Ned 21 – A little payback for the Eagles, who were upset by Jim Ned last season. This time, Brock escapes with the win en route to a state title.

Gunter 56, Dublin 8 – Gunter can name its score. This one is on here because the Tigers get either Holliday or Bells in the next round.

CLASS 2A

Albany 19, Muenster 16 – Great third-round matchup between two teams rarely challenged this season. In fact, Albany’s biggest test of the season came last week against Olney. The Lions rallied in the second half to turn a 12-10 lead to a 32-10 victory. Muenster has only struggled against Windthorst, winning 16-8. The Hornets are the best team Albany has played by far. But the Lions believe they should have beaten Windthorst last season, then watched the Trojans go on to win it all.

SIX-MAN

Westbrook 58, Sterling City 54 – Westbrook owns a 60-50 victory against Sterling City. The Wildcats were one of the best stories in the state last year, seemingly coming from no where to be a state power. They still are despite an 8-4 record. All four losses are respectable.

May 68, Water Valley 51 – De facto state championship? These are the top two teams in Class A Division I according to PigskinPrep.com. May is a couple tiers above the rest of the state this season.

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