Texarkana, Quitman, Cooper among area teams still in playoffs
Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor

Nov. 26, 2004 - Thanksgiving has passed, and several area high school football teams will be getting their post-meal exercise on the gridiron this weekend.

Texas High, Quitman and Cooper are among the area teams still in the playoffs.

Texas High (10-2), the District 12-4A champion, takes on Ennis (10-2) in the middle game of a triple-header Saturday at Texas Stadium. Kick off is set for 4 p.m.

The pair will be battling for the Class 4A, Division I Region II title. The winner will take on either Wolfforth Frenship (10-2) or Sherman (9-3) in the state semifinals.

Kicking off playoff action at Texas Stadium today will be Dallas Lincoln (10-1), who knocked Sulphur Springs out of the playoffs last weekend, taking on Corsicana (11-1), at 1 p.m.

Whoever wins that game will take on either Wylie (9-3) or Everman (9-2) in the Class 4A, Division II regional finals.

Also today, Quitman and Cooper will be playing in the Class 2A playoffs.

Cooper (10-2) is playing Crawford (12-0) at 7:30 p.m. tonight at the Gopher-Warrior Bowl in Grand Prairie in the Division II, Region II semifinals. The winner will play either Hamilton (10-2) or Celina (12-0) in the regional finals next week.

Quitman, still playing without suspended head coach Rick Porter, will take its perfect 12-0 record to Nacogdoches at 7 p.m. tonight to play Newton (9-2) in the Division I, Region I finals. The winner will take on either Boyd (12-0) or Argyle (10-2) in the state semifinals.

Porter is still on administrative leave with pay for alleged inappropriate comments made to a varsity volleyball player at Quitman.

Another interesting match-up is slated for 6 p.m. Saturday at Greenville's T.A. "Cotton" Ford Stadium, when Gilmer (12-0) will play Dallas Madison (9-3). Gilmer, rated No. 3 in the state, has three Division I players, while Madison knocked Mount Vernon out of the playoffs last weekend.

This is the fifth playoff game at Ford Stadium in Greenville, which has field turf. Sulphur Springs' Gerald Prim Stadium, beset by problems since last June in laying and growing natural turf, has not had a playoff game this year and hosted just three varsity football games during the regular season.

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