Spoiler alert: Not much Week 10 drama

Teams don't waste time wrapping up playoff berths

Zach Duncan
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 Nocona senior Hayden Hill (22) breaks into the Jacksboro secondary for good yardage during the first half Friday night in Nocona.

Photo by Torin Halsey/Times Record News Nocona senior Hayden Hill (22) breaks into the Jacksboro secondary for good yardage during the first half Friday night in Nocona.

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Burkburnett's Bobby Ingram (2) sprints between two Iowa Park defenders during the Bulldogs' playoff-clinching win.

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Richard Cleaver/Special to the Times Record News Burkburnett's Bobby Ingram (2) sprints between two Iowa Park defenders during the Bulldogs' playoff-clinching win.

Photo by Torin Halsey/Times Record News 
 Nocona senior Hayden Hill (22) breaks into the Jacksboro secondary for good yardage during the first half Friday night in Nocona.

Photo by Torin Halsey/Times Record News Nocona senior Hayden Hill (22) breaks into the Jacksboro secondary for good yardage during the first half Friday night in Nocona.

Talk about popping the balloon on all the drama of high school football's final week.

Every area 11-man team knows whether it has a date for the postseason or if it will be starting basketball season. Every team that needed a win to clinch a playoff berth Friday night took care of business.

Some wins were more routine than others. Holliday looked dominant in its 35-0 shutout of City View. Quanah quickly secured its spot by dispatching Olney, 45-6.

Other area teams had more of a flair for the dramatic. Burkburnett came through with a goal-line stand in the final minutes to hold off Iowa Park for a 24-21 victory.

Electra needed more than that. The Tigers clinched the last spot in District 8-A Division II with a heart-stopping 21-14 overtime victory at Perrin-Whitt.

With quarterback Michael Bishop injured, the Tigers (7-2, 3-1) leaned on tailback Tyler Nelson for much of the night. The senior delivered with 30 carries for 154 yards and two touchdowns running behind a patchwork offensive line missing both its starting guards.

Electra coach Mark Young watched his team blow a 14-0 halftime lead. When Perrin-Whitt won the coin toss and gave the ball to Electra first, that was quite all right with the first-year head coach.

"We had struggled in

the second half. We had a freshman in at linebacker for Bishop," Young said. "I figured if our offense could get going in OT, it would pump the defense up and it played out that way."

Nelson scored on a 3-yard touchdown run in overtime and then had the game-sealing interception.

Although no playoff spots are on the line this Friday, important games are being played that will determine seeding.

Holliday travels to Jacksboro in a District 5-2A Division II tilt that determines the Nos. 2 and 3 seeds. Quanah and Windthorst will square off to determine the Nos. 2 and 3 seeds in 3-A Division I.

And while it won't affect playoff seeding, Burkburnett does have a chance to force a three-way tie at the top of District 5-3A, although the Bulldogs (2-7, 2-1) would need a huge home upset of Graham (8-1, 3-0).

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Hirschi coach Cody Slater finished with the same 2-8 record he had in last year's first season at the helm, but he believes this year's team made key strides.

The Huskies scored about five more points per game and allowed about five less than it did in 2011. Hirschi let a couple victories slip away or it would have been close to a .500 record.

"I thought we got better as the year went on," Slater said. "The kids are learning what it takes to be successful. I'm disappointed that this group of seniors who put so much hard work in (didn't make the playoffs), but I'm excited about this next group of seniors."

The Huskies trailed Graham 20-12 entering Friday's fourth quarter, but the deeper Steers wore down the Huskies in a 47-18 win. That coupled with Burkburnett's victory over Iowa Park kept Hirschi from the postseason for the sixth consecutive year.

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It's no surprise Munday has been annihilating District 8-A Division II competition, outscoring its four opponents by an average of 60 points.

The top-ranked Moguls suffered a tough loss when right guard Tomas Carranza tore his ACL against Petrolia. Reshuffling the offensive line has been about the only obstacle Munday has faced lately in a district it has outscored 256-16.

"I feel like our defense has been playing exceptional. In the last three games, we've given up 266 total yards," Munday coach Patrick Corcoran said. "Offensively, we still have some things to get better at with technique."

While Munday's 82-0 romp over Era turned some heads, the Moguls couldn't be accused of running up the score.

Dee Paul only had two carries and the offensive starters were pulled with four minutes left in the second quarter. Two defensive touchdowns and a returned Era punt helped make the margin worse.

"We can't start kneeling the ball in the second quarter," Corcoran said. "The first group needs to play until halftime. It'll be what it's going to be — we can't not play."

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Although Bowie has been eliminated from the 5-2A Division I race, the Jackrabbits (6-3, 2-3) can still play spoiler in their season finale at Callisburg.

The Wildcats (8-1, 4-1) would be the district's top seed with a win, but a loss to Bowie would abruptly end their season. Whitesboro and Boyd are already guaranteed spots, and Pilot Point (7-3, 4-2) is in if Callisburg falls into any tiebreaker at 4-2.

The area's six-man districts also have some games with playoff implications.

In District 8-A Division I, the winner between Crowell and Bryson will take the second playoff spot behind Throckmorton.

Chillicothe can clinch the 10-A Division II title with a win over Harrold, which would also lock in Northside as the second seed. A Harrold victory would cause a three-way tie at 2-1.

And Newcastle travels to Woodson in a matchup that will determine the District 11-A Division II champion.

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Season leaders

Passing:

1. Ben Davis, Graham (2,690Yds, 28TDs)
2. Chase London, Rider (2,389Yds, 28TDs)
3. Taylor Thomas, Olney (2,303Yds, 11TDs)
4. Zach Barton, Seymour (2,036Yds, 31TDs)


Rushing:

1. D. J. Thomas, Jacksboro (1,488Yds, 20TDs)
2. Cedric Battle, Hirschi (1,323Yds, 19TDs)
3. Michael Bishop, Electra (1,281Yds, 17TDs)
4. Marquis Askew, Burkburnett (1,254Yds, 8TDs)


Receiving:

1. Davon Allison, Rider (1,366Yds, 14TDs)
2. Bryce Reeves, Graham (1,043Yds, 11TDs)
3. Mike Clark, Olney (910Yds, 5TDs)
4. Dalton Jackson, City View (675Yds, 7TDs)
5. Cody Adams, Seymour (670Yds, 8TDs)


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Tackles:

1. Zack Ballard, Olney (201)
2. Brady Brunson, Burkburnett (152)
3. Corey Luster, Vernon (135)
4. Gage Robinson, Bowie (132)
5. Elijah Hull, Hirschi (125)
6. Marcus Leija, Quanah (122)
7. Tristan Sherman, Holliday (113)
8. Garrett Johnson, Jacksboro (112)
9. Austin Martinez, Quanah (112)


Sacks:

1. Justin Silva, City View (10)
2. Treston Shepherd, Seymour (7)
3. Daytona Politakis, Nocona (7)
4. Kevin Stallcup, Bowie (7)
5. Cody Fletcher, Henrietta (7)
6. Garrett Johnson, Jacksboro (9)
7. Baltazar Castro, Seymour (6)
8. Logan Carter, Henrietta (6)
9. Tristan Willard, Nocona (6)


Interceptions:

1. David Stretcher, Jacksboro (6)
2. Brad Slade, Bowie (5)
3. Jay Ward, Bowie (5)
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Passing:

1. Mitchell Parsley, Crowell (1,708Yds, 30TDs)
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4. Tyler Mays, Newcastle (922Yds, 18TDs)


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1. Cody McElroy, Notre Dame (1,579Yds, 35TDs)
2. Trinity Haggard, Throckmorton (1,326Yds, 21TDs)
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1. William Hogan, Crowell (422Yds, 13TDs)
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