5 must-see state playoff games

AUSTIN (KXAN) – Talk to any high school football coach in Texas and they’ll tell you the goal is to practice on Thanksgiving Day. That’s what teams can accomplish if they make it past the second round of the playoffs this weekend.

We will be reduced to the “Sweet 16” teams in most conferences after this weekend’s game list.

Here’s a look at some of the best games in central Texas.

Bowie vs. Smithson Valley | 6A-D1 | Friday at 7 p.m. | Bobcat Stadium (San Marcos)

Bowie comes off an impressive 13-3 victory over Round Rock in the first round. The Bulldogs dominated possession time, holding the ball for just under 31 minutes into the game. Running back Noah Camacho ran for 111 yards and the only touchdown of the game.

Smithson Valley won their bi-district game 35-25 against San Antonio Madison.

Lake Travis vs. San Antonio East Central | 6A-D1 | Friday at 7:30 p.m. | Tiger Stadium (Dripping Springs)

Lake Travis is back on track after his final regular season loss to Westlake with a 48-7 win in both districts over Cedar Ridge. Junior quarterback Bo Edmundson threw for 265 yards and four touchdowns. Receiver and Ohio State pledge Caleb Burton caught six passes for 124 yards and three touchdowns.

East Central won its first game of the playoffs 14-7 against San Antonio Reagan.

Vandegrift vs. Cibolo Steele | 6A-D2 | Friday at 7 p.m. | Lehnhoff Stadium (Schertz)

Vandegrift qualified for the second round for the ninth consecutive season with a 52-14 victory over San Marcos. The Vipers scored 35 points in the second quarter to put the game out of reach. Junior quarterback Braydon Buchanan was 14-16 for 277 yards and five touchdowns.

The Vipers face an undefeated Steele team who opened the playoffs with a 42-14 victory over San Antonio Brandeis.

Weiss vs. Manvel | 5A-D1 | Friday at 7 p.m. | Green Stadium (Bryan)

The Weiss Wolves are on a roll with 10 straight wins since losing early in the season. Weiss beat the Veterans Memorial in the first round 63-28 behind eight touchdown passes from Dior Bradfield. Weiss is looking to advance to the third round of the playoffs for the first time in his four-year college history.

Traditional power Manvel not only came off a 56-0 victory in both districts against Beaumont United, but also won the last two games by a total of 118-0.

Liberty Hill vs. Boerne Champion | 5A-D2 | Friday at 7 p.m. | Ferris Stadium (San Antonio)

Despite replacing almost all of his semifinal team attack last year, Liberty Hill is looking for another run in the playoffs. The Panthers opened the playoffs with a 57-7 victory over Bastrop.

Liberty Hill rushed for 250 yards, including 209 and four touchdowns from sophomore Noah Long. Boerne Champion is coming off a 36-29 victory over Mercedes. This is a second round rematch from last year when Liberty Hill won 41-0.

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