Who’s advancing to the Texas high school football state semifinals in 6A & 5A

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Aledo is a step closer to winning a state-record 10th Texas high school football 11-man state championship. On New Year’s Day, the Bearcats outscored Lovejoy 52-48 to advance to the Class 5A Division II state semifinals.

The two-time defending state champs trailed by ten in the third quarter, but early in the fourth, the Bearcats’ special teams tied things up at 38-38.

With under three minutes to play, Demarco Roberts scored the game-winner.

Roberts rushed for a game-high 268 yards on 34 carries.

Aledo (11-1) will play Wichita Falls Rider (11-2) in the semifinals. Rider beat Lubbock-Cooper 21-13 on New Year’s Day.

On the other side of the bracket, Crosby will play Liberty Hill next week for the right to go to the 5A Division II state championship.

Read: No. 1 North Shore beats Ridge Point

The nation’s No. 1 team, North Shore, is closing-in on its try for a three-peat. The Mustangs advanced to the state semis after beating Ridge Point.

North Shore will play Westlake in the state semis. The Chaps, ranked No. 7 in our national rankings shutout Cibolo Steele 34-0.

Read: Westlake beats Cibolo Steele

Read: No. 8 Duncanville beats No. 25 DeSoto

On the other side of the 6A Division I bracket, No. 8 Duncanville will play No. 29 Southlake Carroll. Duncanville blew by No. 25 DeSoto 56-28 Saturday night.

Read: Southlake Carroll roars by Euless Trinity

In Class 6A Division II, No. 24 Cedar Hill will meet No. 38 Denton Guyer in one state semifinal next Saturday.

Cedar Hill needed overtime to be Rockwall-Heath 27-24. After Heath kicked a field goal on the first possession of overtime, the Longhorns won it on a touchdown pass from Tennessee-recruit Kaidon Salter.

Guyer needed triple overtime to beat Prosper, ranked No. 120 in the nation. Guyer, which finished runner-up in the 6A Division II championship in 2019, won it on Texas A&M-recruit Eli Stowers’ touchdown run (below).

On the other side of the 6A Division II bracket, No. 40 Katy rolled past Clear Falls 51-14. The Tigers will face Buda Hays next week. Hays beat Vandegrift 38-10 on Saturday to advance to the state semis.

In Class 5A Division I, No. 22 Denton Ryan will take-on Mansfield Summit in the state semis. Mansfield Summit beat Red Oak 41-38.

Read: No. 22 Denton Ryan tops No. 27 Highland Park

Cedar Park quarterback Ryder Hernandez threw for 385 yards and four touchdowns as the Timberwolves beat Manvel, ranked No. 65 in the High School Football America 100 national rankings powered by BlackMP Living Water, 52-42 in the Class 5A Division I quarterfinals. Next week, the Timberwolves get Veterans Memorial in the state semifinals.

CLASS 6A DIVISION I

Southlake Carroll 59, Euless Trinity 35

Duncanville 56, DeSoto 28

Galena Park North Shore 56, Fort Bend Ridge Point 14

Austin Westlake 34, Cibolo Steele 0

CLASS 6A DIVISION II

Denton Guyer 30, Prosper 24 in 3 OT’s

Cedar Hill 27, Rockwall-Heath 24

Katy 51, League City Clear Falls 14

Buda Hays 38, Austin Vandegrift 10

CLASS 5A DIVISION I

Mansfield Summit 41, Red Oak 38

Denton Ryan 17, Dallas Highland Park 7

Cedar Park 52, Manvel 42

CC Veterans Memorial 49, CC Flour Bluff 14

CLASS 5A DIVISION II

WF Rider 21, Lubbock Cooper 13

Aledo 52, Lucas Lovejoy 48

Crosby 37, Fort Bend Marshall 28

Liberty Hill 56, Mission Pioneer 53

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