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HOOKS (6-4) vs. ELYSIAN FIELDS (9-2)

SITE, TIME: Atlanta's Rabbit Stadium, 7:30 p.m.

AT STAKE: Class 3A, Div. II area championship.

GAME FACTS: Hooks averages 29.1 points per game and gives up an average of 27.1 points. Elysian Fields has given up an average of 20.5 and is scoring 33.0 points per contest. The Hornets rolled past Troup, 55-21, and the Yellowjackets defeated Hemphill, 50-38.

COACH'S COMMENTS: Hooks' Chris Birdwell—"Elysian Fields has a good football team and they compare to Daingerfield or Paul Pewitt. They have a really good quarterback and is probably the best dual-threat quarterback that we have seen. They are big up front and are very disciplined on both sides of the ball.

"We are going to control the ball, create turnovers and not have any turnovers on our side. We want to win the kicking game. We want to control the front on both sides of the ball. If we can control the front on both sides, we feel like we'll have a chance to be successful, for sure.

"Don't be satisfied is what we have preached to the kids. Last year we got beat in the first round, but won in the first round this year. The kids were really excited to get that playoff win. We want them to stay hungry and to keep pushing. We have a chance to win some more, so we're trying to keep them hungry."

NEXT ROUND: Winner will face either Newton or Paul Pewitt in the regional quarterfinals.


PAUL PEWITT (7-3) vs. NEWTON (7-2)

SITE, TIME: Henderson's Full Armor Field, 7:30 p.m.

AT STAKE: Class 3A, Div. II area championship.

GAME FACTS: The Brahmas average 27.6 points per game and give up an average of 26.1 points. The Eagles have given up an average of 20.7 and have scored 52.3 points per contest. Paul Pewitt scored in the last seconds to defeat Harmony, 30-27, in the bi-district round, while Newton crushed Harleton, 77-6.

COACH'S COMMENTS: Paul Pewitt's Richard Strickland—"I have coached against Newton a few times so I am familiar with them. They run the same offense that they have run for years. For us, it is going to come down to alignment, stance, key reads, tackle secure and hold on to the football. If we do those things, then I feel like we will be in the ballgame.

"They put up a bunch of points on opponents, but I feel like we are better than the last eight teams they've faced. I feel like we could have done some of the same things to opponents that they have played. They are very, very good, and they have very talented football players. They are a multiple offense, but they run Slot-T and Wing-T concepts. We will have to try to figure out their ideas and where they are trying to attack."

NEXT ROUND: Winner will face either Hooks or Elysian Fields in the regional quarterfinals.



SITE, TIME: Longview's Lobo Stadium, 7 p.m.

AT STAKE: Class 2A, Div. II area championship.

GAME FACTS: The Pirates survived Hubbard, 8-6. West Sabine beat Hull-Daisetta, 22-6. James Bowie scores an average of 24.4 points and gives up 24.1 points per game. The Tigers average 29.8 points and allow 22.7 points per game. In last week's bi-district win over Hubbard, Slade Burnett had a pick-6 near the end of the first half, and Whitt Rogers ran in the 2-point conversion. After Hubbard scored but failed on the 2-point conversion, Hubbard's quarterback ran to the Pirate 3-yard line. The Pirates intercepted a pass in the end zone on fourth down to preserve the lead.

COACH'S COMMENTS: James Bowie's Eddy May—"Hubbard played very well, they controlled the line of scrimmage against us and had some big players up front that we had a hard time against. We moved the football up and down the field, at times, but struggled to score points. Defensively, we played about as well as we have all year long, and that was the difference in the game.

"It was an odd game for us. The week before we scored 54 points, and then we didn't score an offensive touchdown. But we were able to get the victory. Our school and students had a very emotional week last week.

"West Sabine is pretty athletic, seeing them on film. They have a quarterback who can run it and throw it, a big running back who we're going to have to tackle well, and they have a big receiver they like to get the ball to. Defensively, we've got our hands full.

"Offensively, I think we can move the ball against them. Hopefully, we'll play better on offense this week. We made some mistakes last week that stalled out some drives, and we need to clean those things up. If we play well, we'll have a chance to win."

NEXT ROUND: Winner will face either Mart or Lovelady in the regional quarterfinals.

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