FRISCO, Texas — Pleasant Grove looks to extend its playoff journey as it faces Nevada Community in a Region II-4A, Division II area round football playoff game.
The Hawks (8-3) take on the Braves (5-5) at 3 p.m. today at the Star with a berth to the regional quarterfinals on the line.
"Community came in as a No. 4 seed, so their win over a No. 1 was remarkable," Pleasant Grove head coach Josh Gibson said. "They had to play at Glen Rose. It was an upset, but they really earned the win. They went straight at Glen Rose and controlled the ball. They played well and earned it. Community runs the Wing-T just like we do.
"We played them last year in the first round, and this year they have a lot more experience. They are playing a lot more physical football. They are playing more aggressive on both sides of the ball. They are more seasoned."
The Hawks rolled past Bullard, 55-21, in their bi-district playoff game. Jalen Woodside hit on 6-of-12 passing for 182 yards and a touchdown.
Logan Johnson rushed for 154 yards on 14 totes and a score, while Jaylen Boardley had 103 yards on 15 carries and a TD. Hayden Koller scored a pair of rushing touchdowns, and RJ Collins and Nick Martin each had a rushing TD. Sam Bradshaw caught two passes for 57 yards and a score. Johnson nabbed two passes for 101 yards.
Community stunned Glen Rose with a 28-25 victory. The Braves' senior quarterback, Paul Testa, hit on 4 of 6 passes for 116 yards and a pair of TDs in the win.
"We want to make sure that we don't turn the ball over or get penalized," Gibson said. "We need to win the game in the trenches. With each team running the Wing-T, the game will be won at the line of scrimmage. We have to play physical and fast on both sides of the ball. The team that does that the best will come out on top.
"We're excited. It has been five years in a row that they have won a bi-district championship and made it into the second round. They are trying to make it five years in a row to play through Thanksgiving. There are not a lot of teams in our area that have done that."
The winner will take on Caddo Mills or Van in the regional quarterfinals next week.