The must-see games of the Texas high school football regional finals
If you're torn on which games to venture into the cold for this weekend, we're happy to be your tiebreaker.
December 8, 2017
6A: Longview (12-1) vs. Lufkin (11-2), 2 p.m. Saturday at Nacogdoches’ Bryce Stadium
Before the playoffs got rolling, Spring Westfield and Klein Collins appeared to be on a crash course to meet in the Region II final. But, because the playoffs are a crazy time in Texas, neither team made it that far. East Texas made sure of that, as Longview and Lufkin pulled off the unlikely to set up a big rivalry showdown with a trip to the state semifinals on the line. Bryce Stadium, which holds about 15,000, may not be able to handle the crowd that will be on hand for this classic matchup. The teams met in the season opener and that game resulted in a 35-16 win for the Lobos, and the offense is playing much better since making the switch to sophomore Haynes King at quarterback. His play may be the difference against a Lufkin defense that gave up just 11 points against Westfield last week and is giving up an average of less than nine points per game. You can’t beat a big rivalry game in the playoffs, and the East Texas matchup should be an exciting one.