Central Texas 5A Playoff Insider: Bi District

Ivan Delgado and Ellison face Leander

There are plenty of exciting matchups in round one in the Central Texas 5A ranks. Two good ones in Region II are a 2006 rematch between Round Rock and A&M Consolidated and what should be a dogfight between Temple and Pflugerville. In Region IV, Bowie faces Converse Judson while Westlake meets San Antonio Reagan in a rematch of last season's Division I quarterfinal.

DIVISION I MATCHUPS

Stony Point (8-2) vs. Bryan (6-4)
2007 has not been kind to the Vikings against 14-5A foes as Bryan lost bi district games to both Pflugerville and Leander, two of Stony Point's victims during their 6-1 run on their way to the district title. The Tigers have one of Central Texas' most balanced offenses with the three headed monster of quarterback Nyk McKissic, running back Ryan Nunn, and receiver Seth Patterson which be facing one of the best defenses they have seen all year in a Viking unit that feeds on turnovers. The Bryan offense got a big lift recently with the return of running back Stan McGruder and he will need a big night if the Vikings are to advance. The Tigers have more offensive firepower than the Vikings and unless this is a low scoring game, which it should not be, Bryan likely wont have enough left in the tank in the fourth quarter. JEFF'S PICK: Stony Point 31, Bryan 23

A&M Consolidated (5-5) vs. Round Rock (6-4)
Round Rock needed a lot of help to make the playoffs, a road win against Pflugerville, and they got that by drumming the Panthers by 21 at Kuempel Stadium and won the tie breaker over Georgetown. The Dragons have playoff experience on their side after 2006's three-round playoff run and played one of their best games on both sides of the ball against Pflugerville. Consol is one of the hottest teams in Central Texas having won four of their last five games after a rough 0-4 start. Their offense is much more balanced than Round Rock's ground based attack with quarterback Dominic Preston leading the charge to go along with a solid defense and kicking game. Consol was snake bitten by Round Rock in the playoffs last season, and as long as Preston can take care of the football, it will keep the Round Rock defense on their heels and lift the Tigers to the win. JEFF'S PICK: Consol 21, Round Rock 17

Westlake (7-3) vs. San Antonio Reagan (8-2)
Last season's game between these two featured 50 combined points, but this contest should feature around 100 combined points and over 1,000 yards of total offense, setting the stage for a shootout. Westlake will rely on talented junior RB Ryan Swope, who can get them big plays in both the running game and in the passing game. However, Swope will get his big plays, but it will likely pale in comparison to what Reagan RB Marcus Wright is capable of doing. Westlake can get it done if the game is low scoring, but in a projected track meet, the edge goes to Reagan. JEFF'S PICK: Reagan 58, Westlake 48

Bowie (8-2) vs. Judson (6-4)
These two last met in the playoffs in a thrilling game in 2002 that saw the eventual state champion Rockets get by a talented Bowie team led by Michael and Marcus Griffin. Bowie had one of Central Texas' best defenses during the regular season while K Nick Grasshoff and KR Philander Moore highlight an outstanding special teams unit. The Rockets played a tough schedule this season but have a huge win over Madison to their credit and boast two of the greater San Antonio area's best defenders in Chris McAllister and Dominick Maddox. Bowie has the better offense, so look for the Bulldogs to prevail in a slugfest. JEFF'S PICK: Bowie 20, Judson 17

DIVISION II MATCHUPS

Temple (7-3) vs. Pflugerville (7-3)
For anyone who loves smash-mouth football, this is heaven. Both teams will line up against each other and see which Wing-T attack is better. Both teams have plenty of ball carriers and do not rely on one star and each collection of backs is similar. For Temple, it will be sophomore standout Lache Steastrunk starring as the home threat while Quentin Tuck and Adrian Reaves-Brown will get the tough yards between the tackles. Pflugerville will turn to Zaviar Gooden for their big plays while Greg Nwoko and Marcus Carruth will pound away at the Temple defense. The difference will be in the quarterbacks. And whether Chase Moore or Brandon Wilson will be more effective? The edge goes to Wilson and the Panthers when it comes to the pass, largely due to the game breaking ability of receiver Jordan Huffman. JEFF'S PICK: Pflugerville 30, Temple 26

Leander (7-3) vs. Killeen Ellison (5-5)
This is a rematch from the 2006 playoffs, a game that Leander won. Most of that Ellison team is back but the Eagles have not had quite the season some expected of them, but four of their five losses are all to Class 5A playoff teams while the other loss was played without quarterback Ivan Delgado. The Eagles seemed to be peaking towards season end until they were taken out behind the woodshed by Temple in the regular season finale while Leander beat rival Cedar Park by 11 to close out the regular season. Ellison's defense has not performed well against the run this season, which does not bode well for the chances against a Leander team that loves to run the rock. Reggie Hodges rushed for over 240 yards and five touchdowns against Cedar Park, and any team with a playmaker like Blake Gideon has an excellent chance to win any game. JEFF'S PICK: Leander 38, Ellison 28

Smithson Valley (9-1) vs. Austin High (8-2)
If Austin High had Emory Blake in the lineup, the Maroons would have enough offensive firepower to get by the Rangers. Blake however is out, and the Rangers are on a mission after getting upended in the bi district round last season by San Marcos. The key will be the Austin High run defense and if Hayden Bowers and company can hold up against one of the state's best offensive lines and a nice 1-2 punch in the backfield with QB David Pawelek and RB Trent Rios. The Rangers only loss was to a Madison team with Devin Thomas, and the Maroons don't have a playmaker like the Arkansas pledge. JEFF'S PICK: Smithson Valley 28, Austin High 23

San Antonio Madison (9-1) vs. San Marcos (5-5)
The Mavericks should not sleep on the Rattlers, who are limping into the playoffs with two straight losses, as this is the same team that bounced Smithson Valley in round one last season. Madison could be looking at a state title, but their odds were seriously diminished when Devin Thomas dislocated his ankle against Reagan midway through the district schedule. The Madison defense will not get tested much through the air against the Rattlers slot-T rushing attack, but the Mavericks should be up to the task with big time defenders like linebacker Jason McLean and defensive back Andre Green on their side. JEFF'S PICK: Madison 31, San Marcos 17

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