Friday Night High School Football Update: Playoffs Week 3

This year's second edition of the Battle for Archer County was so big, it couldn't even be contained in Archer County.

Windthorst and Archer City played the first-ever playoff game in their long rivalry Friday afternoon at Memorial Stadium in Wichita Falls, in the Class A Division II Region 2 Semifinal.

The Trojans jumped out to a 14-0 lead after two Ty Duncan touchdowns, one set up by a punt blocked by Chase Schreiber and recovered by Jacob Johnson.

A Marty Jentsch touchdown cut the lead to 14-6 going into the half.

Later it was 21-12 Windthorst when Duncan, a senior, scored his third touchdown of the game from about 15 yards out to make it 28-12 Trojans.

Jentsch scored on another short run and added a two-point conversion to make it 28-20, but that was the final margin. Windthorst beat their rivals for the second time this season, but the second meeting, as expected was much closer than the first.

So who would the Trojans meet in the State Quarterfinals? The other District 8-A-II playoff team, the Munday Moguls, met Hamlin in Abilene to decide that.

The Moguls trailed most of the way, still down 13-7 through three quarters. But in the fourth quarter the Munday offense exploded for four touchdowns and the Moguls roared back for a 35-19 win.

The Moguls and Trojans will meet Friday, December 3 at 7:30 PM in Breckenridge.

Advance tickets will be $8 for adults and $5 for students, while all tickets will be $10 at the gate.

Texoma's two Class-A Division I teams were also in action Friday night, both taking on highly-ranked competition.

The Seymour Panthers faced District rival and 2nd-ranked Albany in Mineral Wells. Aaron Barton threw a 44-yard touchdown pass to Kyle Hardin that cut the Lions' lead to 14-7 going into halftime, but in the second it was all Albany, as the Lions ran away to a 31-7 win.

The Panthers end their season at 8-5.

Meanwhile Quanah faced #1 Canadian for the right to face Albany in the Quarterfinals. The Indians cut the Wildcats' lead to 14-8 on a touchdown run by Tyson Marsh and a two-point conversion, but Canadian was just too big and strong for the smaller Indians.

PUHA Nation's season ended with a 56-15 loss, with a final record of 8-5.

On Saturday the Rider Raiders (8-4) will face Birdville (9-3) at Pennington Field in Bedford at 2 PM, while Holliday (8-3) will face Sanford-Fritch (9-2) at 3 PM at Dick Bivins Stadium in Amarillo and 11-0 Throckmorton will face 10-2 Walnut Springs at 5:30 PM in Comanche.

Tune in Saturday night for full coverage of all three games!