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Carthage quarterback Kason Davis (19) reads the defense before taking the snap during the Bulldogs' 33-31 win over Henderson in their Class 4A Division I regional semifinal in Longview on Nov. 25.
Carthage quarterback Kason Davis (19) reads the defense before taking the snap during the Bulldogs' 33-31 win over Henderson in their Class 4A Division I regional semifinal in Longview on Nov. 25.

With one week until the UIL state championships in Arlington, East Texas has five teams on the doorstep of reaching the finals in their respective classifications.

Our experts Clint Buckley and Mike Graham break down all five semifinal games involving area teams in this week's edition of the ETSN...

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Texas Offers Arp Safety DeMarvion Overshown

Arp safety Demarvion Overshown received an offer from Texas on Thursday. (Rob Graham, ETSN.fm)
Arp safety Demarvion Overshown received an offer from Texas on Thursday. (Rob Graham, ETSN.fm)

Tom Herman and his skeleton crew of assistant coaches at Texas made a splash in the DeMarvion Overshown sweepstakes Thursday.

Arp's junior safety is the latest regional prospect with a Longhorns football scholarship opportunity and the second prospect in three days to receive an offer specifically from Herman's staff. He joins senior John Tyler quarterback Bryson Smith, who is being recruited to play receiver, on the program's revised short list.

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Filed Under: Category: Class 3A, Football, News, Recruiting

Mineola Needs Another Big Game Out Of Its Defense To Reach Title Game

Mineola linebacker Michael Drennon and the rest of the Yellowjackets' defense might have their hands full against Wall's triple-option attack. (Rob Graham, ETSN.fm)
Mineola linebacker Michael Drennon and the rest of the Yellowjackets' defense might have their hands full against Wall's triple-option attack. (Rob Graham, ETSN.fm)

CLASS 3A DIVISION I
State Semifinals
Wall Hawks (11-3)
vs.
Mineola Yellowjackets (12-2)
7 p.m. Friday
Waco ISD Stadium, Waco
Coaches

  • Wall: Houston Guy
  • Mineola: Joe Drennon

Last week

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Malakoff Faces Yoakum With State Berth on the Line

Malakoff QB Judd Miller. (Rob Graham, ETSN.fm)
Malakoff QB Judd Miller. (Rob Graham, ETSN.fm)

CLASS 3A DIVISION I
State Semifinal
No. 3 Malakoff Tigers (14-0)
vs.
Yoakum Bulldogs (10-4)
7:30 p.m. Friday
Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, Austin
 
Coaches

  • Malakoff: Jamie Driskell
  • Yoakum: Bo Robinson

 
Last week

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Gilmer Has To Be Wary Of Sweetwater’s Ability To Create Turnovers In State Semifinal Game

Gilmer receiver LaMarcus Morton is coming off a 174-yard performance in last weeks regional championship win against Celina. (Rob Graham, ETSN.fm)
Gilmer receiver LaMarcus Morton is coming off a 174-yard performance in last weeks regional championship win against Celina. (Rob Graham, ETSN.fm)

CLASS 4A DIVISION II
State Semifinals
Sweetwater Mustangs (12-1)
vs.
No. 7 Gilmer Buckeyes (13-1)
7 p.m. Friday
Baylor's McLane Stadium, Waco
Coaches

  • Sweetwater: Shane Mobley
  • Gilmer: Matt Turner

Last week

Next week

  • Winner faces Navarro or West Orange-Stark, Class 4A Division II state championship game, noon Friday (Dec. 16) at the Dallas Cowboys' AT&T Stadium in Arlington

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Arp Can Earn First Trip to State Finals With Win Over Boling

Arp Jacoby Hawkins (8) breaks up a pass, attend for Newtons Tamaizoa Brown (8).
Arp's Jacoby Hawkins breaks up a pass intended for Newton's Tamauzia Brown on Dec. 2 in Nacogdoches.

CLASS 3A DIVISION II
State Semifinal
Arp Tigers (12-2)
vs.
Boling Bulldogs (12-2)
7:30 p.m. Friday
Texan Drive Stadium, Porter
 
Coaches

  • Arp: Dale Irwin
  • Boling: Stephen Dorr

 
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Texas Offers John Tyler Quarterback Bryson Smith

John Tyler Bryson Smith reaches out for the endzone.
John Tyler's Bryson Smith reaches the end zone for his final of three ground touchdowns against Rockwall on Sept. 16.

Bryson Smith now has two scholarship opportunities from Tom Herman in his portfolio.

Herman, the brand new head football coach at the University of Texas, contacted the senior John Tyler quarterback Tuesday and asked him to reconsider his commitment to Houston. The tricky thing is, Smith committed to Houston when Herman was the head coach there.

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Filed Under: Category: Class 6A, Football, News, Recruiting

Malakoff’s Historic Season the Product of a Changed Culture

Malakoff WR/DB QT Barker. (Rob Graham, ETSN.fm)
Malakoff WR/DB QT Barker. (Rob Graham, ETSN.fm)

Before Jamie Driskell took over the football program, Malakoff was mostly known by motorists traveling from Tyler to Waco as a "speed trap."

But now, the Tigers are on the precipice of high school football immortality...

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Malakoff Athlete Tyler Russell Wins ETSN.fm + Dairy Queen Player Of The Week

Malakoff athlete Tyler Russell is the ETSN.fm + Dairy Queen Defensive Player of the Week. (Rob Graham, ETSN.fm)
Malakoff athlete Tyler Russell is the ETSN.fm + Dairy Queen Defensive Player of the Week. (Rob Graham, ETSN.fm)

There will be entirely new blood in the Class 3A Division I state championship game for the first time in a long time.

Malakoff prevented Cameron Yoe from reaching a fifth consecutive title game and perhaps a fourth win in the span with a 37-34 overtime victory Friday at Waco ISD Stadium. It took four takeaways and a turnover on downs in extra time to slay the Yoe giant.

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Filed Under: , Category: Class 3A, Football, News

Gilmer’s Aaron “Poppy” Brown the ETSN.fm + Dairy Queen Offensive Player of the Week

Buckeyes junior quarterback Aaron "Poppy" Brown (5) is secondarily a running threat, but he's mainly the region's leading active passer with 46 touchdown throws to 10 interception. (Ruel Felipe, ETSN.fm)
Buckeyes junior quarterback Aaron "Poppy" Brown (5) is secondarily a running threat, but he's mainly the region's leading active passer with 46 touchdown throws to 10 interception. (Ruel Felipe, ETSN.fm)

It's been a remarkable season for Gilmer junior quarterback Aaron "Poppy" Brown, and the record-setting campaign has at least one more week remaining.

Thanks to another standout performance.

Brown passed for 345 yards and four touchdowns to help Gilmer reach its seventh state semifinal since 2004 by burying Celina, 43-17, last Friday night for the Class 4A Division II, Region II championship...

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Filed Under: , Category: Class 4A, Football, News

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