A healthy number of local teams have reached the sweet spot in the season -- playing beyond Thanksgiving. The stakes are higher than ever because the winning teams this weekend will be more than halfway to state championship appearances

Longview and Marshall travel to AT&T Stadium in Arlington for regional semifinal games against two of the stronger Metroplex teams. How do the Lobos and Mavericks stack up against their respective opponents, Wylie and Frisco Lone Star?

Carthage has a tough task in the Class 4A Division I bracket this week. The Bulldogs square off with defending state champion Navasota. We dive into that matchup as well.

Furthermore, a handful of the East Texas teams remaining return close to home for big games against others from the area. A hot Center squad is gunning for Gilmer's 28-game winning streak, and another state champion is in a bit of peril as Waskom has to face Arp in a District 8-3A Division II rematch.

Do either Center or Arp have what it takes to pull off a surprise?

Paul Pewitt versus West Rusk as well as Corrigan-Camden against Crockett in another district rematch also take center stage in the podcast.

And the show wouldn’t be compete without recognizing the ETSN.fm + Dairy Queen Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week.

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