Of the 10 districts that had four East Texas teams in the playoffs, three came out of the bi-district around better than .500.

The district at the top? Not the least bit surprising: District 16-3A, the "District of Doom."

Arguably the state's toughest district in any classification, 16-3A went 4-0 against District 15-3A, which was also one of the region's 10 leagues with four playoff teams. The District of Doom outscored 15-3A by a staggering margin of 168 points (201-33). Two games were shutouts -- Gilmer over Mineola (52-0) and Gladewater over Canton (48-0), while Kilgore allowed a lone score in a 49-7 win against Van.

Undefeated 15-3A champion Athens finished the season 10-1 after Chapel Hill doubled up the Hornets in impressive fashion, 52-26.

Two other districts went 3-1, including one led by a former member of the original incarnation of the District of Doom.

Carthage's 49-6 drubbing of Mexia, which trailed 49-0 before halftime, spearheaded District 20-3A's 3-1 performance against District 19-3A. Jasper notched a 44-34 win against Palestine, while Center beat Groesbeck 45-21. As expected, Fairfield hammered Diboll 60-6, which turned out to be 19-3A's only win against 20-3A.

In Class 2A, East Texas got a 3-1 performance from District 8-2A Division I, which houses perennial powers Daingerfield and New Boston. Those teams beat Eustace (34-7) and Lone Oak (61-39), respectively, while Redwater downed Winnsboro 27-7. District 8-2A D-I's only loss was Queen City's 41-14 decision to Malakoff.

Which districts with four East Texas playoff participants fared the worst? Obviously the aforementioned 15-3A went 0-4. Each of the region's Class 4A districts -- 14-4A and 16-4A -- went 1-3. Mansfield Legacy (def. John Tyler) and McKinney North (def. Texas High) prevented an anticipated all-East Texas second-round matchup between Cujo and the Tigers.

The only East Texas 4A teams to win -- undefeated Whitehouse, which survived a serious Arlington Seguin upset bid in overtime, and Sulphur Springs, which beat Denison last week -- meet each other this week, so the region will have only one 4A team of its eight playoff participants remaining come Thanksgiving week. Whitehouse won 61-22 at Sulphur Springs on Sept. 13.

Districts With Four East Texas Teams In The Playoffs

16-3A

  • 4-0
    • Kilgore def. Van 49-7
    • Gilmer def. Mineola 52-0
    • Chapel Hill def. Athens 52-26
    • Gladewater def. Canton 48-0

 

20-3A

  • 3-1
    • Carthage def. Mexia 49-6
    • Jasper def. Palestine 44-34
    • Center def. Groesbeck 45-21
    • Diboll lost 60-6 to Fairfield

 

8-2A D-I

  • 3-1
    • Daingerfield def. Eustace 34-7
    • New Boston def. Lone Oak 61-39
    • Redwater def. Winnsboro 27-7
    • Queen City lost 41-14 to Malakoff

 

13-3A

  • 2-2
    • Paris lost 22-7 to Crandall
    • Liberty-Eylau lost 28-14 to Kaufman
    • Atlanta def. Emory Rains 46-14
    • Pittsburg def. Wills Point 54-49

 

9-2A D-I

  • 2-2
    • Tatum def. Kountze 49-10
    • White Oak def. Winnie East Chambers 44-14
    • Harmony lost 61-28 to Kirbyville
    • Troup lost 39-0 to Newton

 

9-2A D-II

  • 2-2
    • Waskom def. Union Grove 56-17
    • Hughes Springs def. Frankston 46-20
    • Paul Pewitt lost 34-28 (2OT) to Arp
    • New Diana lost 17-14 to Garrison

 

10-2A D-II

  • 2-2
    • Garrison def. New Diana 17-14
    • Arp def. Paul Pewitt 34-28 (2OT)
    • Frankston lost 46-20 to Hughes Springs
    • Union Grove lost 56-17 to Waskom

 

 

14-4A

  • 1-3
    • Texas High lost 26-14 to McKinney North
    • Sulphur Springs def. Denison 66-42
    • Hallsville lost 55-51 to Lucas Lovejoy
    • Marshall lost 42-21 to Wylie

 

16-4A

  • 1-3
    • Whitehouse def. Arlington Seguin 50-44 (OT)
    • John Tyler lost 35-14 to Mansfield Legacy
    • Nacogdoches lost 25-15 to Mansfield Summit
    • Lindale lost 62-17 to Ennis

 

15-3A

  • 0-4
    • Athens lost 52-26 to Chapel Hill
    • Van lost 49-7 to Kilgore
    • Canton lost 48-0 to Gladewater
    • Mineola lost 52-0 to Gilmer

 

Districts With Fewer Than Four East Texas Teams In The Playoffs

10-A D-I

  • 2-0
    • West Sabine (bye)
    • Alto def. Harleton 37-20
    • San Augustine def. Joaquin 49-46

 

12-5A

  • 1-0
    • Longview def. Rowlett 46-21

 

10-2A D-I

  • 1-0
    • Newton def. Troup 39-0

 

8-A D-I

  • 1-0
    • Simms Bowie def. Valley View 22-20

 

12-2A D-II

  • 1-1
    • Corrigan-Camden def. Buffalo 60-14
    • Groveton lost 63-14 to Centerville

 

16-Six Man D-I

  • 1-1
    • Oakwood def. Leverett's Chapel 64-6
    • Apple Springs lost 54-48 to Ladonia Fannindel

 

7-2A D-I

  • 1-2
    • Malakoff def. Queen City 41-14
    • Winnsboro lost 27-7 to Redwater
    • Eustace lost 34-7 to Daingerfield

 

14-5A

  • 0-1
    • Lufkin lost 42-24 to Humble Atascocita

 

19-3A

  • 0-1
    • Palestine lost 44-34 to Jasper

 

11-2A D-I

  • 0-1
    • Elkhart lost 47-14 to Godley

 

6-A D-I

  • 0-1
    • Cayuga lost 36-7 to De Leon

 

10-A D-II

  • 0-1
    • Maud (bye)
    • Overton lost 42-27 to Frost

 

11-A D-II

  • 0-1
    • Tenaha (bye)
    • Mount Enterprise lost 52-14 to Chilton

 

15-Six Man D-I

  • 0-1
    • Leverett's Chapel lost 64-6 to Oakwood

 

9-A D-I

  • 0-2
    • Carlisle (bye)
    • Joaquin lost 49-46 to San Augustine
    • Harleton lost 37-20 to Alto

 

TAPPS D-II District 2

  • 0-2
    • Bullard Brook Hill lost 27-21 (OT) to Fort Worth Christian
    • Tyler Grace lost 56-0 to Midland Christian

 

8-2A D-II

  • 0-3
    • Edgewood lost 43-36 (OT) to Leonard
    • Clarksville lost 49-14 to Gunter
    • Alba-Golden lost 55-18 to S&S Consolidated