By Joshua Koch
HOUSTON – Texan Live rolled out one of the best broadcast schedules in the State of Texas on Tuesday.
The slate of 10 games features three No. 1 teams in the State of Texas, including Allen, Aledo and West Orange-Stark, representing the top teams in Class 6A, 5A and 4A.
Allen faces Duncanville on Saturday, while Aledo faces Boswell and West Orange-Stark takes on Giddings on Friday night.
The Eagles have won four State Championships since 2008, while this being their eighth appearance in the State Quarterfinals since 1990 and fifth-straight season of making it to this round.
The Bearcats of Aledo have become a power in Texas, making their 13th appearance in the State Quarterfinals in the past 15 years, while the Pioneers of Boswell are making their first State Quarterfinals appearance since 1977.
The Mustangs were last 13-0 heading into the State Quarterfinals back in 2012. West Orange-Stark continues its hopes of winning a second-straight State Championship, which the program did in 1986 and 1987.
Outside of those top teams, the rest of the Texan Live schedule is littered with great matchups, including a clash of Top 5 teams.
No. 4 Cuero and No. 5 Navarro will collide at Alamo Stadium on Friday night at Alamo Stadium in San Antonio. Both enter the meeting a perfect 13-0 on the season. This is the second-straight season for Cuero to reach the State Quarterfinals, first time to do that since 2008-2009.
Fifth-ranked Navarro has won its district three-straight seasons and is into the State Quarterfinals for the first time since 2010 and only the second time since 1990.
Navarro and Cuero met in last year’s Regional Semifinals with Cuero winning the game 25-13. The Gobblers would go on to lose to eventual State Champions West Orange-Stark in the State Semifinals.
Also included in this week’s broadcasts is No. 6 North Shore and Atascocita. The Mustangs downed defending State Champion Katy a week ago with a goal-line stand to keep their bid for a potential second-straight State Championship alive. The Eagles on the other side had their defense step up big as Alex Morris won the game for Atascocita with a 46-yard interception return for a touchdown to seal a 28-27 win against Lamar.
Atascocita and North Shore clashed earlier this season in District 21-6A play with the Mustangs taking that game 31-21, the lone loss for the Eagles this year.
With a win, Atascocita will continue to make history with its first trip ever to the State Semifinals, while North Shore will be back there for a second-straight season.
Another top team being shown on Texan Live this week is No. 5 Cibolo Steele.
The Knights return to the State Quarterfinals for the seventh-straight season, reaching the State Semifinals in five of the last six seasons. Cibolo Steele hasn’t played for a State Championship since 2011.
Facing off with Steele will be Churchill, whom is in the State Quarterfinals for the first time in 20 years. The Chargers were last in the State Finals in 1976, in which year they won their lone State Championship.
Other top-ranked teams playing this week on Texan Live include No. 3 Manvel and No. 4 Denton Ryan.
The Mavericks put on a show last week taking down defending 5A State Champion Cedar Park, 47-35, behind incredible play by Jalen Preston and Keylon Stokes. Manvel is a favorite to make a run at a spot in the championship game in its first season in 5A. The Mavericks’ past four seasons have ended in the playoffs at the hands of Katy. Manvel is seeking its first trip to the State Semifinals since 2011.
Temple on the other side is in the State Quarterfinals for the third-straight season and trying to reach the State Semifinals for the first time since 2014. Temple is a storied program having eight State Finals appearances and a pair of State Championships under its belt.
No. 4 Denton Ryan gets a hold of Colleyville Heritage on Saturday inside AT&T Stadium.
The Raiders are in the State Quarterfinals for the 10th time since 2000 and the fifth time since 2009. The Panthers are in the State Quarterfinals for the second time in school history, the last time came in 2006.
With a victory, Ryan will be in the State Semifinals for the first time since 2011 and Colleyville Heritage will make its first ever trip there.
Richmond Foster and Dripping Springs continue their historic runs, both appearing in the State Quarterfinals for the first time in program history. The two clash on Saturday inside the Alamodome.
Cinco Ranch returns to the State Quarterfinals for only the second time in school history, taking down Friendswood last week, while Cy Ridge beat Clear Brook to clinch its first ever trip to the fourth round.