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History plays role in several BV football teams' Thanksgiving matchups

History plays role in several BV football teams' Thanksgiving matchups

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School is out, but maybe a brief history lesson is in order. There will be no pop quiz at the end and this section will count exactly zero percent of your final grade.

It's just that there is some history swirling around the football playoff games this week, and there's some still to be made.

Friday

Navasota vs. Chapel Hill at Waco ISD Stadium: Navasota head coach Lee Fedora has some significant memories of Chapel Hill. In his senior year at A&M Consolidated, Fedora's Tigers lost to the Bulldogs 14-0 in the Class 4A state championship game, falling just short of a perfect season.

More recent history has turned this round of the playoffs into the end of the line for the Rattlers, who have lost three straight quarterfinal games -- although last year's loss to eventual champion Gilmer was a back-and-forth doozy.

Chapel Hill has been impressive so far in the playoffs, beating Center 48-18 and Madisonville 59-7. Avery Saenz threw five touchdown passes for the Bulldogs last week.

But the Rattlers seem intent on breaking though. Why not now? Navasota 42-38

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Cameron vs. East Chambers at Woodforest Bank Stadium, The Woodlands: Cameron is one of the most tradition-rich teams around, but last week's 70-26 victory over Newton was the Yoemen's first playoff victory since 2005. Jack Rhoades also had a five-touchdown game passing.

East Chambers rallied for a 21-14 win over Cameron's district foe, McGregor, to reach this game. East Chambers got help when McGregor dropped a potential tying touchdown pass. The Yoemen beat McGregor in district play 45-7. This week, I'll take ... Cameron 48-20

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Lexington vs. Corrigan-Camden in Fairfield: In 2006 playing in different regions, Corrigan-Camden and Lexington took separate paths to quarterfinal play. The teams lost to eventual state champion Mart that year in consecutive weeks: Corrigan Camden in the quarterfinals and Lexington in the semis.

That was a key year for Lexington, which was establishing what continues to be a hearty state-caliber program.

Turnovers plagued the Eagles against Frankston, but they still won in a wakeup call that served as a reminder that no playoff run is easy or safe. Lexington 28-13

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Bremond vs. Tenaha in Brownsboro: Bremond outscored Tenaha 45-43 in the 1987 Class A state semifinals.

When Bremond reached the state championship in 1993, the Tigers won 47-26 in the semifinals over Tenaha.

Tenaha topped Bremond 27-8 in 2001, but Bremond got even a year later, winning 21-14 in regionals.

In more recent history, Bremond was 3-7 last year while Tenaha was 12-1, losing by three to Mart at this round. Despite that, give me ... Bremond 35-28.

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Burton vs. Rocksprings at New Braunfels Canyon: A win this week would give the Burton Panthers their best season ever.

Burton has won just two playoff games over the years. The Panthers downed Pettus last week and beat Bosqueville two seasons ago after drawing an opening-round bye both years.

Rocksprings has three shutouts this season, but a shutout this week will be harder to achieve. Burton 46-23

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Calvert vs. Richland Springs in Moody: Playoff rivals can be hard to shake. When the Calvert Trojans moved to 6-man Division II this year, the Richland Springs Coyotes came with them.

And now they await them again.

Former Richland Springs' standout Tyler Etheridge consistently blew holes in every defensive plan that Calvert had to stop him. Etheridge led the Coyotes to a 52-14 victory in 2006 and a comeback 76-26 win in 2007.

Before that, Richland Springs won a battle of unbeatens in 2003 by a 48-26 score. Calvert got a chance to savor its 2002 meeting with the Coyotes, when the Trojans won 60-57. Calvert won the state championship and the Trojans were ranked as the nation's top 6-man school that season.

Richland Springs is the top-ranked team in Division II now, but it should be close and a Trojan win is by no means far-fetched. While both lost to Strawn in last year's playoffs, Calvert nearly knocked off defending champ Garden City to open this season. Richland Springs 52-42

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Evadale vs. Falls City, Kyle Field: OK, there's no local team in this one, but they are playing locally. Evadale's 55-21 win over D'Hanis was the school's first playoff win since 1991. Falls City didn't have to look so far back after its 55-7 win over Milano. The Beavers are 7-2 in postseason play the last three years with a pair of close December losses to Ganado.

Falls City may have taken over the favorite's role to win state in Class A Division II. Falls City 34-14

Saturday

A&M Consolidated vs. Round Rock Stony Point at Waco ISD Stadium: Stony Point is a recognized state power now, but in 2007 the school had never won a playoff game -- not shocking for a school that opened its doors in 2000. The Stony Point Tigers broke through in bi-district with a win over Bryan and has won 10 more playoff games since then, making consecutive state semifinal appearances.

Consol has two playoff victories over that same stretch, and both have come this season.

The Consol Tigers reached the 5A semifinals in 2005, their best run in Class 5A, and lost to eventual state champion Euless Trinity. Last season, Stony Point also lost to Euless Trinity in a semifinal game.

Stony Point has great stats against the run, but nobody runs better than Consol. Still, I'll take ... Stony Point 43-38

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Normangee vs. Big Sandy in Corsicana: Normangee advanced to this Class A Division II regional semifinal round in 2008 after a Division I regional appearance a year earlier.

Big Sandy has its share of playoff history. The 1975 team that won state with a 14-0 record featured running back great David Overstreet and current Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith. That was one of the state's greatest teams, outscoring its opponents 824-15 en route to its third straight state championship.

This season, though, marks Big Sandy's playoff return since the Wildcats lost by a point to Stratford in the 2005 Class A state championship game.

Both failed to qualify for postseason in 2009. Normangee 38-34

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Brenham Christian vs. Seguin Lifegate at Cedar Park Summit: The schools have made themselves part of a limited group of elite teams in TAPPS 6-man football, and it is the second straight year they will put unbeaten records on the line at this point of the playoffs. Brenham Christian won 58-41 last year.

This season, 12-0 Brenham Christian holds the top ranking in TAPPS Division II and Lifegate is second. In the sixmanfootball.com uber rankings for all 6-man teams, the BC Eagles are ranked 10th and the Lifegate Falcons are 16th. Brenham Christian 62-44

Last week: 11-2 (846); playoffs: 25-3 (.893); this season: 208-42 (.832).

David Campbell's e-mail address is david.campbell@theeagle.com.

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