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HOPES ALIVE: Gordon, Strawn and Millsap begin playoff journeys; Mineral Wells misses post-season despite season finale win

HOPES ALIVE: Gordon, Strawn and Millsap begin playoff journey<em>s; </em>Mineral Wells misses post-season despite season finale win
November 08
17:15 2023

By DAVID MAY

Special to Mineral Wells Area News

The high school football season is divided by non-district games, district games and playoffs. Three Mineral Wells-area teams have made it to the season’s third phase, hoping to make a championship run.

One of those three is not Mineral Wells. The Rams had to win their last game of the season against Burkburnett, which they did, 36-28. That left the Rams in a three-way tie for the last two playoff spots in District 4-4A-1 with Wichita Falls and Burkburnett.

The three teams beat each other – Wichita Falls defeated Mineral Wells and Burk beat Wichita Falls. That meant the third- and fourth-place teams would be decided on a points-differential basis. Not only did Mineral Wells have to beat Burkburnett, they would need to win by at least 15 points.

That didn’t happen, and Mineral Wells ended up on the outside looking in to cap head coach Cody Worrell’s first season at the helm. After a hot start, the Rams finished the season 4-6 overall and 1-3 in district.

Finishing fourth, Burkburnett will take on Randall while third-place Wichita Falls faces Canyon in the bi-district round this week. Runner-up Springtown and champ Decatur also advanced out of the district.

Check out the touchdown pass from QB Owen Gadd to Caden Kaspar.

Here is a look at how other area teams fared in their final week of the regular season and previews of the three playoff games that begin Thursday.

Gordon completes another undefeated regular season

For the second straight year, the Class1A-Division 1 top-ranked Gordon Longhorns completed their regular season with an unblemished 10-0 record. The Longhorns are 22-1 since the beginning of the 2022 season.

Gordon wants to avenge that lone loss. But first things first.

Gordon defeated the Perrin Pirates 60-0 Friday to close out the regular season. The game marked the 20th straight regular season game Gordon has mercy-ruled their six man opponent.

The Horns will begin this post-season the same way they began last post-season – playing Saint Jo in the bi-district round. Last year, Gordon eased past the Panthers, 62-16.

The teams meet Thursday at 7 p.m. at Weatherford’s Kangaroo Stadium on an artificial turf field modified into one 80 yards long and 40 yards wide to accommodate the six man matchup. Weather could play a factor in this game.

Saint Jo went 6-4 on the year and 2-1 in District 10-1A-1. They won their last two games in impressive fashion – 54-0 over Campbell and 52-0 over Savoy.

Playing in Region 3, the winner of Thursday’s game will advance to play the winner of Milford and Penelope. 

Not to look too far ahead, but the bracket is set up for another quarterfinals meeting between Gordon and Abbott. Also undefeated and ranked in the top 3 in most 1A-1 polls, Abbott ended the Longhorns’ playoff run last year, 32-24.

Gordon has two games to win before thinking about a possible Abbott rematch.

Strawn wins, makes playoffs

The Strawn Greyhounds had to win Friday to make the playoffs and they did so in a big way, defeating Gold-Burg, 70-24, at Greyhounds Stadium.

Strawn (6-3, 2-1) will face the Greyhounds of Throckmorton (6-4) on Friday in Breckenridge. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

Strawn returns to the playoffs after missing out last season, posting a losing ledger a year after they went 15-0 and won the 2021 Class 1A-Division 2 title, the school’s fifth championship.

Throckmorton will pose a stiff challenge for Strawn. While Strawn scored more points than Throckmorton this season, 481-408, Throckmorton allowed fewer, giving up 280 to Strawn’s 348.

The teams had a common opponent this year – Gordon. Strawn lost 46-0 to the Longhorns, while Throckmorton lost 48-0.

Coming out of five-team District 7, Throckmorton enters Friday contest the winners of five straight, the last being three lopsided wins over Woodson, Paint Creek and Rule.

Strawn is riding a two-game win streak with their own mercy-rule wins over Forestburg and Gold-Burg.

You can’t sleep on Strawn, especially in the playoffs. They know how to turn it up a notch and win in the post-season under the guidance of Head Coach Dewaine Lee.

The winner will advance to play the winner of the Jayton-Crowell bi-district game.

Millsap drops finale, prepares for playoffs

For the fourth straight year, Millsap enters the Class 3A-Division 2 playoffs. The Bulldogs (5-4, 3-2) will face Wichita Falls City View (6-5, 3-2) on Friday at Bridgeport Bull Stadium with a 7 p.m. kickoff.

Entering the game, the Bulldogs were already District 5 runners up to Jacksboro. City View was already the third-place team out of District 6. The Mustangs finished their regular season with a 54-0 win over winless S&S Consolidated.

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Luckily for Millsap, losing their regular season finale had no bearing on their playoff position. Merkel defeated visiting Millsap, 41-20, last Friday.

Playing in Region 2, the winner of this Friday’s bi-district matchup will meet the winner of the Gunter vs. Trinity Leadership game in the area round.

CCS falls in first-round playoff game

The Community Christian School Warriors fought their way into the Texas Christian Athletic Fellowship playoffs. 

Unfortunately for a young Warriors squad, they had an early exit after losing Friday, 52-6, at Irving Faustina Academy.

CCS finishes the year 6-6 overall after going 2-2 in district.

Santo, Perrin seasons end

The Santo Wildcats ended their regular season on a high note, blanking Era, 33-0, at home.

The Wildcats finished 2-4 in District 8-2A-2, resulting in a fifth place finish and out of the 2023 playoff picture.

At 3-7 overall, it was a disappointing season for Santo, which some pre-season predictions forecast them as district winners. The Wildcats posted a nine-win season last year, and 11 wins in 2021.

This season took a turn for the worse for the green and white in the third game against Hamilton when senior quarterback and cornerback Hut Thornton suffered a season-ending knee injury.

It is the first time since 2013 Santo will miss the post-season.

A tough 28-21 loss to Baird in its district opener helped cost Perrin a post-season berth. 

The Pirates snared district wins over Gorman and Lingleville, but finished 2-3 in District 9-1A-1, one game behind Baird and two behind runner-up Bryson. The top two teams advance in Class 1A.

Perrin ended the season with a 60-0 loss to undefeated district champ Gordon to finish with a 2-8 record overall.


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