Thursday’s Playoff Preview

Graysen Schantz and the Lake Dallas Falcons face Saginaw Boswell tonight, while Krum plays Celina to kick-off the playoffs. (David Minton/Denton Record-Chronicle)

Tonight marks the first batch of playoff games, the first sign that fall is truly here and winter’s soon approaching.

Krum (9-1) plays Celina (8-2) tonight at C.H. Collins Athletic Complex at 7:30 p.m., while Lake Dallas plays Saginaw Boswell at Justin Northwest ISD’s Stadium.

For starters, we’ll be blogging tonight’s Krum-Celina game and keeping tabs on the Lake Dallas contest, so if you can’t find a jacket and don’t feel like bracing the cold, we’ll be on the blog to keep you company.

OK. Let’s dive into the two games we have going on tonight.

Lake Dallas vs. Saginaw Boswell, Class 4A Division II bi-district round

Boswell comes out of an atrocious District 6-4A, where the Pioneers finished second behind Birdville, the only team to beat Boswell in district play.

Boswell’s lead by their quarterback Zach Files, who has thrown for 26 TDs and 7 INTs this season. Files also leads the team in rushing with 453 yards.

Files’ two most used weapons are Jerrell Fisher (42 catches, 713 yrards, 9 TDS) and Scott Moody (34 catches, 696 yards, 10 TDs). Boswell’s offense is averaging 48 points per game and has scored at least 50 points on six different occasions.

Now, things may not be as easy against a Lake Dallas defense that’s allowed 24.9 points per game. That defense is without defensive lineman Luke Medlicott, who tore his ACL midway through the season.

Still, DE Graysen Schantz has piled up 12 sacks and 28 quarterback hurries this season. If Lake Dallas is going to win, Schantz and the rest of the defense has to contain Boswell’s offense in order for the Falcons to have a chance at advancing to face either Waco or Fort Worth Wyatt.

Krum vs. Celina, Class 3A Division II bi-district round 

Now if you’re in the immediate Denton area and have no plans for tonight, you should be at C.H. Collins tonight. It should be a fun, not just because it has the potential to be a really good game, but because I fully expect both towns to show up in their respective colors for this one.

If you didn’t read the story in today’s paper about the game, go check it out.

In Krum’s loss to Gainesville two weeks ago, Krum’s rushing attack wasn’t near as potent as it was all season. Senior running back Reed Flores was “stifled” for 116 yards and Krum (9-1) scored two defensive touchdowns and no rushing touchdowns. Krum DB Travis White has had a stellar year with eight interceptions through 10 games, so we’ll see if Celina decides to throw the ball in his general vicinity.

Celina (8-2) hasn’t been overly impressive and got pummelled by Argyle 45-7 for the District 10-3A title.

Let the playoffs begin.