When they were practicing in two-a-days workouts back in August the highs would reach over 100 degrees.

Now the lows are dipping into the 30s.

It’s playoff time once again for high school football teams in the Northeast Texas area. Time for fans to bundle up as they watch their favorite teams in sudden-death situations. Win and your team gets to play again next week. Lose and the season is over.

Though the Greenville Lions missed the playoffs with a 3-7 record, there were 10 teams from this area that have qualified for the playoffs.

Three members of District 17-A, including the No. 6 state-ranked Wolfe City Wolves, Celeste Blue Devils and Boles Hornets have received first-round byes and don’t play until next week.

Royse City, Rains, Quinlan Ford, Farmersville and Lone Oak face playoff tests tonight, while Caddo Mills and Greenville Christian School will open their respective playoffs on Saturday.

Royse City, the District 10-3A champion at 9-1 and 5-0, opens the Class 3A Division I bi-district playoffs at 7:30 tonight at Wildcat-Ram Stadium in Dallas against Prosper, which was second in 9-3A with a 6-1 mark. Prosper moved up from Class 2A, where the Eagles went 10-3 last season, reaching the regional semifinals. Royse City was also a playoff team last season.

Rains, which lost 38-28 to Royse City in a showdown last week for the 10-3A title, will carry an 8-2 record into its 3A Division II bi-district game against 6-4 Pilot Point at 7:30 tonight at T.A. “Cotton” Ford Stadium in Greenville. The Wildcats went three rounds in the 3A Division II playoffs last season. Pilot Point is a traditional power.

Another traditional power, Celina, brings a 10-0 record and a No. 5 state ranking into its 3A Division II bi-district playoff game against Quinlan Ford. Ford went 5-5 this season to finish third in 10-3A after going 0-9 the previous season.

Farmersville, which dropped down from 3A this season, heads into the 2A playoffs with a lot of momentum after capturing the 13-2A championship with a 5-0 league record and 9-1 season mark. The Fightin’ Farmers are facing a 7-3 Callisburg team that likes to throw the football. It should be a classic matchup because Farmersville is run-oriented and plays tough defense. That 2A Division I playoff game is set for 7:30 tonight at Ron Poe Stadium in McKinney.

Lone Oak’s offense and defense rank among the best in the Metroplex. The 9-1 Buffaloes will try to keep up the good work in their 7:30 p.m. 2A division II bi-district battle in Lancaster against 5-5 Hico from 11-2A. Led by running back Alex Bowman and quarterback Blaine Moore, the Buffaloes are averaging 39.1 points and 424 yards per game on offense and are allowing only 11.3 points and 155.7 yards per game.

Caddo Mills, second to Lone Oak in 12-2A, takes on 7-3 Grandview at 7 p.m. Saturday in Duncanville.

Greenville Christian School, runner-up to Rockwall Heritage in TAPPS six-man District 3 for Division I, faces Division I member Jesus Chapel of El Paso at 2 p.m. Saturday in Garden City. GCS won a state six-man championship in 2004. Jesus Chapel has captured five six-man titles in Texas.

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