Cedar Hill and Denton Guyer produced one of the best spectator games of the season when the two met on Labor Day at Cowboys Stadium.
A rematch 10 weeks later at the same venue is a stroke of bracket luck for fans. Kickoff is 11 a.m. Saturday in the first of four area-round playoff games that will last well into the night.
It took a comeback and an overtime period for Cedar Hill to prevail, 42-41, on Sept. 6.
The game was marked by outstanding performances by the quarterbacks, J.W. Walsh of Guyer and the Longhorns’ Driphus Jackson.
Walsh, who has committed to Oklahoma State, rushed for 202 yards and five touchdowns and threw for 143 yards and one score.
Jackson, a three-year starter known for leading comebacks, completed 18-of-25 passes for 282 yards and four touchdowns. He rushed nine times for 71 yards. Jackson has received numerous offers but had not yet made a college commitment.
The two quarterbacks combined for 698 yards, with Jackson getting the better of Walsh by eight yards, 353-345.
And the award for Best Supporting Quarterback goes to…
The junior has played at a high level and helped Rowlett reach the area playoff round filling in as starter the last three weeks for injured Grant Bothun.
Bothun suffered a lateral fracture of his ankle in the final seconds of a 17-10 win over North Garland on Oct. 22.
Kalmus, who threw only six passes in the first eight games, has completed 46-of-68 for 588 yards and seven touchdowns in three starts.
The 5-11, 170-pound junior is coming off a 322-yard, three-touchdown performance in the Eagles’ 35-28 Region II bi-district win over Dallas Jesuit.
It doesn’t hurt that Rowlett surrounds its quarterback with talented skill position players.
Running back Treyvon Green, a Northwestern commitment, rushed for 147 yards and two touchdowns against Jesuit and receiver Logan Brown made 12 catches for 198 yards and two touchdowns.
Speculation on Bothun, a 5-10, 175-pound junior, at the time of his injury was a possible return for this week’s second-round playoff game against 7-4 Mesquite Horn (9 p.m. Friday at Cowboys Stadium).
If Bothun isn’t ready, it must be a comforting feeling for the Eagles to know that Kalmus is in the bullpen.
Colleyville Heritage hoping to reverse trend against Southlake Carroll
The sight of Southlake Carroll’s helmets with the unique Dragon emblem have become symbolic of the end of the Colleyville Heritage football season, as sure as the closing credits at a movie theatre.
Three times in the last four years, Southlake Carroll celebrated robust playoff victories at the Panthers’ expense.
The common thread in all three losses -- Colleyville Heritage scored exactly seven points each time while Southlake Carroll never scored less than 31.
The most lopsided of the three was last year’s 55-7 rout in a Division II bi-district game.
The teams met in the same spot in the Division II bracket in 2008 with the Dragons winning, 31-7.
In 2006, it wasn’t until the Division I Region I final that the two schools crossed paths, with Carroll winning, 33-7.
Colleyville Heritage coach Mike Fuller said that what has happened in the past has nothing to do with this year’s game, which is set for 2 p.m. Saturday at Cowboys Stadium.
“Our 2010 team has not played Southlake Carroll,’’ Fuller said.
Run game carries South Garland to second round
In last week’s 42-10 bi-district manhandling of Dallas Lake Highlands, South Garland quarterback Stephan Turner attempted only five passes.
That’s because South Garland averaged 9.0 yards on its 38 running plays. Six turned into touchdowns.
The running game is a nice complement to South Garland’s solid defensive play this season. The Colonels allow 288 yards per game, one of the lowest numbers in the area in Class 5A.
South Garland (8-3) should face a tougher challenge from Longview (7-4) at 4 p.m. Saturday at Dallas’ Kincaide Stadium. The Lobos made it to the Class 4A state finals each of the last two seasons.