Area teams advance in 2A, 3A football playoffs

We've been focusing our coverage on the Class 4A and 5A action, but let's take a moment to recognize the achievements of the area's smaller schools still alive in the UIL football playoffs.

*In Class 3A Division I, Alvarado (13-0) has demolished its playoff opponents by a 142-13 margin through three rounds and will play Henderson (11-2) in a state semifinal Friday at 7 p.m. at Bedford's Pennington Field. Henderson has also been impressive in the playoffs, winning its games by a 153-56 margin.

*In 3A Division II, Argyle (12-1) edged Carthage 35-34 in two overtimes to reach the Region 2 final. Argyle will take on Gilmer (13-0) at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Corsicana with a state semifinal berth on the line.

*In Class 2A Division I, Melissa (10-1) has advanced to the Region 2 championship game, where it will take on Daingerfield (10-3) at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Royse City.

*In 2A Division II, Corsicana Mildred (12-0) puts its unbeaten season on the line against Gunter (10-2) in the Region 2 final at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Garland's Homer B. Johnson Stadium.