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Argyle, Wimberley vie for 3A DII state crown

ARGYLE (14-1) vs. WIMBERLEY (14-0)

4 p.m. Friday, Cowboys Stadium

What: Class 3A Division II state final.

When we saw them last: Quarterback Austin Aune completed 20-of-29 passes for 284 yards and two touchdowns in Argyle’s 34-14 victory over Monahans in a state semifinal at Abilene Wylie. Meanwhile, Wimberley quarterback Brady Lambert tossed fourth-quarter touchdown passes of 22 and 23 yards to Brennen Blakemore, the last with 1:14 remaining, to send the Texans to a 21-14 triumph over Coldspring-Oakhurst in a state semifinal in Bastrop.

Last in the playoffs: In 2010, Argyle lost in a Class 3A Division II regional final to eventual state champion Carthage, 44-27. Wimberley in 2010 lost to Coldspring-Oakhurst in a state semifinal, 26-14.

Key matchup: Argyle’s lethal passing attack, averaging 221 yards and over two touchdowns a game, faces a Wimberley defense that has allowed only one passing touchdown and an average of 43.5 passing yards in the Texans’ last four playoff games.

Players to watch: For Argyle, Aune has thrown for 3,172 yards and 33 touchdowns. Sophomore receiver Ian Sadler has 53 catches for 1,115 yards and 12 touchdowns. Running back Tyler Eveleth has rushed for 1,179 yards and eight touchdowns. For Wimberley, Lambert has thrown for 2,404 yards and 34 scores. Blakemore, a senior, has 49 catches for 1,112 yards and 13 touchdowns. Running back Trinity Wilson has rushed for 997 yards and 11 scores.

Prediction: The difference between two very similar teams could be Argyle’s sophomore kicker Cole Hedlund, the national single-season record-holder with 23 field goals: Argyle 33, Wimberley 30.