December football! What to know for Irion County and Wall playoff games

A consistent goal for high school football teams across Texas is to play in December. Wall and Irion County have accomplished that goal.

Wall is playing in its first regional final or state quarterfinal since 2016 when it defeated Brock 28-17 before falling to Mineola in the state semifinal.

Irion County continues to make history, and with a win on Saturday could be playing in its first state championship game.

Here is a breakdown of both games.

WALL VS. CANADIAN

What: Class 3A Division II State Quarterfinal

When: 6 p.m. Friday

Where: Pirate Stadium, Woodrow

Records: Wall 12-1, Canadian 11-2

Pigskinprep.com pick: Canadian by 15

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Key players

Wall

Brylan White — White has 68 total tackles this season, including 18 for loss and 10 sacks for the stout Hawks defense.

Nathan Pepper — Pepper leads the Hawks ground-based attack with 1,065 yards and is averaging 118.3 yards a game with 15 touchdowns.

Gunnar Dillard — Dillard has rushed for 694 yards and thrown for 336 yards and has combined for 12 total touchdowns.

Canadian

Camren Cavalier — Cavalier rushed for 140 yards and threw for 230 yards in a regional semifinal win against Spearman. Cavalier has thrown for 2,665 yards and 31 touchdowns this season and rushed for 1,316 and 31 TDs.

Preston Miller — Miller caught six passes for 133 yards and two touchdowns in the win against Spearman. Miller has 1,176 receiving yards and 15 TDs this season.

The scoop

This is a clash of styles as Wall utilizes a run-based offense and Canadian runs the Air Raid, which means that controlling the football will be key. … Wall is averaging 339.3 yards on the ground and 6.9 yards a carry this season. The Hawks have won 11 straight games and not lost since a setback to Cisco on Sept. 2. … Canadian has won 10 straight games and recently won back-to-back state championships in Class 2A Division I 2014 and 2015. … Wall is making its deepest run in the playoffs since 2016.

What’s next

Winner will face Holliday or Gunter in the Class 3A Division II state semifinals.

Irion County High School head football coach Don Coffell provides a blocking dummy for a player during a drill at football workout Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022, at O.K. Wolfenbarger Field in Mertzon.
Irion County High School head football coach Don Coffell provides a blocking dummy for a player during a drill at football workout Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022, at O.K. Wolfenbarger Field in Mertzon.

IRION COUNTY VS. ABBOTT

What: Class 1A Six-Man Division I State Semifinal

When: 6 p.m. Saturday

Where: Longhorn Stadium, Early

Records: Abbott 13-0; Irion County 12-0

Pigskinprep.com pick: Abbott by 6

Key players

Irion County

Trevin Coffell — Threw for 160 yards and three touchdowns in last week’s win against Jonesboro

Parker Posey — Posey tallied 19 tackles in the win against Jonesboro

Cameron Feller — Had 10 tackles against Jonesboro

Abbott

Mason Hejl — Hejl rushed for 247 yards in a victory against Gordon in a state quarterfinal.

Joey Pavelka — Pavelka had a game-best 7.5 tackles in the victory against Gordon.

The scoop

These two teams have a combined 25 wins between them and have rolled by most opponents throughout the season. … Abbott won a thriller last week against Gordon as it was the first time the Panthers did not win by the mercy rule. It was also the second straight week Abbott handed a team its first loss of the season. … The Hornets have advanced the deepest in the postseason in more than 40 years and look to qualify for their first state championship. Irion County earned this week’s spot by outscoring Jonesboro 30-28 in the second, which included 22-fourth quarter points in a victory.

What’s next

Winner will face Happy or Westbrook in the Class 1A Six-Man Division I state championship, 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14, AT&T Stadium, Arlington

This article originally appeared on San Angelo Standard-Times: December football! What to know for Irion County, Wall playoff games