Among those teams looking for a late invite to the playoffs were the Lake Highlands Wildcats (4-5 overall; 3-3 district), who travelled to rival Richardson High with the winner earning playoff berth.
The Wildcats jumped out to an early lead on a 44-yard TD pass from QB Michael Ketchmark to Michael Wright at 5:48 in the first quarter. After Richardson answered, the Wildcats took a 14-7 lead into halftime on an 11-yard run by Jacobi Johnson in the second quarter.
Richardson knotted the score 14-14 in the third quarter before Johnson scampered five yards for paydirt midway through the fourth for what would be the winning touchdown in a 21-14 win. Johnson finished the night with 159 yards on 25 carries to go with his two touchdowns.
With the win, the Wildcats will face Rowlett in a Nov. 11 bi-district matchup at 7:30 p.m. at Garland’s H.B. Johnson Stadium. Rowlett enters the matchup 6-4 overall and is coming off of a 59-6 win over Garland Lakeview Centennial in the final week of the season.
In other 5A area action, Dallas Skyline put the wraps on its perfect 2011 season and registered its fourth consecutive shutout with a 60-0 win over W.T. White.
The win pushed Skyline to 10-0 overall and 7-0 in district play.
The Raiders wasted little time corralling the Longhorns as QB Devante Kincade shredded the W.T. White defense through the air with five first-half touchdown passes. Kincade’s favorite targets on the night were WR RaShaad Samples and Thomas Johnson, who accounted for 263 of Kincade’s 280 passing yards on the night.
Samples finished with 133 yards receiving and three TDs, while Johnson accounted for 130 yards and one TD.
Skyline will face McKinney Boyd (8-2 overall; 6-1 district) in a Nov. 11 bi-district contest at 7:30 p.m. at Richardson’s Eagle-Mustang Stadium.
In 4A action, the Woodrow Wilson Wildcats won the District 12-4A title by beating Bryan Adams 29-15 in “The East Dallas Super Bowl” at Pleasant Grove Stadium. The Wildcats entered the contest undefeated in district play and 8-1 on the season.
Wilson jumped out to an early 15-0 lead by halftime on short-yardage TD runs by RB Shaquille Dotin and QB Piers Christian and a 25-yard field goal by Cesar Moreno. Christian would tack on another Wilson touchdown on an 11-yard pass to Andre Piata midway through the third quarter.
With time expired in the third quarter, Bryan Adams’ Corey Walker ran it in from the 6-yardline for Adams’ first score of the night.
Christian answered with a 1-yard with 3:56 remaining in the game before Adams answered with another Walker run with less than a minute remaining.
Both Adams and Wilson will advance to postseason play. Adams will face Kimball on Nov. 10 at Wilmer-Hutchins, while Wilson travels to the same venue the next night for a bi-district matchup with Molina.
White Rock Lake area teams ending their seasons in Week 10 included North Dallas, Bishop Lynch and Lakehill.
Kyle Rains contributed to this report.