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Region IV Final Preview: Can San Antonio break its Austin curse?

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6A Division I

Region IV Final

Lake Travis (12-1) vs. Converse Judson (12-1), Saturday 4:00 p.m., Alamodome


Converse Judson will be looking to advance to its first state semifinal appearance since 2015 and will need to go through Lake Travis to get it done. Lake Travis is seeking its first state title since 2016. The two programs met in the Region IV semifinals a year ago with Lake Travis winning, 38-21.

Lake Travis may not stop Judson quarterback Mike Chandler II as the Cavaliers will only hope to contain him. Chandler has 2,563 yards and 25 touchdowns through the air this season and has 1,135 yards and 22 rushing touchdowns. Junior De’Anthony Lewis has 1,731 rushing yards and 27 scores and will be a huge factor.

The Cavaliers have been without Texas verbal Hudson Card for a majority of the season and have gone with 6’6 junior Nate Yarnell a majority of the time in Card’s absence. Yarnell has 1,489 passing yards and 14 scores this season. Junior Weston Stephens is the leading rusher with 986 yards and 16 touchdowns.

This might be the year Converse Judson can get past Lake Travis to get within one game of the 6A Division I state championship game.

6A Division II

Region IV Final

Brandeis (13-0) vs. Austin Westlake (12-1), Friday 7:30 p.m., Alamodome

Unbeaten Brandeis will try to avenge a 26-0 loss to Austin Westlake at the same stage last season. This time around, expect Brandeis and quarterback Jordan Battles will be ready for the challenge.

Expect a lot of Battles with a mix of quarterback runs and in the short passing game. Do not let Battles’ numbers through the air fool you. Battles is more than capable to move the sticks with his arm. Battles has 1,738 rushing yards and 26 touchdowns to go along with 1,221 passing yards and 12 touchdowns.

Kirkland Michaux, a 6’6 senior, has 2,076 yards and 32 touchdowns for the Chaparrals. Ryan Lindley is the main receiver for Westlake, leading the team with 82 receptions for 1,080 yards and 20 touchdowns.

5A Division I

Region IV Final

Wagner (12-1) vs. CC Veterans Memorial (10-3), Friday 7:30 p.m., CC Buccaneer Stadium

Wagner will take its high-octane offense to Corpus Christi to face Veterans Memorial, who outlasted previously unbeaten CC Miller 56-49 to advance in the regional semifinals.

Junior running back L.J. Butler will be a huge key once again with his more than 2,000 yards and 28 touchdowns rushing. Sophomore quarterback Isaiah Williams has 18 touchdown passes on just 34 completions and is coming off a 200-yard rushing game in the ground attack for the Thunderbirds.

Veterans Memorial is led by junior quarterback Carter Senterfitt, who in only nine games has 2,034 passing yards and 20 touchdowns. Kobe Piper has 18 touchdowns this season for the Eagles.

5A Division II

Region IV Final

Boerne Champion (12-1) vs. CC Calallen (12-1), Saturday 8:00 p.m., Alamodome

In the nightcap Saturday night at the Alamodome, Boerne Champion will be looking to claim its first Region IV title in school history against run happy Corpus Christi Calallen.

Luke Boyers, a TCU baseball signee, is the leader at quarterback for the Chargers. Boyers has accounted for 3,481 yards (2,304 passing and 1,177 rushing) and 46 touchdowns this season. As he goes, so do the Chargers. Tamari Jenkins has been a force in the backfield with 1,654 yards and 21 touchdowns.

Calallen head coach Phil Danaher is the winningest coach in Texas high school history with over 400 victories at Calallen alone. Three Wildcat ball carriers have more than 1,000 yards, led by senior Charley Hill with 1,277 yards and 10 touchdowns. Junior Jeremiah Earls has 1,266 yards and 10 scores, while quarterback Jarrett Garza has 1,110 yards.

4A Division I

Region IV Final

Liberty Hill (8-5) vs. Lampasas (12-1), Saturday 2:00 p.m., Cedar Park John Gupton Stadium

4A Division II

Region IV Final

Navarro (13-0) vs. Wimberley (10-3), Friday 3:30 p.m., Alamodome

3A Division I

Region IV Final

Columbus (11-2) vs. Hallettsville (10-2), Friday 7:00 p.m., Katy Legacy Stadium

3A Division II

Region IV Final

Ganado (10-3) vs. East Bernard (13-0), Friday 7:00 p.m., Alvin Freedom Field

2A Division I

Region IV Final

Refugio (14-0) 49, Holland (13-1) 12

Refugio advances to the state semifinals for the sixth time since 2009 with its 49-12 victory over Holland at the Alamodome on Thursday night.

Austin Ochoa accounted for 271 yards and five touchdowns. All three of Ochoa’s touchdown passes went to Antwaan Gross, who finished with 177 receiving yards on six catches. The two hooked up twice in the first quarter as the unbeaten Bobcats took a 28-0 lead. Naaji Gooden rushed for two scores to pace the Refugio offense.

Brady Shelton accounted for two touchdowns in a losing effort for Holland, who finishes the season at 13-1.

2A Division II

Region IV Fina

Falls City (12-1) vs. Bremond (12-1), Friday 7:00 p.m., Pflugerville The Pfield

TAPPS Division III State Championship

Lubbock Christian (13-0) vs. Boerne Geneva (9-4), Saturday 12:00 p.m., Hewitt Midway Panther Stadium

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Stephen Michael 26, is a journalist, social media coordinator, host, and entertainment reporter. Michael graduated in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts and earned a Master's Degree in Digital Media in 2020 from the University of the Incarnate Word. He has worked covering the San Antonio Rampage, Stars, and San Antonio Futbol Club. He was the host of the Project Spurs Roundtable on NBC affiliate News 4 San Antonio from 2015-17.

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