The stage is set for a thrilling showdown in Arlington, Texas, as the South Oak Cliff Bears lock horns with the Port Neches-Groves Indians for the coveted 2023 UIL 5A D2 Texas State Football Championship. Both teams boast impressive records and bring unique strengths to the field, promising a nail-biting clash for the coveted golden trophy.
How to Watch
What it is: Texas Varsity Boys Football
Matchup: South Oak Cliff Bears vs. Port Neches-Groves Indians
Date: Saturday Dec. 16, 2023
Time: 11am ET
Locations: Arlington’s AT&T Stadium – South Oak Cliff, TX
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Port Neches-Groves has been victorious in their last 12 home games, which dates back to the previous season. On the other hand, South Oak Cliff has managed to secure three consecutive wins in their away games. However, one of these winning streaks is bound to come to an end soon. The Port Neches-Groves Indians will be hosting the South Oak Cliff Bears at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, making it an exciting match to watch. It is worth noting that both teams have displayed impressive scoring abilities in their recent games.
Last Friday, Port Neches-Groves effortlessly translated their regular season success into a playoff victory, triumphing over the Panthers with a score of 42-35. Leading the charge was Blair Chatagnier, who rushed for an impressive 117 yards and two touchdowns on just 15 carries. Additionally, Connor Bailey played a pivotal role by throwing for 212 yards and three touchdowns, averaging an impressive 10.6 yards per attempt. On the other hand, South Oak Cliff secured a 36-24 win against Emerson, which was somewhat anticipated considering their higher ranking of eighth in MaxPreps’ Texas football rankings compared to Emerson’s 61st ranking.
In the recent contest, Danny Green Jr. showcased his offensive skills by rushing for an impressive 162 yards and scoring two touchdowns on just 11 carries. Remarkably, he has consistently achieved at least two rushing touchdowns in the last four games. Port Neches-Groves’ victory improved their record to 14-1, while South Oak Cliff’s win elevated their record to 13-2. Previously, Port Neches-Groves fell short against South Oak Cliff with a score of 34-24 in December 2022. Will the home advantage make a difference for Port Neches-Groves this time? Stay tuned to MaxPreps for a comprehensive analysis of the game, including commentary and other football-related content.
Key Matchups to Watch:
- Green Jr. vs. Nguyen: The battle for rushing supremacy will be a highlight, with Green Jr.’s agility facing off against Nguyen’s raw power.
- Little vs. Bailey: The aerial duel between Little and Indians’ quarterback #9 Connor Bailey will test each team’s secondary and determine if the Bears can maintain their air superiority.
- Shelton vs. Scroggs: The leading tacklers of each team, #9 Jayden Shelton for the Bears and #24 Max Scroggs for the Indians, will be crucial in shutting down each other’s offensive threats.
With both teams boasting impressive records and statistical dominance, predicting the outcome is a near-impossible feat. The Bears’ offensive firepower faces a stern test against the Indians’ relentless ground game, while the defensive battles promise to be equally captivating. The outcome will likely hinge on execution, adjustments, and a touch of luck, making for a truly unmissable championship showdown.
So, buckle up and tune in on Saturday, December 16th at 11 AM ET as the South Oak Cliff Bears and Port Neches-Groves Indians collide in a battle for Texas State Football glory. This clash of titans promises to be a spectacle for the ages, one that will leave fans on the edge of their seats until the final whistle blows.