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NBC 5's Pat Doney has the 5 Things To Know on the Cowboys' 40-10 win over the San Francisco 49ers. 

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Cowboys tight end Jason Witten talks about passing Hall of Fame wide receiver Michael Irvin for sole possession of third place on the team's all-time touchdowns list. Witten had a TD catch in the Cowboys' 40-10 win over the San Francisco 49ers.

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<![CDATA[Jones Proud of How Cowboys Handled National Anthem]]> Sun, 22 Oct 2017 19:34:16 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/jones+niners+win.jpg

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones explains how proud he was over how the team handled the national anthem on Sunday compared to previous weeks. 

<![CDATA[Elliott Happy to be Playing in Win over 49ers]]> Sun, 22 Oct 2017 19:33:32 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cowboys_elliott_happy_playing_1200x675_1079085123637.jpg

Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott talks about how happy he was to be playing this week in the 40-10 win over the San Francisco 49ers. Elliott finished with 147 rushing yards and a total of three touchdowns. 

<![CDATA[Elliott's 3 TDs, 219 Yards Lead Cowboys Past 49ers 40-10]]> Sun, 22 Oct 2017 20:04:32 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-865162292.jpg

Ezekiel Elliott gained 219 yards from scrimmage and tied a career high with three touchdowns just days after a legal reprieve put his suspension on hold and the Dallas Cowboys beat the winless San Francisco 49ers 40-10 on Sunday.

Elliott was granted his second temporary restraining order on Tuesday, putting his six-game suspension over domestic violence allegations on hold and then gave the Cowboys (3-3) a big boost on the field.

Elliott matched his season total of rushing touchdowns with two in the first quarter and then took a short pass from Dak Prescott 72 yards for another touchdown on Dallas' first possession of the second half to put the 49ers (0-7) away. Elliott ran for 147 yards on 26 carries to go with the big catch, setting a career high in scrimmage yards in a game.

That performance spoiled the starting debut of rookie quarterback C.J. Beathard , who was sacked five times, lost two fumbles and failed to lead the 49ers into the end zone until he scored on a run with the game out of hand in the fourth quarter.

Beathard finished 22 for 37 for 235 yards, but his fumble on a sack by DeMarcus Lawrence late in the first half ended a promising drive that went down to the 5.

The 49ers, the first team ever to lose five straight games by three or fewer points , were never really close against the Cowboys.

MOMENTUM TURNER: The 49ers got off to a good start when they forced a three-and-out on the opening possession. But Trent Taylor fumbled the punt return , setting up Dallas at the 20. Elliott ran three straight times and scored his first TD of the game from 1-yard out.

INJURED KICKER: The Cowboys lost kicker Dan Bailey to a right groin injury in the first half, forcing coach Jason Garrett to scramble a bit. Dallas went for the 2-point conversion following their first TD after Bailey's injury and couldn't convert. Safety Jeff Heath handled the kickoff duties after that and reached the goal line on his first kick. Heath got his shot at extra points in the second half and made two out of three. Heath is the first non-kicker or punter to make multiple extra points in a game since former Houston linebacker and current Packers GM Ted Thompson made four in 1980.

BIG CATCHES: While Elliott delivered most of the big plays for Dallas, tight end Jason Witten added an impressive catch of his own in the second quarter. He pulled in Prescott's 18-yard pass to the end zone with one hand to put the Cowboys up 20-3. Dez Bryant then delivered a big TD catch of his own in the fourth quarter, tying Bob Hayes' franchise record with the 71st in his career.

HALFTIME TRIBUTE: Former San Francisco 49ers great Dwight Clark addressed the crowd in an emotional halftime ceremony. Clark announced earlier this year that he had been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, more commonly known as ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease.

The team brought in about 30 of Clark's former teammates, all wearing No. 87 jerseys, to honor him for his leaping grab in the back of the end zone for a a 6-yard TD in the final minute of a 28-27 win over Dallas in the NFC title game launched the 49ers dynasty.

Clark spoke haltingly to the crowd while describing the one wish he had for this day.

"I just want to see my teammates. And the 49ers heard that and flew all these players in so I could see them one more time," Clark said.


The 49ers lost RT Trent Brown to a concussion and LB Reuben Foster to a rib injury.


Cowboys: Visit Washington on Sunday.

49ers: Visit Philadelphia on Sunday.

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<![CDATA[Instant Analysis: Cowboys v. 49ers]]> Sun, 22 Oct 2017 20:05:06 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-865165726.jpg

Here’s an instant analysis of the Cowboys’ 40-10 win over the San Francisco 49ers at Levi’s Stadium:

WHAT IT MEANS: The Cowboys returned to .500 with their most impressive performance of the season. They dominated on offense and defense and made plays on special teams. This is the Cowboys’ team we’ve waited all season to see.

TURNING POINT: It’s hard to find a turning point in 30-point win, but when Kavon Frazier forced a fumble and Xavier Woods recovered it after punting on their first possession, it set Dallas up for a quick touchdown and a 7-0 lead. The worst thing you can do is give a winless team like San Francisco confidence. The early lead kept that from happening.

PLAYER OF THE GAME: This is the Ezekiel Elliott we’ve been looking for all season. He gained a season-high 147 yards on 26 carries with a couple of touchdowns, and he added a 72-yard touchdown on a screen pass. He was explosive, powerful and everything we saw last year that made him one of the best players in the NFL.

KEY STAT: The Cowboys, who entered the game without a turnover in 213 snaps, forced a season-high three turnovers and had another apparent interception negated by a penalty. You get turnovers, you win games in the NFL. Dallas had only four turnovers entering the game.

WHAT'S NEXT: The Cowboys will travel to Washington for an important NFC East game and a chance to move over .500 before we learn Ezekiel Elliott fate for the rest of the season. Even if Elliott has to serve his six-game suspension, it’s a lot easier to hold the fort and make the playoffs at 4-3 than 3-4.

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Jason Garrett: He is 2-1 with both wins coming as the road team. The Cowboys rallied from a 14-0 deficit to win 24-17 last season behind 138 yards from Ezekiel Elliott. The 2011 win was among the most dramatic in Garrett’s tenure. Tony Romo played through a cracked rib and a punctured lung to throw a 77-yard pass to Jesse Holley in overtime, setting up the game-winning field goal in a 27-24 win.

Key Matchup: Whenever a team starts a rookie quarterback like C.J. Beathard, they tend to lean on their running game even more to take the pressure off the youngster. Coach Kyle Shanahan has been around long enough that we can expect him to do the same. Carlos Hyde is averaging 4.2 yards per carry, and is the kind of power runner and slasher who could succeed against a Dallas defense that has yielded consecutive 100-yard rushers and three in five games. The 49ers will test that run defense early, the Cowboys must be ready.

X Factor: You’ve got to think the Cowboys, Ezekiel Elliott and the entire organization received a huge emotional boost with word that Elliott would be available for the next two weeks. If they can get a couple of victories, trying to make the playoffs at 4-3 with Elliott missing six games, is easier task than trying to do it at 2-3. That’s why this is as much of a must-win game as a team can have before Halloween. A fourth loss before the end of October would put the Cowboys’ playoff hopes in real jeopardy.

Key Stat: San Francisco is tied for the league lead with 14 10-play drives. Dallas tied for 19th with 9. Last year, Dallas tied 4th in the NFL 34. Cowboys can’t let them control the ball and the game, or San Francisco will come away with its first win.

Cowboys Game Plan: San Francisco has been outscored by 18 points in the first quarter, while Dallas has outscored its opponents by 38 points - 3rd best in the league behind New England and Atlanta. Cowboys want to get off to a good start like they have last two weeks when they’ve blown leads of 17 and 11 at home. The worst thing possible is to give a bad team hope and belief by letting them get off to a good start.

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<![CDATA[James Harden Leads Rockets Past Mavericks, 107-91]]> Sun, 22 Oct 2017 01:28:12 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-862627102.jpg

James Harden and Houston Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni stressed Saturday night the importance of establishing a consistent defensive presence.

Harden scored 29 points to lead the Rockets to a 107-91 victory over the Dallas Mavericks in the team's home opener on Saturday night.

While Houston's hot shooting certainly helped, holding the Mavericks to 20 points or less in each of the first three quarters gave the Rockets plenty of breathing room.

"From the beginning of the game, defensively, we were locked in, and offensively, we made shots," Harden said. "That's going to be our blueprint is making shots."

The Rockets were 18-0 when holding opponents to less than 100 points last season. Through the first three games, they're allowing 104.0 points per game, down from an average of 109.6 points last season

"I think we're trying to build a good defensive base," D'Antoni said. "We're trying to understand where we're at offensively. I wish Chris (Paul) would be here so we can keep getting better. I'm happy where we're at, but we've got a long ways to go. But 3-0 is 3-0."

Playing without Paul, who is week-to-week with a left knee injury, Harden frequently bulldozed his way into the paint for layups while also keeping hot from beyond the arc. Harden made six of 13 3-pointers and added seven assists in 29 minutes.

Houston improved to 3-0 for the first time since the 2014-15 season when it started 6-0. Dallas fell to 0-3 for the first time since the 2011-12 season, which followed their NBA title run in 2010-11.

Without Paul, the Rockets started Harden and Eric Gordon in their backcourt, with Demetrius Jackson playing 18 minutes and scoring four points off the bench. Gordon had 18 points, while Clint Capela had 13 points and 10 rebounds, and Nene scored 14 points off the bench.

"We've got a long way to go, but this was a good start for us," Harden said. "As we watch film, change thin(AP) -- gs and continue to get better, we'll move forward and figure out things we can get better at."

For the Mavericks, both Yogi Ferrell and J.J. Barea had 19 points, Harrison Barnes had 14 and Wesley Matthews 11. Dirk Nowitzki was held to just two points on 1-of-8 shooting in 19 minutes.

While the Mavericks played mostly with a smaller, guard-heavy lineup, Houston played its lengthy, physical forwards and dominated the rebound category. Houston outrebounded Dallas 54-41, and the margin was much wider entering the fourth quarter once the game was out of reach.

"There's no excuse. We just have to go get the ball," Matthews said. "Simple and plain we have to go get the ball. Nobody's walking through that door that's going to go grab us 25 rebounds a night. Collectively, we have to do it. It's as simple as that."

Nowitzki received a technical foul for shouting at an official early in the third quarter. Tasked with playing the role of the paint protector on defense, Nowitzki struggled at times to keep Houston from scoring inside. The Rockets outscored the Mavericks 50-30 in the paint.

Houston outscored the Mavericks in each of the first three quarters by wide margins of 13, 10 and 11 points thanks in large part to red-hot shooting. The Rockets shot 47.6 percent from the field, going 13-for-31 (42 percent) from 3-point range.

Houston led 62-39 at the half.

"We've got to regroup," Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. "We have a day off tomorrow. We have to rest. On Monday, we have the World Champions coming in. It's not like it's getting any easier."


Mavericks: Rookie point guard Dennis Smith Jr. missed his second straight game with swelling in his left knee. Smith, the ninth pick in the NBA draft, had 16 points and 10 assists in his debut against Atlanta. ... The Mavericks were also missing guard Devin Harris, who was granted a leave of absence following the death of his brother Thursday.

Rockets: After a 4-0 sweep of the series last season, Houston has won five straight games against Dallas, the longest streak since 1999-2000. The Rockets have won 11 of the past 14 games against Dallas. ... Rookie Zhou Qi made his NBA debut, playing seven minutes in the fourth quarter and posting three rebounds and one block. The 7-foot-1 power forward from China was drafted 43rd overall by Houston in the 2016 draft.


Mavericks: Host Golden State on Monday night.

Rockets: Host Memphis on Monday night.

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<![CDATA[TCU Rolls 43-0 as Kansas Ties NCAA Road Loss Mark]]> Sun, 22 Oct 2017 01:20:16 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-864813688.jpg

TCU's KaVontae Turpin went backward to set up a dazzling 90-yard punt return for a touchdown.

The Kansas offense just mostly went backward.

Kenny Hill matched his career high with five touchdown passes, Turpin's return after backtracking to the 3 capped the scoring in the third quarter and the TCU defense dominated the overmatched Jayhawks in the fourth-ranked Horned Frogs' 43-0 victory Saturday night.

Kansas (1-6, 0-4) had 21 yards total offense while tying an 81-year-old NCAA record with its 44th straight loss in a true road game.

With severe weather approaching, both coaches agreed to a running clock from the 12:49 mark of the fourth quarter with TCU leading by the final margin.

"We started hot, slowed down for a minute and picked it back up," Hill said. "The defense was locked down all day. I thought we played well. We played really well."

John Diarse had a 67-yard catch-and-run touchdown for a 24-0 lead in the second quarter and finished with 130 yards on four receptions to help the Horned Frogs (7-0, 4-0 Big 12) improve to 19-0 at home as a Top 10 team under coach Gary Patterson.

TCU outgained Kansas 305-3 in the first half, finished with 475 yards and was never challenged after winning the past three against the Jayhawks by a combined 11 points, including 24-23 last year when the Horned Frogs needed 10 fourth-quarter points to win on the road.

The Jayhawks have lost 47 straight away from home overall since a 34-7 win at UTEP on Sept. 12, 2009. Kansas' Big 12 road losing streak is up to 37 games since a 35-33 win at Iowa State on Oct. 4, 2008.

Western State of Colorado set the record for consecutive true road losses from 1926 to 1936.

On his highlight-reel touchdown, Turpin caught the punt just inside the 10 and took a few steps forward before reversing field and running backward. He slipped out of a tackle as he turned at the 3, broke another one inside the 10 and outran everyone up the right side of the field for a 43-0 lead.

Kansas' visit marked the return of offensive coordinator Doug Meacham, who clearly doesn't have the weapons he shared with Sonny Cumbie in that role the past three years at TCU.

Peyton Kinder was 7 of 16 for 38 yards and was sacked four times for 24 yards in losses. Deron Thompson was the leader rushing with 10 yards on five carries. The Horned Frogs had 11 tackles for loss, with 10 players getting at least half of one.

"We've got to pick out a few things that we can do well," Kansas coach David Beaty said. "And then we've got to really, really practice them and get good at them so we have something to go to and be able to create some offense for us. That's a challenge that rests on my shoulders."

Jalen Reagor had touchdown catches of 22 and 15 yards from Hill, who sat the fourth quarter to finish 19 of 26 for 278 yards without an interception and now has 15 TDs with three picks this season. Taj Williams caught Hill's final TD pass, a 26-yarder early in the third quarter.


With no losses among the top 3 in the poll, the Horned Frogs figure to stay put with one more game before the first College Football Playoff rankings come out. But TCU did exactly what it needed, overwhelming an outmatched opponent from the start.


Kansas: The Jayhawks had four first downs, two by penalty. The only first downs on plays that gained yards came on Kansas' first and last series. The Jayhawks had minus-6 total yards after Steven Sims was dropped for a 6-yard loss on a reverse on the last play of the third quarter.

TCU: The 24-0 halftime lead didn't reflect TCU's domination. And while the final score won't get much attention, two TD drives to start the second half put the Horned Frogs up 37-0 with nine minutes left in the third quarter. "We need to be able to stop those guys there," Beaty said.


If the Horned Frogs need a point of emphasis in the coming week of practice, they can start with the kicking game. TCU missed its last two extra points, and by two different kickers (Jonathan Song, and Cole Bunce).


Kansas: Home against Kansas State next Saturday, seeking first win over in-state rival since 2008.

TCU: At surging Iowa State next Saturday, with the Cyclones poised for the first AP Top 25 ranking since 2005.

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<![CDATA[West Virginia Survives at Baylor, 38-36]]> Sun, 22 Oct 2017 01:10:38 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/210*120/GettyImages-852473562.jpg

Xavier Preston sacked Charlie Brewer on a two-point conversion attempt with 17 seconds left and No. 23 West Virginia withstood a furious fourth-quarter Baylor rally to escape with a 38-36 win Saturday night.

Will Grier threw for five touchdowns to pad his national lead with 26 for the Mountaineers (5-2, 3-1 Big 12), who led 38-13 at the start of the fourth quarter.

That's when Brewer entered the game for Baylor and began to turn things around with his scrambling ability. He was 8-for-13 passing for 109 yards and two touchdowns and fellow freshman Treston Ebner had 109 yards and two touchdowns receiving and a 40-yard scoring run -- all in the final quarter.

Ebner's 9-yard TD catch from Brewer drew Baylor within two, but Preston got immediate pressure on the two-point try and ended Baylor's chances. It was West Virginia's first win in Waco in three tries since joining the Big 12 in 2012.

David Sills V caught three of Grier's scoring strikes to run his total to 15, also tops in the nation. Two of his touchdowns came on back-to-back plays from scrimmage, spanning the first and second halves. The first of those was a 16-yard strike with one second left in the first half, with the latter coming on a 53-yard catch and run off a quick slant 18 seconds after halftime that pushed West Virginia's lead to 24-6.

The first Grier-to-Sills connection was a jump ball in the back of the end zone, a 35-yarder that put West Virginia ahead 10-0 late in the first quarter.

Baylor (0-7, 0-4) managed two Connor Martin field goals in the second quarter to pull within 10-6 and got into the end zone for the first time on a 7-yard run from John Lovett in the third quarter. West Virginia immediately answered with Grier connecting with Marcus Simms from 40 yards out and Ka'Raun White for a 6-yard TD. At that point, Grier had as many touchdown passes as incompletions and West Virginia was in control.

Baylor quarterback Zach Smith was 16 of 27 for 261 yards in his three quarters of action.


West Virginia: The Mountaineer defense dominated up front in the first three quarters. They entered with only seven sacks all season but added six against Baylor. They had a harder time corralling Brewer than the more-stationary Smith, but finally got to him when it mattered most.

Baylor: The Bears have mastered the art of giving a ranked team a scare at home. The next step is winning one. Baylor had a third-quarter lead and pushed then-No. 3 Oklahoma to the brink in a 49-41 loss its last time out at McLane Stadium on Sept. 23. The Bears actually outgained West Virginia 497-493, thanks to a 230-11 advantage in the fourth quarter.


West Virginia: Hosts No. 10 Oklahoma State on Saturday to begin a stretch of three of four games at home.

Baylor: Hosts Texas next Saturday.

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<![CDATA[Williams Field Goal in OT Pushes SMU Past Cincinnati, 31-28]]> Sun, 22 Oct 2017 00:37:55 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*121/GettyImages-864799694.jpg

An improbable fourth-down conversion in overtime changed the fortunes for both SMU and Cincinnati.

Facing fourth-and-26, Ben Hicks connected with Trey Quinn for a 28-yard gain to keep SMU alive, setting up a Josh Williams 27-yard field goal to defeat Cincinnati 31-28 in overtime on Saturday.

Kryan Mitchell intercepted Hayden Moore to end the game.

"Fourth-and-26, there is no play on the play card for that situation," SMU coach Chad Morris said. "I wish I could say I called that play. I'm so proud of those guys. These guys believed the whole time. You recruit great kids and great players and ask them to make plays."

Hicks fumbled on the first play of overtime but recovered, then was sacked by Marquis Copeland at the 41. Then Hicks passed to Quinn for a 28-yard gain and the game-saving first down at the 13.

"I don't even remember the play call," Hicks said. "They were in prevent. I knew I would have to scramble. Trey was open. I didn't just throw it up. He made an unbelievable catch."

"There's no doubt in my mind that fourth-and-26 will go down in the history of our program as we continue to change the culture," Morris said.

Hicks found All-American wideout Courtland Sutton on a 25-yard scoring strike to give the Mustangs (5-2, 2-1 American) a 28-20 lead with 6:36 left in the game. Moore then led Cincinnati on a 10-play, 78-yard drive, finding Devin Gray for a 21-yard score and Gray again on the two-point conversion pass to tie the game with 2:22 remaining.

In the OT, Moore was wrapped up about to be sacked and attempted to flip the ball off to Mike Boone. The ball bounced high off Boone's helmet into the scrum at the line of scrimmage where it was tipped forward and Mitchell made a one-handed grab for the interception to end the game.

The Mustangs won on the road for the first time this season. The Bearcats (2-6, 0-4) losing streak extended to five games.

"It was a tough situation right there," Cincinnati coach Luke Fickell said. "I know he doesn't want to give in but there are times and places when you just have to throw some things away and live to fight another down."

The Bearcats scored on their first four possessions to keep up with the high-powered SMU offense. Cincinnati had a first-and-10 on the SMU 14-yard line with 26 seconds left in the first half, poised to score a go-ahead touchdown but Moore was sacked on back-to-back plays. Ryan Jones missed a 47-yard field goal attempt with four seconds remaining as SMU retained a 21-20 halftime advantage.

The teams played scoreless football in the second half until the 6:26 mark of the fourth quarter.

Cincinnati has given up at least 33 points in its previous four losses, held SMU well under its scoring average of 43.8 points per game.

"This one really, really hurts," Fickell said. "I will lay awake from this one for quite awhile. Our guys gave it their all. They left everything out there."


SMU: Sophomore quarterback Ben Hick's five-yard and 25-yard touchdown passes to All American wideout Courtland Sutton placed Sutton into a tie with Bo Levi Mitchell and Garrett Gilbert for fourth place on the SMU all-time career list for touchdown passes with 36... Trey Quinn caught 17 passes for 186 yards. It was his third-straight game with 15 or more receptions...SMU is now 4-12 all-time in overtime games....

CINCINNATI: The Bearcats scored a touchdown on their opening drive of the game. It was Cincinnati's first touchdown on an opening drive this season. They kicked a field goal in a game-opening drive at Miami on September 8. The Bearcats lost their fourth straight overtime game. Their last overtime win was at West Virginia on November 8, 2008.,,


SMU: The Mustangs will host Tulsa (2-6, 1-3) on Friday at 8:00 pm on ESPN. Tulsa is in last place in the AAC West Division.

CINCINNATI: Cincinnati will travel to Tulane after a bye week, for a inter-divisional contest on November 4. The game time will be announced later.

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<![CDATA[FAU Scores on First 11 Drives in 69-31 Defeat of North Texas]]> Sat, 21 Oct 2017 23:51:15 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-864786514.jpg

Devin Singletary rushed for three touchdowns and Florida Atlantic finished with a Conference USA-record 804 yards in a 69-31 downing of North Texas on Saturday night.

The Owls (4-3, 3-0) scored on their first 11 drives, including nine touchdowns. Singletary had scoring runs of 2 and 3 yards in the first quarter. In the second he made a jump cut to change direction just behind the line of scrimmage and sprinted through the gap for a 22-yarder, his 14th touchdown of the season, a school record.

FAU amassed 447 yards rushing, passed for 357. Azee Al-Shaair was credited with 14 tackles.

Jason Driskel completed 24 of 35 passes with a pair of touchdowns -- a 69-yarder to Willie Wright and a 5-yarder to Harrison Bryant. Kerrith Whyte Jr. reeled off an 82-yard scoring run (finishing with 86 yards rushing on two carries). John Franklin III capped FAU's scoring with a 55-yard run.

Mason Fine went 31-for-47 passing for 283 yards and two TDs for North Texas (4-3, 3-1).

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<![CDATA[Mayfield, Anderson Lead Sooners Past K-State, 42-35]]> Sat, 21 Oct 2017 23:41:08 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-848502012.jpg

Oklahoma has made a habit of squandering early leads much of this season.

The Sooners went the other way Saturday night.

Rodney Anderson ran 22 yards for the go-ahead score with 7 seconds left, Baker Mayfield threw for 410 yards and accounted for four touchdowns, and the nation's ninth-ranked team overcame a 21-10 halftime deficit to beat Kansas State 42-35 and keep their playoff hopes alive.

Anderson finished with 147 yards rushing and also caught a TD pass for the Sooners (6-1, 3-1 Big 12), who shredded the overmatched defense of the Wildcats (3-4, 1-3) over the final 30 minutes.

"Our guys at halftime had a great look in their eye. They were determined to come out and play a lot better," Sooners coach Lincoln Riley said. "But the mentality really went to another level there in the locker room at halftime. They were really ready to play."

Kansas State sophomore Alex Delton's first career touchdown pass with 2:25 left it tied at 35, but Mayfield and Anderson calmly went to work. The Heisman Trophy candidate hit a series of throws downfield before Anderson took a carry around the left side for the decisive score.

"As a leadership group, we took care of it and handled it," Mayfield said. "That's a huge win for us, considering we haven't played well in the second half most of the season."

Making his second career start, Delton finished with 161 yards rushing and three TDs while going 12 of 14 for 144 yards through the air. Alex Barnes added 108 yards and a touchdown on just six carries.

It was the Sooners' nation-leading 14th consecutive true road victory, and it extended their run of dominance in Manhattan. They haven't lost to the Wildcats in their home stadium since 1996.

"I'm tired of coming into the locker room under such circumstances," said Kansas State coach Bill Snyder, whose team has lost three straight to the Sooners. "We've lost far too many games. You have to play complete games in this conference. One half won't do it."

It was Kansas State that was rolling early, though, with Barnes taking a handoff up the middle on the game's second play for a 75-yard TD run. The Sooners needed a couple minutes for Mayfield to provide the answer, but his touchdown toss to tight end Mark Andrews was his highlight of the half.

Mayfield threw a pick in the end zone on the Sooners' ensuing possession, just his second of the season. Then he was inexplicably split wide as Oklahoma went to the Wildcat set in short-yardage spots.

Kansas State stuffed Trey Sermon and Dimitri Flowers for no gain on consecutive plays to force one turnover on downs, then dumped Flowers for a loss at the goal line to force a field goal.

Delton's two touchdown runs staked Kansas State to a 21-10 lead at the break.

"It was still important for us to play that last 30 minutes," Snyder said.

Indeed, whatever momentum the Wildcats took into the locker room stayed there, because Mayfield and the Sooners got going in the second half. They tromped 80 yards for a touchdown on their first possession, 69 yards for a field goal on their second and 93 yards for another touchdown on their third.

The 2-point conversion gave them a 28-21 lead with 14:19 left, their first of the game.

It took a snap over punter Austin Seibert's head midway through the fourth quarter for the Wildcats to draw even, which they did on Delton's third TD run. But Mayfield's 66-yard pitch-and-catch to Marquise Brown set up a go-ahead TD toss to Anderson with 5:16 to go.

Kansas State drove downfield to tie it at 35 on Delton's first career TD pass, but it came with 2:25 still on the clock. And that was enough time for Oklahoma to score one more time.

"You're trying to turn the tide and start the season over," Kansas State defensive tackle Will Geary said. "When they score like that, it just takes away all your spirit."


Oklahoma showed off its deep stable of offensive weapons. Mayfield had with 69 yards rushing, Brown had six catches for 126 yards and tight end Mark Andrews had a team-high seven catches for 61 yards. That helped make up for freshman running back Trey Sermon, who had just four carries for 18 yards.

Kansas State made strides offensively from last week's dismal showing against TCU, when it managed 216 yards total offense. The Wildcats had 202 in the first quarter alone. But it was the defense that let them down this time, keeping them from their first home win over a Top 10 opponent since 2006.


Oklahoma returns home to play Texas Tech on Saturday night.

Kansas State heads down Interstate 70 to face Kansas on Saturday.

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<![CDATA[Astros Beat Yankees 4-0 in Game 7, Reach World Series]]> Sat, 21 Oct 2017 22:59:19 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-864833540.jpg

Charlie Morton and Lance McCullers combined on a three-hitter, Jose Altuve and Evan Gattis homered and the Houston Astros reached the World Series, blanking the New York Yankees 4-0 Saturday night in Game 7 of the AL Championship Series.

Just four years removed from their third straight 100-loss season in 2013, the Astros shut down the Yankees for two straight games after dropping three in a row in the Bronx.

Next up for the Astros: Game 1 of the World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night. Houston aces Dallas Keuchel and ALCS MVP Justin Verlander will have plenty of rest, too, before the matchup begins at Dodger Stadium.

Houston has never won even a single World Series game. The only previous time the Astros made it this far, they were a National League team when they were swept by the Chicago White Sox in 2005.

Now, manager A.J. Hinch's club has a chance to win that elusive first title, while trying to boost a region still recovering from Hurricane Harvey.

Houston improved to 6-0 at Minute Maid Park in these playoffs and became the fifth team in major league history to win a seven-game postseason series by winning all four of its home games.

Morton bounced back from a loss in Game 3 to allow two hits over five scoreless innings. Starter-turned-postseason reliever McCullers limited the Yankees to just one hit while fanning six over the next four.

Combined, they throttled the Yankees one last time in Houston. Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez and their New York teammates totaled just three runs in the four road games.

CC Sabathia entered the game 10-0 with a 1.69 ERA in 13 starts this season after a Yankees loss. But he struggled with command and was gone with one out in the fourth inning.

Houston was up 2-0 in fifth when former Yankees star Brian McCann came through for the second straight game by hitting a two-run double after snapping an 0-for-20 skid with an ground-rule RBI double to give Houston its first run on Friday night.

The Yankees, trying to reach the World Series for the first time since 2009, lost an elimination game for the first time this season after winning their first four in these playoffs. New York struggled on the road this postseason, with this loss dropping the team to 1-6.

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<![CDATA[Pitlick Scores 2, Stars Hold on to Beat Hurricanes 4-3]]> Sat, 21 Oct 2017 22:24:28 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/183*120/GettyImages-862594110.jpg

Tyler Pitlick scored two goals for the first time in his career, leading the Dallas Stars to a 4-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night.

Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin also scored to help Dallas win its fourth straight. Ben Bishop stopped 36 shots.

Jeff Skinner scored twice for Carolina and Jordan Staal also had a goal to pull the Hurricanes within one with 4 1/2 minutes remaining. Scott Darling finished with 22 saves.

The Hurricanes pulled Darling for an extra skater for the final 2:49, including a 6-on-4 for two minutes after a penalty to Dallas' Martin Hanzal, but couldn't tie it.

Benn opened the scoring 7:58 into the game. Alexander Radulov dropped the puck back to Benn in the slot, and he sent a wrist shot past Darling and in off the left goalpost.

Pitlick made it 2-0 with 1:53 left in the first as he flew into the goalmouth to knock in the rebound of Radek Faksa's shot from the left point.

Seguin scored coming out of the penalty box, taking a led pass from Mattias Janmark and skating in a two-man rush to beat Darling at 5:24 of the second. Pitlick followed with his second goal less than 2 1/2 minutes later, redirecting Antoine Roussel's pass from behind the net for Dallas' largest lead this season.

Skinner scored Carolina's first goal on his own rebound just 10 seconds before the period ended. He added another at 5:32 of the third period, tipping in a shot by Noah Hanifin.

NOTES: Commemorating 25 years in the NHL, Dallas honored retired former captain Brenden Morrow. He dropped the ceremonial first puck for Stars captain Benn and Carolina rookie Haydn Fleury. When Fleury was a boy, Morrow babysat for him in their hometown of Carlyle, Saskatchewan. ... Pitlick has 13 goals in 66 games over four seasons. ... Dallas was outshot for only the second time this season, 39-26.


Hurricanes: Host Tampa Bay on Tuesday night.

Stars: At Colorado on Tuesday night to open a five-game trip.

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<![CDATA[Cowboys at 49ers Preview with Pat Doney and Jon Machota ]]> Sat, 21 Oct 2017 19:00:58 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/doney+cowboys+machota+sf.jpg

NBC 5's Pat Doney and Jon Machota with the Dallas Morning News discuss some of the topics going into the game between the Cowboys and 49ers on Sunday.

<![CDATA[OT Interception Enables No. 10 Oklahoma State to Beat Texas]]> Sat, 21 Oct 2017 22:12:07 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-864723706.jpg

During his 13 seasons as Oklahoma State football coach, Mike Gundy has built a reputation for producing dynamic offenses and less than impressive defenses.

On Saturday, the Cowboys leaned on their defense.

Ramon Richards intercepted Sam Ehlinger's pass in the end zone in overtime, after Matt Ammendola kicked a field goal, giving No. 10 Oklahoma State a 13-10 victory over Texas.

Those 13 points were 36 below the Cowboys' average and their fewest since a 28-7 loss to Texas in 2014. Oklahoma State averaged 611 yards a game before Saturday, best in the nation, but gained 428 against Texas.

The Cowboys (6-1, 3-1 Big 12) scored the winning points on Ammendola's 34-yard field goal on the first possession of OT. He missed a 29-yard attempt in the fourth quarter.

Though the field goal came first, Richards didn't realize the game ended with his play.

"I thought the offense had to come back," Richards said.

Texas (3-4, 2-2) had a first down on the Oklahoma State 12 after a pass interference penalty against A.J. Green. But on third-and-4 from the 6, Ehlinger, a freshman, scrambled and floated a pass to the only player in the area, Richards.

"I thought Jerrod (Heard) was going to circle back up to the back of the end zone for a jump ball," Ehlinger said. "That's why I put it up there for him for a chance to win. I just made a mistake."

Oklahoma State's Mason Rudolph passed for 282 yards, failing to reach 300 for the first time in eight games. The Cowboys were without two, sometimes three, injured starting offensive linemen, and Texas dared them to run by dropping defenders into pass coverage.

"Forever around here, it's been the offense saved us," Gundy said. "For six, eight years defense can't stop anybody, offense saved `em. So (Saturday) the offense stumbled over their own feet, couldn't make a play, and the defense did."


Oklahoma State: Though they struggled on offense, the Cowboys remained in the race for a Big 12 championship. They haven't dropped out of the national playoff picture, either. Oklahoma State beat Texas for the fifth straight time in Austin, the most ever by a Longhorns opponent.

Texas: The Longhorns had losing seasons the last three years under coach Charlie Strong. They need to win three of their next five to avoid another. Coach Tom Herman was 6-0 against teams ranked in The Associated Press Top 25 the last two seasons while coaching Houston. He's 0-3 in his first season at Texas, all by five points or fewer.

Texas has most of its difficulty on offense, Herman's specialty as a former offensive coordinator.

"I take a lot of responsibility for that," Herman said "Monumental effort by our defense. We gotta help them more on offense."


Oklahoma State might not move much, having won a close game against an unranked team that now has a losing record.


OKLAHOMA STATE: Running back Justice Hill rushed for 117 yards, his fourth straight game exceeding 100. Recievers Marcell Ateman and James Washington gained 87 and 32 yards, respectively, marking the first time in five games both failed to reach 100.

TEXAS: John Burt's 90-yard reception the second quarter was the sixth-longest in school history and the longest that did not result in a touchdown. Texas did score its only touchdown on the drive, though.

INJURY REPORT: In addition to playing without some offensive linemen, the Cowboys were without starting linebacker Kenneth Edison-McGruder, who missed the game with an injury. Texas tailback Kyle Porter, who started three games this season, missed the game with a chest injury. Longhorn receiver and punt returner Reggie Hemphill-Mapps left with a knee injury in the third quarter and did not return. Texas guard Patrick Vahe missed parts of the game with an illness, leaving Texas without three offensive linemen who were supposed to start this season. Two are injured, including All-American Connor Williams, who only played in the first three games.


Oklahoma State: The Cowboys are at West Virginia on Saturday Oklahoma State has won two straight against the Mountaineers.

Texas: The Longhorns are at Baylor on Saturday. Texas has won two straight against the Bears, including a 35-34 victory last season thanks to a 39-yard field goal by Trent Dominigue with 46 seconds remaining.

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<![CDATA[Kempt Throws 3 TDs, Iowa State Dumps Texas Tech 31-13]]> Sat, 21 Oct 2017 22:12:53 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-864680840.jpg

Things were looking pretty good for Iowa State under Matt Campbell even before Saturday's road showdown with Texas Tech.

Then the Cyclones choked down the nation's seventh-most productive offense toward a 31-13 win, which allowed the program the keep pace with some bigger-named Big 12 schools for its best conference start in 15 seasons and its longest road winning streak since the 1960 campaign.

"As soon as you start buying into everything else that everyone wants to say nice about you, bad things happen," Campbell said. "Our fan base is outstanding. I'm so grateful for them that they get the reward of their loyalty over the last couple of years to this football program, but our reward to them is doing a great job finishing the year."

Iowa State (5-2, 3-1 in the Big 12) had 28 votes in the Top 25 poll entering the week and could squeak in considering it held the Red Raiders (4-3, 1-3) to 336 yards, well below Tech's six-game average of 543 yards. That would make next week's homecoming game against No. 4 TCU one of the nation's most intriguing games.

Texas Tech coach and chief offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury broke away from his offensive trends and the Cyclones made him pay in the Red Raiders' homecoming game, which Iowa State was able to spoil for the first time in five tries in addition to lacing consecutive wins against the rival program for just the second time in 16 meetings.

Kingsbury bucked his passing trend through the first half and ran 22 rushing plays for 79 yards against 9 of 11 passing by Nic Shimonek for 18 yards.

Running backs Justin Stockton and Desmond Nisby fumbled on back-to-back offensive plays and on the wrong side of midfield in the first half. Iowa State converted the turnovers -- recovered by D'Andre Payne and Mike Warren -- into 10 points on a 22-yard field goal by Garrett Owens and a 4-yard touchdown grab by Matthew Eaton, who caught a 3-yard score later in the half for a 24-6 lead at the break.

Cyclones signal caller Kyle Kempt threw three touchdown passes with an interception and completed 22 of 32 attempts and the offense reached 400 yards.

Shimonek ultimately completed 31 of 40 passes for 207 yards with an interception as Texas Tech tried to claw back into the mix. The Red Raiders ran the ball 41 times for 129 yards.

"It was more the looks we were getting," Kingsbury said. "We felt like we could execute the run at a high level, and we didn't. Turned the ball over a couple of times got us off schedule."

Iowa State didn't score in the second half until the 9:07 mark of the fourth quarter, but Michael Spears' pick-6 of 61 yards was a backbreaker against a squad which dominated second-half time of possession and managed to get back within 11 points on Shimonek's 2-yard scramble.

"We're not a defense that's going to give you 30 different looks," Cyclones linebacker Joel Lanning said. "We're sticking with what we're rolling with. Right now, we're just clicking as a defense."


Iowa State: The Cyclones had 28 votes in the Week 8 poll and probably will probably add to their count. They're currently three teams behind No. 25 Memphis in vote accumulation. Iowa State has not been ranked since Sept. 25, 2005.

Texas Tech: The Red Raiders had two votes remaining after being ranked 24th in the Week 7 poll, which was their first time to own a ranking since the 2013 season. It's hard to fathom Texas Tech will have any votes in the new poll.


Iowa State: Playing in an 11 a.m. Central time game, Matt Campbell's squad set the bar for four other Big 12 teams which began the week with 2-1 league records. The list included ranked teams Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and West Virginia in addition to Texas. The Longhorns fell out of the race with a loss to Oklahoma State in the 11 a.m. time slot.

Texas Tech: The local fan base was not happy with the Texas Tech coaching staff, which managed to briefly cool down their hot seats with a 4-1 start. Jones AT&T Stadium was nearly empty several minutes before the game ended and the fans booed the Red Raiders' play selections more than once.


Iowa State: The Cyclones return home to host No. 4 TCU.

Texas Tech: The Red Raiders travel and have a primetime date with former teammate Baker Mayfield, who guides No. 9 Oklahoma's offense.

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<![CDATA[Inside High School Sports - Segment 4]]> Sat, 21 Oct 2017 17:57:38 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/IHSS_102117_Seg_4.jpg

Mesquite makes a trip to East Texas to face Tyler Lee, plus the Plays of the Week.

<![CDATA[Inside High School Sports - Segment 3]]> Sat, 21 Oct 2017 17:55:12 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/IHSS_102117_Seg_3.jpg

Allen quarterback Grant Tisdale and head coach Terry Gambill are in studio as Tisdale receives his MVP bobblehead.

<![CDATA[Inside High School Sports - Segment 2]]> Sat, 21 Oct 2017 17:53:09 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/IHSS_102117_Seg_2.jpg

More highlights from this week's games, plus this month's Wingstop Scholar Athlete of the Month.

<![CDATA[Inside High School Sports - Segment 1]]> Sat, 21 Oct 2017 17:50:33 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/IHSS_102117_Seg_1.jpg

A record-setting performance by one McKinney running back, plus the Game of the Week between Grapevine and Richland.

<![CDATA[Big Game Friday: Mesquite Poteet vs. Highland Park]]> Fri, 20 Oct 2017 18:46:36 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Big_Game_Friday_6p_102017.jpg

NBC 5's Pat Doney reports from Mesquite Memorial Stadium as Mesquite Poteet takes on Highland Park.

<![CDATA[Big Game Friday: Mesquite Poteet vs. Highland Park]]> Fri, 20 Oct 2017 17:46:49 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Big_Game_Friday_5p_102017.jpg

NBC 5's Pat Doney reports from Mesquite Memorial Stadium as Mesquite Poteet takes on Highland Park.

<![CDATA[Big Game Friday: Mesquite Poteet vs. Highland Park]]> Fri, 20 Oct 2017 17:26:40 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Big_Game_Friday_4p_102017.jpg

NBC 5's Pat Doney reports from Mesquite Memorial Stadium as Mesquite Poteet takes on Highland Park.

<![CDATA[October's Wingstop Scholar Athlete - Dylan Francis]]> Fri, 20 Oct 2017 12:01:32 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Wingstop_Dylan_Francis_11a_10202017.jpg

Colleyville Heritage High School senior offensive lineman Dylan Francis is October's Wingstop Scholar Athlete, and he received a $2,500 check.

<![CDATA[Cowboys' Still Searching for Running Game, Identity]]> Fri, 20 Oct 2017 06:43:00 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-859141792.jpg

The Cowboys have been on a season-long quest to find their offensive identity.

We caught a glimpse of it in the fourth quarter against Green Bay two weeks ago, when Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 85 yards on 13 carries in the fourth quarter and pushed the Cowboys within 73 seconds of a victory.

Elliott had runs of 8, 8, 9, 11 and 25 in the fourth quarter as the Cowboys tweaked their blocking scheme and ran more misdirection plays.

More important, the Cowboys attacked Green Bay's defense between the tackles, where power reigns and speed doesn't matter as much.

It's the only time this season, the Cowboys' running game has looked dominant.

Now, we must see it again Sunday against San Francisco.

That's the only way this team can end its losing two-game streak and start winning games.

"I think we were definitely in a groove," Elliott said, "That's the closest we looked like to last year. I think it's good that we finally kind of hit that stride.

"We just finally came out there and executed. We played to our ability. That's all that it came down to."

Understand, just because the Cowboys finally found some success running the ball against the Packers doesn't automatically mean they'll find it against San Francisco.

Elliott, who led the NFL in yards (1,631) and carries (322) last season, gashed San Francisco for 138 yards on 23 carries and a touchdown last season. This time a year ago, Elliott had 546 yards rushing, a 5.0 average and five touchdowns; this year, he has 393 yards, a 3.7 average, and two touchdowns.

He's been a step above pedestrian much of this season for a variety of reasons whether you blame the burden of fighting the NFL, which has been trying to suspend him weeks or having to replace right tackle Doug Free (retirement) and left guard Ron Leary (free agency).

Bottom line: while he has four games with at least 80 yards, including two 100-yard games, he hasn't been the dominant game-breaking runner we saw much of last year.

He'll get an opportunity to be that guy against San Francisco.

The 49ers allow 112.8 yards per game, but only 3.4 per carry. Los Angeles' Todd Gurley is the only runner to gain more than 100 yards against San Francisco, but the 49ers have allowed at least 126 yards rushing in four of six games.

"You have to earn it every week," Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. "Certainly, we feel good about how we ran the ball late in that game. That is a positive thing for our team, but you have to go back to work. You have to go back on the practice field and earn it, and earn it with your performance on Sunday."

They must because when the Cowboys have a dominant running game, they can compete with any team in the NFL.

That's because Dak Prescott can use play-action passes to create big plays in the passing game as linebackers and safeties cheat and overreact to the threat of Elliott.

Play-caller Scott Linehan can limit the number of times Prescott throws.

It's no coincidence Dallas is 4-5 when he throws more than 36 passes and 11-0 when he throws fewer than 36. A strong running game also keeps the Cowboys' defense off the field, which means it's not exposed and its fresh in the fourth quarter.

The courts gave the Cowboys a reprieve when Elliott won a temporary injunction that probably keeps him on the field for at least another two games.

They must take advantage of his presence by re-claiming their identity and running over San Francisco.

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<![CDATA[Dodgers Advance to World Series for 1st Time Since 1988]]> Fri, 20 Oct 2017 03:38:27 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-863241870.jpg

The iconic words of Vin Scully were first spoken 29 years ago, the last time the Los Angeles Dodgers were in the World Series: "In a year that has been so improbable, the impossible has happened."

After nearly three decades, the wait is finally over — the Dodgers are going back to the World Series.

Enrique Hernandez hit three home runs, including a grand slam, as the Dodgers punched their ticket to the Fall Classic, defeating the Chicago Cubs, 11-1, in Game 5 of the NLCS on Thursday night at Wrigley Field.

In 1988, the last time the Dodgers went to the World Series, Clayton Kershaw was just seven months old. Twenty-nine years later, he was on the mound when they won the pennant.

"We've heard 1988 for so long in L.A., it feels good to say that we're getting to go to the World Series in 2017," Kershaw said after the victory. "With four more wins, hopefully we get to bring one home."

Kershaw (2-0), threw six innings, allowing just one run on three hits with one walk and five strikeouts in the third potential-clinching start in his postseason career.

In those games, the three-time NL Cy Young Award winner is a perfect 3-0 when he takes the mound with a chance to advance his team to the next round.

"To get to be on the mound tonight and get to be going to the World Series on the same night, it's a special thing," Kershaw said. "Who knows how many times I'm going to get to go to the World Series. I know more than anybody how hard it is to get there. So, I'm definitely not taking this one for granted."

Since 2013, Kershaw had only gotten one run of support in four total starts in the NLCS over the course of his career. In his only two starts in 2017, he got 16 runs of support.

"That's a testament to this team and what we stand for," Kershaw said of the support from the offense. "As a starting pitcher, when you get seven runs, your job is to get them back in the dugout as fast as possible."

In order to end the drought, the Dodgers needed to go through the Cubs, the reigning World Series Champions, a team that slayed their own demons only one year prior. Los Angeles wasted little time dispatching the champs.

After a nine-pitch lead-off walk to Chris Taylor to start the game, Cody Bellinger roped a double down the right field line, giving the Dodgers a 1-0 lead.

"What [Taylor] has done for our lineup all year long, settling into the lead-off spot, getting on base, hitting balls over the fence. He's a dynamic player and table-setter," said teammate Justin Turner, who was named Co-MVP of the NLCS along with Taylor. "When he goes, we usually go as a team. I think you guys saw that here in the postseason."

One inning later, Hernandez started off the second inning swinging, as he jumped all over a first-pitch fastball from Cubs' starter Jose Quintana, hitting it to straightaway center for a solo home run.

Hernandez wasn't finished. After an RBI single from Turner gave the Dodgers a 3-0 lead, Quintana loaded the bases before leaving the game for Hector Rondon.

Once again, the Puerto Rican was swinging on the first pitch, and this time, Hernandez sent a slider into the basket in right-center for a grand slam home run.

"I blacked out," Hernandez said of the fourth grand slam ever hit in Dodgers' postseason history. "I can't even describe it you know. I was thinking the entire game, 'Man, this is unbelievable.'"

Hernandez not only sent the Dodgers to the World Series with his bat, he also became the first Dodger since Adrian Gonzalez in 2013 to hit multiple homers in a postseason game.

"I don't remember much of the game," Hernandez admitted. "The whole game is a blur. I remember the first two, but I definitely don't remember the last one. It's awesome!"

As Wrigley Field fell silent as the shrouded dead, one voice could be heard — that of Hernandez's father, Enrique Hernandez Sr., one year removed from a life-threatening battle with cancer, fresh off an evacuation from his homeland because of Hurricane Maria. Despite it all, he stood and cheered.

He just watched his son have the game of his life, in the biggest moment of his career.

"Honestly, I couldn't wait for this game to end so I could give my dad a big old hug," Hernandez said as he fought back tears. "Everything that he's been through the last year or so, and everything he went through for me to be here on this stage right now means the world to me."

Quintana (0-1) lasted only two innings, surrendering six runs on six hits with one walk and one strikeout in his fourth start of the postseason with the Cubs.

"Quintana was a great addition," said Cubs manager Joe Maddon after the game. "[The Dodgers] know what it feels like coming off last year, we were celebrating versus them in this exact same spot."

John Lackey entered the game in the fourth inning for the Cubs and served up a two-run double to Logan Forsythe that gave Los Angeles a 9-0 lead.

The two innings of relief may have been the last ever seen of Lackey as the 38-year-old's contract is up at the end of the season. He could be leaning toward retirement at the end of the year.

"John and I go way back," Maddon said. "John and I were together with the Angels in the 2002 World Series team. So it's really special for me with John. Hopefully it's not his last year, but if it is, having that chance to be with him in that moment is pretty special for me."

Kris Bryant hit his first home run of the postseason in the bottom of the fourth, a laser beam off Kershaw over the scoreboard in left field, for the Cubs' only run of the game.

The Cubs became the first team in Major League history to score all of their runs as home runs in a series that went at least five games.

"Every year is different," Maddon said on why his offense wasn't able to replicate the same success as last year. "We have all these incredible numbers from last year, but every year is different."

Just for good measure, Hernandez hit his third home run of the game off Mike Montgomery in the top of ninth, to put the exclamation point on his historical night. 

"I may have had a great game, but this is not about me, this is about this team," Hernandez said, as his teammates celebrated around him in the winning locker room. "Tonight it was me, but every night its someone different coming up big for us. Luckily enough, tonight it was me."

Hernandez is just the ninth player in MLB history to have three homers in a postseason game, joining like the likes of Babe Ruth, Reggie Jackson, and Albert Pujols.

Hernandez finished the game three-for-four with three home runs and a league championship record seven RBIs. 

To put that in perspective, the Cubs scored eight runs in the entire series.

"I blacked out and four hours later I had three homers and seven RBI," Hernandez said. "There's a very big God up there that blessed me tonight, and grandpa, I appreciate it because I know you had something to do with it." 

Earlier in the season, Hernandez lost his grandfather and left the team to fly to Puerto Rico to be with his family. 

"Kiké told me before the game, 'Hey, I've got your back tonight,'" Kershaw said. "He said that before I even went out and took the mound. Then he goes and hits three home runs."

Kenta Maeda, Brandon Morrow and Kenley Jansen pitched the final three innings of the game as the Dodgers bullpen set an NLCS record with 17 scoreless innings of relief. 

"We wanted the defending champs," Jansen said after the game. "We know how much it sucks to lose here and see the fans enjoy it in front of us. We wanted to make a statement. We wanted to come here and we wanted to win in front of them. It's not over yet. Hopefully, we can bring the championship back home."

The Dodgers' pen has a scoreless innings streak of 23, a new MLB postseason record, surpassing the 1977 New York Yankees.

However, the rest of the game was a mere formality as both teams went through the motions before the Dodgers popped champagne — aged 29 years — in the visiting clubhouse.

The victory earned the Dodgers their 22nd National League pennant, the second most in league history behind only their rivals, the Giants, who have 23.

Nearly one year ago, the Cubs clinched their first World Series berth since 1945 against these same Dodgers. That night, as the mob of adoring fans celebrated in Wrigleyville, the Dodgers team buses were unable to leave, so the players had to wait over two hours in the visiting locker room.

During that time, the Dodgers sat and stewed, thinking about this exact moment that could occur one year later, and how great it would be to beat the Cubs on their own field to advance to the World Series.

Revenge is, indeed, sweet.

Up Next:
The Dodgers advance to the World Series, awaiting either the Houston Astros or New York Yankees for Game 1 at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, Oct. 24.

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<![CDATA[High School Football Scores: Oct. 19-21]]> Sat, 21 Oct 2017 22:07:19 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/football-generic-marker-01.jpg

Below are the sorted high school football scores from Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 19-21, 2017.

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   Austin Bowie 39, Manor 36, OT
   Cypress Springs 74, Houston Jersey Village 63
   Dallas Skyline 37, Richardson Berkner 29
   De Soto 28, Irving 0
   Deer Park 52, Pasadena 0
   Eagle Pass 35, Laredo United South 31
   Edinburg Vela 38, PSJA Memorial 7
   Euless Trinity 48, Hurst Bell 0
   Fort Bend Bush 50, Fort Bend Clements 3
   Galena Park North Shore 38, Humble Kingwood 7
   Garland Lakeview Centennial 41, Garland 10
   Keller Timber Creek 28, FW Haltom 20
   Killeen 17, Killeen Shoemaker 10
   Klein 45, Klein Forest 0
   Klein Oak 42, Houston Northbrook 0
   McAllen Rowe 28, Mission 21, OT
   McKinney 63, Plano East 50
   Pflugerville Hendrickson 47, Round Rock McNeil 13
   PSJA 45, Edinburg 28
   SA Northside O'Connor 42, SA Northside Stevens 7
   SA Northside Taft 49, SA Northside Marshall 14
   Spring 51, Aldine 0
   Spring Dekaney 28, Aldine Davis 14

   Amarillo 42, Plainview 18
   Austin High 42, Austin Reagan 7
   CC Calallen 42, CC Ray 6
   CC Carroll 20, CC King 17
   Colleyville Heritage 72, FW Polytechnic 0
   Dallas Hillcrest 40, Dallas Conrad 13
   Dallas Samuell 40, Dallas Jefferson 0
   Denton Braswell 54, Wichita Falls 41
   Donna 52, Brownsville Porter 14
   EP Burges 25, EP Austin 7
   Frisco Reedy 52, Frisco Centennial 34
   FW Southwest 36, FW Trimble Tech 23
   Humble Kingwood Park 35, Conroe Caney Creek 7
   Laredo Cigarroa 17, Pharr Valley View 12
   Little Elm 49, Carrollton Creekview 0
   North Forney 67, Royse City 28
   Richmond Foster 48, Rosenberg Terry 20
   SA Edison 30, SA Lanier 6
   Seagoville 39, Dallas Sunset 0
   Texas City 48, Fort Bend Willowridge 0

   Dallas Carter 39, Carrollton Ranchview 0
   Dallas Lincoln 56, Dallas Roosevelt 20
   Kennedale 53, FW Diamond Hill-Jarvis 0
   Lubbock Estacado 45, Levelland 19
   Taylor 55, Austin Eastside Memorial 0
   Wilmer-Hutchins 47, Dallas Pinkston 7

   Kemp 43, Dallas Madison 14

   Gladewater Union Grove 23, Malakoff Cross Roads 8

   Conroe Covenant 60, Houston Emery/Weiner School 19

   EP Pebble Hills 42, EP Socorro 14
   New Braunfels Baptist 34, McDade 27

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   Abilene 30, Weatherford 7
   Aldine Eisenhower 11, Aldine MacArthur 0
   Alief Hastings 27, Alief Elsik 10
   Allen 45, Denton Guyer 7
   Arlington 42, Arlington Bowie 27
   Arlington Martin 59, Arlington Houston 21
   Austin Anderson 40, Austin Akins 21
   Austin Vandegrift 42, Cedar Park Vista Ridge 0
   Baytown Sterling 26, Houston King 13
   Brownsville Hanna 10, Los Fresnos 7
   Buda Hays 43, Leander 0
   Byron Nelson 24, Lewisville 14
   Cedar Hill 38, Irving Nimitz 7
   Cibolo Steele 42, New Braunfels Canyon 17
   Clear Brook 34, Houston Clear Lake 27
   Conroe 25, The Woodlands College Park 10
   Converse Judson 49, SA Wagner 14
   Coppell 55, Dallas White 14
   Cypress Fairbanks 26, Cypress Creek 14
   Dallas Jesuit 38, Richardson Pearce 31
   Del Rio 45, SA South San Antonio 28
   Dickinson 24, Alvin 7
   Duncanville 28, South Grand Prairie 14
   Edinburg North 28, Edinburg Economedes 14
   EP Eastwood 35, EP Americas 17
   Fort Bend Hightower 44, Fort Bend Kempner 14
   Fort Bend Ridge Point 45, Fort Bend Dulles 3
   Friendswood 52, League City Clear Creek 21
   Garland Rowlett 45, South Garland 6
   Garland Sachse 52, North Garland 8
   Grand Prairie 20, Irving MacArthur 12
   Hewitt Midway 53, Belton 32
   Houston Langham Creek 20, Cypress Ranch 14
   Houston Strake Jesuit 35, Katy Tompkins 10
   Houston Stratford 31, Houston Memorial 7
   Houston Westside 37, Houston Chavez 0
   Humble Atascocita 50, Humble Summer Creek 0
   Katy 65, Katy Morton Ranch 10
   Katy Cinco Ranch 61, Katy Mayde Creek 13
   Keller Central 32, Keller 6
   Killeen Harker Heights 34, Killeen Ellison 28
   Klein Collins 68, Houston Spring Woods 0
   La Joya Juarez-Lincoln 17, McAllen 7
   Lake Travis 56, Kyle Lehman 0
   Laredo Alexander 21, Laredo Johnson 12
   League City Clear Springs 69, Clear Falls 27
   Leander Rouse 47, Pflugerville Connally 0
   Lewisville Hebron 34, Lewisville Flower Mound 21
   Longview 41, North Mesquite 7
   Lufkin 50, Beaumont West Brook 7
   Mansfield 30, Arlington Lamar 7
   McAllen Memorial 24, La Joya 7
   McKinney Boyd 38, Plano West 10
   Mesquite Horn 31, Rockwall 30
   Midland Lee 28, Odessa 21
   New Braunfels 44, SA East Central 7
   North Crowley 42, FW Paschal 7
   Odessa Permian 49, Amarillo Tascosa 7
   Pasadena Memorial 30, Pasadena South Houston 24
   Pearland Dawson 38, Pearland 35
   PSJA North 17, PSJA Southwest 10
   Richardson Lake Highlands 38, Richardson 0
   Richmond George Ranch 28, Clute Brazoswood 6
   Round Rock Cedar Ridge 48, Round Rock 28
   Round Rock Stony Point 56, Round Rock Westwood 28
   SA Johnson 52, SA Lee 0
   SA Madison 52, SA Churchill 10
   SA Northside Brennan 39, SA Northside Brandeis 9
   SA Northside Warren 33, SA Northside Jay 28
   San Angelo Central 49, Wolfforth Frenship 14
   San Benito 48, Harlingen South 16
   Schertz Clemens 16, Smithson Valley 10
   Southlake Carroll 35, Lewisville Marcus 21
   Spring Westfield 50, Aldine Nimitz 0
   The Woodlands 49, Conroe Oak Ridge 14
   Tyler 37, Rockwall-Heath 33
   Tyler Lee 49, Mesquite 20
   Weslaco 72, Brownsville Rivera 0
   Weslaco East 20, Harlingen 17
   Wylie 34, Plano 3

   Abilene Cooper 52, Lubbock Cooper 14
   Aledo 52, FW Eaton 13
   Amarillo Palo Duro 17, Canyon 7
   Angleton 70, Rosenberg Lamar 0
   Arlington Seguin 30, Cleburne 16
   Beaumont Central 16, Lumberton 6
   Brownsville Pace 34, Donna North 27
   Burleson 31, Burleson Centennial 28
   Canyon Randall 21, Hereford 6
   Carrollton Smith 40, Carrollton Turner 30
   Castroville Medina Valley 31, Seguin 30
   CC Miller 38, CC Tuloso-Midway 14
   Cedar Park 28, Georgetown 27
   College Station 49, Bryan Rudder 14
   Corpus Christi Veterans Memorial High 45, CC Moody 14
   Corsicana 50, Nacogdoches 36
   Crosby 69, Dayton 27
   Crowley 31, Joshua 12
   Dallas Adams 39, Dallas Adamson 14
   Dallas Highland Park 28, Mesquite Poteet 9
   Dallas Molina 23, North Dallas 17, OT
   Dallas Spruce 43, Dallas Kimball 35
   Denison 35, Denton 14
   Denton Ryan 53, Sherman 19
   Dripping Springs 60, Boerne-Champion 21
   Dumas 26, Amarillo Caprock 7
   Elgin 42, Bastrop 14
   Ennis 38, Lindale 0
   EP Andress 61, EP Jefferson 0
   EP Bel Air 49, EP Hanks 28
   EP Chapin 49, EP Irvin 0
   EP Del Valle 25, El Paso Eastlake 21
   Everman 41, Granbury 7
   Floresville 31, SA McCollum 17
   Frisco Heritage 21, Frisco 14
   Frisco Independence 38, Frisco Liberty 27
   Frisco Lone Star 45, Frisco Wakeland 14
   FW South Hills 41, FW Western Hills 10
   Grapevine 37, N. Richland Hills 18
   Gregory-Portland 36, Alice 29
   Houston Waltrip 38, Houston Austin 16
   Huntsville 45, Waller 7
   Hutto 56, Georgetown East View 19
   Kerrville Tivy 38, Marble Falls 0
   Lake Dallas 24, Lewisville The Colony 14
   Laredo Martin 51, Roma 17
   Laredo Nixon 31, Rio Grande City 17
   Longview Pine Tree 35, Hallsville 28
   Lubbock 54, San Angelo Lake View 26
   Lubbock Coronado 51, Lubbock Monterey 22
   Lucas Lovejoy 28, Wylie East 21
   Magnolia West 41, Magnolia 25
   Mansfield Lake Ridge 52, Midlothian 7
   Mansfield Legacy 39, Waxahachie 34
   Mansfield Summit 42, Red Oak 3
   Mansfield Timberview 30, Lancaster 28
   Manvel 62, Fort Bend Elkins 7
   Marshall 56, Greenville 14
   Mercedes 34, Edcouch-Elsa 14
   Mission Sharyland 56, Sharyland Pioneer 49
   N. Richland Hills Birdville 51, FW Eastern Hills 6
   Nederland 56, Beaumont Ozen 6
   New Caney Porter 31, Splendora 7
   Port Arthur Memorial 61, Livingston 20
   Port Neches-Groves 42, Vidor 14
   Prosper 43, McKinney North 17
   SA Alamo Heights 28, Lockhart 21
   SA Houston 42, SA Highlands 32
   SA Jefferson 29, SA Kennedy 6
   SA Memorial 59, SA Burbank 14
   SA Southside 30, Eagle Pass Winn 28
   Saginaw Boswell 70, Justin Northwest 55
   Santa Fe 55, Galena Park 14
   Temple 38, Waco 14
   Texarkana Texas 48, Mount Pleasant 0
   Uvalde 36, SA Harlandale 21
   Victoria West 64, Victoria East 28
   West Mesquite 61, Forney 20
   Whitehouse 24, Jacksonville 7

   Abilene Wylie 42, Big Spring 6
   Andrews 56, Fabens 14
   Anna 35, Quinlan Ford 21
   Argyle 56, Gainesville 13
   Aubrey 45, Bonham 31
   Bay City 40, Needville 33, OT
   Bullard 34, Tyler Chapel Hill 28
   Bushland 51, Dalhart 0
   Carthage 42, Center 12
   Celina 42, Nevada Community 10
   Cleveland 40, Huffman Hargrave 6
   Clint 21, Clint Mountain View 14
   Crystal City 24, Poteet 6
   Cuero 57, Aransas Pass 0
   Devine 38, Carrizo Springs 7
   Diboll 58, Huntington 0
   El Campo 29, Sealy 18
   Fairfield 49, Robinson 28
   Ferris 53, Emory Rains 28
   Fischer Canyon Lake 31, Boerne 21
   Gatesville 47, Burnet 7
   Giddings 50, Caldwell 43
   Gilmer 49, Gladewater 39
   Godley 37, Waxahachie Life 14
   Gonzales 17, Columbus 14
   Hillsboro 51, Venus 7
   Hondo 41, Bandera 8
   Houston North Forest 40, Houston Yates 0
   Iowa Park 43, Vernon 24
   Kaufman 42, Brownsboro 20
   Kilgore 45, Henderson 35
   La Feria 45, Kingsville King 19
   La Vernia 52, Beeville Jones 42
   Lake Worth 43, FW Castleberry 26
   Liberty 31, Hamshire-Fannett 6
   Liberty Hill 56, Lampasas 20
   Little Cypress-Mauriceville 47, Bridge City 41
   Longview Spring Hill 49, Pittsburg 42
   Madisonville 34, Shepherd 13
   Melissa 42, Caddo Mills 15
   Midlothian Heritage 38, Alvarado 10
   Monahans 28, Pecos 21
   Orange Grove 37, Port Isabel 20
   Pampa 50, Borger 29
   Pearsall 34, Lytle 6
   Perryton 36, Denver City 14
   Pleasanton 50, Robstown 0
   Princeton 21, Paris 16
   Raymondville 43, Progreso 0
   Rio Hondo 30, CC West Oso 15
   Rusk 30, Tatum 13
   Salado 44, Lorena 3
   Sanger 49, Burkburnett 21
   Seminole 38, Lamesa 6
   Silsbee 39, Navasota 34
   Sinton 56, Wharton 32
   Smithville 47, La Grange 17
   Somerset 51, Rockport-Fulton 45
   Springtown 35, Mineral Wells 28
   Stephenville 28, Brownwood 21
   Sweetwater 41, Fort Stockton 7
   Terrell 38, Athens 0
   Texarkana Liberty-Eylau 48, Paris North Lamar 35
   Texarkana Pleasant Grove 48, Atlanta 17
   Van 51, Mabank 21
   Waco Connally 16, Mexia 8
   Waco La Vega 20, China Spring 10
   West Orange-Stark 26, Sour Lake Hardin-Jefferson 13
   WF Hirschi 69, Decatur 36
   Wills Point 31, Canton 21
   Wimberley 45, Llano 7


   Big Lake Reagan County 40, San Angelo Texas Leadership 0
   Boling 55, Wallis Brazos 21
   Breckenridge 32, Bowie 6
   Brock 56, Paradise 0
   Buffalo 49, Jewett Leon 10
   Canadian 72, Amarillo Highland Park 0
   Childress 51, Tulia 20
   Cisco 47, Coleman 0
   Clifton 23, Corsicana Mildred 17, OT
   Clyde 56, Early 13
   Coahoma 19, Idalou 18
   Coldspring-Oakhurst 44, Trinity 14
   Comanche 31, Merkel 14
   Corrigan-Camden 23, Crockett 22
   Daingerfield 41, Hooks 13
   Dilley 32, Karnes City 26
   East Bernard 70, Bloomington 0
   East Chambers 31, Hardin 12
   Eastland 42, Dublin 3
   Edgewood 52, Lone Oak 36
   Eustace 35, Elkhart 10
   Farmersville 62, Quitman 0
   Florence 21, Blanco 12
   Friona 42, Littlefield 28
   George West 62, Cotulla 7
   Goliad 58, Mathis 21
   Grandview 49, Palmer 0
   Gunter 50, Cooper 0
   Hallettsville 47, Vanderbilt Industrial 14
   Hearne 28, Bruceville-Eddy 11
   Hebbronville 59, Monte Alto 0
   Henrietta 34, Millsap 14
   Hitchcock 32, Hempstead 6
   Holliday 45, WF City View 0
   Jacksboro 38, Nocona 14
   Jarrell 0, Franklin 0
   Jefferson 42, Hughes Springs 22
   Jourdanton 16, Taft 14
   Kirbyville 30, Warren 8
   La Marque 24, Anahuac 6
   Lexington 73, Comfort 10
   Luling 36, SA Cole 14
   Lyford 21, Bishop 9
   Malakoff 56, Palestine Westwood 14
   Marion 42, Universal City Randolph 12
   Marlin 27, Anderson-Shiro 0
   McGregor 42, Jarrell 10
   Mount Vernon 60, Mineola 21
   Muleshoe 40, Amarillo River Road 0
   Natalia 28, Nixon-Smiley 20
   New London West Rusk 24, Arp 0
   Newton 58, Garrison 0
   Odem 33, CC London 21
   Omaha Pewitt 36, De Kalb 34
   Ore City 56, Queen City 7
   Ponder 26, Boyd 20
   Poth 42, Stockdale 0
   Pottsboro 49, Callisburg 14
   Redwater 48, New Boston 14
   Rio Vista 44, Blooming Grove 14
   Rockdale 63, Cameron Yoe 34
   San Angelo Grape Creek 50, Tornillo 46
   San Diego 14, Falfurrias 7
   Santa Rosa 13, Santa Gertrudis Academy 12
   Shallowater 49, Slaton 14
   Skidmore-Tynan 30, Banquete 27
   Sonora 41, Alpine 6
   Spearman 38, Dimmitt 0
   Stanton 43, Lubbock Roosevelt 23
   Sunnyvale 52, Dallas Life Oak Cliff 0
   Tolar 63, Bangs 6
   Troup 42, Harleton 12
   Troy 16, Little River Academy 0
   Tuscola Jim Ned 39, Brady 21
   Van Alstyne 53, Howe 27
   Wall 64, Crane 13
   Waskom 55, Beckville 13
   West 21, Groesbeck 19
   White Oak 41, Gladewater Sabine 7
   Whitesboro 21, Pilot Point 12
   Winnsboro 56, Grand Saline 48
   Woodville 43, Buna 14
   Yoakum 48, Palacios 7


   Abernathy 55, Olton 28
   Albany 56, Baird 0
   Alto 31, Price Carlisle 28
   Anthony 14, Eldorado 12
   Bells 57, Blue Ridge 12
   Ben Bolt 39, Freer 36
   Big Sandy 21, Kerens 17
   Bogata Rivercrest 26, Linden-Kildare 21
   Bosqueville 33, Riesel 9
   Bovina 41, Springlake-Earth 6
   Bremond 50, Frost 15
   Burton 66, Somerville 0
   Centerville 41, Pineland West Sabine 7
   Chico 55, Olney 12
   Clarendon 41, Crosbyton 0
   Crawford 26, San Saba 6
   Cross Plains 58, Bronte 0
   De Leon 56, Hamilton 14
   Evadale 47, Burkeville 0
   Falls City 58, Charlotte 0
   Flatonia 12, Runge 6
   Ganado 36, Kenedy 6
   Groveton 65, Saratoga West Hardin 29
   Hamlin 34, Seagraves 28
   Haskell 21, Quanah 14
   Hawkins 60, Cayuga 21
   Hawley 51, Anson 14
   Hico 42, Valley Mills 6
   Holland 36, Rosebud-Lott 14
   Hubbard 27, Dawson 14
   Hull-Daisetta 38, Colmesneil 8
   Iola 48, Sabine Pass 0
   Iraan 47, Wink 40
   Italy 39, Itasca 14
   Joaquin 31, Shelbyville 0
   La Pryor 30, Center Point 12
   Lovelady 34, Deweyville 0
   Mart 90, Axtell 0
   Mason 49, Harper 0
   McCamey 20, Ozona 13
   Memphis 60, Lockney 14
   Meridian 39, Chilton 0
   Mertzon Irion County 50, Van Horn 37
   Milano 49, Granger 6
   Moody 21, Thorndale 6
   Mount Enterprise 39, Overton 35
   Muenster 65, Lindsay 0
   Munday 37, Electra 0
   New Deal 21, Floydada 0
   Petrolia 60, Archer City 36
   Pettus 28, Louise 14
   Ranger 38, Era 8
   Refugio 48, Yorktown 14
   Riviera Kaufer 32, Bruni 14
   Rocksprings 45, Leakey 13
   Roscoe 42, Plains 7
   Sabinal 26, Brackett 14
   San Augustine 43, Cushing 0
   Sanford-Fritch 50, Sunray 14
   Seymour 40, Alvord 6
   Shamrock 50, Claude 27
   Shiner 28, Weimar 0
   Snook 37, Bartlett 16
   Stamford 49, Post 34
   Stinnett West Texas 44, Boys Ranch 6
   Stratford 35, Panhandle 31, OT
   Sundown 47, Hale Center 18
   Tahoka 12, Roby 6
   Tenaha 69, Wortham 8
   Thrall 50, Normangee 18
   Three Rivers 53, Santa Maria 27
   Valley View 30, Celeste 13
   Vega 34, Gruver 7
   Wellington 60, Ralls 7
   Wheeler 48, Booker 6
   Winters 36, Miles 28
   Wolfe City 41, Honey Grove 8

   Ackerly Sands 48, Loop 0
   Aquilla 60, Penelope 12
   Blum 68, Bynum 21
   Borden County 60, Lamesa Klondike 4
   Bowie Gold-Burg 54, Chillicothe 42
   Brookesmith 48, Mullin 46
   Bryson 70, Newcastle 16
   Buckholts 60, Concordia 30
   Coolidge 56, Gholson 0
   Forestburg 54, Saint Jo 45
   Happy 70, Follett 20
   Hedley 50, WF Christian 0
   Kopperl 52, Covington 43
   Laird Hill Leverett's Chapel 54, Chester 6
   Lefors 59, Vernon Northside 30
   Lenorah Grady 52, Welch Dawson 6
   Lueders-Avoca 36, Throckmorton 34
   Milford 66, Garden City 61
   Oakwood 63, Mount Calm 0
   Petersburg 60, Spur 12
   Rising Star 76, Gustine 34
   Robert Lee 64, Eden 28
   Sanderson 56, Sierra Blanca 32
   Strawn 62, Cherokee 0
   Whitharral 60, Lazbuddie 0
   Zephyr 72, Gorman 26

   Argyle Liberty Christian 24, Addison Trinity 14
   Arlington Grace Prep 49, Kennedale Fellowship 0
   Arlington Oakridge 34, John Cooper 29
   Austin Hyde Park 33, SA Cornerstone 10
   Austin Regents 48, SA Holy Cross 0
   Bellaire Episcopal 49, Houston St. John's 28
   Boerne Geneva 42, Austin Brentwood 24
   Brownsville St. Joseph 56, Harlingen Marine Military 16
   Bryan Brazos Christian 42, Temple Central Texas 28
   Bulverde Bracken 52, Fayette County HomeSchool 6
   Cedar Hill Trinity 48, Carrollton Prince of Peace 0
   Dallas Bishop Dunne 56, Dallas Parish Episcopal 17
   Dallas Bishop Lynch 49, Plano John Paul II 0
   Dallas Christian 50, Tyler Gorman 13
   Dallas Lakehill 59, Tyler Kings Academy 0
   Dallas Lutheran 56, Irving Universal 0
   FW All Saints 28, Houston St. Pius X 21
   FW Calvary 21, Lubbock Trinity 14
   FW Trinity Valley 18, Casady, Okla. 0
   Houston Kinkaid 35, Dallas Episcopal 6
   Houston Westbury Christian 27, CC John Paul 0
   Irving Cistercian 33, Austin St. Andrew's 9
   Katy Pope John 42, Houston The Village 24
   Lubbock Christian 27, Muenster Sacred Heart 14
   Midland Christian 41, FW Southwest Christian 13
   Plainview Christian 70, WF Notre Dame 36
   SA Antonian 62, EP Cathedral 0
   Shiner St. Paul 55, SA St. Gerard 12
   St. Mary's Hall 17, SA Christian 14

   All Saints Episcopal 48, Amarillo Holy Cross 0
   Animas , N.M. 52, Fort Hancock 0
   Belleville (Althoff Catholic) , Ill. 42, Houston Christian 14
   Big Sandy Harmony (Gilmer) 42, Como-Pickton 0
   Cypress Community Christian 43, Tomball Rosehill 14
   Fort Bend Christian 48, Victoria St. Joseph 6
   Fort Worth Christian 57, Dallas Greenhill 7
   Fort Worth THESA 56, Paducah 6
   FW Brewer 49, FW Chisholm Trail 26
   Rio Grande City La Grulla 16, Zapata 14
   Schertz John Paul II 27, Hallettsville Sacred Heart 17
   Spring Branch Living Rock 68, Austin Achieve Public Schools 60
   Waco Live Oak Classical 69, Irving Faustina Academy 24
   West Texas Homeschool 45, Trent 14
   Willow Park Trinity 24, Midland Trinity 0

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   Cypress Falls 34, Cypress Ridge 31
   Fort Bend Travis 58, Fort Bend Austin 28
   Houston Lamar 58, Houston Heights 0
   Katy Taylor 19, Katy Seven Lakes 17
   Pasadena Dobie 21, Pasadena Rayburn 9

   Barbers Hill 45, Humble 13
   Fort Bend Marshall 55, Galveston Ball 7
   FW Arlington Heights 69, FW North Side 0

   Glen Rose 56, FW Benbrook 6
   Houston Worthing 40, Houston Kashmere 6

   Rice 58, Dallas A+ Academy 2

   Gilmer Union Hill 68, High Island 14

   Houston Mt. Carmel 57, CC Wings 12
   SA St. Anthony 41, SA Texas Military 8

   Tyler Heat 54, Canton Exel HomeSchool 7
   Wylie Prep 62, McKinney Cornerstone Christian Academy 8

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<![CDATA[Ezekiel Elliott Fighting Not to Be Labeled Abuser]]> Thu, 19 Oct 2017 08:42:11 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-839646284+%281%29.jpg

Ezekiel Elliott’s quest to clear his name and stay on the football field ain’t about you.

It ain’t about Elliott accepting the NFL-mandated six-game suspension right now, so he’s available to help your Cowboys win important games in December.

It ain’t about relieving your inconvenience because you’re tired of the emotional swings on a weekly basis as the courts determine whether he’s playing or sitting.

And it sure ain’t about your fantasy football team and whether you need to add Rod Smith or Darren McFadden to cover for Elliott’s absence.

This is real life. This is Elliott’s life.

It can’t always be about the name on the front of the jersey or the logo on the side of the helmet. Sometimes, it has to be about the name on the back of the jersey.

This is one of those times.

Elliott, whether you believe he’s guilty or not, is fighting this suspension because no man wants to be labeled a domestic abuser.

"When you get accused of something of that magnitude, you kind of get labeled as an abuser," Elliott said, "and that's just not me, that's not how I want to be seen, not how I want to represent my family. It's just important for me to fight."

If he’s innocent, then he should fight until the NFLPA runs out of cash to pay for his defense. If he’s guilty, then Commissioner Roger Goodell should deliver the harshest punishment possible.

Elliott won a restraining order Tuesday that prevents the league from implementing its suspension and allows him to play Sunday at San Francisco.

The issue, of course, is that we really have no idea if he physically injured Tiffany Thompson on three different occasions in July of 2016.

No one knows.

Not Goodell. Not Kia Robertson, the NFL’s lead investigator on the case, though she recommended the league not suspend him.

Not the Cowboys. Not the judges, who have been rendering decisions on the various appeals and injunctions.

Only Elliott and Thompson know what really transpired.

The one thing we do know is the NFL screwed up royally when it didn’t allow Elliott to face his accuser (Thompson) or give his attorneys access to the notes the NFL made from a half-dozen conversations with her.


If the idea is to find the truth, then you give him that access and say, “Prove we’re wrong.”

Being reasonably sure he committed domestic violence isn't good enough. Circumstantial evidence isn’t good enough. The NFL must know 100 percent without equivocation that he did what Thompson alleges he did.

Elliott will play Sunday against San Francisco. He might play the following week against Washington. Or he might not.

For a 22-year-old, it’s a burden no matter how much he tries to focus on the game that has brought him wealth and fame at such a tender age.

Mom and dad provide support, but they can’t carry this burden. It belongs solely to Elliott.

"It's a little tiring but that's what you have a legal team for, and it's not really my job to worry about it,” Elliott said. “I trust the guys that work for me and I let them do the job. You just take it day by day, there's been so many ups and downs, lefts and rights, you really don't know what's coming up next. I’ve just got to take it day by day.

“I appreciate the opportunity to go out here and get a couple more weeks with these guys for sure, and I have an opportunity to have an even longer TRO. So honestly, I’m just happy to be able to play this week.”

All of this means nothing, however, if Elliott doesn’t modify the reckless off-the-field behavior that has been as much a part of his tenure with the Cowboys as the touchdowns and SportsCenter highlights.

The NFL waits for no one.

All he has to do is check out the careers of talented players such as Aldon Smith, Justin Blackmon, Josh Gordon, Johnny Manziel and Randy Gregory.

Each oozed with talent. None figured out how to handle their off-the-field issues.

Now, all of their careers are currently in shambles. Maybe, one of them will get another chance.

Maybe not.

Folks in the Cowboys’ organization have explained this to Elliott They pray he listens.

For now, his teammates and coaches remain supportive. Jason Garrett phoned him after learning he won a chance to play another  week or two.

"It means everything," Elliott said of the club’s support. "We're a very close group and that's what family is for, brothers are for, just to reach out when you're in need.

“And my teammates have done a great job just picking me up when I'm down and making sure that I'm able to stay focused and be the running back I need to be for this team."

And that’s part of the reason he fights. The other part is to clear the Elliott name.

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<![CDATA[Mean Green Notebook: Momentum Continues After Dramatic Win ]]> Thu, 19 Oct 2017 14:28:43 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-6102119581.jpg

That special moment, one which can change the course of a season and a program, happened Saturday night in Denton.

Trailing 26-22 with a 1:07 left in the fourth quarter, North Texas started what would be “The Drive.” The end result was magical. Mean Green quarterback Mason Fine connected with Rico Bussey, Jr. for the 22-yard touchdown strike with 10 seconds remaining for the 29-26 comeback win over UT-San Antonio.

The end result was no surprise for the Mean Green, nor was there any doubt in the huddle that the job would get done.

“I don’t know how to explain it,” Fine said. “The guys knew we were going down there and score. There’s no doubt that I saw from anyone. The guys made plays when they needed to.”

A key moment in the game-winning drive was when Fine found wide receiver Michael Lawrence for a 49-yard strike, helping set up the dramatic finish.

“When Mason throws the ball, he gives you a chance every time,” Lawrence said. “I just knew I had to be in the place where he threw the ball. I know I’m going to make the play. As a team, if there is time left on the clock, we know we go down there and score. No matter if there is ten seconds left or a minute left. That’s the mentality we have as a team.”

North Texas improved to 4-2 and remain unbeaten in Conference USA play at 3-0.  The Mean Green currently sit in first place in the C-USA West Division.

“I feel like we are starting to learn how to win football games,” said head coach Seth Littrell. “The momentum and confidence are always a big help. Once you start getting on a roll, you don’t want it to end. It locks you in and continues to keep you focused. Every game gets bigger.”

TAKING A TRIP TO FLORIDA: The Mean Green now take their three-game winning streak and hit the road for a trip to Boca Raton to face Florida Atlantic. The Owls go into the game with a 3-3 record under first-year head coach Lane Kiffin but are also tied with Marshall for first in the C-USA East Division. Both teams are 2-0 in conference play.

Florida Atlantic is also coming off a bye week. The Owls beat Old Dominion 58-28 two weeks ago on the road for their second consecutive win.

GETTING NOTICED: The honors started rolling in for Fine after the comeback win over UTSA. The sophomore signal-caller was named C-USA Offensive Player of the Week for the first time in his career. He was also named as a finalist for The Manning Award “Star of the Week” as well as the Davey O’Brien Award’s “Great Eight” list.

“It’s a great accomplishment but more importantly it’s a team accomplishment,” Fine said. “I couldn’t do it without those guys, without the offensive line, without the receivers making plays.”

Fine has thrown for 300-plus yards three times this season, including 354 yards and three touchdowns against UTSA.  He leads the conference in passing yards per game with 299.3 and in passing yards in 1,796.

“It’s a team effort,” Fine said. “Everyone is doing their job. I think that’s what it all comes down to. Everyone is focused on doing their job, not worrying about ‘me, me, me.’ That starts with the culture. That starts with the head man himself. Coach Littrell establishing our core values and it just trickles down to the players. We all believe in our core values and I think that’s the biggest thing right now.”

YEAR TWO: North Texas continues to improve under Littrell. Through six games, the Mean Green are averaging 37.2 points per game, which leads C-USA. That’s a dramatic increase from last season when they averaged 24.8 points per game.

“Year Two you can usually put a lot more on them,” explained LIttrell. “They know the system. You keep it as simple as possible in Year One so they can at least play fast. But it is also growing and making sure you know who your personnel is. Year Two in the system, the coaches are more comfortable with the system. The players, they start figuring out and knowing what the adjustments are. We’ve got a great group. Our coaches have done an unbelievable job. All the credit to them.”

Senior running back Jeffery Wilson is another player that has flourished under Littrell’s system. The two-time C-USA Player of the Week ranks tenth in the nation in rushing yards per game. Through six games, Wilson has 749 yards rushing and nine touchdowns.

“We understand the offense,” Wilson said. “We understand what the coaches are trying to accomplish and we understand what we’ve got to do to be successful. Knowing all that makes it a lot easy for us.”

ALL THE BUZZ: The buzz around the Mean Green football program not only continues, but stepped up a notch after the comeback win.

“I’ve had more students come up to me on campus and say ‘Hey, good job. Keep it up.’ I think the sport is growing around Denton,” Fine said.

And while that growth and excitement continues around Denton, the players are soaking it all in but remain focused on the tasks at hand.

“It’s a lot of fun,” added Lawrence. “You can tell things are changing but the atmosphere has been different. It’s been pretty cool.”

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<![CDATA[Cowboys Look to Snap 2-Game Losing Streak Against 49ers]]> Thu, 19 Oct 2017 18:23:31 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEW_COWBOYS_49ERS_PREDICTION_FOR_WEB_1200x675_1076589123814.jpg

NBC 5’s sports director Newy Scruggs gives his prediction for Sunday's Cowboys-49ers matchup in Santa Clara. Hear why he feels the Cowboys will get back to their winning ways.

<![CDATA[New Developments Involving Ezekiel Elliott]]> Thu, 19 Oct 2017 18:23:45 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEWY_ZEKE_LATEST_NEWS_FOR_WEB_1200x675_1076587587788.jpg

NBC 5’s sports director Newy Scruggs breaks down the latest developments involving Ezekiel Elliott and what it means going forward.

<![CDATA[Full Recovery Expected for Hayward After Injury in Celtics Debut]]> Thu, 19 Oct 2017 14:44:04 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/185*120/GettyImages-860330888.jpg

The Boston Celtics said Gordon Hayward is expected to make a "full recovery" after undergoing successful surgery on Wednesday night.

The team announced Thursday afternoon that Hayward underwent "successful bony and ligamentous stabilization surgery for the fracture dislocation of his left ankle" sustained in Tuesday night's season opener.

Hayward's father tweeted Thursday morning the surgery was 'a big success,' and his wife Robyn posted her own message on social media saying "He did great with surgery! So now we are starting the recovery process." His agent, Mark Bartelstein, added that the surgery "went really well."

No timetable has been set for his return, but Bartelstein told ESPN it remains unlikely the 27-year-old forward will return this season.

The Celtics player had arrived at New England Baptist Hospital on Wednesday after flying in from Cleveland, where he and former Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving played their first game in Celtics green.

Hayward came down awkwardly after an alley-oop pass in the first quarter, dislocating his left ankle and fracturing his leg.

In a video message on the Celtics' Twitter page Wednesday, Hayward spoke to his fans from his hospital bed.

"Wanted to say thank you to everyone whose had me in their thoughts and prayers," he said. "I'm gonna be alright.

"Hurting me that I can't be there for the home opener," Hayward went on to say in his video tweet. "I want nothing more than to be with my teammates and to walk out on that floor tonight. But I'll be supporting you guys from here and wishing you the best of luck."

While the team initially tweeted that Hayward had been diagnosed with a broken ankle, Stevens said in a press conference Wednesday that hospital tests had confirmed his actual injuries.

"He put a lot of effort into trying to start his career out well in Boston, but this is a setback," Stevens added.

Despite the setback, the coach said he believes Hayward will be back to full health.

"We are expecting a full recovery," he said. "We know there are going to be a lot of tough days ahead on that recovery, but at the same time, I think, hopefully, he'll improve day to day."

Stevens coached Hayward at Butler University. After spending the first seven seasons of his NBA career with the Utah Jazz, Hayward signed a four-year, $128 million contract to play for his college coach in Boston.

As Hayward lay on the court Tuesday night, the Quicken Loans Arena fell silent, with Celtics and Cavs players alike showing their concern. The crowds erupted in applause when he was carried off the floor on a stretcher. The following day, athletes and fans have taken to social media to support Hayward.

"Thanks for all the prayers for Gordon and our family," Hayward's wife, Robyn, tweeted Wednesday. "It sucks, but this is what happens."

Robyn Hayward's tweet included a quote, reading, "When everything seems like it's falling apart that's when God is putting things together just the way he wants it."

In their opener, the Celtics came back from a 16-point halftime deficit and jockeyed with Cleveland for the lead in the fourth quarter. The Cavs won their first game 102-99.

Wednesday night, the Celtics played their home opener without Hayward against the Milwaukee Bucks, but it was clear Hayward was on the mind of everyone.

Love for the forward was evident in every corner of TD Garden, as fans who miss him signed a giant "get well soon" banner for him, gave him a standing ovation, and even chanted his name.

The Bucks beat the Celtics 108–100.

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<![CDATA[Hawks Spoil Smith's Debut, Top Mavericks 117-111]]> Thu, 19 Oct 2017 05:17:06 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-862934588.jpg

Dennis Schroder's first game as the front man for the Atlanta Hawks just happened to be the night that countryman Dirk Nowitzki joined Kobe Bryant as the only players to reach 20 seasons with the same team.

The young guard showed Germany's aging icon that maybe he can be the face of a franchise as well.

Schroder scored 28 points, fellow Euro standout Marco Belinelli added 20 in his first game for Atlanta and the rebuilding Hawks spoiled rookie Dennis Smith Jr.'s solid Dallas debut, beating the Mavericks 117-111 in the opener Wednesday.

"He is about to retire," Schroder said of the 39-year-old Nowitzki. "And to have a battle against him and compete against him is always a good feeling."

Belinelli, a familiar face for the Mavericks as a former rival with San Antonio, was 4 of 6 from 3-point range to help the Hawks in their first game after letting Paul Millsap leave in free agency and dumping Dwight Howard.

"I've seen him in Europe doing his thing for Italy, and he did it tonight," said Schroder, who led the Hawks with seven assists. "I was excited when I heard he's here. It's just great to have somebody like that coming off the bench and looking for his shots."

Smith, the first Dallas rookie to start an opener since 34-year-old teammate Devin Harris in 2004, scored his first NBA points on an alley-oop dunk to open the Dallas scoring and finished with 16 points and a game-high 10 assists.

Nowitzki scored 10 points on 4-of-14 shooting, and the surest sign yet that he's putting the franchise in younger hands came late. The 7-footer who led the Mavericks to their only championship in 2011 sat during the back-and-forth final minutes.

Dewayne Dedmon followed a miss by Schroder for a layup to put Atlanta up 113-111 with 58 seconds left. Taurean Prince rebounded a missed 3 from Belinelli with the shot clock off and made both free throws for a four-point lead.

"I think it was just a couple of blown coverages," Smith said of the Mavs getting outscored 6-0 in the final minute. "Stuff that shouldn't have happened but it did unfortunately. It's stuff that we can fix."

Schroder was 13 of 26 from the field, with all but three of his shots coming inside the 3-point line as the 24-year-old in his fifth season attacked the basket repeatedly.

"He's kind of our engine," coach Mike Budenholzer said. "When he's aggressive, that's when he's at his best and we're at our best."

Nerlens Noel matched Smith with 16 points, his most since coming to Dallas at the trading deadline last season, and had 11 rebounds. Wesley Matthews scored all of his 15 points in the second half. Harrison Barnes scored 14 but was 3 of 13 from the field.

Mavericks: G Seth Curry, Golden State star Stephen Curry's younger brother, missed the opener with a stress fracture in his lower left leg. He's out indefinitely. ... Noel had two double-doubles in 22 games with Dallas last season.

Hawks: Won their eighth straight against the Mavericks, a streak that goes back to Oct. 30, 2013. ... Prince, a former Baylor standout playing 100 miles up the road from his college home, had 10 points and 10 rebounds.

'Other' First-Rounder
The 19-year-old Smith, the ninth overall pick and Dallas' most important draft choice since Nowitzki 19 years ago, wasn't the only first-round rookie to play well. Atlanta's John Collins, the 19th pick, scored 14 points.

Brief Break
Smith asked out of the game and limped through the tunnel in the second quarter after landing awkwardly on his left leg when he was fouled on a dunk. He returned later in the quarter, and said after the game it was just a "quick breather" after a hard collision.

Up Next
Mavericks: Sacramento at home Friday night in a "20-20" matchup: Vince Carter, Nowitzki's former teammate, is also in his 20th season.

Hawks: At Charlotte on Friday night.

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<![CDATA[AP Texas High School Football Top 10 Schedule and Results]]> Wed, 18 Oct 2017 22:12:59 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Footballs-GettyImages-137251340.jpg

Schedule and results for the teams ranked in The Associated Press Texas high school football poll, Oct. 19-21.

Class 6A
   1. Allen (6-0) at Denton Guyer, Friday
   2. Converse Judson (6-0) vs. SA Wagner, Friday
   3. Katy (4-0) at Katy Morton Ranch, Friday
   4. DeSoto (6-0) at Irving, Thursday
   5. Austin Westlake (7-0) idle.
   6. Garland Sachse (6-0) vs. North Garland, Friday
   7. Waco Midway (7-0) vs. Belton, Friday.
   8. The Woodlands (3-1) at Conroe Oak Ridge, Friday
   9. Klein Collins (5-0) vs. Houston Spring Woods, Friday
   10. Smithson Valley (6-0) vs. Schertz Clemens, Friday

Class 5A
   1. Aledo (6-0) vs. FW Eaton, Friday
   2. Manvel (5-0) vs. Fort Bend Elkins, Friday
   3. Denton Ryan (6-0) at Sherman, Friday
   4. CC Calallen (6-0) at CC Ray, Thursday
   5. Cedar Park (5-1) vs. Georgetown, Friday
   6. Dallas Highland Park (5-1) at Mesquite Poteet, Friday
   7. Angleton (5-0) vs. Rosenberg Lamar, Friday
   8. Mansfield Legacy (5-1) vs. Waxahachie, Friday
   9. Dripping Springs (6-0) vs. Boerne-Champion, Friday
   10. Frisco Lone Star (5-1) at Frisco Wakeland, Friday

Class 4A
   1. Carthage (6-0) at Center, Friday
   2. West Orange-Stark (6-0) vs. Sour Lake Hardin-Jefferson, Friday
   3. Argyle (6-0) vs. Gainesville, Friday
   4. Waco La Vega (6-0) vs. China Spring, Friday
   5. Cuero (5-0) at Aransas Pass, Friday
   6. Midlothian Heritage (6-0) at Alvarado, Friday
   7. Kennedale (5-1) at FW Diamond Hill-Jarvis, Thursday
   8. Van (7-0) vs. Mabank, Friday
   9. Sweetwater (6-0) at Fort Stockton, Friday
   10. Texarkana Pleasant Grove (7-0) vs. Atlanta, Friday

Class 3A
   1. Gunter (7-0) at Cooper, Friday
   2. Wall (6-0) vs. Crane, Friday
   3. Lexington (6-0) vs. Comfort, Friday
   4. Newton (5-0) vs. Garrison, Friday
   5. Malakoff (6-0) at Palestine Westwood, Friday
   6. Canadian (6-0) vs. Amarillo Highland Park, Friday
   7. Brock (5-1) vs. Paradise, Friday
   8. New London West Rusk (5-0) at Arp, Friday
   9. Hallettsville (5-1) at Vanderbilt Industrial, Friday
   10. Yoakum (5-1) at Palacios, Friday

Class 2A
   1. Tenaha (6-0) vs. Wortham, Friday
   2. Mason (6-0) at Harper, Friday
   3. Muenster (6-0) at Lindsay, Friday
   4. Mart (5-1) vs. Axtell, Friday
   5. Albany (6-0) at Baird, Friday
   6. Refugio (4-1) at Yorktown, Friday
   7. Abernathy (6-0) at Olton, Friday
   8. De Leon (6-0) at Hamilton, Friday
   9. Bremond (5-1) at Frost, Friday
   10. Milano (6-0) vs. Granger, Friday

Copyright The Associated Press.

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