By Bob Kowalski
The high school football regular season has ended, but three Mansfield ISD schools will continue into the playoffs.
Mansfield, Summit and Timberview all qualified for the postseason, in different classifications. Mansfield will play in the Class 6A playoffs, Summit in 5A Division II and Timberview in 5A Division I.
The Tigers (7-3, 4-3 11-6A) will travel to face Harker Heights at 7 p.m. Friday at Leo Buckley Stadium in Killeen. Mansfield finished fourth in the district after opening the season with six consecutive wins.
Summit (5-5, 4-3 5-5A DII) will meet South Oak Cliff at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Dallas' Kincaide Stadium. The Jaguars finished fourth in district, winning four of five in the heart of their district schedule.
Timberview (10-0, 8-0 5-5A DI) faces Frisco Heritage at 7 p.m. Friday at Vernon Newsom Stadium. The Wolves are No. 2 in Texas Football’s state rankings.
Mansfield is making its first postseason appearance since 2017, when it went three rounds deep. The Tigers boast one of the stingiest defenses in the district, allowing 197 points across 10 games.
Summit returns to the playoffs for the fifth consecutive season after advancing to the 5A DII state semifinals the past two years. The Jaguars averaged nearly 30 points a game for the season and more than 36 points per game in their last four.
Timberview is making its fifth consecutive visit to the playoffs after a dominating regular season. The Wolves cruised to the district title, outscoring opponents 610-133, scoring at least 50 points in nine of their 10 games.
The top four teams in each of Texas’ 32 districts qualify for the postseason. In 6A, the two largest representatives play in Division I and the two smaller schools advance in Division II. The state championship games are scheduled for Dec. 16-17 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.
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