2021 UIL STATE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS: Broadcast schedule, results and other information

Jonathan Hull
Wichita Falls Times Record News

It's championship week for the University Interscholastic League in high school football with 12 games in four days at Arlington's AT&T Stadium. 

Below is the 2021 state championship schedule, including ticket and parking information. All games will be broadcast live on Bally Sports Southwest. Check your local TV listings for channel information. 

UIL Championship football programming airing on Bally Sports Southwest will stream live on the Bally Sports app and on BallySports.com when a consumer authenticates through their pay-tv service. The Bally Sports app is available on mobile and tablet devices, including iOS and Android, as well as the following connected devices: Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Roku Players and Roku TV and Xbox One. Fans can also download the app for free from the  iTunes App Store, Google Play, Amazon App Store, Roku App Store, XBOX One App Store and Windows App Store.

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Follow the USA Today Network Texas properties for updates throughout the week. 

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Windthorst vs. Mart Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020, in the 2A Division II state championship at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

SATURDAY’S SCHEDULE

CLASS 5A DIVISION II CHAMPIONSHIP

Dallas South Oak Cliff 23, Liberty Hill 14

The drought has ended.

South Oak Cliff claimed the first official state football championship for a Dallas ISD program since 1958 with a 23-14 victory against Liberty Hill in the Class 5A Division I title game Saturday at AT&T Stadium.

The last Dallas ISD team to win a state championship was Dallas Washington, which won the Prairie View Interscholastic League title in 1958. The last UIL state title came in 1950 by Dallas Sunset. Dallas Carter won a state title in 1988, but it was infamously stripped by the UIL.

All of Dallas was behind SOC, playing in front of essentially a home crowd with over 40,000 in attendance.

SOC took a 14-0 lead in the second quarter but opened the game with a 14-play 46-yard drive that included two fourth-down conversions.

But Liberty Hill’s slot-T offense found its rhythm in the second quarter, producing a pair of touchdowns by Andon Thomas. The second came with 11 seconds left in the half, sending the teams to the locker room tied 14-14.

The game remained tied until the fourth quarter when Diego Varela kicked a field goal with 8:25 left, giving SOC a 17-14 lead. SOC’s Qualon Farrar put the game out of reach on a 17-yard run with 3:12 remaining.

The crowd erupted when SOC forced the game’s first turnover on the ensuing kickoff, recovering a fumble that allowed them to run out the clock.

SOC quarterback Kevin Henry-Jennings was the Offensive MVP, completing 12 of 23 passes for 144 yards and two touchdowns. Abdul Muhammad was named Defensive MVP, registering 13 tackles as part of an effort to hold Liberty Hill’s vaunted rushing attack to 276 yards.

Liberty Hill’s Joe Pitchford led with 158 yards on 20 carries.

CLASS 6A DIVISION I CHAMPIONSHIP

Galena Park North Shore 17, Duncanville 10

Kaleb Bailey threw a 39-yard touchdown pass to David Amador with 2:53 left to give Galena Park North Shore a 17-10 win over Duncanville in the Class 6A Division I state championship game at AT&T Stadium.

Duncanville was forced to punt with 3:01 remaining, but a personal foul penalty on Duncanville on the return gave North Shore the ball at Duncanville’s 39 with the score tied 10-10. On the next play, Amador got a step or two behind the defense and Bailey hit him with a perfect pass in stride.

Samples, winner of more than 300 career games,  fell just short once again of winning his first state title. North Shore's Jayven Anderson intercepted a pass on fourth-and-10 with 1:57 left, sealing the program's fifth straight state title. The last three have been won against Duncanville in the past four seasons.

North Shore struck first, taking a 7-0 lead on a 3-yard touchdown pass from Kaleb Bailey to Jhalyn Bailey with 2:55 left in the first quarter. Duncanville immediately answered, driving 87 yards for a 1-yard TD by Jordan Crook. 

North Shore’s speed on defense held Duncanville in check for most of the first half. With just under six minutes left in the half, North Shore already had seven tackles for loss, including three sacks.

Duncanville came into the game averaging 50.1 points, but it was tied 7-7 at halftime after being held to 89 yards of offense on 30 plays. Duncanville’s usually potent running game managed only 30 yards on 21 carries.

CLASS 6A DIVISION II CHAMPIONSHIP

Austin Westlake 40, Denton Guyer 21

Todd Dodge is going out a winner.

The legendary Texas high school football coach won his seventh state championship Saturday, leading Austin Westlake to a 40-21 victory against Denton Guyer in the Class 6A Division II title game at AT&T Stadium. Dodge had already announced this is his final season coaching. He exits with a third straight state title at Westlake.

Denton Guyer led for a good portion of the game, including a 21-20 advantaage on a 6-yard run by Jackson Arnold with 6:46 left in the third quarter.

Westlake retook the lead on a 53-yard field goal by Charlie Barnett with 3:11 left in the third. Westlake didn’t surrender that lead, and Guyer didn’t score again.

Quarterback Cade Klubnik threw touchdowns of 69 and 71 yards to Jaden Greathouse, and Mark Sayegh added a 23-yard field goal as Westlake accounted for the game’s final 20 points.

Greathouse was the Offensive MVP, catching seven passes for 236 yards and three TDs. Klubnick finished 14 of 21 for 280 yards, four TDs and an interception, also leading the team with 60 rushing yards.

Arnold paced Denton Guyer, rushing for 56 yards and two TDs and completing 18 of 27 passes for 183 yards and a score.

FRIDAY’S SCHEDULE

CLASS 4A DIVISION I CHAMPIONSHIP

Stephenville 38, Austin LBJ 21

Four turnovers on its first four possessions put Austin LBJ in a hole. Coy Eakin made sure the Jaguars couldn’t dig out of it.

Stephenville’s standout receiver was the best player on the field Friday, leading the Yellow Jackets to a 38-21 victory and a Class 4A Division I state championship at AT&T Stadium. It’s Stephenville’s sixth state title and first since 2012.

Normally, one team committing six turnovers like LBJ would be the story of the game. But Eakin delivered an all-time great performance that will never be forgotten by those who witnessed it.

It started with a one-handed touchdown catch after LBJ’s second lost fumble, giving the Yellow Jackets a 7-0 lead midway through the first quarter. It continued with a 7-yard TD run a little more than two minutes later following LBJ’s third lost fumble.

The Jackets turned the four early fumbles into a 17-0 lead, and LBJ never threatened to catch up.

Eakin added a 43-yard TD catch that he wrestled away from an LBJ defender at the 2:21 mark of the second quarter, pushing the Jackets’ lead to 24-0. They led 24-7 at half.

Even when something went wrong for the Yellow Jackets, Eakin made it right. Ryder Lambert was picked off near the goal line on Stephenville’s first possession of the second half.

Eakin chased down LBJ’s Noah Baker and punched the ball out from behind and into the arms of teammate Kallan Kimbrough who returned it 10 yards for a touchdown.

Eakin found the end zone one final time on a 31-yard reception from Lambert, capping the team’s scoring with 11:09 left in the game. He finished with 187 receiving yards and three TDs on nine receptions and 25 rushing yards and a TD.

He also ended LBJ’s final drive with an interception, sitting down in the end zone afterward after earning a well-deserved rest.

LBJ outgained Stephenville 437-373 in total yards, but the six turnovers doomed the Jaguars. Quarterback Oscar Gordon was 30 of 48 for 372 yards and three TDs.

Stephenville’s Reese Young was Defensive MVP with 14 tackles and a fumble recovery.

CLASS 4A DIVISION II CHAMPIONSHIP

China Spring 31, Gilmer 7

A blocked field goal returned for a touchdown swept the momentum permanently in China Spring’s favor Friday.

On the final play of the first half, a high snap on Gilmer’s 21-yard field goal attempt led to it being blocked by China Spring’s Jacob Mott. With no time left on the clock, Gabe Watkins grabbed the bouncing ball and returned it 86 yards for a touchdown.

The special teams score gave China Spring a lead and momentum it didn’t relinquish in a 31-7 victory over Gilmer for the Class 4A Division II state championship. It’s China Spring’s second state title overall and first since 1978.

The game was tied at 7-7 when Mott came around the left end and nearly overran the hold after a high snap slowed down Gilmer’s kicking process.

Gilmer struggled with its kicking game throughout Friday’s matchup, missing two field goals. The Buckeyes only managed 7 points in three red zone chances.

The two teams combined for 494 total yards – a meager total compared to the other state title games this weekend.

China Spring running back Major Bowden was named Offensive MVP, rushing for 191 yards and 3 TDs on 34 carries. Teammate Tre Hafford was Defensive MVP for his part in an effort that held Gilmer standout QB Brandon Tennison to 136 yards on 18 of 34 passing.

CLASS 5A DIVISION I CHAMPIONSHIP

Katy Paetow 27, College Station 24 (OT)

Jacob Brown powered his way into the end zone for a 2-yard touchdown, delivering a 27-24 overtime victory for Katy Paetow over College Station in the Class 5A Division I state championship at AT&T Stadium.

The run capped an Offensive MVP performance for Brown, who was a workhorse for Paetow, rushing for 112 yards and the game-winning TD on 33 carries. It’s the first state title for a Paetow program in its fourth season of existence. The Panthers are moving to Class 6A next season.

The game was tied at 21 after regulation thanks to a 71-yard TD run by College Station’s Marquise Collins with 4:04 left in the fourth quarter. Collins finished with 192 rushing yards and two TDs on 23 carries.

College Station had first possession in overtime, but the Cougars settled for a 24-yard field goal by Dawson Schremp instead of trying to convert a fourth-and-3 at the Paetow 7.

Paetow’s overtime possession could have easily ended in a field goal rather than a touchdown. The Panthers lined up for a 34-yard attempt on fourth-and-2 from the College Station 17, but the Cougars jumped offsides, giving Paetow a first down.

Four plays later, Paetow faced a fourth-and-1 from the College Station 3. CJ Dumas ran a quarterback sneak, earning the first down by the slimmest of measurements. The play was reviewed and upheld.

Brown scored the game-winner on the next play.

THURSDAY’S RESULTS

CLASS 2A DIVISON II CHAMPIONSHIP

Stratford 39, Falls City 27

Cody Rinne proved he is a dual-threat Thursday.

It was Rinne’s legs that kept Stratford close to Falls City for most of the Class 2A Division I championship game. But it was his arm that put the Elks over the top.

Rinne threw two fourth-quarter touchdowns, allowing Stratford to overtake then pull away from Falls City for a 39-27 victory at AT&T Stadium. It is Stratford’s fourth state title, and first since 2008.

The game was tied 27-27 when Falls City quarterback Luke Shaffer found Grant Jendrusch for a 52-yard TD just 12 seconds into the fourth quarter.

Rinne took the Elks on a 10-play drive as an answer, capping it with a 14-yard pass to Dru Jones for a 33-27 advantage. Rinne and Jones hooked up again, this time from 32 yards out, with 1:24 left in the game, essentially sealing the Elks’ championship.

Rinne was named Offensive MVP, completing 14 of 17 passes for 282 yards and two TDs. He also rushed for 70 yards and a TD on 21 carries. Jones finished with 205 receiving yards and two scores on nine receptions and rushed for 87 yards on 14 carries. Zane Burr had 56 rushing and two TDs on 15 carries.

Shaffer was the Defensive MVP in a losing effort. He finished with 20 tackles, while also playing a considerable role on offense.

Stratford succeeded at stuffing Falls City’s triple-option offense for just 25 rushing yards, but Shaffer kept the Beavers in the game with his arm, completing 7 of 13 passes for 201 yards, two TDs and an interception.

Stratford outgained Falls City, 506-226.

CLASS 3A DIVISION I CHAMPIONSHIP

Lorena 35, Brock 18

Ray Biles’ 200th career victory as a head coach is truly unforgettable.

Biles led his Lorena Leopards to a 35-18 victory against Brock on Thursday, claiming the Class 3A Division I state championship at AT&T Stadium. This is Biles’ 30th season as a head coach, all of them at Lorena. This is Lorena’s second state title, with the first coming in 1987.

Lorena never trailed in the game, taking a 14-0 lead on the back of two first-quarter rushing touchdowns by Rhett Hanson. Hanson finished with 196 rushing yards and three TDs on 28 carries, earning Offensive MVP.

Brock’s Kutter Wilson finished with 171 rushing and a TD on 24 carries.Lorena’s Baxter Bankston was named Defensive MVP, finishing with six tackles, including 3 ½ for loss and two sacks.

Lorena led 14-6 at halftime and took a 21-6 advantage on Hanson’s third TD – a 1-yard plunge – with 9:25 left in the third.

Nathan Jones caught a 4-yard pass from Tyler Moody, getting Brock within 21-12 with 5:38 left in the third.

Lorena scored the next 14 points, putting the game away on a 5-yard run by Cason Pitts, who was on the receiving end of an impromptu pitch from Hanson, for a 35-12 lead with 3:19 to play.

CLASS 3A DIVISION II CHAMPIONSHP

Franklin 49, Gunter 35

Gunter flinched last. And it allowed Franklin to win its first ever state title.

With Franklin leading by seven early in the fourth quarter, Gunter punted the ball back to the Lions. Malcolm Murphy broke out of a pack and sprinted 86 yards for a touchdown on the next play, and Gunter never recovered in a 49-35 loss in the Class 3A Division II state championship at AT&T Stadium.

Murphy was the Offensive MVP, rushing for 280 yards and four TDs on 15 carries. The Lions rushed for a Class 3A state title game record 523 yards. They only attempted three passes, completing none.

Bryson Washington had 165 rushing and three TDs, while brother Bobby Washington rushed for 96 yards on 18 carries.

Colby Smith was named Defensive MVP, finishing with 11 tackles and an interception. The Lions had three interceptions on defense.

The game was tied four times, including at 35-all after three quarters. Murphy put Franklin on top with a 61-yard TD run on the first play of the fourth quarter. Then the Lions forced Gunter to punt, and Murphy scored again on his next carry, essentially putting the game out of reach.

Gunter had 386 total yards. Ethan Sloan had 108 total y ards and two TDs. Cole Lemons caught a pair of TD passes in the first half. Quarterback Hut Graham was 8 of 16 for 149 yards, three TDs and three interceptions. He also rushed for 57 yards.

WEDNESDAY'S RESULTS

SIX-MAN CLASS A DIVISION I CHAMPIONSHIP

Westbrook 72, May 66

On fourth-and-5 with 11 seconds remaining, May spreadback Blake Harrell stepped up and lobbed a pass to Kaysen King near the end zone.

But as King tried to secure the ball, Westbrook’s Jimmy Roberts Jr. ran him down from behind and stripped the ball from King’s arms. The officials ruled the pass incomplete, turning the ball over on downs to the Wildcats.

The play was reviewed and confirmed, sealing Westbrook’s thrilling 72-66 victory for its first ever state title. It’s a second straight loss in a title game for May. The back-and-forth shootout featured nine lead changes and four ties.

May never found an answer for Westbrook running back Cedric Ware, who rushed for 304 yards and seven TDs on 25 carries. He also threw for a 9-yard TD. Ware was named Offensive Player of the Game.

May rushed for 383 yards, including 177 and three TDs by Kaden Halk and 176 and three TDs for Avery Williford.

SIX-MAN CLASS A DIVISION II CHAMPIONSHP

Strawn 73, Motley County 28

Strawn claimed its fifth state championship Wednesday, executing the 45-point mercy-rule in a 73-28 victory against Motley County. It’s the Greyhounds’ third state title in the past five years.

After surrendering the game’s first touchdown, Strawn scored 36 straight points to seize command of the game. The Greyhounds led 50-22 at halftime.

Freshman Grayson Rigdon scored the game’s final touchdown on a 5-yard run with 3:09 left in the third quarter. Kadin Parsons caught the conversion pass from Evan Williams to make it a 45-point win.

Rigdon was the Offensive MVP, rushing for 226 yards and four TDs and passing for 159 yards and four TDs. Lorenzo Garcia was named Defensive MVP, although his contributions on offense were more obvious. Garcia had a receiving and rushing touchdown.

Jake Richards led the Matadors with 132 rushing yards and two TDs. Motley County quarterback Kayden Roys was injured in the first half and didn’t return.

CLASS 2A DIVISION I CHAMPIONSHIP

Shiner 47, Hawley 12

The Brooks brothers combined for 404 rushing yards, guiding Shiner to a third straight Class 2A Division I state title with a 47-12 victory against Hawley.

Doug Brooks paced the way with 210 rushing yards and two TDs. Younger brother Dalton rushed for 194 yards and three TDs on 31 carries. The younger Brooks also had 63 receiving yards and an interception on defense.

Doug Brooks was named Offensive MVP, while Eli Fric took Defensive MVP honors. Fric finished with five tackles, including two for loss, and interception.

Hawley played the Comanches close for a half, with Brooks scoring on a 28-yard run with 34 seconds left in the second quarter for a 21-12 Shiner lead at intermission.

But the Bearcats couldn’t keep pace in the second half despite numerous chances to cut into the lead. Shiner turned the ball over three times, but only one of those turnovers led to points for Hawley.

The Bearcats were picked off three times and held to 164 total yards.

SPECTATOR GUIDELINES

► Ticket price: $20. Tickets can be purchased online through SeatGeek.com. A ticket is good for all games on that day. There is no re-entry. You cannot leave and re-enter without purchasing a new ticket. 

► All tickets at AT&T Stadium will be digital and available through fans’ mobile devices. There will be no ticket offices open on the day of the games. Tickets will not be sold onsite. All tickets must be purchased through the website or app. In order to provide a contactless experience for fans, there will no longer be any physical tickets. Have your mobile ticket ready prior to arriving at AT&T Stadium.

Paper tickets will NOT be accepted at the gates. You can not print out your tickets at home and bring them. All tickets must be shown on your mobile device. 

► Parking price: $20 per car. $50 per school bus.

► All seating is general admission.

► All spectators age 1 and up must have a ticket.

► To limit the number of touchpoints between staff and fans on game day, all food, beverage, parking and retail will be cashless. Major credit and debit cards, as well as mobile pay will be accepted.

► Parking is only available for purchase on event day, not in advance. All parking is credit card only. There is no cash parking at AT&T Stadium.

To limit the number of touchpoints between staff and fans on game day, all food, beverage, parking and retail will be cashless. Major credit and debit cards, as well as mobile pay will be accepted.

►All food items will be served in to-go containers along with pre-packaged disposable ware and condiments.

►Please review the AT&T Stadium clear bag policy before attending the state championship games. All fans will be subject to the stadium’s clear bag policy and will be searched upon entering the stadium. Fans will walk through metal detectors upon entering the stadium. 

►No powder, confetti, or streamers will be allowed in the stands.

►Banners are allowed at AT&T stadium if it does not impede the sightline of other guests. Banners must be installed immediately before the school's game and must be removed immediately after the game ends. Banners or signs cannot be attached to sticks or poles. Adhesives and zipties are prohibited. String or elastic cords are suggested alternatives.

►NO artificial noisemakers are allowed at this event in the stands. NO air horns or whistles will be permitted in the stands. Only man-made noisemakers will be allowed. Ex: jugs with beads, inflatable boom sticks, clackers, cowbells. No train horns will be allowed on the field.

►Using live streaming sites including Facebook Live, Instagram Live, Twitter Live and YouTube Live to stream the game is strictly prohibited and in direct violation of the UIL’s agreement with its broadcast partners. Please notify media, fans and parents of this policy.

►Point and shoot cameras only, detachable lenses are not allowed.