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Postseason preview: Regents (13-0) vs. Grapevine Faith (11-2)


TAPPS Division II championship game

Regents (13-0) vs. Grapevine Faith Christian (11-2)

7 p.m. Friday (Panther Stadium, Hewitt)

Quarterbacks: A senior, Jace Franklin has piled up 43 touchdown passes against only three interceptions while throwing for nearly 2,800 yards this season. A freshman, Grapevine Faith’s Deuce Hogan has 22 completions in the postseason for 261 yards and three TDs. In a double-overtime victory against Dallas Christian on Nov. 19, Hogan threw a TD pass in each overtime period. Edge: Regents.

Other offense: Regents junior Conner Allen has rushed for 1,195 yards and 22 touchdowns this fall while senior teammates Russell Hine and Will Fisher have combined for 30 TD receptions. In the postseason, Grapevine Faith running backs Preston Steele, Keyshawn Wyatt and Seth Texada have combined for 1,034 yards and 14 touchdowns. Steele ran for 349 yards in the Lions’ postseason opener against Tyler Bishop Gorman. Edge: even.

Defense: Before rallying to beat San Antonio Holy Cross 41-22 last week, Regents had allowed a total of 13 points in its previous three games. Overall, the Knights have given up 10 points per game this fall. Grapevine Faith has posted three shutouts this season while allowing 17.8 points and 270.5 yards per game. Edge: Regents.

Special teams: Regents kicker Zach Robert has not missed an extra-point attempt in the postseason; he also hasn’t kicked a field goal in a game since Oct. 28. Cole Lewis made a game-winning, 26-yard field goal last week as Grapevine Faith defeated Midland Christian 26-23 in a state-semifinal matchup. He also has a pair of 37-yard field goals in the postseason. Edge: Grapevine Faith

Intangibles: A two-time TAPPS 11-man football champion, Regents will be seeking its first state title in the sport since 2010. Grapevine Faith opened the 2016 season with a 49-0 shutout of visiting St. Michael’s, a team that Regents defeated 55-26 on Sept. 23. Edge: even.

— James Wangemann

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