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Postseason spotlight: Giddings (11-2) vs. West Orange-Stark (13-0)


Class 4A, Division II state quarterfinal

Giddings (11-2) vs. West Orange-Stark (13-0)

7:30 p.m. Friday (Texan Drive Stadium, Porter)

Quarterbacks: Rustin Grimm has thrown for 1,526 yards and 15 touchdowns within Giddings’ run-based offense. Senior Jackson Dallas led West Orange-Stark to the 4A, Division II championship last season, and he hasn’t let up in 2016. Last week, he threw for 265 yards and five touchdowns in a 49-7 win over Bellville. Edge: West Orange-Stark.

Other offense: Six running backs have rushed for at least 200 yards for Giddings, and the versatile Chabastin Taylor has accounted for 773 yards from scrimmage and 16 touchdowns. West Orange-Stark had five different players score an offensive touchdown last week, including two by RB Kavyn Cooper. Edge: Giddings.

Defense: Defensive back Jason James, a two-way standout who has scored 16 touchdowns this season, has six of Giddings’ 11 interceptions this fall. Deep and talented, West-Orange Stark has allowed just 51 points all season while winning games by an average margin of 49 points. Edge: West Orange-Stark.

Special teams: Giddings has scored five touchdowns on kick returns, including three punt-return scores by Tavion Page. Buffs kicker Jessie Portales has been reliable, too, converting 53 of 54 point-after attempts. West Orange-Start doesn’t kick many field goals, but the Mustangs’ coverage teams have not allowed a kick return for a score. Edge: Giddings.

Intangibles: Giddings will be playing in its first regional-championship game since 2008. West Orange-Stark has won 24 consecutive games and has allowed more than 20 points just twice during that span. The Mustangs also will be playing at Texan Drive Stadium in Porter for the second straight week. Edge: West Orange-Stark.

— Thomas Jones

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