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Football: Semifinals loom for Eagles, Wildcats

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Two area high school football teams are one victory away from playing for the state’s biggest prize.

Argyle and Guyer advanced to their respective state semifinal matchups following wins on Monday.

The Guyer Wildcats (12-2) square off against Highland Park (13-1) at 1 p.m. Saturday at Allen in the Class 4A Division I semifinals. The winner faces San Antonio Brennan (14-0) or Houston Stratford (12-2) in the 4A Division I state final at 8 p.m. Dec. 20 at Arlington’s AT&T Stadium.

Guyer is coming off a 53-28 win against Birdville, while Highland Park defeated Wylie 27-14 to reach Saturday’s contest.

In Class 3A action, Argyle (14-0) faces Graham (14-0) at 6 p.m. Saturday at Justin Northwest in the 3A Division II semifinals. Both teams are coming off lopsided victories.

Argyle defeated Gladewater 42-8 on Monday in Waco, while Graham knocked Shallowater out of the playoffs with a 45-14 rout Monday in Sweetwater. The winner faces Fairfield (14-0) or Sinton (12-2) in the 3A Division II state championship game at 4 p.m. Dec. 20 at AT&T Stadium.

Argyle is looking for its first football state championship. The Eagles lost to Wimberley in the 2011 3A Division II state title game and lost to Newton in the 2005 Class 2A Division I final.

Guyer is coached by John Walsh and Argyle by Todd Rodgers.