Top players: FB Mason Barta, sr., Holton; QB-DB Justin Rieshick, sr.; TE-DE Austin Frakes, sr.; TE-DE Kaden Brandt, sr.; OL-DL Brandon Lenherr, jr.; OL-DL Brandt Rose, sr.
Key stats: Barta has 987 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns. Four teammates have between 583-701 yards.
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Championships: 2003, 2005, 2012 (all 4A)
Wildcats coach Brooks Barta
What has gotten you here: “Our biggest problem was eliminating costly mistakes that hurt us early in the year and cost us games. We had injuries, too, but we’ve gotten smarter and better as the season went on. It’s a fun group to coach and watch.”
What will it take to win: “The good thing is (Holcomb is) very good at the skill positions, and we’re good at the skill positions on defense. We run well, we are built to defend a spread offense. We made a lot of improvement after Week 5, got some more speed on the field. Offensively we’ve got to sustain and finish drives.”
Top players: QB Trey Teeter, sr.; TE-DE Connor Vancleave, jr.; LB Dillon Williams, jr.; WR Christian Merz, sr.; WR-LB Brandon Stegman, jr.; OL-DL Aaron Hernandez, sr.
Key stats: Trey Teeter has 2,404 passing yards, completing 67.7 percent of his passes, with 33 touchdowns. Merz has 1,021 receiving yards, while Stegman has 532. Williams has 129 tackles.
Longhorns coach Kent Teeter
What has gotten you here: “Our basketball team won state last year, and we got some of those kids on the football team; they’d been through some big games. This group, they come to practice wanting to get better. They worked hard. Some of the pieces of the puzzle were kids getting better. You’re not in the state championship without talent.”
What will it take to win: “The one thing I told them is we don’t have to do anything different than what we did the last few weeks. Our offense played well, our defense played well, special teams.… It’s being fundamentally sound in all phases of the game.”
Joanna Chadwick’s pick: Holcomb