Martin, Arlington, Lamar head to football postseason

Mansfield, Mansfield Summit and Kennedale also extend their gridiron seasons

Keven Costlow

After 11 weeks of regular season action, six Arlington-area teams are headed for the high school playoffs this week.

The action kicks off Thursday night with a Class 6A Bi-District matchup between Lamar (5-5) and Haltom (6-4). The Vikings, who finished fourth in District 4-6A, will battle the Buffalos at 7 p.m. Thursday at Grand Prairie’s Gopher-Warrior Bowl.

The action then heats up Friday night with three other matchups between District 4-6A and District 3-6A. The Martin Warriors (9-1) will battle the Keller Indians (5-5) at 7:30 at UT Arlington’s Maverick Stadium.

Martin was the runner-up in 4-6A, and is the top Division I seed. Keller closed strong, winning two of its last three games to qualify for the playoffs.

Martin, Arlington and Lamar are the three Arlington ISD schools that will play in the Class 6A playoffs, beginning next Thursday, (File photo)

The Arlington Colts (8-2), the third-place finisher in 4-6A, will open playoff action against, perhaps, the tallest task of any local school, Keller Fossil Ridge. The Panthers are 10-0 and own a win over Lamar in the season opener.

The teams will square off at 7:30 Friday night at Keller ISD Stadium.

Mansfield (9-1), the champion of 4-6A, will host Keller Central (6-4) at 7:30 Friday night at Mansfield’s Vernon Newsom Stadium.

Two other matchups had not been finalized as of Saturday night. Mansfield Summit (6-4) will take on Crowley (6-4) Friday night at Clark Stadium in Fort Worth, but the game time has not been set.

Kennedale, who easily won District 9-4A Division I, will take its 9-1 record into the post season against Carrollton Ranchview (5-5), the fourth-place finisher in 10-4A Division I, with a site to be determined.