Blackwell’s 58-54 Six-Man win over Panther Creek this past Friday means the Hornets will be taking on Loraine in the bi-district playoffs this Friday.
The teams will meet at 7 p.m. at Hermleigh, with Blackwell considered the home team. The winner will advance to face either Welch Dawson or Balmorhea in the area round.
Blackwell, the runnerup in District 8, Division II, is 5-5 overall. Loraine, which beat Trent 48-34 to claim the District 7 title, is 6-4.
Blackwell’s victory this past week put the Hornets in the playoffs for the first time since 2008.
The game was tied up at 54-54 until Blackwell kicker Wade Allen delivered the winning field goal on the final play of the contest for a thrilling finish.
Blackwell’s Jayden Jones ran for six touchdowns and 330 yards and Franck Cano and Mark Monroe also ran for TDs. In addition, Ethan Andrews had 80 yards passing, with three completions to Ted Chambliss for 64 yards. On defense, Cano had 11 solo tackles and three assists, while Jones had 10 solo tackles and three assists and Monroe had five tackles and six assists. Cano and Kaleb Edwards also recovered fumbles.