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The high school football playoffs begin Friday, and the two Hays County playoff teams are the two we’ve come to expect on an all-but annual basis.

The two teams still alive are the Hays Rebels in Class 4A and the Wimberley Texans in Class 3A.

The Rebels, 8-2, will be at Bob Shelton Stadium (7:30 p.m.) against San Antonio Brackenridge. The Rebels took District 27-4A with a 35-28 win last Friday night at Alamo Heights to end the regular season. Brackenridge finished 7-3 overall and 5-1 in District 28-4A, claiming second place.

Offensively, Hays and Brackenridge appear to be about as alike as two teams can be. Brackenridge is averaging 401.8 offensive yards per game, compared with 401.5 for Hays. Brackenridge averages 214.6 rushing yards and 187.2 passing yards. Hays averages 227.8 rushing yards and 172.7 passing yards.

The season has been something of a down for Wimberley, a Class 3A power than ended the regular season 4-6. The season included one stretch of six losses in seven games.

One of the teams that beat the Texans during that stretch was La Vernia, which is Friday night’s playoff opponent. La Vernia, 9-1 during the regular season and the District 28-3A champion, beat the Texans at Wimberley, 31-16, on Sept. 20.

Just less than two months later, they meet again. Same place (7:30 p.m.). Higher stakes.

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