Seven area high school football teams will play this weekend in the third round of the playoffs. It's the regional quarter finals and for some teams its an annual tradition to play during Thanksgiving weekend but for others
it's a new tradition.
The West Orange Stark High School football players said Thanksgiving playoffs are part of their yearly tradition. The team has won the past two state championships and hopes to take home the title again this year.
"It's good to have the boys out together because we have two seniors in the house and this is their last year," said parent Tyeshia Guillory.
Guillory’s son KJ will practice every day until the game on Friday but Coach Cornell Thompson said players will still have time to spend with family.
"Football is not the most important thing in our lives but it ranges among the top up there with family, god and school," said Thompson.
This is the third year the West Brook High School team will go to the playoffs. The team plans on practicing every day until their game on Saturday.
"It's going to be exciting for the kids to get this deep at round three and just have some success,” said football parent Joel Denly. “I think at this point we've arrived and it's about having fun."
Denly said he is excited to cheer on his son Joel Jr. before he heads of to college.
“It's bittersweet because we don't want it to end,” said Denly. “We talked about that a little last night about staying the course and thanking God for his blessings."
West Orange will face Bellville High School on Friday at the Texan Drive Stadium at 6:00 p.m. The West Brook game will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday at Stallworth Stadium in Baytown. West Brook High School will also have a send-off for the team at 10:45 a.m. on Saturday.