BEAUMONT, Texas — Ten local teams entered the Area Round of the UIL Football Playoffs and six are moving on.
Port Arthur Memorial advanced in the 5A-DI bracket with a wild 52-50 win over Frisco Wakeland in four overtimes. It's the first time the Titans have reached the Regional round since 2017.
Their Jefferson County neighbor is also moving on. Port Neches-Groves built a 24-6 halftime lead before holding off tenth ranked Austin LBJ, 24-17. The Indians will be looking for their first Regional win since 1999 when they take on Brenham next week.
In 4A-DI the L-Train is steaming ahead. Lumberton used a stingy defense to get past Stafford 23-8 in Beaumont ISD's Memorial Stadium. The win propels the Raiders into the Regional playoffs for only the second time in program history.
A pair of teams from Southeast Texas will play in the 4A-DII Regionals. Silsbee stayed perfect with a 34-0 shutout of Smithville, while Hamshire-Fannett will play in their first Regional since 1991 after edging Waco Connally, 33-30.
Meanwhile Newton continues to crush all teams that stand in their way. New Boston was the latest victim as the Eagles soared past the Lions, 65-8.
Port Arthur Memorial 52 Frisco Wakeland 50 (4OT)
Port Arthur Memorial (11-1) vs #1 Longview (12-0)
Port Neches-Groves 24 #10 Austin LBJ 19
Port Neches-Groves (10-2) vs Brenham (8-4)
#6 Lumberton 23 Stafford 8
#6 Lumberton (11-1) vs #7 Chapel Hill (10-2)
#4 Silsbee 34 Smithville 0
#4 Silsbee (12-0) vs Madisonville (8-4)
Hamshire-Fannett 33 Waco Connally 30
Hamshire-Fannett (9-3) vs #3 Cuero (11-1)
Cameron Yoe 42 Orangefield 19
#1 Franklin 32 Anahuac 7
Hitchcock 36 Woodville 31
#3 Newton 65 New Boston 8
#3 Newton (11-1) vs Daingerfield (10-2)
Simms Bowie 30 Deweyville 16