COMANCHE, Texas - Before the 2017, the Comanche Indian football team was predicted to win the district championship for a second straight season.
However, even Comanche supporters might not have expected them to still be playing this far into December.
The Indians (12-1) are in the fourth round of the playoffs for the first time since 1953, and will play Brock (11-2) in the Class 3A Division I Region I final on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Shotwell Stadium.
"We've done a lot of things this year. We've set a lot of goals, but we're finally going to get to play one of those championship programs, one of those teams that has played in a state title," Comanche head coach Stephen Hermesmeyer said after the Indians' 35-19 win against Merkel last Friday.
"We're going to get to find out where we're at. We're playing into the second week of December, which is something that I don't even know has ever been done in Comanche. I dang sure haven't done since I've been at Comanche."
The Indians have breezed through most of their competition, with their lone loss coming against Cisco, 25-24 in mid-September.
Since then, Comanche's closest win has been a 21-14 victory versus Eastland.
"This group of kids, man I love them to death," said Hermesmeyer. "They lay it on the line for me every Friday night,"
Brock, which is ranked 12th in the state in Class 3A, defeated previously unbeaten Wall in the regional semi-finals to advance to the fourth round.
The match-up figures to be a power-running struggle with both teams preferring an under-center ground-and-pound offense.
Comanche is led by former KTXS Player of the Week senior running back Colton Roberts, who is nearing 2,000 rushing yards on the season.
Brock's only blemishes of the year came against Midland Christian on September 8, a 26-9 loss, and a 30-28 upset by Breckenridge in the regular season finale.
The Eagles have since torn apart their opponents, beating their three playoff foes by a combined score of 109-26.
The winner of this game will play the winner between Grandview and Kemp in the state semi-finals on Thursday, Dec. 14 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington at 7 p.m.
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