The Grandview Zebras’ playoff run has extended past any other in the school’s history.

The Zebras battled back from their first deficit of the year against Callisburg on Saturday in a cold, windy and rainy environment in Saginaw to defeat the Wildcats 36-21 to advance to the region final.

Grandview trailed after the first quarter 7-0 and 21-20 entering the fourth.

Sitting at 13-0 entering the game against Pottsboro (12-1), Grandview head coach Aubrey Sims said the Zebras’ focus remains the same.

“It’s a little bit of a different mindset because it’s the fourth round,” Sims said. “But for the most part we’re going to try to do what we’ve been doing all year long and that’s staying aggressive and making things happen.”

The Cardinals hail from District 10-2A where they finished second behind Pilot Point, which has advanced to the Division I state semifinals to play Muleshoe on Saturday.

Sims said the Cardinals’ experience will be a factor.

“They’ve got 11 seniors starting on offense and 10 on defense,” Sims said. “They’ve got a couple of defensive ends that are really good and they put on a lot of pressure with their defensive line.”

On the offensive end, Sims said Pottsboro is dangerous through the air and on the ground because of the physicality of quarterback Blake Towery.

“They spread it out,” Sims said. “When they throw the ball, they’re going to throw it deep with the shotgun. They’ll try and do the play action and get some big plays on you.

“Their tailback runs tough and their quarterback runs tough. He doesn’t shy away from contact and he’s really accurate on his long throws. We’ve just got to be fundamental and the first guy to him can’t try to take his head off. He has to hang on and wait for the cavalry to show up.”

Towery has completed 125-of-217 passes for 2,121 yards and 20 touchdowns. He has been intercepted eight times.

Sims said the expectations of this senior class of Zebras have been high since middle school and they haven’t disappointed.

“For this senior class, this was the expectation of them when they all became seniors,” Sims said. “They didn’t lose a game in junior high. This was kind of the expectation of these guys, growing up all the way through.

“I think anything less than what we’ve done wouldn’t have been very good.”

The winner of Saturday’s game will move on to face the winner of Idalou and Cisco, who battle for the Region I championship at 6 p.m. Saturday at Tiger Stadium in Snyder.

Kickoff for the game between Grandview and Pottsboro is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday at Denton ISD Stadium.

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