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Three DFW Schools Will Defend State Football Titles on ‘South Dallas Saturday’

Local powerhouses South Oak Cliff, Duncanville, and DeSoto will defend their state titles this Saturday. Here's how you can watch.
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The South Oak Cliff Golden Bears beat Frisco Emerson 36-24 in the semi-finals to punch their ticket to the 5A Div. II state championship Saturday, where they hope to have the three-peat. Dallas ISD Athletics

State championship weekend will have a decidedly local feel, as three Dallas County high schools located 20 minutes apart will suit up in AT&T Stadium in Arlington and attempt to win back-to-back titles. 

For South Oak Cliff, it’s a chance to become the 21st Texas high school in state history to three-peat. If they succeed, the Golden Bears will be the fifth North Texas team to do so, joining Allen, Southlake Carroll, Highland Park, and Celina. Standing in their way is a Port Neches-Groves team with something to prove after losing to SOC in last year’s Class 5A Div. II title game.

Duncanville has a rematch on its hands, too, facing Galena Park North Shore once again for the Class 6A Div. 1 title. This will be the Panthers’ fith state championship appearance in six years. 

Finally, DeSoto will defend its title on Saturday against Humble Summer Creek with the hopes of claiming its third state championship since 2016.

Hence the moniker “South Dallas Saturday,” which is circulating on social media and carries significance that the schools themselves notice, too. (Even though, notably, South Dallas is a neighborhood near Fair Park and none of these schools are actually in South Dallas. Southern Dallas Saturday doesn’t have the same ring, to be fair.)

“We might fight against each other. But I promise you this. We clicked up for this. DFW vs the State of Texas,” South Oak Cliff football coach Jason Todd said on social media. The school is urging fans to dress in white for the game.

Given the talent on hand, plus the legacy of all three programs, chances are some of the players on the field Saturday will grace your television on a future Sunday. South Oak Cliff can brag that it’s produced 25 NFL players while DeSoto has 22 and Duncanville has eight.

Admission for Saturday is $20. However, if you use the code 5ADIIS23, the ticket price is reduced to $15. You can purchase tickets here, and parking passes here.

Bally Sports Southwest will broadcast all of the state championship games, and Dave Campbell’s Texas Football managing editor Greg Tepper passed along a tip for the many whose cable providers don’t carry the network: streaming service Fubo, which carries Bally, offers a free seven-day trial. You can also listen to the South Oak Cliff game game for free via Texas Sports Productions.

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Bethany Erickson is the senior digital editor for D Magazine. She's written about real estate, education policy, the stock market, and crime throughout her career, and sometimes all at the same time. She hates lima beans and 5 a.m. and takes SAT practice tests for fun.
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