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3/3/06

Martin's Mill, LaPoynor To Meet For Third Time

Twenty-six to 23, Martin's Mill.

Weeks later, 49 to 47, Martin's Mill.

Two games, a difference of a field goal in each. For Martin's Mill and LaPoynor, this season has been like pouring gasoline on a long burning fire.

"We just expect them to come out and play hard. We expect to do the same. It's a big rivalry," said Martin's Mill junior Travis Womble.

"You can't really prepare for (this game)," said LaPoynor's Kerry Clark. "It's too late in the season to prepare for it. You just go to get out there and play hard."

Now the district champion Mustangs and the district runner-up Flyers, meet again for the chance to head to Austin.

"It feels kind of easier than the last time because we know everything about them," said the Mustang's Darell Johnson.

"We're just excited to play them again. Maybe the third times a charm," said LaPoynor Coach Brad Rogers.

Martin's Mill was ranked first in state all season. LaPoynor fourth. Players and coaches both said the ranks and the past mean nothing now. It's all about state.

"We're both so familiar with each other, so it's really a matter of both teams stepping on the court and executing a better game plan," said Martin's Mill Coach Trae Moore.

"We've worked hard all season, knowing we were probably going to match up to them one more time," said LaPoynor's Bryson Tolliver.

The Mustangs are looking to threepeat against the Flyers for a spot in the semis. LaPoynor hopes that maybe the third time against Martin's Mill, will be the charm.

The regional final game is set for Friday night at 8 p.m. in Fort Worth.

Maya Golden reporting, mgolden@kltv.com
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