Burton set to face Tenaha in 2A Division II state semifinals

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BURTON, Texas (KBTX) -- The Burton Panthers are one of three area teams still alive in the Texas high school football playoffs.

De'Monderick Winters scored eight touchdowns as Burton outscored Falls City 69-45 Friday night to advance to the state semifinals for the second year in a row.

Last season they fell to Bremond 50-31 to come up a game shy of a trip to state.

Now they face state power Tenaha in the final four Thursday night.

Head coach Jason Hodde said, "Our goal is to play for a championship and we're back to where we were last year and we've got to go to work. We've got to work our tails off this week and we've gotta do what we've gotta do to advance against a great Tenaha football team."

Winters added, "You know it's always good to come back and be where we were last year but instead of losing we've got to come back and make it a step further. Just win. We've got to take games one-by-one and just come out and practice hard every day."

Burton and Tenaha will play Thursday night at 7 p.m. in Crockett.

The two teams met in the state semifinals in 2011 as well. Tenaha won that game 63-28 at A&M Consolidated.