Mildred has made a great run while reaching its first state final. But its potent offense, led by Nic Shimonek and Draylon Sterling, will find the going tough against an East Bernard defense that has allowed more than 14 points just once all season. East Bernard has already knocked out defending state champion Refugio, and it will take down another state power by beating Mildred. East Bernard 35, Mildred 21
— Greg Riddle, The Dallas Morning News
No offense to any old friends involved with Mildred, but I think the Eagles may have too much to handle from the Brahmas. In the area round I saw Refugio demolish a good Rogers team 76-35, but two weeks later East Bernard rolled past Refugio 54-23, closing the game with a 41-0 run. What fueled East Bernard's run was holding standout quarterback Travis Quintanilla to 54 passing yards in the second half. If East Bernard can stop Quintanilla, it can stop any passing game. Mildred must have a solid running attack. Nic Shimonek has shown he can do the ball well, among his several other skills, but on Thursday the Eagles will probably have to be near-perfect with its ground game. Mildred will also have to stop East Bernard running back Ty Slanina, who has verbally committed to TCU. Slanina had 162 yards and three touchdowns against Refugio on just nine carries (although Refugio's run defense was suspect). In my opinion, it's too tall of an order for Mildred. East Bernard 45, Mildred 31.
— Rick Kretzschmar, Temple Daily Telegram (Corsicana Daily Sun reporter from 1993 to 1996)
Moving back and forth between the slot T and the spread to take advantage of TCU pledge Ty Slanina, East Bernard's offense causes fits. Despite great games from Nic Shimonek and Draylon Sterling, Mildred can't match them score-for-score. East Bernard 45, Mildred 35.
— Corbett Smith, The Dallas Morning News