LUFKIN, Texas -- Sixth-ranked Texas High faces its toughest competition of the 2021 campaign when the Tigers take on Texas City in the Class 5A, Division II area game.
THS (10-0) and the Stingarees (10-1) clash today at Lufkin's Abe Martin Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
"The biggest thing is for us to play four full quarters; for us to have a chance in this game, that's what it's going to take," Texas High head coach Gerry Stanford said. "On paper, looking at stats, these teams are very similar.
"They live behind a stingy defense that's given up about the same as what we've given up. Their offense relies on a strong running game and they've got a quarterback who is really accurate."
The Tigers beat Fulshear, 42-14, last week, scoring four unanswered touchdowns after the game was tied midway through the third quarter.
Texas City routed Houston Sterling, 66-21. The Stingarees' loss came to Crosby, 57-28, in district play.
Texas City scores 39.1 points and allows 16.2 points per game. The Stingarees have passed for 1,746 yards (158.7 average per game) and rushed for 2,573 yards (233.9 average).
Texas High has covered 3,454 yards of total offense and allowed just 2,030 to its opponents. The Tigers average 35.9 points on offense and 12,2 points on defense. They have rushed for 2,263 (226.3 average) and passed for 1,191 (119.1 average).
"Any time you're playing in the second round and beyond, field position and turnovers are going to be critical," Stanford said. "We've got to be able to protect the ball. We've got to be able to create some short fields, which Texas City hasn't given up many this year.
"We'll need a balanced attack on offense, and we'll have to do a really good job of tackling on defense."
The winner advances to next week's regional semifinal Montgomery or Port Neches Grove.
Tonight's game will be broadcast on KTFS 107.9 FM with 7 p.m. pregame.