2A & Below Countdown: No. 10 Tenaha Looks to Keep Rolling After State Title
All-state quarterback Reginald Davis led the Tigers to their second state championship in school history, but he won’t be back in 2012 to help Tenaha in its quest for back-to-back crowns.
Davis, who accounted for almost 4,000 yards with 35 rushing touchdowns and 24 touchdown passes, signed with Texas Tech in February after his huge performance lifted Tenaha to a 52-28 title-clinching win against Munday that secured a 14-0 season. He leaves a void at the quarterback spot, but the Tigers appear strong everywhere else.
Chavis Gregory will be Tenaha’s feature back after a big 2011 season and will team with DeAaron Roland to give Tenaha a great linebacker corps. The secondary, led by championship game Defensive MVP Assuntay Cleaver, will be among the best in Class A.
Tenaha’s road to a second consecutive Division II championship may be tougher than last year. The Tigers could face Hubbard or Lovelady in a Region III semifinal before a regional final rematch with district foe Mount Enterprise, which went 11-2 last season with both losses to Tenaha.
Tenaha beat Hubbard 62-28 in last year’s regional semifinal round, and Lovelady was an 11-2 Division I regional finalist.
If the Tigers can navigate Region III, they may see the same teams that they saw last year in the final two rounds: Burton and Munday. Tenaha outscored them 115-56 in 2011.