A little short on experience, you can never count out head coach Aric Sardinea and Daingerfield's winning tradition.

The Tigers are fresh off a 10-4 record last season with a regional championship game appearance for the third-consecutive year. Seven starters from that team return.

Offense has the edge with five of the returning starters, but perhaps the most accomplished players are on the defensive side of the ball.

Defensive back Jessie Biles (5-10, 170) plays bigger than he is and recorded 77 tackles in addition to three picks. Junior defensive lineman Dominique Allen had seven sacks, 25 tackles for loss and 83 tackles total.

There are some signs of life among the fresh offensive players. Malik Higgins inherits the quarterback role after rushing for 423 yards and six touchdowns as a junior.

Receiver Denzel Mims had three touchdowns and 222 receiving yards on just 19 grabs in 2013.

Junior running back Demontrea Neal also has promise after getting his feet wet last season. He rushed for 243 yards and a touchdown behind the top depth.

New Boston will be a big task in District 7-3A Division I. Mount Vernon, Redwater and Winnsboro also might pop up to give the Tigers a game.

A big key in Daingerfield's success this season could be its brutal non-district schedule. The slate features Gladewater and Gilmer from the Class 4A level.

The Tigers might not get out of the regular season unscathed, but they boast some players that have played at a high level before and promising players waiting for their turn to shine.


Daingerfield's 2014 Football Schedule

Aug. 29at GladewaterL 34-13
Sept. 5at MalakoffL 39-14
Sept. 12at AtlantaL 51-7
Sept. 19GilmerL 61-9
Sept. 26at HendersonL 49-7
Oct. 3OPEN
Oct. 10*WinnsboroL 43-36
Oct. 17*Pattonville PrairilandL 42-30
Oct. 24*at Mount VernonW 25-14
Oct. 31*RedwaterL 36-6
Nov. 7*at New BostonL 47-21
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