High-Flying Malakoff Hosts Perennial Power Daingerfield
Daingerfield Tigers (0-1)
Malakoff Tigers (1-0)
7:30 p.m. Friday
Tiger Stadium, Malakoff
- Daingerfield: Aric Sardinea
- Malakoff: Jamie Driskell
- Daingerfield: lost to Gladewater, 34-13
- Malakoff: defeated Corsicana Mildred, 50-6
- Daingerfield: at Atlanta, Sept. 12
- Malakoff: at Kerens, Sept. 12
Just the facts
- Malakoff enters the game with a dynamic offense. Running back Marcus Dowell recorded more than 1,000 rushing yards in 13 games while quarterback Stephan Wolfe threw for 1,172 yards and 14 touchdowns to two interceptions in just six games.
- Malakoff averaged 48.8 points per game last season.
- Daingerfield reached the regional championship game in the Class 2A Division I bracket, but has a relatively inexperienced team inheriting a tradition of three consecutive deep runs in the playoffs.
- Daingerfield stayed close with a favored and larger Gladewater team last week through the first half.
- Malakoff has not lost at home since Sept. 21, 2012 (Palestine Westwood 34-30).
- Malakoff gave up no more than 15 points in home games last season.
- WR/CB Jessie Biles, Sr., 5-10, 175
- DL Dominik Allen, Sr.
- WR/DB Denzel Mims, Jr., 6-4, 175
- QB/DB Malik Higgins, Sr., 6-1, 185
- C/DT Logan Lile, Sr., 5-10, 210
- DT Darrian Terry, Jr., 6-3, 260
- RB/LB Marcus Dowell, Sr., 6-1, 205
- QB Stephan Wolfe, Sr., 5-10, 185
- TE Braylon Cable, Sr., 5-10, 180
- OL/DL Colton Barker, Jr., 5-10, 260
- DB Jared Givens, Sr., 5-8, 175
- OL Emanuel Gonzalez, Sr.
- RB/LB Dylan Grim, Jr.
- LB Omar Gonzalez, Sr.
Key matchup: Malakoff's offense versus Daingerfield's defense. Malakoff's offensive unit is very potent with quarterback Stephan Wolfe in the mix. He was lost in the sixth game last season, but finished his junior campaign with 1,172 passing yards and 14 touchdowns to just two interceptions. Running back Marcus Dowell eclipsed 1,000 yards in 13 games to give Malakoff a respectable running presence. Daingerfield will have to respect both aspects of Malakoff's game while on defense.
Daingerfield's strength is on the offensive side of the ball. Five players have significant experience outside of last week's season opener. The offense will run through quarterback Malik Higgins, a backup last season who saw plenty of time in late game situations. Mims obviously is a nice target running along the sidelines and Biles does double duty as the wideout, generally on the opposite side of the field from Mims.
It will be up to Daingerfield's Higgins, Mims, Biles and the supporting cast to match the scoring.