Class 3A Division I Region III
Area Playoff

Waco La Vega Pirates (6-5)

vs.

Jasper Bulldogs (7-3)

7:30 p.m. Friday

Wildcat Stadium, Palestine

 

Coaches
  • La Vega: Willie Williams
  • Jasper: Darrell Barbay

 

Last week
  • La Vega: won 42-19 vs. Taylor
  • Jasper: won 44-34 vs. Palestine

 

Next week
  • Winner faces West Orange Stark (9-1) or West Columbia Columbia (4-6) in a 3A D-I Region III semifinal.

 

Playmakers

La Vega

  • RB Detrayten Wagoner (164 carries, 1,483 yards, 14 TDs)
  • RB Ayorinde Gibson (127 carries, 922 yards, 15 TDs; 19 catches, 227 yards, 1 TD)
  • ATH Javon Arnett, Sr., 5-9, 166 (92 carries, 793 yards, 10 TDs)
  • QB De'Andre Jones (51 of 107, 665 yards, 7 TDs, 2 INTs)
  • RB Kendall Ratliffe (68 carries, 492 yards, 2 TDs)
  • WR Javon Livings (21 catches, 286 yards, 4 TDs)

 

Jasper

  • RB Terrance “Tiki” Cuney, Sr., 5-9, 200 (149 carries, 1,360 yards, 14 TDs)
  • RG Terrell Cuney, Sr., 6-3, 260 (committed to Texas)
  • LB DeAnthony Cuney, Sr., 5-10, 230 (86 tackles, 15 for loss, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble, 1 punt block)
  • QB Steve Walker, Sr., 5-10, 185 (70 of 128, 1,342 yards, 17 TDs, 6 INTs; 3 rush TDs)
  • ATH Randy Spikes, Jr. (50 carries, 684 yards, 1 TD; 13 of 21, 134 yards, 3 TDs, 2 INTs, 38 tackles, 4 for loss, 2 INTs)
  • LB Devanta Hawthorne, Jr. (97 tackles, 7 for loss, 2 forced fumbles)
  • LB Markeith Cauley, Sr. (80 tackles, 21 for loss, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery, 1 kick block)
  • LB Deroddrick Hadnot, Sr., 5-5, 155 (70 tackles, 13 for loss, 4 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries, 3 INTs, 3 def. TDs)
  • TE Shawn Jones, Sr., 6-1, 225 (15 catches, 394 yards, 8 TDs)
  • WR Chris Spikes, Jr., 6-1, 175 (23 catches, 354 yards, 4 TDs; 2 INTs)
  • WR Jamarcus Reed, Sr. (15 catches, 348 yards, 4 TDs)
  • DB Roy Hennington, Sr. (54 tackles, 4 INTs)

 

Just the facts
  • After falling behind Palestine 21-13 in the second quarter last week, Jasper outscored the Wildcats 31-13 to secure the victory.
  • Jasper senior running back Terrance "Tiki" Cuney ran for more than 200 of his 257 yards after halftime in the win against Palestine.
  • La Vega ran for 475 yards in its first-round blowout of Taylor.
  • La Vega scored on touchdown runs of 75, 82, 3, 73, 1, and 87 yards int he 23-point victory vs. Taylor.
  • La Vega's Javon Arnett ran for 146 yards and two touchdowns against Taylor.
  • La Vega running back Detrayten Wagoner ran for 214 yards and two scores against Taylor.
  • La Vega quarterback De'Andre Jones ran for 74 yards and two touchdowns against Taylor.
  • Palestine is the only common opponent between La Vega and Jasper.
  • Palestine beat La Vega 26-12 in the season opener but lost 44-34 to Jasper last week.
  • La Vega has won three of its last four games after a 3-4 start to the season.
  • Jasper has won six of its last seven games after a 1-2 start to the season.
  • La Vega averages 35.4 points per game and allows 36.0.
  • Jasper averages 38.2 points per game and allows 18.3.
  • La Vega's first 11 opponents have a combined record of 62-54.
  • Jasper's first 10 opponents have a combined record of 45-53.

 

Jasper RB Terrance "Tiki" Cuney. (Christopher Vinn, ETSN.fm)

Did you know? La Vega has twice allowed more than 50 points: 56-23 loss at Stephenville on Sept. 20 and 62-60 loss at Waco Connally on Nov. 1. Jasper has not allowed more than 41 points in a game and has yielded 16 points or fewer six times in 10 games. ... Jasper has scored more than 40 points six times (6-0), while La Vega has eclipsed the 40-point mark five times (4-1). ... Each team has played one program ranked in the final Associated Press 3A top 10 poll. La Vega lost 56-23 at Stephenville on Sept. 20, while Jasper lost 41-26 at home to Carthage on Oct. 25. ... Jasper seniors Terrell Cuney, Terrance Cuney, and DeAnthony Cuney are all related. Terrance and DeAnthony are brothers, while Terrell is their cousin. ... La Vega is five years removed from playing for the 3A D-I state championship. The Pirates lost 17-10 to Prosper in the 2008 title game. ... Jasper is nine years removed from playing for the 3A D-II state championship. The Bulldogs lost 49-47 to Gilmer in the 2004 title bout.