Class A Division II Region III
Semifinal

Tenaha Tigers (7-4)
vs.
Bremond Tigers (9-3)

7:30 p.m. Friday
Monte Jack Driskell Stadium, Crockett

Coaches
Tenaha: Terry Ward
Bremond: Jeff Kasowski

Road To Regionals

Tenaha

  • Bi-district: bye
  • Area: def. Overton, 42-8

 

Bremond

  • Bi-district: def. Evadale, 47-6
  • Area: def. Hubbard, 49-28

 

Next week: Winner plays Mount Enterprise (9-3) or Frost (11-1) in the 1A Division II Region III final.

 

Playmakers

Tenaha

  • RB/LB Chavis Gregory, Jr. (158 carries, 1,116 yards, 17 TDs; 1 TD catch; 46 tackles, 4 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 1 kick block)
  • WR/DB Keontas Davis, Jr. (42 catches, 766 yards, 10 TDs; 53 tackles, 6 INTs)
  • LB DeAaron Roland, Sr. (96 tackles, 1 forced fumble, 2 recoveries)
  • QB/DB J.R. Hill, Jr. (80 of 176, 1,209 yards, 15 TDs, 15 INTs; 63 carries, 429 yards, 3 TDs; 48 tackles, 3 INTs, 3 fumble recoveries)
  • DL Denzel Williams, Jr. (70 tackles, 9 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 1 recovery)
  • WR/DB D'Andre Thomas, Soph. (14 catches, 165 yards, 2 TDs; 44 tackles, 5 sacks, 2 INTs, 1 forced fumble, 3 recoveries)
  • RB/SS Cobe Carraway, Soph. (64 carries, 488 yards, 4 TDs; 50 tackles, 1 INT, 1 forced fumble, 1 recovery)
  • ATH T.J. Thomas, Soph. (40 carries, 226 yards; 10 catches, 192 yards, 2 TDs; 57 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 INTs, 1 forced fumble)

 

Bremond

  • QB Cade Grych, Jr. (95 of 188, 1,404 yards, 10 TDs, 6 INTs; 109 carries, 262 yards, 7 TDs)
  • ATH Harrison Hull, Jr. (58 carries, 395 yards, 3 TDs; 41 catches, 607 yards, 1 TD; 6 sacks, 1 INT, 1 forced fumble, 1 kick block)
  • RB/DB Denovious Scaggs, Jr. (150 carries, 802 yards, 16 TDs; 9 catches, 158 yards, 3 TDs; 2 INTs)
  • RB James Jones, Soph. (78 carries, 415 yards, 5 TDs; 10 catches, 194 yards, 3 TDs)
  • WR/DE Corey Bienski, Sr. (19 catches, 302 yards, 4 TDs; 3 sacks, 1 INT, 1 forced fumble, 3 recoveries)
  • LB Mason Pruitt, Soph.
  • DL Draven Denison, Jr. (3 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 1 recovery)

 

Just the facts

  • Tenaha averages 30.0 points per game and allows 19.1.
  • Bremond averages 26.9 points per game and allows 19.0.
  • Tenaha averages 340.8 total yards per game (210.6 rushing, 130.2 passing).
  • Bremond averages 306.5 total yards per game (168.7 rushing, 137.8 passing).
  • Tenaha has won five consecutive games.
  • Tenaha outscored its last three opponents 130-14.
  • Bremond has won five of its last six games.
  • Bremond's only loss in that span was a 35-14 decision to Chilton on Nov. 9.
  • Friday night's game marks the third consecutive season Tenaha and Bremond have met in the playoffs.
  • Tenaha beat Bremond 51-6 in a second-round matchup last season.
  • Bremond beat Tenaha 33-12 in a third-round meeting in 2010.

 

Key matchup: Bremond's linebackers and secondary vs. Tenaha's skill players. Bremond's offense is balanced, but a glance at its scoring and yardage averages show that the team depends greatly on its defense to succeed. Bremond needs a big game from players such as Mason Pruitt, Harrison Hull, and Denovious Scaggs, who are a few of the guys coach Jeff Kasowski will ask to contain Tenaha's Chavis Gregory, Keontas Davis, Cobe Carraway, D'Andre Thomas, T.J. Thomas, and QB J.R. Hill, who can make plays with his arm and his legs. Gregory is Tenaha's go-to guy. He doesn't average an overwhelming number of carries -- 14.4 per game -- but he's carried the ball at least 10 times every game this season. Gregory and Hill combined with Davis, Carraway, and the Thomases give Tenaha its usual glut of playmaking options, which Bremond probably can't match in sheer numbers.

 

Don't be surprised if: This game goes down to the wire. Tenaha and Bremond share a lot of similarities, including adequate to above average offenses and strong defenses. Tenaha has held five opponents to single digits -- including its last three foes -- and Bremond has limited four opponents to single digits. Does Bremond have the firepower to avenge last year's loss to Tenaha, which Tenaha eventually turned into a Class A Division II state championship? Is Tenaha hitting its stride at the right time? Class A football fans have a really good game Friday in Crockett.