Daingerfield and New Boston played a high-scoring barnburner a year ago and this season's Oct. 5 meeting could bring more of the same. Not only that, but the 2012 matchup could again have huge District 8-2A Division I implications as the Tigers and Lions are expected to finish at the top of the league.

Daingerfield edged New Boston and Lions career rushing leader Shakeem Jefferson 54-48 in 2011, when each team won 10 games. New Boston won't have Jefferson in its backfield this time, but Division I-bound tailback Damien Haskins, a bruiser of a runner at 5-9, 210, will try to upend Daingerfield and lead the Lions to a district title before heading to Memphis for college ball. Haskins eclipsed the 1,000-yard plateau as a junior sharing time with Jefferson. Jacolby Simpson, a 6-foot, 285-pound defensive tackle, heads a Daingerfield defensive front that will be charged to stop Haskins.

While New Boston rides its new feature back, Daingerfield will lean on a new quarterback since someone must replace 3,000-yard passer Alex Allen, who threw for 244 yards and four touchdowns in the Tigers' six-point victory against New Boston in 2011. Returning tailback Ray Wallace should help Daingerfield in its quest for another win. He rushed for 105 yards in last year's matchup.


Top 25 Games of the Year

No. 21: Carlisle vs. Big Sandy

No. 22: Palestine vs Jacksonville

No. 23: Tenaha vs. San Augustine

No. 24: Gilmer vs. Daingerfield

No. 25: John Tyler vs. Tyler Lee