PREVIEW: Diboll Looks to Stay Unbeaten Against Crockett
DISTRICT 11-3A DIVISION I
Crockett Bulldogs (4-1, 1-0)
Diboll Lumberjacks (4-0, 0-0)
7:30 p.m. Friday
Lumberjack Stadium, Diboll
- Crockett: Jimmy Thompson
- Diboll: Blake Morrison
- Crockett: def. Trinity, 57-21
- Diboll: idle
- Crockett: idle
- Diboll: at Coldspring-Oakhurst, Oct. 12
Players to watch
- QB/DB Jordan Bedford, Jr., 5-10, 141
- RB Malik Johnson, Sr., 5-11, 225
- WR/DL Allen Horace, Jr., 6-6, 218
- WR/DB Shannon Bacon, Jr.
- FB/DL Dae'Javon Bibbs, Sr., 5-6, 215
- WR/DB Cristian Brice, Jr., 5-9, 155
- LB/TE/FB Michael Chance, Sr.
- WR/DB Jalyne Carruthers, So.
- ATH Alton Owens, Sr., 5-5, 145
- QB Dylan Maskunas, Jr., 6-2, 180 (19-of-44, 385 yards, 5 TDs, 1 INT; 8 carries, 18 yards)
- RB D'Aris McMillan, Jr., 5-9, 220 (69 carries, 656 yards, 8 TDs; 2 catches, 37 yards)
- RB/DB Chase Tamez, Jr., 5-9, 165 (30 carries, 239 yards, 3 TDs; 9 tackles)
- WR Javaughn Luster, Jr., 5-7, 155 (5 catches, 136 yards, 2 TDs)
- WR/DB Jermiah Settler, Jr., 5-10, 175 (7 catches, 127 yards, 1 TD; 22 tackles, 1 INT, 2 PBUs)
- LB Brady Jordan, Sr., 5-11, 195 (49 tackles, 3 for loss, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble)
- LB Tristan Page, Sr., 6-4, 180 (35 tackles, 7 for loss, 2 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries
Just the facts
- Since 2004, the series is tied 4-4. Diboll won the most recent game in 2017, 54-16.
- Diboll is averaging 359.6 yards per game (263.3 rushing and 96.3 passing).
- The Lumberjacks' opponents to date have a combined record of 6-13.
- This game features two players who have Division I scholarship offers: Diboll's Herbert Gums and Crockett's Allen Horace.
- Crockett is averaging 36 points per game while giving up 19.8.
- The Bulldogs started their season with a loss to Buffalo, but are on a four-game winning streak since.
Key matchup: Crocket defensive line against the Diboll rushing attack. Diboll is putting up more than 250 yards rushing per game. It mostly comes from D'aris McMillan, who accounts for 656 yards through four games. Chase Tamez also contributes, with more than 200 yards so far. The Lumberjacks have thus far survived moving the ball with this strategy, but Crockett's defense will provide a big challenge.
The Bulldogs are led by Allen Horace, a 6-foot-6, 220-pound junior with offers already from Division I schools. Crockett has been unkind to opposing offenses so far, and will look to do the same against the Lumberjacks on Friday. If it can, the Bulldogs are looking at five in a row and a very valuable district victory.
Don't be surprised if: Diboll tries to control the clock. The Lumberjacks can pass when they need to. Dylan Maskunas has thrown for just shy of 400 yards in four games. However, Diboll prefers to run when it can. This allows for clock management, eating up possession time while still coming away with a score at the end, if done effectively. They have the players to do so with McMillan and Tamez. Herbet Gums, a 2020 running back with offers from Houston and Arkansas, is reliable in short yardage situations.
If Diboll wins this game, it will do so by using the same strategy that has gotten it to this point.