PREVIEW: Tenaha Can Clinch District + Perfect Season Against Timpson
DISTRICT 11-2A Division II
Tenaha Tigers (9-0, 4-0)
Timpson Bears (8-1, 4-0)
7:30 p.m. Friday
John Hebert Eakin Stadium, Timpson
- Tenaha: Craig Horn
- Timpson: Kerry Therwhanger
- Tenaha: def. Overton, 59-6
- Timpson: def. Mount Enterprise, 49-6
- Tenaha: Playoffs
- Timpson: Playoffs
- WR/DB Trai Gardner, Sr., 6-0, 183 (33 catches, 744 yards, 10 TDs)
- LB Tavoris Giles, Sr., 5-10, 175 (101 tackles, 4 for loss,1 INT, 1 PBU)
- QB CJ Horn, Sr., 6-0, 195 (93-of-113, 1,884 yards, 26 TDs, 2 INTs; 33 carries, 355 yards, 8 TDs)
- WR/DB Jay Lloyd, Jr., 5-11, 170 (24 catches, 324 yards, 7 TDs; 9 carries, 125 yards, 3 TDs; 28 tackles, 1 INT, 5 PBUs, 1 forced fumble)
- RB Onterio Thompson, Sr., 5-9, 172 (100 carries, 1,435 yards, 17 TDs; 4 catches, 60 yards)
- RBLaDarrius Garrett, Sr., 5-9, 160 (16 carries, 193 yards, 3 TDs; 3 catches, 51 yards)
- OL/DL Juarmez Brock, Jr., 6-0, 225 (68 tackles, 14 for loss, 4 sacks,1 forced fumble)
- WR/DB Cody Foshee, Sr., 6-1, 150 (17 catches, 415 yards, 6 TDs; 2 INTs, 5 PBUs)
- RB Jordan Osby, Jr., 5-11, 175
- OL/DL Nictaeo Scourton, Jr., 5-9, 260
- RB/DB Jaden Johnson, Sr., 5-10, 180
- LB Jarrett Page, Soph., 5-6, 165
- QB Jon Grogan, Jr.
- WR Kaeson Gentry, Sr., 5-4, 115
Just the facts
- Timpson is averaging 35.6 points per game.
- The Bears have not lost since Sept. 8, when they fell to Carlisle 30-6.
- Tenaha is putting up 440.6 yards per game.
- Onterio Thompson ranks fourth in East Texas, with 1,435 rushing yards this season to go with 17 TDs.
- Tenaha has an insane margin of victory of 46.2 points per game.
- Tenaha holds a 9-0 lead in the series since 2006.
- The Tigers won last season's matchup, 48-6.
Key matchup: CJ Horn against the Timpson secondary. Horn has been incredible good at making decisions this season. Not only has the senior throw only two interceptions all season, but he also has a completion rate of 82 percent.
All this has led to 1,884 yards and 26 touchdowns this season. That puts his touchdown to interception ratio at 13:1. Simply put, he won't blow you away with gaudy numbers, but he is efficient.
Trai Gardner, who has 33 catches for more than 700 yards and 10 touchdowns, is his go-to target.
Timpson's challenge in this game will be to limit the connection between Garnder and Horn and also to forced Horn into making mistakes. That doesn't necessarily mean interceptions. If the Bears can force incompletions, it will work all the same.
If that happens, District 11-2A Division II will crown Timpson champion.
Don't be surprised if: Onterio Thompson goes off. He is one of the best running backs in East Texas, averaging 159.4 yards per game. Much of the Tiger's success this season has hinged on his ability to move the ball.
His only game under 100 yards was the season opener against Joaquin. Don't expect him to add another game under 100. He will reach that number and surpass it, adding a couple of touchdowns along the way.
As long as he is in form, Tenaha will win.