Tigers are down but not out

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Photo by Casey Hitchcock

The team rallies before they play their last in season game.

Story by Ben Gladney, Staff Writer

“What’s that? Ah — Playoffs? Don’t talk about — playoffs? You kidding me? Playoffs? I just hope we can win a game! Another game.” — Jim Mora, former coach of the Indianapolis Colts.These comments reflect the Tiger football season. With a 3-6 record overall, the question on whether it was possible to make playoffs loomed with those in the football program.

The Tigers showed that they can contend in district play despite a 2-4 district record on Nov. 2 when they defeated Marshall. The defense will definitely be tested in the postseason.

“I think if we execute offensively and fill our gaps we have a chance,” defensive line coach Ernest Rhone said.

Playing against former district foe, the Sherman Bearcats, with a 7-2 (5-1) record, may cause some problems. Chances of the Tigers moving past the first round of playoffs for the first time in years may be slim, but coaches and players have hope.

“I think if we can get them to go three and out,” coach Cody Walls said, “and put up points offensively, then we have a good chance of beating Sherman.”

If they beat Sherman, the route to the championship includes challenges of facing John Tyler, Sulphur Springs and Lake Travis.

“We have a shot at getting past the first and second rounds,” junior running back Treveon Walker said. “We just have to get all doubt out of our heads and have the mindset that we can win”

Though this season has been a difficult one, it has shined a light on a chance to improve and become a stronger team for next season.

“This was season was something for us to rebuild on,” secondary coach Michael Ruth said. “With the majority of the team graduating, this season opened our eyes for next year’s talent.”