Defending the turf

Tigers fight to protect winning streaks and defend district championship on home turf

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Photo by Kristina Colburn

Sophomore Javari Johnson does high knees in warm-ups for district match against Whitehouse Friday, Oct. 28, 2022. The Tigers will be competing to defend their district championship and keep their home winning streak alive.

Story by Kailyn Williams, sports editor

The Texas Tigers will take on the Whitehouse Wildcats in a rainy district contest that will determine the fate of the district championship trophy tonight, Friday, Oct. 28, 2022.

Texas is currently undefeated in district play, with a record of 4-0. After a hard fought, close match-up with Nacogodches, the Tigers are looking to bounce back this week and play cleaner football to protect their undefeated district run. 

The Tigers haven’t lost a home, or a district game, in the past two years, and they hope to keep both streaks alive tonight against the Wildcats. 

“I’m as confident as ever in our team,” senior Cody Reese said. “We’ve been preparing for this all season.”

The Tigers have a few key things to focus on going into tonight’s match. 

The defense is looking to play physically and make big stops to keep momentum with the Tigers. 

“Defensively, we have to tackle well,” Head Coach Gerry Stanford said. “We can’t give up any big plays, [have to] make them drive the whole field.”

On the offensive side of things, Texas has to take control of the pace of the game.

“Our quarterback has got to play extremely well, you know, be really functional. We can’t afford any turnovers,” Stanford said. “We’ve got to control the ball and keep their offense off the field. Our best defense tonight, a lot of the time, is [going to be] our offense.”

The Tigers are fighting for their third district title in a row and, especially the senior class, a bonus game played at Grim Stadium in round one of the Texas State Playoffs. 

“We need this win,” senior CJ Brown said. “We have a chip on our shoulder and something to play for.”