Downing the Dragons

The Tigers hope to push their district record to 4-0 against the Dragons


Braylen Garren

Junior Tamarcus Gray receives the ball in game against Marshall, Friday, Oct. 14, 2022. The Tigers defeated the Mavericks 42-35.

Story by Kailyn Williams, sports editor

The Texas High Tigers will face off against the Nacogdoches Dragons Friday, Oct. 21, 2022, in their fourth district game.

The Tigers are currently on a 3-0 district run, with a high chance at securing a number one seed for playoffs. A win on Friday will push their record to 4-0, bringing them one step closer to another district championship. 

Though the Dragons don’t necessarily match the Tigers, no game is a blow off, and Texas has to play their best game, every game. 

“We can’t come out playing games,” junior wide receiver Tamarcus Gray said. “Everybody plays T-High like it’s the Super Bowl, we know they will play us hard, we just have to be ready.”

The Texas offense has multiple high points that have been carrying them through the season. 

Senior Xavier Dangerfield and junior Brandon Hall, in addition to Gray, are some other impactful receivers in the Tiger roster. Texas is also deep at the running back position, with three strong, athletic RB’s that move the ball well for the Tigers. A youthful quarterback in sophomore David Potter throws well for Texas, and he’s protected by a strong offensive line. 

With all the moving parts working together, the Tigers make up a productive offense. 

“In practice, we’ve been working on being more physical offensively and moving the ball better,” Gray said. “We just need to execute the small things and we will be good.”

Accompanying their offense, the Tigers put up a strong defensive front. 

The Texas defense is full of playmakers, forcing multiple fumbles, punts, interceptions and coming up with defensive touchdowns. 

Junior Timothy Austin is among the roster of cornerbacks for the Tigers. 

“This week we’ve been working on perfecting our coverages,” Austin said. “We just can’t let any big plays through, and play our best defense all four quarters.”

In addition to Austin at corner, the safeties, and entire defensive line have done a great job keeping opposing offenses at bay. Seniors CJ Brown, Ean Crite and Shitez Wilkerson do a good job leading the defense, along with junior Kenneth Merriman. 

The Tigers are in good shape going into this week’s district game, and, if they play their best all-around football, they will come out on top.