The Beckville Bearcats and the Tenaha Tigers were both pounded when they hit the field two weeks ago.
The Tigers rebounded from their big loss to San Augustine with a comfortable win over Timpson, while the Beckville had a bye week.
The Bearcats will be hoping their week off will pay big dividends when they travel to Tenaha Saturday for the Tigers’ homecoming game.
Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. in the District 11-2A Division I opener for both schools
“They took it on the chin from San Augustine, but a lot of people are going to do that,” Beckville Head Coach Cody Ross said. “But they bounced back to get a win.
“I think the bye week was very good for us. We got to work on some things, things we needed to correct or try a little different. We also got to install a few things we’d been wanting to put in, things that should help us. It’s always a plus when you get to work on yourself. We can still be a pretty good football team.”
With a 4-1 record, the Tigers have already been playing like a good football team with the exception of the San Augustine game.
Ross doesn’t expect anything different from them.
“They’re a very athletic team and they have some real good skill position players, probably as good as we’ve seen or will see,” Ross said. “They try to be balanced and they have some variety in what they do.
“They’re real physical up front. They really get after you and that’s going to be a challenge.”
Hayden Jenkins is the quarterback for the Tigers. He passed for more than 2,600 yards and 28 touchdowns last season. Erik Smith is his favorite target.
“Defensively, they’re going to use an odd-man front and play with a single safety,” Ross said. “If they can slow down our running game with just the seven in the box, they will. But they might move that safety in the box and load up against us. They have a lot of confidence in their skill people.”
Defensive linemen Pete Giles and Dylan Calloway led the way, along with linebacker Davion Tamplin and defensive back Jatorian Calloway.
Quarterback Ryan Harris leads the Bearcats in both rushing and passing, while Milo Morrison is next carrying the ball. Landon Dixon, Evan Allen and Abram Hairgrove are the leading receivers.
Colter Klingler leads the defense in tackles, along with Morrison, Harris, Evans and Kaylin Turner.
“We’ve got to keep doing what we’ve been doing in the running game,” Ross said. “We’ve got some guys who can get loose. We can move the football, we just have to sustain some drives and take some time off the clock. We don’t want to get in a track meet with them.
“We need to find a way to slow them down. We want to try and make them march down the field.”
Tenaha is a 44-point favorite according to the Harris Rating System.