It will be a Top 10 battle as the Tenaha Tigers will have to travel to White Oak this week.
The Roughnecks enter this week ranked No. 10 in Class 3A, while the Tigers are No. 3 for Class 2A.
White Oak is last year's state semifinalists, and despite losing 19 out of their 22 starters, they are currently 3-0.
“This is actually going to be the biggest school we've played since I've been here,” said head coach Terry Ward. “We always have to play bigger schools because we're pretty small, but this will definitely be the biggest school we've played.”
While some teams may believe their fate is doomed when playing a bigger school, it's a challenge the Tigers said they're looking forward to.
“It's going to be fun, it's going to be exciting, and it's going to be different,” said Ward. “They're going to have a bunch of kids on the sideline that we're not use to, so we're going to bring our small paws in there and we got to play.”
While Tenaha may be considered the, “small school,” their history is rich with a winning tradition that the Roughnecks aren't ignoring. Tenaha also ended last year as state semifinalists.
“Being able to play a team like Tenaha, being as quick and as history driven as they are, it's an honor to be able to play a team like that, especially being able to play them here at home,” said White Oak quarterback Cordelle Smith. “It's definitely good to get a test here this early because we have district coming up here in a couple weeks. Having a team like this come in will really test us to see where we're at.”
The game at White Oak starts at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.
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