WEST SABINE, TX (KTRE) - The West Sabine Tiger helmets were sidelined last Friday night as they had a bye last week after clinching the 10-2A Division I District Title.
The Tigers now say they are itching to get back on the field to start their journey to state, but first must get past Carlisle in the area round.
"It gave us time to get healthy again and we are, but it's been a long haul and they're just biting at the bit to get out here and play," said head coach Tod Stark. "They're hungry and ready to go."
"We got more time to work on more things. We got extra time for the game so things have improved a lot," said senior Theodore Williams. "We should be well prepared for this game."
In the Tigers last game they beat out Shelbyville 34-6 for the district title and ended with a 4-1 district record that the Indians also share.
West Sabine is preparing for a battle with a Carlisle team that has one playoff game under their belt where they beat Groveton 30-13.
"They are very fundamentally sound on both sides of the ball," said Stark.
"I'm expecting fast paced, intense, we're not going to lose any intensity because we know what we did two weeks ago and we're prepared to do that this week," said senior Aaron Fuller. "Everybody's going to have to come to play."
West Sabine will be on the watch for Carlisle's spread offense and expect big defensive plays will be a deciding factor in this game
"They got some pretty good athletes with their quarterback, their running back, their receivers, and they got a good line. It's all tied together so we got to do our part on defense to make a stop on them each down," said Williams.
There's some bad news for Carlisle as West Sabine predicts there's more to come for themselves.
"I don't think we've even peaked yet," said Stark. "I really don't."
"It's going to be more amplified from here on out because it's a new season. There's a new mindset towards it now because now you're shooting for a state championship," said Williams.
While it's early in the playoff run, the Tigers vision towards a state championship title is clear.
"It's our pride, that's what's on the line. Our pride and we aren't going to let that go. We're going to play," said Fuller.
"Nothing's going to be easy for either team," said Stark.
West Sabine and Carlisle will meet Friday night at Abe Martin Stadium in Lufkin. Their game starts at 7:30 p.m.