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Dominant defensive shutouts turn Tenaha around for 5-0 start

TENAHA, TX (KTRE) -

The Tenaha Tigers are living proof that drastic improvements can be made within a year.

Last season the Tigers started 0-5, granted they were a young team in the transition of a new head coach. This year, they're 5-0 and are absolutely crushing people.

It's almost frightening how vicious these Tigers are biting. Three of their five games have been complete shutouts by the defense. In the two games points were tacked against them, they only allowed 12 points in both of those contests.

The team admits maturity and leadership has taken them a long way, but it doesn't hurt having a guy like Tavoris Giles on your squad.

The linebacker has already recorded 69 tackles in the mere 5 games Tenaha has played.

“We put in the hard work and we were very disciplined. I knew we were going to come out victorious every game. We swarm to the ball, everyone makes tackles and we don't get the big head,” said Giles.

Second year head coach Craig Horn said the kids have been so disciplined that they often watch film on their own time and the high expectations are held by everyone on the team this year.

“We expect to be perfect. We don't expect people to make a yard on us. We expect to execute plays, make yards, complete passes and be efficient in the run game. I think when you expect the kids to be perfect and the kids work hard towards that, anything you accomplish less than that is going to be pretty good,” said Horn.

“Leadership is everything in our season this year. We had none last year,” said receiver and safety Trai Gardner. “Everybody does their job and everybody is in the right place to make plays. We got a good defensive line, good linebackers and good secondary. Everything is clicking.”

Tenaha has their 5-0 momentum going into their district season that starts this week.

District play will start on the road for the Tigers when they take on Mt. Enterprise, Friday night starting at 7 p.m.

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