The Tenaha Tigers have reached the state quarterfinals in nothing short of dominant fashion.
They've outscored their playoff opponents 202-0. Tigers are 13-0 this year but they're not the only ones with an impressive undefeated run.
Bremond not only shares the same Tiger mascot as Tenaha, but the same 13-0 record. They're the reigning back-to-back state champions. They haven't lost a game in over two years, but when they have lost it's been to Tenaha.
“If you're going to be the best, you got to beat the best. That's clearly who we're playing Friday night,” said Tenaha head coach Craig Horn.
It's been smooth sailing for Tenaha this year and they're now entering one of the most highly anticipated matchups in Texas.
The Tigers will be looking to snap the state's longest winning streak held by Bremond at 43 consecutive wins. However, Bremond is not invincible, especially when it comes to Tenaha. The last time they lost was in 2013 against Tenaha.
“Most definitely we're going to be tested. It’s just a great team verse a great team,” said Tenaha linebacker and fullback Christian Ashton.
“Those kids are a byproduct of generations of toughness, hard work and doing what's right, so when you cut on video of Bremond you don't see weaknesses,” said Horn.
Tenaha has allowed just 56 points all season, have yet to give up a touchdown this playoff run and have eight shutouts on the year.
“When it comes to defense our mentality is to be the best defense in the state, shut people down, and do what we're coached to do,” said Ashton.
They'll need a solid defensive performance against Bremond’s quarterback and Texas A&M commit, Roshauud Paul. He's never lost a game as their starter and has 4,004 yards and 63 touchdowns.
“We're going to have to tackle him. He can hurt you with his legs and he can hurt you with his arm,” said Horn. “It's obvious when you cut on video, you don't have to watch 30 seconds of video to know he’s exceptional in everything he does.”
Tenaha has averaged over 52 points a game, while Bremond has held teams to a 21 point average. Both Tiger teams are anticipating a battle where points will be hard to come by.
“Good things are going to happen for us because we are a good football team, but bad things are going to happen to us because they're a good football team as well,” said Horn. “You can't get too high, you can't get too low, just do what you're coached to do. Do it to the best of your ability and whatever happens, happens.”
Tenaha and Bremond will meet at Cougar Field in College Station Friday night. Game starts at 7 p.m.
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