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Coach Driskell knows his Tigers will face a fierce foe in West on Friday night at Tiger Stadium in Malakoff. Both teams come into district play undefeated. Malakoff is perfect on the year at 7-0. West is 6-1, including a win over district rival, Teague.
By Michael V. Hannigan/HCN
This is what it means to play in the Southwest Junior College Football Conference: a third straight week against a nationally ranked opponent.
No. 3-ranked Trinity Valley Community College (3-0, 2-0) will travel to Brenham Saturday night to take on the No. 14 Blinn Buccaneers (2-0, 2-0).
“I expect it to be another great game,” said TVCC Coach Brad Smiley. “I tell our kids every week, ‘Hey all you freshmen, every week’s a game.'”
Saturday night will match two teams that are leaning on their defenses early in the season.
(Podcast: Listen to Coach Essary talk about last week’s loss to Fairfield and the upcoming game against Red Oak above.)
By Michael V. Hannigan/HCN
The Athens Hornets will hit the road for the first time this season, traveling to Red Oak to take on the Hawks Friday night.
Both teams are 1-1 to start the season.
The Hawks will provide a good challenge for the Hornets.
“Red Oak is a good football team; well coached,” said Athens Head Coach Paul Essary.
Essary said Red Oak will be the biggest team the Hornets have seen so far this season.
“The play hard and the execute well,” Essary said.
The Hawks like to run the ball and stopping that will be a key for the Hornets.
“We’re going to have to be physical on the defensive side,” Essary said. “On the offensive side we’re going to have to stay on our blocks and execute. We’re going to have to start catching the football a little bit better, and we’re working on that.”
The Hawks are a Class 5A school, so they have a bigger student population, but that doesn’t worry Athens.
“They’re going to dress out 50 to 60 players on the sideline. They’re twice the size school we are,” said Essary. “But that’s OK, you only put 11 out on the field at a time. It doesn’t matter how many are on the sideline.”
“We’re going to line up and get after it,” he said.
Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday in Red Oak.