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  1. Freeman was pressured the entire 1st half and took some hits. On the next to last play of the half, he ran the ball and was pushed out of bounds (not a late hit). He apparently ran into some sideline equipment and was injured. Did not return in the second half. Not sure if he was held out as a precaution in a game out of hand or if it was a more significant injury. Texas High lost their starting running back after running for 64 yards in first half. 

  2. Honestly, I think most Tiger fans are ignorant of what Pine Tree will bring to Grim on Friday. Having been separated in district play the last two years, we have not been blessed to witness the growth of their program. Randy, if you could help with a brief run down of what to watch for would be helpful.  On the T-High side, you will see the most complete team the Tigers have fielded in recent years. It begins with the line play on both sides of the ball. The OL is large and provide a nice pocket for the QB and can wear down the opponent as the game wears on. The DL is anchored by OU commit Clayton Smith #10 and Derrick  Brown #41. They are both quick and can create havoc. The offense is balanced between the pass and run. Moving junior QB McHenry has improved the offense by moving a playmaker  (Cellers) from QB to WR. On occasion, Smith #10 will line up at WR and create coverage issues for the defense. Looking forward to game Friday.

  3. 2 hours ago, Mavchamp said:

    IMHO the QB’s confidence issues stem from the lack of execution from his O-line. 

    Hard to throw with confidence when your running for you’re life. 

    The games where the Oline does their job... he’s look outstanding. He can thread some needles. 

    But when they are lazy/confused/what ever you want to call it.... the offense has sputtered. 

    All comes down to which line shows up.  It’s been a Jekyll and Hyde show this far. 

    When they are hustling.... we can play with anyone. 

    When they aren’t.... anyone can ply with us. 

    The unsung strength of the Tigers is their line play. The O line has good size. They pass block really well and can get a good push on the run plays. The D line is very solid. Clayton Smith #10 DE gives the line instant credibility. Derrick Brown #41 plays opposite of Smith and provides the same energy as Smith. DTs may be a bit undersized, but are efficient in holding their ground to allow the LBs to make the tackles. To me the key is whether the Maverick OL can hold up to the pressure of the DEs and if the Mav QB can make plays under duress. Should be a good game.

  4. 2 hours ago, justafan903 said:

    T High should roll. If their receivers are as good as I’ve heard they might have career days. Think T High is the one team in the district who has the advantage in Jimmy and Joe department over Marshal. 

    Rian Cellers is our best and most dangerous WR. Other receivers are solid high school receivers and made better by McHenry. The match up for other teams is the third down set. When Clayton Smith (DE) plays WR it presents a matchup issue for the defense. At 6’ 4” and 220#, he can run, jump, catch, and is difficult tackle. Hard to double team both Cellers and Smith.

  5. I don’t expect this to be a blowout. The game is in Marshall and the Mavericks will be up for the game. It appears that if you are going to get to T-High, it needs to be early. I have been impressed on how the defensive coaches have made halftime adjustments to shut down the opponents. Hallsville had some success early moving on THS, but were completely shutdown in the second half. Besides the scrimmage at Longview (that gave the Tiger credibility), this will be their toughest test to date. Putting McHenry and Cellers on the field at the same time has opened up a balanced offense.

  6. I agree with THSFanatic’s assessment of the non-rivalry between Texas High and Mt Pleasant. The only reason I can surmise is it’s the battle of the Tigers and they are our closest district opponent. I would submit the game Tiger fans look as their “District Rival” is Marshall.  I can only speak to the late 90s to current, but in most years their games have been the mostly competitive. In Texarkana travel speak, Marshall really isn’t much further than Mt Pleasant.

  7. 9 hours ago, JoeBurns23 said:

    What year did that even happen? 

    Yes, it did happen. I can’t tell you the year, but it was around 2005+/-. Texas High was a beast team. If Whitehouse won there game, Texas High would be their playoff opponent. They “rested” their starters and lost .... problem solved. Whitehouse’s reputation took a big hit. I agree, it was the coaches decision and not the kids. But as long as that coach was at Whitehouse, the school had no respect on this board. I have never attended a game a Whitehouse, so I offer no opinion of their “attitude”.

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  8. 9 hours ago, VonG said:

    I was told Cellars had 5 receiving tds in the 1st half.

    He had 5 receptions with 3 for tds. McHenry threw 5 TD passes and was 23-29 for 368 yards. Total offense was 580 yards. Defense held Forney to 114 yards. Granted Forney isn’t Ennis, but it was encouraging on both sides of the ball.

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  9. Texas High changed QBs successfully against Forney. McHenry assumed the QB role and Cellers moved to WR. In my opinion, the move was best for both players. McHenry throws a better pass but not the threat Cellers is scrambling. But Cellers may be more dangerous now for opponents catching the ball in the open field. The two combined for several touchdowns against Forney.

  10. 9 hours ago, Mavchamp said:

    The district currently sits at 10-5 thus far.  Much improved over the last few seasons....


    Some could question the strength of schedule (or lack thereof) for a couple of teams. 

    The age-old question of having a pretty non-district record against cupcakes Vs an ugly non-district record Vs strong teams. 


    I think you have to give everyone a pass on the schedule this year with the delay of the start of the 5A season. Some matchups envisioned in February could not be played and teams had to scramble to get 10 games. Texas High actually improved their schedule dropping Arkansas High and picking up Denison. But it is sad they couple not play their rival game.

  11. 2 hours ago, Mavchamp said:

    Oh well..... we have a big challenge coming up.  A long road trip to McKinney to face a huge North team.  We need some serious defensive improvement. 

    I think North graduated a lot from last year including their QB. Their mode of operation last year seemed to be “we are going to out score you”. Get ready for a high scoring track meet.  Good luck to the Mavs.

  12. 7 hours ago, THSfanatic said:

    So far this team is exceeding my best expectations EXCEPT in the passing game.  The strange thing is I thought that would be our biggest strength.  This is an area we absolutely must improve in.  

    I agree 100%. My observation is McHenry throws a better ball and Cellers is very elusive. The receivers seem to have the dropises. The way McHenry has handled the offense, I would have him start and put Cellers as a WR. Coach Harrell has developed an offensive line that can control the line of scrimmage for both the run and pass (a weakness in recent years). While Clayton Smith gets the attention on defense, the entire defensive line causes havoc. Hopefully Stewart (RB) was not hurt too bad from his collision with the stands which appeared to me was the result of unnecessary roughness.

  13. Texas High 24 Denison 3. - Close game in the first half with Tiger up 10-0 at half. Second half Tigers just wore them down. Yellowjackets will remember Clayton Smith who shut down their passing game with a number of sacks and continual pressure. Overall a good team effort and the score does not reflect the dominance.

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