November 29, 2011

Davis, Tenaha running 1A table

Tenaha (Texas) is rolling into the 1A Division II Regional Final round with an unblemished 12-0 record behind star athlete and Texas Tech wide receiver commit Reginald Davis.

RedRaiderSports.com will be at Davis' fourth-round playoff game to do some scouting on one of the most athletic players in Tech 2012 recruiting class, and we want to get you prepared for the game by letting you know what the Tenaha Tigers face in this week's game.

Tenaha will take on District 12-1A rival Mount Enterprise (12-1), a team the Tigers defeated 47-0 in the regular season, Friday at 7:30 p.m. in Carthage, Texas.

Tenaha's offensive game plan will center around Davis who has 260 rushing yards, 146 passing yards and five total touchdowns last week in a 62-28 win against Hubbard. Davis plays wide receiver, quarterback and running back for the Tigers at points during a game as well as some defensive work.

"Reginald has stepped up," Tenaha head coach Terry Ward said. "Early in the year we had some other kids who were playing very well, and we still do, but the later we play in games and the longer the season goes we ask more out of Reginald.

"We've put a lot on his plate and any time you've got a kid that's a quality Division I athlete, you should put a lot on their plate. He has really stepped up as the season has gone on."

Ward said his Tenaha players should not expect the same Mount Enterprise team in this second meeting between the teams.

"They'll definitely make some adjustments and they're playing a lot better than five weeks ago when we played them," Ward said. "We're playing better too so it has the potential to be a good game. They're going to line up in the Wing-T and we've got to be man enough to stop it.

"Offensively, we've got to take care of the football and let our players make plays. Anytime you play a team twice in a year it's tough. It's more of a mental aspect than a physical one. Even though it's going to be a physical game, you've got to be prepared for it. We can't look back on what we did five weeks ago and just assume the same thing is going to happen again. They're trying to get to state too and they'll give us their best effort.

Davis is trying to win a football state championship after falling short, 64-49 against Eula, in the 1A State Championship basketball game this past March. That basketball team has been to the state tournament in Austin in two of the past three years.

The Tiger football team, meanwhile, is trying to surpass its 12-1 record set in 2009 and this is the farthest Tenaha, a city of just over 1,000 people, has been to a football State Championship since 1998. Tenaha enjoyed a first-round bye in the playoffs instead of presumably being 13-0 this season.

"I'd say this playoff run is just determination mixed in with skill," Davis said. "It's really nothing new to me, but it makes me push myself harder knowing that we're close to a state championship. I want my team to get a ring so there's kind of motivation. We're all in this together.

"Winning state would be big. That's everybody's dream in Texas, that's what Texas is about. Football. If I can get a ring, I think that would boost my momentum coming into Tech. You know you can compete at a high level for a good amount of time."


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