Texas High expected to be tougher challenge for 6A Hendrickson

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Texas High players gather on stage at the Fox Sports Fan Fest at Central Mall.

 

WAXAHACHIE, Texas – Pflugerville Hendrickson shouldn’t run roughshod over Texas High in their rematch Thursday night (7 p.m.) at Waxahachie High School.

The Class 6A Hawks showed little mercy in 2018 by routing Texas High, 56-7. This will be a different Hendrickson team after the graduation of 40 seniors. The Tigers will also be young after graduating 28. The Hawks finished 7-3 last season, second in District 13-6A. The Tigers missed the playoffs with a 3-7 ledger.

“Each year it gets a little bit better,” said Texas High coach Gerry Stanford. “Hendrickson will be a big challenge for us. We started twelve sophomores at one point last year, and I do believe we’re a better football team in 2019.

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Hendrickson defense looks strong again

The Tigers managed only 192 total yards against Hendrickson last season, committing four turnovers. The task at hand will be a challenge after losing quarterback Coltin Clack and wide receiver Myles Washington to graduation.

Junior Rian Cellers has been impressive in Texas High’s preseason camp. Tracy Cooper is back at running back. Stanford describe his current squad as a progressive bunch that will get better each week.

Hendrickson returns three starters on each side of the ball. The Hawks’ defense will be tough again with linebacker Gabe Hunter (6-4, 225) back. He had eight sacks in 2018.