John Tyler, Argyle next tests for Tigers, Leopards on Friday; Hogs host Magnolia

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Liberty-Eylau coach Klint King makes his point Wednesday at practice in preparation for top-ranked Argyle Friday at Sulphur Springs.

 

It’s no mystery why John Tyler and Liberty-Eylau are winless in 2019. Look at who they’ve played.

It doesn’t get any easier for the two traditional powerhouses Friday. The Lions host a young, but up and coming Texas High. The Leopards travel to Sulphur Springs – a neutral site – to play arguably the best 4A football team in Texas.

Here’s who John Tyler has been playing in its first four games. Last week it was Euless Trinity, and the week before Longview. Bitter rival Tyler Lee and Mesquite Horn had the Lions going south early.

Liberty-Eylau has played city rivals Texas High and Arkansas High, besides falling to Carthage and Atlanta. The Leopards face what appears to be insurmountable odds this week.

“Argyle is a better team than they were a year ago,” said L-E coach Klint King. “We go into every game we play expecting to compete and win. If we’re going to compete with Argyle it all depends on how we execute. Their offensive line is huge. They’re extremely talented and disciplined.”

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Liberty-Eylau works on passing game Wednesday.

Argyle dangerous in the first half

The Eagles’ offense is led by senior quarterback Bo Hogeboom, running back Tito Byce, and receivers Cole Kirkpatrick, Alex Gonzales and Cade Merka.

One key for the Leopards is slowing Argyle down in the first half. The Eagles scored 35 points in the first quarter en route to a 62-7 win over Tyler Chapel Hill. Argyle also scored 28 points in the first quarter against fourth-ranked Waco LaVega, and led Stephenville 35-0 at halftime. In other words, L-E had better be ready to go at the opening kickoff.

Texas High’s game at John Tyler is huge in coach Gerry Stanford’s eyes.

“If we can win this one there will be a ton of confidence going into the rest of our schedule, but it’s going to be tough down there,” said Stanford. “This is a young, but typical John Tyler team. They’ve still got their pride, and they’re a real good ball club.

“We’ve got to contain their offense and quarterback. It’s our o-line vs. their defensive front.”

The Tigers have rebounded from a season-opening loss to Pflugerville Hendrickson with impressive wins over Arkansas High, Liberty-Eylau and Kilgore.

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Arkansas High is a 9-point favorite over an improving Magnolia squad. The Razorbacks have been off for two weeks, and should be well prepared for the Panthers’ potent running game.

Pleasant Grove’s game at Tyler Chapel Hill will be broadcast live on ESPN Texarkana, 94.1. Arkansas High’s contest at Magnolia will be on Fox Sports Texarkana, 97.1 or 1400 AM.