Texas High, Liberty-Eylau similar in talent, speed claims Gerry Stanford

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Texas High players prepare to storm the field at Razorback Stadium. The Tigers host another crosstown rival Friday in Liberty-Eylau.

 

Texas High football coach Gerry Stanford understands Klint King’s predicament at Liberty-Eylau.

“If you watched film of L-E’s game last week with Carthage, you saw the growth of a young football team,” said the Tiger’s third-year mentor. “They’re still figuring out all the parts.”

With that said, Stanford emphasizes the Leopards are similar to his team in regard to talent and speed. The Tigers’ staff is particularly concerned about stopping Damian Henderson and Korbyn White, L-E’s two speedy running backs. They also take note of L-E’s aggressive pursuit to the ball on defense.

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Klint King says his players must be focused on their job.

“The biggest thing for us this week is improvement, and some continuity,” said Stanford. “We’ve already had three touchdowns called back this year due to penalties. We’ve got to do a better job of that.

“Holding is going to be called. You can call it every play. We need a little better management on third down. We’ve improved a lot this year, and most of it happened in the off-season. Our players matured and got a lot stronger, and a little bit bigger.”

Those results are what King wants to see at Liberty-Eylau.

“We’ve got to focus on fundamentals,” said King. “The kids have to focus on knowing what their job is, and doing their job every single play to the best of their ability. We’ve got to do our job better than they do their job. Our guys have to trust what we’re supposed to do.”

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Stanford, King expect game to be competitive

King predicts a good football game Friday night at Tiger Stadium in Grim Park.

“Texas High has some older guys to go with its youth,” said King. “Coach Stanford has been there a while now, and is getting his players to go with what he wants them doing. They’re an extremely athletic group.”

It’s supposed to be hot Friday night, a factor that could favor the Tigers because of their depth. King labels 2019 a crazy year, noting how cool it was in the summer, and now brutally hot in September.

“Our kids are working hard, and starting to understand what my expectations are as far as getting better on a daily basis,” said King. “We must progress week-to-week, because we’re playing a lot of good teams, a lot of good football programs like Carthage. Carthage is an example of what we want our program to be, and hopefully sooner than later.”

The Tigers won a shootout at L-E’s Harris Field last year, and more of the same could be in the cards Friday night. Both teams have explosive players on offense.