The Timberview football team has lived to fight another day, defeating Killeen Shoemaker in the bi-district round last week by a score of 28-14 at Floyd Casey Stadium in Waco.
The Wolves will face a huge challenge at 5 p.m. on Saturday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington as they will square off with Euless Trinity in the area round.
Coach James Brown said he knows what a big challenge his team will be in for and said he anticipates a hard-fought and physical game.
“They are going to be very big, and they are going to be very physical,” Brown said. “For us, it’s going out and preparing the way we always have. Knowing that we’ve played as tough a district schedule as anybody in the state of Texas, we can’t get overwhelmed by the tradition of Trinity itself.”
Brown said the game against Shoemaker was definitely a challenge for his team, but said he was impressed with the way his players responded.
“It was a tough game,” Brown said. “It was a great atmosphere. I felt like we played well defensively, and they put us in good spots. I really felt like our offense responded better last night than they had in the last few weeks.
“I felt like they were really in tune with the things going on around them. Shoemaker did a lot of different things defensively, and our kids really responded.”
Timberview was 1-2 in its last three district games headed into the playoffs, and Brown said, while those losses were tough at the time, he knows it helped prepare the Wolves for the postseason.
“There is no doubt,” Brown said. “We feel like, and our kids feel like, the seven games we play in our district really prepare you for what’s to come, no matter how far you go in the playoffs.
“You play teams like DeSoto and Cedar Hill and you have disappointing losses to them because you expect to go out there and win, and you prepare to do that … and I think the kids did a good job of responding this week.”
Tevin Muse finished the game with 110 yards rushing and three touchdowns, and Brown said his quarterback played very well.
“It was unbelievable,” Brown said. “He was injured against Cedar Hill, so we’ve had a couple of games trying to get him back to where he needs to be. Tevin is definitely our leader on the offensive side of the ball. As he goes, we go; he’s just that kind of kid.
“He had some big throws for us and ran the ball well. He made some really good reads and put us in a good position.”
Julius Lewis rushed for 129 yards and four touchdowns in the game for Mansfield, and Emmanuel Esukpa rushed for a fifth touchdown in the game.
Mansfield finished the season with a 5-6 overall record and 4-3 mark in district competition.