The Mansfield football team quickly dispensed with Keller Fossil Ridge last week and now has its sights set on Amarillo Tascosa.
Coach Dan Maberry said that Tascosa brings a lot to the table and said that after the Rebels’ 47-16 victory against El Paso Montwood in the bi-district round, Mansfield will not be taking them lightly.
“Tascosa is a very well-coached team,” Maberry said. “They play hard and what they do on offense makes it hard to prepare for. I expect it to be a hard-fought game with both teams ready to compete.”
The Tigers had an impressive showing of their own in the opening round of the playoffs on Thursday, where Mansfield jumped out to a 27-7 half time lead and never looked back.
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“I was extremely proud of our team against Fossil Ridge,” Maberry said. “I thought our defense played extremely well. We were a little sloppy on offense early and then settled down and put some things together. But overall, I was pleased with our team.”
Kennedy Brooks rushed for 221 yards and five touchdowns in the game for the Tigers, and Mansfield also had a big-time performance from another player and unit in particular.
“I thought our D-line anchored by Caleb Thomas played exceptionally well,” Maberry said. “They made it very difficult for Fossil Ridge to have success running the ball, and Caleb was a big part of that. He was a force in the middle.”
Thomas and the Tigers defense held Fossil Ridge to 225 yards of total offense in the game.
Against Tascosa, Mansfield will have to stop a multi-pronged rushing attack, which features Deveion Gray, Zac Zimmer and King Doerue, who combined for 340 yards rushing and six touchdowns against Montwood last week.
Maberry said for his team to have a successful playoff run beyond the area round, it will take continued progress from his players each and every week.
“We still need to focus on what we can do to get better and improve everyday,” Maberry said. “If we keep doing that I think the playoff success will come. We have to be ready for any challenge that we face and meet it head on.”
Mansfield and Amarillo Tascosa will square off at 7 p.m. on Nov. 18 at Memorial Stadium in Wichita Falls.