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Bishop Gorman QB AJ Smith (16) hands off to RB Benjamin McKnight (20), during the Crusaders game against Dallas Covenant. (Lang White / Correspondent)

When/Where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Tenaha Tiger Stadium, S. Center at Travis, Tenaha, 75974 (Capacity: 1,000)

Keep an eye on

Bishop Gorman: QB AJ Smith … WR Charles Ifeadi ... WR Darryl Jones ... QB Michael Lara

Tenaha: RB Jordan Marshall ... OL Orlando Perales ... LB Davon Tamplin ... WR Michael Hogg Jr.

Did you know: Tenaha is off to a fast start with victories over Troup and Lovelady. ... The Tigers have won two state championships and appeared in a total of five championships games. ... Tenaha has made 31 playoff appearances. Michael Hogg Jr., a transfer from John Tyler High School, is helping the Tiger football team. He scored on a 75-yard run last week. He is also an outstanding basketball player. ... According to Dave Campbell’s Texas Football magazine, the Tigers are favored by 28 over the Crusaders. ... After dropping their first game, the Bishop Gorman Crusaders had a open week. Against Dallas Covenant on Aug. 30, Gorman QB AJ Smith scored a TD a spectacular dash for 51 yards. Smith ran toward the right side and suddenly switched gears back to the east, eventually turning up field and jetting into the end zone. On the final play of the game, BG quarterback Michael Lara connected with Charles Ifeadi for a 2-yard TD pass. Smith rushed for 71 yards and a TD on 11 attempts. Through the air he hit on 4 of 11 pass attempts for 73 yards. Darryl Jones caught all four passes. ... Covenant won 46-12. ... The Crusaders have been in three state championship games, winning the TAPPS 2A state crown in 1995, a 35-18 victory over Hallettsville Sacred Heart. Bishop Gorman has finished as runner-up twice, 1991 (TAPPS 2A to Cedar Hill Trinity Christian) and 1988 (TAPPS 2A to Fort Worth Temple Christian). ... According to the The Handbook of Texas Online, Tenaha was established 1885. The community was named by members of the Hicks family (Cherokee) for Tenehaw Municipality, from the Spanish, the original name of Shelby County.

Last week: Gorman, open; Tenaha 47, Lovelady 0

Up next: Redwater at Bishop Gorman, Sept. 20; Tenaha at San Augustine, Sept. 20

PHIL HICKS

TWITTER: @PhilHicksETFS

Sports Editor

I am a native Tylerite and I grew up reading the Tyler Morning Telegraph and The Tyler Courier-Times. My parents took both the morning and afternoon papers. I came to work here 35 years ago at the age of 23, right after college.

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