vs. HUFFMAN HARGRAVE
What: Class 4A Division I Region III bi-district football playoff
Where: John Outlaw Memorial Field at Abe Martin Stadium, Lufkin
When: 7:30 p.m.
Records: Kilgore 7-3; Huffman Hargrave 6-4
Last Week's Scores: Henderson 30, Kilgore 10; Huffman Hargrave 45, Little Cypress-Mauriceville 35
Last Year's Result: Did not play
Quick Slant: Kilgore had won seven in a row since opening the season with back-to-back losses against Nacogdoches and Corpus Christi Flour Bluff until the regular-season finale last week against Henderson. The Bulldogs enter the playoffs, averaging 27.0 points per game for the season and 31.4 in district, while allowing 19.6 points per game. … Kilgore RB Ja'Quorius Smith rushed for 180 yards against Henderson, bringing his totals for the season to 1,280 on 189 carries (6.8 yard avg.) and 14 touchdowns. QB Patrick ‘Buddy' Jackson follows with 712 yards rushing and 6 Tds. Jackson is 40 of 71 passing for 452 yards and 4 touchdowns. His leading receivers have been Cole Wood (10-115, 1 Td) and Kamron Carbonneau (7-67, 1). Kilgore's offense is averaging 335.6 yards per game. … The Bulldogs leading tacklers continue to be LBs Mason Shelton (106) and Ty Wallace (89). Shelton has a tackle for loss to go with 3 sacks and a fumble recovery. Wallace has 3 tackles for losses, 2 sacks, 2 caused fumbles and 2 fumble recoveries. Safety Chris Toombs has 72 tackles, 2 tackles for losses, a sack, and an interception. CB Devin Lawler was busy, leading the way with 12 tackles last week against Henderson. … When opportunity knocks: Kilgore has scored on its first possession in 5 of its last 7 games. … The Ragin' Red were just 1-for-1 in the Red Zone with 1 TD last week against Henderson, bringing their total for the last 8 games to 20 of 21 with 19 touchdowns. … Huffman Hargrave enters the playoffs, averaging 356.6 yards per contest (149.8 rushing and 206.7 passing). The Falcons come into the bi-district showdown against Kilgore allowing an average of 33.3 ppg., while averaging 42.8. … QB Cody Gaitan is a senior and more than a capable leader for this high-flying offense, completing 139 of 217 passing for 1,562 yards and 21 touchdowns with only 5 interceptions. He has 3 receivers with 29 or more receptions. They are Dylan Lorfing (37-419, 5 Tds), Trey Lundy (31-386, 6) and Lane Shively (29-545, 7). … RB Cesar Marroquin (124-864, 10), Cameron McMahon (52-450, 4) and Gaitan (23-149, 2) are the leading rushers. … Defensively, the Falcons top players include Carson Rice and Justin Waltmon. … Chapel Hill defeated Huffman Hargrave in the first round of the playoffs last year 57-43.
Next Up: The winner advances and will play the winner of Thursday's game between El Campo and Houston Wheatley at Butler Stadium in Houston next week at a site and time to be determined.