A glance at Friday’s matchup between the Thayer Bobcats (2-2) and the Houston Tigers (1-3):
ABOUT THIS WEEK’S OPPONENT: Thayer improved to 2-2 and 1-1 in the South Central Association with a 14-7 win last week against Salem. …The Bobcats trailed 7-0 against Salem but ended the game with touchdowns in the third and fourth quarters for the comeback victory. …Since Houston’s 30-24 victory in 2005, Thayer has won 10 straight times against the Tigers. The average score during that span has been 46.6 to 12.4. …The Bobcats won last year’s game 64-7. “Thayer whooped our tail last year and made us like it,” HHS coach Eric Sloan said. “They don’t do anything special or fancy. It’s old school smashmouth football.”
TIGER TIDBITS: One of Houston’s top plays against Cabool was a two-point conversion run by quarterback Paydon Dixon. He shrugged off a facemask penalty and scored. “That play never should have worked,” Sloan said. “He’s basically being thrown down by his face. To have the heart and effort like that to keep fighting, that’s pretty impressive.” …Sophomore Aiden Sawyer led the HHS defense with 14 total tackles against Cabool. …CJ Lee averaged 42.5 yards per punt against the Bulldogs.
WATCH ONLINE: There were more than 3,000 live views of last week’s game online. You can view this week’s matchup with Thayer at www.houstonherald.com/live. The pregame show starts at 6:45 p.m. and features interviews with Sloan and assistant coach Boulder McKinney. After the game, coach Eric Sloan’s interview will play live on the Houston Herald’s Facebook page.
Thayer at Houston
Liberty at Willow Springs
Mountain Grove at Cabool
Ava at Salem
All kick off at 7 p.m.