Many Tigers football expects physical battle tonight at DeRidder

Tonight’s Many High School football game is not for the faint of heart. Stinging from a hard-fought homefield loss last Friday, the Tigers make the hour-long drive south looking to rediscover that winning feeling.

MATCHUP:  Many Tigers at DeRidder Dragons

WHEN/WHERE: Tonight, 7 p.m., DeRidder, Cecil Doyle Memorial Stadium

RADIO:  99.9 KTEZ-FM, Randy Bostian and Brad Ford

The 2A Tigers, coming off an opening game loss at the hands of Union Parish 42-32, roll south into DeRidder to face the 4A Dragons. The Dragons opened with a 41-7 win over South Beauregard.

This game should have a pretty fast-moving clock with both teams being heavily grounded to the run game. This game will be won up front by whichever line outperforms the other.

“It’s going to be heavy, smash mouth football,” said Many head coach Jess Curtis, whose team dropped just one spot, from second to third, in the Louisiana Sports Writers Association Class 2A top 10 rankings this week after the hard-fought loss to Union Parish. The Farmers scored a clinching 1-yard TD with under a minute left last Friday to pad the final margin to 10 points after overcoming a 16-0 deficit.

The game will also feature a connection to Many for a lot of Tiger Nation. Deridder’s head coach, Brad Parmley, went to school at Many for a few years when his dad Eric was the Tigers’ head coach during the middle 90’s. Brad was the ball boy for his dad’s squads.

Many won a junior varsity matchup between the schools earlier this week 41-0 in a game played at MHS.

Stepping up in class is always big for power ratings, so this is a very big game for the Tigers. 

“This will be big power points for us, if we can get the win,” said Curtis. “It’s only an hour away with good restaurants in between. Go get some Steamboat Bill’s and come to the game.” 

Coming off a loss and going on the road to play a 4A school makes this game very interesting. It’s an excellent opportunity for Many to make a statement if the Tigers can down the Dragons

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