There’s no doubt the Many High School football team will play home playoff games, but tonight is the Tigers’ last regular-season appearance at John W. Curtis Stadium.
The top-ranked Tigers will host the Bunkie Panthers tonight at 7. It’s Senior Night, with 13 Tigers being recognized as perhaps the most accomplished senior class in school history, considering the program’s great success in their four years on the team.
They are (jersey number follows name) Jack Deville (16), Garrett Foster (60), Jhevion Garner (55), James Hickman (60), Ja’Korey Jones (63), Brock Mitcham (18), Thane Mitchell (71), Angel Straughn (77), Braydon Sepulvado (96), Nick Tatum (75), Evan Williams (47), Ethan Williams (48) and London Williams (5).
Bunkie comes to town with an overall record of 3-4 and 1-3 in District 3-2A, their lone district win coming over Lakeview. The Tigers are No. 1 in the state’s LHSAA power points rankings for Class 2A with a 7-1 overall record and a 4-0 district record. The defending state champions are also atop the Louisiana Sports Writers Association 2A top 10 poll, just ahead of Amite.
During Many’s current seven-game winning streak, both sides of the ball have improved as the season has progressed. The offense continues to put up video game numbers while the defense has made strides each week.
The Tigers’ physical brand of football will certainly be a test for the Panthers. Many defeated Bunkie last season on the road 49-17. The Panthers are averaging 15 points a game while giving up an average of 21. The Tigers average scoring 46 a contest and give up an average of 19 points a game.
Many dismantled Menard 50-13 last week in Alexandria. Team award winners from that game were Trenton Williams with the Game Ball, Garret Foster with the Hard Hat, and Ja’marlyn Garner with the Sledgehammer.
A predicted cool night will certainly help add to the atmosphere in the Tigers’ home stadium, where tailgating is epic. Plenty of warm fires will welcome Many fans, who are encouraged to come early for tailgating and the fireworks show, then enjoy coffee and hot chocolate from the concession stand during the contest.
If you can’t make it to the game, you can listen to Randy Bostian and Brad Ford call the action on 99.9 FM KTEZ, beginning with a pregame show at 6:25. The Sabine Parish Journal Facebook page will have the game recap Saturday with the story published in Monday’s Journal.