It’s rare, to say the least, in recent years for the Many High School football team to meet a District 3-2A opponent that outranks the Tigers, but that’s the case tonight.
In a much anticipated matchup, the Tigers will host the Mustangs from Avoyelles at John W. Curtis Stadium at 7 p.m. in Many.
Looking at the rankings that matter most, the LHSAA power point standings, Avoyelles is No. 2 in Class 2A, while the Tigers come in right behind at No. 3. In the Louisiana Sports Writers Association top 10 media poll, Many is No. 1 and Avoyelles stands just outside in 11th.
The Tigers are 5-1 overall and 2-0 in district while the Mustangs are 6-0 and 3-0 in district. Many is averaging 47 points a game while the Mustangs come in averaging 49. Based on the power point rankings, this game could go a long way in determining which team could possibly be at home in the playoffs until the state finals.
Many, on a five-game winning streak, crushed Winnfield 50-0 at home last Friday, leading 36-0 at halftime. Tylen Singleton won the game ball. Swayze Carheel was the Sledgehammer Award recipient and Blake Matkin earned the Hard Hat Award for the Tigers.
Avoyelles rolled at Lakeview, 54-12, last Friday. Other than an opening 22-20 win over Rayne, the Mustangs have dominated their opponents, winning by no less than 27 and by as many as 52.
The game will showcase two rushing attacks and could possibly be one of the fastest paced games this season. Avoyelles features a very unique type of offense. The Mustangs never punt, never kick extra points, and onside kick on every kickoff. If the Mustangs run a pass play it was likely a mixup in the huddle.
Many has a stable of talented running backs led by senior London Williams, who has scored 22 touchdowns and rushed for 1,141 yards (fifth statewide in all classifications) while averaging 10.7 per carry.
This game also features two of the best offensive lines in 2A. The Mustangs have one of the bigger offensive tackles in the state while the Tigers’ entire offensive line unit has been very impressive this season. The game will be won upfront, in the trenches in a smash mouth, old fashion style of physical football. This will be a full-out football WAR!
Both teams are expected to have long journeys in the Class 2A postseason. Come early and tailgate, watch the pregame fireworks, the enjoy a regular season game with playoff type atmosphere featuring two of the state’s best teams in 2A.
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