Tigers wrap up regular season tonight on the road against Gators

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The regular season for the top-ranked Many Tigers football team will conclude at Lakeview High School tonight starting at 7 p.m. just east of Campti.

The Tigers will aim to run their record to 9-1 overall with a ninth straight victory to finish 6-0 in District 3-2A. The Gators come into the game with records of 1-8 and 0-5.

The gators a couple of miles east in Black Lake are almost as threatening to Many as the outmanned Gators from Lakeview, who have had a very challenging year.

The Lakeview team has been beset with injuries, and will be playing their third quarterback, their sixth running back and their ninth different starting offensive line combination this season.

Complicating things, the Gators started the year with  a small roster so many inexperienced players have been thrust into starting roles.

Tonight’s matchup will end their season while the Tigers are gearing up for what is expected to be a long playoff run. Many will be looking for a second straight state title.

The LHSAA will announce playoff pairings on Sunday afternoon. Many will host a first-round game next Friday night, and is in position to host most of the way as the Tigers move forward through the playoff bracket trying to reach the Caesers Superdome in New Orleans for the state championship game Dec. 10 or 11.

The Tigers ran away from Bunkie in the second half last week, winning 73-28 after being tied at 28 shortly before halftime. Many scored five touchdowns in less than eight minutes sandwiched around halftime to blow open the contest.

Award winners from that game were James Hickman with the Game Ball, Nick Tatum with the Sledgehammer, and Joe Cryer with the Hard Hat. Tatum arguably had his best game as a Tiger, including returning a fumble 42 yards for a touchdown. Hickman and Cryer both wreaked havoc on the offensive line.

Many has had a few minor injuries and coach Jess Curtis is looking forward to getting everyone back and healthy for the playoffs. Ankle injuries have hampered the backfield of London Williams, Tackett Curtis, and Jeremiah James. All are rounding back into form and should be ready to go.

Williams is the state’s third-leading rusher in all classifications, according to GeauxPreps.com. The senior has scored 29 touchdowns and averages 10.4 yards per carry, owning a rushing yardage total of 1,742 that is 111 behind state leader Arthur Lavalais of Peabody, who has gotten 65 more carries than the 167 by Williams.

The game broadcast on 99.9 KTEZ FM with Randy Bostian and Brad Ford will begin with pregame coverage at 6:25.

A very cool night is expected so if you’re making the trip, come dressed for the cold and enjoy the Tigers’ last regular season game of 2021.

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