The No. 1-ranked and defending Class 2A state champion Many Tigers football team will head to Clinton, just north of Baton Rouge, today to face an explosive, 17th-seeded East Feliciana High School team tonight at 7 in the second round of the LHSAA playoffs.
Many (10-1) comes into the game having won 10 in a row after the first-round 49-0 victory over Independence. East Feliciana enters the contest with a 5-5 record, including a 55-35 win at Pine in the first round.
East Feliciana will be led by quarterback Mills Dawson, running backs Tom Hayes and Stanley Gilmore, and 6-7 wide receiver Trey’dez Green. Green has offers from LSU in both football and basketball despite being only a sophomore.
The East Feliciana offense has been able to move the ball on most teams and put up some points. The defense has given up a lot of points and the Tigers from Many will look to exploit that.
“East Feliciana can move the ball,” said Many coach Jess Curtis. “Their offense is pretty good but we’re looking forward to it. It’s playoff time. It’s our time of the year.”
The Tiger defense stood out last Friday against Independence, allowing only 40 total yards in the shutout. After a solid week of practice and preparing, Many hopes to do the same this week against a much more capable offense. Tylen Singleton draws the assignment of stopping Green in what should be a matchup to watch.
Many figures to put up plenty of points on a suspect East Feliciana defense. London Williams and Jeremiah James should have big nights running behind the big Tiger offensive line. The question will be whether East Feliciana can match those points.
The Independence game award winners for Many were led by Garet Culverson earning the Foy’s Game Ball. London Williams won the Hard Hat Award while Demario Glover was the Tigers’ Sledge Hammer Award winner after the first-round playoff victory.
Clinton will surely be flooded with Tiger fans who live for the playoffs. The East Feliciana stadium is located at the middle school on 10410 Plank Road.
The game broadcast on 99.9 KTEZ FM with Randy Bostian and Brad Ford begins with pregame coverage at 6:25 tonight.
With a Tiger victory, Many will host a state quarterfinal round game against the winner of the Red River at Rosepine contest.
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