By TONY EIERDAM
For the past seven Saturdays during the opening weekend of the regular season in high school football, Hico’s Tiger Stadium has been the host venue for five six-man football games. The annual invitation-only event is called “Super Saturday.”
That event pales in comparison to what Palo Pinto County six man fans are calling the “real Super Saturday” when both state-ranked No. 17 Strawn and No. 15 Gordon play their respective state semifinal games tomorrow in Hico.
The Strawn Greyhounds will face No. 1 Richland Springs at 2 p.m. at Tiger Stadium in a Division II state semifinal, and later that day at 7 p.m. the Gordon Longhorns will play in a Division I state semifinal against No. 12 Abbott.
Playing the No. 1 team in the state, Strawn appears to have the tougher road to next week’s state championship games. However, playing a top-ranked team does not bother Strawn head coach Dewayne Lee.
“To win a state championship you have to play the best teams, and we know we will have to play hard and at our best for four quarters to win,” Lee said. “This will be a fun type of game for us and our fans.”
In 13 games, Richland Springs (13-0) has averaged 66 points a game while holding opponents to 14 points per contest while recording five shutouts. The Coyotes average 802 yards of total offense per game, including an average of 416 yards per contest.
Lee said his team is prepared and eager for the challenge.
“We know who they are, and we also know there is a reason they are ranked No. 1,” Lee said. “Our plan is to do what we can offensively to keep the ball out of their hands as much as possible.
“We aren’t necessarily going to change what we do a lot on offense, but we can’t turn the ball over and we have to limit penalties. But the main goal is to execute and take care of the ball.”