Although a familiar round of the playoffs and another familiar face patrolling the opposing sideline, the Tigers are headed into another unfamiliar stadium with an unfamiliar opponent.
Pflugerville’s The Pfield opened just last year and can seat up to 10,000 people but resides about 120 miles away from Sealy.
With that in mind, Head Coach Shane Mobley already scoped out places to sit down and eat following Friday afternoon’s game so as to break up the travel.
Coach Mobley wanted the opportunity for the community members who make the trip to enjoy some time with the team and either “celebrate moving on or reflect on a great year,” as he put it.
It has been a great year for both squads who come into the matchup with quite similar offensive outputs over their years.
With Sealy playing on Thursday of last week and Boerne playing the following Friday, Mobley and a few of his coaches made the trip to Laredo to see the Greyhounds’ 44-11 victory over the Zapata Hawks in person to hopefully catch a few things.
Mobley also had the opportunity to reconnect with another member of the coaching fraternity he has grown over the last 20 years in Che Hendrix, who worked alongside Mobley in Sweetwater coaching the defense.
“When you coach for so long you create relationships and it’s truly a brotherhood,” Mobley added, knowing this Boerne squad will be one of the best teams Sealy has seen all year.
“Each week gets more and more intense but that’s the fun of it,” he said, noting these are the games he wants to be preparing for.
One of the first things he mentioned was their discipline before adding that the offense operates similarly to the Needville Blue Jays with tall wideouts and a solid running back standing next to an even better quarterback who can also make plays with his legs.
On top of that, the offensive linemen normally give their quarterback, Cole Boyd, enough time to survey the defense but Mobley added that Boyd can take off and run if he needs to, similar to Bay City’s Dylan Davidson.
Over the regular season, the Tigers and Greyhounds put up drastically similar numbers on the offensive side of the ball.
In terms of yards per game; Sealy racked up 398.3 and Boerne registered 360.1.
Both teams averaged over 38 points a game with the Tigers holding a slight 38.8-38.2 advantage.
Finally, the pair of teams both scored a total of 54 touchdowns on the season, seemingly setting up quite the offensive battle.
But this Greyhound squad is a completely new one with players these Tigers have never heard of before and that’s part of the fun, Mobley said, getting out and meeting these new teams at big stadiums far away from what they’ve been used to around home.
He added he certainly does take pride in the team’s success since he took over and he credited it mainly to his kids who have bought in and hopped right on board behind Mobley to get them to where they need to be.
“Especially in a tradition-rich town like Sealy,” he added. “Coaches like T.J. Mills will always get respected and will make other coaches want to come here to experience it themselves. It’s a huge honor to be a part of that.”
Being a part of that means playing in big games in big stadiums like what’s in store Friday, but Mobley’s sure that however big the stands are won’t get in the head of these Tigers.
“It’s a big stadium but they know how long the field is, the same as any other field,” he said. “But the goal is to get to the bigger stadiums and to Jerryworld eventually,” but The Pfield will do, for now.