District 13 will be settled Friday night and the best matchup was saved for last as the Tigers and Blue Jays will battle it out for the No. 1 seed heading into the playoffs.
Needville’s only loss in district play this year came to the Columbia team that Sealy just bested so this regular-season finale will house all of the excitement leading into the postseason.
Head Coach Shane Mobley said, “Now we know what the seedings going to be, we’ll either be first or second and either position is a good one to go in.”
He was also quick to mention the high-scoring capabilities of the Blue Jay offense, similar to the offensive attack from the black and gold.
“Similar to us, they’re gonna spread them out and play off what we give them,” Mobley added, knowing the reads his defenders will have to make will be slightly different this week.
Mobley’s defense has been dealing with more ground-based attacks over the last few weeks and will have to get back into the rhythm of covering every yard of the field.
“They have a very explosive offense that we haven’t seen in a while,” he said. “They have a very good quarterback and a really good running back but they’ve also given up some points in some games. I don’t really want it to be a shootout but at the same time we had some major bumps and bruises [against Columbia] so we’ll be sure to take care of them and rest.”
Sealy’s scoring offense has only been outdone by Needville, who registered 210 points in their first five district tilts. The Tigers were not far behind with 189 but maintained their steady average by registering at least 34 points every game.
The Blue Jays, on the other hand, are fresh of a scrappy, 14-13 win against Brazosport whose head coach just filed resignation papers after a 4-4 start to this season. Nonetheless, it was by far their lowest point total this year where even a 41-point effort was not enough to topple non-district Calallen.
But Coach Mobley also mentioned that Needville Head Coach Michael Giles is one of the district coaches he has a positive relationship with so he mentioned there won’t be high tempers flaring but simply just a competitive game of football.
Mobley said he isn’t expecting “a big rivalry game … just a good, hardnosed football game,” but they both hope to have plenty of football left on the schedule and will be sure to take the right precautions to get to the postseason healthy.
“In the big picture, we’re both in but we’re both going to get after Friday,” Mobley added. “We will be preparing each other for the postseason.”
But he will be sure to take note of the scrapes and bumps his players are taking, knowing there is still football left after this.
“The big picture when it’s said and done is that playoff run,” Mobley said. “Everyone wants to have that undefeated season with a district championship but at the same time we’re going to make sure we’re able to go [deep in the playoffs].”
It all kicks off at 7:30 p.m. at Blue Jay Stadium located at 16319 Highway 36 with the winner claiming the No. 1 seed in the district.