For the second year in a row the Columbia Roughnecks come to Sealy to play the opponent role in the Tigers’ home finale.
This year the visitors own a 5-3 overall record but are only 2-2 in the district, meaning they’re running out of things to lose.
However, Sealy Head Coach Shane Mobley appreciates that last-ditch-effort approach from the recent string of opponents, knowing the other team will not be holding back.
“I think it’s good for us to be playing these types of games against teams with their backs against the wall,” he said. “You’re going to find someone who’s giving you the best game they’ve ever played or you’re playing the best team.”
For many games, the Tigers have been the best team on the opponents’ schedules, standing as the last undefeated team in the district. But Mobley knows even that mark will mean very little Friday night at 7:30 p.m.
“Being 8-0 is great but that doesn't mean anything for Friday night,” he stated. “When we line up against Columbia they don’t care where we’re at, they’ve got their own agenda … so as long as the boys keep playing as a unit that’s what’s important.”
Mobley did give credit to his boys and coaching staff for owning the last unbeaten record in the area, noting it also exemplifies what the rest of the town is all about.
“I’m very proud for my coaches and the players because they deserve it with all the dedication,” he said. “I know every program has that dedication, but I do know what we do and our accountability and our expectations that they’ve lived up to because a lot of this goes back to what they did this spring and summer.
“There was no doubt this community was hungry so I'm very proud for our community too because they come out to the games and support … even down in Bay City to see all those fans in the stands was huge.”
Sealy now returns home for the last time this senior class will strap it up under the lights of T.J. Mills Stadium. Before the season, Mobley inquired what this group of seniors wanted to accomplish in their final year and atop that list was winning this district.
“This summer I asked them some of their goals and one of their top five goals for football, I asked them for some overall goals too, but number one for football was to win district. And I like that,” he noted.
The team has been making all of the right strides to reaching that goal and Columbia serves as the next piece that needs to fall on their way to a district crown.