Class 2A-I, Region III bi-district: Troup Tigers (6-4) vs. Newton Eagles (10-0), 7:30 p.m. Friday at Lufkin's Abe Martin Stadium.
Troup is scheduled to face one of East Texas' top running teams, in the Newton Eagles, ranked No. 2 in the latest Class 2A poll.
Newton runners have logged 3,560 yards this season and average 9.47 yards a carry collectively.
Senior Brandon Johnson (5'10”, 195lbs.) is Newton's leading ground gobbler, having rushed 113 times for 1,259 yards,with three others having ran for at least 400 yards this season.
Johnson averages 11.14 yards per touch and has racked up 19 touchdowns this year.
The Eagle offense has averaged right at 45 points a game and collects an average of 356 yards on the turf per outing.
Newton is the District 10-2A-I champion. That circuit also includes powers Kirbyville and East Chambers.
Troup will enter play fresh off of a 40-30 conquest over Sabine last week.That win ended a three-game Tiger losing streak.
Troup is coached by Dennis Alexander, the fourth-winningest coach in Texas history.
Should the Tigers win this week, they would face either Teague or Whitney in the Area round next week.
Class 1A-I, Region III, bi-district: Alto Yellowjackets (7-3) vs. Harleton Wildcats (7-3), 7:30 p.m. Friday at New London's Bruce Bradshaw Stadium.
In a de 'ja vu game —yes, these two schools met in bi-district play last year at the very same location, a game Alto easily won, 35-9 — the Yellowjackets and the Wildcats will tie up to see who advances to face Hull-Daisetta (4-6) in Area play next week. Hull-Daisetta had a first round bye and will open post season play late next week.
Alto, coached by first-year head coach Paul Gould, should enter this one as the favorite once again, if for no other reason than strength of schedule where the Mean Sting took on state-ranked entities Tenaha and Pineland West Sabine during the regular season.