Moore to challenge Tidehaven defense
After a rough start to the year, Tidehaven (4-6) is ready to begin the next chapter on its season when the Tigers travel to Kenedy to take on Ingram Tom Moore (8-2) in the bi-district round of the Class 3A playoffs.
Tidehaven tuned up for the playoffs with a 52-6 win over Bloomington last Friday night.
“We put them away pretty early,” said Tidehaven Head Football Coach David Lucio. “We came out injury free and that was the most important thing. We had a chance to play on our field for a the first time in a long time.”
But now the Tigers have to turn their attention to an Ingram Moore team that finished the year strong as well.
“They are 8-2 so they know how to win,” Lucio said. “They look to be a solid football team with a solid quarterback.”
Quarterback Timothy Leatherman leads Ingram Moore with 1,092 passing yards and 12 touchdowns while rushing for 893 yards and 19 touchdowns. Junior Elijah Dubois has rushed for 797 yards and nine touchdowns for the Warriors.
When Leatherman goes to the air, he normally hooks up with senior Sam Carpenter, who has 33 receptions for 458 yards and four touchdowns while sophomore Kameron Carrington has hauled 21 passes for 379 yards and five touchdowns.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Warriors have been prone to giving up points but at the same time, they have created key turnovers for their offense as well.
“We definitely have to make sure that we take care of the ball,” Lucio said. “I think if our offensive line plays like it has the last couple of weeks and our running backs continue to run hard, will be okay.”
Lucio said a change in their offensive scheme has brought out big changes for Tidehaven since the change.
“We are almost running a triple option right now,” Lucio said. “We are averaging 47 points a game in the past couple of weeks.”
Lucio knows Leatherman will challenge Tidehaven’s defense this week.
“We have to contain him,” Lucio said. “He is a Johnny Manzell type and he will run around back in the pocket to make plays either by dishing it out and taking off running.”
Lucio believes Tidehaven is ready for this bi-district playoff.
“I think if we show up ready to roll then we should have some success,” Lucio said. “We have been looking forward to the playoffs for a long time. Our pre-district was tougher than our district and our district is two of the top three teams in the region in it.
“We felt that we competed very well against East Bernard and Van Vleck and we are a lot better now than when we played those teams,” Lucio said. “We just have to continue to get better when we run into them again.”