Home Opener Brings New Challenge

The Tigers will finally make their Tiger Field debut this season on Friday night against Willis.  Most years the Tigers non-district opponents seem to come from the same pool of teams and Tiger fans know them pretty well, so when the 2004 schedule was released with Willis as the first home game it surprised some.

Willis is one of the top Houston area 4A programs and is coming off of a smashing 36-6 victory over highly thought of Dayton.  The Wildkats are in the second year of Head Coach Rick Cullum's tenure and he's off to a great start.  Last year the Wildkats went 6-5 and made the playoffs and Coach Cullum has a loaded athletic team for this year to make the drive up I-45.

The Tiger defense has put in two strong showings in the first two contests of the season and will be put to the test against a Willis team that rolled up 370 yards of offense in their Week 1 win.  The Wildkats ran for 270 of those yards and it was spread out primarily between 3 different runners - Adarius Williams, Curtis Thompson, and Trey Hogan.  When Willis did go to the air QB Hogan was very efficient hitting 7 of 11 passes for 102 yards.

On defense Willis shut down Dayton in the passing game holding Dayton to only 29 yards passing while picking off three passes.  The Tigers will need an as yet inconsistent running game to pick up the pace on Friday night if the Tigers are going to get the home crowd a win.

This will be the toughest game yet of the young season for the Tigers but with the district season getting closer, a strong test is just what the Tigers need.  Come out and support the Tigers!!!