Earlier this season, the Many Tigers, in preparation for the predicted rainy weather against Loyola Prep, worked all week long on how to handle a wet football.
The result was no turnovers and a 14-7 win.
So when the top-ranked Tigers and coach Jess Curtis discovered that they may be playing in less than perfect conditions again this week in their second-round matchup against No. 16 Springfield in the Class 2A playoffs, he decided to do it one more time.
And it worked again.
The Tigers turned the ball over just once on a low-lining punt, while the Bulldogs tallied eight turnovers as Many ripped Springfield, 47-7, to advance to the quarterfinals next week. The top-seeded Tigers (11-1) will face No. 8 Oak Grove.
“You can either whine and complain about the elements or embrace them,” Curtis said. “We worked all week with the wet ball, and it paid off for us. We were really prepared for the weather, and I couldn’t be more proud of our team.”
The Tigers spent most of the night working with a short field as they had just 317 yards of total offense, with 265 of it coming with their punishing running attack.
Haynesville 66, Arcadia 0: At Haynesville, the Golden Tors (11-0) moved on and will host Basile at 7:30 on Friday in Class 1A action.
Basile 42, Plain Dealing 8: The Lions (6-6) had an early lead, but Basile protects its perfect season.
Kinder 35, Homer 6: The 2A Pelicans (4-7) saw their season come to an end at Kinder (11-1).
Welsh 54, Red River 0: The Bulldogs (8-4) were shutout in their Class 2A playoff game with 10-2 Welsh.