Hico will begin their run to a championship tonight in Cedar Hill, as they play the visitor to the Lone Oak Buffaloes in the first week of the 2A Texas High School State Playoffs.
Hico will enter the game with a 7-3 record from the regular season, while Lone Oak comes in at 8-2.
The Tigers will try to bounce back from a loss in their season finale against district 11-2A champion Grandview. Hico looks to be in good shape to take the win against the Buffaloes. The Tigers have not had back to back losses all season.
“We felt like we were playing the kind of ball that we should (in the second half of last week's game against Grandview),” said Head Coach Wade Williams. “It's all about getting them to get it out and I think we started that last week and hopefully they'll continue that throughout the playoff run.”
Lone Oak, from district 12-2A, enters the contest with only two in the loss column, with their first loss coming to a 3A team and the second at the hands of 12-2A champion Caddo Mills.
“Their offense is two dimensional,” said Williams. “They got a passing game. They have wide receiver who is six foot four and a true freshman and he is their go-to-guy in the passing game. Then they have a running set, and when they get down in that running set we'll have to be able to stop them behind those big offensive linemen and we have to stop the deep pass.”
This is not a new experience for Williams. Williams has led Hico to the playoffs 10 times in his 18 seasons as head coach.
“It's still a ball game, but you've still got to get the kids ready to go,” said Williams. “You can't get them too hyped up, they're going to have to know what's going on and they're going to have to know about turnovers and if you make em then you're probably going to lose.”
Hico knows a thing or two about turnovers and losses. Hico had three turnovers turned immediately into points in last week's match against the Zebras and quarterback Westin Williams accounted for four interceptions.
Lone Oak got the best of Hico last year in the playoffs and won 31-14. Hico looks to get the better of the Buffaloes this year and continue their march to the 2A Championship.