Hico — Win streak? No more.
The Hico Tigers saw their six game winning streak come to an end Friday as the Itasca Wampus Cats went home with a 18-14 District 11-2A victory.
A good Itasca defense and a less than perfect Hico offense was the key contributor to the loss.
Quarterback Westin Williams put up most of Hico’s yards through the air completing 12 of his 22 pass attempts for 135 yards including a 17-yard touchdown pass to Andrew Wise.
Williams also ran the ball eight times for 57 yards, but the rest of the team combined for 38 yards on 13 carries giving the Tigers only 95 yards of rushing offense.
“They have a good football team and hats off to them,” said Head Coach Wade Williams. “They whipped us. We did some things offensively and we got a little soft and we just couldn’t make plays when we needed to.”
QB Williams found Sean Shipman for three catches for 26 yards and hooked up with Wise for five catches for 62 yards.
The Hico defense played tough but couldn’t hold off the running of Desmond Guy and the deep passes of Mikey Marshall.
The Tiger defense allowed 143 yards rushing, with 99 of them coming from Guy.
Marshall connected on two deep passes over the middle, both of which led to touchdowns. The first was a 42-yard pass on a drive which ended with Marshall crossing the plain on a QB keeper, and the other was a 39-yard scoring pass.
The last time the Tigers lost a game, they bounced back to win the next six.
Hico faces off with area rival Dublin at 7:30 p.m. with more than just another win on the line. The Tigers and Lions are both currently tied with Itasca for second place in the district. In 2006, the three schools finished in a second-place tie and Itasca and Hico advanced to the state playoffs thanks to tie-breaking statistics.
“We have to play with more intensity and play harder. We have to beat Dublin or we’re done,” said Coach Williams.
Nathan Bural is a member of the sports staff at the Empire-Tribune. He can be reached at (254) 965-3124, ext. 241.