Hallsville Bobcats Stadium, December 1, 2018 –
The Tenaha Tigers will once again play for a regional championship after defeating the Carlisle Indians Varsity Football team by a 35-14 score. The game on Saturday was the Area Round of the UIL Class 2A Division 1 playoffs.
Tenahas’ Jay Lloyd rushed for 220 yards during the contest and scored three touchdowns. Tenaha ended the Indian’s previously unbeaten season after Carlisle had posted a 12-0 season mark until Saturday’s loss.
Tenaha (10-3) was last season’s Division II state runner-up and they finished third in District 11 2A this season. Trailing Garrison by 2 conference wins and second seed Joaquin who had two conference loses as well but won head-to-head in their matchup with the Tigers. Tenaha has reached the state quarterfinals for the eighth consecutive year.
The Carlisle Indians had arguably their best seasons in program history, but it came to an end at Bobcat Stadium in Hallsville with the loss.
The Tigers will now face the San Augustine Wolves on Friday, December 7, 2018 at 7 p.m. at Golden Dragons Stadium at Nacogdoches High School’s Dragons Stadium. The Wolves are 12-2 and defeated the Garrison Bulldogs 29-27 in their Area Playoff to reach the regional final game.
The Tenaha Tigers coaching staff, led by Head Football Coach Craig Jenkins, have prepared the team to reach this level again despite the Tigers moving up from Division 2 to the bigger Division 1 classification.