On Friday night, the West Texas High Comanches will square off against the Quanah Indians in the 1A Division I Bi-District round in Pampa.
Last year, the two teams met in the same round in Amarillo with Quanah pulling away late to get the win over the Comanches.
On paper, the match up between the Comanches and Indians appears to be a showcase of a contrast of styles. The Comanches have relied on their ground game all season to control the clock and wear down opponents, while the Indians will bring in a more balanced attack that has the ability to move the ball in the air.
The Indians ended the 2011 regular season throwing for just under 1,900 yards with 17 passing touchdowns.
Freshman quarterback Clay Robertson has thrown for over 1,600 of the Indians yards. But the signal caller went out with an injury in the Indian’s loss against Panhandle two weeks ago and sat out the team’s win over Lockney last week.
Senior Ryan Ried stepped in last week as the team’s signal caller and was efficient going 6 of 7 for 101 yards last week.
Along with having a solid arm, Ried has shown the ability to run with the ball, rushing for over 500 yards with with five touchdowns.
Brandon Heard and Tyler Brooks are the leaders on the Indians’ defense, combining for 60 tackles and seven sacks for the season.
The Comanches enter Friday night riding the momentum from their 16-7 win over a good Stratford team to earn the final playoff berth in District 1-1A.
The game between the Comanches and Elks was a defensive battle, with both teams having just around 200 yards of total offense.
However, the Comanches found a way to score nine unanswered points in the second half to clinch their second straight playoff berth.
The Texas Panhandle arguably has the best 1A football in the state of Texas and the match up between the Comanches and Indians should feature two top 25 caliber teams.
Since Keith Hardin has been the head coach of the Comanches, the team has been able to take one step forward from the previous season.
If the Comanches can control the football and give the same defensive effort seen last week, there is a good chance the team can take the next step and win a game in the playoffs.
Kickoff between West Texas High and Quanah is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. tomorrow night in Pampa.