KLEIN, Texas — Klein Oak players and coaches look to “shock the world” under the lights Thursday night at Klein Memorial Stadium. Their opponent, the 10th ranked Klein Collins Tigers, have opened the season undefeated thus far, highlighted by wins against Houston Lamar and Atascocita.
They host the Klein Oak Panthers in a heated district rivalry. Klein Oak is 1-2 thus far, with close losses against Atascocita and Spring Dekaney. Both teams have a fiery rivalry, even though the Tigers have bested Klein Oak the last couple of years.
Klein Collins has shown to be one of the best all-around teams in the Houston area. Their secondary is dangerous as Phillip Hill, Jeremy Owens, Cameron Godfrey and Ke’Vric Wiggins hit hard and lock down the passing game. Up front, defensive lineman Isaac Barron and Houston linebacker commit Donavan Mutin hold the unit together through a strong pass rush. Mutin is one of the top players in the area, and dominates the run game.
Offensively, it’s the Isaiah Spiller show, who’s enjoyed big holes all year thanks to the boys in the trenches up front. Besides Spiller, the wide receivers are speedy deep threats, with a dependable quarterback in Carter Rhyne. The Tigers could very well run the table through district play, but first, they have to get by their toughest district opponent, Klein Oak.
Klein Oak is led by a stifling defense which include Air Force linebacker commit Hanin Rakrouki, three-star safety Miles Oldacre and 2019 four star defensive end Gerald Irons III, they keep long plays to a minimum, and they’ve let up more than 14 points only once this season.
Offensively, dual-threat quarterback C.J. Ward, running backs Benny Smith and Kendal Taylor and four-star 2019 wide receiver Tyler Hudson lead a high-powered offense that finally reached their potential last week in a 62-0 win against Spring Woods. This is a team that could very well be 3-0 right now, but what’s in the past is in the past. It’s a matchup that should provide a lot of excitement in Klein Thursday night.
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