The Brownwood Lions and Sanger Indians will kick off their 2016 playoff campaigns when they face off in Weatherford, Texas Friday night. Though the Lions and Indians records of 5-4 and 6-4 respectively hurt these two programs’ playoff seeding, there is no doubt as to how talented these two teams are.
The Brownwood Lions, led by quarterback McLane Moore, come into this game riding a three game winning streak. Moore, who has thrown for 1,200 yards this season, has the always dangerous Gavin Jefferson beside him in the backfield. Jefferson has rushed for 625 yards on an average of 5.3 yards per carry and has tallied seven touchdowns. Backing Jefferson up is another talented back in Harley Price who is just shy of 400 yards on the year, but has a 5.7 yards per carry average and has added five touchdowns of his own. Over the course of their season, the Lions’ dangerous rushing attack has their offense averaging just over 31 points per contest.
The Lions will go up against a Sanger defense that has had its fair share of troubles over the course of the season. The Indians let up 27.5 points per game during the regular season and allowed 100+ yard rushing performances in each of their losses. However, Sanger’s strong strength of schedule certainly played a part in their struggles. Two of the Indian’s losses came against future district champions in Argyle and Midlothian Heritage while the other two came against district runner-up’s in Decatur and Denton (5A). While the defense showed signs of weakness, the Sanger offense proved to be strong throughout the season.
Behind the arm of quarterback CJ Jackson, the Indians averaged just under 34 points per game. Jackson, who has thrown for 1,980 yards and 23 touchdowns this season, is averaging just under 200 passing yards per contest. Alongside him in the Indian backfield is running back Dameon Moser who has averaged just under 100 yards per game in 2016 and has scored 12 rushing touchdowns. Moser has been extremely productive in the ground game, rushing for 6.2 yards per carry and a total of 970 yards over the course of the season. The Brownwood defense, who has held opponents to an average of 22 points per game will have a tall task in front of them when they meet this dynamic Indian offense on the field.