Last season the Tenaha Tigers experienced one of the greatest heartbreaks in sports, an undefeated season ending in a state championship loss, but that’s in the past.
The Tigers turn their focus to 2018, a new season, with a new head coach, in a new district, but the goal is the same.
Tenaha head coach Greg Jenkins said, “We’re not expecting to have a drop off the kids have super high expectations. When they’re talking in the locker room they’re talking about going and being a state champion.”
Senior running back Jay Lloyd said, “Getting so far and then you know you don’t want nothing less than a state championship so that’s our goal.”
This may be Jenkins first year as a football head coach, but he’s a well known figure at Tenaha.
Jenkins said “I already have a relationship with the kids having been here five years. Actually some of them came to talk to me when they found out Coach Horn was leaving about coming and taking the job. Still get chills thinking about it right now. When those kids come and talk to you and you see how much they feel like they need you there’s no way you can tell them no.”
Senior offensive lineman Jaurmez Brock said, “We already know how he operates so it will be easier. The transition will be a little bit easier.”
Another change this offseason is the move up to 2A Division One.
Jenkins said, “The biggest difference that we see is the schedule is ten times tougher if not a hundred times tougher.”
Brock said, “It’s going to be very challenging Timpson is still in there Joaquin is still in there we’ve got Garrison coming in. It’s looking pretty good right now it looks like a lot of good games are going to happen.”
The Tigers graudated 18 seniors last season, which included quarterback CJ Horn and star receiver Tre Gardner, but as the saying goes, there’s always talent in Tenaha.
Jenkins said, “We think that we’re going to be really good again but on paper a lot of teams think they’re going to be good. We’ve got 5-6 receivers that can really catch the ball, moving Jay Lloyd who is just an outstanding athlete, moving him to tailback so it’s going to be a big adjustment. We don’t have a lot of experience at the quarterback position. Not a lot of experience at the true running back position. We are going to be playing one freshman for sure where the lights have never turned on for him.”
Brock said, “They keep saying we’re losing a lot of people but we’re also gaining a lot of people so I’m really looking forward to shutting a lot of people up.”