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Westlake up next for undefeated Tigers

By Chris & Laurie Mueller

The Tigers are 2-0 for the first time since 2010 and the excitement around here is as high as it’s been in years.

The Tigers will try to keep that streak alive and will be back at home for a big game against class 3A opponent Westlake. The Rams upset Crowley 17-14 last week to move to 1-1 on the season. Last season's contest saw the Rams comeback and win on a field goal with under 5 minutes to play. The Tigers had leads of 14-0 and 22-7 last year, but the Rams fought back for the win.

The Tigers look strong in all phases of the game and are averaging 317 yards on offense. The defense has been outstanding, forcing five turnovers last week in the South Cameron victory. The Tigers turnover ratio is plus 6 so far this season. The defense has held their two opponents to 152 yards of offense and and have allowed an average of 10 points per game having shut out the Tarpons last week.

Offensive leaders thus far for the Tigers are quarterback Will Smith, who is 23 of 38 for 367 yards and 5 tds. Smith has rushed for 146 yards and 1 touchdown and has a quarterback rating of 121.3. Kaleb Buck has run the ball 29 times for 207 yards and 4 touchdowns. Adrian Gates is the Tigers' top pass catcher with 6 catches for 189 yards and 2 tds.

Penalties were a big concern after week 1 as the Tigers were flagged 15 times for 100 yards. In the South Cameron game they improved to 5 penalties for 55 yards.

DeQuincy Head Coach Charlie Smith was the defensive co-ordinator for the Weslake Rams team that lost a heart breaker Parkview Baptist 19-18 in 2007 in the state championship game. Offensive coach Tate Woodard was a coach at Westlake as well.

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