Centerville at Mildred
7:30 p.m. Friday
At Asby Field
RECORDS: Class 2A DII Centerville is 1-0. Class 2A DII Mildred is 1-0.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Centerville: WB Tulley Pickens, L Kurtis Parker, RB Blake Payne, L Kevin Gonzales. Mildred: QB Will Burnham, L Joe Carrizales, L Keanu Fathal, L Jasper Marshall.
UPDATE: Centerville demolished No. 9 Mildred a year ago, 70-22, handing the Eagles their only regular season loss in two seasons ... the Tigers ran for 378 yards and scored at least 14 points in all four quarters ... both teams ended up having stellar seasons, Mildred making the state finals, Centerville falling 28-27 to Hughes Springs in the third round after a missed PAT in OT ... the Tigers clobbered Grapeland last week, 55-0, while Mildred beat Como-Pickton, 60-0 ... Blake Payne had 73 yards rushing and a TD on 9 carries, and is the younger brother of Ryan Payne, who went 19-182-4 in last year’s game but graduated ... the Tigers ran for 400 yards last week and allowed 16 ... Mildred senior Draylon Sterling scored four TDs last week, giving him 75 for his career ... the Eagles allowed 60 yards and two first downs last week ... both teams garnered votes in the Associated Press poll this week.
— Raymond Linex II