The Huffman Falcons (3-1, 1-0) and the Cleveland Indians (4-1, 2-0) battle in a key District 22-3A contest on Friday night (October 11, 2013). Key because both are expected to be in contention for the district title this season and with just Both teams enter with a perfect district record but only one will leave with just six district games, every one is important.
Both teams take the field at Falcons Stadium with powerful offenses. Cleveland The Indians have put 62 points on the board in their first two district games. Falcons head coach Mike McEachern's team will have its hands full trying to contain Cleveland's quarterback D.D. Jackson who leads the team with 564 rushing yards besides throwing when called upon. Running back Eric Louis is averaging 10.61 yards per carry and has crossed the goal line for seven touchdowns, second only to Jackson's nine scores. If there is a flaw in the Indians attack it is found in the passing game. Jackson has thrown just one touchdown against five interceptions against a defense that has picked off opposing quarterbacks five times in its first four games. Junior defensive back leads with two interceptions.
Huffman with its wide-open offense is just the opposite of Cleveland's "ground and pound" game. Senior Darion Gray is a threat to score everytime he touches the ball. Gray leads the team in receptions (29), receiving yards (526) and touchdowns (8) is also the team's second leading rusher 9.8 yards per carry average and two more scores. Sophomore Cesar Marroquin has taken over the bulk of the running game averaging 5.7 yards per carry. Quarterback Cody Gaitan directs the high flying Falcons attack. The sophomore signal caller has completed 65 percent of his throws for more than 1200 yards and 15 touchdowns.
With just hours to go before kick-off Huffman Falcons hMcEachern spoke about what it would take to win this match-up.
"Tackle. Tackle. Tackle. If we can’t tackle (Eric) Louis or (D.D.) Jackson, they will have their way with us. They also have a receiver /special teams player (Deon) Baldwin who can change a game in a heartbeat. They have a defense that starts 11 seniors, most of which have started since they were sophomores. We must not give up too many big plays , they have scored 12 touchdowns on plays of 40+ yatds. They have big play capability and we must force them to drive the field. We played very good defense last week, and we hope that carries over tonight. We expect a very close game tonight and it might come down to last few minutes before a winner is decided."