The Electra Tigers won their first playoff game since 2006 in 2015. Their season came to an end at the hands of undefeated Iraan in the area round…Iraan then going on to the 2A Regional Finals. But you can’t talk about the Tigers success last year without mentioning basketball. Many of the studs on the football field lead the basketball team to a district championship, and a lot of that momentum is carrying into this year’s two-a-days. Head coach Todd Doughty hopes it will fuel these guys to a deep season on the gridiron.
The Tigers return the majority of their defensive starters. But they’re offense will shift.. They’ll have to cater to their lack of size, addition of speed, and a new quarterback. The Tigers graduated quarterback Markeis Lee, who, in his senior season, passed for 944 yards and 8 touchdowns, as well as rushing for almost 1500 yards and 17 additional scores. Taking the snaps in 2016: running back turned quarterback Drake Cooper, who rushed for over 1200 yards and 17 scores in 2015.
“Anytime you lose a player like Markeis, there’s a hole to fill. But we like Drake. We think Drake is a great player. Certainly Drake playing quarterback doesn’t keep me up at night. I have all the confidence in the world in him to take over that spot,” says Doughty.
The Tigers will also look to senior Xavier Waggoner on both sides of the ball…he’s received all-state honors the last three years….tallying 110 tackles his junior year. As well as Montana Hernandez, he had 164 tackles last year..
A change up for district 7-2A, Division II, as the Tigers lose Hamlin and Seymour, but pick up Quanah and Archer City, keeping Petrolia, Haskell, and Munday as district foes.
Electra and Seymour will open the season under the much anticipated Friday night lights on August 26th.