Updated: Game has been canceled following numerous COVID-19 positive tests among the George Ranch program. Katy Taylor will have a bye and advance to the area round.
George Ranch Longhorns (5-3) vs. Katy Taylor Mustangs (7-2)
Friday, December 11, 2020 —7 p.m. — Edward Mercer Stadium
The George Ranch High School football team gets a rare opportunity on Friday night at Mercer Stadium.
The Longhorns get a mulligan.
George Ranch lost a non-district game at Legacy Stadium early in the 2020 season against Katy Taylor, 26-14.
The Longhorns will play the Mustangs again, but this time, the winner moves on in the Region III-6A DII playoffs while the other team goes home.
On paper, these two teams are very similar. The difference the first time around was multiple turnovers by the Longhorns built an early hole.
The Longhorns will hope to flip that script on Friday.
The George Ranch defense have been take-away machine during District 20-6A play with a positive-seven turnover margin in five games.
The majority of the Longhorns turnovers have come from interceptions. George Ranch had 10 during 20-6A zone play.
The Longhorns defense has put the clamps on the opponents in the past three games against Elkins (twice) and Bush, allowing just over 200 yards of offense per game.
The Longhorns will have to bottle up junior Michael Whitaker and senior Tyrone Irving.
The pair of Mustangs each crossed 100 yards rushing and receiving, respectively, in the game against George Ranch.
Taylor will be riding high entering Friday’s game after beating Clear Springs 28-27 in the final week of the regular season. The non-district win came after the Mustangs finish third behind Tompkins and Katy.
Junior running back Hymond Drinkard has rebounded from a hand injury to get back-to-back 100-yard game for the Longhorns.
Drinkard will be vital to keeping George Ranch schedule on offense after he finished first overall in district rushing with 735 yards.
The junior running back will also help keep the pressure of fellow junior quarterback Cole Murphy.
Murphy has stepped into the starting quarterback role after senior Sam Miller was knocked out of the first game against Elkins in Week 8.