Travis Tigers (3-1) vs. Bush Broncos (1-3)
Thursday, November 5, 2020 — 6 p.m. — Mercer Stadium
On paper, Thursday’s game at Mercer Stadium features two teams from Richmond heading in different directions.
Travis, after losing to 5A-DII Lake Creek, has won three straight games handily.
Bush started the season 0-3 before picking up a 35-7 win over Austin last week.
That story could be flipped with one win by the Broncos on Thursday night.
A win would level the top of the zone standings between Travis, and Bush. The other two teams Dulles and Austin, will be playing on Saturday.
Bush and Dulles victories could force a three-way tie between the Tigers, Broncos and Vikings.
But before any ties can be talked about, the Broncos have to find a way to win.
Travis enters the game with the No. 2 offense in District 20-6A, averaging 320.75 yards per contest.
Travis has the No. 1 passing game with 797 yards through four games.
Junior quarterback Anthony Njoku has powered the Tigers offensive machine.
The first-year varsity signal-caller is first in passing and fourth in rushing among players in 20-6A.
Njoku is completing 62% of his passes (59x95) for 797 yards and nine touchdowns against one interception. He has rushed for 325 yards and seven touchdowns on 49 attempts.
Njoku has spread the ball to senior Michael Samba Jr., senior Jeremiah Ephraim and junior Marcus Chretian in the early part of the season, all three in the top 10 in receiving yards.
The Broncos will counter with the No. 7 defense, allowing 339.75 yards per game.
On offense, Bush is the No. 8 ranked team with 170.5 yards per game.
The Broncos has four rushers with around 200 yards on the ground: senior quarterback Jacory Cormier (33 carries, 196 yards), junior Adrian Cormier (26, 152), junior Nelvens Borgella (44, 167) and sophomore Jahbari Kuykendall (32, 128).
Bush’s struggles on offense have come through the air.
Cormier is completing 24% of his passes (12x50) for 67 yards and one interception. He completed 11 passes for 60 yards during district play.
Junior Javoryon Howard is the top target receiving with four catches for 35 yards.
The Tigers have the No. 3 defense in 20-6A to counter Bush. Travis allowing 271.25 yards per game — including a near-even split against rushing and passing.
Travis has forced 10 turnovers compared to Bush’s eight.