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Travis senior Mason Muchaw blocks for senior Cameron Oliver against Foster.

Travis Tigers (4-4) at Katy Tompkins Falcons (8-0)  

Friday, December 11, 2020 —6 p.m. — Legacy Stadium

 

This year has turned high school football upside down.

The Travis High School football team has been no exception, and the Tigers’ profile has been turned upside down, with the defense leading the way in 2020.

The Tigers led District 20-6A in defensive yards allowed (219.8) and points allowed (12.5).

Now, Travis has to lean on that defense for a Region III-6A DI bi-district playoff rematch with Katy Tompkins.

The Falcons will host in 2020 at Legacy Stadium on Friday at 6 p.m.

“I feel confident on the defensive side; we’re playing pretty well on that side, and we’re pretty healthy,” Travis head coach Trey Sissom said. “Their strength on the offensive side and our defense matches up well. It’s going to be a heck of a game.”

The 2019 game ended with Tompkins closing the book on Travis’ undefeated season. The Tigers hope to do the same to the Falcons in 2020.

Tompkins won their first district champion in 2020 after the Falcons broke Katy’s long grip on the Katy ISD district.

There are no surprises about who leads the Falcons on Friday, senior quarterback Jalen Milroe.

Milroe has thrown for 1,079 yards and 12 touchdowns in eight games for Tompkins.

Travis held Milroe to 234 yards passing and intercepted three passes in the 35-28 loss to Tompkins last season.

The Tigers will need a similar effort to give the Travis offense a chance to figure out the Tompkins defense.

The Tigers have struggled on offense in back-to-back games against Foster and Spring Branch Memorial — finishing with less than 200 yards of offense in both.

“We just know that offensively we haven’t lived up to the standard that we’re used to,” Sissom said. “Tompkins has two really good players on defense we have to work around.

“We have to find a way to scrape out a win.”

Travis was able to find their groove on offense during district play; the Tigers averaged 32 points per game in four contests.

Junior quarterback Anthony Njoku led the district in passing with 629 yards and eight touchdowns in the brief sample.

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