Travis has played arguably one of the toughest non-district schedules among the District 20-6A teams, defeating two high-powered offensive teams in Foster and Spring.
So the Tigers should feel prepared for a very fast Elkins offense in the district opener for both teams Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Mercer Stadium in Sugar Land.
Travis took time in the bye week to heal up from some nagging injuries that affected both sides of the ball. Head coach Trey Sissom said that the team is as healthy as it was at the beginning of the season.
“We had a lot of kids hurt and we used the off-week to get them back and up to game speed,” Sissom said.
Elkins is also 3-0 on the season and boasts a speedy offense with plenty of diversity. Senior running back Issiah Nixon leads the Knights with 348 yards (a whopping 12.9 yards per carry) with four touchdowns. Senior receiver Jacory Lee has 239 rushing yards on 18 carries and 152 receiving yards on nine catches for five touchdowns.
Meanwhile, the Knights’ defense has been strong on rushing the quarterback this season with five sacks and 18 hurries. Elkins also has seven interceptions and has forced nine fumbles.
But Sissom believes that playing teams like Foster and Spring has prepared Travis for what the Tigers will see from Elkins. The Travis defense has played bend-but-don’t-break defense the last couple of games, getting big stops and key turnovers.
“Elkins is 3-0 because they have explosive kids on offense,” Sissom said. “They are kind of similar to Foster with the kind of kids that they have. Jacory Lee is as fast as anyone in the district.
“This game is going to be about turnovers and getting big plays on big downs for our defense. That includes special teams as well. We have to make the field as long as we can for them.”
Oh, and one other thing: Travis’ offense is very good. Led by senior quarterback Eric Rodriguez, the Tigers average 340 passing yards and 482 total yards per game. Rodriguez has 11 passing touchdowns and two rushing scores this season, along with 232 rushing yards.
Senior receiver and Penn State commit Parker Washington has 21 catches for 367 yards and four touchdowns, while senior receiver Jarrell Farr has 22 catches for 363 yards and five touchdowns.