Tailback Floyd Spearman is a threat catching the ball out of the backfield and has 430 yards and 14 TDs on 92 carries.
“Silsbee can hurt you in so many ways,” said Thompson. “Reed and Spearman can definitely run the ball and they have a strong vertical passing game. They’ve big-played folks all season long with that and we’ve got to be on our toes defensively every single down.”
The Mustangs have hit a nice stride offensively in recent weeks and are averaging 338.7 yards a game. WO-S will face a formidable Tiger defense that yields just 225.4 yards per outing.
WO-S senior quarterback Jimmy Salter has completed 84-of-154 passes for 1,177 yards and 14 TDs and has yet to be picked off this season.
Salter’s favorite targets have been receivers J’Marcus Rhodes (32-527-8), Tremaine Anderson (16-142-3) and Ra’shon McDonald (11-237-1).
Abear Simien leads the Mustang ground game with 450 yards and four TDs on 65 carries. Salter has 286 yards and nine TDs on 70 carries.
“Offensively, we’ve been improving from week to week, especially with our running game,” said Thompson. “Our young offensive line, with a couple of sophomores, have improved a great deal with nine games under their belts. We’ve got to get the best effort of the season from our line Friday night. Silsbee’s noseguard Seth Adams hasn’t been touched all year. He’s what we like to call a ‘beast.’ He disrupts a lot of things, especially running games.”
Of course, the 21-3A title is on the line as well as the playoffs starting next week.
“There is a lot to play for, you’re talking about a district title now,” said Thompson. “Both teams are looking for that district title and I think both of us need a good old ‘slobber-knocker’ to get us both ready for the postseason. The biggest thing for both of us though is to stay injury-free, you don’t want to go limping into the postseason now.”