TENAHA - The Tenaha football team is currently ranked #1 in the state in their class, and boasts a perfect 15-0 record; but somehow they still aren’t given the respect they deserve.
“We’re a small school and that doesn’t garner a lot of respect,” head coach Craig Horn stated.
The 2A football squad has been dominating opponents all year, winning games by an average of 50 points. They’re also one win away from bringing home their second state title since 2011. With all the accolades and accomplishments this team has accumulated, they don’t have any players with college offers this season.
“There ain’t too much more I can do,” senior Trai Gardner stated when asked why he’s not getting noticed by colleges, “I guess I got to jump off a bridge or something like that.” Gardner is a dynamic playmaker on both sides of the ball, and is a big reason why Tenaha is ranked #1 in both offense and defense.
Senior running back Onterio Thompson has rushed for 2,462 yards and 34 touchdowns on the season. But like Gardner, he has no offers as well.
“We don’t have the 6’5 230 pound kid. Those guys gobble up offers left and right,” Coach Horn stated, as a justification on why his kids are being overlooked.
As Tenaha prepares to play for a state championship on Thursday, senior Tavoris Giles believes a championship would earn some recognition. “I guess we got to win a state championship 100-0 from them to look. They’ll wake up soon.”