To keep a playoff streak alive in the Shane Mobley era (since 2017), the Sealy Tigers will need to pull off an upset of the No. 1 Needville Blue Jays and have the Fulshear Chargers beat the Brazosport Exporters this Friday.
Sealy enters the game owning a 2-3 district record after last week’s 35-21 loss to West Columbia, who clinched a postseason berth with the win, while Needville owns a 5-0 record following a 48-35 win over Brazosport last week.
Despite the losses, the Tiger defense holds the second-best point allowance in district competition (100) behind only West Columbia (80) but the Blue Jay offense remains the highest-scoring offense with 215 points scored in five games, good enough for a 36-point cushion over second-place El Campo.
On the season, Needville has scored 369 points and lost its lone game in the pre-district portion of the schedule, 20-19, at the hands of the Calallen Wildcats (9-0, 6-0 in District 15-5A-2).
On the other side, Sealy started its district slate with a win over Fulshear before dropping contests to Brazosport then El Campo before bouncing back with a win over Bay City but remains tied with the Exporters for the fourth and final playoff spot entering the final week of the regular season.
Regardless of the outcome, Mobley’s message remained focused on the bonds this team has created over the year and with one more chance to strap up with their brothers, he expects the tanks to be emptied Friday night at T.J. Mills Stadium.
“The main thing was that it’s a family deal, the seniors have played together for a long time and these underclassmen, you start looking at some of the guys, there’s a bunch of guys who are
busting their tails every Friday night. It’s a unit aspect,” the head coach said. “Now, they gotta load up and decide how they want to play their last home game.
“They're brothers, there’s nobody to point the finger at, so is the game,” Mobley continued. “Playoffs might not be in the picture this season but we do have one last home game, it's senior night so it's going to be something for these seniors to go out and fight their tails off for and go against an opponent that's undefeated in the district.”
Friday night’s kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at the friendly confines of T.J. Mills Stadium with a pregame ceremony for the senior families.
The sub-varsity teams went 2-1 last week with the freshmen falling, 28-20, to West Columbia. Ryder Ramirez, Avonte Nunn, William Forrester and Bradley Williams provided outstanding offensive efforts and a few defensive standouts were Tanner Ellis, Richard Hahn, Dylan Aguado and Amador Lopez, according to head coach Dane Bennet.
The junior varsity black squad took a 26-6 win over West Columbia thanks in part to another offensive explosion from quarterback D’vonne Hmielewski although it was the first game the Tigers didn’t score on their first drive, according to head coach Jeremy Pelz. Hmielewski crossed the goal line on three different running plays and added a touchdown throw to Mason Klotz while the defense provided another stellar effort in the penultimate game of the season.
The junior varsity gold team scored all 24 of its points in the first half and held on for a 24-22 win over Navasota which was secured with a big incompletion on fourth and long at the end of the game. Quarterback Hunter Thielemann ran for one score and threw another to Bradley Garbs and Myki Harris added a rushing touchdown of his own to help Sealy take a 24-14 lead into halftime.
The defensive effort stepped up in the second half behind Jose Arriaga and Julius Aguilar and other offensive standouts were Nick Alvarado and Luke Kovar according to head coach Chase Janczak.
All sub-varsity teams will do battle with Needville this week to close their regular season.