Lions Kick-Off Season Against Mart Panthers
8/28/2013 by BY BRETT DILLON
2013 THS VARSITY LION FOOTBALL TEAM
The pre-season 10th place state ranked Teague Lions will host the #1 ranked Mart Panthers this Friday night at Lion Stadium in what should be a packed house between two state ranked, quality opponents. The decorated Mart Panthers are led by veteran Head Coach Rusty Nail, who enters his 7th year at the helm, has an outstanding coaching record of 82-18 at Mart with two State Championships.
??Mart hasn?t changed in a while, they still run out of the spread, running the jet and counter plays on offense,? said THS Athletic Director and Head Coach Daniel Johnson about this week?s opponent. ?Defensively, the Panthers base out of the 3-4, and basically say that we are better than you, come and get it, well, here we come?.
?The Panthers bring back six starters on offense and six starters on defense and are led by all-around athlete D?Nerian Thomas (5?8 165 4.5)?and ball-hawking Linebacker Colin Nail (5?10 205 4.6)?who both are just juniors. Thomas racked up huge numbers in 2012, rushing for 2,375 yards, 1,200 yards passing with 46 total touchdowns. Nail tallied 179 tackles. Both players played a lot of 2012 while injured.
?Sophomore D?Marcus Cosby (5?11 205 4.6) is considered one of the best sophomores in the State and rightfully so after rushing for 1,730 yards and 19 touchdowns as a freshmen last season. Cosby?also racked up 149 tackles, 3 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, and a blocked kick at his Linebacker position. Cosby had one of the best freshmen seasons as you?ll see at any level.
?I feel we match up with anybody. I don?t care where you?re from or what your ranking is, we will be there and we will be ready,? declared Coach Johnson.
?Teague will provide it?s own firepower as well, bringing back junior?All-State Quarterback Austin Skinner (6?2 195 4.8) who proved to be one of the best Quarterbacks in the State with his eye-popping numbers from 2012 but also his pin-point passing, pocket presence, and decision-making has put him in a class that very few underclassmen will ever?get to experience. Fellow junior slot Aaron Mitchell (5?10 190 4.5) is also back after hauling in 81 passes for 1,394 yards and 24 touchdowns last season. The pair of juniors have broken and passed all offensive passing records that have ever been set at Teague High School.
?New goals linger ahead for the Lions, and after tasting victory in the playoffs last year; these goals and new standards will only be set higher.
??Our immediate goal is to get through the pre-season healthy, and then we want to win the District Championship, and then we want to make a run to AT&T Stadium in December,? added Coach Johnson.