Keane Davis (50), Valentino Trevino (13), Deryn Taylor (21) and the rest of the Seguin defense look to slow Medina Valley’s version of the Slot-T in tonight’s Homecoming game at Matador Stadium. Photo by Andie Rangel.
(Seguin) – Seguin looks to snap a two-game losing skid in the District 26-5A football race tonight with a Homecoming win over Medina Valley at Matador Stadium.
In Travis Bush’s second season as head coach, the Matadors are 1-2 in district play, 2-4 overall after a 59-38 road loss to Alamo Heights last Friday. Medina Valley (4-2) dropped to 2-1 in district and saw a three-game winning streak end in a 37-24 loss to Kerrville-Tivy a week ago.
Moving the football wasn’t an issue for a Seguin offense that churned out 544 total yards in the loss to Alamo Heights, but seven turnovers negated that effort in the 21-point setback. Bush says a bounce-back win over Medina Valley tonight will require a much cleaner performance.
"We've just got to get out of our own way," Bush said. "That's what we've talked about all week. We feel like we still haven't put our best football game together in all three phases, and we keep shooting ourselves in the foot, and especially offensively, we feel like we're the only ones that have stopped us."
Seguin sophomore Jhaelen Mickles will make his first start at quarterback tonight after going 18-23 for 295 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception, and running for 49 yards and a score in a backup role last week against Alamo Heights. Mickles also led the Mats to 17 straight points after they fell behind 14-0 early against Lockhart in late September, a game Seguin eventually won 31-27.
Mickles will have plenty of help from running-back Clarence Tibbs (498 yds., 5 TD) and receivers Hayden Haas (33 rec., 753 yds., 8 TD) and Jacob Berkley (25 rec., 290 yds., 4 TD) against a Medina Valley defense that has corralled eight interceptions (by seven different players) in six games.
Medina Valley’s offensive approach combines Soza’s version of the Slot-T with a spread package to feature the skills of running-backs Devin Johnson (470 yds., 5 TD) and Caytan Chang (433 yds., 4 TD, 13 rec., 294 yds.), along with quarterbacks Alek Child (364 passing yds., 2 TD) and Charlie Marsh (332 yds., 3 TD).
Bush says Medina Valley’s incarnation of the Slot-T presents a longer list of challenges than the Lockhart version Seguin’s defense handled four weeks ago.
"With Lockhart, you can just get locked in - it's going to be the Slot-T and read you keys every play, but this one can go to Slot-T to spread, and motions and things, so we've got to really pay attention and be locked in with our keys, and be disciplined to communicate when they go in and out of those formations,” the coach said.
Seguin’s defensive leaders include senior linebacker and San Antonio All-Star Game selection Garrett Luensmann (71 tackles), and junior rover Deryn Taylor (3 Int., 7 TFL). The Mats have been up and down on that side of the ball this season, allowing 43 points, 250 rushing yards, and 154 passing yards per game while forcing 12 turnovers.
Tonight’s kickoff at Matador Stadium is set for 7:30 p.m. The game will air live on KWED 1580 AM and Seguintoday.com.