Tuesday, November 09, 2010

ATH: Tivy plays Hays!

Tivy to face Buda Hays in first round
Sunday, November 7, 2010 11:17 pm
Sports Editor Joe Harrington

The Tivy football team is headed back on the field and back to the playoffs this year on Nov.13.

The Antlers (9-1 overall) faces District 27-4A foe Buda Hays (6-4 overall) at 7:30 p.m. at Lenhoff Stadium in Schertz.

The Antlers, who had their bye during the final week of the regular season, won the District 28-4A title over Boerne Champion on Oct. 29.

Meanwhile, Hays lost to Smithson Valley (9-0 overall), 40-0, Friday. However, a 4-2 district record put them in the playoffs along with the two other District 27-4A teams, Alamo Heights and New Braynfels Canyon.

The Antlers, who haven't lost in the first round since 2006, won last season's bi-district game against San Antonio Kennedy 65-2. Tivy went on to win its next three games before falling in the state semifinal game against Brenham.

Hays is led by running back Torrance Smith, who had nine touchdowns and 759 yards in 2010.

While the Rebels scored 35 touchdowns, Tivy senior quarterback Johnny Manziel finished with 31 more alone this season with 66 touchdowns so far this season.

Smith said the coin flip for the location was taken care of Thursday. The Antlers had a chance to play at home, but Lenhoff Stadium proved to be the most sound stadium in regards to capacity.

Smith, however, said location means little in the playoffs.

"You got to play somewhere," Tivy coach Mark Smith said with a laugh.

Tickets for the Antlers' playoff game will be available for $3 and $6 presale, and will be $7 at the gate.

If the Antlers advance out of the first round, they could face a possible rematch with the only team they've lost to this season, Lake Travis. The three-time defending Class 4A champion Cavaliers face Austin McCallum in the first round.

In September, the Antlers jumped ahead early against Lake Travis, but fell by four points, 37-33. Tivy responded by scoring at least 55 points in every District 28-4A game.

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