Waxahachie up first for JT in playoffs


Waxahachie Indians

Next up: John Tyler, 7:30 p.m. Friday (Class 4A Division I bi-district playoff)

Where: Homer B. Johnson Stadium, Garland

Head coach: David Beam

Record: 6-4 (4-3)

Season results: Midlothian, L 7-42; West Mesquite, W 42-0; Corsicana, W 36-12; Mansfield Summit, W 64-57; Lancaster, L 14-45; Mansfield Legacy, W 28-22; Arlington Seguin, L 33-44; Mansfield Lake Ridge, W 77-0; Red Oak, L 17-34; Ennis, W 16-0

Records since 2007: 9-2, 8-4, 13-1, 4-6, 9-3

All-time playoff appearances: 25

Players to watch: QB Jake Villarreal (78-160-1,088 yards, 10 TDs, 3 INTs), RB Treyvon Hughes (185-1,266 yards, 16 TDs), WR Quinn Sargent (24-596-9TDs)

Offensive outlook: The ground game accounts for 68 percent of Waxahachie’s ball-control offense. Waxahachie averaged 27 points and 360 yards during the regular season, scoring more than 60 points twice. Waxahachie also scored 17 points or less four times.

Defensive outlook: The Indians forced four turnovers in last week’s win. Waxahachie held Ennis to 40 yards passing while pitching its third shutout of the season. Waxahachie allowed more than 40 points in four of 10 games and enters the playoffs yielding 22 points on average.

Team strengths: The offensive line, which has helped the Indians average 245 yards rushing per game. The unit features center Jacob Aguilar (6-2, 302) and OG Tyron Davis (6-3, 301).

Noteworthy: Waxahachie won a Class 4A state title in 1992 with a 16-0 record. The Indians, one of the most consistent teams in 4A, have qualified for the playoffs in 21 of the last 22 seasons. Waxahachie advanced to the state quarterfinals in 2009 before falling to Longview.

Quoteworthy: “You could describe us as inconsistent. We’ve had our moments where we we’re good on offense. We line up, we’ve had a bunch of 10-, 12-play drives; that’s what we do best. I’m not sure we have one strength other than I think we can line up and run the football. … We’ve been good in the past, but we don’t have the skill people we did in the past.” — Waxahachie head coach David Ream