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FOOTBALL: Indians Look to Improve to 2-0 in District Friday at Big Spring

By: 
Dustin Wright
Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Seminole senior QB Jordan Matthews throws a pass into the flats during first quarter action of the Indians' 55-6 District 2-4A, Div. I win over the San Angelo Lake View Chiefs in play held last Friday evening at San Angelo Stadium. The Indians will take to the road again on Friday, as they will travel to Big Spring for a 7 p.m. scheduled kickoff against the Steers. (Sentinel Photo / Dustin Wright)

Seminole head football coach Kent Jackson was pleased with the aggressive response his Indian squad had in last Friday evening's District 2-4A, Div. I win over the San Angelo Lake View Chiefs.

A response needed in the 55-6 win last week in San Angelo following a 29-28 home loss back on Oct. 12 against the Brownfield Cubs.

A response he hopes his Indian squad will continue to show this coming Friday evening, as the Indians will take to the road once again for district play, as they will travel to Big Spring for a 7 p.m. scheduled contest against the Steers.

"I said this heading into last week, but at this time of year, all these games matter," said Jackson about entering into district play. "We have another one that matters this week against Big Spring, which will be another test for our kids."

Big Spring (2-6 overall, 1-0 in 2-4A, Div. I) enters this coming Friday's contest following a 40-26 home district loss to Andrews last week, while the Indians (4-3 overall, 1-0) will look to extend their district winning streak out to eight consecutive games, dating back to an Oct. 28, 2016 District 2-4A, Div. II win over Fort Stockton (39-14).

In that loss, the Steers were held for 280 yards of total offense, paced by a 72 yard rushing performance from Orlando Sanchez and 45 yards and one rushing score from sophomore quarterback Ethan Cortez.

Cortez also threw for two scores (9-of-18 passing) and 173 yards through the air in the loss, which saw the Steers garner just 12 first down and was just 1-of-8 on third down conversions, per statistics obtained by the Big Spring Herald.

"There record may not reflect it, but they are an athletic bunch of kids, probably the most athletic group we will have seen so far this season," said Jackson of the Steers. "They have some size up front on both sides of the ball and good skills kids who can make things happen. They will be a tough match-up for us Friday evening."

The Indians will enter Friday's contest averaging 331.3 yards per game offensively, while allowing an average of 246 yards on the defensive side of the ball, according to Seminole Sentinel season statistics.

SHS senior QB Jordan Matthews has racked up 525 yards passing (24-39-3 INTs) and five touchdowns through the air, including a three touchdown passing performance last week on the road at San Angelo Lake View.

SHS senior RB Noah Mata is atop the Indian rushing yard leaders, with 421 yards on 58 carries, while sophomore Aiden Ward has racked up a team high eight rushing touchdowns.

Defensively, junior LB Dylan Stokes leads the Indians with 78.5 total tackles on the 2018 season, including 54 solo tackles, while fellow LB Devin Doerksen has 60 total tackles through seven games, including 48 solo tackles.

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