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One Deer Park TIFI team is in, others at postseason doorstep

October 4, 2018

One Deer Park TIFI youth football team is going to the postseason party.

Now the big question is, how many will follow suit?

With three weeks remaining in the regular season, the first set of playoff berths were clinched this past Saturday.

Among those fortunate few to extend their season last weekend were the Pee Wee Deer Park Tigers. In a battle of 5-1 teams, the Tigers defeated the Falcons 12-6.

It’s no exaggeration that it was the biggest win of the season for the littlest guys on the gridiron.

The Tigers are in the midst to their toughest part of the schedule. In addition to the once-beaten Falcons, the Tigers faced the unbeaten La Porte Texans back on Sept. 22 and this Saturday, they get the unbeaten Bay Area Sharks.

Back on Sept. 1, the Tigers handed the La Porte Cowboys their only defeat so far, a 20-13 decision.

Their final two opponents also at the moment have winning records, meaning that every Tigers opponent in the second half of their schedule could own winning records when the Tigers played them.

Members of the Deer Park Pee Wee Tigers headed to the playoffs are: Drew Riddle, Joe Castillo, Walker Emery, Maddox Anderson, Alex Leija, Harper Wilson, Beckett Schexnider, Easton Fountain, Landyn Reynolds, Wayne Reyna, Isaac Nava, Kannon Hyland, Justin Sauceda, Zayde Melendez, Maxton Fletcher, Grayson Stratford, Jacob Vela, Cash Thornhill, Rafael Sanchez, Landry Guettler, Cooper Wells and Adin Kellam.

The other Pee Wee division teams that have already clinched are the Bay Area Sharks (7-0), the La Porte Texans (7-0) and the La Porte Cowboys (6-1).

But as many as five other Deer Park TIFI teams could be joining the postseason fun because some at the moment are at the doorstep to a playoff berth.

The magic number to the Freshman Tigers, Junior Rams and Senior Tigers clinching stands at one.

The Senior Tigers shook up the standings a little bit when they snapped a Clear Lake Falcons five-game winning streak, following an 18-12 road win.

The Falcons hadn’t lost since Aug. 18, the opening weekend of TIFI’s campaign, but the Tigers who have been without their starting quarterback for several weeks due to an injury, cooled them off.

The Freshman Tigers enhanced their postseason plans with a 12-0 win over the Falcons, dropping the Falcons into seventh place and the Tigers rising to a share of fourth place with a 5-2 record.

The Junior Division is the only division that could feature both the Rams and Tigers in the playoffs.

Despite a loss to the unbeaten La Porte Cowboys on Saturday, the Rams are still sitting pretty at 5-2 and tied for fourth.

On the bubble are the Tigers, currently tied for the eighth and final playoff berth at 3-4 with the Bay Area Sharks, who happen to be the Tigers’ opponent down in Seabrook on Saturday. Kickoff is at 12:30 p.m.

The Rams clinch a playoff berth if they do their homework. The loser of the Tigers-Sharks game will leave that team with a 3-5 ledger, putting them in a position where they can’t catch the Rams.

ravery@hcnonline.com

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