Panthers stand in way of Tigers’ perfect record in crucial 15-6A matchup
Klein Collins is continuing its winning ways after finishing the regular season undefeated last year, third time in program history.
The Tigers are 5-0 overall and 3-0 in District 15-6A this season as they head into their game against Klein Oak at 7 p.m. Friday at Klein Memorial Stadium.
First-year head coach Adrian Mitchell, former defensive coordinator, is confident that his players are going to be able to continue what’s been started by former head coach Drew Svoboda.
Against Klein Oak (4-1, 2-1), Klein Collins faces a team led by second-yard head coach and former NFL player Jason Glenn.
“These kids all know each other,” Mitchell said. “We try not to week-to-week make it about our opponent.”
The Tigers beat College Park 30-0, last Thursday, behind Isaiah Spiller’s game-high 182 rushing yards and 66-yard score.
Mitchell is looking forward to the test against Klein Oak.
“Just the program as a whole, I think they’re doing a really good job right now,” Mitchell said. “We respect everything that those guys do, it’s mutual respect for that program.”
Klein Oak (4-1, 2-1) suffered its first loss of the season, 21-19 to The Woodlands at Woodforest Bank Stadium.
“We don’t take anybody lightly,” Glenn said. “That’s the good thing about our district, whoever makes it out will be playoff ready.”
In Week 4, Klein Oak beat Conroe 42-29. In Week 3, the Panthers’ defense shut out Klein for three quarters and won, 26-12.
The Panthers are led by quarterback Montrell Bolton. There’s also running back Kendal Taylor, Charles Garrett, wide receiver Tyler Hudson and C.J. Watson.
On defense there’s defensive lineman Gerald Irons, Max Edwards, linebacker Colbie Habermacher and A.J. Roberts.
“They’re a quality opponent, we’re going to study them, but at the end of the day it’s about Klein Collins taking care of Klein Collins,” Mitchell said.
Klein Collins beat Oak Ridge 37-16 in Week 4. Spiller and Brealon Brigdes each had over 100 total yards and scored at least once.
“I think the kids are going to love it and the competition will help us out,” Glenn said.
The Tigers beat Klein Forest 28-10 in Week 3, with Spiller scoring four times, Clear Springs 28-21 in week 2 at Challenger Columbia Stadium and Alief Taylor 47-13 to start the season.
“I feel like our guys are improving every week,” Mitchell said. “Great teams get better every week.”
In addition to Spiller, there’s quarterback Carter Rhyne, running back Braelon Bridges, wide receiver Alex Brown, defensive back Kevric Wiggins, linebacker Ethan Frazier and defensive end A.J. Townsend.
“As a staff we’re extremely appreciative of all of our kids, proud of the improvements and the strides that they’re making,” Mitchell said. “The bonds that they build get stronger every week.”