The Graham Steers will face the 6-6 Lubbock Estacado Matadors in the regional playoff game after beating the Glen Rose Tigers 34-0 Saturday in Mineral Wells.
Estacado has possibly the best running back the Steers have seen all year in senior Robert Johnson, who has averaged 7.64 yards per carry on his way to a 2,232-yard season with 29 touchdowns.
Johnson will be the Steers main concern, especially considering the fact that the Matadors have completed only 64 passes all season for 980 yards. Within this team stat reside eight touchdowns and seven interceptions.
But those numbers can be deceptive, as Estacado quarterback Jalen Tennison remains a threat on the ground.
The junior signal-caller has run the ball 140 times for 664 yards and seven touchdowns.
If the Matadors do decide to throw the ball, chances are that junior receiver Kenaris Jackson will be the target.
Jackson has accounted for 473 of Estacado's 980 receiving yards. That's almost half, for those doing the math.
Defensively, the Matadors have forced 16 turnovers, a figure that pales in comparison to the Steers' state-leading 39 forced turnovers.
Still, the Matadors are also dangerous because of the size and strength they have on both sides of the line.
“This is the best running back we've seen all season,” Steers head coach Kenny Davidson said. “He's really good, and they have big powerful kids on their offensive and defensive lines.”
To read more about the Lubbock Estacado Matadors and how the Steers plan to attack them, pick up the midweek issue of the Graham Leader.