McGregor Bulldogs (5-5) vs. Cameron Yoe Yoemen (9-1)
Thursday, November 12, 7 p.m.
Waco ISD Stadium – Waco, Texas
With the regular season concluded, the Cameron Yoe Yoemen can focus on winning a fourth consecutive Class 3A title. The Yoemen closed District 10-3A Division I action last week with a 49-14 thumping of Little River-Academy.
Cameron waltzed to a 9-1 record incurring only a 43-41 loss to Class 4A powerhouse China Spring. The Yoemen also prevailed 42-27 over Class 2A No. 10 Refugio.
McGregor needed a miracle finish to make the playoffs, and the Bulldogs will probably require another miracle to remain in title competition. In the regular season finale, the fourth seed from District 9-3A D1 came from behind and nipped Glen Rose 55-54 in overtime.
“I don’t believe there is a better first place-fourth place matchup in the state of Texas,” Bulldog head coach Tim Seward remarked to the McGregor Mirror. “We are expecting a great crowd, and we feel this game will really be a contest.”
If McGregor hopes to derail Cameron’s title express, the Bulldogs must first stop running back Traion Smith. Against the Bumblebees, Smith gained 214 yards on 15 carries and scored on runs of 9, 35, 35, and 53 yards. For the season, the senior has rushed for 2,022 yards on 185 carries and crossed the goal line 36 times.
The Yoeman also throw the ball effectively. Jacob Smitherman attempted only 11 passes last week but completed seven for 61 yards including an 11-yard scoring toss to Sicory Smith. Smitherman’s 2015 totals currently read 112 completions, 171 attempts, 1.751 yards, and 16 touchdowns.
Sicory Smith grabs the majority of Smitherman’s throws. Smith leads the Yoemen in receiving with 45 catches for 869 yards and nine touchdowns.
“To say we are the underdogs is an understatement because we are definitely the underdogs,” Seward commented to the Mirror.
The Bulldogs prefer to pass and throw 75 percent of the time. CJ McLeain runs McGregor’s offense and completed 24-of-30 attempts for 353 yards and four touchdowns against Glen Rose. This season, McLeain has thrown for 2,240 yards with a 151-for-249 mark and 22 touchdowns.
Andrew Taylor, who snared 14 receptions for 203 yards and two touchdowns in last week’s win, paces the Bulldog receiving corps with 73 catches for 1,236 yards and ten touchdowns. James Lane provides solid support with 36 grabs for 494 yards and seven touchdowns.
When McGregor runs, D’Jon Henry receives most of the carries. In 2015, Henry has 116 rushes for 569 yards and 12 touchdowns.
“We believe we are playing our best football right now,” Seward told the newspaper. “We have had to overcome a lot of hardship and injuries and have done a great job of bouncing back.”