One Texas commitment that is looking to take his team's regular season momentum into the postseason is Kendall Thompson. The linebacker and Carthage will open the playoffs against Pleasant Grove. The back-to-back 3A champions did lose twice earlier in the year, but have to be once against considered favorites for the title.
"It feels really good to be playing well right. The defense is playing with a lot of heart and the offense is moving the ball. We have won six in a row," said Thompson to LonghornDigest.com. "We have a pretty good chance. I think we definitely can get there. If we continue to play like we have been, we will be tough to stop."
After starting the year 2-0, Carthage lost back-to-back games to Chapel Hill and Nacodoches. Thompson didn't play in either game due to a knee injury. Neither did star 2012 running back Edward Pope.
"I was injured and Pope was out as well. But, we just didn't come out and play well," said Thompson. "We really learned from those games that we have to play as a team. We were full of individuals and it hurt us. Now, we are more like a team. The older guy are trusting the underclassmen. Everything is done in good of the team."
Pleasant Grove finished the year 6-4 and likes to establish the run to move the ball on offense. Featured in their back field is Melvin Gray, who finished the regular season with over 1200 yards and 13 touchdowns.
"They run the ball a lot. I will have to be ready," said Thompson.
While he might have words about his team's success and upcoming playoff run, he doesn't know what to say about the Longhorns recent success on the field.
"I don't know what to say. I'm speechless."