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Battle tested Tigers set to take on Golden Eagles in district opener

September 10, 2018 GMT

In week 1, Klein Forest beat MacArthur in a thriller. The offense put up close to 500 total yards.

Meanwhile, the experienced Tigers took care of business with a 47-6 victory against Alief Taylor in its season opener.

In week 2, the Golden Eagles stumbled against Cy Lakes, losing 31-6. They had 9 fumbles, four lost, and one interception.

“It’s never good to lose, but you learn lessons from your losses,” Klein Forest head coach Ajani Sanders said. “We’ll learn the lesson, we’ll learn that we got to come out and play.”

In week 2, the Tigers beat Clear Springs 28-21, Sept. 8, at Challenger Columbia Stadium to stay upbeaten.

“Those guys are going to execute at a high level,” Sanders said.

The district opener is set for 6 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 15, at Klein Memorial Stadium.

Sanders recognizes that his team doesn’t need to be the best in the country, just the best team in the stadium that day.

“We have to execute at a very high level when you come on the field,” Sanders said. “When you’re playing against a hungry team you have to take that punch and throw a punch back.”

Klein Collins produced its third perfect regular season last year, but lost to Longview 30-24 in the regional semifinals. In 2012, they clinched their first final four.

“Our goal is to get better every week,” Klein Collins head coach Adrian Mitchell said. “The score will take care of itself if we focus on that.”

Klein Collins RB Isaiah Spiller, Texas A&M commit, had 1,285 rushing yards along with 23 touchdowns last year and is one of the top backs in the state.

“A lot of what we’re going to do is going to be on the shoulders of that young man,” Mitchell said.

Spiller will lead the offense along with QB Carter Rhyne. There’s also RB Braelon Bridges, WR Alex Brown, DB Ke’vric Wiggins, LB Ethan Frazier, Josh Allison and DE A.J. Townsend.

“We’re really confident that these guys are going to continue what’s been started here,” Mitchell said.

Sanders hopes his squad is able execute at a high level heading into a tough district schedule against the rest of the Klein schools and Conroe ISD.

“We need to learn how to block, tackle, run and just the fundamentals of football,” Sanders said. “If we take care of those things, then we’ll be in any football game that we’ll play. We have enough talent in that locker room every day to be able to withstand anything that anybody throws at us.”

alvaro.montano@chron.com