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December 6, 2013

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: One memorable year (w/thank you from coaching staff)

Malakoff sets multiple school records in regional season

MALAKOFF — Looking back on the 2013 season for the Malakoff Tigers was one that fifth-year head coach Jamie Driskell will never forget.

The Tigers (11-2) broke four school records with most points scored (635), most points scored in a game (73 versus Grand Saline), most games played (13) and most playoff wins in a season with two.

“I think the kids played hard and really sold out to the season,” Driskell said. “They were 100-percent in and I think the last game we played extremely hard we did not execute on a few plays and it cost us.”

MHS lost in the regional round to New Boston, 34-27, last weekend. The trip was the Tigers fifth straight playoff appearance. During that time, the Tigers have an overall  record of 45-14.

The Tigers also tied for the most wins in a season with the 1940 Malakoff Tigers at 11 victories.

“We thought we had a chance to be (pretty good) before the season started if we stayed healthy,” Driskell said. “We built momentum as we kept winning and then we had the loss to Lone Oak and it sets us back and made us question ourselves.”

The Tigers were led offensively by senior Damontes Dowell — a 1,814 yard rusher with 31 touchdowns — and junior Marcus Dowell with 1,015 yards rushing and 22 touchdowns.

“Marcus knows it is a team game and we have to find some offensive lineman to replace the kids that we lost,” Driskell said. “We are definitely glad that Marcus is back.”

Driskell said the community support played a role in the success of the team this year.

“We made a big push before the season started to get the community more involved,” Driskell said. “They responded well and that is what it is all about. These kids are representing these people’s towns and I was appreciative that they appreciated these young men.”

Driskell said the senior class was special this year.

“They were an awesome class and a very high spirited group of kids,” Driskell said. “They came to work everyday and expected to win every Friday night.”

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