Mangum, Hollis set for A-2 rivalry clash

Mangum, Hollis set for A-2 rivalry clash

Another week of football, another small town showdown for rivals Mangum and Hollis. Sure Hollis is No. 1 in Class A, but these two teams always get after it when they are scheduled to meet.

"This is one of the biggest rivalries there is here in the southwest. You know, for years and years it's been a big one no matter if it's football or what," said Mangum coach Mike Wendt.

"Mangum is a big rival for us. They're a really good team. Their coach is good. They've got a lot of good players," Hollis senior Dal Williams said. "We've got to stay humble and stay hungry. We can't look over them because they're a good team."

Hollis is an undefeated 6-0 on the year and coach Reade Box gives the credit to his 10 seniors.

"They know our offensive scheme. They know our defensive scheme. They know the coaching staff," Box said. "They're a great group of kids. They work hard. And we always talk about you're only good as your senior bunch and I feel like we've got a good group."

Mangum started the season with five straight wins, which included an upset of then-No. 5 Apache in Week 4. However, last week they recorded their first loss of the season to Cordell. Despite losing, Mangum is ready to bounce back.

"I think it woke us up a little bit. I mean, we didn't think Cordell was going to be as tough as we did," said Mangum senior Colby Hamlett.

"I don't know if it's the mid-year kind of blahs, or what, but our enthusiasm is a lot better today and we're looking better," Wendt added.

Ask either coach and they will tell you Hollis has more size. But Mangum's passing attack gives them the chance to keep up with a physical Hollis team..

"Kade Wendt is really good. (He's a) Really good thrower, scrambler and their receivers can all catch, run good routes. We're going to have to play real sound, disciplined defense," Box said.

"I think we can give them a little trouble with our passing game and that's kind of where we were. We scored every touchdown last week off pass. So hopefully if they shut our run down, we can get it going on the outside and down field," said Wendt.

For Hollis, they will stick to the same run-heavy schemes as always, led by senior Gunner Ewing.

"They're a pound it and grind out (team). And if we can shut him down and shut their fullback type play down, I think it gives us a chance to stay in the game and do what we do," said Wendt.

"We don't change week-to-week. Our offensive scheme is going to be the same, our defense is going to be the same. Our kids believe in our schemes and they believe in our program," Box said.

This game is scheduled for a 7:30 kick-off on Thursday night in Mangum.