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Tenaha visits White Oak in the Game of the Week

The White Oak Roughnecks were state semifinalist in 2013. Despite losing 19 of 22 starters, the Roughnecks are already back in the states top 10 rankings.

"After losing all the people we did last year, I was pretty confident to start with," said White Oak quarterback Cordelle Smith.  "But now that we're 3 and 0 and we've had the success we've had, I'm highly confident in this team and think we can go as far as we want to."

White Oak is ranked No. 10 in the state in Class 3A. Win number four will be the toughest challenge of the season, as the Roughnecks host a fellow state semifinalist from 2013. The Tenaha Tigers are No. 3 in the state in class 2A.

"It's the biggest school we've played since I've been here," said Tenaha head coach Terry Ward.  "We always have to play bigger schools because we're pretty small, but this is definitely the biggest school we've played."

The Roughnecks don't consider Tenaha a small school.

"Being able to play a team like Tenaha, as history driven as they are, it's an honor to be able to play a team like that and especially play them here at home," said Smith.  "It's good to get a test this early because we have district in a couple of weeks and having a team like this come in will really test us to see where we're at."

Both teams have played dominating defense this season.  The Tigers and Roughnecks are allowing less than 12 points per game.

"It's going to come down to defense," said Tenaha running back Cobe Caraway.  "We've got to execute and block right. They're going to be hard to block, we've seen that on film."

"If we can win a game like this we can definitely win a lot more and hopefully go up there and play for a state championship later this year," said Smith.

The Tigers and Roughnecks will meet for the first time Friday night.

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